Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mixed media canvas

In January, I started working on a canvas.  I collaged it, then smeared some paint on it, then added some gesso to tone it down.  Then I set it aside. 

The canvas sat on top of a bookcase.  For months.  I worked on a quilt for my daughter's doll, some drawing, learned to use Copic markers, and made some small canvases, among other things, before getting back to the canvas.  One day, I got an idea and had to pull out a pad of paper to sketch it out.  This is what it morphed into. 

Your radiance shines in every atom of creation ~ Rumi

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Am I back or not?

Well, clearly I've fallen off the face of the blogosphere.  I'm back.  Today, at least.  I'm not going to make any promises for now about what's next or when I'll be back.  I'd like to get into having a blog routine but we'll see what happens.

I haven't stopped making things over the past year.  The circle journal project finished up in maybe April or May but I've made a number of...well, random things, as per usual. 

These are the last of the pictures of the circle journal pages I made.

This page was pre-stamped with...I think it's a Suzi Blu image.  I pretty much just colored her in then added the hearts, bird, doodling and quote on the right side.

This next page was based on a girl I drew after taking a fun online workshop called Whimsy Girls by Megan K. Suarez.  Check out her blog for more information:


Friday, January 18, 2013

She Art circle journal page


This is my most recent circle journal page made for one of my book club's members.  The theme of her circle journal is She Art.  It gave me the opportunity to investigate what She Art is (=watch lots of fabulous Christy Tomlinson videos!).  I made it with a variety of papers, acrylic paint, ink/stamps, Fabre-Castell Pitt pens, rub-ons, the butterfly and some sort of medium (maybe Collage Pauge?) on chipboard.  This page was so much fun to make!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

book club circle journals

Catching up on the past few months of circle journals.  This first one "wish you were here" was for a travel related journal.  I made the paperclip with wire & made a faux polaroid picture using one of my vacation photos that I manipulated in Pic Monkey. I made the title using Photoshop. 

This next page was for a journal about dogs.   The sentiment is mine: "I've always thought I'd love a St. Bernard that remained the size of a puppy."  Perhaps I could justify a small St. Bernard (I love them!) if it were to be the size of a shoe box?  For this page, I used scrapbook paper, the yellow paper has a bit of gesso & some sort of spray on the bottom over a stencil, inked the edges of the paper & called it good.

I may have a new circle journal page at the end of the week.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These are great for breakfast!  The oats make these hearty.  My picky kid loves these! 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins  yield: 12 muffins
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons soft butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup grated apple (or just diced really small)
1 cup milke

Preheat oven to 375

In one bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda & salt.

In separate bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy.   Mix in egg, vanilla & apple.  Mix in milk.  Combine wet & dry ingredients.

Spray muffin pans with oil (or use muffin cups in your muffin tins).  Fill muffin cups evenly with batter.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Test with toothpick to see if center is done.  Let cool for about 5 minutes before taking muffins out of tin (& eating).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

happy smiley faced box?

I'm not even sure what to call this creation.  Perhaps happy smiley faced box painted with acrylic paint? 

Monday, November 19, 2012

book club circle journal


We've been exchanging circle journals for maybe 5-6 months in book club.  This was a page I made a number of months ago for a journal where we were tasked with create an imaginary world.  I actually found myself creating a girl and the world created itself.  It all started with one of the girls among the several I drew while having my car repaired. I went to the nearby Fedex Kinkos and asked them to shrink the head size for me.  I think I had them go to 75% and 50%.  Back at home, I cut a dress from a small bit of map & some wings from some patterned scrapbook paper. I believe I inked the edges of the wings.  I trimmed her hair to make it look a little neater, then I glued her together.  I then applied some Diamond Glaze or or 3D Crystal Lacquer to make it look as though she wasn't created from different bits of paper and give her some dimension.  The background is a watercolor wash with faux flowers and bits of bling.