Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Remembering 2013

Hello Bloggers:

As I prepare our annual newsletter and think back over the events of 2013 it occurred to me that, as an artist, I accomplished a great many things.  My word for 2013 was "Explore" ...

and that's exactly what I did - explored creating art! ...  This journal page contains some of my favourite 2013 creations  ...

(click to enlarge)

... it was completed with coloured pencils, water coloured pencils, lots of Gesso, artist pens, metallic pens, markers, home-made stamps and stencils, and even a bit of pastels.

Have you made a "2013 in Review" project?

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

~ Terry ~

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November Art Blitz

Hello Bloggers, first up is the latest tag in Tim Holtz' "12 Tags of 2013" on which he uses a chalkboard technique.  OMG! there's only one tag left this year!!

 I had to give this technique a go and here's my chalk board tag. ...  Let me know what you think!

I'm continuing to explore creating art with coloured pencils and participating in Colored Pencil Magazine's monthly art challenge (

This was my submission for the Oct-13 challenge - glass and cellophane are very tricky subjects.....

The November challenge was a grey toned portrait and I created a trilogy of interpretations.....

Grey Girl - Fantasy

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Oh Yeah Baby, It's Fall!!

Hello Bloggers,

Fall ... time for harvest festivals, Thanksgiving, Halloween, coloured leaves, and long walks.  I've been inspired to paint the colours of the season, and wanted to share the results with you.

First up is an ink and watercolour sketch of Nelson, BC.  Lots of contrast in this journal page - detail and impression, B&W and colour, and organic and architectural. 

Next up is a coloured pencil "painting".  I'm really enjoying working with these Prismacolor pencils.  The process is slow, but I'm loving the outcome...

And to wind things up is my take on Tim Holtz Oct-13 tag of the "12 tags of 2013".  It's all about the glitter - Distress Glitter that is!!  Check out Tim's blog for his awesome tutorial on his Halloween inspired tag.

DSC06998Here's Terry's Take On Tim's Tag.......

Trust you enjoyed your visit, and
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Coloured Pencil "Paintings"

Hello Bloggers, I want to share with you my new passion - coloured pencil "paintings".  I'm hooked - it's fun to draw your own picture, then colour it (it is a lengthy process though).  The trick lies in applying the colour in layers to achieve depth.  In August I watched a YouTube technique tutorial, and the rest (they say) is history.......

 "Peonies and Roses" is my first "painting"
"Frog Peak" depicts a scene a few miles from my home (I need to work on landscapes)
"Wet Leaves" is my third "painting" and I'm rather proud of how it turned out.  I drew the cream coloured veins quite heavy in one of the first layers and they're still visible 3 layers later.

I use Prismacolor artist quality pencils, a colourless pencil crayon or solvent for blending, and touches of white acrylic paint.

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Summer Crafts

... ahh, summer weddings ... I've made two special cards ...

one couple are traditional (although their colours are green and purple) ...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Oh Those Lazy Days of Summer.....

Seasonal Color Palette: June

June officially kicks off summer and Ranger Ink has another Seasonal Colour Palette Challenge.

Here's my interpretation of Summer Memories using Ranger's colour palette - a birthday card for a special guy.....

... and "yes" I did colour the black and white vintage clipart.

Thanks for visiting, and
Happy crafting
~ Terry ~

Monday, 3 June 2013

June 2013 Tag Inspired by Tim Holtz


Love, love, love this "colour it" tag using distress markers.  Tim included a lot of tips and tricks for using the markers in his tag demo this month.  The background is a mixture of stains, inks and paint - gorgeous!.

The technique is to stamp an image on watercolour paper, colour and blend it with distress markers, then attach it to the coloured tag that is stamped with various images.  I added a spray of Perfect Pearls to finish it off!

Here's my colourful creation (reminds me of our flower garden) ......

Happy crafting :D
~ Terry ~

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Princess Dresses

I LoVe garage sales ... Last week I peeked inside a grocery bag at a sale and saw glittery fabric; sure I could use that fabric in a project I added it to my pile of treasures (I got the bag for free).  At home I discovered seven little costumes - all wet, dirty, and torn.  The first order of business was laundry.  They cleaned up not bad - so I ironed them and identified the repairs required.  Some parts had to be removed, others were salvageable, and they all needed a little bling.  I starched the outside materials, rebuilt wings, made ribbon flowers, added lace, ribbon, glitter and sequins and sewed and glued and ..... ta da - here's pictures of the dresses.  (I regret not having taken any "before" pics).

Some little girls are going to be very happy to get this little bundle.

Enjoy your crafting!!

~ Terry ~

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My Mona Lisa

Had a lot of fun creating this eclectic multi-media journal page.

Thanks for visiting.
~ Terry ~

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Memories of Mom

Hello Bloggers - I wanted to share with you this journal page I finished today.  With Mother's Day fast approaching I was thinking of the Moms who have passed through my life - Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmothers, Aunties, Great-aunties, Step-Mom, and friends from an earlier generation.
Happy Mother's Day
~ Terry ~

Thursday, 2 May 2013

May 2013 Tag Inspired by Tim Holtz

Love Tim's tag using a "remnant rub resist technique" (remnant rubs are Tim's rub-on transfers - GoRgEoUs!).  The process is to rub random small transfers on the tag, then swipe the tag through various distress stains, ink the edges and stamp a variety of images.  The stamping ink can be removed from the rub-ons (or left on).  It's quite a fun technique.  Finish off with various embellishments and some coloured crinkle ribbon.
Here's my take on Tim's May-13 tag technique:

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Mon Ami

Another fun to create journal page - water colour portraiture surrounded by collage, stenciling, and stamping

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Welcome to MY World

LoTs of FUN creating this layout ...
multi-media includes everything (but the kitchen sink) : doodles, acrylic paint, markers, stencils, drawings, stamps, drywall spackle, coloured pencils, scrapbook paper, magazine cutouts, Mod Podge, gesso, water pastels, washi tape, .....

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


feelings, thoughts, memories from days gone by...
collage of a water coloured face, acrylic paint background, doodling, stamping, and letters cut from magazines.

With Spring around the corner - where are your thoughts?

Friday, 5 April 2013

Happy Earth Day 2013 - April 22nd


Seasonal Palette: April

photo credit: The Ranger Ink Blog, Seasonal Color Palette: April

Ranger Ink has posted an April challenge to create projects that feature Ranger Ink's earthy color palette.  The quote on their photo speaks volumes to me as a Canadian, eh.  Seriously I love the palette and was overwhelmed with inspiration.

My project began as an art journal page and finished as a greeting card.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Photo Memory Box

Hello Bloggers, today I am sharing  with you a tutorial for an altered wooden photo memory box I made using Graphic 45’s French Country collection paper.  The box has a 4”x 6” photo insert, with lots of room inside to hold treasures.  The techniques are versatile and can be used for a number of projects.  Let your imagination soar.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

How to Make Your Own Gesso

I use a lot of gesso in my art journaling, now with this cost effective recipe I can use even more.

DAP Plaster of Paris Dry Mix, 2 kg

1. Slake your plaster of Paris by mixing together 1 part plaster of Paris and 4 parts water. Let the mixture sit until the plaster settles to the bottom. Then pour off the water and mix again. Repeat this process three times. The plaster reacts with the water. If the mixture gets warmer than when you started, repeat the process. If it appears to be the same temperature as when you started, then your plaster is slaked.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2013

Well Tim has outdone himself.  This month's tag features his new metallic distress paint.  So many beautiful patina items; and the dragonfly, stamped first direct on the tag, then again on clear plastic - cut out and attached. Lovely.

Okay, what metal trinkets do I have in my stash?  I was inspired to use metallic acrylic paint to achieve the patina on the metal buckle, chipboard letter, and the black and gold steer.  The stained crinkly ribbon was a must - and the blue rick-rack and feather coordinated perfectly.  This was a fun project to get the creative juices flowing.

  Thanks for stopping by.

~ Terry ~

Friday, 22 March 2013

Spring Adventures

So excited - my daughter and grandbabies will be here today for Spring break.  I'm looking forward to some adventures - which inspired a journal page this morning.  Happy Spring.


Which style do you prefer?  Why?

Friday, 15 March 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

UPDATE: Apr 4-13
Yours truly is not in this year's list of finalists.  Happy crafting!
~ Terry ~

A big "thank you" goes out to my family and friends; because of their encouragement I'm auditioning for Graphic 45's 2013 design team.  Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company. They offer unique and vintage inspired crafting products - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design.  I adore their products and would love to be selected as a design team member.

I'm to submit a minimum of six projects that I created.   Here they are ...

This birthday greeting uses Graphic 45's French Country collection papers.  I used an oval punch to create the delicate cutting.  The whimsical flowers are petals from the collection mixed with pre-cut petals.

Spring is in the air and this door wreath perfectly reflects the season.  Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection was the perfect choice for this project.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Cardmaking for Everyone - yes, you can make cards

Who wouldn’t love to receive a hand-made greeting this Easter.  These cards are a quick, easy, and fun project anyone can do.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Tim Holtz' ... Tattered Floral Challenge

Hello Bloggers ... Tim has put out a challenge to "create your own layered creation using the tattered floral die".  Sounds like fun, right? Right!  Here's my project .....

Sunday, 3 March 2013

My Very First Blog Post

Well this is it ... and you're sharing it - my very first blog post.

I want to share my adventures in arts and crafts - including my pics, your pics, tutorials, and links to amazing places and people.

I'm glad you're along for the journey.