Thursday, November 27, 2008

Swaps and Christmas Cheer .....

Blogger has done it again (or is it me.....) the pictures are all reversed again!

I have had the best art mail week. I am in a 12 Days of Christmas Swap run by Keron Lee (aka the Colourguru). This week has seen some of the swaps starting to come in.... very exiciting.
This photo is of an amazing Christmas ornament I received from Gina Lighton in the USA (I must email Gina to see if she has a blog we can visit). The top of the ornament is a soldered piece of beautiful bevelled glass with a beautiful image of a goose, the back has a nest with six is so sad, my pictures below just dont do this ornament justice. This photo shows the ornament in its entirety (...sorry about picture quality). Under the goose is beautifully folded paper, adorned with little gold bells and from below are gorgeous ribbons and bead work. An ornament I will cherish for many years to come. This wonderful hanging ornament below was from Anne Le Toux in France. The colours and glazing are beautiful and I love how she has attached the crystal at the bottom and the little bronze hanger from the top. I have decided I am going to hang my ornaments from these old pussy willow branches and gum nut branches this year. Will take another photo later when it has filled up a bit more.

This gorgeous handpainted card was made by Keron Lee, A Partridge in a Pear Tree. I havent been able to get a good photo of the wonderful little felt partridge and nest, all nestled in their pear tree box that Keron made for this swap, but if you visit Keron's blog you will find some lovely photos she has taken.

Keron and I had organised a swap earlier in the year also. Keron wanted to swap one of her face painting for one of my Klimt dolls... love these swaps! Below is the beautiful face picture that Keron has painted for me. You will note the Christmas touch... the fir tree in the background and the holly under her hat... lovely touches.

Below is the Klimt Doll I made for Keron. Keron is not into bright colours and asked for her Klimt Doll to be made in duck egg blue fabric. I think she will should like the subtle blue colours I chose for her.

Tomorrow I am off to do a journal class with Ro Bruhn.... stay tuned for pics.....
Have a deliciously mauve week.... (my friend Dot and I always choose a colour of the day when we email and today we decided on mauve).
Happy arting ....
Jacky xox

Friday, November 21, 2008

Playing with neocolor & art gifts ...

Oooops.... once again my images have loaded in reverse order.... please bear with me (or is it blogger???????)
Recently I have received some lovely "art mail" which I thought I would share with you. From the gorgeous Sharon Tomlinson an absolutely beautiful envelope arrived in the mail (picture below this picture...). Inside the envelope, which is a work of art in itself, were these beautiful serviettes for my art - thank you so much Sharon, I share your passion for serviettes in art. Also these wonderful moo cards and images of Sharons beautiful ladies. Very special.... This is the wonderful envelope..... a treasure itself, and how exciting to see this in your mail box! AND..... that is the back (wondering where my photo of the front is??? will find it soon and share).
Below a beautiful package of handmade lace and vintage embroideries from my very dear patchwork friend Mary. These will be cut up at some stage and used in a patchwork piece. I adore the work of Karen Ruane who uses vintage embroideries in her wonderful wrapping cloths and binders. Pop over to her blog and take a look, her work is stunning.

Talk about spoilt.... I received these beautiful fabrics from Julia of Verdigris Rose blogspot. Lovely florals and the embroidered voile is my favourite I think... or is it the lovely blue background floral? The are all so beautiful and I cant wait to play with them. Thank you Julia!

Finally.... I have been playing around with my neocolor crayons. I just love how creamy and smooth they are. This page in my journal is titled "fronds" as it was inspired by the bracken fronds unfurling. Next I might try the bracken open. I am enjoying playing with ink and watercolor crayon.

Thanks for popping by and visiting my blog! Next weekend my sister and I are doing a handmade journal class with Ro Bruhn..... looking forward to that! My last class with Ro was such fun and inspirational. Will share some of my journal pages from the class with you very soon.
Have a cerulean blue week.
Jacky xox

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Oriental ATC swap and Christmas is on the way...

Its starting to feel a bit like Christmas around here.... These are a couple of my Klimt Christmas Angels that I am making for a few of my art girlfriends. Below a closer look for you... I will make an attachment so they can hang on the Christmas tree or wherever takes their fancy.
These are a couple of ATC's I made over the weekend for a swap with Jenxo and Debbi Baker. Our theme was oriental - I found it hard to get into these as I havent done ATC's for a while, but once I started I really enjoyed the process.

And below
are the gorgeous ATC's I received from the girls. The one on the left is from Jen and the right from Debbi, both very special.

I've also been playing around with my new crayons in my journal so will have some journal pages to share soon.
Meanwhile, thought I would share one of my favourite quote from Sark with you "Love Imperfectly". Such a simple quote, but implies so much.
Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shopping and gifts .....

I know this may seem odd (my latest obsession with paper napkins!!!), but I wanted to share my latest acquisition... I found this gorgeous paper napkin on my shopping expedition with my sister Lee on the weekend. I am so obsessed, I even have my sister checking all the shops for napkins. LOVE this one from Mini-max .... I will have to get this napkin incorporated into some art soon! Dont you just love the background for this picture? This was the wrapping on a package I received from the lovely Dneese of Grrl & Dog blogspot. Also purchases some more Caran D'ache watercolour crayons.... just love these crayons, so beautiful to use. I can feel some journalling coming on... new crayons, new serviettes!
I wanted to share with you these two fantastic "Tree Flags" that I received recently in a swap with Dneese of Grrl & Dog and Lynne Hoppe. These two girls are so talented and I love visiting their wonderful blogs. Dneese made the larger tree flag...beautiful dyed fabrics and lace, and I love the quote. The smaller calico "Tree Flag" is from Lynne with her beautiful hand drawn and painted designs. Check Lynnes blog, she makes lots of these flags for her trees. Very special pieces of art from these two ladies. (Sorry, forgot to take photos of my "Tree Flags" before I sent them off).

Isnt this little doggie toooooo cute! I bought him at a little shop at Yarragon Village not far from where we live. He is so cute and quirky and will soon be going to live with a doggie friend of mine. He is only about 5" tall, but has LOTS of personality I think.

None of my own art to share this post...busy making some Christmas swaps. Do intend to try and do a journal page this week though so should have something to share next week.
Enjoy your short week ( those in Melbourne, having Melbourne Cup day off makes for an extra long weekend and a nice short work week).
Jacky xox