Since hubby is working this weekend, there is no camping taking place here so I decided to sign up for Marjie Kemper's online class at Craftsy; 'Inventive Ink - Colorful Mixed Media Effects'. As I have stated many times, colour scares the livin' bejesus out of me so thought this would be a good way to get me to jump into the colour pool, with both feet! I've only watched the first video and part of the second (I am burning through my monthly internet download allowance at an alarming rate watching the videos so am having to pace myself!) but decided to dive right in and get colourful.
I can't begin to tell you how far outside my comfort zone this is! But it is also amazingly liberating to throw caution to the wind and ink up those tags and gasp! an art journal page with bright, intense colours.
Here's a finished tag, I have a niece and a nephew graduating from high school this year so think this will become part of one of their graduation cards.
And then, I actually broke open one of my multiple art journals that I have in my stash, I buy them on a routine basis when they are on sale at Michaels, but have NEVER put ink to paper on a single one. Something about those multiple, blank white pages just paralyzes me, I can't think where to start! But I want to journal so badly, I see the amazing work being done by so many others (check out Brenda Brown's 'Visual Journey' journal pages blog hop for a tiny taste of the art journal goodness out there!) and so I opened up a (small) journal to a random white page in the middle of the book (the first page was much too scary!) and started inking, stamping and painting.
Where's it going from here? Haven't a darn clue but it is a start and it feels great! And amazingly enough, it wasn't scarey at all once I got that first swipe of Mustard Seed distress ink on the page ;O) Here's a link to the trailer on YouTube for Marjie's class, go check it out and then head over to Craftsy and get colourful!
And speaking of colour, the blossoms are starting to burst out around here so I wandered about and took some pictures the other day. The beautiful flowering almond is one of the first to appear, it doesn't last long but is so lovely!
And the johnny jump ups are showing their bright faces all around the yard, such a cheerful little flower!
See all the pollen on the petals? Think the bees have been hard at work already.
And while not colourful right now, the Saskatoon berry bushes are loaded with blossoms so hopefully we will have a bounty of beautiful purple berries soon.
Have a great weekend everyone, I'll leave you with another colourful picture, this one of a lovely Rufous hummingbird at the feeder, love these wee birds so much. Happy creating!