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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mixed media girls

When I start a girl I pencil her in with Prisma color Col-erase colored pencil in black. Then I go over the lines with a fine point water based Sharpie paint pen.  The background is gesso and acrylics. This makes for a smooth drawing (and erasing) substrate. 

The eyes are my biggest challenge. The face.  Here is "J". I started her and am trying a new skin tone with gellatos. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Return Adventure in Mixed Media

Mixed media has aways  been my first love when it comes to making art.  The idea of making things that don't normally go together fit in a small ATC square or mini canvas is intriguing to me.

I deviate from art technique to art technique, sewing, beading, clay, wool felt.  It is whatever I find the mood for at the time.  Much of my art is done as a therapy.  The calmness of listening to the radio and making art, hearing the birds sing in the morning, the smell of the spring air, summer heat.  Those are the things that make my soul want to create something.  Soothes my painful thoughts running around in my head, distress a stressful day.  Even if I only get a background done, or learn a new technique.  
It creates in me a sense of ahhhhh and awe. 

Here is a piece that helped me today.  It helped calm some of those jumbled up thoughts in my head.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do sharing it with you! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Craft and Artistic Trends for 2015

Whats on trend for 2015?  After scouring the web for a few suggestions I have come up with a few ideas that will keep me inspired.   I have listed a few for you to try.

Rope! Ya rope, something that I would never think of for home decor.  Easy to come by and in many cool soft earthy colors.  You can even dye it! 

Try this,  wrap it around a mason jar(still hot this year) and you have a great storage container or candle holder.  Have some old tires laying around?  Rope wrap them for some cool planters or porch lounges.  Do a rope wreath for the door and lets not forget all the western decorators out there, this is your year to use rope, rope and more rope!

Recycle, reinvent, reuse.  Get out those old jeans you thought you were going to wear again and make a comfy patchwork quilt.  Cut off the back pockets for sweet little pockets of inspiration for your craft friends.  Pair with burlap and you have a rustic fabric combination for outdoor cushions or wreaths.

I love quotes!  Pieces of poems and snippets from classic books.  Experiment with calligraphy.  Its staying in 2015.   Lots of tutorials on line and if you are quick to pick it up you will have some pretty inexpensive wedding gifts.  Frame up a quote or poem for the bride and groom that they will cherish for a life time. 

Simple patterns, hearts, stars and arrows.  If you have been itching to start journaling and doodling this is fabulous for the beginner artist.  We have been drawing simple patterns since high school on our homemade paper bag text book covers.  Take it a step further and add some color and that calligraphy you just learned and  bam!  Your first doodle journal entry.

FOXES!  Those wise, sneaky adorably handsome creatures are popping up everywhere.  I love them even if they do eat our chickens, sometimes.  Remember the saying "put a bird on it"?  Well "put a fox on it"!  Crochet, watercolor, embroidery, journaling, and jewelry.  Be foxy and classy.  Simple and chic.

I have a few other ideas running though my head that I will be happy to share in a day or two about sharpies and mugs.  I am going to do some experimenting.

Speaking of experimenting.  What can you come up for 2015 trends?  Any ideas?  If you have made one of the above items and would like to be featured on my blog shoot me an email at

Happy crafting!