Thursday, November 24, 2011

Waiting For Guada

My latest completed Mandala...started some time ago but just recently completed.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

50 Positives From Childhood

November 17,2011
#6 - I was talking with hubby the other day about a show we use both watch when we were younger than I would watch with Gramma and Grampa...Name that Tune, and for a kid with limited music exposure, I did not do too bad. That got me remembering the other shows. If I was over on a Sat. then it would be Kingo Bingo. For me it was so exciting. Another favourite was The Lawrence Welk Show. Everybody was smiling, perfect and happy.  Now that I think about it that must of been where that music trivia came from. I use to love the part of the Name that Tune where one would wager how many notes they could name the tune in...the fewer the better.
I wish my cousins had all got to know Grampa like I did. He mmight not have been the best father but he was a great Grampa.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Steampunk Styled Trunk

Made using Steampunk Débutante Paper from Graphic 45. Ranger Grunge Paper embossed with Paisley embossing folder. I cut the grunge paper in strips, top stitched around the edge and used vintage photo to colour. This simulated the look of leather strapping. Some metal pieces already had a patina...the rest were aged with Apple Cider Vinegar and sea salt. This info came by way of Articus Studiio...a shop I am just checking out.  There is a sage pouch on the front left corner. I received this at the friendship centre for the Shuswap Indians when we lived in B.C. I aged metal corner for the bottom. Some of the charms were made using shrink plastic...I am undecided. Caroline was nice to give me samples to try. I used some Oxford Impression stamps and Lost Coast Stamps. Also I stamped a piece of mica and overlaid one of the images on the left side of the box. There are numerous things about this that our of significance. I was encouraged by my doctor to make myself a box, and then I signed up for Willowing's Life Book Event, and it was suggested that we make a special box....I was nearing completion but it just seems like things happen the way they are suppose to.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Workshops and Life

It has been a couple really difficult months health wise, events (hubbies saw incident) and the list goes on. The things that have keep me going are creating. Anything and everything I can. It keeps me in that present moment. In that moment everything is as it should be. I have been taking a mandala class...It has been wonderful and I have gained a lot more confidence about creating my own mandalas. Some of the girls have shared the process and it is really amazing what comes out within the circle. For instance, I am having difficulty with the axis at times, and I am starting to see that there might be a reflection of the health issues. 
Anyway I thought I would share them with you.

Week One - New Day

We did not activate the water colours in Week One

Week Two - Gelato Dreams

Activations - some folk used stamps to add to their mandala.
With mine I used brushes in photoshop

Week Three - Spring Pond In Shambhala

With this mandala we used tracing paper and did not activate the colours.
I had issues with the centre and the axis is off.

Week Four - Expanding Borders 

Starting with the Seed Of Life in Scared Geometry and then creating one's unique version.

I have felt for a long time that everyone could benefit from creating, colouring etc. with the mandala form. Further that it is natural and innate. Over on Willowing's site Guadalupe is offering a free class to introduce people to creating mandalas. If you are interested I encourage you to check it out.