Monday, April 28, 2014


A Peculiar kit has been released.... No wait, that's not right!

Tumble Fish Studio has released a great new image kit at and the kit is named "Peculiar". It's loaded with  peculiar and some not so peculiar images and you can find it in the shop now.

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.