Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Little Collage

Today I got to spend the day with a good friend, talking, laughing, and creating a little. My friend Ann recently went to an art retreat centered around calligraphy and created some pendants with paper. She showed me how she made them and let me dive into her jar of paper scraps to make my own. I'm definitely going to make some more with gelli scraps. Here are the two that I made today, first the back, then the front.

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Monday, June 26, 2017


I don't spend as much time as I'd like in my art studio but snagged some time Saturday with one of my besties.

Played with a simple monotype abstract,

And started a mixed media piece,

and when stuck, started making small 5x7 collages with deli paper monotypes. I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a word to each. Hm...

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trying new things...

Last month I read an article on Artists Network by Tonia Jenny on making cool bowls with paper clay. About once a month I have an art play date with my friend Ann and last month we made the bowls but we had to let them are dry for over a week so today we finished painting them. Had a bit of trial and error with the colors but I like the end results.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Art play time...

So you know when you keep playing and making gel prints and start running out of places to stash them all? Means it's time to start collaging to use some up.

Here is one collage that also included some magazine paper and a bit of a cardboard coffee sleeve.

And here is one that is mostly gel prints on various papers including deli paper and then some snippets of paper I made with string and craft tissue.

Haven't figured out what to name them yet.

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

First art show of the year

So, this is my first blog post of the year and hopefully I will do much better than I did last year.

I'm super excited that I've been accepted to the Tannery Row juried art show.  This is only my second show and I'm going to try to put myself out there more this year.

I hope those of you who are local will join me at the opening ceremony on March 4th.  Details below.
Presenting the artwork of
Laurel Englehardt
A View, Mixed Media, 16x20
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
at Tannery Row Artist Colony
554 West Main St,
Buford, GA 30518

Monday, September 05, 2016

Calling all local/regional artists near Cumming Georgia

Colors of Fall

Art Exhibit and Sale

September 29 – October 8, 2016

Sawnee Arts Center

2202 Canton Hwy, Cumming, GA

The 4th Annual Colors of Fall Art Exhibit and Sale is a juried 2-D, 3-D and Photography Exhibit and Sale. The event features original works by local and regional artists in various mediums including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood working, glass, fiber arts and jewelry. Entry is open to all artists.

 The exhibit will be held at the Sawnee Arts Center and will be open two extended weekends between September 29 and October 8. Admission is free.

Ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded in three categories, 2D art, 3D and Photography.

  • 1st Place:  $200
  • 2nd Place:  $125 
  • 3rd Place:  $$75 
  • Honorable Mention ribbon
There will be a single “Best of Show” award of $300, and a single “People’s Choice” certificate.

To register and see full guidelines visit Colors Of Fall

Monday, June 20, 2016

Looking for a focal point...

So, I'm still trying to go bigger on this 18x24 piece and with more vibrant colors.  My first few layers were on an IKEA desk pad as my plate but without wetting the paper or having a press it doesn't make full contact like the Gelli plate does.  I need them to go bigger instead of all the small plates they are doing at the moment.  I see a homemade one in my future.

Here I've added some more layers but I haven't figured out how I want to give it a focal point.  I could make another layer that essentially masks out the majority of it to leave interesting shapes or I could collage some large elements in or, or...  At the moment I like the bottom portion the most.

This is a partial progression of another one I worked on that is more 11x14. In this phase I liked the simpleness but it felt a little flat and missing some texture.

The photo is a bit dark but I like the texture now and what looks like black is really a dark purple.

I hope everyone had a blessed Fathers Day.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Play time...

It always surprises me for some reason how fast time flies. How is it May already? I definitely haven't been spending as much creative time as I'd like but managing bits here and there.

These are a couple new pieces.

This one I managed to take some pics while creating.

I started with laying out three colors in a rough stripe pattern. The bonus was I also pulled extra texture from dried paint still on the Gelli plate.

I added another layer for texture.

I continued adding layers of color and texture.

As a final layer I directly added lines and circles with various tools.

Here are a few more from just playing.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Art for sale...

So, my friend Rebecca sent me some info about an art auction for a worthy cause, Aide La Vie Nutrition. The auction is at the Monroe Art Guild on December 5th and I donated a new piece and am looking forward to attending and seeing what else has been donated. Maybe I will bring something home with me. All of the donations are on display for the month of November.

On another note, I've taken the plunge and am offering prints for sale at Fine Art America. I still need to add a photo of me but it is coming along. I think I'm going to have to order a new iPhone case for myself and maybe a decorative pillow. :-) More choices coming soon as I gradually get them professionally scanned.

I can hardly believe next week is Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends and not too much over eating.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hello Again...


Gosh it's been a long time since I last checked in. Work projects have been intense lately but things are returning to normal. I've managed to have some play time here and there including an art play date with my niece yesterday and examples are below. Some of them may get additional tweaking but we shall see.

I also am really excited that a friend of mine, Ann Baldwin, is going to put three of my pieces in her Westside Market booth. Here's hoping for some quick sales.

I've also started the process of having my pieces professionally scanned so I can offer giclees for sale. I'm still debating on whether or not to do limited editions with a limit of at most 100. At the moment I can't imagine selling that many but I see that some artists do that while others don't. If you are doing limited editions what led you to go that route? Do you provide some sort of certificate with it? Do you have an art gallery site you really like? I've been looking at ones like Fine Art America and may try at least a few pieces there to see how it goes. Any feedback on your experience is much appreciated.

Oh, today my niece and I went to the Atlanta Art Festival and found these pretties by artist Lorri Kelly. They are so cool and she made them completely with hand painting and then added marks. Now all I have to do is figure out where to hang them.