Friday, February 24, 2017


From the Creative Jumpstart online class

The black lines and circles are actually cut out paper, an overlay in a journal

Collage and watercolor in another journal. He is overwhelmed.
I have been art journaling a lot. It satisfies my need to create something when I'm not in the mood to start or finish a project. And trust me, there are half finished projects all over the studio.

The face drawing represents how I feel about Trump. And that is the end of my political statement. It was done with watercolors first, then I collaged antique book pieces of paper, and some Tim Holtz tissue papers around the drawing, water color on top of that. By the way, this is the cheap set of 24 colors from Artist Loft at Michael's. I think normal price is $5.99 or $6.99. If you want to get into trying water color, and it is a lot of fun, I highly recommend starting with this cheap set. I sit in front of the television to do this, layering color on top of color. It dries super fast, and so you just swish your brush in water to clean it, and move on.  Another advantage to this set is the flesh tones are already there. Granted it is NOT the most vivid color, but convenient and, to me, excellent for water coloring in my journal. This is the Visual Artist journal from Strathmore.

The vivid colored abstract in the first photo was done in a Dylusions journal with Dina Wakley heavy body paints. Love those. I am doing a few of these as practice, and will eventually do a large canvas for my hallway.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Dog's Life

He has his head on my leg

Then he shifted to alongside of my leg

And finally back on top of my leg
When I watch television at night, I do it in my bedroom. My king size bed faces the tv on top of one of the dressers. I sit up with my legs stretched out, because it helps me to ease the back pain at the end of the day, and also to reduce swelling in my legs. I am old, folks. You learn through experience of what to do.

Gracie goes to my right, curling up into a pillow, or stretching out. She only wants to touch me if there are fireworks or a thunderstorm. The rest of the time it's "I'm good, mom. Just want to know you're here." Jake, on the other hand, wants some part of his body to be in constant contact with mine. He also wants his paws massaged, back rubbed, belly lightly stroked, or ears fluffed. Depends on his mood. If I do something he doesn't like, he'll move or put his paw on my hand. The message is direct: move on, woman. I don't want that tonight.

If I switch to the television in the living room, the dogs are out of sorts. This isn't the way it should be. I did it one night, on purpose, to mess with them. They didn't settle down for an hour, so I decided that was the end to THAT experiment and we returned to the bedroom.

Brats. I love them a bunch.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Junk Journals

Covers made

inside the empty covers

Completed journal

The spine. Looks great if covered up!

Front cover

Inside a skinny journal

The front cover
I love YouTube. You can watch videos on just about anything in the art and/or craft field. The past Saturday I decided to search for Junk Journals on YouTube. Found a 17 minute video for beginners. After watching it once, I went to "the room" full of crap, and started pulling out from the stack of Gelli plate prints that keep growing.

The name of the artist I watched is Lolly Palooza. Her instructions are concise, easy to follow, and her voice is soothing. The voice thing is important, to me, if you want to learn anything off YouTube. Her suggestion was to start with standard 8.5 by 11 papers and cut them in half. You would then fold those pieces in half to form signatures. I used my very old Martha Stewart scoring board to do that for a sharp fold. I then cut a bunch of old bookpages out of books. These were not the same size, nor are they intended to be, because it is a junk journal. Full of junk. Kind of the point. Added into that were a bunch of painted manila tags I had hanging around, and some 6 by 6 scrapbook papers.

At first I put 10 pieces in each signature. That was too thick, so I cut it down to 6. Now that I have 2 of these small journals together and started working in one, I think that 6 pages is too many. The card stock that I use for Gelli prints, and the scrapbook papers are thicker than normal, and the bulk makes it a little difficult to work in. That will be one adjustment.

On Sunday, I watched a video from Ephemera Gardens, another artist. She shows you how to gut an old book, and use that spine and cover to make junk journals. Now that I have completed the cheap, easy way, I am going to try that. For one, using an existing book will hide your pamphlet stitching. I so need to hide any stitching I do. Sewing is just not my strength, either by machine or hand. I make a mess. It works, but not pretty.

I am still keeping the promise to myself to use up some of the crap in "the room". Before any new crap comes in. Except for stencils. Stencils don't count. And maybe.....

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunshine makes me happy...

8x8 inch wood frame

Stack of small canvases waiting to be finished

This is the third of the assemblages that I finished this week. Again, had a lot of fun with this. I used a craft paint as the base, Golden Light Molding Paste through a Stencil Girl stencil for the texture. When dry, I glazed over the entire frame with Golden Raw Umber and Golden Acrylic Glaze.

About a month ago I purchased a Tim Holtz Sizzix Thin Die of gears. Some of those suckers are quite small, and all of them have a zillion pieces that have to be carefully punched out once cut. I grabbed some done in a dark blue cardstock, and painted them Antique Copper with Prima paint from the Finnabar line. It had just arrived in the mail. Got to say, nice paint. I really don't need to buy any additional paint (see previous posts about me buying shit), but I wanted to try it. One coat does it. Attached those with Liquitex Gel, let them dry. Then lightly went over the top with a cosmetic sponge and Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge. The center piece is antique book paper (Thanks, Klara!), Dylusions Paint, wash of white paint, then Rusty Hinge on top.

Back to using up old supplies: I have had these gallery small canvases on the closet shelf forever. Monday I covered them with scrapbook papers and book text. Went back to using Mod Podge, and it worked better than the Matte Medium I had. They will be finished within the next few days.

Sun is out, we are heading to the dog park. Enjoy your day, and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


8x8 wood frame

repeating patterns

Again, trying to repeat patterns
I purchased 3 of these wooden frames at Michael's a few weeks back. The wood was painted with Americana craft paint, allowed to dry, then lightly sanded. I used Golden Light Molding paste thru stencils for dimension. When dry, a glaze of Golden's Raw Umber was applied. That is pretty much the base for each of these I do. From that point forward, anything goes. If I am not inspired after going through my collection of random crap, I will set them aside and come back.

So. All three were sitting on one of the tables, when I looked up from die cutting the other day and realized that the square Seth Apter die from Spellbinders had the same geometric shapes as the stencil I had used with the molding paste. Ah Ha! Then the circle/squares suddenly sprang out from the other frame, and I was off and running. The third frame will go in a different direction due to what is already on it.

If you are wanting to make these, may I suggest you look for random crap in every single department of Hobby Lobby and Michael's. The small circles above the Tim Holtz metal bar on the first piece? Yeah, those are jewelry findings from Hobby Lobby. One never knows.

Have a great day. The dogs are going to Puppy Playground. I may get another puppy hug today.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oh, Baby!

Moose to the left, me, Ruby to the right

Look closely. Moose is kissing Ruby

My face looks like crap, but look at the puppy faces. OMG!

Snuggle bunny

OH, yeah, I finished this yesterday
Yesterday afternoon I worked in the studio for several hours. Realized it was time to go pick up Frick and Frack from the Playground, so took off. I was in a great mood. The sun was peaking out and the day had warmed up to 54. Spring is in the air.

When I walked into Puppy Playground, Corrine said "You can't leave". I probably looked at her blankly, but she added that Miranda was on her way in with the two Australian Shepherd puppies she is fostering, and she wanted me to see them. Gracie, my very own Aussie, is one of the favorites at the Playground. She hugs and kisses everyone on greeting them, and when she leaves. Do I get hugs and kisses? Hell, no. But everyone at the Playground does. My little social butterfly.....

I waited about 10 minutes, but it was so worth it. Look at those babies! Moose weighs more than Ruby, being the male. His paws indicate that he will be a big Aussie, probably around 55 pounds. Moose has a long tail, Ruby, like Gracie, was born without one. They are both beyond adorable. For reference purposes only, (HA!), I give you Gracie at a young age.
I do love my dogs. Enjoy.
PS: I will post more about the assemblage tomorrow. Finishing up another few today.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Dogs rule.

The sun was out all day today, and what a huge difference it makes in my mood and outlook on life. I did some errands, then came home and grabbed the babies for the dog park. We walked around the parks for over an hour, listening to the birds singing. I swear I heard sand cranes flying overhead, and if so, they are early. Spring is just around the corner.

Lots going on in the studio, but none of it complete. I have hit a wall on three assemblages, so they are to the side waiting for some inspiration. Now working on mixed media canvases, old style. Lots of torn paper collages, waiting for the Mod Podge to dry so I can move on to the paint. Just having fun, and that's what it's all about, isn't it?

Enjoy your days.