A Challenge That Didn’t Work Out

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This collage and the one below were actually created on the same piece of mixed media paper.  I was going to participate in a challenge that Jane Davies had going on over at her blog here.   The idea was to create a composition on one piece of paper, which, when divided into four parts, you would not know each quadrant came from the same piece.

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I had never participated in a challenge.  I think because I do better work when I just start creating intuitively instead of focusing on an outcome.  Well, I didn’t end up participating in this one either.  Once I finished the painting, I kept seeing two distinct paintings, not four.  I wish I would have taken a picture of the entire piece before I cut it up.  The painting was created on a 9 x 12″ piece of Canson mixed media paper.  I then cut out a 5 x 7″ piece and a 6 x 6″ piece to create the two paintings.  I mounted them onto wood panels.

I am happy that I at least tried to do the challenge.  Maybe the next time I’ll be able to submit what I create.

Little Bits


A Little Bit of Love


A Little Bit of Joy

I had so many little pieces of torn paper in my stash and decided it was time to get rid of some of it.  I was talking to myself while picking through it all asking myself why on earth did I keep all those little bits of paper.  About that time I spotted some mini paper board canvases lying on my craft table…and my question was answered.

These canvases measure 2″ x 2″.   I think they look so cute sitting on the little easels.

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Beeswax on Wood


Here’s another beeswax collage I created on a deep cradled wood panel.  It is very similar to a series I did called “Where Dragonflies Dwell”.   You can find that post and how I created the dragonfly collages here.  It’s hard to see in these pictures but I added some Perfect Pearls to the dragonfly wings to make them shimmer.




Journal Play

Here’s a few pages I have been working on from my ledger journal.


The girl reminds me of my granddaughter, Emma, with the blue eyes, round little face and freckles.  Must have been thinking of her when I painted this one.


I don’t think this one is finished.  I will probably add a bird to one of the trees and some more collage at the bottom.


I love dragonflies!  I added some Perfect Pearls to the dragonfly wings to give them some shimmer.

Happy journaling!

Art Abandonment

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I am part of a Facebook group called Art Abandonment.  Here’s a little description from the FB page of what the group is about:

Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!
 If you aren’t a member, you should go check it out.  You will need to send a request to join the group if you are interested in participating.  There are currently close to 17,000 members.

Last week I went on my annual trip to Nashville, Indiana.  It’s a wonderful little artist colony that I have been visiting every year with my sister.  I decided to take some art to abandon each day I was there.  The first one is a collage I created on clayboard.  The other two are little 4 x 4 inch canvases.

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Abandoning art is fun and exciting!



Getting My Paint Mojo On


I recently bought Tracy Verdugo’s new book, Paint Mojo.  I sat down planning to read it through from front to back but every time I turned the page and saw another picture of her wonderful art work, I knew I wasn’t going to finish reading it before I had to start a painting.  I just kept feeling that pull to go make art so strongly that I jumped up, grabbed a canvas and started painting.  I used inks, watercolor crayons, fluid acrylics and soft body acrylics.  I made marks, sprayed paint puddles with water, dropped alcohol onto some of the paint and watched it separate.


 After all that fun, I got stuck on what to do next.  I decided to collage some pages from a vintage music book onto the sides of the canvas and think about it overnight.  The next day still not knowing where this was going, I used Gelato’s, to bring the color down from the painting onto the sides. I had every color I needed that pretty much matched the paint on top.  Now I am stuck again.


I’ll have to let it sit some more.   I do know I am going to call this one Sweet Harmony because when I was adding the Gelato’s and they were matching up so nicely, I would say to myself “Sweet!” and then, I saw the word harmony on a piece of the collaged music paper.

Now I’m off to go finish that wonderful book…or try to.

Mail Art – Update

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Ok, so you know how my granddaughter and I planned on exchanging mail art after she moved to Nebraska?  Well, I had sent her my first card,  then she sent me her first card, and then I proceeded to misplace it!  I looked high and low off and on for over a month for that card and had just given up on ever finding it.  Then, while looking for some ink to use in a project, I found it sitting right on top of a stand that holds all of my inks.   Right there, in plain sight!  I hate it when that happens!  But, I am so glad I found it!   Her prompt was butterfly and her picture is of me chasing butterflies.  I love it!

She did give me a prompt for my next card to her.  It was to have something to do with flowers.  I decided to do a silly card using distorted photos of me and grandpa as the flower centers.  These pictures are so awful but they are also pretty funny and I knew she would get a kick out of it.

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The prompt for her next card is “puppy love”.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.