lundi 30 juin 2014

Nail polish marbled paper

Last week, as I was packing up my toiletteries, I came across my embarassingly extensive nail polish collection. I noticed I had more than a few bottles that were not my style anymore or in which the nail polish had thickenend too much to be usable.
So then I remembered this post by the ladies on A Beautiful Mess and decided to try my hand at marbling a couple of scrap paper pieces I had on hand. Thus, I would use up some of my stash at the same time. Win-win!
This paper is made with a tan polish plus two glitter ones, you know the 'Halloween' type colors that live at the back of the medicine cabinet. I love how the glitter shows up in the sunlight.

What I learned : don't skip the gloves! I didn't have any on hand so had to do extensive cleanup on my hands after this project! Also, it's hard to  not get intoxicated by the fumes when you're working in the bathroom on the 26th floor of a building! I didn't want to work on my balcony for fear of the papers being blown away. It's really important to have the right equipment.

I also learned that if your nail polish is too thick, like the red one above, most of it sinks to the bottom. When you try to swirl it, it just stays in clumps, so it's ok as an accent color but doesn't give the same effect as the regular nail polish.

I had fun experimenting and can definitely see myself doing marbling with the kids and toxic-free materials in our backyard once we get to Canada. In the meantime...I never threw away those nail polish bottles since I now have a whole different reason to hoard them! WHY? Why???

I'll be cutting up these pieces and using them in my art journals and in my Summer of Love journal.

vendredi 27 juin 2014

Last run for Marie-Antoinette

Before packing up Marie-Antoinette, my sewing machine, I decided to make one last page. Because, you know, packing can wait!

I decided to pull out all of my favorite little bits and put them all into a page protector which will then go in my From Here to There album. This is the first side. LOVE! Sequins, diamonds, wood veneer, gold, maps, stripes, glitter, city scapes....

And the backside is just as appealing to me : hearts, florals, stars, birds, vellum, my kids! Yay! I even like the random pink sequin that sneaked into the bottom right pocket and the wonky stitching all over the page.

A couple of close-ups. There is something about those little squares that bring me joy.

A big thank you to my trusty machine :)

Time to Get Messy || 01

I am very excited to join some very creative ladies and to participate in the Get Messy art journal challenge. I will be using this challenge to hold myself accountable for my From Here To There album, which showcase our transition from Hong Kong back to Canada. To see some of my previous pages from this album, please take a look at the From Here To There category in the menu on the right side of this page. You can also look at the Art Journal category to check out my usual style of art journaling which I do in a big Moleskine sketchbook. You will see lots of these pages pop up on my blog every Thursday.

I've constantly been inspired by these ladies and I'm honored to be featured among them and to contribute to the inspiration pool. Please take the time to check out their wonderful work.  

Here are my most recent pages:

Ah, there is something to be said about black white and pink, no?

This next spread is pretty intense.

I wanted my pages to reflect the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong at night. So I wrote down some of the details I want to remember in the background. In retrospect, I should have just used one color, probably the silver. But that is what art journaling is all about : trying things out and figuring out what you like. 'Causeway Bay Lights' is the title of the painting and it fits perfectly.

On the right is a page filled with little bits. This side has an urban/travel feel to it, with the maps and globes.

To contrast with the previous spread, I want this one to showcase a more country/vacation/simple pleasures feel. We are leaving a crazy busy city to go to a calmer, more laid back one. So I wanted this feeling to stand out.

Florals and kids and sequins and stars!

I was so happy when I saw that I had enough letters left in this great set to write out my phrase. I had to cut the 'h' to make an 'n', but it's all good!

Thank you so much for looking. Please don't be shy and leave me a comment!


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

jeudi 26 juin 2014

Last art journal page in Hong Kong

Time to pack up my Moleskine and art supplies and to wish them good luck on their journey across the globe!

**UPDATE: I couldn't go through with it!!! I kept my lovely Moleskine with me. I just couldn't be without it for two months. Plus, now that I am a Get Messy contributor, I'll be filling up the pages even faster. Already very inspired by the ladies in that group.

mardi 24 juin 2014

Recent art journaling pages

These are the first few spreads in my Moleskine 6.

I haven't had as much time as usual to play in my art journal as I prepare for the move. I'm sure I'll be really glad to see it again in August !

lundi 23 juin 2014

June Project Life pages

Yes, I know June isn't over yet! But on the 26th, all of our belongings are being packed up and put in a container, which will then cross the oceans, all the way from Hong Kong to Canada. This means 2 months without my art supplies and my Project Life stuff! So I am sharing those pages this week, while I still have my albums and supplies.
This first spread is fom June 2nd to 8th. I reallt like this one, the blue hues on the left and the pink hues on the right.

This little card actually inspired the first page of my From Here to There album. The layering of all those bits on this card to document a sleepover was just too fun to do and I wanted to repeat that playfulness.

Next up, June 9 to 15. There is a lot going on on the left side, whereas the right on is mostly dedicated to one evening. Still, I am glad to have captured the most important and/or super ordinary moments in our lives....I love that twofold family photo on the bottom of the left side.

In between the spread above, I put an insert with drawings made by the kids for Mother's and Father's day.

And finally the week of June 16th to 22nd. LOVE how all the colors match in this spread. This past week was quite full, with my husband's birthday, a national holiday, two end of year school shows and time spent with girlfriends. Plus my sister got engaged, YAY! I really made do with the June kit from Studio Calico on these pages.

The next time I will see this album is in August! In the meantime, I'll be documenting in my From Here to There album and in my Field Notes notebook...and enjoying the process :)

samedi 21 juin 2014

I have not fogotten them

The news moves along; there is always something happening in this world. But I have not forgotten the kidnapped Nigerian girls or the agony that their parents must be going through, now that the world's attention is elsewhere.

vendredi 20 juin 2014

More pages from my album

Since my last post, I have filled in the two blank pages in my From Here to There album.

Living abroad is definitely a learning experience...and a lot more about one's self than anything else. At least it was that way for me.

I continued on with the pages right after the one with the small photos of us.

I had these 4 x 4 pictures printed out for another project that didn't work out. So I'm glad to place them here. They are a great snapshot of a typical day for me in Hong Kong. That wood flag with the clock was perfect.

I love that you see Quebec, Canada (where we are going) on that piece of map, plus the hearts that peek on either side.

All of this 'going home' business made me want to document family. Until recently, my family lived on four continents.
When my father died in South Africa, we came together from North America, Asia and Oceania to see him off. I took this picture on our last day there. Now that my father is gone and that we are going back to Canada, we will be on two continents. So going home for me doesn't necessarily mean going back to be with my family.

I pieced this page together because of that amazing cloud image and the equally amazing stamps from Hello Forever.

These pages are probably my favorite ever. I saw a similar image on Pinterest and I wanted to try stitching the wonky circle doodles instead of drawing them. I love how they turned out.

The stitching on the back part of my daughter's page is hidden by the cloud image. For the one behind my son's page, I wanted to let the backside of the stitching show.

I stamped the constellation on a piece of cardstock and added the illustration of a cornoer house in HK, plus that piece of glassine from and envelope in which I wrote that quote.

I am not sure if this is always true, but I thought it appropriate here.

I thought the word 'interfacings' was so cool and fit with these old/recent images of Hong Kong. The stapled piece of vellum says 'thanks for the memories'.

And my final image for today. LOVE IT! We are a nomadic family thanks to / because of my husband's work...

...and I will follow him anywhere.

Thanks for looking. Let me know if you have any questions.

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