Tag: altered art

Inspire Mixed Media Canvas

June 4, 2015 at 9:44 amCategory:Altered Projects | USTREAM Classes


If you are like me, you might have TONS of Prima flowers. I went through a phase where I bought every new pack that came out. I couldn’t get enough! Once I started focusing on Project Life, I stopped using the flowers because they were too bulky on the pages.

Recently, I saw a video that Donna Downey created where she used tons of flowers on an art journal page. I used her idea as inspiration for this canvas. I was tearing into countless packs of flowers and it was almost like those pretty things were thanking me for finally getting used.

I created this canvas on UStream if you would like to check it out. It is actually about 9X24 and takes up a nice chunk of wall space in our bedroom. Marty hung it near our bed to remind me of my goals & dreams…

Altered Home Decor Canvas-Diggin’ Into the Prima Flower Stash USTREAM SHOW

May 26, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:CLASSES | USTREAM Classes

Title: Altered Home Decor Canvas-Diggin’ Into the Prima Flower Stash USTREAM SHOW
Link out: Click here
Description: Do you have a HUGE stash of Prima flowers like I do? Join me tonight for a fun altered art canvas project that can be hung in your home.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-05-26

Inspiration For A Pretty Peacock

March 20, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal


Inspiration is all around us! Not many things can get me to freeze next to my mailbox like getting a new ANTHROPOLOGIE catalog. The images and prints are always stunning but the March 2015 catalog took my breath away! As I flipped through it, I couldn’t help but get lost in the gorgeous colors and combinations of patterns. Lately I have been loving sketching simple pictures and adding lots of pops of color. The catalog inspired me to look closely at different designs that I could somehow recreate in my art. One of the pages had gorgeous tile work that incorporated stunning peacocks. My art is more simplistic than the detailed tiles but I knew I could somehow reinvent those little beauties. So, here is my happy little peacock with gorgeous bright colors! I am so thrilled with how he turned out that I ended up using him for the wallpaper on my MacBook Pro so that every time I open my laptop I see his little face & fun feathers.


Look for inspiration all around you (yes, even in your mailbox) and GO MAKE SOME ART!



Birds of A Feather

March 17, 2015 at 1:25 pmCategory:Art Journal


I have been really drawn to drawing lately. I have been getting lost in the sketching of the lines. Watercolor Pencils seem to be my medium of choice as the colors blending & bleeding into each other is so relaxing to me. As many people, I have Pinterest Boards of all kinds of topics including things that inspire my art journaling (and my imaginary huge apartment in New York City).


One of the things on my Art Journal Inspiration Board is a picture of this beautiful gift wrap. I am like my mom when it comes to drawing. I struggle to draw things from my head but can recreate sketches of pictures that are in front of me. I had a lot of fun reinventing one of the amazing birds on this gift wrap–imagine getting a gift all fanciest up in this?! Just hand me the roll of gift wrap…no need to put anything else inside of it. For the background of my bird art, I used that neat circle & line pattern from the lower left hand corner. Stuck on what to draw? Check out beautiful works of art online to inspire you! Now…enjoy your Tuesday and GO MAKE SOME ART!




Inspiration Wednesday Week #1

March 11, 2015 at 8:30 amCategory:Art Journal


I have been art journaling for a few years now. Nothing very consistent-I dabble in my art journal for periods at a time. I go through spells where I can’t get enough of it. When I started creating this way, I looked for inspiration in artists that had been smearing paint in journals and came across Donna Downey. I used to wake up on Wednesday mornings so excited for her Inspiration Wednesday videos that would pop up on both her blog and on youtube. I was sad to see those kind of fizzle away for a period of time because they both pushed me out of my “box” to try new things AND they gave me a weekly kick to open up the journal and play.

I was so thrilled to see that Donna was offering an Inspiration Wednesday video series that started at the beginning of January. (It isn’t too late to join in!) There was a small charge for the videos which I certainly didn’t mind paying. (I make videos so I know the time that goes into them!)

This is my creation from week #1. I love Donna’s ideas! When I first started art journaling, I would almost copy her ideas step-by-step as I was still learning how things worked. Now, I love to watch the video without touching any art supplies. I watch it a second time once I have an idea of how I want to use her creative ideas as my own springboard. This page was certainly a spin-off of  Donna’s ideas! The part of her first video that I loved the most was her use of chipboard letters on her page. All of the letters of this powerful quote are chipboard letters from my stash-they got beautiful makeovers as I added paints to dress them up.

I hope you enjoyed my version of Donna’s creation! I will post new pages as I work on them. Yes, I am two videos behind. Maybe art journaling needs to be on my agenda this weekend. Stay tuned & GO MAKE SOME ART!

Three Birds On a Branch Art Journaling

January 31, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal | LifeBook

I thought it would be fun to switch it up a little today and share some art journaling with you. These pages are inspired by a video in the LifeBook 2014 Class which I LOVE. There is something so rewarding with starting out pages by covering them with random stuff. I mean check out these pages…BINGO cards, stickers, Monopoly money, playing cards…what an amazing collage of nonsense. I had so much fun ripping, tearing and glueing. IMG_4344

I then added lots of scribbles, colors and doodles. There is something so liberating about the randomness of this background. It looks so messy at this point yet it comes together in the end.


I used to say that I couldn’t draw until LifeBook changed my life. The wonderful teachers taught me how to sketch and not overthink it. These little birds just make me smile! IMG_4346


Some coloring, a touch of sparkly glitter & we have Three Birds On A Branch! IMG_4352

Pommie Art Journaling

December 7, 2014 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

I created this Pomeranian art back at the beginning of the Summer. I wanted to share this little cutie with you in hopes that it will make you smile. I get a kick out of it every time I see it! IMG_4410



WITH YOU-Mixed Media Scrapbook Page

June 23, 2014 at 7:19 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts*** | Scrapbooking


Yes, I dusted off my sewing machine and had a blast making this layout! It is about as mixed media as a scrapbooking layout can get. This picture is of my love & I before we headed into the Paul McCartney Concert in June of 2013. It was like a monsoon outside while we waited for the doors to open but nothing (I mean absolutely NOTHING) was going to ruin our spirits. We could not WAIT for this concert!




Take A Chance Mixed Media Canvas

February 2, 2014 at 12:15 pmCategory:Altered Projects


Recently, I received an email from a childhood friend asking me to create a canvas for her inspired by a picture that she saw on Pinterest. Here is the canvas and a step-by-step video tutorial using Art Anthology products.



Graphite Drawings

December 26, 2013 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal


Ah, LifeBook 2013 is done. The last video was posted and I am gearing up for LifeBook 2014. I can’t wait! One of the major perks of LifeBook is the ability to download & save the videos. I have a bunch saved because I got on board near the end of the class. But, slowly, I have been watching them and learning. LOTS and LOTS of learning!

If you asked me a few months ago if I could draw, I would have said “NO” without a moment’s hesitation. Now, with the help of LifeBook, I have the confidence to draw. Like my mom, I struggle with drawing things from my head but I can look at something and recreate it. This lesson taught me how to create drawings using just a sheet of paper and a pencil (and an eraser for shading & erasing those boo boos). Tam (the amazing gal that runs LifeBook) taught a lesson on how to draw this detailed feather. When I am learning through an online class, I pretty much copy the work of the artist. I venture off into my own creation (using the new skills) in later art.

When I first saw this lesson, I was a little intimidated which doesn’t happen to me very often when it comes to trying something new in my art. BUT, at the same time, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I have been collecting drawing pencils and was excited to add this new skill to my “bag of tricks”. I drew the feather which has significance to our family & added the soft colors using the Peerless Watercolors. (gorgeous colors)



Right now I am in PA visiting my family. My mom brought out her teapot when we had company over. She left it out on the table and I was inspired to draw it.  I used the same techniques for the drawing & for adding the colors. See the list that is part of the background? That is my packing list of all of the things that I needed to pack & bring to PA. It only made sense to draw the PA-inspired drawing on top of the text of that list. I can’t wait to see what else I am inspired to draw…