Sunday, March 01, 2015

My latest Inspiration Wednesday pages, starring Burnt Sienna, Teal and a little Serendipity

 These pages have an old-timey western feel to them. Love them. Need to get a script stencil, though. Raised letters made using light molding paste. It was completely serendipitous that the blocked out words inside the flower happened to be a dictionary definition of "flower." Click the photo to view larger.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Some Klimt inspiration using my Citra Solv backgrounds

Went to an advanced Citra Solv class with Kayann Ausherman of From Victory Road today to see what I could do with my stash of Citra Solv sheets I made a few months back. Kayann was working on a Klimt-inspired canvas, which then inspired me to do this. Still a work in progress...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Grungy, messy, awesome!

This is my latest Inspiration Wednesday journal layout. I love the colors and the grungy, messy, graffiti-like feel to it. In case you're not familiar, Donna Downey hosts an Inspiration Wednesday year-long workshop where every two weeks she demonstrates techniques, supplies and color challenges for the year. It's great fun to watch the videos and try your hand with her. I'm endeavoring to stay caught up this year with my various projects and not get behind! Stay tuned!

P.S. My camera phone washes out the color on these photos. This is much brighter in person.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A homemade smash book, Reader's Digest style

I made a little smash book tonight! Took an old Reader's Digest book, cut out the innards, lined the inside, attached a Tim Holtz two-ring binder and added many pages, tags and other goodies. Will probably fill it out with cool stuff like washi tape, rub-ons and maybe some dry-ish stenciling, quotes and other pretty things.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New year, more art - starting with Inspiration Wednesday pages!

Every new year I get motivated to get better at posting my art and thoughts about my mixed media explorations. I start off ... and then fizzle with just a few posts here and there. BUT THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT! Right? Right?

Here's my first post of 2015. At least I got it up while it was still January! I have much to share and will, yet again, endeavor to be more consistent at posting.

Here are my first two spreads in my Inspiration Wednesday 2015 journal, a year-long technique exploration with the talented and prolific Donna Downey. I just met her in person this month at a shop near Oklahoma City and very  much enjoyed her weekend workshop, Metamorphosis. I'll post those pics soon, I promise! :)

Week #1:

Week #2:

Lots of gesso here! And acrylic glazing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Accordian Art Book - no rules, just fun

Finished my first Accordion Art Book for a swap. This was so much fun. No rules, no pressure -- just gluing, collaging, stamping, stenciling and doodling wherever I fancied.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Be Kind to Yourself

I've been on an art journal kick lately. Mostly leftover motivation from an in-person Dina Wakley class a few weeks ago -- finally jumped the art journal hurdle.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A little art journaling tonight

Still immensely motivated by a Dina Wakley workshop I went to July 26 in Edmond, Okla. She's amazing and has helped me break down the barriers I was having to really get into art journaling. While I have never minded a blank canvas, I haven't been able to get a good fix on what art journaling means to me and how I should approach it. I now know it has to be a messy, sometimes grungy, non-perfect, wonderfully satisfying approach.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Alice and the tunnel: Some altered book fun!

Some altered book fun tonight. My friend's theme was "Once Upon a Time..." I cut the holes in these pages, was going for a "tunnel" effect using transparencies, cardstock and vellum. 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

A new year, a new lease on creative expression!

Finally -- FINALLY -- creating again after what feels like months of artistic inertia brought on by stress, holiday obligations, tiredness, etc. So much peace and inspiration today!

This journaling calendar is something I tried to do last year and got behind. I'm resolving to keep up this year. It's so easy to write a sentence or two as long as you get your monthly page done in advance.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Scrumptious tags

Had a fun afternoon making this lovely tag in a class taught by my dear friend, Jo. Can't think of anything more fun that relaxing with friends and creating, especially when the temperature broached 106 degrees in my backyard!

Two new things for me: The large canvas flower on the left was much easier to make than I would've thought -- it basically involved cutting a flower out of canvas, spritzing it with various colors and rolling in my palms after each application. It frayed all on its own. The second new technique involved the smaller flower just to the right of the canvas one -- the rolled paper flower. It involved cutting a spiral out of text or music paper and hand rolling it. Made a cool looking rose-style flower that I then spritzed with bronze.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What makes a house a home? Mixed media altered book.

Really loving getting into houses in my art. This is a spread in an altered book I did for a member of my art group. Love how her book substrate is cut into a house shape!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tulips: My May canvas


Part of my monthly canvas series. This is May, or spring.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

In a Tulips frame of mind: Artist Trading Cards


Part of a batch of ATCs I made for my art group. I've been in a tulip mood lately!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Easter joy: my March canvas | My Monthly Canvas Project

My March canvas, celebrating Easter. This is part of my monthly themed canvas project for my home. These are 12 x 12 canvases, mixed media, acrylics. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chimed, I'm sure

This is a slick mix of antique, vintage and vintage-style embellishments cold-fusion assembled to make this beautiful chime. Its many goodies include an antique bisque doll head excavated from sites in Germany where doll factories were bombed during World War II. The doll head is estimated to date back to c. 1870-1920. The chime also includes an antique bisque doll arm, a vintage outdoor faucet handle, a vintage spoon, an antique glass drawer knob and lots of other artful embellishments.

Well, folks, I have found a new passion. As if I needed to add yet another facet to my artistic pursuits! I so enjoyed making this chime in an awesome class by the prolific Erin Keck that I immediately began imaging how I could make more and can't wait to do it again!

Now that I'm back from Art & Soul, I am busy gathering all my doodads and trinkets and scouring online sites for more elements so I can get busy creating more of these chimes. Maybe I'll even put some up for sale eventually!