Monday, May 23, 2016

#2 from Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10 class

Hey, Friends!

Just finished #2 canvas for the
  online 10x10x10x10, painting in a series,
 class I am taking.  As I said in my last post,
 this is probably going to take me
30-40 days to complete all 10 canvases,
 but that's okay.

Finished canvas

 How it started; gel medium to glue down bits.

Next couple steps: 
 adding turqouise blue and yellow glazes,
 white and grey with the palette knife

 Some of the detail; scribbled circles  into the wet paint.

Peeled off the rectangle in the yellow section,
didn't like it and then added some grey drips.
Some more work with the palette knife
in dark blue and white.

Went back in with some lighter grey palette knife work.
Then grunged it up with some raw umber glaze.

Finished canvas, after going back in with some
more turquoise paint and mark making, as
I wasn't terribly crazy about the lighter grey in
the top corners.

The two pieces side by side.

I have never worked in a series before
 but I've really enjoyed these first two.
Have you ever worked in a series before?

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 13, 2016

#1 of Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10 class

Hey, Friends!

I signed up for Donna Downey's 10x10x10x10
online class a few weeks ago and I 
just finished my first canvas.

The goal is ten  10"x 10" canvases in ten days,
to learn how to work in a series using
the same color palette.

I don't know about you but I can't
get one canvas a day done in 10 straight days.
I also didn't use a 10" square canvas because
I didn't have that size and I'm trying
 to use what I have on hand.
So my goal is 10 x 8 x 10 x 30 (days).

Glued down my collage pieces
with some gel medium:
layaway tag, craft paper tags, paper
torn from a Chipotle bag, circle reinforcements
and the backing paper from them.

The first three of the series will have
a connecting quote.

First layer of yellow mixed with raw umber
and gloss medium to give it some transparency.
Added white in the mix to
get some opaque areas.

Bringing in some blues, white, green/grey;
painting with my fingers and a palette knife.
Getting a few drips with water.

Adding some lighter grey, and more white with the palette knife.

The last step was a raw umber glaze added over the
whole piece, let it set for about 30 seconds and
then wipe off  some areas with a baby wipe,
leaving some in the cracks and crevices.

I love how the three small tags in the center
all ended up being a slightly different color.
Unintentional happiness!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

A whole lotta flowers card

Hey, Friends!

I haven't made a card in a long time
and I usually like to make them for my mom.
She is my biggest fan.

I wanted to do something visually big
this time and I thought bright flowers
fit the bill, especially for Mother's Day.

I started with some scrapbook paper;
one blue sheet for the background cut
along a wavy edge, one lighter green
for the middle ground and a darker green
for the front. I just loosely hand drew
some leaves on these two sections.

Punched a bunch of flowers out and
inked in some definition. I'll do more
of this later.
If you don't have any flower punches,
You can find lots of templates online to
trace or just free-hand it.
The beauty of this is that they don't
have to be perfectly shaped.

Glued down the first green section and
the first group of flowers.
I like to leave the petals floppy so
I only put glue in the center of the flower.

Glued down the second section of green leaves
and then the smaller flowers.

Went back in and made the black lines
darker and added some white paint highlights.

The finished card with the addition
of the sentiment box and some
embroidery thread embellishment on the side.

Loving the bright colors of this.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Art Journal Everday (or Once in a While)

Hey, Friends!

I love looking at art journal pages.

But, I STRUGGLE with creating my own.
I go through phases of working on them,
(I have 4 art journals of different sizes)
then I won't open them up for 2 months.

Part of the problem, is wanting to create
something perfect and part of the problem
is looking at that blank page.

One solution has been to cover up that
blank page with left over paint from other projects. 
Sometimes I will print on deli paper with my
gelli plate and I will glue that down.

The perfection problem, I am still working on.

Some examples of pages that have
been "primed" with left over paint
and ghost prints of stencils I'ved used elsewhere.

Here is my most recent completed page.

I really like using magazine collage on my journal pages.
The flower was a handmade stencil of mine and
the background was gelli printed deli paper.

I don't actually write a lot in mine but I
try to think of or find an appropriate
saying or word that reflects what I am feeling.


Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, April 18, 2016

Gelli Arts Plate and Mixed Media

Hey, Friends!

My Paper Traders online art group is
doing a "Pull a Print" swap this month
and everyone had to use a monoprint(s)
in creating the background.

You could use whatever you wanted
 to create your monoprints;
make your own gelatin pad, print
from a piece of glass but I love the ease
of my Gelli Arts plate and so used that.

Some of the first pulls.
Pulled paint off of the gelli plate using an old
texture plate by Fiskars.
These are great to use if you can find
them. I found mine years ago at Michaels
but I'll bet you can use embossing plates
just the same way. 
I think I'll try that next time.
(Make sure you clean all the paint out
before using them to emboss again.)

Lots of layers and many pulls on this piece.

Using textured paper and a different color combination.

An example of how you can place strips of paper and string
to mask paint on the print.

What was left of the paint after the first pull.
Ready for a ghost print now.
Sadly, I forgot to get a picture,
but it looks yummy.
Next time I'll be better about documenting
 my process.

On to using some of these prints in 
my two mixed media pieces for the swap.

I love the look of the messy fabric strips
and string on this, which actually
was a last minute thought.

Thanks for stopping by!
Leave a comment and a link to your blog .
 I'd love to see what you are creating.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Vintage Glue Books

Hey, Friends!

What is a vintage glue book?

It's a book filled with pages of vintage images
glued down into pleasing collages.
You don't add 3D embellishments to these.
You want them relatively flat

Pretty simple.

Artists are also creating non vintage glue books,
kind of a cross between an art journal and collage.

My Paper Traders art group is having a year long
swap of these pages; creating pages
according to the season we are in at the time.

This was my first set I created for Spring.

If you can use real vintage paper, all the better.
Pages from old dictionaries, poems, music sheets.

You can find tons of vintage images online
that you can download and use.
I have several links in my sidebar
to great vintage image blogs and websites.

Thanks for stopping by and

enJOY your Spring!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy St. Pat's Day Rolodex Art

Hey, Friends!

It's been a month since I last posted!
Where did the month go?

I don't know about anyone else but my Spring
is always a very busy time.
It always seems as crazy as the
Thanksgiving to Christmas season.
Lots of upcoming birthdays, Easter, Spring break,
end of year concerts, etc.

I did manage to squeeze in some art time
to finish up my March rolodex pieces
for our year long rolodex art swap at Paper Traders.

Swapping this one :
 (my swap partner has a large rolodex)


She is going to punch the holes in herself
as she lives in the UK and I don't want
to put them in the wrong place if our measurements are different.


And made a smaller version for myself:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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