Designing Greeting Cards

Well it has been quite sometime since I last did a post….life sometimes just gets in the way, not to mention when you get into a creative slump and I am happy that I am emerging into creative space again.

Today I created a greeting card for my Valley Women’s Network – White Rock Chapter to welcome our new members.  I basically took a number of watercolor paintings I have created and took them into Photoshop Elements, using layers and a few filters to create the image for the front of the card.  We have been using Send-Out Cards to send Thank You cards to our guest speakers and now we  have added new members.  It is great to be able to create images of my original paintings and then upload to so that we have original personalized cards going to our members and I am grateful to have this platform to highlight some of my artwork.

If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur and want to meet other like-minded women to network with in the Fraser Valley, check out our website for meeting dates and locations.  I have been a member for 6 years now and I really love all the new friends and connections I have made over the years.


Welcom card copy



I have a lovely group of women  that I used to work with for many, many years and we get together once a month for lunch.  It is such fun to go to lunch with them and still keep in contact even though we are all now retired.  This past Tuesday we had our Christmas lunch and for fun we do a Secret Santa.  I decided to do a little Christmas painting to give as my Secret Santa gift.

It started out as layers of various papers and words and then I painted over with some white gesso and pressed a stencil into the gesso so that it would add some texture.  Next I painted the blue background then the tree and the word Joy.  I added some sparkle to the tree because Christmas always needs some sparkle.  Now I have sparkle showing up everywhere especially my kitchen floor…..

So when the gift exchange began my good friend Vera picked my gift…so delighted it went to her!   I feel so very blessed to have so many wonderful friendships that came over the 32 years that I worked at BCIT and I look forward to lunch with them every month.


The flowers below the painting are made from coffee filters.

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a beautiful and fun New Year!



Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I was in a Craft Fair a week ago and am so grateful to those who bought my paintings.

A very dear friend who is so very supportive of my art bought the following three pieces.

I have been drawing birds lately and these birds are the results.

The first is a 10 x 10  deep canvas mixed-media collage using papers, hand drawing, acrylics and Venetian plaster.

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Sing Your Song


The second is a 6 x 6 encaustic on wood panel.

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Hope for the World

The third is another encaustic on 6 x 6 wood panel.

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Free as a Bird

Thank you for taking the time to check out my art work.

Until next time, happy creating.


Portrait practice

It has been awhile since I have done any art…..unfortunately I was displaced for a nearly two months in the summer due to a faulty washing machine that flooded my condo. Everything was packed up and it took nearly two months before I was home again. It has taken me a while to get my studio back in order and to feel the desire to paint.

So this past week I decided to try doing a portrait – it started out as a pencil sketch and then I added Conte crayon and charcoal and then added watercolor.  It feels good to be creating again!!!!!

Girl copyHappy creating til next time – Michelle

Gathering Inspiration from Other Artists……

I have a few favorite artists that I draw inspiration from…..I love their art and they are often generous and share their artistic techniques.  One of my favorites is Pam Carriker, I have followed her for a few years now and through her videos I have been able to improve my portrait-type paintings.

When I am inspired to practice drawing and painting faces I tend to do a number of paintings in a week or so in my multimedia sketch book, just practicing and trying to improve my images.  Here are a few faces  that I have done recently in watercolour.  Watercolour is certainly not the easiest medium to master but I am taking baby steps as I learn more about it.

til next time happy creating



April Showers Bring May Flowers – Painted Wine Glasses

I happened to run across some painted glasses on Pinterest and thought I would like to try my hand at it.

Here are the glasses I painted……it was fun and I love the colourful bouquet of tulips I created.

Colourful hand painted wine glasses.

Colourful hand painted wine glasses.

Pretty looking inside the glass too.

Pretty looking inside the glass too.

Two mediums come together digitally

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had done a post……much longer than I thought.  But today I decided it was time to get back to it.

I haven’t been creating too much art this past while except for some water colouring in my sketch book but I am starting to feel more inspired to get back to mixed-media.  Over the weekend I thought I would see what I could create digitally and decided to take the water colour painting from my last post and incorporate it with one of the sunset pictures I took while spending time in Mexico this past winter.  So here it is.

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

I used the sunset photo as the background then selected the girl from my water colour painting and then added a photo of one of my Encaustic paintings to add a more painterly look to the sunset along with a couple of little butterflies.  I used a number of different filters to get the effect I wanted.

Here are the image layers I used to create this in Photoshop Elements 10.

Lo de Marcos Sunsetencaustic painting     Until next time, happy creating!


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