Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Simple drawing

 In the 2014 Winter issue of Pages, there is a great article by Jane Davenport about drawing hair! Here is my drawing.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mixed media, A day to remember

I was playing with some spray inks in my journal and put down more than I intended.  I took a piece of water color paper and put it on top and absorbed some of the ink.   I liked how it looked so I drew a face on it. I colored her hair and the remaining background with distress inks and added some collage.  Here is the beginning and finished piece.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crowning Glory!

I  found some time to play in my journal today and I finished this page
I've been working on....but, as I looked at her , I decided she
 needed a crown!   What do you think?  Did she?


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Inspired by Jane Davenport's Art Lesson on CPS....needs more work, but, just thought I'd share what I've done so far.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Adult Upcycled dresses

Here a some of the upcycled dresses I have been making for a couple shows I will be vending at.  They are made from recycled t-shirts that I purchase at garage sales and thrift stores.....  I have made 133 of them!  Hopefully they sell!!!

  Last year they went over very well.  What do you think?

Children's upcycled dresses

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Panpastel Poppies

Hi everyone!  It has been a while since I've posted, but, summer is a busy time!  Family, friends and shows!   I am getting ready for two shows at the end of the month.....I recycle t-shirts into dresses and my inventory is quite low.  I will post a few pics after I finish them.   After the shows I will be off to Mobile Al. with my daughter.  She is driving to upper Michigan and I will drive back with her and my grandchildren.  Can't wait !!!

But, I did find time to do this mixed media print.  It was inspired by Donna Downey's art lesson from is done with Panpastels.......
hope you like it!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A step forward

Here is a before and after picture of a piece I just finished. I wished I would have taken more pictures while I worked on it. It changed many times before i was happy with it.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Don't forget to be Awesome!

Wow, it's been quite a while since I've posted. I have been busy.  I teach classes at a local quilt shop and  I have not beeen able to play!  But, today I was able to spent the whole day in my studio!  Yay!!This was the result....I started out with a gelli print background.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

So Blue

I drew this face and had a lot of trouble with the hair. I painted, wiped it off, painted again to many times. I decided to put it away, but, I took a picture of it first....after I wiped the paint off, again! I put it into my photo editing software and palyed with it. I changed the background color many times...I now have this girl with, at least ten hair colors! I am making notecards from the images. I need some cool quotes to type on the front of each one....and ideas?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gelli Print Pillow!

A while back I saw a hand painted, strip quilted pillow on Julie Fei Fan balzer's blog.  I really liked it, but, never did make it.  So, I thought I would try and paint the fabric with my Gelli plate.  I cut my fabric into differnt size strips and started painting.....So much fun!!!  I used Jaquard textile paints and they worked well.  I added the word ART and a few others for contrast.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Flowers in my hair

Wow! It's been over two weeks since I've posted!  Life does get in the way. This is just a simple collage done on a gelli print background.  I cut out  a face from a magazine and painted over it and added some collage elements and printed words.  Easy journal page....The little lady circled in white is my mom...many years ago.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Paper Quilt

I made this paper quilt by sewing strips made from my Gelli printed papers. I enlarged the image from a rubber stamp and glued it on. i then, sewed on a black paper border.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Work in Progress...done!

So, I'm done1 Took me a little longer than I thought, but, I finished it today!. Life got in the way this week! I colored in more of the zentangles with the Faber Castell big brush markers, deepen the shadows on her face and colored the background teal. I decided I did not like the background, at all,so, I cut it out and put her on a black background. I think it's much better! 


What do you think?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Work in Process #3

I have filled in some of the zentangles, colord her eyes and did more shading on her face.

Work in Process...Step 2

Well, I remembered pictures!  I really wasn't sure where I was going with this piece, so, I just started shading a little on the face...hoping she would talk to me! I used some watered down  teal paint to shade the face and add a little more color to the background.  It seems like  hair always presents problems for me.  I really struggle with it.  As I looked at all the different colors in the background, zentangles came to mind.  I penciled in a few and decided that was the way I would go. After I finished most of the zentangles, she reminded me of a warrior.

  I will name this piece for my daughter, Lisa, who last week, had her one year check-up following
a stem cell transplant.  She has been battling Hodgkins Lymphoma for three years...She is now cancer free!!  She is a true warrior!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Works in progress

I always seem to have so many works in progress...I counted seven and that's just projects in my journals. I'll try and post pictures as I work on them and explain my process a little.  I just get involved and forget to take photos!  But, I will do my best!  The backgrounds are painted, I thinks they were scraped on with a credit card. One of them was gessoed for the face before I drew it.  The other was not.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Be yourself!

This journal page was done for the April challenge on the Artist in Blogland challenge.  It was fast and easy!  I had a gelli print background I did a few weeks ago. I id a little stamping on the background, then,  I cut out the figure and glued her down. really like this image!  I printed out the words, glued them down and outined around them...finished!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gelli print

Just thought I'd share this. I was playing with my gelli plate today and I thought this was pretty cool!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

When a door opens...

This is another collage done, again, on a gelli print background.....I think I'm addicted! While I was working on this piece I got Jessica Sporn's stencil, Windows and Doors, in the mail. I decided to incorporate it into the piece. I didn't have much room left, but, I was able to stencil one of the doors and print out one of the quotes.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Change for no one!

Portrait done on a gelli print background.  I drew the face and painted it on directly on the gelli print I had made. The color is a little dark from the blue and green paint in the background.  But, I think it worked! I used golden fluid acrylics and a graphite pencil to color and shade her.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Change your heart

I have spent the last few days in a hotel room.   I have my art journal, some pencils and some watercolor paint.  i took a picture of the piece I did and it turned out blurry.  So, I did a little photo editing and this was the end!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gelli print background

I made this gelli print a while ago...wish I could remember how I did it!! I did take a picture and did some photo editing to enhance the color and I applied a filter.  I then printed it and had a toner copy made.....I glued it into my art journal and did some rubberstamping, used a stencil by Dina Wakely, printed some words and finished my page!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

She didn't stop

Simple portrait colored with watercolor crayons, acrylic paint and shaded with graphite pencil.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Be your own kind of beautiful!

I am accumulating a large pile of papers from gelli printing,  papers from cleaning off brushes and spray inks.  So, I am trying to use them for backgrounds in my collages,  This paper was very orange and pink.  I think it was from dylusion spray inks. It did bleed some, the reason for her rosy cheeks! but, it was ok!

Saturday, March 16, 2013


This was a small sketch I did  while I spent a few days in a hotel.  I colored it orange with watercolors and played with colors and filters it in photoshop!

I am unique!

This piece actually started out with a gelli print background.  I had made some prints on deli paper and glued them down in my journal.  This one was pretty blue!  I sketeched out a face last weekend and decided to try and do something with it today.  I painted it a flesh tone, but, it was still pretty blue.  So, I decided, she could be blue!  I think the collged elements at the bottom are a little to dark, but, it is what is is.