Sunday, March 01, 2015

recent work

Here are some things I've been working on ...

"Frayed Edges": A Scrappy Journal (for sale)


Small Journal: coil bound journal with plain and gelli print pages (for sale)

Reveal 01

Love, Laugh, Live
And the oscar goes to ...

Waiting for Spring
DLP Week 8: It's Worth Repeating

Hope you enjoy and thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

photoshop elements play

Just messin' around




 havin' fun ...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This is my interpretation for this week's Documented Life Project.

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

Layer 1: assorted papers (my art)
Layer 2: White “gesso
Layer 3: Journaling
Layer 4: Background sheet splotched with white paint
Layer 5: flower shape stamped and then portions erased
Layer 6: flower shape (Vicki Robinson); painted in places
Layer 7: white splotches
Layer 8: pink flowers (Google image) and butterfly (free clip art)
Layer 9: left border
Layer 10: bubblewrap and black stamping
Layer 11:  leaf shapes along bottom
Layer 12: text


I must say this was tons of fun and much less messy than paper/paint/glue.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Liberate Your Art

I'm participating in a very cool project called "Liberate Your Art". It's a postcard swap hosted by KatEyeStudio.

The world needs more art. The world needs your art.The Liberate Your Art postcard swap is in its 5th year of encouraging you to create, share and liberate your art into the world, where it can do its greatest good.Join participants from around the world as we liberate our art through the mail and brighten the day of those near and far. See what good mailing your art can bring!
Here are the postcards I'm sending.
I like this project for many reasons: 1. One of my 2015 art goals is to increase visibility of my art. This is a great way to achieve that. 2. I hope my art brings joy to the viewer (another of my 2015 goals). 3. It is simply fun to receive "real" mail!

Let me know if you have decided to participate in this swap and/or if you would like to swap with me.

Friday, January 30, 2015


Recently, I've been thinking about authenticity, the question of "What is the most authentic work I could be doing?" 

Authentic: Real. From the heart. What art do I love? What art is "real"? Of all the art I create, what is most authentic?

This is what I love to create:

- photography
- making journals/books
- painting backgrounds
- colorful creative doodles
- digital painting, collage, art journaling
- fabric art quilts

I've always thought of my art quilts as "real art" - I suppose because it is hung on the wall. I've considered art journaling or painting in a journal creative but not "real" ... perhaps because it isn't hung on a wall. I realize that is not valid; art in a book is just as "real" as art to be hung on a wall. Yet ... this has been my mindset for a long time.

I'm reconsidering this now, especially with my new fascination with digital art. I like the word "authentic" which seems more inclusive than "real". I like the questions I've raised and am considering.

Authentic art comes from the heart. It is something within me that wants/needs to be expressed.

I consider the digital collage below to be authentic because

  • it's original
  • it's a theme that has surfaced in my art for years
  • it's a stretch - first time to do this kind of collage
  • it comes from the heart

This is an interesting place to be. I'd love to hear what you think.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Digital Art Collage

Happy Place: Digital collage

This collage is created from my background papers - painted pages that I've scanned to use for mixed media or digi art. The sky is a personal photo, digitally altered. The green paper on the bottom is purchased; all other elements are mine. My training in Photoshop Elements has paid off ... layers and filters and selection and brushes and effects ... I played with it all. I loved creating it and love how it turned out. The size is 12x12. I may get it printed on canvas ... and I definitely see more of these in the future.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here is what I've been working on/playing with ... (lots of pics!)

DLP: Week 2
DLP: Week 3
DLP: Week 4 (Digital)
Learning more about photoshop
Playing with digital scrapbook templates
Digital scrapbook
creating digi backgrounds
digi background
digi art
digi art journal
Loving the digital art world. However I'm also playing with paints and collage ...

Following the videos from Terri Kahrs "I Have a Secret" journal, I created this using a manila envelope for the cover. I used a variety of medium on the pages (cardstock) - water soluble crayons, watercolor pencils, acrylic paint, gelato crayons. The page featured includes an images from the class as well as one of my painted birds. The right side is a plain envelope covered with a printout of my digitally enhanced background sheet. On the flip side is a place to put a note (secret) inside the envelope. This page is ready for journaling.

And finally, I made a scrappy journal for my granddaughter for her 11th birthday. Still love making these!

And that's it!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A switch to digital collage?

The first challenge for the Documented Life Project (DLP) is to use book paper as a first layer. The journal prompt is "Be Your Own Goal Keeper". I'm using the dylusions creative journal 5x8 size for these prompts. For the physical page, I glued a variety of book papers, followed by a layer of gesso. Then some paint and stenciling. I decided to use a snippet from a photograph as a pocket to hold a tag for my journaling. A painted birdie awaits "soaring" with my goals.
very unfinished!
Having decided to do both digital and physical and see which I like better, I started my digital version while waiting for "paint to dry". Within an hour I had produced a page that I love. It has several layers: book pages (which I'd scanned in), papers that look like a layer of gesso, paint splotches, embellishments that I've created from my own art background pages (circles, borders), the photo snippet and the birdie. I love how easy the text is to create. 
DLP Week 1:  Digital Collage
This would have taken me a long time to complete on the physical page. So, I stopped working on that and have the two side by side in my journal. I'll continue this personal challenge for a while and see where it leads me.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

first project of 2015

I'm off to a fun start! I took this painting that I did a couple of years ago, scanned it and printed it on fabric transfer and ironed it to felt. 

 My intention is to heavily stitch and embellish it and create an art quilt.
Depending on how it works out, I may do a series as I have about 12 of these paintings.
The fabric is quite stiff so I can only work on it for a short while before my thumb is worn out. However, I love hand stitching and beading and this is so colorful that I think I'll enjoy working on it.

My inspiration for the paintings were Robert and Sonia Delaunay whose art I saw in Paris. My inspiration for the embellishment is Frieda Oxenham's journal quilts.

I hope you are off to a creative start to 2015!