Monday, 2 February 2009

mantra monday and photo-a-week day

MANTRA MONDAY

acrylics on 5"x3½" canson 300gsm mixed media paper

this week, i decided to make my mantra cards the same size as those in professional affirmation decks. i used my canson pad of mixed media paper for the first time. it is designed specifically for acrylics or gouache and I LOVE IT! it has a bit of textural pattern which you can probably notice on the painted card above but i like that look too. i was quite happy with how this card turned out as it was painted completely from imagination with no sketching beforehand.

today's card affirms that the power of the mind is an amazing thing and anything is possible if we put our minds into the right gear.

the text appears a little distorted because the card curled slightly, however, it will flatten out just fine once i have painted the back and set it flat between books.


MONDAY'S PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE

the 'lakeview jasmine' shrubs are blooming and, smell OH SO NICE! a pity you can't 'scratch and sniff' your monitor screen to fully appreciate their beauty....but then, if you suffer from hayfever, it's probably just as well you can't.



37 comments:

  1. that's an amazing pic.... and I know the scent would be wonderful. They don't even look real up close do they? More like plastic ...

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  2. I love the affirmation card! Absolutely beautiful!

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  3. Love the artwork on that card, Serena! Would look nice on a large canvas too :)
    Wow, you have been busy posting... I can't keep up with reading them all lol!

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  4. Oh! You mantra card is powerful and dreamy! I love the star of her third eye and the stars in the background! I will use this as my mantra for today. Anything is possible!

    I love jasmine! And it's a very luscious one indeed! :)

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  5. Your affirmation card is great! And the message is a really good one to remember.

    Jasmine are so beautiful and I just love the smell. Mine are "sleeping" right now but in a few months they'll be blooming and I'll enjoy them.

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  6. Love love love the card Serena. I think you should do a card with those flowers you photographed to...Aren't they beautiful. I bet they smell amazing. Have a lovely creative week, Ro

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  7. Lovely blossoms. I love the scent of jasmine blooming.

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  8. Serena, this is gorgeous!! Wow. You are so good.

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  9. Love the card. Yes, the jasmine smell so pretty but make me sneeze!! Beautiful photos!

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  10. Love the card. Yes, the jasmine smell so pretty but make me sneeze!! Beautiful photos!

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  11. I agree positive thinking can go a long way! You have some nice flowers we have snow here

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  12. The mantra card is beautiful - I love it. Pearl

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  13. What simple and beautiful flowers...they must smell heavenly! :)

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  14. Never thought to make my own cards--wow! Once you have made up a deck you should think about publishing/printing--would sell!!

    Those flowers are amazing! Sadly--scratch and sniff would be wasted on me with my cold right now--hehe! Thanks for your good wishes--I need them! :)

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  15. That is gorgeous work with the mantra card, all freehand, Wow!! The jasmine is lovely and I wish I could take a nice wiff of it!!

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  16. Serena, I LOVE your card! It's just beautiful and I can't wait to see more as you create them.

    I also LOVE (I've got the love thing today!) the scent of jasmine. I think, along with lilac and lavender, it's my favourite. I do wish I could scratch and sniff!

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  17. what pretty flowers! I'm going to have to see if they will grow here

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  18. Those are some fabulous flowers, and the back of my head just knows what they smell like. What a treat to dream of flower blossoms and fragrance while hip-deep in snow!

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  19. Oh...WOW I actually thought that was a deck you had purchased before Iread the article (and I was thinking how pretty I want one)

    Needless to say the image is amazing.

    HUGS

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  20. FABULOUS affirmation card serena!!! so beautifully painted!!! i absolutely love the star on her third eye and the look of pure contentment she has... she definitly is trusting herself and the powers of her mind!!! beautiful work!!!

    thank you thank you thank you for joining me again for mantra monday!!! your contribution puts such a big smile on my face!!! yay yay yay!!! it's SO much more fun with others to play along!!! hee hee!!!

    peace and love to you serena!!!

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  21. It's hard to get beyond those glorious jasmine photos, but your mantra card is beautiful, too. Thanks for a most pleasurable moment!

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  22. Serena, your mantra card is beautiful and wonderful.

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  23. Your card is gorgeous! I love the star on her third eye! Oh and how I wish I could smell those flowers through my computer... And the mantra...amazing and powerful!

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  24. Your affirmation card is amazing!

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous!

    ~Magick~
    Melissa

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  26. I have had fun browsing through your blog. You are so talented and what a wonderful card.

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  27. Your photos of your flowers are stunning. I really like the close up one. You could use that as a greeting card for sure.

    I have been trying to write you but my aol account won't send it to you so if you get one from my sbc account, it is the same email but ends in @sbcglobal.net. Hopefully those will work.

    Take care
    Becky
    rgavneydriscoll.com

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  28. Beautiful card!!! I love that you've made your own standard card like the pros do- you go, girl!! Jasmine is one of my favorite scents and I am now craving it in the coldness of our winter. :)

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  29. Beautiful mantra card. I love the third eye star. It lights up the whole picture.

    I swoon at the sight and smell of jasmine. Growing up we used to put jasmine clusters in our hair during celebrations. It always reminds me of happy childhood days.

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  30. Your affirmation card is truly magickal! I'm enamored with that indigo--you achieved so much depth! Very Beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Much Joy, Many Blissings~*
    Molly

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  31. That's most definitely an awesome mantra card...just the physicality of it, never mind the meaning (which is wonderful). I've never heard of that kind of paper - but then I don't keep up with my 2D art that well, I pretty much just use what I've always used (canvas). I think I may have to try it - looks perfect for cards (I'm thinking soul cards here).

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  32. Your card is very beautiful! I can see why my friend Stapeliad likes your work!

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  33. WOW....thanks so much for all the amazing compliments on my card and photo....much appreciated ~ :)

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  34. Wonderful card!
    Just beautiful.
    I came here through Jessica, and I am glad I did.
    Your doggie looks a lot like one of mine (Koekie).
    Going to look further on your blog.........

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  35. You captured the beauty of these flowers. Ahhh, I can even smell their heady scent :)

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  36. Oh! I thought I've commented on the card! I can't remember and I can't see my previous comment ...

    Your affirmation card is beautiful, Serena. The words are very inspiring. What do you do with this card? Do you carry them in your purse so you can see it whenever you need to see it, whereever you are?

    I have to get ready for my piano lessons now, so I will continue reading the remaining of your posts later. Much love to you, Serena :)

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