Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sketching



I am a *backwards* artist I have realized. I started to paint before I could draw, but this year have become more and more interested in drawing as a means to better express my moods and feelings in my work. It seems to have added more depth and expression to my paintings. This is one of my latest sketches and I think you can guess I was feeling sad while drawing this one that I have chosen to call "Missing You". Was good therapy....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Laptop BLING



Decided to *bling* up my laptop for Christmas! LOL It doesn't show well in the pic, but I cut the name from holographic low tack vinyl - neat eh?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas is HERE!!


Been having fun with some pop up Christmas trees. Aren't they great and such a lovely surprise when the card is opened! I would love to get one of these cards myself so I hope my friends and family like them as much as l do. After 2 years, sorry this is no longer free and the digital cutting files are available in my ETSY store. I do have other FREE cutting files on my website.

If you wish to cut by hand and need the pattern got to the instructions link below.
Instructions for putting it all together are here (thanks Carol!)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tweet Tweet!!!


Can't get birds out of my head. Wonder if it has anything to do with becoming a grandmother. Nesting???......LOL Anyways playing round with these tiny 3D birdcages and pretty pleased with the result. Have some for sale in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

STORE'S OPEN!!!


Yep, finally got some files I have been promising and opened a paper related store on my site. Cutting files, digital PDF's, projects and freebies. Hope you like and please visit often as I am constantly designing and need an excuse to keep it up! LOL This is BABY CHINA - isn't she cute? She has a sister too and lots of relations screaming in my head. LOL LOL
Click here to visit store

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm a GRANDMA!!!


Yes, yes YES, finally I have a new status in the world - GRANDMA! Oliver Anthony Black was born on 23rd October 2009 at 2.22 am. 8lb 11oz and mother, father and baby doing so well. Not sure about grandma! LOL So lots of changes in my world AND I am a cat's whisker away from opening the PAPERPLAY section of my website, so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PUTER MELTDOWN!!

Hi guys, a few days ago my computer kinda had a breakdown and required a whole reformat of HD!! Scary stuff as I have never reformatted before and it was unsettling to press that button which meant saying goodbye to EVERYTHING on my HD. Yes - EVERYTHING!! So goodbye to all my programs and a LOT of other stuff. Fortunately I had my most of my data backed up and most programs on disk, so I didn’t lose those files but did lose a lot of surfed sites/images/info and all my stored emails. So that's why I haven’t posted on my blog for a few days and I am sure you all understand.

The challenge has had it’s benefits though because the little beastie is now WAY faster for not being bogged down with 3 years of *stuff* LOL AND while browsing to reinstall bookmarks, etc, I came across this REALLY cool addon for Firefox. Perfect for artists, scrappers or just those that like to collect stuff! This neat addon stores all bookmarks as IMAGES!! YEAH!!!! How often do I have the image of the website in my head but the name means NOTHING! Lol Problem solved…. You can d/l it here https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5721


I found the user info a little confusing, but worked it all out in the end, so here's what I learnt . You can right click on any webpage and save to FAST DIAL. If saving to folders, there is the option of saving to your list. As far as setting up folders, control T to open Fast Dial bookmark page and right click on any empty box and choose Add - Folder, then name it, etc and click OK. Repeat as many times as you need folders. As mentioned you can then save any web page to your chosen folder BUT how to get any stray bookmarks into a folder?? (Most confusing to me! I clicked, I dragged, I swore LOL - under my breath!). Finally found the answer buried on a site somewhere - CONTROL, click and drag bookmark into the folder. Simple when you know how! LOL

Some sites won't allow right click so you will end up with some bookmarks you will need to place manually. Right click on empty box and choose Add - bookmark then copy in URL. It will appear in a few seconds and then you can do the ctrl drag thing to place it into your folder. I feel you can probably save it to the folder directly, but I haven't been able to work it out. If you do, let me know! To see your visual bookmarks, Control T opens a new tab and voila - there they all are! Click on the black arrow in top left corner of any folder to see contents.

BTW if you don’t use Firefox (maybe you should – NO cookies or spyware gets through) I also found 2 online sites that do a similar thing http://www.picamatic.com and www.pict.com

Meanwhile - enjoy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

More rose freebies

Gorgeous aren't they? Enjoy

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rose Card


This time I decided to modify yesterday's give away to a unique image to use as a card or similar. If you are good with Photoshop or similar, you can add a greeting before printing or use as is. Either way, it will make a special occasion even more special

More roses


This a reference photo for your paintings or print it out for inclusion in a card or collage. Hope you are enjoying these....

Monday, September 21, 2009

another freebie


On a roll! LOL This one is a vintage image from my *found images* collection stash - for your personal use. Are we having fun yet?? Click and save.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

rose freebie for you



Rose freebie for your personal use. Would look great matted on a card or in a small frame. Click on pic and save to hard drive

Friday, September 4, 2009

Digital Play




A friends sent me this gorgeous pic of her grandaughter and I couldn't resist playing in Photoshop. My friend is ill at present so I hope this cheers her up a bit

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paper cuts











More fun with the KnK cutting machine with these mats I designed. They were fun and I would never have had the patience to cut them out myself! I popped a wedding photo onto the daisy one, just to show how pretty they look as a mat. Dragonfly design is also shown. Would make any note very special too - or use in your journal. If you have a computer cutting machine, you can download the FREE files here and here. Enjoy!






Part of an assignment I did for my Dip of Art Therapy where I decided to make a *game* board. Spin the top layer and it reveals the collaged messages in the window. One *window* is shown above but the combination is endless as it depends where the wheel stops.



More mixed media, this time another surprise box. A tiny pyramid which opens to expose several layers

Hey everyone, been busy creating LOL and TRYING to update my website. Of course I would rather be creating than updating, so it is a slow process. So anyway here is some of what I have been doing lately.

At left is a multi media piece which includes acrylic painting, stamping, collage, texture paste, gel pens and transfers. FUN!

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Obsession





























Well I have a new craft obsession! LOL I purchased a KNK personal computer cutter and have been having fun learning and coming up with ideas for using my new toy. I have plans to use it with my art too, so keep coming back to see what I have been up to and perhaps grab yourself a freebie cutting or painting file.


My first efforts are the butterfly explosion box and tiny (1in square) star book shown. These will be for sale soon at my website but in the meantime, I offer my first freebie cutting file. It is the lovely lace fringe pictured at top of post in KNK or SVG. If you need a longer length of fringing simply copy, paste and weld until you have desired length. Please enjoy!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I also spent last Sat night painting - or rather playing with pastels. The result is this *kinda* self portrait. It wasn't meant to really be me, but rather the *essence* of me, which those that know me say I have captured. Love to read your comments.


smiles

Jan

OOOch...another month gone and no posts. Sorry guys. So what's news? Well clearly I don't have a life as I am sitting here on a Sat night writing my blog! LOL Actually it's pouring rain and I am quite happy to be doing just that and might just do a little painting too soon.
Real news is- I am going to be a grandmother!!! Yes, my beautiful daughter Kristie announced she is pregnant and due around October. Another wonderful new phase beginning in my life. I was playing round in Photoshop with Kristie's photos. She is gorgeous in any colour, don't you agree?


Til later

love and smiles

Jan

Thursday, February 5, 2009



Happy New Year everyone - yes OK I am a month behind! LOL Busy start to the year and lots of creative things happening. I have started my Art Therapy Diploma with my first day last Monday. Looking forward to lots of fun, learning and personal growth. Finished my daughter invitations and she was pleased (phewwwww!!!) Pic here. Three layers tied with raffia. I printed the top layer on my color laser printer including background hearts design (my own).

Painted a submission for a convention here in Oz later in the year and will post pic once it is public. Multi media piece which was a lot of fun...... Which leads me to my latest art experiment which is transferring digital art from my printer/s to canvas. I am very excited about being allow to do this and use completed works as parts of new ones. So I am playing with different methods and have found that the one I describe below is the best result so far. For those without laser printers, I imagine a color photocopy would work well too.

1 Print out laser copy


2 Coat receiving surface with gel (I use Matisse but I am sure Golden would be good, (if not better)


3 Place copy on receiving surface (gessoed canvas forme) and burnish well with heat tool. I use a tiny *iron* designed for quilting but useful for this and encaustic wax art too.


4 Once you feel it is stuck, take nail polish remover and rub onto back of copy. It will turn paper transparent. Burnish with fav tool and then carefully peel back.


5 Remove any paper adhered with water and finger roll method. May need to do this twice with a rest to let it dry again inbetween.


Result below- pretty pleased...



love and light

Jan