Your Paradise

Digital collage can be so much fun.  I took this water-colour painting I did in my mixed-media journal while I was in Mexico this winter and scanned it.

You can make the place you are now your paradise....

You can make the place you are now your paradise….

A Beach in Mexico

I then made a totally different looking collage out of it digitally using Photo Shop Elements 10  by adding various back grounds and using a variety of filters such as multiply, hard light and the water-colour filter.

Michelle

Love. Focus your thoughts.

Love, Focus your thoughtsI have been MIA from my blog posts for a while – although I haven`t posted in a while I have been practicing drawing faces which I love to do now considering it was one of the things I feared drawing before and a few years ago it is not likely that I would have even attempted to draw a face.Drawings etc 004  But I have decided that the more I practice the more I like the results.

I scanned some of my latest practice drawings and I took this charcoal sketch Charcoal drawing and incorporated it into a digital collage just for fun and I totally love the results and the colours.

Til next time

Michelle

Artist in Lo de Marcos

Beach Sculpture

Beach Sculpture

Only a few more days of my extended stay in Mexico left and I have to say that I have met some very talented artists while here.  There are many musicians that come together and form bands for the duration of their winter stay or have jam sessions where we can go and listen and enjoy some really great music.  Besides musicians there are painters of all mediums and I am inspired by their many talents.  A week ago a few of us got together to paint on the patio facing the beach

The artista table

The artista table

and it was wonderful to see all their different techniques and learn some new ones myself.  Being a self-taught mixed-media artist I am always watching for new techniques to help improve my skills especially in water-colour and acrylics.

Where we held the day of art was at Villa del Ray which is owned by an extremely talented artist Lonny Ford,

3 Amigos

3 Amigos

he has decorated his rental suites with his art

Donkey planter

Donkey planter

and the property and it is fun just walking around and seeing all his different sculptures – every time I went there I discovered another piece that was amazing.

Pelican Pilots

Pelican Pilots

Interesting enough, he does not sell his art, it is strictly for his own enjoyment and those that stay at his house and suites.

I have included e few pictures of his amazing and often humorous art work.

 

Until next time

Michelle

Let Your Heart Sing with a Tussie Mussie

Back in August I was visiting Donna Downey’s blog and she posted a how to make a ‘Tussie Mussie’ and you might be wondering what the heck is a Tussie Mussie.  The easiest way for me to explain it is that is a cone container made from canvas.  I thought what a great idea and a new way to play with paint and collage and make something besides a picture, make a wall decoration that can be the home to some flowers or moss or who knows what, be creative.

Here is the one I made,

Tussie Mussie

not exactly the way it was constructed by Donna Downey but it still worked out fine and the finished piece ended up being a lovely Birthday gift for a very dear friend of mine.  She loved it!

I painted some canvas and then cut into two triangles, sewed them together,  then proceeded to add collage elements and some text. I added two eyelets at the back to attach ribbon  for a hanger.  I made some coffee filter roses and then coloured them with watercolour – to fill the cone, using some dried moss as filler to hold the flowers in place.  I bought the canvas at the art store which sells it by the foot.

To get further instructions visit www.donnadowney.typepad.com and go to her blog post August 21/12.

This was a fun project and it makes a great hostess gift.

Until next time

Michelle

Tussie Mussie

Let Go – Be Bold

“Each day brings with it another chance to live in the moment”.

I have been switching back and forth between hand-made collage and digital collage depending on what mood I am in.  It is certainly nice to have the choice and I really love being able to take art that I created previously and

Nourish Your Soul – Dream

use it again in a totally different way in my digital art.

I think with the onset of the cool, wet weather I have been craving lattes because they are delicious and creamy, my comfort drink of choice.  So this digital piece features a coffee cup and I recycled a couple of my background collages that I had scanned a long time a go.  I used some adobe brushes to create  swirls and various filters to create the effect I wanted which was a comforting warm feeling.  I love the versatility of Photoshop and how you can manipulate the layers to give the feeling of luminosity.  l love this collage and printed it of and framed it in white frame. This piece has quickly become one of my favorites.

Until next time – nourish your soul – Dream!

Michelle

I`m a Late Bloomer

I am so excited to be featured on this lovely blog for late bloomers http://www.imalatebloomer.com/ it encourages me and inspires me to continue on my artful journey.  I love reading the amazing stories of others that started on their art journey later in life and how it has added more joy and happiness to their life.

Michelle

Altering Your Art Digitally

Each day, every day, live in the moment, take time to DREAM – LISTEN to your HEART- Live, Create & Imagine…

This digital collage is composed of my scanned artwork that I did previously including a photo of dandelion puffs I took early in  the spring.  I have been continuing my practice using the filters and shadow effects in Photoshop Elements along with experimenting with different light filters.    I started out with the following scanned art which I placed in individual layers and then manipulated with filters, inverting colour, etc. The wings are created with digital brushes.

The photo above is the finished collage.

Until next time

Michelle

Creating with Photoshop Elements

“Open your mind and create freely”

I switch back and forth from getting messy with paints and gesso and little bits of paper creating collage to taking my scanned art journal pages and repurposing them in a digital collage.  I am starting to experiment more with filters and special effects and found some great sites to download free adobe brushes to use, one site that had a good selection is http://www.brusheezy.com/brushes.  the nice thing about digital collage there is no mess to clean up afterwards…..

I have been going through a book on digital collage that I purchased a while back, ‘Digital Expressions – creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements’ by Susan Tuttle and trying the different techniques.  Over the past few days I have been working on three different digital collages, this one I really like the colours

Fond memories of Paris

and it was a bit reminiscent of our trip to Paris a few years ago since I used  bits and pieces from scanned postcards from the trip in the layers along with one of my recently drawn faces.  I enjoyed trying the different filters to see what effects I could create, and I am pleased with the results.

Until next time

Michelle

Large Canvas Transformation

I have been trying my hand at some larger canvases, up till now I have basically worked with 8 x 10 most of the time.  So I bought a few 16 x 20 canvases to work on and see how I did with this larger format.  I like to take my time adding different components to the collage and place them where I can look at them for a few days and decide what I want to add.  Here is the first one I started, I have another 3 on the go as well, but this is the only one I thought to take photos of it in its transformational stages.

The photo  to left is the first stage using  variety of patterned papers and hand drawn image.

Next came the addition of acrylic paint, last photo I added more collage pieces, pan pastels and shading. Still feel I want to add more. I will post the final when it is done.

Til next time

Michelle

Do you believe in Magic?

“Those who don`t believe in magic, will never find it.”Roald Dahl (1916-1990) Writer

Remember when you were a child and everything was so magical and you used your imagination everyday to create as you played, often including imaginary friends?  It was a magical time – there was Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, fairies, Peter Pan and yes sometimes monsters under the bed.

A few weeks ago I picked up Rhonda Byrne’s (The Secret) latest book “The Magic” at Costco and had planned to give it as a gift for a girls weekend I was going on but instead kept it and gave another gift. I have since started reading the book and it is a great learning tool when it comes to gratitude.  I always practice my nightly gratitude and through out the day but since I have been reading this book I have escalated my gratitude even more because gratitude is the real magic ingredient in our lives.  I have found that I feel even more joy and happiness in my life and some great things have been manifesting as well, I wake up feeling energized after sleeping really well and just have an overall feeling of calmness. It really does change your life and it’s like MAGIC!

Bring Magic into Your Life with Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson (B.1933) Singer Songwriter

I was working on another digital collage and used a drawing/painting that I did when I was practicing my drawing skills which was inspired by  mixed-media/digital artist, Debbie Kerkhof  who was featured in Somerset Digital Studio magazine (Autumn 2011 issue).  I loved her whimsical faerie mannequins and thought I would see if I could draw something like that and lo and behold I did – I keep discovering all this drawing talent that I never really knew I had, after so many years ago when I was in Jr. High being told that I did not have drawing talent so was not allowed to take the art class, instead I had to take Home Economics. A special Thank You to Debbie for her wonderful inspiration,this is one of my favorite drawings that I have done so I scanned it so that I could use it in other art forms.  I also incorporated a few different art journal pages I had scanned and created this new digital collage and including an inspirational affirmation  – “Bring the Magic into Your Life with an Attitude of Gratitude.”

Until next time I thank you for taking the time to read my post  – please feel free to leave a comment.

Michelle

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