Tuesday, December 4, 2018

How I use My Mother's Painting for My Art

My mother was an artist, my parents died in 2004, and she loved nature especially birds. She worked near a river and during lunch she would take pictures of birds to use in her art or just sit and sketch. During one art show someone tripped and knocked off a couple of her paintings. It was raining that day so they were water damaged. One painting was a swan family. She waited patiently every day at lunch to take pictures to create the painting. Since she couldn't sell it because of the damage, she gave it to me (being reframed now).

I love the painting and I've taken pictures of the parts of the painting to use in my art. I've created many pieces that I love and can't give away.

This is another piece of art that I created with her swans a few months ago. It was created on two round wood ornaments. I have decided how I'm going to display them.  I'm thinking of using wire to keep the two pieces together and then display them in a shadow box that I can hang on the wall.

I used many die cut pieces and rub-ons. I also used TCW stencils (no surprise there). I used TCW737 Love Sonnet and TCW785 Ornate Borders.  The swans were printed on Matte Photo Paper.  There are actually 5 or 6 baby swans (cygnets). She called this painting The Ugly Duckling. All the cygnets were white except for one which was brown and gray.
I couldn't decide whether I wanted to have a daytime or nighttime sky or clouds or sun so I put it all on this piece.  This piece made me realize how much I love collage.  
As soon as I get it back from being re-framed I'll add a picture to this post. My photograph is only part of it so you can't see the whole thing.
The pieces I create with her art is like having her right with me. She's my biggest fan next to my daughter. Growing up with my parents reading fairy tales to us this one became very special when she named it The Ugly Duckling. That story is one of my favorites.
Have you used something special from your loved ones to create a piece of art?
Inquiring minds would like to know!
Thank so much for stopping by! 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Rebekah Meier's Paper Art Collage Techniques BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to Paper Art Collage Techniques Blog Hop! 

Today we are celebrating Rebekah's new book Paper Art Collage. It's a fantastic book. You can read all about it here at:

At the end of this post you'll find all the other artists joining in on this blog hop. Go check out their projects! 

The one technique that spoke to me is the Creating a Stencil Resist on page 24 of Rebekah's new book. It was a lot of fun to create. 

I used Rebekah's Mixed Media Art Paper and her stencil from The Crafters Workshop Distressed Lace (TCW803). I created this on a 3x3 block of wood. Rebekah's technique was easy to follow with picture step outs. 

As you can see about it creates a gorgeous background and her mixed media paper is adhesive-backed so it's easy to put it on anything.

Here is what I created to finish my project.

 I added her stencil design to all the sides too.

Rebekah's new book is fabulous and has tons of techniques with easy to follow instructions. 

Check out everyone's projects created using one or more of Rebekah's techniques from her new book.

Again you can find her new book HERE!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, November 5, 2018


I'm going to be on Make It Artsy!
I'm heading to Ohio in December to be included in Season 6!
OMG I'm so excited.
Did I say petrified????
The show appears in over 94% of all US households and airs on Public television, CREATE, online at makeitartsytv.com, and You Tube. You can also find them on social media including Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
I'm going to be on TV!  When I first read the email I thought they had the wrong period. LOL. Part of me wanted to say no but the other part wanted to say yes. My gut told me to say yes.
Now as I'm preparing for this new experience with a huge learning curve, I'm overwhelmed. I'm trying to get my design team work and other commitments finished so I can just work on show stuff.
So little time so much to do!
I'll keep you posted.
I'll be posting behind the scenes on Facebook and Instagram!!
Wish me luck.

Friday, November 2, 2018


Hi Everyone!
I didn't get a chance to post on Halloween.
I've been busy and behind posting.
It was my daughter's 30th birthday on Halloween.
She lives far away from me so it was hard celebrating through a phone call. When I'm out there for Thanksgiving we will celebrate her birthday and mine.
Here are my Halloween cards I created this year. I usually make tons of cards but I just didn't have the time this year.

This one was created on a piece of cardboard. I forgot how much I love working with it. I have tons of cardboard saved but haven't touched any of it in a long time. 
Here are a few close ups.

I hope everyone had a fantastic time on Halloween!
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

on my mind, out of my mind, oh no my mind

Welcome to another post when I'm feeling out of my mind. I have a hard time transitioning to fall. I love summer even the hot and humid days. The only thing I do like are the colorful leaves. They are just starting to show themselves.

I work for a tax accountant and I start prepping for that horrid tax season in November. I think that's why I have so much anxiety for fall. I'll be busy from November through to April 15th. Also, I hate the cold.

In the fall my art is sort of a mess. I look at it and wonder where my head is at. So out of my mind is correct. To keep my mind focused I work like to work in mixed media collage. It keeps my mind and hands busy with little pieces of paper trying to make it work. I don't know why it's calming for me but it works.

This piece is called Many Moons. Here is a picture of my auditioned papers. I spend quite a lot of time auditioning pieces and sometimes they just don't work and I'm diving into my box of scraps looking for something else.

The long strips are dried wet wipes. I keep them and use them in collage all the time. I have quite a stack.  Some are a form of polyester plastic so I figure with gel medium they will last quite while and not disintegrate.

Here is the finished piece. Its hard to photograph because of all the metallic on it. What you think is white is silver.  I also added Seth Apter's Cling Rubber Stamps by Impression Obsession called Border Lines.  I'm obsessed with this stamp!

Another thing I've been doing to keep my mind focus is color. Every time I use a stencil I spray it with water and put it down on paper. I keep going on one piece of paper until I like the way it looks. When it's all dry I put it away to use another day.  Fall is here so now I'm pulling them out and coloring them in with watercolors. I'm not a fan of watercolors so in an effort to change my mind about them I try to use them.

Fall makes me feel like I have to squirrel away all my nuts for the winter and get everything in order so working on collage and coloring in a page like a coloring book keeps my mind at peace. Well, maybe for a short time!

Thanks so much for stopping by!