The Masons…

Itaya Art:

A lovely story that will speak to the child in everyone.

Originally posted on Rethinking Life:

IMG_3700The Mason children weren’t like other children.  They were quiet and well behaved, of course, but Gerald, Ethel, Pearl and William were theater kids and that put them into a different category entirely.  They wrote songs and plays, danced, sang, played instruments and put on grand productions, making their own costumes and preforming their own stunts.

Harold and Jean Mason were busy parents and thought that anything that amused their children and kept them busy was something to be applauded.  While they never missed show, they skipped their rehearsals and any number of other things in which their children were involved.

Pearl was a beauty and boys were starting to notice her.  She shunned them unless they were interested in reading and the theater, which effectively eliminated ninety percent of the males who tried to speak to her.   Harold and Jean were happy about that and, unlike other parents…

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Market Day in May

Market Day in May

A Few Hours Later

Itaya Art:

I love reading about other artists and their creative processes. This post about how one artist created these mixed media journal pages is very inspirational to me! Beautiful work. :)

Originally posted on reclinerart:

I took a sheet of Black Canson Mi Tientes and tore it down following Teesha Moore’s 16 page journal instructions. You can google it – if I link it the video shows up and I don’t like that.

I monoprinted both sides of each sheet (3 sheets make up the 16 pages with flaps also counting as a page. I will do further printing on some later this week when I’m with my friends in the city.

I will also do more stamping. The white marks below are some preliminary marks made with fun foam stamps and acrylic paint. The blue circles are made with the end of a cork I found while walking.

At the same time I cleaned my brayer off on blank journal spreads in my small Moleskine.

After awhile I started monoprinting directly on the spreads by actually putting the open book facedown on the Gel…

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First Night Design | Wings over the World

Itaya Art:

Sarah Vernon at First Night Design is one of my favorite artists. In this post, she shares her technique for achieving the lovely layered effect she gets for her artwork.

Originally posted on First Night Design:

The pleasure of creation is infinite and Wings over the World was immensely enjoyable to do.

Using Photoshop, I began with a coastal scene from, a good site for free images.


I overlaid this with another Unsplash photograph of seagulls, which I set to the ‘Hard Light’ blend mode.


I followed with a texture from 2 Lil’ Owls in ‘Multiply’ mode at 82%.


The next stage was selecting only the seagulls from that photograph and making these into a separate layer to go over the texture. This I put in ‘Multiply’ mode at 61%.


The final touch was a Kim Klassen texture in ‘Colour Burn’ mode.


The resulting image is below. I’m rather fond of it. I hope you are too.

Wings over the World © Sarah VernonWings over the World © Sarah Vernon. Available on cards, posters and wrapped canvas.

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America
Fine Art…

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