Thursday, 31 October 2013

BlogtoberFest 2013 Day 31 Thank You

Woot! Woot! Woot!

Yay, today is the last day of BlogtoberFest 2013!!  We made it!

Many thanks to everyone who participated over the past 31 days, it has been great fun and I really enjoyed hosting it.  Thank you all so much for taking time to read my posts and your comments, it's always a challenge  - trying to find something to blog about, getting photos organised - and it always takes much longer than what I think and what it should take. So give yourself a pat on the back.

I hope to catch up with you again sometime during the next 11 months and I'll see you back here then with info about BlogtoberFest 2014 - I may do it again or I may pass it on to someone else but I will put up some info here for those who are interested.

Many thanks again.

Take care and stay safe and stay tuned.

Love and hugs and cuddlybugs,


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

BF 2013 The Big Cover Up

Over the weekend I decided to cover up some old paintings which I had not varnished - the Mean Girl and The Nice Girl - The reason I created them and that part of my life is over and done with and I'm glad they are gone. I glued on pages from old books - a French dictionary and some of the works of Shakespeare.  Unfortunately there are air bubbles under some of the pages as I rushed the process, which is very naughty of me.

On Monday I used a large palette knife to apply a warm layer and the cool layer on the right hand painting, and a brush for the left hand one as a contrast.  I think the palette knife was bought at a hardware store, so it's not technically an art tool but if you know me then you know I like to use all sorts of household tools for my art such as the rubber squares you use to open jars and kitchen sponge for stamping.

Top - the Nice Girl and the Mean Girl paintings.

Middle and bottom - the collage cover up process.

Top - the warm layer

Bottom - the cool layer

Left - with a brush

Right - with a palette knife.

Have you ever covered up an old painting?  Tomorrow I'll show you another old painting I've been covering up....

Monday, 28 October 2013

BF 2013 Chocolate Fudge Squares

Today I made Chocolate Fudge Squares and I thought I would share the recipe which I got from a magazine about 15 years ago!


185g/6.5oz butter
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 1/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup desicated coconut


1 tablespoon (or less) of butter/margarine
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
coconut to top

1.  Preheat the oven to moderate/180C/350F, grease slice tin 27cm x 17cm/ 10in x 7in.

2.  In a saucepan melt butter, sugar, golden syrup and cocoa.

3. Add this mixture to the flour, baking powder and coconut.

4. Mix together and place in tin.

5. Cook for 15 mins and leave in tin to cool.

6. Icing: blend softened butter/margarine with icing sugar and cocoa, adding enough water to spread.

7. Spread icing over slice and sprinkle coconut on, cut into squares and eat!


Sunday, 27 October 2013

BF 2013 Shells' Sunday Snippets

Shells' Sunday Snippets - (started by {tinniegirl}) - My week in photos... No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story.

I'm having more troubles with it won't save for me but photostream is finally downloading...

So I'm trying for collages...

Found these words on Pinterest so I thought I'd put them on my wall!!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

BF 2013 Six Thoughts on Saturday

1.  Completed another embroidery patch this afternoon.

2. This morning I visited my old art teacher, Neil Elliott, open studio day to see what he's been up's one of my favourites:

                                                           Artwork by Neil Elliott.

3.  Last night I put the bread oven on, first time in ages and this is what happened!

I tried a new bread mix and may have put too much yeast in there as well, so next time I may even half the packet and see what size loaf I get that way.  It was a lot of work to get it out and clean it up.  Check out tomorrow's blogpost to see what the loaf actually looked like!

4.  I've been zentangling in the evenings too...

5.  I'm having trouble with again....very annoying as you know I like to put my name on case it goes off into the www and gets lost it can find it's way home again....sigh...

6.  Only a few more days of Blogtoberfest 2013 to go and I'm really pleased to hear back from a few of you that you are really enjoying it, that's great news.  Shall we do it all again next year???

Friday, 25 October 2013

BF 2013 These Walls I Built Up

These Walls I Built Up, Mixed Media on Watercolour Paper, 38cm x 56cm

Sometimes you hear a new song and you connect to it and it changes things for you. I recently bought the new album by Australian artist Tina Arena called Reset and I love the second track called Still Running.  This song has got me out walking this week, made me happier and helped me create this new girlie painting. The lyrics are not available on the internet but I will post them below and to hear the song you will have to visit iTunes as there is no YouTube video clip for it yet.

One reason I connected to this song was in relation to the Brave Girls Club Soul Comfort e-course I'm doing - we've been discussing how we use our time and how we need to set boundaries with people esp those who take our emotional energy and use our time. With some people I need to build up a wall and only let them in when I have time and emotional energy for them. Be more assertive with some people and not so much of a people pleaser.

My BFF told me to put up an invisible wall when people speak hurtful words to me - let the words hit the wall and drop to the ground, if I pick them up and let them hurt me then that's my choice.

The song quote reminds me of this quote by Socrates, which is probably the opposite in meaning to the above song - Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.

I haven't created any girlie paintings for about a year now so I was a little rusty.  And when I do created them they are usually just for me, to let some emotions out and they are always a challenge.

Here are the evolution pics:

After using the brayer to roll on some paint (fig 3), I glued on some paper napkins (fig 4). Then I stencilled on the wall (fig 5) and added more hair and wall (fig 6). Then I glued on some poppy paper napkins for the clothes (fig 7) then touched her hair and the background colour (fig 8).  I used to write the words on!!!

Still Running - Tina Arena

Looking back at the life I've been given
Has got me puzzled how I lost control
When your hearts screaming words like just leave it
But I was broken with nowhere to go
Setting fire to the hurt and the reasons
I played a part and my role was a fool
Didn't know I was trapped in believing 
to know this game was just all about you

You took my freedom but I'm still running
You tore my heart out but it's still beating
You stole my beauty but I'm still glowing
These walls I built up you can climb no more

As I reflect on the things that have happened
Here are the scars that I'm left to erase
If it's your story then run with the millions
And never give up on this mindless pace
Setting fire to the hurt and the reason
I played a part and my role was a fool
Didn't know I was trapped in believing 
to know this game was just all about you

You took my freedom but I'm still running
You tore my heart out but it's still beating
You stole my beauty but I'm still glowing
These walls I built up you can climb no more

This is the first song released from the album - You Set Fire to My Life - which I love and makes me think of my husband...

 Have you connected to any songs lately?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

BF 2013 Day 24

This stained-glass window at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel in Carmarthen, Wales creates beautiful colour when the morning sun hits it. This stained-glass window created by John Petts was installed at the Ivy Bush hotel to celebrate the significant Gorsedd meeting of 1819 and the Carmarthen National Eisteddfod of 1974.

One week to go for BlogtoberFest 2013 so keep up the good work everybody, I know it hasn't been easy.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

BF 2013 Faces

I've started drawing faces again....I created quite a few in 2012 when I did LifeBook 2012

This one is based on Tamara Laporte's (aka Willowing) Fabulous Faces class.

These I did quite quickly and are based on Kat McBride's tutorials from her blog....

I don't like them though the nose is better...I need more practice....Looking at a few videos and tutorials I see that everyone has a different idea about proportion and whether to place the eyes on the half way line or above I'll keep playing around until I get a face I like.

Monday, 21 October 2013

BF 2013 Giveaway Winner is...

The winner of the BlogtoberFest 2013 Giveaway is.....

Number 3!!!

"What a beautiful remembrance of BlogtoberFest 2013!


Congrats!!! I'll send you a message on your blog.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

BF2013 Shells' Sunday Snippets

Shells' Sunday Snippets - (started by {tinniegirl}) - My week in photos... No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story. isn't working for me....grrr...

Saturday, 19 October 2013

BF2013 Seven Thoughts on Saturday

1.  Today is back to winter weather but we can always do with the rain.

2. We stayed inside watching the MotoGP and I did some embroidery.

3. It's based on this photo taken in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

4.  I did this drawing whilst on holidays after seeing this plaque.

5.  But I can hear you say that you know I don't like when people copy/steal other people's artwork...these are not for sale, I created them for my own use and for my own fun and I've even credited where the idea came from even though I don't know who the original artist is.  And you will find birds like these by other artists too.

6.  Some art inspiration via a Jonas Gerard video:

 7. Here's your chance to win one of my heart pendants in my BlogtoberFest 2013 Giveaway.

Friday, 18 October 2013

BF2013 Zentangles

For Arty Farty Fridays I thought I'd share some Zentangles with you that I created this week.

Zentangles were created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and are abstract works of art created on 9cm square tiles involving patterns and repetition. It is very meditative and relaxing and all you need is paper and pens.

At the library I found this book by Beckah Krahula "One Zentangle A Day - A 6-week course in creative drawing for relaxation, inspiration and fun."

All the artwork you see today is from the book. I have been practicing the tangles and then adding them to one tile to make one piece of artwork.

Zentangles and Zentangle Inspired Art are a lot of fun to do, I find them relaxing and great to do in the evening in front of the television.

Have you heard about the giveaway that I'm having and have you left a comment to be in the draw?

Thursday, 17 October 2013

BF2013 Day 17 Colour in the Bush

Spring has sprung down under and our native flowers are blooming.

This afternoon I took a walk around our block to photograph the beautiful flowers, the Marri trees flowered in March and cause many of us to sneeze. The little orange rocks below are nick named pea gravel and can be very slippery, larger rocks of it are called coffee rock, there is also a lot of granite rocks in the hills whereas down on the flats/plains the ground is very sandy.

Coral vine, grevillea, kangaroo paws, leschenaultia....

Pink and red bottlebrushes, Geraldton Wax.

Marri trees....the new growth is reddish brown on the smaller trees....

English garden.....

I wanted to photograph a stem of purple flowers up near my letterbox but couldn't find them - I think someone has them in a vase in their home! They've been stolen! How would you feel if your artwork was stolen and put onto products without your permission or compensation - read Lisa Congdon's story here - this could happen to any one of us!!!

Update - Cody Foster is also stealing from Abigail Brown and here's a link to a flickr page full of other artists they have stolen from.

Reminder that I'm having a giveaway - if you'd like to win one of my heart pendants then leave a comment on Monday's blogpost!