Monday, May 2, 2011

Where Did April Go?

At this time last year I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was facing surgery, and I still blogged. Actually started a second blog about that journey, which I refer to as my Lemonade Blog Went through chemo and radiation, and still blogged fairly regularly, on both. Finished treatment just before Thanksgiving, have been on tamoxifen for 5 months now, and have really dropped the ball here. The only excuse that I can come up with is that the tamoxifen causes intense hot flashes, day and night, and I don't sleep well anymore. So I find myself being less productive in the evenings, which is when I would usually blog.

And now, May 2nd finds me catching up with posting some art journaling. I've been adding to the Flickr Group fairly regularly, but it's been more than a month since I've shared here.

Starting with March, week 4:

Working on a canvas for Emily's Got Paint class at the same time, I started these pages in a similar  manner, bits of patterned paper lightly gessoed. TP roll circles with acrylic paint,  bubble wrap circles, also with acrylic paint,a birdie and branch punched from scraps of masking taped and painted paper. A small doily touched up with distress ink, a feather from our budgie and a Starbucks gift card take up all of the space that isn't journaling. FC Pitt markers for journaling.

March Week 5 (a couple of months are gonna have a week 5 and this is one of them!):

Sometimes you do a page you don't like and this is one of those times! I was painting the bathroom this week and used the wall colour for the base of my pages.  I used a mask and some spray mist, but can't recall exactly what. The photo is from a day spent with friends I used to work with 14 years ago. I hadn't seen one of them since I left that job, so it was a special day. They were having a girl's week in NYC, and came down my way for the day -- fabulous!! Back to the page, those two patterned pieces are the tops of tissue boxes. I saw them at Target and figured they'd go well in the bathroom, so I stocked up. They were on sale! Journaled with those reliable FC Pitt markers.

April week 1:

Chose pink over my gessoed pages because I had a mammogram this week. All good, thankfully! The quote was one that a friend had recently posted as her FB status. I like it. I coloured the letters with Pitt markers, painted the heart with some water colours, and doodled and journaled with the markers. The red ticket is from the raffle held at our neighborhood 5K, and the card from LLD was included in an order I received that week. Magic wands for the bubs for their birthdays. I love LL's stuff!

April week 2:

Gessoed the pages, folded the book closed when it was still wet and opened it to let it dry with some interesting textures. Green acrylic, and when dry, a CW template sprayed with PP mist. The turtle is from Turtles, one of my steady and favourite snacks of all time! Mmmmmm, I love Turtles. (that was a song featured in a Turtles commercial, back in the day, in Canada) Doodling and journaling with the Pitt markers.

April week 3:

Spring break, so these pages had to be green! The kids were home all week and we enjoyed some down time. Green acrylic over gesso. I stamped several flowers on the pages, stamped a few on cardstock, and watercoloured all. I also added a couple of flowers made using embosslit folders, and a couple that were punched from the cover of a CAbi catalog. I had used Stazon to stamp the images, but after watercolouring, the outlines were muted, so I went over all of the stamped images with a brush Pitt marker. All of the punches, folders and stamps are SU.

Thinking that perhaps I should schedule blogging days, to try to get back on track. We'll see how THAT goes!! I should also get rid of the frozen tree in my blog header and look for something more spring like. Though my Mom said they saw snow it Winnipeg last weekend. In May! Wacky weather everywhere.



  1. Your treatment suggests you are estrogen positive. For the past 4 years was on Arimidex finally taken off it as I had every symptom possible. this is how I expressed i, as after the fourth year it felt like everyday was a PMS day. Now feel like new woman. Hang in there and rest when you can.
    Just love your art and journaling.

  2. great quote, and greeeat colours