Sunday, July 22, 2012

35lbs Lost!!

Hi all!

Well, it's been three months since I've been on this wellness journey.  Here is the video!!

35lbs LOST!!

So many have asked how I've done it.  There is no special pill here, it's all hard work and eating well.  Please check out MYFITNESSPAL.  It's an absolutely awesome site that helps you keep track of what you eat.  It's free, and works!!  See you there!

Much Love my friends!! xo
P.S  no worries, I will be back to art soon!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Art Journaling my Weight Loss

Welcome friends!!

Just a quick post to show my progress pics, this is from the month of June.  I did a lot of Turbo Jam and Jillian Michaels.  :)

I didn't "suck in" my stomach in either pic lol.
Art journaling this journey has helped me immensely.  Check out my Weight Loss Art Journal FLIP HERE!  :)

Much Love xo!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Artful Weight Loss Art Journal

Welcome friends!

Another month has flashed by me.  I have now been with this lifestyle change for two months now.  Yesterday made 26lbs lost!

I have been doing some art, mostly in my weight loss journal.  The page above is my 1 month measurements.

I have a little Facebook group called Artful Weight Loss feel free to join us!  Every week I put up a prompt, the one above was "why do you want to get healthy?".

I have missed you all.  It saddens me that I have to (somewhat) put the art career on hold to get control of my health, but it must be done.  I have come to realize that none of this matters to me unless I'm healthy.

Check out my before and after videos!  :)

One month later, and 25lb total loss!

Much Love my friends! xox

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Balzer Designs Spring Stencil Hop part 2!

Welcome everyone!  So glad you found me here.

I am so happy to have been able to participate in another blog hop hosted by the wonderful Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  This time we worked with the Wooden Parquet stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.

As some of you may know, I am on a mission to change my diet and life.  I have been working only in my Weight Loss Journal (or Wellness Journal if you wish) recently and I find it very helpful.  When I looked at this stencil, it reminded me of Zebra print.  This is one of the many reasons why I love Julie's stencil designs, so versatile!

The theme was a Ferris Wheel which is barely visible in the background.  I added clear gesso over top of the patterned paper which created a base for the multiple layers of paint on top.

I really like using both sizes of the stencil on the same page.  I used the larger stencil as more of a focal point, and the smaller with spray ink as an accent.

I was not part of the Lotus Flower stencil hop, but check out this page below, I LOVE this stencil too!

If you enjoyed this Wood Parquet page, see it's creation here:

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Please visit the other wonderful participants!

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Traci Bunkers

Marcy Penner

Paula Phillips

Much Love!  xox

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Link- Please Read!

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my blog being down for a few days, what a mess! 

Long story short, please update your favourites to

Much Love! xo

Monday, April 9, 2012

Art Journaling Challenge

Welcome everyone!

It is my turn this month to host the challenges over on Art Journaling Ning!

Here is a peek of my challenge:

Check out the rest of the challenge HERE, I'd love to see what you create!

I've been pretty inspired lately, but mostly creating a little bit here and there.  Here are a few completed pages:

Much LOVE!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mixed Media Altered Box

I was in a wonderful Secret Sister swap and created this box:


Thanks to the wonderful Laurel for hosting, and my SS Beth for taking these beautiful pictures!
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  Don't forget to check out my last post, Stencil Hop!

Much LOVE xo

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Balzer Designs Spring Stencil Hop

Welcome everyone!

I am so honoured to be a part of Julie's hop again this year.  As many of you know, not only am I a big fan, but I LOVE her stencil designs!

This hop features Pomegranate from The Crafter's Workshop:

One of the things I love about this stencil is how it can be used as either an accent, or for a complete background.  My first page reflects it's use as an accent.  I used the 6x6 version of the stencil and some spray ink:

Here's how you can use this stencil (or others!) in a simple background technique:

Don't forget to subscribe to me on Youtube for more tutorials!

I absolutely love how simple, yet stunning, this technique is!

Please check out the other artists in the Hop!

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Leslie Jenison

Paula Phillips-  That's ME!  :)

Michelle LaPoint Rydell

Much LOVE xo

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Derwent Artbars and Stencils

You can watch me create this page here:

Here are a few more pages I have been working on lately:

Much Love! xo

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Art Store Shopping

Got to do a little shopping downtown today! Woot!

Much Love xo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Watch My Art Journaling Process

Happy Leap Day!!

Here are a few more videos for today.

This second one is an amazing stencil technique with Neocolor II's!

You can watch the full version HERE.

Don't forget you can watch me live every Wednesday and Saturday nights at 9:30pm EST HERE.  Don't forget to click the "Join crowd" button to get show updates and see recordings you may have missed.

Much LOVE xo

Monday, February 20, 2012

Please Watch!

Colorful Art Journal Pages

Happy Monday!!

I have been flooding Youtube with my Ustream recordings.  Please stay with me!  These videos take at least an hour each to convert, and I need to catch up as I will be creating two new recordings weekly.

Here are the next two:

This first one was from my 33rd Birthday show!  The full version is also still available to watch on Ustream.

Have a WONDERFUL day!!
Much Love xo

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Live Art Journaling on Ustream Recordings

Hi All!

First off, thank you so much for all the support and kind words you have sent me in the last few days. I am humbled.

If you follow me over on Ustream and enjoy my recordings because you can't make it live, please read.  Ustream has changed their policy regarding space limitations for recorded videos.  As I have been streaming for almost two years I was well over the limit.  I deleted some of the older ones, and downloaded others.  I am turning them into sped up videos and posting them on Youtube.  Above is a sample.  These videos will have no sound as I have sped them up 4-8x.  

No worries!!  I will NOT stop creating my technique videos that you all love!  This is just a little added bonus.  As I am still streaming live, I will have to create on or two of these videos a week, so make sure you subscribe and tell all your friends!  Also, as I will be deleting Ustream recordings oldest first, so there is still lots of time to watch them if you prefer hearing the instruction.  Best of both worlds I say!

Much LOVE! xo

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Art Journal Background Layer Oil Pastel Resist

Welcome back!

Yes, I am a few days late.  I have spent the past week in bed first with migraines, and then the worst kink in the neck ever!  I am feeling better finally.

Last Saturday I shared this technique:

You can order your copy of the new Pages magazine here.  You can also order a downloadable edition.

As for my absence, it's nothing new.  I struggled through the holiday season with terrible anxiety.  When I feel this way I tend to back away from everything and everyone.  I am trying to work on it, but it takes time as well as a lot of courage and hard (internal) work.  I apologize for letting you guys down!

Thank you so much to all of those that have left me messages and support, it has truly helped!!

Much Love xoxox

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why Gesso?

Here is a new video!

Missing you guys, I will explain tomorrow!
Much Love
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