Sunday, April 16, 2017

What's in my art journal? Oh My!!!

 *fans self*

I don't always use men on my art journal pages, but when I do, it's Idris Elba!

Thought I'd try something different, create a page with a MAN on it!!! This was really interesting to create.  Starting with a page that already had a bit of distress color on it, I had to be careful not to put down a color that may change the mood of the page.

If you don't know who Idris Elba is, just google him.  SEX E!!! (sigh) Anyway,  He stars as  a detective  in this series called Luther (check it out on Netflix).

I wanted this magazine clipping to look like either he was becoming part of the background or that he was coming out of the background.  Viewer decides.  And guess what?  He watched me the entire time.....I think he enjoyed it!

I appreciate your visit today, thank you.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Humpty- Old News Art Journal Page tutorial


The new Turbo tax 2017 commercial about an injured Humpty Dumpty literally cracks me up!! (pun intended). Here's my take on it: The story is obviously old news.  The page shows various old newspaper clippings.

Here's a close up of the page, but check out the tutorial for the step by step  creation at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by. Until the next blog...enjoy!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Video


I mentioned the other day that I was working on a video, well here it is.  It's a mixed media painting using stencils, stamps, dylusions paints and distress inks.

Until the next blog..Enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

What's in my art journal? New Pages

I can't get enough of my Funky Girl stamps and this page came about from a conversation a friend and I had recently.

The background is a light duplicate print of the page next to it (not shown) topped with a stenciling mishap.  The Funky Girl, Nikki, was stamped on 90lb watercolor paper, colored, cut out and clued on top of a brick stencil.

On this page I was trying out one of Jane Davenports face stamp.  I really like it.  Definitely a stamp you can tweak to accommodate your own style.  

The background had some blobs of ink and scribbles on it that I covered up with stencils, stamps and ink.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  I'm working on a tutorial video about making beautiful backgrounds and printing on top of it.  So be on the look out for that in the next day or so.

Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What's in my art journal? Remixed pages

Wow! I didn't realize how long it's been.  Hello everyone!

My mojo has been vacationing, I think it's on it's way back, and while I've been patiently waiting (never force your mojo) I decided I was going to give a few art journal pages a make over.

The majority of all my art journal books are filled with experiments that I like to keep for reference.  Others have  random doodles on them or pages that I've cleaned my stencils or paint brushes on, and the occasional fully completed art journal page.  There are a more than a few pages that I can't bare to look at and serve no purpose at all.  I've decided to give a couple a make over, a remix, if you will.

First up, this was one of those pages where I tried a few things out on.  Stencils, colors, doodle.  I want to burn this page.

Remix - why not cover up the offending images with some stamp samples and stencils.   Now it's a page I can live with.  I love that the eye from the original page is still visible (top right corner).

Now this page is one of those chameleon pages.  You know the kind that start out one way and end up another and then another and another. (I forgot to take a pic before adding the silhouette and stencil on top)

Remix - Add a silhouette, pencil in some details, add some stencils, paints and make it look like a graffiti wall.

I knew I wanted the silhouette over the eye and lucky for me part of the eyebrow looks like the hand.  Isn't that cool? Up close you can see some of the details from the original page coming through her outfit.


Though this is not an journal page, this canvas needed a new look too.  This was created from some online workshop I took where you where suppose to have certain elements,affirmations,  things that were to help free up your creativity.

Remix- I blocked out elements that are no longer relevant and added stronger colors and brought the image from the background  to the foreground.

What a difference between the two images.  I've grown alot as an artist over the years.  I'm finally enjoying the process of creating. The journey.  I used to stress about the amount of art I wasn't doing as if I had to crank something out everyday.  To be honest, I don't have it everyday, but when I do it's a wonderful ride!

Thanks for visiting.  Feel free to comment, share and follow.    Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What's on Deck?

My Son's are on deck, literally!!

I rarely post about my children cause I like to keep it about the art.  But when they become the art....well I gotta share.

In case you don't know, a skateboard deck is the board that the skateboarder stands on and is commonly tricked out with some amazing artwork on the underside. When they are displayed, they are usually displayed showing the artwork.  This deck belongs to my youngest son who hasn't skateboarded in over two years.  I've been waiting for just the right opportunity. Ok, honestly, my first opportunity was to through it away, it's been by the front door forever!!! A second look, and it was a know how that goes.

Yesterday, one of my older sons posted a picture of him and his younger brother.  I can't explain how much I love this picture.  They are both a couple of characters and I miss them TREMENDOUSLY! (I probably shouldn't say it that loud).

In keeping with the grunginess of the deck, I didn't even wipe the dirt off, I dove right in. I'm working on the top, not the underside.  I first slapped some black gesso here and there but mainly concentrated on the area that I wanted to put the photo.  after that dried I threw in some white gesso again mainly concentrated on one area.

Next, when the last layer of gesso was dried I tore the edges off around the entire picture, which was printed on regular printing paper.  I put a thick layer of heavy gel over the white gesso and smoothed the picture faced down over top of it.

Late in the evening when it was completely dried, I really should have waited until this morning but I couldn't.  I spritzed water over the back of the picture and gently started rubbing the paper off to reveal the transferred picture.  Later I put a coat of gel over top of the picture.  I wish I would have thought of using a matte gel, because there's a glare.

The rest of the fun was had by stenciling, spraying and dripping acrylic paint.  This deck is ready to be hung.

I love that this deck has a story all it's own, and like my boys, as I still refer to them, it's a lil rough around the edges, a lot of wear and tear, spontaneous, fun, creative and forever brothers.

Thanks for your visit today, I'd love to hear from you.  Until the next blog...enjoy!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017, Off to a Good Start


I thought I would share a few projects that I've worked on so far this year.  I feel like 2017 is off to a great start, creatively.  This post is heavy with photos.

Jane Davenport, an amazing artist, has a ton of new products out that I just had to get my hands on.  I bought the set of washi tapes that has six roles in various sizes and each roll has a part of the face on it for you to mix and match.  I found and art journal page with a background already on it and here's what I started out with.

Then I continued on to end up with this.  I had a wonderful time creating either part of the body and adding more of the face and hair.  So many possibilities with these tapes.  I also bought her Magic Wand pencils and use them to create the hair.

I enrolled in her free workshop with the first lesson, though I didn't have the products she used in the lesson I used what I had and created this lil diddy.  Again, I used a page that already had a background on it (somewhat of a background).  I used her Mermaid Markers, which are water brushes filled with different colored inks.  Let me just say that these are fantastic and very pigmented!!! Side note: she does have a pair of water brushes in her line up.  A fine and broad tip and the price point is unbelievable.  I will be going back for more of those. can never have too many.

I also fiddle around with sculpting clay on glass vases, bowls, etc.  Two years ago I bought this nicely shaped glass vase that you see in the picture below.

 I have never worked on such a large piece and wasn't sure I would be even able to fit it in my oven,  I was intimidated by this piece for 2yrs and decided this was the year, I'm going for it, and so I did.

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing.....Wind!

So there you have it, some of the art I've been up to so far.  I appreciate you stopping by, I love it when you leave comments (hint hint)

Until the next blog...enjoy!!