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cathyb
CANADA
Passion for making and sharing art
Interests: All things mixed media
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Back on the journaling mania - I just can't stop - it's my nightly meditation. All in this journal - a Stillman and Birn which I love - only I find there are not enough pages in it. I used the Zeta since it is good stiff paper that stands up to most water, paint, marker etc. I also didn't love the black cover so I had to "shush" it up a bit. Can ya tell I like the flower thing The original is below - the one above has a filter applied but I love it that way even... Continue reading
Hi Kris, Of course I know you've taken a lot of my classes - how have you been? I'm posting even more journal pages this week and hope to have some news about the class in a couple of weeks.
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Ooops - in my previous post you may have had problems when clicking on some of my links. Most of them led to my shop and so the simplest way to get there is from HERE ! Enough said! Some more eye candy for you from the past ... I still love these pieces and have now relisted them here. Continue reading
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The last time we spoke I was knee deep in journaling. Well I still am and there is more coming on that in a next post. One day last week I went in to my art room and was just inspired by all the stuff in there. I made some pieces on my wood blocks - houses of course. I haven't made these in a little while and almost forgot how. But of course they came together - like riding a bike ; ) These are now in the shop - here and here. I've been dying to use the... Continue reading
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There has been a lot of journaling going on over here - so few words, just lots of pictures All of these pictures of from the inside of that top journal- or this one below. The others are full too - but that;s for another day ; ) Here we go Lots of random shapes - its mindless but fun I used stickers and washi tape to provide my inspiration At some points its hard to tell which is washi and which is my drawing This one below is collaged papers for the flowers - just floral paper cut out... Continue reading
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I am loving my latest sketchbook - the one I work in everyday. I added a coat of clear gesso since the pages were thin but what it does of course is makes my the pigments from the Mach 3 pens just glide across the page when I add water. (Don't worry I'll make the announcement soon) Been back into drawing houses again lately. Oh and some other things - random things - (yes, yes I know, you want to know the winnerS) I thought the picture below was fitting for announcing the winner winnerS of: Secrets 2013 and 2014... Continue reading
Hi Nancy - congrats on the retirement - I can't wait to get there too. I do the same - a few minutes here an evening or two and really all I want to do is "play". I hope you enroll and let me know how you enjoy it! Cathy
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Oh Rita I think you will enjoy it. You really get a wide variety but taking a class this way. Cathy
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As part one of the teachers for 21 Secrets I am super excited to share this new promo with you. 21 Secrets has bundled all of the 21 Secrets classes in 2014 and 2015 and is now offering it all for $128.00 US$! - If you have taken art classes on line you know that this is a great deal - 37 different classes, 38 teachers - If you have not taken online art classes before - I can tell you that this is a great way to start to get exposure to all sorts of different mediums and techniques... Continue reading
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I have been busy in the studio these days making these index cards. The last batch I made sold out in 1 day!! These cards are a relaxing way for me to be creative without too much effort. (The longest part is dying the papers). I pull out all my fabric, my bits and bobs, my favorite papers and away I go. All in the shop (AND MORE) right now. I also added some vintage book papers - I used to make a lot of these and include them in my paper kits (oops I dropped the hint - yes... Continue reading
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I'm really often more interested in the process than in the getting there. This is true of almost anything I create. My latest project is a good example of this. I was looking for something unique to sort out all my costume jewelry (none of it is gold - it's just fun stuff) since I am always wearing the same earrings because I can't find all the new ones I bought. So I started looking on pinterest for ideas on DIY jewelry organizers. What I came across other than the already, well known diy ideas, you know - a frame... Continue reading
Hi Elizabeth - no I did not - I did find a similar look at Interior Define and they will ship to Canada but pretty expensive. I am still looking. Maybe if we order 2 (1 each) we can get a better deal lol Visit me at http://cathyb.typepad.com > ---------- Original Message ----------
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Want to treat yourself, come on, you can do this - you deserve it. And now is a good time and that's why I just wanted to send you a quick reminder that there are only a couple of days left to take advantage of my sale on my online classes. You can get 40% off all my classes til the end of this month only (2 more days). All of the classes are listed right here with previews so you can decide which ones you want to get. If you want to see how people feel about my classes... Continue reading
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Sorry had to repost to correct an error! ********************************** I went on a rampage with these - I tell you once I start making these I can't stop myself -I get idea after idea and so what resulted is a slew of these new and (if I do say so myself) beautiful index cards. I think this is my best batch ever and they are all in my etsy shop now. I made these available now in sets of 3 and left only a few as singles. Let me know if that works for you. This is just a small... Continue reading
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Did I forget to mention here that all of my online classes are NOW on sale at 40% off for a LIMITED time only. Check out all the classes (there are over 15 different classes to choose from and there are previews on each class. Take the time to view the previews so you can see if this is what you are looking for. I have classes in a variety of subjects from: Journaling (3 classes to choose from) Doodling Watercolor painting (4 classes to choose from) Book Making Collage (5 classes to choose from) As well as both of... Continue reading
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And some more random journal pages ... just for fun I hope you had a chance to check out the digital files of my faces that you can use in your own journals - see them in my etsy shop here Continue reading
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I have something really fun for you ... I am so excited about this: I created these digital files that you can cut and and use to: paste them into your journal - create tags with their faces and draw their dresses on with the little bits I added - use them as templates to try and reproduce - print them out on sticky paper so that you can use them as stickers - the possibilities are endless For best results print them on good quality paper like this: (Use matte paper so you can draw on top of them)... Continue reading
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Just pics - from my journal pages which is keeping me very busy these nights .... And more index cards coming to the shop soon And more coming soon on digital faces coming to the shop plus more on my watercolor adventures Continue reading
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Some Christmas ideas for you based on some of my favorite things these days: Anything from Lily Pulitzer is on my Christmas list. Unfortunately no shipping to Canada ; ( 1- Cork Tote -Lily Pulitzer Are you familiar with Ann Wood - OMG - she creates THE most beautiful things from bits of fabric - she offers finished pieces and kits to make them 2- Fabric Mushrooms - Ann Wood Handmade A little self promotion here - how about a handmade journal for your journaling friends. 3-Handmade Journal CathyMichaelsDesign My new favorite homestore - overseas. Go see these site for... Continue reading
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I mentioned that I've joined the craze of contemporary embroidery. As I said before, this is not your grandma's embroidery! (sorry granny!) These are now in the shop - just for you! Go check out more pictures in the shop - they are even more colorful (and beautiful if I do say so myself) in real life! Click here to see more! Continue reading
Nancy - you are too funny - that is an embroidered piece, well it's patchwork and embroidery all mixed together - I'd love to see what you would add to it - I can send it over - we can collaborate!
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Hi Colette - I seem to be dabbling in embroidery and crochet these days too - have not yet tried cross stitching - and me too - I still journal ; ) Thanks for your view.
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I've been a little disheartened by the lack of new things in the mixed media world. In fact, to the point where I have almost stopped looking online and even discontinued my subscriptions to many artists blogs that I followed for so long. Some people are saying that even blogging is dying as most people move to instagram for a quick fix of social media - just looking at pictures seems to be more popular than reading text. But I like reading text, when people have something interesting to say - I like seeing how people make things and what... Continue reading
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I have so many projects I am working on all at the same time at the moment that my head is spinning. I'm stitching, painting, making bedroom curtains, making handmade bags, journaling, taking up looming, still tatting and hoping to crochet soon too. I've got lists, and to do's and to don'ts and for future and for now. I've got fabric and tassels and paints and inks and I don't know which way to turn first. It's all good though and you have to take advantage of these creativity bursts when they come. I am constantly looking for new sources... Continue reading
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These are moving fast so if you had a thought to get one for yourself you may want to hurry ... SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT A few more still in the shop! Click here to see them all! Continue reading