Friday, 31 January 2014

January 2014 Recap

Here's a recap of what happened in January 2014....

Works in Progress....

Journal 52....

The Documented Life Project....

Gelli printing makes me happy...

Bushfire in the neighbouring suburbs destroys 56 houses but over 400 are saved....thank you to the volunteer firemen, helitac pilots, police and the community who rallied around those who were devasted by their losses....

Hot, Hot, Hot!
How was your month?

Monday, 27 January 2014

Challenges Combined

Today I combined the Documented Life Project and the Journal52 challenges.

For the Documented Life Project we had to create a doodle border and for Journal52 we had to create a here she is.

I referred to my LifeBook 2011 classes where I learnt how to draw girls - I used watercolour paper, graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, Caran D'Ache neocolor II watercolour crayons, acrylic paints, gold paint pen and used a gelli print page for the dress and the border!!!

It was great fun as I hadn't created a girl for a couple of months.

Friday, 24 January 2014

DLP Week 4

The Documented Life Project Week 4 challenge - Write a secret message and then paint over all but one key word.

This is how I created the large gelli print circles - I cut out a circle from a cereal box and then placed the stencil over the gelli plate, placed the book in the right position and turned the page over onto the plate and pressed down. I tried turning the gelli plate upside down and placing it onto the page but this wasn't easy as the glass plate it 'stuck' to was not see through.  If I had a round gelli plate then it would have been much easier but they are not available in Australia at the moment and with the Australian Dollar taking a dive they are getting more expensive to buy. *pout*

For the words - I covered them with watercolour masking fluid until I had finished painting the I took it off.  I used a gold paint pen for the smaller circles which are similar to the zentangle/doodles/colouring in I've been doing in another art journal....

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

DLP Week 3 and J52 Week 2

The Documented Life Project Week 3 prompt was to add an envelope from our mailbox.  When this envelope arrived I was very excited because it was blue and had some great stamps and a postmark. It has two layers of gelli prints on it - a warm colour texture layer then a cool colour stencil print.

Journal52 prompt for Week 2 was Somewhere, A Simple Place....  I had trouble deciding where that place could be so have created this artwork using tissue paper and's finished but not finished.....

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Bush Fires and DLP Week 2

I created Week 2's  Documented Life Project journal page, 'Selfie' was the prompt and your word for the year whilst a bush fire was destroying my close friend and art buddy June's house.

Created using flower punch gelli prints, gold paint pen, wash tape and a photocopy of a selfie I took last June 2013.

I took a few selfies last week that I didn't like and by Thursday I had a headache and felt blah, Friday morning I woke up with a headache and the same for Saturday.  Catastrophic fire conditions were forecasted for the weekend as the temps reached 42C/108F and we only had a minimum of 30C/86F Saturday night.  Sunday morning by 9:40am we had reached 42C and then the seabreeze came in and the temps dropped slowly.

Around 11am in the neighbouring suburb to the east a fire started, it then got out of control.  I saw smoke around noon but thought it was a known fire in an area further east from here.  At 1pm my father rang and asked about us, I then checked our local fire awareness group on Facebook and showed my husband on Google maps where the fire was.  Then the penny dropped. There were houses on fire in June's street.  Tears filled my eyes as I knew that even if June's house wasn't hit by fire it would suffer water and smoke damage so I sent June a text message.

The winds were blowing to the east so I knew we would be okay unless the winds changed so I kept an eye on the FB page which was being kept up to date and I knew I had to keep busy so I created my journal page. Mid afternoon I looked out the kitchen window to the west and saw smoke. Hubby called the boys and went into stay and defend mode, I continued to make rice salad, aka keeping calm mode.  By 5pm the smoke was worse and I go into prepare to evacuate mode.

Now we are in the middle of two fires and the one to the west in the pics has smoke blowing to the north-west, there is a plane water bomber in attendance but the helitacs - helicopter water bombers - were busy with the fire to the east. I've seen a few fires along that hill horizon line in the past few years and have watched the helitacs and planes do their dance, amazing to watch them avoid each other and dip down out of sight to suck up more water and then let it all out but on Sunday they were flying over our house and rattling our windows as the headed east to a bigger fire.  By 6pm the smoke to the west had decreased and I cooked our steaks on the stove and not the barbecue.

We went to bed smelling smoke, the first time all day, so we didn't sleep well and Monday morning hubby went to work, the pump still out and the hose in our pool ready for action.  I went to a community meeting about the fire which was very interesting, most of the information is on the government websites and I learnt a few more ways to be prepared even when we are going to evacuate such as take clothes for 3-4 days as power lines get burnt down and take time to be replaced and the roads get blocked off for safety, we should really buy a generator for when the power goes out and hubby and the boys stay to defend then they can power up the fridge for food and the internet for info and keep their phones charged, pack the phone charger - I did but June left in such a hurry she forgot hers and lost charge.

June phoned last night after I had seen her on the news so I knew she and her husband were alive - her house was destroyed, it's all gone but they saved the cat.  She sounded calm as I was the one fighting back the tears - I am devastated for her.  June lost all her paintings and art supplies and her husband has lost all his framing equipment but they are safe and will buy or rebuild.  We also heard from other friends yesterday who are safe and their houses survived but their yards are charcoal.

In the fire to the east, about 50 houses were destroyed, not sure how many were damaged, 400 hectares of land were burnt, one man died up on his roof (more people die on their roof in a bushfire than in the actual fire). The local volunteer fire brigades did an awesome job, some had to watch their own houses burn down, so did  the paid fire brigade, the helitac pilots and all the professional people working to save houses and property. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their house or their animals.

Be prepared and stay safe and take care.

PS I've also been thinking and praying for the artist Wyanne who had her operation for tongue cancer overnight/today - I hope it was successful and wish her a speedy recovery.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away was the week 1 prompt for Journal52.

I used gelli prints, background wash, alphabet stamps, photo of me, gold paint pen, washi tape....

 I've decided to do some art journaling this year and will exhibit my acrylic and mixed media paintings at local art shows.  Hmmm I think I may even paint a hot air balloon.....

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

DLP Week 1

DLP = Documented Life Project

I've been busy over the past couple of weeks washi taping in tip ins/inserts into diaries/planners for the Documented Life Project. The idea is to plan your week, journal your thoughts, and play with your art on the insert - Plan, Journal, Play!

Week 1's prompt was 'My Front Door' which I created using my gelli prints and a background wash and a gold paint pen:

And on the inside of the doors:

Here's what my planners look like:

I'm looking forward to this week's challenge.....

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Shells' Sunday Snippets

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


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Grow OLW 2014

I have chosen the word GROW to be my One Little Word/theme/mantra for 2014.

1. To increase in size by a natural process.
2. a. To expand; gain: The business grew under new owners.
b. To increase in amount or degree; intensify: The suspense grew.
3. To develop and reach maturity.
4. To be capable of growth; thrive: a plant that grows in shade.
5. To become attached by or as if by the process of growth: tree trunks that had grown together.
6. To come into existence from a source; spring up: love that grew from friendship.
7. To come to be by a gradual process or by degrees; become: grow angry; grow closer.
I love these quotes:
“Don't go through life, grow through life.”- Eric Butterworth
“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living.”  - Gail Sheehy
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

 "It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are."  E E Cummings.
There's more on my Pinterest Grow OLW 2014 board. 
In 2014 I will grow....
- by learning, changing, developing my artistic style
- by making mistakes, taking risks, stretching out of my comfort zone
- by sharing my knowledge, skills, talents and compassion with my art communities
- by showing up and making an effort whether I want to or not

I decided on the word GROW a couple of months ago when my BFF said "maybe it's your time to grow".  I had been discussing how I felt about my art, or my lack of feelings for art except sadness and how I had taken a lot of classes and it was time to find my style.

It's time to listen to me, how I feel about what I'm creating, does it bring me joy?  Do what you love - it's a common phrase in the art world but I love a few different things.  Listening to others and teachers has brought me down in the past (as well as listening to myself) so I need to start a positive loop in my head.

I have a lot of art books so I will look to them to try out some new techniques and ideas to be creative.  I love to be creative, it brings me joy.  Techniques....well that's when the comparison monster invades my head and says I'll never be good enough or so and so is better than me so it may be best to stay away from the computer and comparing myself to others.

One Little Word started with Ali Edwards and here's a quote from her blog:

About One Little Word®

A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.
In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January – a word to focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, story, light, up, open and thrive. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They've been imbedded into who I am and into who I'm becoming. They've been what I've needed most (and didn't know I needed). They've helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, to navigate challenges, and to grow.
I hope you'll consider joining me for the next One Little Word® workshop in January 2015 here at
Check out all my blog posts regarding One Little Word® here.
Click here to read a FAQ and more details about this project.

If you have blogged about your One Little Word for the year and would like to read about what others have decided on for their word then head to the Fly Tribe Word Hop and join in.