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24 December, 2009


As promised here is the finished book.

23 December, 2009

All in One = Finished

The Technique Book 2 is finished. The last two pages are the combination of different techniques where I used leftovers and bits and pieces. I have done binding as well but the battery for my camera needs recharging so the picks will be posted a bit later. All in all I'm very happy with this book and hope you will like it as well. Thank you all for lovely comments and encouragement on the way. I wish you all great Christmas and Happy, healthy and safe New 2010.

16 December, 2009

Inkjet Transfer

Wondering if I slept last night? The answer is yes but it's been one of those mornings when everything fits into place. The last page for the ATC Tech Book 2.

I also managed to finish few more ATC's on Inkjet transfers...

And few more that have been laying for a while...

15 December, 2009


Hick ups with computer resolved and I have it back again. I felt really embarrassed when the technician told me that it was full of dust. Anyway it is clean, working and all my data is saved. That’s all that counts, isn’t it?

Well the time without the computer made my Mum very happy so she decided it was great opportunity to do some make over’s in and around the house which involved hips of money and my labour. Don’t misunderstand this statement; I’m glad she made me do all those things. The only problem is my chronically limited spare time so I ended up without Christmas preparation. This year there won’t be any Christmas cards, presents etc. as I didn’t do any shopping but I ended up with the best present for myself: beautiful garden and new floors.

Of course I struggled even with finishing the page for the Tech book 2 using smoosh technique and magic stamp for ATC’s. "Heartbroken" but happy it's over.

I have to print some images for tonight's class so no time (again) for any writing.

30 November, 2009

Faux Tin Tech

Not much to say:the scanner is letting me down once again. This technique is just not meant to be for my scanner. Also I think my computer is dying slowly and it is time to back up all my work and connect the lap top.

24 November, 2009

Back to Tech Book 2

Finally some time to continue on the ATC Technique Book 2. Below is my page: Peeled Paper Background for the ATC's and the collage for the page background. Have I ever told you how much I love the Golden mediums, pastes and paints? If you haven't tried them I would say you don't know what you missing on.

And one more ATC just in case...

04 November, 2009

What I'm up to

For all of you who have been wondering what's going on with me the answer is simple: NEW PROJECT. Here are some picks of it...

To be continued...

26 October, 2009

Play day

I had a "play day" with my arty friends Davinia and Carmen. While Davinia and I were learning new techniques form the "Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists: Experimental Techniques for Composition, Layering, Texture, Imagery, and Encaustic" by Ann Baldwin (see my Shelfary for further references) Carmen was our third hand. She fed us, made cups and cups of coffees, dried our canvases while we were enjoying our fags on the pation... Dear Carmen - what a value!!!
After 4 hours and a bit I finally finished my "master piece" and left Davinia to clean the mess. Here is my still untitled collage (would you have any appropriate title please let me know).

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25 October, 2009

First attempt

Do you have moments when you have a vision of the finished project but get stuck with lack of knowledge and skill when facing certain technique challenges? Well, I started this 6x6 canvas few months ago and have tried several products but was not quite happy with any of them. Last night I combined Golden's Crackle and Molding paste and this is what I ended up with.

24 October, 2009

Finishing off

Just finished few more ATC's that have been laying around (who knows how many are still waiting to undergo the same process).

19 October, 2009

Personal Taste

Ups... I did it again! I finished the page before the Dominoes class. This page is dedicated to Salvador Dali.

Dali is a Spanish painter, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his work. He was versatile artist employing the extensive symbolism in his work and that is what drows me to his art expression.

Cherry Pie art stamps has a good range of Dali's images (thanks Marina!!!) and they are great to use on dominoes.

09 October, 2009

Every life has a story

Just a quick post before going to work: Crackle background for the Technique Book 2 and an ATC.

28 September, 2009

MUSIC is an outburst of the SOUL

The last class was all about Perfect Pearls and different ways of using them. Unfortunately not everything would fit on the page but few was is enough to make an interesting background. The rubber stamps I used here are great "Chorus" plate from Darkroom door and "Face Curtain" from Cherry Pie.

Now I'm off to lovely Busselton for well deserved break.

20 September, 2009


I have this thing about the messy desk. I am able to create for days under the mess around me until I reach certain point when it makes me nervous and I can't stand it. Usually it takes days until I finish with clearing, storing and cleaning. Than I usually end up with many unfinished "great ideas" that I keep in box for better days when they will finished. Well today I had one of those days when the mess got me. I decided to finish off some of the ATC's by using all the embellishments, paper leftovers and anything that I had laying on my desk for weeks. At the end of the day I ended up with 11 new ATC's clean desk ready for new projects.

18 September, 2009

Foil tape technique, some cards and award

This is my page for the Foil Tape Technique (Tech book 2) which had to wait for 2 weeks because as usually I've been too busy with some other important things in my life: my FAMILY!!! My Mum arrived nearly 3 weeks ago and I've been spending a lot of time showing her around, catching up with my cousins, enjoying Mum's cooking and feeling like a little girl again.

I don't know why I always wait until the last minute to make cards for certain occasions but I stress on a regular basis and finish them while putting on the make up for the party. The cards below are birthday cards for my cousin's 50th and two of his kids (I still wonder how he managed to have one kid born the day before his birthday and one the day after).

My first award which I received from lovely Sam Marshall.

Thank you so much, Sam!!!

03 September, 2009

Beeswax Technique

I finally caught up with my Technique book 2. It's not only the time factor that interferes with my creativity but the thinking process. I can't help it: I'm a "thinker" and most of the time it takes ages until the theme, layout, technique and my satisfaction meet on the page. Here we are:


31 August, 2009

Faded Memories

Here is the page for the Technique Book 2 - Soot technique: