Saturday, June 30, 2007

I think it's finished

I am pretty sure my Family Tree House is finished. I did the last gluings and binding yesterday and too photos of everything this morning. The house is a pre made paper mache house painted in colors I seldom use but I like its vibrancy. The booklet is made up of individual page signatures tied with ribbon. Backgrounds of pages are paste paper designs in the same brilliant hues. Prismacolor stix (a favorite staple), regular Prismacolor pencils, photos, transfers, transparencies and stickers make up the images on the pages. I'll post pages for the next several days.
Let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

ideas beget ideas

I've never had the problem of lack of ideas. My problem comes in not having enough time, energy and resources for implementing my ideas. If only....boy! I'd be something!

Currently working on a submission for Somerset Studios theme Le Chateau. My idea started with a paper mache house and my love of family and family history, thus Family Tree House.

The house is painted in bright colors, not my usual palette of natural earthy hues. Then I thought what goes in or on the house, well.....the back has a transfer of my family tree (from my son as a starting point since he will someday own my legacy of art.) Then a house shaped book sewn together in single signatures painted in paste paper fashion in the same bright colors as the house with images, transfers and more family tree imagery collaged on the pages. So far I only have an image of the house and yet another idea from that. A self portrait witht he house as my torso...thus suggesting the John Biggers' idea of women carrying their house with them. Digitally executed of course... no time for the real thing.

So let your ideas grow, you never know where they will take you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nice Girls Finish

Sorry it's been so long since I blogged but I took my parents to see my son who moved 5 hours away to work for a newspaper. He's doing great but still settling in and needing a little family visit to encourage him. He moved to New Bern, NC and it is an absolutely charming historic town.
Since returning I've been busy doing all the post travel stuff and just not had much op to do art but did this little journal page last night while watching TV. I started with a paper doll and some stick on letters and along with prismacolor art stix (absolutely wonderful if you haven't tried them DO!) and a black sharpie. I think it has a positive message and nice graphic appeal.
By the ways everyone says I'm nice and I always protest. Maybe I am and I will finish all I aspire to do and be some day!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

with one stamp challenge

Here is my offering for the one stamp challenge. I used my own rubber stamp image and will be doing a blog article on that soon. The legend for the images:

top row left to right:

gift card in mini bag, altered christmas tree playing card, tag bookmark, accordion tag book

bottom row left to right:

layered greeting card, mini mat, altered greeting card

Thanks to Linda at for the challenge!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New Technology for an Old Lady

I got a new digital but now I hate the process of learning all the bells and whistles.

I really loved my old Sony Mavica! The new one takes great photos and does lots more than the old camera but.....I just hate changeand relearning............

Here's a sample of an old watercolor; I have tested taking mostly photos of my art which is

what I use a digital for mostly but I am doing a wedding next weekend and better be practicing on people!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Good Vs Evil

The good first....I have been asked to supply ATC's for an artist's missionary trip to Albania. I said YES of course because I like the thought of my art in another country and doing good. I cannot send anything that is overtly religious but I am sending things that can be interpreted and witnessed to through Jesus Christ. For example, a vessel being me, having three flowers, being God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity. I am posting the image so you can find other hidden Christian ideas.

Now the bad...I got the printer fixed and working without cost. I had to buy a new ice maker $200+. Now my digital camera needs least $211.

Help! When does it stop?

Blessings to you reading this!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mandala Mania is good for design study

Just devide a circle into at least six equal parts and design each part the same or as a series of designs that repeat. The sky's the limit so let your imagination and fun side run wild.

Use lots of color, shapes, images, ANYTHING!

Mandala designs are made as a prayer thought within the sacred circle and is used by Tibetan Monks. Lots of nifty sites and designs online and if you teach, try it with your students, all ages will have fun!

I did a lesson with my kids and now I keep doing more and more and even did a circle book (book from 7 Gypsies company.)

Friday, June 15, 2007

Vent Time! AKA Meltdown Mania

This will be a fractured entry at best...............of random stuff that is on my mind.

  • why does everyone want something from me? friends, relatives, strangers even? I don't have that much to give and yet they all seem to think I do! Well, I don't! How do they think I ever get any art done? Chores? Errands? Family time?

  • I miss my son terribly and plan to go see him next week! By myself if I have to!

  • Finally got the printer working again but for how long?

  • Making art, self portrait collage ATC, mandals circle book (great for design ideas), other collages, digital art, images for aunts cd cover, and writing and painting and preparing a lesson to teach at the local senior activity class......the list goes on and on.

  • I want that studio my husband is designing for me in his upstairs bonus room at our new home with bay windows overlooking the woods at my beloved Fernwood. It will be like being outdoors with no bugs, ticks, spiders and snakes!

I'm tired now and have vented all I dare by chance someone I really know reading this and figuring out who is who!

Thanks for letting me vent dear blog o mine!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

necessity is the mother of invention and inspiration

Creatively, I cannot live without my computer and printer. I print much of my own art and clip art for various projects. I always make my own greeting cards and usually I do them digitally.

Well, my printer is on the fritz. (Canon i960 has a design flaw that when the waste ink tank is full {which really is felt pads not a tank unless you consider it is in the bottom of the printer case so could be called a tank} it fails to print anylonger.) I was already working on Father's day cards digitally and then the printer goes so just in case I am not up and running in time to print, I pulled out my stash of digital images and leftovers and made two cards manually and it was as much fun as the mixed media ones I just shared.

Here is a digital collage I had stashed away aftering doing my recent ruler book on the measure of a man. I simply cut it and matted with two shades of cardstock to enhance the image.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

when life gives you lemons

make notecards.....I had made some watercolor notecards recently that just did not turn out too I gessoed over them, pressed stamps and distressed the wet gesso, dried, glazed with watercolor, dried and attached more of the mixed media vessels I have been doing....comment with your email and I'll contact you for a special freebie!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Inspiration comes from unexpected creative play!

I admit it! I get stuck on ideas and themes that I never get finished with. Actually that's

a good idea for kick starting creative slumps. just revisit an old theme. I did that whole series of vessels in the early 90's and now I'm back at and more obsessed than ever. The little image I cut from Art business news for an ATC started me doing them in a different method that includes my new passion for collage!

The single vessel on a fern background is about 11X 14 inches but the idea began from the two small ATC's The one with the man rising from the vessel is a total magazine collage on a watercolor background; the one with the daisy is a watercolor vessel with a magazine flower on a watercolor background.

You never know where inspiration will start or end or if it ever does!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

New ATC series

I spent a relaxed morning at my beloved Fernwood on Thursday, making ATC's from magazine clippings and watercolor backgrounds. I cut various parts out of old Art Business News to make one set and the other set is made of cut up watercolor backgrounds and re invented as vessels, one of my absolute favorite themes.

Here are some of the results

Thursday, June 07, 2007

one more seedy lady

Not the last and not as good but different...

seed packet dress, hand cut arms and legs, magazine head, watercolor markers and collage from paper towel images for the back ground.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

seedy lady collage

Here is the actual cut and paste version of yesterday's digital collage.

Somerset STudios free artist page was scanned and altered. Color book image

of black eyed susans was colored with markers. Actual seed packet and clip art heads from Lisa Volrath's free images were all adhered with double stick tape, a favorite adhesive of mine.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Digital Seedy Ladies

I am working on an actual collage but here is a digital version

I call Grow Your Own Seedy Ladies.

I used background image from Somerset Studios free artist pages, clipart heads from Lisa Vollrath, created my own black eyed susan image from a color book page, and made the seeds and seed packet completely on the computer.

Try your hand at digital collage. It's a great way to iron out problems before actually cutting and pasting your precious images or wasting ink by printing and re printing images to use.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Seedy Ladies Trio

Cut seed packs in the shape of apparel

Add clip art heads and cut legs and arms from patterned paper

Place on decorative background.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

Seedy Ladies ATC's

These miniature seedy ladies were made from little seed packets again from Lisa Vollraths free images and other bits of vintage clip art along with Prismacolor color sticks. A great way to add color to art work. They are much like color pencils in square sticks so you can use the whole side like an unwrapped crayon which makes them very versatile. If you like to do rubbings they are perfect for that. If you haven't tried them, do, you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Seedy Ladies-Next in series

a 3X12 inch canvas with clipart pieces, handcut pieces, scrapbook paper and seed packet

adhered and covered with gloss gel medium

working with collage images now to make into drawings, paintings, and future rubber stamps

Friday, June 01, 2007

New Mini Art Series

I had the grand idea after planting flower seeds yesterday to save the packs and make paper dolls from them. The idea mushroomed and I now have a mini series of pieces I am calling SEEDY LADIES. I used clip art heads from Lisa Volrath's just print something freebies. Made my own legs and arms from scrapbook paper ads. The seed packets are the torso. Found more flower clipart to embellish and attached all to a vintage looking flowery scrapbook page. The finished piece is 12X12 inches.

I have more pieces to share over the next few days including a 3X12 inch canvas collage, ATC's and another 12X12 piece. Hope they inspire you to create with seed packets or other things we usually throw away.

Have fun and find your own seedy project.