From the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape... We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
Pablo Picasso

Friday, September 30, 2011

study of curves

Septembre is almost over. You only have today left to complete Tammy's ICAD challenge!
You can find everything about that challenge here. She started a REVOLUTION!
I've made it! I've painted 14 more rolodex cards.
Yep. Still having sooooo much fun with my curves!
Promise, I'll think of another theme for the month of august :)
If you missed the 14 others, or just want to look at them again, click here.
 
 
 
I'm still exhausted. And everyone asked me how I made those cards. And I haven't answered yet...
I promise I'll tell you all about the material I've used soon. I just need to make some (more) time.
Happy PPF! Come on!  LET'S PAINT!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Crusade No. 55 : new try

After the complete mess I made the other day, I finally found the time to try Michelle's technique one more time. With a greyish blue and some yellow acrylic this time.
I've used a stencil I made a while ago.
If you click here, you'll see another journal where I use that same stencil with spray ink.


I'm tired this week. Long days at the ICU.
It's only 9 pm. I'm going to bed.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Venice of the north

wandering in the alleys of Bruges...
with Queen Margot seated on her throne
(not giving orders for an hour. pfffew. my hour of rest)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

creating a visual diary

On friday night, I took a workshop with Donna Downey.
Remember? I told you a little bit about her here.
Each one of us got a journal with a gorgeous fabric cover to work in it.
It's the one on top of the pile :
These are the spreads I made :
I love that stencil of tree branches that Donna brought with her.
Plus, I made a friend! Linda was there, coming all the way from Norway!
I sincerely hope to play with her again on a future event.

Monday, September 26, 2011

winner of the book is...

Dana! From Sinderella Studio Designs.
"I like your banner but you have also created so many wonderful pieces that could make a change be just as welcoming. I have no idea how you find the time to create with such talent and be a physician...let alone a mom! Great giveaway!
cheers, dana"
Dana, send me your adress!


Thanks to all off you for your kind comments!
The majority would like me to change my banner. Indeed, changes are good!
Well, stay tuned... maybe it'll happen...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

license to photograph?

Yesterday, we hired a local guide to visit Bruges.
She was a lady around her eighties!
She took us for a walk in the historical city center for a little more than two hours. What a wonderful medieval city! With cobbled alleys, romantic canals and charming houses. Also filled with chocolates-shops and horse drawn carts.
She gave us historical and architectural informations and some gossips about rich flemish families. She gave us some good advises, though being belgians, we already knew about the Bruges Zot beer and the belgian wafels:)
But... there's a but.
When she proposed to take a picture of the five of us next to the lac d'amour (lake of love), this is what she made :
first shot :
 second shot ("so that you can keep the best one") :
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)


I'm too tired tonight to upload the ones I made in Bruges and during the workshops I took (I've told you about them here).
Need to be back to the ICU well rested tomorrow.
I'll post some everyday next week.
Sweet dreams.
Nathalie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

blog anniversary!

One year. 320 posts. 55 followers. 11 870 hits.
For this special occasion, I'm giving away a new copy of 1000 artist journal pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol :
Interested? Leave a comment!
And maybe tell me : should I change my blog banner?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

workshop coming!

A couple of weeks ago, I've joined Scraptastic 2011.
I'm not too much of a scrapbooker but I found classes that can be usefull for art journalers.
And Sint-Laureins is much closer than Washington! Otherwise I would have register for Journal Fest :)


On friday night, I'm going to meet Donna Downey! Her class is a mixed media one : "creating a visual diary". If you haven't watched her videos, you really really should. Her spreads are just gorgeous. Here is a link to all her videos : inspiration wednesday.


On saturday, I'll meet CĂ©line Navarro and make a mini album. I thought it would be an opportunity to finally incorporate pictures of my daughter in a journal. They need to be black and white.
Here are some i'm bringing :
And on sunday, we'll learn an easy bookbinding technique with Nathalie Kalbach and make a book that "can be filled later with thoughts"We'll also play with Tattered Angel products in it.


Those workshops are just three hours long so that gives me plenty of time to visit Bruges where I booked a splendid hotel room with my mom and sister. In fact, I'll sleep in the exact same bed where Colin Farrell slept when he was acting for the black comedy "In Bruges".
Did you know that Bruges is also called the "Venice of the North"? How romantic...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

complete mess

No no no no no... not every piece is a success.
I tried Michelle Ward's disappearing act. I thought I could use her technique for some art journal pages.
Well, I made a mess! A black and white one.
I've used a lovely stamp but white spray paint that was way to liquid and smeared and ruined my page :(
Look at that :
But, I won't give up. Later today I'm going to buy a stencil I saw a couple of days ago at my local craft store and give it another try.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

study of curves

I came back from holiday and found out about Tammy's ICAD challenge for the month of september.

Remember my post about wardrobes?
Then you can tell I was excited with Tammy's color theme!
I am sooooo late to register but I've caught up and made already 14 cards! Yes, I did! All reddish! And with curves! 
In fact, it's a 'path' for larger paintings. I have this old rolodex tray with a bunch of white cards in it. Just wat I needed for the challenge!
Hope you like my cards and if you want me to paint one big/huge/immensely immeasurable for you, please do contact me :)

Have a nice PPF and a nice week-end! Love you all.