Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I worked on a journal page today that will apply to several challenges.

The challenge at Piarom's Mix It Monthly is vintage colorblocking and the Mixed Media Monthly challenge is New to You. I've never tried colorblocking before but the examples and submissions for the month are really fun so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

After I finished the colorblocking for the background I didn't care for it at all so I brayered India ink over the entire page and then brayered a little white gesso in a few areas. One of the challenges at Community Thrive this month is to use a brayer so that worked out well.

I was liking the page a bit more by this time but still unsure which way to go with it so I glued an assortment of text page bits in the center and then decided to go with a face for Tracy Scott's 100 faces challange on Facebook.

This was a fun practice page. I will try colorblocking again maybe with larger sections or different color combination next time.

UPDATE - thank you so much to Susi Von Froebelstemchen for letting me know about your Art Journal Journey challenge. I am greatly inspired by Modigliani and will add this journal page to the Master's challenge at there.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Art chain Days 2 and 3

The Art Chain challenge continues. For Day 2 I chose to share an altered Altoid tin that I made a few years ago.

I used a 2-step process to age the tin and the embellishments give them some patina. The wings were made of wire covered with sewing pattern tissue and I covered the head with several coats of triple glaze spray.

For Day 3 I am sharing a couple of journal pages. This is a spread from my Altered Renaissance journal. It is fairly self explanatory - I used several different text papers and map bits for the background. The tree on the left is a section of page from a childrens' book with a chip board bird and the one on the right is just a sketch. 

Stay tuned for 2 more days of Art Chain. If you remember from my last Art Chain post I am to nominate a person each day so if you would love to share 5 days worth of your art please let me know and I will nominate you as well.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Art Chain

    I was recently nominated by my friend, Cindy Ashplant, (www.plantslist.blogspot.com)  to join the Artchain.

    Artchain is a great way to bring your art to the attention of others. The idea is that you post your art 5 days in a row on Facebook and each day you also nominate someone else to do the same. I am not good about nominating other people to do things like this so I will just say if you feel so inclined and want to share more of your art with others jump in and join the fun. Make sure to leave a note in a comment so I can head over and see your work too.

    So without further ado here is the first piece I would like to share. 

    This is an exploding box that I made as part of a Misty Mawn class last year. It was recently published in the January/February issue of Somerset Studio magazine. I thought I would share a few pictures for Artchain.

    This is a view of the inside of the box when opened up. A few close ups of  individual pages can be seen on my instagram.

    If you would like to be nominated or just want to share 5 days in a row of art that you have made please leave a note in the comments so I can make sure to come and see what you've shared.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Holidays

I hope you are in the midst of a wonderful holiday season. We were so blessed to share our Christmas with Jonah, our first grandchild, this year. He is just about as perfect as they come (and yes, I am a little biased).

Jonah and his family left today to go to his other Grandparents' house to continue their Christmas. I was afraid I would be a little lonesome and then the mail came...

I am happy to say that I have 2 pieces included in the January/February issue of Somerset Studio magazine. My copy arrived today and I am proud and honored to be among the artists in this amazing issue. 

Both of my pieces are for the Somerset "lilac" challenge. The first is an altered altoid tin with a small journal inside featuring my mother at various stages of her life. This is a picture of the tin with the journal.

The second piece is an exploding box that I made after taking an online class with Misty Mawn. 

You can see the entire journal and better pictures of the exploding box in the magazine which will be available January 1st at your favorite Barnes & Noble, Joann Fabrics or other craft store.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Baking Day 2014

What a great weekend! We had our 3rd annual Christmas Baking Day and we all survived! 

I think we made 13 or 14 different kinds of goodies this year. Some of them were a success and some not so much. 

As you can see we had a bottle of wine ready and waiting for us at the finish!

A good time was had by all.

It was also the first time our little grandson, Jonah, came to visit our house so that was really the best treat. Here he is chillin' with Auntie Chelsea the day after cookie baking.

The traveling kids, grandbaby and granddog left around noon on Sunday and I think I spent the better part of the rest of the day on the couch. 

From what it looks like Jonah was ready to crash and burn on the way home as well.

We were all pretty tired but I am really enjoying this relatively new Baking Day tradition. 

May your holiday season be blessed and joyous and may all of your traditions be treasured and memorable as well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A few things that I've been working on

Tracey Scott started a 100 faces group on Facebook so I thought I would play along. Don't worry, I won't post every face!

Here are just a few for starters...

In addition to playing in my art room I've been decorating our house for Christmas. As I was pulling out Santa figurines one after another I decided that until Christmas I will post a Santa a day on Instagram. You can find them at reneestien on instagram.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I seem to have lost my art focus lately. I truly believe that the best way to stay creative is to work at something each and every day. However, that is not always possible and then it's hard to get back in the swing. I am working on getting my focus back and today made this little motivator.

I hope you find time to pLay today too!