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A piece of Montreal

Hello, I did say I would be back to share some of what I’ve been up to right? Well here it is! My newest painting is a Montreal skyline.  My friend moved this summer and I made this for her to put in her apartment.  She loves it and I’m sooooo happy!  She (and our beautiful city) really was my inspiration for this piece!   Society6  is an online venue where I am selling some of my artwork.  There are hundreds of thousands of artists on Society6 doing the same. So I’m just a small fish in a very large pond, but still, I have had some success! Yay! 🙂 For all my friends today I’m happy to offer (in time for the Holidays) a 20% discount and FREE Worldwide Shipping!! This is a really great time to get some art for your walls, or a friend’s wall! You have to use one of these direct links in this post to access my sale. Society6 LINK FOR 20% OFF SALE  I hope you will take a moment to see what I …

Final Challenge Winners!

Hello! Our June challenge was sadly our last  challenge here on A Creative Need.  The time has come to change things up a bit, but I’m not going away! I will continue to post my art and digital images for the A Creative Need shop. I will  do my best to supply you with creative inspiration and free images too! I decided to spread the love this month and we have 4 winners!!!  The WINNERs of our June Challenge are:  Teresa, Jenn, Jackie, and Frea  Congratulations!! Please choose your 2 images from my SHOP and send me an e-mail at with your choices! I want to thank my wonderful design team for all of their fabulous contributions over the last 2 years! And thank YOU for your support and participation too! There are many great challenge blogs out there for you to participate in. For a regularly updated list please have a look at Paper Playful.  I will be sponsoring a few different challenges in 2016!  Would you like an ACN image of your own? Pick up this month’s FREEBIE !

New FREE Image!

I am excited to share this month’s new FREE digital stamp image! CLICK HERE for the FREE Download withouth the watermark I can see this being used in your digital art journaling, mixed media art or even on cards! I can’t wait to how you will use it!  FACE FORWARD   Just click on the image to get the safe download from and be sure to have a look at this month’s CHALLENGE! You can use the current freebie OR any other image and enter to win more ACN images!! All my images are available in the  A CREATIVE NEED  ETSY SHOP. Check back here every month for your freebie. Sign up and ‘follow me’ (see sidebar)by e-mail so you don’t miss out on anything! Have a creative day! I look forward to seeing your creations with this image…please share them with me…don’t be shy!  x Deena 

June ACN Challenge

Welcome to our June CHALLENGE. This will be the last challenge here on A Creative Need. The time has come to change things up a bit, but I’m not going away!  I will continue to post my art and digital images for the A Creative Need shop.  I will do my best to supply you with creative inspiration and free images too! I want to thank my wonderful design team for all of their fabulous contributions over the last 3 years! And thank YOU for your support and participation too! There are many great challenge blogs out there for you to participate in. For a regularly updated list please have a look at Paper Playful. The hard working ladies there list challenges and challenge winners every day! June CHALLENGE:  FACE Forward! Incorporate a person/face into your projects. Peggy Peggy has made this lovely French birthday card using the ACN image FLOWERS IN HER HAIR Larissa also used this image to create her pretty in pink canvas!  Gaze Upon Her Face  is also available in the ACN Shop! …

FREE Printable Mother’s Day Card

YAY! I’m so excited I have a FREE PRINTABLE for you today!  I’ve been playing with creating more patterns with my digital images and I’ve made a few that I quite like now. I’m trying them out on cards.  I would love to hear what you think of the pattern?!  I hope this PRINTABLE might save you a trip to the store! Our mom’s love handmade gifts/cards from their children, right?! Mine does. Click on this LINK for the FREE PRINTABLE MOTHER’s DAY CARD. This is just a preview of the card and is not at it’s highest quality for printing,  please dowload the properly sized printable through the LINK. Download. Print. Fold in half.  The finished card is 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches.  Fits in a standard A2 size envelope. A2: Envelope size – 4-3/8” x 5-3/4” paper size – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (card will print on half a letter sized sheet) Finished card size – 4-1/4 w” x 5-1/2 h” Please let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping …

Sweet Mother Daughter Image for Mother’s Day

My dear friend Peggy suggested suggested last week that I draw a Mother Daughter image for Mother’s Day and I took her up on it!   …and just in time for Mother’s Day! It’s available in my ETSY SHOP. Today, for my favourite blog friends and followers (yes, that’s YOU!)  I’d like to share a COUPON CODE to get this or any other images in my shop this week for 10% off! expires May 10th 2015 Use this code at Checkout:  BLOGFANSRGR8 Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a creative day! Deena

April’s Creative Challenge: Collage it!

This month we are challenging you to make a collage!  Interpret ‘collage’ as you see fit…  Simply put, collage refers to an assemblage of parts such as paper or other materials that are glued or applied to a substrate (canvas, paper, wood etc.) I’ve made you a short 1:25 minute  timelapse video to show you how I used my mixed media painted flowers to create my collage piece.  I’ve listed the supplies at the end of the video.  You can make your own flowers by visiting the FREEBIES page for the download.  I hope you enjoy the video! and here are some beautiful samples for you from our lovely, creative ACN team…! They are using the new digi image Bird Flourish and Script Collage available in the A Creative Need Etsy Shop. Peggy Kitt Merlina Gloria Come join in the COLLAGE challenge. I want to see what you are inspired to do! Have fun, try something new! 🙂 Be sure to link your project on the CHALLENGE PAGE!

Taking on the World Illustration Watercolor

  I’ve been taking Danielle Donaldson’s new workshop on Jeanne Oliver’s network.  It’s really wonderfully inspiring to see Danielle work and learn some of her techniques!  I’ve been practising character building, and embracing my water colors which I love! After a few evenings of developing characters and finding my own style of character, (long neck, squiggle and dot sketching, wild hair and v shaped line drawn legs) was what seemed to emerge more often than not! I water colored a background around this little lady and was thrilled to see how she just seemed to come to life! I feel like she is ready to travel the world and take on whatever comes her way.

Character Building Excercises

I have a confession to make…I have a hard time letting go, loosening up, relaxing my control over things.  I don’t need to be in control of everything,  in fact I often like to give up control to others simply so I won’t have to folow my own rigid rules! But the things that I am in control of usually need to follow my self appointed rules and regulations.  I put a lot of pressure on myself. I often place unreasonable expectations and unnecessary limitations on how I do things. Unfortunately, it can be paralyzing.  I am working on it. Really. So, with my art work, I have held myself back in many ways because of this mysterious  list of ‘rules’ that I’ve created.  Anyone else feel like this?  Where did all these rules come from?  They have accumulated as my life has moved along, and I didn’t realize how demanding they had become. I want , no, need to break some rules! I want to unlock  the art that I see in my mind and allow …

From my Heart Mixed Media Art

I had some time to play with my art on Valentine’s day…my heart was full, and a lot of love went into this one! My amazing husband brought home a beautiful yellow bouquet and my youngest son gave us a pastel painted heart collage and his own heart card that he made in the morning.  My oldest gave us hugs and kisses and the end of the day we all went out for a very yummy dinner together!  So nice to just enjoy time together and also have time to do what we each love to do! Did you treat yourself with love?  Did you do something special for someone else or maybe for yourself this weekend? I would love to hear about it…     I really love how this turned out and I had so much fun doing it.  Here is a time lapse video version of my process…I am hoping it will encourage you to get creative and let go of any creative fears…sometimes a visual of the process can break down the intimidation of the doing. Don’t be afraid to …