Friday, December 30, 2011

Last one in 2011

This is the last post in 2011. Hope everyone will have a good time celebrating the New Years Eve. :)

In my previous post I talked about resolutions and since then added a few more.

One is to adopt the mantra "What goes around comes around". Meaning pretty much that I need to reach out more to people in a good and selfless way.
The other one is that I'm going to try . . . doing the Postcard Challenge 2012 with Darcy. You need to read the "rules" but basically she will post a country every Monday and then we'll link over the weekend the postcard that we made from that country. You have to make up two people that will send each other these postcards though.

My "people" are going to be these two adorable kitties. Mr. Black is a British sailor that's been working on a cruise liner since he was 18 years old. His address is:
Cruise Liner Queen Mary 2
Deck 3
"Britannia Restaurant"
He met Mrs. Tiggy on a port call they made in Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of a Circus Oz that was founded by her ancestors.

They really made a connection but their jobs took them to different parts of the world. They decided to keep in touch with each other through postcards they would send from every stop they made. Her address is:
Circus Oz
Wagon 8
"The Fire Dancer"
 
So, we need a book for this project. I decided not to make a special book for it but to use my art journal. What I will do is paint or collage each page and then glue in an envelope or a paper pocket to hold the postcard as we go along. Here is the first spread introducing the lovely "people".:)

Linking to Paint Party Friday and wishing everyone a

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wish you health, happiness, luck and prosperity! And of course lots of artistic inspiration. :)) See you next year!!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year's resolutions and cats


Amy wants to know our New Year's resolutions over at The Butterfly Effect. I've never done this so I don't really know what to write about. Is it something you want to happen or is it something you want to change like bad habits?

I guess one thing is to start eating healthy and get fit. In other words lose weight. :)) I already started working on it this December. Very smart, I know. I'm having hard time avoiding sweets.

The other thing is to get a dream job. I don't know what that is yet but I want it. :)

I also want to start renovating the living room. It was planned for this year but things got in a way so hopefully stars will align just right to make it happen next year.

What else? . . . . . .

I guess I'd like to travel more. I love traveling but it all gets down to my husband who's afraid to fly. So my resolution would be to get my husband to travel more. :))
And that's it for my resolutions. :)) These paintings are 20x20 cm (8"x8") and were donated to the Association for feral cats Ma─Źjelovka. I talked about it last year.

Another FREE live video class today over HERE. Amy's getting up super early so even Australian's get to join in. :)) We'll be there at 9 am CST, 10 am EST, 3 pm UK, 16:00 for most of Europe and 11 pm for Perth, Australia. Today meaning Tuesday, 27. December. :)

AND . . . Manon is having a giveaway. You can win this awesome notebook/diary. :) Go there now!


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Friday, December 23, 2011

What's her name?

This is the third one done on a book page. :) I find it quite hard to get myself to drawing, but when I do, it's finished fairly quickly. What's her name?

Now, because my writing muse has left on a holiday, I'm telling you some random stuff. 

* I hate post offices in December. It takes three times as long for mail to arrive and they always end up losing something of mine.

* I told you before I'm making handmade gifts this season. I'm working on some necklaces and I love them! I just hate it that it takes so freaking long for them to dry so I can finish them.

* I learned to make a sliding knot. I'm freaking ecstatic! :)

* One of the ideas for a handmade gift was a little pouch for a mobile. I cut and assembled and I made my mom sew. I'm again convinced I am not supposed to be around the sewing machine. Just watching what all went wrong got me freaking out. That said, nobody is getting a handmade pouch from me. :) But I did keep the one we made. Shoot! I should take a photo and show it to you.
 
* One of my dogs decided to open doors for herself without my permission. She's been doing it for some time now but from the outside when she wanted to come in. Now she decided she'll let herself out if I'm not willing to get up and open it for her at that precise moment. I now have to lock the doors to prevent unwanted escapes. Well, I don't mind her going out I mind her leaving the doors open. And it's freaking freezing here these days.

* I need to buy another UniPosca pen. I love it! I think I emptied it.

* My next project are bracelets. I just need to buy supplies to start. 

* If you want some fun today, skip over to Amy's FREE live video class over HERE. We'll be there at 12 pm CST, 1 pm EST, 6 pm UK and 19:00 for most of Europe. Today meaning Friday, 23. December. :)

Now go check these people out.--> Paint Party Friday 

Happy Holidays!!


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh, Betty!

I'm so excited about this week's theme at The Butterfly Effect. It was chosen by one of the participants, Andrea, and it's all about paper dolls! :) 

When I think of paper dolls first thing I remember is my collection of paper dolls when I was little. It was all the rage when I was growing up and I remember buying magazines that had paper dolls at the back to cut out.

And then one of my friends that was a bit older than me, decided to stop collecting them and gave half of the collection to me and the other half to another friend of ours. I was ecstactic! All those paper dolls! :))

Sadly I have none to show because I threw them away when I outgrew them. But my favorite was Betty Boop so I decided to draw her.
.Now I need to make some paper dresses for her. :)

P.S. We have snow today. I don't mind it but I wish it would stop snowing. It just keeps going. It won't stop.


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Friday, December 16, 2011

The revengeful Elfie

Meet Elfie. :) 
She's pissed off. 
You wanna know why? 
Cause she caught her boyfriend making out with her neighbour Gnomette. 

Aha! She's really pissed off at her cause she parades around nude with her boobs jumping all around and flirts with every male that comes by. He doest'n even have to be her species!! She was once caught smooching with Rudolf. Go figure! The gnirl has no shame. 

Now Elfie is trying to figure out how to get back at her for stealing her man. And while she's at it she's gonna make some trouble for that no good cheating Elfonzo, too. She has a plan!

She's gonna sneak in the Santa's Workshop and mess up the equipment on Elfonzo's work station. She's gonna change all the gift tags with a naked picture of Gnomette. Once Miss. Clause sees that, she's gonna be so mad and she'll make her husband fire Elfonzo and put him and Gnomette in front of the Christmas council to figure out the punishment for them.

That is so clever. :) Nobody's gonna suspect that Elfie had her fingers in it. She's borrowing her father's camera tonight and she's gonna try to take a photo of Gnomette naked. Piece of cake! 

Ahh! Revenge is sweet! Let that be a lesson to all not to piss off an elf.

I'm linking to The Butterfly Effect again cause I did such a bad job with storytelling on my Monday's post. :) And of course linking to my Party People who Paint on Friday. :))


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Get them while they're HOT

So . . . I painted yesterday. Because my computer was down and I was bored. :)
book page glued on canvas, girl painted with acrylic paint and india ink pens - signed on front and back - 20 $
I had this little canvases for a year but didn't know what to use them for. They are 10x10 cm (approx. 4"x4"). So I figured I'd paint my Cotton Candy Girls on them.
book page glued on canvas, girl painted with acrylic paint and india ink pens - signed on front and back - 20 $
I was sure I had 6 canvases but I must have lost one on the way. One I'm not showing cause it's a gift and here are the rest of them.
book page glued on canvas, girl painted with acrylic paint and india ink pens - signed on front and back - 20 $
If you want one e-mail me. The price is 20 $ including the p&p no matter where you are in the world. I'll e-mail you the PayPal thingy to pay through it.
book page glued on canvas, girl painted with acrylic paint and india ink pens - signed on front and back - 20 $
Linking to The Butterfly Effect cause I got nothing else. I'm all out of stories.;)


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Bottle cap magnet tutorial

I'm sure most of you are already shopping for Christmas gifts by now. :) I decided to make some handmade gifts for this year and I made a tutorial for you all, if you want to try it out.
This is how I made very simple bottle cap magnets. First off buy some bottle caps. Don't use old, used ones cause it will be hard to glue stuff to it. Or go into your mom's storage cause that's where you find this stuff that you usually don't think of buying yourself.
Then spray paint them if you wish. You don't have to, if you have really cool bottle caps. Mine were this weird golden color so I spray painted them black. Here's a tip: clean anything metallic with a little bit of vinegar so the paint sticks to it without chipping.
Get a picture you want to use inside of the bottle cap. It can be whatever. I printed out some of my art and I used an index (x48) setting to give me just the right size. However you can use larger ones and cut out the bit that you like and so on.
Cut it out by using a template. I found that a bottle cap from the golden acrylics fits just fine. 
If you have a Fiskar's cutter and a template, use the smallest one. It makes it easier for you.
Glue the picture inside of the bottle cap. Any glue is fine but I prefer if it dries fairly quickly.
Then pour Liquitex's Pouring Medium on top. I think you can use Diamond Glaze as well or resin if you want to mess with it. Leave them somewhere where they can lay flat and undisturbed.
Mine took 8 hours to dry on touch but I left them over night as well just to be sure. The medium becomes clear when it's totally dry.
When dry, glue a magnet on the back or make them into a brooch/broach/pin. You can buy this stuff in any craft/hobby store.
I hope spray painting counts for Paint Party Friday. :) Have a great weekend!


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Follow the links for a chance to win

I'm having a giveaway at The Butterfly Effect this week. It's my choice of the theme and I of course chose book pages. :)

I'm giving away my FIRST book page girl so if you want a chance to win her, you'll need to play along with us over at The Butterfly Effect. :)

Today I'm showing you Lydia. She is a sweet girl, straight A student but she's been feeling a little rebellious lately.

She skipped school on Friday with her best friend Pippa and they went to this little cozy bar where artists hang out. Lydia struck a conversation with this cute, curly haired painter which just so happened was looking for nude models to pose for him.

Lydia was being a little shy but he finally sweet talked her into modeling for him on Saturday. Pippa said yes straight away.

Well, it's Sunday today and I haven't talked to her yet, so I don't know what went on yesterday but I do know she missed her curfew and she got in trouble with her Dad. I just hope it was worth it, that's all I'm saying. :))

Linking to the Artists in Blogland as well.
 

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Friday, December 2, 2011

It's time for another naked gnome

It's Holiday season and I thought it's about time for another naked gnome. A female this time. Is there a word for a female gnome? Gnomess? Gnady? :)) I call her Caroline.

I first thought she was Naked Gnome's sister but she looks too young so she might be his daughter. Now, don't get all disgusted. It's a nudist gnome community. I can't help it they're all walking around naked and being all like, I don't need no sticking clothes, and stuff.:)))
Well, at least they have some friends outside the gnome nakedness. This is Sue on the left being all pretty. She's Caroline's high school friend. You know. The one that drags you out pass your curfew so you have to sneak out and then gets you in trouble for skinny dipping in a public place. :)

On the right it's Caroline's cousin Betty on her mother's side. Only Caroline's dad is a genuine naked gnome, his wife was from a neighboring community and they wore clothes. But when Caroline's mom saw the Naked Gnome she fell head over hills in love with him. You see, you can't hide anything when you're naked. Who can blame her?! The man was gifted. :))

Let's see what everyone at Paint Party Friday is doing. Maybe there's someone else naked. You never know. :)


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In pieces

I'm pre-scheduling this post because I have a dentist in the morning. Oh, happy me! :) 

I have no fear of the dentist but I find it annoying. You know. The whole process. I don't do yearly check-ups. Who does that? I go when I'm in pain. :) And even then I wait until it really gets out of hand to actually call a dentist. 

It's just annoying to call just so she then schedules the appointment in a month or two. I'm ready to go right now, why do I have to wait? Well, if you complain that you're in pain, they get you in sooner but I usually don't. Cause I don't like complaining. That's a whole other post, believe me. :)

There's usually more wrong in your mouth than you thought and they only fix one tooth. Then they schedule you for another appointment in a month. Why? That is so annoying. Why don't they do the whole thing at once and be done with it. I get it if there's something in need of healing or they are "building" your teeth but not when there is just a hole to fix. Is it that much trouble to go to the next tooth? I don't mind. But they never ask me.

Oh, and I always cry in the dentist's chair. It's so funny. I just sit in it and my eyes start watering. I think it's something about the position I'm in. The whole half laying position, open mouth and bright light in your eyes. I'm not in pain but tears still flow. :)

The Butterfly Effect is in broken pieces this week. Go check it out. :)


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Friday, November 25, 2011

On the book page

water-soluble oil pastels over a pencil sketch.
I finally painted something other than an ATC. And it wasn't in my art journal. :) 

I've seen these faces on book pages on blogs for some time now. Lisa is the most inspiring one. :) Thanks Lisa! So, I finally gave it a go. 

Ok, this sounds like I've never done it before. I have. I like text as a background. I've done many ATC's with book page background and I've collaged book pages on the background. But I never actually drew in a book like this. 

I found this old school book for Slovene language and it opens so wide. Really. None of the other books open this wide. And the pages are bound not glued. I love this book. :)

I know my American friends celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. Everybody is in a very thankful state of mind and I even considered writing a list of things I'm grateful for but I decided not to. I'm in a weird mood and it's very hard to be thankful when you know things are not as they should be. Well, I should at least try, right?!

I know I'm thankful for my blog and FB readers for your love and support. THANK YOU! So, I decided to offer FREE shipping for all my items in my Etsy store. Just enter " freeshipping " as a coupon code when you check out.:)

And I'm thankful for Amy's free on-line classes. :) It's true. It's so much fun to chat away while Amy does the hard work. :) She's teaching a portrait class today, Friday at 2 p.m. CST or 21:00 for most of Europe and you're all invited.

Linking to Paint Party Friday


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE MUSTACHE
I was lost for inspiration for this week's Butterfly Effect theme Coffee or Tea. So, I Googled. And I found these photos.
(source)
Aren't they hilarious?! :)) I want that mug!

I don't consider myself a coffee drinker or a tea drinker. I used to drink tea in winter months to warm me up. And I love any kind of fruit tea. Green, black, white tea doesn't do it for me.

But I recently started drinking coffee on a regular basis. It's sort of a substitute for sweets. :) I add cinnamon to it and I love it.

Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker? What's your favorite?


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

As it happens, it's a movie night

It's so funny! When I was doing that blogging every day in October, I didn't think I was gonna make it. But somehow I managed to find words to post every day. But since the start of November I'm struggling to write a single blog post. So, I'm going with random again.:)
* I'm planning to go see the latest movie from Twilight Saga tonight. If all the stars align just right to make it happen. It's something a couple of us friends have been doing since the first movie. Well, we've been going to the premiere but couldn't make it this time.

* I have these periods of time when I decide to watch movies and yesterday was one of those days. I watched Our Idiot Brother, The Art Of Getting By and I Don't Know How She Does It. I concluded all three were good watchable movies.
 * I also find that my taste in movies varies. It so depends in what mood I am when I see a movie. It can happen that a perfectly good movie sucks because I'm in a "different" mood.

* I also find that I don't get British humor. I mean, we all love Bridget Jones's Diary, right, but Monty Python is a required taste. I saw this movie The Guard which is totally fine but it's represented as a comedy. I do not find comedy in it.

* And to finish this randomness which happened to turn into a movie review :), I decided to see all of the Harry Potter movies. I haven't started yet and I can't promise I'll go all the way through with it but I'll give it a go. To see what all the hype is about. And no. I will not read the books. Movies are as far as I'll go.

Linking to the Artists in Blogland.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Manon's Dolls

  
I told you about Amy's free live video workshop before and last week it was Manon's first workshop. She showed us two different ways to do her adorable little dolls. I don't have markers so I did the first one with acrylics and india ink pens.
The second one is done with chock pastels. It's more smooth and I really enjoyed playing with it but I might have to try it with a bigger face cause it's hard to smudge with fingers. :) 

If you missed the live workshop, Amy recorded them all and you can find them here.(right sidebar)

You can catch another free live workshop tomorrow, saturday 19. November at 9 p.m. UK time. Click the ROOM to get in.

Linking to Paint Party Friday


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