Jacqui Douglas

"From little things Big things grow"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Going Home by J. Douglas 1998

Find Joy in every new day

Hi all,  long time no post...here are a couple of great quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson that are wonderful-

 "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”


"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better".

Have a great day experimenting!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

long time no talk!

Sorry folks I have been pretty busy....have a new Grandbaby girl...Naomi Georgina Lavinia...Born 3 July 2011....4.22am...very cute....everyone happy and well.
I am busy doing my University assignments and also making some Mosaic commissions.
Also big news on the home renovation front...lots of workers building walls,steps and a new part on the existing veranda....everything looking a bit messy but it will get messier before it gets better they tell me....oh well at least it is getting done.
I am looking for an interesting Wrought Iron Gate..just missed out on one on Ebay the other night..damn!!
Here is Isabella (3yrs) with her new baby sister Naomi (when she was only 9hrs old).

Monday, May 30, 2011

Waikino N.Z. Art Show and Mosaic Workshop

hi all,  My Mosaic Workshop that will be held in Waikino New Zealand in Oct 2011.
There are still a couple of places left as I am taking a large class of 20. Don't miss out - if you are a beginner or someone who has made a  lot of mosaic you will be surprised what you will learn while having heaps of fun!
Can't wait to see you all in N.Z.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Collage Fun

I have been having fun playing around with this collage today...turned out that I must have been thinking about Girlosophy!!
There is something very therapeutic about ripping up bits of paper and making these disparate images into a personal story. I love magazines but do not buy the scandal mags mainly House and Garden and Inside Out Magazine...I love flowers and interesting gardens and all types of interior design mags too.
So if you want to get inspired and give your creative spirit a real jump start why not give Collage a go. 
First get yourself a nice piece of plain paper (doesn't matter what colour or size) some old magazines, a Glue Stick (these are great as they are not a wet glue, they dry fast and do not buckle your paper). Gather a pile of old Magazines and start by thumbing through the mags until you find things that attract you, stick to colours or shapes or a type of image you like..like flowers or birds or just shapes of different colours if you want to. This can keep the confusion to a minimum to start with as there are so many nice things that will jump out at you and you will have to stop yourself unless you want the house to be covered in bits of paper from one room to the next. Keep some old shoe boxes to put different things in like trees in one and animals in another etc as this helps next time you want to do more of this addictive paper fun.
Just start STICKING...do not get stuck in the trap of not gluing down from the get go or you will never make up your mind as to what you like, try not to THINK...just LOOK, LIKE, RIP or cut ( I like to rip as it is more hands on and leaves a nice rough edge) and then STICK. Keep going until you have covered your paper up with exciting bits and there is no paper left...overlap things and then let it sit for a while....go off  have a coffee.......when you come back you will then be able to discern the areas that need some more embellishment. For this I like to use a mix of wax crayons, fine black permanent markers and a white, gold or silver paint pens. If you let your artwork dry overnight you can sand lightly some of the shiny areas from the glossy pictures with fine sandpaper, then you can use watercolour paint to embellish these sanded areas..this can look fantastic and I will do some and put up a pic next time...so go on get those old mags out and start rippin and a stickin..and most of all have FUN!!
"Enhanced Light and Magic"  Mixed media collage by Jacqui Douglas

Crop of  "Enhanced Light and Magic"

Crop of "Enhanced Light and Magic"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Macaron's anyone!!!

Wow, I am into making these amazing things....Macarons...or... Macaroons as some say..If you have not tried to make them and you like to cook give it a go. The feeling of shear joy in looking at these little creations is such fun. If they do not look picture book perfect who cares..eat them anyway as they still taste sensational! For a bit of colourful Mosaic fun in the kitchen try making them in all different colours and flavours...so so pretty and tasty.

This picture is from the most amazing web site I have found - http://www.laduree.fr/...The history of the Parisian tea salon is intimately tied to the history of the LadurĂ©e family. It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest LadurĂ©e, a miller from France’s southwest, created a bakery at 16 rue Royale in Paris.
The web site is so cute with little animated drawings and the "sounds" of the real Salon..it really makes me want to go there one day. Have a good look around the whole web site as it is wonderful!. You can translate it into English by clicking the little box in the top right hand corner. The shop sells the most amazing packages of their equisite baked goods..such a great gift idea for someone special..ENJOY.

I am off to get some more fine sugar today so I will keep you posted with my Macaron experiments. E-mail me if you have some fun makng them too, I would love to hear about it and if you send me a photo I will put on here for all to see.

My focus today is a Proverb by King Solomon (d.925 B.C.E.) in The Book of Proverbs (15:30):-
"A Cheerful Expression brings Joy to the Heart, and Good News gives Health to the Bones"

A wonderful book is :- Get Wisdom, Get Insight: An introduction to Israel's Wisdom Literature. by Katherine J. Dell. Smyth & helwys, 2000.

Be the bearer of only GOOD NEWS today!

Sending best wishes and prayers to all in need around the world today.