Thursday, April 17, 2014

May flowers

After the looong, cold winter we had I am so happy that Spring has finally arrived.

In honor of Spring I've created this journal page for my monthly artwork for the Roc Nicholas Rubber Stamp design team. I used Roc's "Daisyhead" and "heart vine" stamps on the page. I am so hopeful that I will have daisies blooming soon.

I hope you will have daisies blooming soon as well.

Happy Spring

Monday, April 14, 2014

Color it Joyful

Today I worked on my spread for Jes Belkov Gordon's class in 21 Secrets. The class is called Color it Joyful and it really was joyful for me.

Jes taught us how to tell a story using 3 colors and their respective personalities. I chose green as the main character in my story; not so much because I liked the personality traits of the color but because my supporting character colors would be yellow and turquoise and I found the combination of those 3 colors appealing to me.

I started out applying the paint to my journal pages with a plastic palette knife with no real thought to where the colors were going, I just wanted something on the page. After a short time I saw the trees start to emerge and just went with it.

I did some final paint blending with a wide, flat brush, added the bird with a marker and the deer and detail work with a black gel pen.

The odd thing about this for me is that I have never painted a landscape. I had no plan today to paint a landscape. I just started spreading the paint around it sort of took on a life of its own.

In retrospect when I look at the color traits for my green, yellow, turquoise palette even though I didn't think about how they relate to each other I see them telling a story for me now. 

I'm feeling the wide-eyed innocence and hopefulness of the green in the trees and the deer peering from behind the tree. I feel like the turquoise in the front  like water flowing in a river so is my creativity flowing through this piece. And the bouncing, happy , bubbly yellow is shining behind the trees ready to come out and liven things up.

This was a great class. I look forward to trying another color combination and seeing what kind of story will unfold next time.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Full Circle Fun

I am in the middle of Misty Mawn's Full Circle class and have been learning so much more than I'd ever expected when I signed up. I am a little on the slow side in finishing up projects but eventually I get there.

Take this project, for instance. Our Week 2 lesson (we are now in Week 11) was to make a paper clay folk art doll. Well, I made my doll 9 weeks ago but just wasn't feeling the painting part of her until yesterday.

For her base I used the outside metal part of a vase; the glass insert for it was broken many years ago. I've been packing around with the metal shell for so long and now I found the perfect new use for it. Just one more confirmation that you must never, under any circumstances,  throw anything away!

To make the base match her head a little better I used 2 shades of brown Stazon ink to give it a more aged look. I did the same with a length of satin ribbon and then tied pieces randomly to the base.

She's a little homely but she reminds me of the apple head dolls that some of my aunts used to make when I was a little girl so that makes her special to me.

This was a fun learning experience. Thank you, Misty.

And thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big News and Bigger News

First of all for the big new, I am happy and honored to have my Blackbird art journal published in the Spring Issue of Somerset's Art Journaling magazine. Find it at your favorite craft or book store April 1st.

Now for the bigger news...

Our daughter and son in law recently told us we were going to be grandparents for the first time and we couldn't be happier (and the cupcakes look good too)!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

In Like a Lion

When March 1st rolled around I thought of this verse "In like a lion; out like a lamb".

March didn't exactly roar in like a lion for us in Minnesota; we didn't have a snowstorm or a blizzard. However it was far from lamb-like too! It has been sunny yet bitter cold - definitely more lion-like than lamb-like.

For my March journal page I came up with my version of "In Like a Lion" using the "feline" rubber stamp by Roc Nicholas along with the flower from her "daisyhead" rubber stamp.

You can find the complete line of Roc Nicholas' rubber stamps at

Monday, March 10, 2014

I've come Full Circle

OK, I haven't really come Full Circle but I have finally finished one of the projects that I've been working on for Misty Mawn's Full Circle class.

The project was to turn an old book into a journal. The assignment was to not "over think" it. Slap some paint on each page then go back through and glue a bit of ephemera of some sort on each page and then finish the pages quickly; as I said, without over thinking the result.

First of all, I loved using up so much of the ephemera stash that I had been accumulating over time (like we all do).  As I was gluing the bits and pieces in the book I had a vague idea of what they would become but when I actually got to working on those pages most of the things turned into something completely different!

I also liked the challenge to work quickly and then move on. It was kind of a fun self-imposed challenge to see how many pages or spread I could complete in whatever time I had that day. Most of the pages could use some tweaking to make them more "finished" looking but that wasn't the point of this exercise.

Rather than post progress pictures along the way I made a flip-through video of the completed journal.

The main thing I learned about myself through this project is that I don't do subtle. No matter how hard I try to use subtle or subdued colors I always have to add a splash of brightness. I tried again and again to keep some of the spreads more neutral but very few actually ended up that way.

My new affirmation will have to be "don't fight it; embrace your splash of brightness".

As much fun as I had with this altered book I am ready to move on to the next lesson - stay tuned...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Egg-cited to share

Marsha from Tumble Fish Studio has just released a new image kit called "Dozens".

I got so inspired by the new kit that while grocery shopping I bought 2 packages of Easter egg dye and a fun little gadget called a DecorEgger Egg Holder. It looks like a little rotisserie for Easter eggs - can't wait to try it out.

Anyway, I digress... Here is my sample page for the new kit.

Find the new "Dozens" kit as well as so many others at