Friday, March 24, 2017


How many of you have unfinished creations laying around in different places?  Most of mine end of on the floor, propped up on a piece of furniture or laying under a table drying, etc. 

There is always a piece of art somewhere. Mostly unfinished.  Usually that's why they are unfinished because my head, hands and heart can't go any further.

Today's post I'm going to share with you what's on my floor.
I thought it would be fun to share it because I use the floor all the time. My next post you'll actually see my floor but for now these creations are there now.

This collage I started by stamping on tissue paper. I'm loving the way it looks. I may not cover over it. Just seal and hang it.  That's why it's on the floor, I can't decide.

 This is a piece of Yupo I stamped it with archival inks and rubber stamps. The stamp set is called Flower Garden by Tim Holtz.
I used high flow acrylics to color them. Not sure what I'm going to do with it. It's an odd shaped piece of Yupo. I'm really good at painting over and starting again.

What do you see in this painting?
A monster?
A fish?
A monster fish?
On Instagram someone asked if I can see the arm and fist.
I can see it. Can you?
I'm definitely leaving this one as is.
It's a great conversation piece.

Thank you for stopping by!
What do you have all over your art space floor?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Under The Sea in My Art Journal

Hello! Not much time to create lately but I did find time to play in my art journal. It's not finished yet. I have more to add but I thought I would share it.

I did use the new TCW stencil called Under The Sea .

The Crafter's Workshop provided me with stencils and mediums to create this project.
The opinions I share are solely my own because I do love to use them.

I love starting with a black background and I start most of my projects with black. This is Dylusions Black Journal. I was originally going to add some tissue paper but decided to just use my fingers to add some TCW Gel Medium to the background for texture.

Then I added paint with the end of a paint brush to the background. Using TCW's new heavy body paint called Grape Jelly.

I also added some Blueberry Pie.

Using a mark making tool I added some more texture through the paint.

I used the Under the Sea stencil to start adding it to the background. 

I started adding the fish from the the stencil. I love the shape and the patterns of the fish.   

Here is what the journal spread looks like right now. This will be my "before" picture.  Wonder what it will look like in the "after" photo.  So much more to add!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mark Montano ATC Swap

In January, Mark Montano had an ATC Swap and the theme was Love. Today I'm going to show you the ATCs I created and the ATCs I received.

Here a quick tutorial on how I created mine.

First, I added a script stamp to the background. Then added the hearts from TCW's Trust Your Heart Stencil with TCW Gel Medium Gloss

I used DecoArt paints to add one of my favorite color combinations of pink and gold.

I used little white tags and added TCW Gel Medium to them and dipped them in gold glass beads.  Used some bead adhesive and wrote love on each card and added more gold glass beads.

I decided to do them all the same way.
On the back side was all the information about the ATCs plus I added a little history on Valentines Day.

Now to show you the cards I received. They are all gorgeous!

This one was created by Mark Montano.  Love it.

I love the little butterflies and the texture around the heart.

This was created by Karen Angelo

The crystals on the petals and all the gold around the edges is gorgeous.

This one was created by Kathryn. Sorry, I can't read her last name.

Love all the glitter.

Created by Keri Krause

I'm loving the little feathers and the blue brad for the eye.

Leslie Engelson - love the little girl.

My favorite page is all the gold leaf.

Here is the last one from Diana Kovacs.

Whats not to love! 

Don't you just love them all?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Destiny: Playing with Wire

Hi Everyone!

I have tons of wire and I never use it. It just sits in box.  Do you have lonely unused supplies? I bet I'm not the only one. 

I don't use wire very often but I see so many mixed media creations using wire so I had to try it. I looked through Pinterest for ideas but then I was overwhelmed. I decided to just go for it by first choosing the colors. I chose black and gold. Here are all the supplies I used.

8x8 cradled wood panel
Ultra Thick Gold Embossing Power 
Gold Wire
Gold Glass Beads
Beacon Power-Tac Industrial Grade Adhesive

I painted the wood panel with black gesso, let it dry, using my finger and a little water I added the heavy body acrylic paint. To add a little texture I scratched in some marks.

Using the black modeling paste I added the Many Textures stencil and let it dry. I made sure I added the stencil on top of the marks. I let the iridescent copper plate gold ink move down the panel with a little help of water.  I let it dry on it's own.

While it was drying I used the destiny stamp and gold embossed it on 100 lbs. black card stock. The hardest part was getting the wire to do what I wanted. It was auditioned in many different positions and shapes but in the end it stayed round.  I added lots of beads plus tiny glass beads to the piece.

I add the Destiny right in the middle of the wire design.

The little gold circles are the black card stock painted with the heavy body acrylic paint that I marked up.

Here is the finished piece. It's so hard to take pictures of metallics. You can see more of the iridescent gold in person.

My thoughts......
I like using the wire and beads.
I'm not a gold person but I'm loving the black and gold combination.
I really love mark making and don't do it often so that will definitely change.
I'm looking forward to using the wire again in a group of mixed media paintings.

Thanks so much for stopping by!