Gettin Crafty


I was in need of something I could hang on the wall in my office that would hold bills, folders, etc.  I couldn’t find anything that I really liked so i decided to revamp something  I had found in a store.


Here is what it originally looked like when I bought it.


First I painted on a light layer of gesso (lightly so the original design showed through) and then adhered some papers using Collage Pauge.  I also put a layer of the Collage Pauge over everything and let it dry.


Next I added some washi tape, acrylic paint and Gelatos.  I did a little stenciling through some drywall tape and added some rub-on numbers from 7 Gypsies.  After this picture was taken, I felt it still needed something to pull the colors together so I did a little more stamping with some bubble wrap using white acrylic paint.

Now I just need to hang it on the wall and then I am off to enjoy this beautiful day we are having here in Central Illinois!

Primary Colors

Collage Abstract

My husband recently updated our small bathroom and, once the walls were painted, neither of us were liking the color.  It is a pale blue and the color just looked blah.  Why is it that the paint color always looks so much better on that small paint chip then it does on a wall? We thought maybe once the new vanity was in, along with the towel bars and other accessories, it would look better.  But, because I really wanted one of those white waffle weave shower curtains, the room was going to need a pop of color.

I decided to see if I could paint something with color that might make a nice distraction from those blue walls.  I started with a bit of collage from a vintage bookkeeping journal.   Next, using an old store card, I randomly scrapped on acrylic paint in reds, blues and yellows and white.  I scratched into the paint in some areas.  I used a mini bubble wrap (love the mini ones!) to pick up some of the yellow paint and then stamped it onto a few places in the painting.  Using a textured foam roller, I lightly rolled some red paint over a few areas.  I love that this came together so quickly!

Collage Abstract 2

The lighting isn’t good enough in the bathroom to get a good picture of it on the wall.  This is a picture I took of it laying on a white poster board.  I do love how it looks on the wall though, and it really does break up all that light blue paint and adds a nice punch of color.

Collage and Paint

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This painting is on a 12″ x 12″ canvas and has been through many, many, stages.  I never could seem to get it to where I liked it – not even a little.  I finally covered it with gesso and started over.

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I added torn pieces of a map in random places on both the top and sides of the canvas.   Next I added some blue, coral and small amounts of yellow paint around and over parts of the map pieces.  The third layer was created by spreading molding paste randomly over the canvas, including the sides.  I stamped into the paste in some areas using bubble wrap and drywall tape.  Once the molding paste dried, I added more blue and coral paint.  I ran around the edges with a light gray Pitt big brush marker and smudged it in before it dried.

I’m glad I finally got it to where like it.  Have a great week!

Book Inspired II

Book Inspired Pair

Here are a couple of paintings I just completed that ended up being inspired by another vintage children’s book.  Initially, I was working on making a pair of black and white paintings based on a Life Book 2016 lesson.  I had started by collaging on pieces of magazine imagines that were black and white.  Next I drew in vases with rose buds and painted using only black and white paint.  I just couldn’t get them to where I liked them.  I needed color!

Book Inspired 2

I looked through my vintage children’s book collection and found one that had some lovely line work in the drawings along with hints of soft pastel colors for inspiration.

I adhered some of the torn book pages over the previous paintings and then painted sections using colors inspired by the colors in illustrations.  I added paint by lightly sponging on various colors.  I then covered some of the color by lightly rolling gesso over the pieces using a brayer.  Next I added in more color until I liked the way it looked.   I also did a little stenciling through some drywall tape using black paint.  I wanted the pieces to have somewhat of a shiny surface and decided to use some Golden tar gel.  I put a layer of the tar gel on the paintings but they came out too shiny so I added a couple of layers of Collage Pauge in matte to tone down some of the shine.

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Each piece measures 6 x 12 inches and are on cradled wood panels.  The sides are painted black.

Girl on Fire

She Knew

This painting was inspired by Mindy Lacefield’s painting on the cover of the Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 Somerset Studio Art Journaling magazine.  I was working on a piece of mixed media paper and just putting some paint down, not really knowing where it was going.  As I started to grab another paint color, I noticed the magazine laying nearby.  I decided that it would be my inspiration.   I sketched in the girl using a charcoal pencil.  I’m not sure where that wild pink hair came from!  I just felt like making marks with a pink water soluble oil pastel and so that is what I did.  My sister told me that her hair looked like it was on fire.  I had to laugh because I did notice myself singing that song “Girl on Fire”, by Alicia Keys, while finishing her up.

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I mounted the painting to a wood panel and was going to paint the sides black, but I ended up liking the look of the gesso layers I had prepped the wood with.   It had a white washed look similar to the painting.  I did run around the edges with a dark grey big brush marker to frame it a bit.

Without Change

Without Change

Here is another completed spread in my character journal.  This background started with leftover paint from other projects and then I added a little stenciling and stamping.  I drew in the girl and glued down some butterfly images.  I found the quote on-line but it is unknown who said it.

I really enjoy working in this journal.  I’ve been sketching lately and have a few characters I drew which I am going to scan, resize and then copy into the journal to paint.

Have a great week!

Character Journal – Spread 3

Character Journal spread 3

Here is the third spread in my character journal.  I added some rhinestone gems to their antennae for a bit of shine.  The 2 smaller flowers were created using torn pieces from a printed copy of one of my paintings.  I’ve been keeping the journal near when painting canvases and using any leftover paint on the pages as a start to a new background.