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Monday, June 1, 2015

Juliette Crane's Owl Class

Can you believe this first page turned into the owl.  Yes, it is fascinating isn't it?  Layered papers, acrylics, a little of this anda little of that, voila.  Loved this process, even though I still had to learn, and get out of my typical comfort zone of trying to understand.  I bought her class, never was ableft to do it.  After a year, you lose the class online and you you can't download them.  So thanks to Tam from Lifebook, Juliette had her class on one of the weeks.




 I did add stickers and words that would work well with the colors, made copies at Kinkos, and was able to share with a couple of girl babies to decorate their bedrooms.

Jenniebellie's Banner and Penant swap

Well, with having a road rage incident against myself and my husband this weekend, and having two computers from two different stores and two different brands, and both being piracy isdues, I got done my swap banner/penant.  Still not sure what makes them different and another name is garland.  I think I like garland better;  it sounds so much more decorative, holidayish, fancy, pretty...

I wanted to do something different.  I have been working in a book called "Creative Call"  This book has you ponder the roadblocks in
your life to why you may not be doing art work or your craft; what the stumbling blocks may be, perhaps a negative word came at you in your life to stop you from creating.  I have been taking classes, learning techniques, and just wanting to get out of the copy zone, repeating what I see, but wanting to do my own creation.  Striving for this has become my hobby.  Seeing others come up with their own ideas has somewhat become my envy, which has not been good.  So, when a thought comes in my head, I have been trying to seek where it is taking me.  So this garland kept crying out to me to do something floral.  My partner lives in Australia.  When my son saw my garland, he told me that Australia is turning fall, autumn weather, and we are just starting spring in New England.  So I thought it would bring my partner back a couple of seasons.  She told me she loves turquoise, so that was my addition to the garland.
We only had to make five attachments.  So I hand water colored my papers, punched out all of the petals and hand glued them to a backing, a paper butterfly was added, and vintage yellow pearls with a beautiful delicate ribbon.  I displayed  it all around my house so as to see if it was long enough and if it hung evenly.  I may make one for my grand-daughter.  She just turned one, so I have time.  It is a bit time consuming, but really pretty.





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Carla Sonheim Practice


A few blobs of cheap water color, and gesso circles and stars...

some pencil smudges and shadow, a bit more gesso where needed

Sepia gold colored watercolor around the whole painting,
and more pencil around the edge of the paper

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mixed media collage and my grandson


I have been making videos for my grandson in Germany.  I won't see him for a long time, and I want to grow with him.  He loves art right now, so I am making videos for him.  What was so cool about this was that I didn't over think like I always do.

I used the end of celery, the marker cover and the cardboard from coffee shops.  I used American craft acrylic pain, Crayola crayons, a chalk marker, pencil,  markers, scrap papers, and stickers.  I tried to use what he may have access to in Germany.

I had fun and hopefully he will too!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mixed Media Collage


I am so greatful to have copies of these collages.  If you ever have artwork placed in a shop of any kind, even a cigar shop like I had mine, have a document written up that your work is there on their premise, because I now can't get a hold of the manager, and am not sure my work is still in her shop.  So I am greatful I can make a copy for my portfolio in case she ditched them.

Fountain Pen and Ink





If you can, pick up this Journal of Antiques and Collectibles at an antique shop.  Great article about the anatomy and history along with other photos of fountain pens from the early 1920's. There is also an article about Norman Rockwell.  It is fun finding out about art history and artifacts from different resources than a history book.

Book Journal with Girly Cutie Faces and Mixed Media




 Love making a journal by buying a second hand book from Sally's  and gluing pages together with Ranger glue.  This particular journal is square which is so different, so many journals are rectangular, so I like the square.  Now, my steps are gesso in as I go.  Alot of people like gesso in the whole journal at one time, and then adding paints and inks before they begin to do special collages.  I actually like to wait, because my mood changes, and depending what is on my mind, I don't want to have the page prepared for possibly something else.  I do gesso most of the time, but I like to keep a change my possibility.




I have been finding some fun stickers, so this two page spread is somewhat based on the idea of the tea party, and different alphabet stickers.


The girl on the right was a head from a vintage children's book, but the little gal was blonde haired, and had a pouty attitude.  So I changed her up with black hair, freckles, green eyes and a bit more pleased and happy, maybe because she is having a cup of tea and pretty colored cupcakes.