Sunday, February 28, 2016

PTI's MIM #240 Watercolour Resist

Well, it's Sunday night--and I'm posting this at the 11th hour! I don't seem to be able to get things done ahead of time these days...
I was going to do a big balloon for this technique, but I couldn't find my dies. (I'm not only late these days, I'm more disorganized!) So I used my Life Is Beautiful butterfly dies. My watercoloured panel was done in 3 layers, but I did an ombre wash instead of all one colour on the bottom layer. Each layer was drizzled with Rubber Cement. I cut a pale yellow vellum top for this butterfly and applied some Wink of Stella to the vellum (not that you can see it in this photo). There are two other butterflies, but I'm saving them for another project--I forgot just how large these butterflies are! The butterfly is mounted on the Quilted: Winter Tag die, which was splattered with a little Distress Ink and embellished with some sequins. This card was a bit of a departure from my usual "style" (if I have one), as it's a bit more fussy. The person it's going to is another card maker, and is the "queen of detail", so I wanted it to be something she'd like (I hope). Enough blathering, here it is:
All materials are PTI, except the embellishments. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

PTI - Feb. 2016 Blog Hop

Just a quick post to get this card into today's Blog Hop for Papertrey Ink. Love the inspiration photo colours. I've focused on the fern, the pink flower, and the touch of gold.


The flowers are from Vintage Linens, and the gold-embossed sentiment is from Bloomers. I heat-embossed the ferns from Meadow Greens onto some watercoloured paper, then wiped off the extra ink. Kind of a reverse emboss resist, so that the darker areas are underneath the clear embossing.

This card is going to the senior's home, where the staff held a wonderful dinner in honour of my mother's 90th birthday last weekend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Paintings For Sale

The following original paintings have all been painted by my mother, Lee McColl. They are acrylic, and are varying sizes. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)  All prices are discounted to be half price, or about half price.

Courtenay Air Park
was $100, now $50         Painting is 5"x 8"  (frame is 11"x 14")

was $80, now $40              9"x 12"

was $100, now $50               12"x 12"

Chinese Still Life
was $80, now $40     11"x 14"

was $100, now $50      11"x 14"

African Violet
Was $100, now $50    10"x 10"

Eagle and River
Was $80, now $40                9"x 12"

Foothills of Alberta
Was $80, now $40              9"x 12"

Was $100, now $50             11"x 13" (frame is 18" x 22")

Blue Vase
Was $100, now $50              16"x 20"

After the Rain
Was $175, now $80.00        12"x 16" (frame is about 20" x 24")

Chicken in the Woods
Was $175, now $80.00        12"x 14"  (frame is 17" x 22")

Feeding Time
Was $200, now $100   16.5"x 20.5"   (frame is 22.5" x 26.5")

Close up view

The Fence
Was $125, now $60         12"x 24"

Medicine Man
Was $100, now $50        8" x 10"  (frame is 13" x 15")

In the Garden
Was $100, now $50         12" x 16"  (frame is 14' x 17")

Oval Flowers (Oils)
Was $75, now $40        11" x 14"  (frame is 13" x 16")

Was $100, now $50    8" x 10"  (frame is 15" x 18")

Quiet Stream
Was $125, now $60    8.5" x 11"  (frame is about 14" x 16")

Fading Into the Past
Was $100, now $50    8.5" x 10"  (frame is 16" x 18")

Denman Island
Was $80, now $40    5" x 7"   (frame is 11" x 13")

Black Iris
Was $80, now $40   5" x 7"  (frame is 11" x 13")

The Meadow
Was $75, now $40    9" x 12"

Forest Road
Was $75, now $40               9" x 12"

City Street
Was $125, now $60                 8" x 10"   (frame is 16" x 18")

Sandy Allnock-Paint Along Series, #'s 3 and 4

Well, better late than never... Here are #'s 3 and 4 of Sandy Allnock's Paint Along Series. I don't know if I'll ever get around to #5, though. Sandy makes these look so easy!! But they're not.

#3 was to do a mountain scene, and even though we're just painting along with Sandy (read: copying what she does!), it's still a challenge. I tried to use the same bright yellow-green and blue-greens, mixing up the same paint colours--even though I'd prefer more muted, olive tones--but it's all about learning how to mix paint as well as painting.

  #4 was all about painting a forest scene. Here, Sandy used some Daniel Smith paints in colours I don't have, so mixed up my own as best I could. At least I liked the green colours better--more natural, to my eye.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sandy Allnock Paint Along Series #'s 1 and 2

I'm following Sandy Allnock's "Paint Along" series, found here  She is teaching us how to paint by following along with her, as she paints. She does these paintings effortlessly, while I labour along, taking at least twice as long, and it looks half as good. However, it's fun! And that is what's it's all about.
The barn was the first exercise, and it wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be. Here's my effort. Oh, and I must admit, I used some "artistic license", and painted the barn additions red, as leaving them white just plain bothered me!

The lighthouse was the second exercise (found here) and I found this much more challenging! Some things I like, other things, like the shadow on the lighthouse itself, and many other things, need much more practice. Again, though, it was fun!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

PTI Alphabet Challenge

The fun continues over at PTI with the Paper Crafting Alphabet Challenge. I've missed a couple of challenges, due to lack of time, but was able to put together a card for this one.

Since my first name begins with K A T, here's what the challenge dictated:
K use Kraft cardstock
A add a border
T tie on some twine

And here's what I came up with. The panel was hand painted with watercolour paints and mounted onto Kraft cardstock. The green vellum tag was cut with a Tremendous Tag, and embossed with a sentiment from Embroidered Blooms. A border was added with a narrow strip of gold adhesive sheet, and a bow made of twine was attached onto the tag. The inside says, "I think you're pear-fect".
Thanks so much for looking!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PTI-Create Along With Us

With all the celebrations going on over at PTI, I was inspired to make a balloon shaker card for my granddaughter's birthday. What better way to celebrate?? I used PTI's Shaker Shapes: Balloon, as well as the Hip, Hip Hooray stamp set.

PTI's Sampler Square Challenge

Papertrey Ink's 9th anniversary celebration is here, and to celebrate, they have a few challenges. For this one, we were to create a card with 9, 1.5 inch squares, all done with a different technique, and mounted onto a 5.5 in square card base. So here is what I came up with, using a variety of PTI's Flower Fusion stamps.
And here are the techniques, going across from left to right: 1) ombre sponging with emboss resist 2) watercolouring-no stamps 3) Copic colouring 4) just stamps, with Glossy Accents 5) sentiment & frame 6) lifting technique with Distress Inks 7) spraying inked stamp for a watercoloured look 8) using die cut and dimensional foam 9) freehand doodling over stamps

Saturday, February 6, 2016

PTI's Colour Recipe Card

The colour recipe I've chosen is Ashley's, but I didn't use the green. I created this card a few days ago for my Mother's birthday next week. Yes, she's going to be 90, and still going strong!

(Nb.I made this card a few days ago, for the Online Watercolour Class, but it is still a "new" card, and hasn't been entered in any challenges, so I hope it still qualifies for this challenge!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

OCC Day 6: Wet-on-Wet Florals

Here is my first attempt at doing a small painting, imitating Swarup. Her paintings are so loose and lovely, but I have a long ways to go in being "loose". However, I was still a little pleased at how this turned out. It might have been better to do a larger painting, but didn't want to "waste" paper! I know, I know, we're not supposed to be worrying about that, but it's really hard to get Arches 140lb Cold Pressed paper in my town. I'm not sure how I will finish this off. I may frame it with an oval mat, placed over top of this panel.