Monday, April 15, 2019

This Week's Mixed Bag


 Well, I hadn't planned on starting my post this way but the news of the  Cathedrale de Notre Dame fire and devastation of it in Paris has saddened me so. I have visited this place at least several times, always in awe of this centuries old building. Thankfully no one was injured as the cathedrale had closed for the evening, and artworks and relics have been saved. Only time will tell how much - if any- of this magnificent historic building can be saved.

 On to some art projects.  First up is a bit of play with Distress inks and photoshop:


The stamps are a set by Darkroom Door. I inked the coffee mug with Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans inks then spritzed with water before stamping onto watercolor paper. Then I just stamped around the focal image  to get the excess ink off. The sentiment was stamped in the Vintage Photo then outlined with a black gel pen. The same ink colors were used to add the spatters.

 And then I played with the piece by using the 'Difference Clouds Effect' in Photoshop:


 I really should play with Photoshop more often. There are so many fun effects! Joining T Stands For Tuesday with my coffee art.

 In continuing with a circles challenge I am doing on Instagram here are more backgrounds I created:


 Dina Wakley had posted a genius way to use the white printed collage tissue which is included with her black printed tissue packs! Really, I wasn't so sure how to use them-until now:) She used some of  her new pastel paints to paint the backs of the white patterned tissue before gluing them down. I decided to do the same BUT I used Distress reinkers right from the bottles for a much more vibrant effect. Love it!!

 And who doesn't like having lots of artsy fun? So I created an art journal page using some of my new products:



 Detail pic:


 This page is in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. Products used: DW paints- Blushing, Penny, Peacock, Lime, Cheddar. DW stamp sets: Good Idea, Say It With Flowers. DW Mini Favorites stencil. Tim Holtz Linen layering stencil, Typography collage paper. Archival Jet Black ink. Distress inks- Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick. Distress Oxide inks- Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron.

 I will be joining Art Journal Journey (theme is Having Fun); Paint Party Friday;  the Simon Monday Challenge (Beautiful Blooms), and Try It On Tuesday (Use a Stencil or Two).



 And for anyone celebrating Passover or Easter Sunday I wish you a joyous holiday. I will be hosting my little family for dinner on Sunday. Happy week and weekend!

" Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness."   Floyd Tomkins

38 comments:

  1. I enjoyed seeing all of your art!
    I never got to see Notre Dame in person, but I still cried when I first saw it on the news tonight-sooo sad heartbreaking for France and the world
    T wishes Kathy

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  2. Thanks so much for joining us again at try It On Tuesday Linda. You have some fabulous art this week. And I am also very sad about the fire at Notre Dame. I got to see it once and it was amazing. To think it was so old and in just a few hours so much of it could be gone. Have a wonderful T day Linda. Hugs-Erika

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  3. Lots of lovely art today, you have been having fun! Notre Dame is really a catastrophe. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  4. The fire at Notre Dame is so sad - yes ! Clever techniques with the tissue Linda. Your coins are great- I am looking forward to the projects you will create with them! I like your coffee Art - Superb! Yes photoshop is super but always to diffucult for me with the many layers ... not enough time to get in the real flow with it. They told me photoshop elemets is easier but I am o.k. with my PhotoFiltre- so I think I will not get into any other programme beside of it in this life - shame on me. Lovely Easter card - HAPPY EASTER for you Linda! Your flower page is so beautiful - you never cease to amaze with all your wonderful techniques and ides and I just can say thank you very much for joining and supporting Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Joureny yet again! HAPPY T-DAY Linda!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  5. oh, it is heartbreaking! i´ve visited notre dame many years ago and hoped to go there again one day... i was sitting at the pc like mesmerized, what a loss!
    recently i checked in at IG and so i can follow your circles challenge. such a fun project and i really love your vibrant entries! well, i should make a circles book one day, it´s such a great theme.
    playing in PS is fun, but time consuming;) wouldn´t we need another parallel life?;)
    happy t-day and happy easter to you ♥♥♥

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  6. I love the page you shared with us at TioT Linda, the background looks fabulous with that beautiful flower. Great effects with the coffee page in Photoshop. Yes, so sad to see the fire at Notre Dame, but at least the stonework of the building is structurally sound to enable restoration.
    Have a good week.
    Avril xx

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  7. More great art, Linda - I really enjoy visiting your blog. Love what you did with the tissue...that flower is delightful, too. Your tags are always so special. Love the PS effects - I miss Photoshop - I used to spend hours in it. It really can be so much fun and the effects, as you've proved, are so much fun.
    I cried when I saw the photos and videos, too - I used to live 20 mins away from Notre Dame and it was always my starting point whenever I went into Paris or back to visit, which I did quite a lot because I taught French and needed to hone my language skills. I would eat a packed lunch sitting on one of the steps of Notre Dame and soak it all in. My heart goes out to the French.
    Have a lovely Easter weekend with your family. That's a wonderful quote and one I may copy for my journal, if you don't mind. Easter is my favourite time of year - let's celebrate!
    Cath x

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  8. Fabulous art projects, I love how you altered the page in photoshop it looks awesome.
    I am so happy you linked the beautiful arty journal page to our stencil theme at Try it on Tuesdays as well.
    I think many folk have been effected by the fire in Paris, it was a wonderful building.
    Happy T day wishes Linda.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Yes, I was up last night until late watching the Notre Dame burn. Awful! I have been to Paris a few times, and the Notre Dame is so iconic for France.
    Lovely journal pages with the coffee cup. Love it.
    And I agree that flowers are always a good idea.
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  10. You have some beautiful art work, I love the colours I have some white tissue in my drawer, it's been there for years so maybe I should give that a try.
    Have a good week
    Jan x

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  11. Sounds like a bit of good news for Notre Dame, at least what I heard on the news. The fire could have been so much worse. Only the roof and spire were completely destroyed. The interior of the church and the bell towers survived. And a French billionaire has pledged money to rebuild. Wonderful eye candy you posted today. Very Spring. And though I do not drink coffee, I love the smell. Happy T Day

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  12. Your work is so spring like and uplifting to me this morning. What with the Notre Dame fire and all sorts of other sadness in the world it is great to start my morning looking at something that makes me smile.

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  13. Paris always remindsrme of Easter time as we bought a pretty glass egg ornament at a gift shop by Notre Dame so I was so saddened to hear about Notre Dame too, it's such a beautiful place. Your artwork today is amazing 😁. I love the stencilling and pretty flower page and your coffee art is amazing too! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday and wishing you a happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  14. The news and video of the fire were heartbreaking to watch. It's hard to understand how this could happen. I've been glad to hear what all was saved, but still, this is a terrible loss :(

    I hope you have an enjoyable family Easter gathering. Happy T Tuesday!

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  15. yes, sad event ~ Notre Dame ~ such an icon ~ Wonderful creative works here ~ will return ~ love the first one !

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Beautiful artwork Linda, as always! xx

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  17. All of your artwork is lovely. I was very sad when I saw the news about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and watched live footage of the fire still burning (it was night there by then). I was relieved to hear they saved some of the artifacts. Happy T-Day!

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  18. So many beautiful pieces of art this week, Linda. That stamp with the coffee and the black background looks very urban. And that vintage bunny card is adorable for Easter.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  19. Beautiful pages Linda! love the colors, and sweet flower for Notre Dame. So sad it happened, but a relief no one was hurt. your coffee cup made me smile...happy T day!

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  20. I'm running behind again, but wanted you to know I didn't even know about Notre Dame until I got home late last night. Such a tragedy, but there is also hope for restoration.

    LOVED your art this week, dear. I especially was happy to see the lovely flower you cropped for Notre Dame and then showed the entire entry for Art Journal Journey. The colors you chose were quite vibrant, too.

    I love your PS entry. I've had PS since 2000 and can do practically NOTHING with it. I love how you changed the coffee cup and made it even more enjoyable for T this week. You gave us twice the beauty. Thanks for sharing it.

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  21. Wonderful coffee creation mixed media ~ ^_^

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. Lovely and creative art journal page ~ always love your colors for your palette!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka ( A Creative Harbor)

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  23. We were so sad about Notre Dame too - we heard of the fire not long after we had got off Eurostar. Sitting at the tower end by the Seine is one of our favourite places! I love your Artwork Linda! The journal page especially! Belated Happy T day! Chrisxx

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  24. Great art projects! I like the distress inks coffee one. We had been to Norte Dame over 25 years ago. I am glad we had gotten to see it before this fire.
    Happy belated T Day.

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  25. Happy PPF and happy Easter, hugs, Valerie

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  26. Lovely art Linda, happy Easter!

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  27. Happy Easter. Luv all your gorgeous art today. Happy you dropped by my blog

    Much💛love

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  28. One morning my hubby came with espresso to wake me up - coffee smell is sooooo good!
    Have a good time with your family!

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  29. Oh love the bunny rabbit ~ what a joy to receive in the mail ~ Xox from me and zoe ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  30. Lovely mixed media piece with the lovely flower ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  31. Lovely art work. I especially love the little bunny. Hap Easter to you. Also happy PPF!

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  32. Wonderful works! I really love your art journal page! The background is great and that one big bloom makes a strong statement. Thanks for sharing your beautiful make with us this week at SImon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Maura

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  33. Happy Easter, Linda ~ hope you are having a lovely one!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  34. I am saddened about the cathedral as well. Your art has such a delicate sweetness to it! I hope you have a wonderful Easter.

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  35. Cool work this week :) Love the COFFEE, don´t think I have ever used the 'Difference Clouds Effect'. But it looks great as texture. Love your flower art. :)

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  36. I just love your art. I wish I could create the collage art. I have tried and it just does not turn out well. I love seeing yours.

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