Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Documented Life - Moleskin Journal

Front Cover
Paint, Pens, Collage, Stencil
This is the front cover of a new project....altering a moleskin journal.  I saw this on Roben-Marie Smith's website and it looked like a lot of fun.  I'm 4 months late joining this online project and the journal we were to use was a daily planner.  I bought a moleskin with plain pages because I couldn't go back and do a calendar year.  This will actually work better for me.  I've just completed the front and back cover.  Underneath this colorful cover is the basic, black cover.  In order for the cover to accept what I was going to do to it... you have to completely gesso the surface.  Gotta love gesso...the miracle art supply!
 (the black stripe is the elastic that keeps the book closed)
The back cover:
I have had the shoe for awhile....just waiting for the right place to put it and I like it here.  I love all kinds of music so that is my little "music" contribution to this cover.   So what does all of this mean....these circles and swirls and dots and colors?  For me, personally, they express an inner energy that is me that comes out when I take my art supplies to create.  It's my positive energy.  Can't speak for others but this is what it's about for me.  I can't wait to get inside the journal.  The Documented Life has some great "prompts" for the pages.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Paint & Wine Class - Matisse!


The Purple Robe
I was so excited to see that the subject of our monthly Paint & Wine class was Matisse.  I love the energy, the colors, the patterns, the whimsical aspect of his work.  I love his perfect imperfection if you will.  The perspective doesn't have to be precise.  I think his art is fun.  I would have loved to watch him paint!  

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Art Journal - Mixed Media
I've been an adult for a very long time now, so I don't know why it is that I struggle...with giving myself permission to "play".  This page is all about playing.  I didn't have a theme in mind...I just wanted to have fun with my art supplies and, hopefully, the end result would be good to look at.  I used stencils and spray paints and collage papers and magazine cut-outs and pens and rubber stamps.  Lots of color.  It's not a page that you look at and say ...."that blank is out of perspective or the face isn't quite right"....we're always our own worse critic.  This is an exercise in creativity and it brings me...JOY.  Hope you enJOY.


Sunday, March 16, 2014


Book made of file folders
Spray paints
Here are more of the painted folders
I'm only showing some of the pages because
I want to illustrate that among the file folder pages,
I have included other types of papers and
I plan to alter all of them
File folders are nice to work with in book form
They were gessoed on both sides prior to painting
Each folder was ripped in half prior to painting and
then they were folded in half again to make the book
The finished book is approximately 5 x 8.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Colors of Morocco

Art Journal
I love the colors of Morocco....the blues especially.  I read today that they use a lot of blue to ward off evil spirits.  I worked on this particular painting for quite awhile trying to get the perspective right.  If you want to work on perspective....try drawing these intricate entrances to the riads of Morocco.  I found this one on Pinterest.  I have another painting that I started that is much more blue....but it needs much more work so we'll see if I can finish that one.  Here is a closer look....

of the shuttered window, the blue tile, the pots and the clay tile flooring.  It's done in my sort of primitive style...when your style is primitive, you can get away with more least that's my philosophy!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Paint & Wine Class

This is my version of a painting by
Tom Brown
We had another wonderful class....I can't say enough about these classes....I look forward to them every month.  I always learn something and it's really fun to see what the rest of the class does...we're all looking at the same painting, but everyone puts their own personal style and spin on it.  This is just a simple barn in a snowy landscape.  And its the last snow scene we'll be doing for 2014!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Night Time House

Art Journal - Acrylics

In Process....
Gelli Art Print on the left
I'm at a loss for words here today.  My head has a cold and it appears my mind does as well.  I'm totally dysfunctional.  The Gelli Art print is interesting....I can't decide whether to alter it or not.  Sometimes it looks like multiple birds to me.....the right hand photo is just another little house painting....

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Art Journal
I'm still in "Russian" mode while the Olympics are on....not to mention the 2 feet of snow outside.  Colder here than in Sochi.  Russia is a mysterious place.  Today I chose to try another face and I had to bring some fur in....The page started with a map of Russia that I printed from the internet.  That was to become the background for the fur hat.   I didn't want it to disappear in the hat, so I tried to leave spots where you can see the map through the fur. 
I also chose not to have open eyes on this one and I rather like the effect but I had such a hard time with the nose and I can see that the bridge should be more vertical, not curving to the left quite so much.  I might try and fix it....or leave it as a lesson learned.  Practice, practice.   Close up for may bug me if I don't fix it....we'll see.  I'm starting to hear Lara's Theme in my head.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Russian Inspiration

Gelli Art/Mixed Media

Inspired by watching some of the Winter Olympics....and the fact that there is a raging snowstorm going on outside....I decided to start a new journal page.  Of course, I'm painting a scene that has snow in it but it also has a lot of color.  Kids don't know how good they have it when their Mom is busy in the house making hot chocolate, making sure their gloves are dry and has a hot lunch in the works. That's what my mom did...and that's what I did. Now, I just worry about the snow piling up and hope, in the end, that all is well.   The background is printed on deli paper. Here is how the page started....

  I glued a Gelli Art print to the page.  It has blues and purple and gold. Then I started to do a little sketching.   

Here is a close-up of the can see some of the pattern from the Gelli Art print.  I might have to start another page...or, maybe I'll go make myself a hot lunch.  Later.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Art Journal
Mixed Media

....Traces of love. The bits and pieces that make up fond memories. The 50th Anniversary of the Beatles is making me feel slightly nostalgic.  Where has all of the time gone....seems like yesterday....oh....that's a McCartney tune....Yesterday....I know the art doesn't have that vintage look....maybe I should have glued old corsages (I still have them!) and dance invites and old letters onto the page.  It's February when hearts turn to....oh 

The Beatles wrote Loves You....Love Me Do....I Want To Hold Your Hand....perhaps my art today should be about the British Invasion... those guys added sweet moments to my young-then date nights...yeah, yeah, yeah.....

Paint & Wine Class

Last night was another bitter cold night but there was a great turn-out for the Paint & Wine class in our area.  Our instructor, Susan, chose a winter scene for us.  She always has an alternative picture or two to paint of the same subject and I chose to do one of the alternatives.  She's a terrific instructor and I always go away having learned a couple of new techniques.  A really fun way to spend a cold, winter night. 

Acrylics on Canvas

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Mixed Media
I recently have been visiting the blog of Mindy Lacefield, aka Timssally,  and I am fascinated by the way she paints. (She's on YouTube).  Clearly, her art and her journey are unique to her and I am intrigued by how freely she paints....that's the only way I can describe her art because as I watch her in the process on her video....I feel like she just puts paint to paper and runs with it.  Maybe she has a plan....but I can't tell.  The end result is magical. 
Every artist has their own style.  Certainly, I could do a calm landscape or a folk art house....but I'm trying to determine what defines me and my art.  If I saw a painting of Mindy's hanging in a gallery ....I would immediately be able to tell it was hers.  Do you know what I mean?  The answer could be to  just paint what makes you happy.
  I decided to just go with the flow today and see if I could find that kindergarten artist in my soul and above was my result. All I can say is that it was a lot of fun.  And I want to try and hold on to some of the "play" I found in my art today.  Check out Mindy's art....see if you can find your groove!  Below is my kindergarten self....
Closer views:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Mixed Media
It's a snowy, January day and I'm home nursing a recent foot surgery...getting a little crazy being housebound.  But I like painting snow...the energy of it whirling about, the different sized flakes, the is beautiful.  There is lots of color on the background of these two pages...snow isn't just white.  There is silver and blue and gray....The silver is stenciled on the pages through a paper doily and there are a few small pieces of tissue paper with silver flecks.
  Here is the tree....
This page shows my Labradoodle, Boomer, romping in the snow. The house is not mine, but I love little houses....

What you can't see in the photo are the flecks of silver and glitter dust that really add to the snow effect....makes it feel colder just by looking at it. It is a winter day.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Gelli Art Prints
What to do with all of the monoprints you make....?  Sometimes, you like them so much you don't want to cut them up....there's never any real way to duplicate  them.  The left page I painted the entire background of the page with the red and then I glued a 6 x 6 monoprint onto the page.  I love the complexity of this particular print. And at the bottom, also done on my Gelli Art plate, the word LOVE.   A closer look.....

 The opposite page....

I used 3 different monoprints and cut the pear shapes and added to a page where I had finger-painted the background colors.  I like what the bright pop of the blue color does to the page.  One of these days....I'm just going to do a journal with nothing but pears in it....I would never run out of ideas.  A close-up of the pears....

Start with ENTHUSIASM!!

Art Journal
Inktense Water Soluble Ink Blocks
Permanent Pen, Acrylics, Collage, Pens, stencils

The inspiration for this page is the word up on the left...."enthusiasm".
On Epiphany Sunday, our Rector does a fun thing....passes around a basket full of paper crowns and inside each crown is a word.  I've blogged about this in the past.  This is the art work I created based on the word I picked, a bold punch of color and some inspirational words.  I also used my Inktense blocks that my sister gave me for Christmas.  This is how the page started....

I literally put down blocks of color with absolutely no plan except that at some point....I had to fit "enthusiasm" into the piece.  I kept going.
Now you can see that I took a water color brush and moved the color around.

I wrote the word, January, and then I glued a piece from a Gelli Art print that I had cut into a circle on the top right.  I added words, some stenciling, and a bird that I cut out of some scrapbook paper.  I did some doodling and stenciling as well.

A close-up of the Gelli Art that I doodled around, stamped stars and outlined leaves with a metallic gel pen.  "If you could read my mind...."

Last close-up of a planet....This is where I LIVE.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Playing with my Gelli Art Plate

Art Journal

The left page is a Gelli art mono print I glued into the journal.  I outlined the female mask with acrylic paint and wrote across the body.  I still have not found the perfect pen to write over paint....I rubber stamped the "e" and collaged the 27. This art is on the inside cover of the journal. Larger photo below:
 At the top of the head it reads...
"I am the May Queen, a Gemini....

On the opposite page:

I finger-painted the background on this page and added the word "love" which I wrote backwards on the plate and then then printed on deli paper.  I added the dove and collaged part of a Dove chocolate wrapper which says "Listen with your heart."  I am starting the new year  Why not?

More fun with my Gelli Art...
Printed on muslin

Printing on muslin from the Gelli plate works really well.

I love the shadow effect of this print.

The last two prints are on deli paper.

I kept experimenting with primarily the same stencil,
 but using different colors to get different effects. 
 I used my 6" square plate for these prints

Friday, January 3, 2014


Using gesso, gelli-art print, acrylics, molding paste, rubber stamps,
 glitter powder, collage

Time to start year.  Gotta love Michael' one, get one free!

 I added a layer of gesso so that I could do something fun to the cover....

Gelli-art Print
I took some matte medium and glued one of the gelli prints I made this summer to the cover.  This is printed on deli paper.  I added another coat of matte medium on top of this and painted a sky....

I didn't really know what I was going to do on top of the gelli print....but I always love little I added one....and I sanded the whole page just a little bit...

Using molding paste and a stencil....I added the tree.  It's a very thin layer of molding paste.  I also added the windows and door.  It wasn't until I added the tree that I decided it was going to be a winter scene....originally, I was going to paint the tree....I love how the light was shining on my page as I took the photograph....

Now you see all of the snow that has been added and a quote as well.  The page has a slight shimmer now which you can't see as I added that to the page with some glitter powder....

"All journeys eventually end in the same place...home."
I grabbed this quote from our local, weekly newspaper.  It was the LOM (line over the masthead).