Art For The Soul

Creative Fun – Mini Canvas Art – Button Love

Sometimes it’s nice to create something for no other reason than an impulsive urge and just for fun!

As you know, I love buttons and incorporate them (usually as embellishments) into my creative endeavours wherever I can. But here I decided to show them even more love and let them take centre stage.
I’ve painted a mini canvas and given it a bit of a grungy antiqued look with paint and walnut ink, a scrap of lace and floral paper, wording Love, rose themed ribbon trim and at the centrepiece are two buttons – one wooden concaved yellow and a luscious red heart. A coat of protective gloss medium was applied to the canvas after painting.
There you go!  Next time you get a creative urge, please do follow that impulse – you don’t need to be a formally trained artist or creative, just relax, go dig out your paints, magazine cuttings, buttons, fabric or whatever and let yourself just go with the flow……and have fun! 

Collage Gift Tags

Ok, I admit it, I am a bit of a hoarder.   But, I’ve found use for some of the bits n pieces from my hoard you will be pleased to know!  I created some ‘inspirational’ collage gift tags.  Some of them contain digital images I recently purchased.  These tags are now for sale in my Etsy shop……..and yes, I’ll be making more of them 🙂

Collages for the Soul – Part 1

I’m sure you will remember creating collages as a young child – cutting out pictures, forms and shapes excitedly and uninhibitedly (as well as creating a mess), which you then glued and stuck to a large sheet of blank paper or card sometimes neatly, sometimes randomly. You knew what your collage represented and meant even if others didn’t!

I’ve found myself drawn to thinking about having a go at creating them for some time now, but felt blocked for some reason. The last time I attempted something like a collage was during my life coaching course when we were encouraged to create vision boards. I find those easy to do – so what is it about the word collage and creating one that felt so strange and why did I feel I couldn’t do it – when with very little instruction and know how I’d done them as a child? Anyway, a few weeks ago, I attempted one on canvas board – entitled Word to the Wise – Happiness (the message being “Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others” The Buddha.

I listed it in my Etsy shop as a PIF – it gained a few views and was claimed the following day.

I feel encouraged and am now working on my next one and will do more and the more I do, the more my techniques in creating them will develop.

My theme for all my collages will be that they are collages to feed the soul. Collages that have affirmative or empowering messages through an assemblage of images and words using various mixed media elements such as acrylic paint, fabric, paper images, embellishments, etc, to gently encourage examination of ones life and reflect on areas of dissatisfaction and to encourage whoever feels drawn to purchasing (or claiming) the collage to make changes in their lives – or it could be that the message/s from the collage acts as confirmation of what the person is already doing or experiencing.

Patrica Lazar – Art is my Life


Art IS my life…………says Patricia Lazar

“I have been an artist just about all my life, having started to paint very seriously at about twelve years old. My whole life has been totally centred around my art, which is as integral to me as breathing! Although it has taken a more commercial twist from time to time, my love of Fine Art has always dominated”.

Patrica studied (and later taught) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Her principal teacher was Dr Arthur Lismer, one of the famous Canadian Group of Seven (a famous Canadian art movement known for its portrayals of North American wilderness). Patricia has been exhibiting and selling her artwork since the age of 19 and has spent many years collaborating with other artists both in Canada and abroad.

Patricia who has lived in Toronto for the past twenty years, specialises in handcrafted ceramic art, especially teapots and wall pockets. Her amazing functional and sculptural teapots – like the first imgage above which is a non-functional (Black Folk Art) sculpture teapot entitled “Aerobics Class” – can be found in Museums and art collections around the world. In fact, Patricia is proud to announce that the largest teapot collection in the world, The Kamm Teapot Foundation, have recently acquired some of her work!

This multi-talented woman also paints on canvas, using professional acrylic paint. She says “my specialty is animal portraits and I love to do commissions either on canvas or on a ceramic piece. I also love to paint Mermaids, Nudes and other designs. Lately I’ve been working with stained glass and just loving it”.

Patricia concludes that her “art is a labour of
of love” and her creations make “unique and affordable gifts for discer
ning art collectors”

To find out more about the beautiful work shown here please do take a wonder over to Patricia’s website, as well as her Etsy and Ebay shops:

Folk Art – Art To Feed The Soul

Angel of Music (Artist: Linda Hardy “mampainter”)
I believe I first became aware of the term ‘folk art’ in the mid 1980’s when visited Canada and saw the carved woodworks and handmade jewellery of native americans. And then again when I visited Jamaica in 1990 – hand carved wooden sculptures, brightly coloured paintings depicting daily scenes and so forth. I came across folk art again, when I discovered salt dough modelling. I used to go to quite a few craft fairs and exhibitions and would see hand made items such as beautifully machine or handstitched quilts, shaker style furniture and also salt dough models and scupltures – all described as ‘folk art’. As I developed my passion for salt dough modelling, I too labelled some of them, the more rustic looking ones, as folk art!
But what exactly is folk art and how do you define it? Well, I’ve come across quite a few definitions on the web. One that I like states that folk art is a result of ordinary people expressing themselves through their creation and construction of utilitarian objects that convey meaning and value to themselves or others within their culture. Typically the patterns, motifs, techniques and materials have special significance and can reveal a great deal about a cultural society (source:
To me, folk art is produced from the heart and soul and expresses the world and life experience as the artist sees and feels it and wishes to convey through whatever medium he/she feels will best express their ‘message/experience’ (think Frida Kahlo or Myrtice West).

Friend’s Valentine – Heart Art (Artistt: Linda Hardy ‘mamapainter’)

Not sure if I am making sense here, but perhaps you will understand better when you look at the spiritually nourishing and uplifiting work of Linda Hardy shown here and at her Etsy shop (mamapainter):


2 Birds in a Tree (Artist: Linda Hardy ‘mamapainter’)

Linda is a disabled mother of two daughters and has found inner strength through her art. She says it soothes her soul and calms her fears of the future.
You can find out more about Linda here:

Encaustic Art – Pat O’Neill

In the summer I purchased a book by mixed media artist and author Kelly Rae Roberts, from her Etsy Shop. The book is called ‘Taking Flight (Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings)’. In it are several mixed media techniques. One of these is encaustic painting. I remember being fascinated by this medium and knew it was something I wanted to learn more about and even try out for myself. Well, dear reader, life got in the way and it wasn’t until quite recently I was looking to purchase another pack of goddess oracle cards and the online shop I saw them in also sold encaustic art sets with DVD and painting iron , so of course I purchased one for myself. It arrived this week.

By coincidence – this week I also came across the blog of Pat O’Neill:

Here, you are invited to join Pat in her journey of discovery of encaustic art, the magic of painting with wax!

Pat who is a quilter is also an artist who has dabbled in various art forms… drawing, water colours, acrylics but could never feel comfortable at all. Until, she says ” I came across the word encaustic and my curiousity got the better of me! Not having a clue what it was I decided to explore and hence began my exciting journey into encaustics. Now, there is no stopping me as I teach myself the different techniques and evolve my very own style of painting.The medium allows the imagination to flow unhindered. When I start a painting I never really know what direction I will be following. Sometimes, totally abstract and sometimes something more conventional. My favourite subject has always been water, from being a Pisces maybe? Certainly, many of my paintings involve underground lakes, the sea and caves. Some will be mysterious, some dynamic or even peaceful but always exciting”.

Pat is so passionate about this media, she has written a book!

Here are 2 of Pat’s creations. The one above is of an ACEO – Fantasy Bird of Paradise flower and below is – Red Flower (you can read about how Pat ‘gave birth’ to this particular work of art on her blog). More of Pat’s work can be seen at:

She sells her artwork at:

Pat (I am also a Piscean) you along with Kelly Rae Roberts have inspired and motivated me to open up my art set and start experimenting in this (new to me) medium!

Encaustic art defined by Wikopaedia:
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used.

The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used — some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be purchased and used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.
Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or
collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface.

This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 CE, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-century American artists, including Jasper Johns. Kut-kut, a lost art of the Philippines implements sgraffito and encaustic techniques. It was practiced by the indigenous tribe of Samar island around 1600 to 1800.

Encaustic art has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s with people using electric irons, hotplates and heated stylus on a variety of different surfaces including card, paper and even pottery. The iron makes producing a variety of artistic patterns elementary. However, the medium is not limited to just abstract designs, it can be used to create complex paintings, just as other media such as oil and acrylic.