A Toast to 2014

I created this collage for a special friend who is a ‘Sommelier’ (one who has studied areas of wine procurement, wine storage, wine cellar rotation, and expert service to wine)
Cheers Taking what I learned when I took Sandra Duran Wilson’s – No Fail Fescoes class at the Art and Soul Retreat in Portland I applied these techniques to the collage. You can find Sandra on Facebook or at her website http://www.sandraduranwilson.com/Artist

To begin with I covered the canvas with some collage papers and then thinly applied Venetian plaster and pressed a stamp into the plaster to create a textured aged look. I drew some wine glasses on ‘Rice Paper’ because of it’s transparency and used a gold pen to write positive words within the glasses and then cut them out and attached them to the canvas. I added more layers of Venetian plaster here and there and then started using oil pastels, rubbing it into the crevices to add colour and more depth to the overall collage and this is what I ended up with.

My friend loved the collage and has hung it in a special spot by her wine collection.

If you want to try using Venetian plaster in your collages you can get it from Home Depot.

Happy New Year and Happy Creating
Michelle

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The Joy of Trying Something New

When I was at the Art and Soul Workshop in Portland I took a No Fail Frescoes Workshop with Sandra Duran Wilson Abstract Artist. ( she is having a huge sale of her art work check her out on Face Book or at http://www.Sandraduranwilson.com) She uses Venetian plaster to add really wonderful texture to the canvas.

I had some scrap wood that I wanted to use for substrates so I covered them with a thin coat of Venetian plaster and texturized with stamps etc.

Joy

Joy


I then covered with acrylics and added some little Christmas trees I created out of sheet music and then crimped, added some sparkles etc. and now I have some nice little Christmas plaques.
Gratitude

Gratitude

Love

Love

Peace

Peace


They were fun to make and will be good hostess gifts, etc. Now I have sparkles everywhere including my face....it is the season for sparkling.

Happy creating
Michelle

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Let Your Light Shine

“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

This is the latest portrait drawing that I did with watercolour – I then scanned it and created a new digital collage.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

Let Nothing Dim the Light from Within.

I had scanned a couple of my background pages from my art journal and incorporated them into the digital collage as well.null
I have received my encaustic supplies and gearing up to start creating more with wax….stay tuned for my journey with encaustic.

Until next time happy creating…..

Michelle

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Cowgirls Gone Wild for Little People of BC Society

I had fun creating this digital poster for the White Rock Chapter of the Valley Women’s Network upcoming fundraiser which I am also a member of.

Cowgirls Gone Wild for the Little People of BC for Short Stature

The Valley Women’s Network is comprised of eight chapters in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.  The purpose of the Valley Women’s Network is to promote the interest of women, through networking, education and friendship.  All the chapters give back to their communities in whatever way they can.  The White Rock Chapter tries to do one fundraiser a year, either in chapter or with the public.  This year we decided to do a musical event, showcasing three talented members of the Valley Women’s Network. The organization we choose to sponsor is a group decision made by the core committee of our chapter.  Core members will submit an organization that is of special meaning to them, we discuss the organization’s needs and then we vote.   We have previously supported Kids with Cancer, South Fraser Women’s Society and for 2012, we chose the Little People of BC for Short Stature Awareness.

It is close the White Rock Chapter’s heart as one of their members is a mother of a little person and is an active member of the Society.  The Society is a non-profit organization for children and adults with a growth disorder or dwarfism. They provide social, emotional, and educational support to the membership and their families; to educate the general public about short stature; to provide a medical board knowledgeable about short stature; and to refer members to various community services and government agencies for additional support.

If you are reading this and happen to live in the Vancouver area and are interested in attending, send an email to cowgirlsgonewild2012@gmail.com

Till next time

Michelle

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