Friday, June 30, 2017

Zentangle Challenge #322 - Aquafleur

Aquafleur is the Tangle we are to use in this week's Diva Challenge ( This was the tangle for my certification so I have a particular fondness for it, though my conundrum is always what to do with a background if it is the main focus. I love it on it's own. I haven't used it for a while, so I'm particularly happy this challenge has me working with it again. I did two tiles… and will probably play with a couple more over the next few days. The blue and green colours on the Renaissance tile is done with the Stabillo All pencils.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge -Day 23 - Boundaries

The prompt word for today is: Boundaries. I took a picture of a concrete rail, falling apart, one side bordering a laneway, the other virtually hidden from that side because of garbage and recycling bins. The journal page is definitely a background so far, inspired by, (but obviously not replicating) this 'boundary'.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 22 - Subtle

The prompt word for today is: Subtle. I took two photo's that I liked, and then worked on the journal sort of using inspiration from both for this background. It needs more… someday… but I'm happy with it as a background.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 22 - Old

Todays stroll challenge word is: Old. Most of the buildings in my neighbourhood are from the 1920's or more more recent, so finding something "old" that appealed to me was a bit of a challenge. What I found was an engraved stone on the face of an old building that was originally built as a Kresge's. I remember these stores from when I was a child - mostly for their lunch counter, and ice cream soda's… Do you remember those? It was a special treat to be taken for one! The Kresge's in my 'hood was opened in June 1926, and I found a picture of the opening poster online, which I've incorporated into the journal page. Hummm, now I have a hankering for an ice cream soda (I probably haven't had one since I was about 10!)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 21 - Loud

I saw this sign on the side of a mobile Fireworks store that was stopped in the parking lot of the local plaza, and thought it was a pretty good way of illustrating the stroll prompt word for today: Loud. I love the loud bright colours and simple boldness of this sign, and decided it would be a cool journal page! My lettering, I don't love and may someday work on a bit more, or not. I used a few layers of paint on my page, and gel pens, stamps, a mask, and Sharpies. I've decided I don't have a lot of patience between layers waiting for the paint to dry… good thing I've got never ending gardening to do while I wait.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 20 - Progress

Todays prompt word for our stroll challenge is Progress. Property values in Toronto are really high and seem to be continuing to rise. I bought my home in 1991, as a Power of Sale, which meant that the bank was trying to get rid of it at a fairly decent cost, probably because they had had to foreclose on someone. It needed a lot of superficial maintenance but has proven to be a wonderful, sturdy, well built home. At the time I was quaking in my boots wondering how I would manage the mortgage and taxes and upkeep on my sole middle income salary, but with a bit of scrimping, (and a border for a while), I managed to eventually pay off the mortgage and keep my sanity without too much trouble. But now….every house in my neighbourhood sells within a couple of days, and almost always over asking, at what I consider astronomical prices. Bungalows (like mine) get torn down and monster homes built in their place. Gardens and green space are disappearing. We sit outside a lot on the porch and watch the world go by, or work in the garden, or in the winter, shovel, but we rarely see any of our neighbours out - everyone seems to stay inside. Companies are hired to maintain the lawns or plow, or they are left unkempt. Is this progress? It's good for me I guess - certainly the value of my home is way more than I ever imagined. (And I'm lucky right now to have good neighbours who probably won't move in the near future). But I worry about the "youngsters" coming into the market and buying homes that are surely putting them into financial stress… and what would (will) happen if the interest rates increase? I often wonder why people want to buy a home if they aren't interested in keeping a garden or maintaining their yards and buildings. I also watch as some of these new homes are being built and see a lot of poor craftsmanship (especially in new condo developments), and wonder what will happen in 10-20 years when these places start falling apart. Progress? I'd rather see affordable housing and a change in direction to smaller homes with more yards and green space. (Is my age showing???)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge - Day 19 - Tiny

Todays prompt word for our stroll is: tiny. I didn't go for a stroll today - my husband and I went for a drive, about 2 hours from home to an afternoon workshop at Muskoka Birds of Prey. We got to handle, feed, and fly, and play with about 8 different birds - owls, falcons, and hawks. It was an awesome day! My picture is of 1-2 day old quail; so very tiny - each would probably fit on a teaspoon, with room to spare. The sad part is they are being raised as food for both the birds of prey, and people. I had to resist being squeamish many times today. For my journal, I've kept it simple - a simple drawing/painting of a quail feather.