Thursday, August 14, 2014

Diva inspired by Marieke Blokland's LifeBook 2014 class



These special women are so much fun to make. Marieke Blokland has such a colorful influence in her LifeBook 2014 course. As you can see, I REALLY played with colors. I've always thought of myself as a primary color person, but then I find myself falling back on earth tones.....maybe that's a "playing it safe" side of me.

I didn't play it safe here and had to reign myself in to keep from overdoing the creation of my Sparkle and Shine Diva. I really wanted her to look all out of proportion.

Fabric samples are featured in the background. The hats are recycled from the cover of a thank you note I received. Her sparkly pink boots were traced and restyled from a magazine ad. The little dress is based on a Stencil Girl stencil by Sue Pelletier. I dry embossed the scrapbook paper, then used black gesso to outline the stencil before cutting it out.

Her head, eyes and hair are products of my imagination with the influence of Marieke!

Sooooo, Ms Sparkle and Shine Diva is born. She has sisters waiting in the wings.

Blessings........
Candice

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Swapping artwork


ATC cards by Jane McMahon Lazenby

I don't often swap artwork although I've always thought it would be fun to participate in a traveling journal event.....maybe someday. 

As part of LifeBook 2014 under the direction of Tamara LaPorte, I did take part in an ATC swap and received the lovely cards from artist and new friend  Jane McMahon Lazenby

This was a good experience and I'd do it again. 
There is a risky side to this kind of event because sometimes people sign up 
and forget they signed up, or decide not to follow through. That becomes a disappointment 
to the other participant, and throws the whole swap out of kilter.

So, if you do sign up for a swap, please participate 
or let someone know that you have to drop out!

Here are the I sent to Jane.

ATC cards by Candice Schwark, Studio-MosaicHAPPY AUGUST!
Blessings to you and yours........




Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TAG PLAY

Creative play is such fun especially when I am using some leftover supplies. For these tags, I pulled out stamps, stencils, dye inks, alcohol ink scraps and the play began.
As I finished them, I could imagine my husband asking one of his usual questions…..where will you put them?……what are they for?
If you are like me, creative play does not need a final goal. The word "play" in this setting means "journey" and the end result often defines itself. When I was finished, I thought they would be an interesting card cover - cropped to fit. At the moment I will probably uses them as journaling cards in an altered vintage book………or a gift tag……….or a bookmark…….it goes on and on…….


Products used:
MyBlendAll™
Close to My Heart stamps
Alcohol Inks
Dye Inks
Stencils 
Tags

May you recognize many blessings this week!
………Candice