Saturday, March 25, 2017

March ATC's, Mandalas

Have you ever made a Mandala? 
I think before this ATC trade I had but they were basic and I didn't really like the outcome. I have to admit when I found out that we were going to be doing Mandalas for one of our ATC trades I did a little research. 
The dictionary gave me this:
Oriental Art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chieflycharacterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity  or an attribute of a deity.
And Wikipedia gave me this:
mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.[1] In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
After watching a few how to videos I decided to start with a few lines to guide me while creating my Mandala instead of doing it freehand. I was quickly taken with it and did found I couldn't stop at just one.
It was so interest to see the variations or Mandalas in our group.




If you haven't tried making Mandalas before I highly recommend it. Since starting this I have made numerous ones of all sizes and colours. I think this is something I will continue to do for a long time. They are so fun and meditative to do.

Happy Creating.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Imagination is Boundless workshop

   In the last year or two I have been exploring the creation of dimensional canvases. I often call them altered art because so many thing on them are altered from their original purpose. Almost nothing is sacred and cannot be used on a piece of altered art. So now I enjoy teaching my process of creating these canvases to others. 
   Yesterday I was in the company of 3 wonderfully creative ladies while teaching them the Imagination is Boundless canvas workshop. Just see what a wonderful job they did.


Now I'm off to finish the canvas I started during the workshop and maybe start a few more projects floating around in my head. Wish me luck!

Keep Creating.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fantasy Country ATC's

For February our ATC theme was Fantasy Country. It was to be a country we would like to visit that we hadn't previously traveled to, real or imaginary.
Kathy open

Kathy front







What country would you like to visit or make up in you own mind?

Happy Creating!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fun with buttons and lace.

The Button and Lace tree is usually a pre-Christmas workshop but by request I did one yesterday. It was fun to do it out of season although I think these trees don't need to be just for Christmas. They're a beautiful to have out all year round. 
As with many creative workshops it was fun to see the variation of trees at the end of the afternoon.



Are you finding some creative time this winter? Next weekend is the Tag book workshop. It will be another fun afternoon creating with students in the studio.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January ATC challenge

Did I mention that I'm continuing my monthly challenge into this year? Well I am!
For January I challenged myself to make an ATC each day. Here are a few of my favourites.
Day 9 Face it

Day 17 Gears

Day 8 Geared up

Day 22 Input/output

Day 26 Bloom

Day 24 Twirls and swirls

Day 6 Fusion
You can see more of my ATC's as well as some from others that played along with me on the Dragonfly Dreamers monthly Challenge group page on FB.

February's challenge is all about hearts. I'm trying to create something everyday with a heart on it. Would you like to join me? Share your creation here as a comment or on the facebook page.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Word of the Year ATC's

It's that time of year again where our group members choose a word for the year and make an ATC to trade. There was some interesting words this year and some great cards.

Kathy- Journey

Louise- Shinrin-yoku

Lucie- Simply

Olive- Grow

Peggy- Simplify

Veronica- Forgive

Virginia- Focus

Wendy- Intuition

Have you chosen your word for the year?

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gelli Plate workshop fun

I've probably said this before but it still holds true, Gelli Plate printing is just about my most favourite things to do right now. It is something that I get lost in and am totally consumed by it. 
This past weekend I had a great time teaching a small group of ladies how to do my layering technique on the Gelli Plate. They did some amazing work. Some pieces are finished and some will continue to be added to or used in other piece of art.




Have you tried the Gelli Plate yet? If not I highly recommend it. 

Happy Creating!


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