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March 14, 2015

You know I haven't made a doll in nearly two years now.. Not sure why not. I I still sew on occasion although it's usually a knitting bag for me or a gift. I am still creative but my creativity has moved in a different direction. I always have something on my knitting needles now. That started about 9 or 10 years ago just because it was something I was wanted to learn. It turned into my community. I have a weekly knitting group that I attend since the doll group died. I am also really enjoying all the mixed-media work i am doing. I think to myself oh, I should make a doll out of this, but I never do. Maybe someday. In the meantime I am just enjoying myself.

This piece was taught by Patty Ballard in the LIFEBOOK course.




Don’t let it get you down

February 3, 2015

It's always something! I developed trigger thumb in my right hand recently and had to have surgery to fix it. Doesn't it just figure that I would get new art supplies in the mail when I can't use them. Grrrr. I decided to try to draw anyhow. No use of my thumb but since this was drawn really loosely I thought I could do it! And I did! Really happy with this. It's a bonus lesson from lifebook 2015. I'm behind in class now but hopefully I'll catch up soon. So here's my 'Affirmation Feather' (and my lovely bandage).


Mixed media canvas

December 21, 2014

Nothing like last minute presents! As if I didn't have enough knitting to finish now I'm painting. I signed up for an online class with Kate Crane called Journal Soup 2. I really like how she does her backgrounds. Quite fun. I have to admit I was surprised at how different painting and marking on canvas is rather than paper. This is for a co-worker whose favorite color is, no surprise, pink!



Documented Life Project

September 15, 2014

I can't believe I'm still doing this! It's week 38 and the prompt was to incorporate a feather. I incorporated a few, real and imagined. Still Zentangling too as you can see from the bird.


And a better picture without the glare


I realize that my style is more on the simple side. Although I love the crazy busy pages with tons of doodles, that just isn't me. Will probably still try them but will also probably end up back here.

Ocean essence Zentangles

August 20, 2014

Took another Zentangle class this past weekend. All of the girls in the class were also in my class at the Summer Arts Festival last month. It's fun to treat yourself to art classes. This class was focused on ocean themed tangles. My tile is bottom right.



Another tip in page

May 20, 2014

Just to show I am still alive, here is my latest tip-in page for my documented life project. The background is a mono print that I made with my home made gelli plate, which was such a simple, simple process. It is a lot of fun to use although I am still getting the hang of it. The girl is a deli print (stamp) that I received in a swap and I really am taken with it. Might have to try to find it.

The other bits and pieces are painted circles. Those are super addicting and incredibly fun to make. They make cool photos too, lol.


The Documented Life – Week 10

March 8, 2014

This week the prompt was to write a list of things that made you … you. For some reason this really intimidated me. I have never been comfortable with the idea of journaling, putting really personal things down on paper. What if I wrote something negative and someone found it? What if I poured out my heart on paper and it was laughed at? A secret is a secret only if no one knows it. So I don’t do it. Even the thought of writing about myself was difficult – how deep do I want to go? I pondered this most of the week and started a few little lists and then tossed them aside. This is what I ended up with. I used tags to make the little flaps and I still have one entire side of a tag to add to my list. I actually did put something really personal in there – but it’s on the back of the tag that is taped to the page. So no one can see it. That was actually a pretty big step for me. Glad this week of The Documented Life is over!

First flap open:
The Documented Life Project - Week 10
Second flap:

The Documented Life Project - Week 10

Paper art

February 8, 2014

One of the things I like about social media is finding new projects to get involved with. This one is called The Documented Life Project and it's a combination planner, journal, and art journal. Each week you are given a prompt to make a piece of art from. I started a bit late so I have a lot of catching up to do, but it's fun and I really did forget how much I like playing with paint and collage. I used the planner recommended, it's my first time using a Moleskine. I painted the cover and added monthly tabs. The colors are actually a bit duller in person, too bad. I like this version!

This was the first week's prompt, to do a page incorporating your front door. I took a photo of my door and then used a watercolor filter in Photoshop. Printed it out and glued it to the page. Then I stamped on it, hated it, so tried to cover it with paint. Made kind of a mess. But it will do.



Altered Journal

September 21, 2013

I switched gears and did a quick collage on a cheap little Mary Engelbreit journal from Michaels. Something similar to this:

journal base

I need it for a Flat Stanley round robin we’re going to do over at Doll Street. I did one of those in 2005 and it was a lot of fun, although it took nearly two years to get the doll back home. Anyhow, I took a couple of in progress pics. Here’s the first one which shows the basic collage. Someone gave me some great paper lace a while ago, I might have to look for more!

Journal pics

Here is the journal with a little more altering, I drybrushed some brown paint on it to ‘age’ it, plus I added the little girl as a focal point. It really grunges it up.

Journal pics

Last thing I did was drybrush some gold-green paint here and there and ¬†around the girl to bring her forward. Remember that dark colors push things back and light ones bring them forward. I think it’s done now but we’ll see how I feel after it’s sat around for a week or so.

Round Robin altered journal

Not really a distressed frame – just kinda sorta

December 22, 2010

FramesThis was the last thing I had to do to get done with presents … one of my girls is in the habit of giving me framed pictures of her family each Christmas, so this year I figured I’d turn the tables on her. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I read a bit online about distressing frames but they all go for the french country look and I didn’t want that. The big round frame is for myself – it was solid black too and the design didn’t show up at all (click on the pic for a closer look). I used the same technique on this as I did on the little frame. I think the sepia pictures will look much nicer in these new old frames!
So here’s what I did .. I took the plain black frame out to the belt sander and scratched it all up. Kind of fun but scary at the same time – I mean, I paid good money for this thing! (Well, it would have been good money but thanks to the Black Friday coupons at JoAnns it was actually pretty cheap.) Anyhow – I hit all the edges and just tried to make it look kind of beat up. I didn’t follow the rules for wear and tear, I just did this pretty randomly.


Then I hit it with some paint. I used some brown and some buff, painted it on and then wiped it off.


Then I remembered that I had some gold rub-n-buff creme. Never really used that before and it’s pretty cool. I kind of wiped it all over the whole thing. Tada … easy peasy!