Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Special Giveaway

It is beautiful, sunny and warm out. Boy do I feel better today! I think yesterday was too much for me when I was still catching up after the weekend. Last night, I had a good sleep and this morning, I went to the spa to do my laps. I was alone in the pool with the sun streaming through the wall of windows while I swam. In the sauna I stretched out and concentrated on my breathing. By the time I was done, I felt relaxed and replenished.
All during my laps I thought about the painting I wanted to do this afternoon. I was intrigued by Margaret Applin's post and little tutorial using India ink and black acrylic paint.Making a Thermofax screen

On the first attempts I didn't quite get the concept of watering down the India ink to produce a grey which could then be worked over top of with the black acrylic. I loved the concept and the shapes I was getting and by the third attempt I did get some grey.
My watercolour paper was quite large too, varying, but about 16 by 20.

This one was too black but I was having fun!

When leaving the pool this morning, I found these weeds on the edge of the parking lot. I loved the shape of the leaves and the wispy lines of the dried flower heads.
This one is my favorite!

And now for the giveaway!!! I've been blogging for 3 years. The exact date was sometime in August but I decided to celebrate the blog anniversary along with my birthday which is on Saturday.
I am giving away prizes!!! The first is the fabric postcard you can see above.
The second prize was very graciously provided by the magazine A Needle Pulling Thread. It is a wonderful Canadian needle arts magazine. They have offered me a full year's subscription for a lucky commenter.

A Needle Pulling Thread

I'm not sure how clear my picture above of the fall issue will be, but you can go check out the link.

So, all you have to do is leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win one of the two items. I will make the draw on my birthday, Saturday, Oct. 6th at 8:00 DST.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pick me Holly:) I love your work!!
Pauline

Susan Being Snippy said...

Hey, happy birthday anniversary! That weed with the wispy bits is very interesting... not quite sure where or how to use something like that, but maybe it is just good as a journal page and leave it like that?

Gill said...

Holly congratulations on 3 years! I haven't been following for that long but I can honestly say that yours is one of my favourite blogs! Thank you!

elle said...

Happy Blogaversary! Your ink sketches are great. It is hard to tell which is sketch and which is weed! Thanks for a chance to win. Either is a great prize!

Exuberant Color said...

Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, and an early happy birthday! Your work is always interesting. You do techniques that I have no plans to try, but it is fun to see the step by step progress to the finished project.

Bonnie58 said...

Congrats on the anniversary, holly. Your work is always so creative and lovely. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Margaret Applin said...

Happy Anniversary and Birthday!!! And I LOVE the ink paintings!!!!!!!!!!!! It gives a whole new dimension to your work!!! Make a screen!!!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Isn't blogging great! I love your work and wish I could sketch like you do. Thanks for the chance to win your postcard. It is amazing. Fingers crossed.

Debbie said...

A very big Happy Birthday, Holly. Enjoy it!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Holly...I love your work!! The only thing is I couldn't make good use of the magazine. I would sooner someone else had it and would use it. But that postcard....lol. It is just stunning!!!!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Holly and blog anniversary , always interesting work to see .

Donna C. said...

A giveaway: A great way to get people like me who only read and enjoy your writings and illustrations and move on...today I will sign and I hope to see you soon....

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

Oh I would love to be in the runnings for either! I don't own your art yet... nor do I currently have the ANPT subscription. : )

Happy Birthday!!!
We'll be celebrating in Edmonton. My oldest becomes a teenager on Oct 6. : )

Monika

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

I love that you make art daily! Early happy birthday to you! A wedding and a birthday in one week - that is a great week!

imquilternity said...

Hey Holly....Happy Birthday and congratulations on blogging for that long. I love watching your daily progress on life and art quilting1

Kate said...

I just started blogging, so congratulations on three years!

Wendy said...

Goodness, where has the time gone, if it s three years for you, then it must be three for me, because I started just a month or so before you. Congratulations on the success of your blog and all the milestones along the way, your first published article, on all the great photos and posts. Count me in on the draw please. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day on Saturday, hope your family spoils you.

Sam said...

Congratulations and happy early birthday. Could I win that weed painting ;) just kidding.

Michelle G said...

Happy Birthday. My birthday is in October as well. Your fabric postcard is beautiful.

pembrokeshire lass said...

I would love to be entered in your draw if I'm not too late!? I am only now starting to catch up having been in hospital for 2 weeks and in bed a lot since my return> I would love to win something. Happy birthday for the 6th Joan

Maria said...

Happy birthday Holly, and happy anniversary too! October 6 is also my sister's birthday. Hope I'm not too late for the draw. Love your blog and reading about all the techniques you try on your projects. :)