Saturday, April 02, 2016

Altered Book Collage and Mixed Media - Vintage Boy and His Dog

This is a recently finished page that I did while vacationing up North at our Lake house.

A Boy and His Dog

I haven't had nearly as much time this year to spend on my own art, since I started teaching art at my school. It has turned out to be a much larger undertaking that I anticipated. So it felt really good to do something just for me for a change. Teaching art has certainly stretched me in many ways and my art has definitely improved because of it, but I miss having the free time to just go into the studio and play.

And I haven't had too much free time to post on my blog.  But summer is coming. So I hope to be better about putting things up.

If you happen to visit, please leave a comment so I know you were here.  Thanks.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Birds in Colored Pencils

I have been experimenting with using colored pencils and I have really been enjoying it. I am using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. They are dreamy to work with. I used a couple of tutorials from the internet and two are my own work from photos. I love this new-to-me medium.



Altered Book Mixed Media Collage

Haven't posted here in a really long time, but I have been making art. Here are a couple of collage spreads that I did recently inside my altered book turned journal.



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Mixed Media on Board


This is a piece I made with inspiration from Shawn Petite.  I love her style and her quotes that she uses on her work.  I also totally appreciate the free tutorials that she gives on her website.  So many artists are so generous with their time and talents! 

Anyway, I found a board at the local Restore for $0.50 that I thought would work for my first venture into working on a hard surface.  I gessoed the surface and then did a collage of map pieces, napkins, text pages and tissue paper.  I stenciled a few paint colors onto the surface and decopauged the butterflies and the quote. I used charcoal pencil to do the shading around the butterflies. The final piece is about 8x8 in.

 All in all, I was pretty happy with how it turned out and I will definitely try this again.  As a matter of fact, I have one in process now.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Altered Book Spread - Collage


I am trying out different things in my art journals these days.  This particular one is a collage of various vintage papers and ephemera.  I really like it. I don't know whether it is completely done or not.  I am letting it rest awhile to see if I feel it needs more later.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three Little House Canvases Using Gelli Prints

These are three small canvases - about 5X5 in. that I did. I gelli printed directly onto the canvas for the background and cut pieces out of other gelli prints for the houses. Then I used more paint, doodles, stamping, rub-ons and more to finish them off.










Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas - Peace

Wow - it's been a while since I've posted anything. It got really busy over the holidays. But I have been making lots of art. I'll be posting some pictures over the next little while of things I've been making.

I recently tried repurposing a canvas that my daughter had done a few years ago. It was one where she had melted crayons on it, so I knew the only hope was lots of gesso, texture and molding paste.

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the original canvas, but here is the finished product.




These two pictures sort of show the texture and also you can see some of the art peeking through below the gesso.

I am currently following along with Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday and that is where I got the idea for the raised letters for the word "PEACE".  So that is it for today. I'll be back soon with more art to share!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Altered Book - Marie Antoinette

Altered Book for Round Robin with the theme Marie Antoinette. I really enjoy working with historical themes because I love reading all about the times of the theme. This topic was fascinating and I learned a lot doing the research for these pages.





First spread shows the first portrait on the left of Marie in casual cotton gown and on the right - the repainted portrait after the public uproar - repainted to show her much more "queen-like". The public claimed the first one looked like she was in her underwear!


Pull-out tags tell the story of the portraits.

Spread showing Marie and her Hameau de la Reine - a village she had built on the grounds of Versaille to replicate French  village life. She often went there and dressed as a milk-maid.
Fold-out on the left shows a collection of Marie's shoes, which according to the etiquette of the times, she had 4-6 pairs of shoes made each week.


Sign-In tag

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TBT "Deux Vagabonds" Altered Book Page

This is an altered book page I made last fall. I happened to decide to work in this book again, and saw this and thought it was worth another post.
It is sort of hard to see, but there is a lot of texture going on. I used texture medium through stencils on certain areas. There also is quite a shimmer to some of the paint.



There is a chill in the air and fall is definitely on the way. This is a good layout to say hello to Fall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Altered Book Round Robin - Life is a Journey

This is a spread from another round robin I am playing in. The theme is Life is a journey.




Women in History - Art Journal Round Robin


This is the first round robin of this type that I have been in. We made our own journals using the Teesha Moore tutorial for her 16-page journal from one sheet of paper found here. I used a scraped paint background, then stenciled over it with Donna Downey stencils and used some found objects for further mark making ala Traci Bautista's Printmaking Unleashed. Then I used washi tape, dry-walling tape and perforated tape pieces to add more texture. The cover has a piece of ephemera that is a portrait of Mary of Teck.


Inside cover spread has sign-in tags and a page featuring Elizabeth I. 

 Back cover


Inside back cover flap