Blue Skies

I had a meeting downtown Toronto, and took a few minutes after my meeting to take a couple shots of the buildings against the day’s brilliant blue sky. Toronto’s City Hall was designed by Finnish architect Viljo Revell, and it is his most famous building. I’ve always loved the building and I was able to visit other buildings he designed while I was in Finland. It’s been used in a number of big and small screen productions. If it seems familiar to you, it might be from films like Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Red, and The Sentinel, or tv shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Pokemon, and Flashpoint.

Blue Skies

Blue Skies

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This layout was fun to make, but I’m a bit torn about whether I like it or not LOL. I don’t like how the splatter turned out. I didn’t have a mist the colour I wanted, so I tried doing a splatter effect with some paint. The dots are larger and not as random and scattered looking as they end up when I use mist. I’m not sure if it’s a case of just me seeing the ‘mistake’, or if it’s distracting to everyone who looks at it.

I love the grey, navy, turquoise, and pink combination. That came from Adrienne Looman’s Ocean Melody collection and from Pink Paislee’s Switch Board collection. I also loved using a flair badge. I don’t usually use them – although they’re some of my most favourite embellishments to buy/collect LOL. I thought the dimension of the flair was a nice way to echo the curved dome in the center of the building. I’m also happy with how the title turned out – I love using Copics to custom colour white letter stickers.


Products:

  • Recollections grey cardstock
  • American Crafts white cardstock
  • Webster’s Pages, Adrienne Looman’s Ocean Melody, Cool Water
  • Studio Calico, Darling Deer, Gardner
  • Crate Paper, Flea Market, Heirloom
  • Pink Paislee, Switch Board, Ephemera Pack
  • Pink Paislee, Switch Board, Stickers
  • Chic Tags, Cloud 9, Mini Icons
  • October Afternoon, Daily Flash, Flash Alpha Meringue “Story Book” letter stickers
  • Copic, Sketch, BG23 Coral Sea
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Paint, Chipped Saphire
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pewter
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • misc: flair, washi, ATG, Fiskars trimmer, EK Success scissors

 

Moon Over Niagara

We decided to take a quick trip to Niagara Falls for lunch one Sunday. It was a lovely day to be there – clear skies, crisp air, and every change of the light was beautiful. One of the special things about living close to the Falls is getting to see them at different times of day and different times of the year. Seeing them in the middle of summer with huge crowds moving around, all the sounds and colours, is exciting. Seeing them on a day when there are only a few people out, you get the chance to be still and notice the sound of the water and how the mist changes. On this day, we sat just before the brink of the falls and watched as the sky changed colour and the moon came up. It was easy to appreciate just why this is a wonder of the world.

Moon Over Niagara

Moon Over Niagara

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I wanted to create a layout that avoided the typical blues and nature items I would have normally reached for. I wanted to pick things that tied in to my thoughts on that day. Feathers reminded me of how the mist floated up into the air, and doilies reminded me of how this has been a special place for centuries. I cut out some of the hexagons and used distress inks to colour the paper behind them. I suppose the idea of something below the surface ties in to the river as well.


Products:

  • American Crafts white cardstock
  • Webster’s Pages, Alisson Kreft, Composition & Color, Chalk Prints
  • Wilton 4″ doilies
  • Studio Calico wood veneer feathers
  • Starform, border stickers
  • Basic Grey, BAS-3984 letter stickers
  • Basic Grey, Oliver, Micro Mini letter stickers
  • Copic, B34 Manganese Blue
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s Mist: Opaque White, Shine
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Studio L2E, Labels & Tags, clear stamps
  • Memento, Tuxedo dye ink
  • Recollections, 1-1/2″ Circle punch
  • misc: washi tape, date stamp, ATG, Tombow Mono Multi, Fiskars Trimmer

 

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

I went to see Pipilotti Rist’s art exhibit, Elixir, when it was installed at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. It was stunning and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.

From the moment you walk in, when you’re asked to take your shoes off, you are immersed in the exhibit. There are carpets for you to sit on and watch the video projected on the walls, and long snake-like cushions to rest your head on while you lie back to watch the images projected on the ceiling. Bottles hang from branches that are suspended from the ceiling, and their shadows overlap and merge with the video. Each section of the exhibit is different, but they’re all connected and it feels very natural to wander from one part to the other. It is timeless and relaxing, while stimulating and thought provoking at the the same time. I don’t have the words to explain how it feels to be in the installation – which does’t make for a good blog post. The artist says, “Elixir can be medication for the mind… a hospital for the mind and the spirit.” That is probably the best description.

If you want to hear Pipilotti Rist speaking Elixir, and see a few images of the exhibit, you can click here to watch a short video.

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

Elixir: Pipilotti Rist

tlun 2014-09 elixirpipilottirist 04I love bokeh prints and vellum, and this was the perfect layout to use them both on. It can be hard to create any air, ethereal feel with papers, and using photos that have so much dark and shadow in them didn’t make it any easier. I decided to use as many translucent elements as I could, and to mat the photos on black cardstock so that it didn’t look as though I was completely ignoring such a obvious part of the photos. I cut the elongated gold diamonds from some office file folders that happened to be the colours I was working with.


Products:

  • Webster’s Pages, Strawberry Fields, Field of Gold
  • Crate Paper, Flea Market, bokeh vellum
  • Studio Calico, plastic die cut arrows
  • sequins
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Basic Grey, Spice Market, letter stickers
  • Fancy Pants, Burlap & Bouquets, Sticker Fundamentals
  • Scotch, washi
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice Stone
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Wink Of Stella, Clear