Monday, 25 April 2016

Spin Painting...



Hi all...

This little burst of colour is my latest little adventure... Spin Painting... done on a potters wheel... soooo much fun and very unpredictable! I used the Global High Flow Acrylic Paint, a quick squirt of water and the messy fun begins...





This canvas is only 10" square as my gorgeous partner in crime is still working on an extended pole and brackets to fit larger canvas... this was the largest size I could squeeze on my plate... watch this space!

Till next time..

Luv Deb x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Cooking up a Storm...


Hi all...

I wanted to share my latest Journal creation inspired by the Karen Michel journal from one of my Wanderlust Classes... I have heaps of 'family' recipes as well as favourites I love cooking... I found the cutest little knife fork and spoon charms and thought they would look great hanging from a cook book... so, here it is.. heaps of room inside to write, paste, clip anything to do with food!

Yummm...










...by the way... the cover is an off cut from a table protector... just to stick with the 'foodie' theme...
So that's it... short & sweet... mmm... like some desserts!!!

Till next time..

Luv Deb x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Week 10... Karen Michel inspired Art Journal....


Hi all...

Week 10 at the Wanderlust 'School of Awesomeness...' featured Karen Michel lesson on creating gorgeous Journals out of old books... great to watch and learn  a new binding technique I haven't tried before... this is my take on her journal...


Inside is filled with various papers, ribbon & fabric to write, draw, stick, staple any bits of 'yumminess' to that you want to keep, collect or create... as I didn't have any old books to dismantle, I made my own out of some hard board I had kept for such a project... I'm a bit of a scrounger & collector of anything that resembles Kraft board or paper... 






I have a heap of other fabrics that I intend to make some more of these cute  Journals...

Till next time...
Luv Deb x

High Flow Painting...



Morning all...

This 'Purple Planet' painting was a bit of a nightmare for me.... I have painted lots of smaller paintings using the High Flow Paints & Medium and all turned out perfect... next... the big (expensive) 30" round canvas... LOTS of paint & Medium... and then the tears!!! The first pour did hideous things as I left my air conditioner on... hot humid day... VERY cold air... did not end well... second pour... mmm... not too bad but thought I would add some more... before work naturally!!! So, after using a whole bottle of pouring medium... this is the final product... quite pleased with it.... for those of you who know me... no surprise about the colour...





...the closer you look... the more amazing patterns you see....

Time for me to think about getting ready for work.... would much rather play in my Craft Room.... mind you... I was 'playing' in there all day yesterday.... didn't even have a shower or get dressed... ahhh... the perfect day!

Till next time... 
Luv Deb x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wanderlust Challenge... January....


Hi all...

Well... I managed to finish my first Wanderlust Challenge piece in the middle of a storm! I have been fighting wind & rain... lots of it! I have louver windows in my craft room so the wind has been blowing the rain up and over the glass!!! Its been pretty crazy!

Anyway... In between dodging the showers I completed my very first Wanderlust Challenge... it was to be inspired by the following quote...

'Sometimes what your most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free...'

...instead of being afraid of 'doing' something in particular... I chose the word 'Change'... in our own children as well as ourselves as parents... I thinks is very natural for parents to be afraid for their children... 'will they be OK?'... but, more often than not, they they will thrive & live amazing lives... and still cause you sleepless nights no matter how old they are... I've just turned 50 and my parents still worry about me... & my life is definitely amazing!


A 'nest' always feels very nurturing, but the baby birds have go through a lot of changes...  first they need to grow feathers... they need to eventually leave the nest... learn to fly & live their life... simple...

In my case, my wonderful son has recently turned 18... he's starting UNI next year... now works part time... drives and is completely self sufficient.  We have always encouraged him to be self sufficient & not be 'afraid' of 'Change'... to learn from mistakes, grow and develop skills to help him live a full and rewarding life... We have commented this week that things have changed so much in the last few months... all in a good way... he seems so mature now... I'm not driving him to friends houses... not running him to school anymore... he is off doing his own thing... One thing he often say to me is... 'Don't worry Mum... I'll be fine...' and I know he will be...

It can be easy for anyone to take the easy road and not to change anything because of fear... but where is the fun in that! Just ask my son!!!














so... this is how my little 'Nest of Change' started... using watercolour paper I roughly sketched a nest... drawing in 3 precious little eggs... drew in more detail and using a Faber Castel super fine Pitt Artist Pen, I drew the final image... rubbed out the pencil and used my Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Water Colour Pencils to add colour to the nest... the eggs were coated with Ranger Glossy Accents... the little water droplets were also made with the Glossy Accents...






...for the leaves, I stamped out the images using a Stampin' Up! French Foliage stamp... coloured them with watercolour pencils... using the same colours of the nest... cut them out and screwed them up a bit while they were still wet... let them dry and added a bit more black shading... and started the fun part of layering... more watercolour, more pencil, more distressing etc. etc....





Below is my view at the moment out my little window of my shed... (its a pretty awesome 'shed')  rain, rain & more rain...We are on 2 1/2 acres and the bit behind the trees is miles of ever changing farmland... looking a bit brown at the moment but in the middle of winter it is beautiful & green... still... not bad for part of a backyard... my little horse friends live just to the left so I often hear them when I have the windows open... doesn't get much better than that!!!


This was an awesome challenge... It made me think a lot of how rich our lives are... we don't ever take anything for granted... enjoy every day and laugh lots!!!!

Till next time...

Luv Deb x

Monday, 25 January 2016

Wanderlust Journey. .. Week 4...


Hi all...

This weeks lesson was taught by the very talented Teresa McFayden... called 'A Fruitful Year'...
It was all about still life painting... I have never painted a still life before so this was a bit out of my comfort zone... It was all about composition as well as the actual painting...

I chose purple figs... no surprise to those of you who know me and know that I am completely obsessed by the colour purple... we have a few of these fig trees growing on our property... not only do they taste awesome they look amazing... I can't wait till we are picking these little babies...

so... here is my painting... called... 'The Purple Fig'... (no surprise there... but it needed a name...)







I just have to say this whole Wanderlust Journey has completely blown me away... I have met some amazing people... learnt some invaluable lessons and have produced some pieces that may have never attempted... for anyone who needs that challenge I would recommend jump on board... you will love it... the link is on the right hand side...

Well, that's it from me for now... might go out and make some cards... haven't done that in a while...

Till next time...

Luv Deb x