Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking for a stamp

I'm looking for a discontinued Rollograph stamp that has a lovely grid pattern. I contacted the company and searched the Internet and can't find it anywhere. I tried making one from some screen material but didn't get the effect I'm looking for. So, if anyone has this and they are willing to part with it I'm willing to pay you for it.

On another note I'm having a very lovely vacation playing with paint and paper. Pictures to hopefully follow soon.

I hope everyone has a safe and blessed New Year!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas filled with joy and laughter that continues throughout the year and may you know and experience God's love for you through the gift of His Son.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Catching up with some creative time...

Finally catching up a bit.  Last month I took a Visual Journaling class with Mary Freeman and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was so helpful with trying to get back into the creative swing and fun to try some new techniques.

The first couple of classes I just played on paper but finally went to Hobby Lobby and to this great handmade paper journal.  I'll be decorating the outside later.
This is my cover page with layers of color and a final layer using reverse stenciling.  New technique where you use a stencil to wipe away the top layer while it is still a bit wet.
Another reverse stencil page.  I tried it out an a sheet of paper and liked it so much had to do it again.  I have found that besides stamps you also cannot have enough stencils.  My brother and I's motto is "if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."
This page started out as reverse stenciling and I didn't really like it so the top layer was gesso and then I started playing with the Adirondack Color Wash.  Another thing you cannot have enough of, including Glimmer Mist.  I also added a little paper bag mini page that I had created at Donna Downey's Inspired conference last year.
This one needs some journaling and was just playing with layers, stencils and a Starbucks cardboard coffee cozy (makes an awesome lines stamp).
This one needs journaling too but was playing with the color washes again and some rub-ons.
One thing I noticed with the previous page was the edges where there wasn't any gesso so I used a mask with it and then sprayed to get a stronger color in sections.
This one is a la a Robin Marie tutorial and needs some more tweaking.  I don't know if I can stand not adding at least one more color to it in a cool tone.
This page was from one of the lessons where I wrote down my thoughts going in both directions and then obscuring enough of it so you can't read it.  For me it was a whine session (without the benefit of wine) and covered it with some key words to remind myself to be thankful for the blessings in my life.
This one was another one with gesso over the stencil and then color wash sprays.  I need to figure out how I want to use this technique in a full collage piece.
Here I tried to remember how Mary had painted one of hers and wasn't happy with how it was going so went in a different direction a bit.  I really wish these pictures were better but I have terrible lighting at home.  My mom got me one of those light boxes for Christmas one year but the lights don't seem strong enough.  May just have to make my own and hit Home Depot for some mac daddy lights.
This page is the result of a pair of collages I started where I covered the pages first with old papers from books and newspapers.  See the last couple of pictures for better details.

This canvas was from another lesson in the journaling class where we utilized pictures and/or words from magazines or photos.  It is a conglomeration of a couple of art pieces that inspired me.  One was with the sunburst pattern and the other utilized the rolls of paper.  I started with words or phrases that spoke to me and found it was a bit garish so toned it down with gesso (can you tell I use it a lot?), added my paper rolls from magazine text pages and splattered black gesso on it and used an old credit card for additional black lines.

These two canvases are collages that started with old papers and book pages and then I used the color washes with stencils and as drips.  Also used some black gesso for the lines.  I really like these but I'm trying to decide if they need a focal point and what the heck that should be.  I may get some bigger number stencils and do the same as I did on the journal pages but still undecided.  Any thoughts?  Do I need to tweak them some more before trying to sell them on Etsy?

Well, I think that will have to be enough catching up for now.  ;-) 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know I did with my wonderful family and extended family and managed to not make myself miserable with eating too much.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011


Camping in North Georgia with my beautiful sweet sister. It is a tad cold as we sit here bundled to our eyes enjoying the gorgeous fall colors.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Will it ever be done...

I am slowly trying to get back into the creative swing of things but first I have to put all my crap, uh, I mean supplies back into my cupboards. So mom and I have been making piles and sorting and even a little purging. The big push stated Labor Day weekend and unfortunately is still going. For some reason it feels like shifting sand, never truly going anywhere. I know that isn't true since some things are now put away but my dining room is still utter chaos.

Last month I did get to play some and I made an addition to a background I had created that needed a focal point. I added a nice rusty hinge that always looked like part of an angel to me and gave her wings using grunge board butterfly wings and covering with decorative napkins. I also added some tulle for added whimsy. This isn't a good picture but you'll get the idea.

I also had an awesome time Thursday night at a class by Mary Freeman called Visual Journalism. It was an intro to the six week class that starts this Thursday and I highly recommend it if you are anywhere the Alpharetta, Georgia area. The class is about being real and using the creative process to dig deeper into your heart with the added benefit of playing with different ideas for layering and experimenting. Let me know if you want info on where to sign up.

For the first class I didn't really do a journal page since they gave us a choice of paper or mat board and I went for the mat board. One of Mary's examples had grey which is a color I haven't used before and I felt like taking a chance so started with that as my base. Mary gave us little packets with various papers to play with and mine had a picture of a door and knew that had to be the focal point. I added a little green and pink and just had to have some drippage. I'm not sure if it's done because I did want some words so I'm letting it percolate.

Well, I suppose I should go to bed since 4:30 am is going to be here way too soon. Sigh.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Just a note...

So yesterday when I was driving home from a morning at the office, and yes it was a Saturday, I saw a jeep coming from the other direction and as I prepared to do the Jeep Wave the other driver did an exuberant full arm out the window wave. Just made my day. For those of you unfamiliar with this the idea is that when you see another Jeep Wrangler, mind you only Wranglers, you lift two fingers up from the top of the steering wheel as a salute. Some people don't know this so it's a little disappointing when they don't wave back but when someone does there is a great feeling of camaraderie with a perfect stranger. There is a danger though of feeling the need when you are in another type of vehicle, even as a passenger.

On another note, just a few more weeks and my yearlong project (rolling out 280 brand spanking new computers in conjunction with migrating millions of documents to a new system and thankfully with a team of people) at work will come to an end and there will be no more excuses to not exercise or to not get cracking on finishing the great wood floor installation. There will also be time again to play with paints more than at best once a month. Even today I got to spend some quality time catching up on some blog reading (love Flipboard). So what if the bathroom still needs to be mopped.

Since I can't post without some sort of picture, here is a snippet of a piece I created earlier in the year. Hugs.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fly by blogging

Well, still working lots and lots. I did go to a picnic last weekend that was for alumni of my high school. My brother, sister and I all went and it was interesting. Got to visit with some teachers I really liked. It's amazing how some of seemed so much older at the time but now there isn't that many years between us. Odd how that happens as you get older. We had our own after party at my brother's house for some sibling time. I do so love my brother and sister and am so grateful we all actually like each other and have so much fun.

A few weekends ago I did get in some creative time. This first one is just the beginning of the color layers but I love playing with textures. I had scored some European corrugated packing stuff at IKEA and have been itching to start using it along with some burlap and mesh.

This one was inspired by a video by Robin-Marie Smith. I love her art work with all the layering of colors. I used water color paper and freed it from it's bindings. ;-). I just went to town playing with stencils and Glimmer Mist

This is one that started it's life as the background for some ATC's I made for swap. I just had fun enhancing it and adding more layers with crackle paste and molding paste. I have to figure out how to give it a focal point but I think I'm liking it so far.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011


Well, it's been a lot of work, work, work for me but took some time out last weekend to go shopping at a local antique market. Mom and my friend Rebecca went with me. It was a little like old home week because we also met up with a couple of girls from our Inspired creative retreat last month. Brenda met us there and Andra was helping a friend with her booth. I've been one other time to the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market but this time there were more artists and met some very lovely ladies. I still would like to check out Scott's Antique Market sometime soon. I'm on the hunt for some old tin ceiling tiles don't cost a bunch and looking for a flea market that has hidden treasures that are cheap

I did find an awesome coffee bag, a piece of flocked wall paper from Andra's friend, some old hinges and some awesome vintage sewing patterns (25 cents each, score!). Oh, and these wooed block and metal things from an old textile factory for a buck a piece. I'm going to make some sort of background canvas and attach them. Haven't decided if I'm going to alter them or use as is. Love the look of them.

Oh, and one more score. At work one of the projectors died and one of the guys asked if I wanted it for the lenses. I said that was an awesome idea. Took it apart (lots and loys of screws) and found some very lovely pieces of glass I'm going to try my hand at soldering and will make some pendants. The larger pieces I will try to use in collaging.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Catching up...

So after a week of being back to the daily grind of work I'm finally sitting down for a recap of my time at Inspired Artist Workshop. It was such a lovely time playing with paint and other mediums and meeting some fantastic new friends.

Playing with hot glue (which caused a little cursing), jute and felt with Lolly Chessie.

Encaustic with Patricia Baldwin Seggebrush.

Painting on canvas and muslin with Alisa Burke.

Making jewelry using glass bubbles or resin with Becky Nunn.

Upcycling by fusing shopping bags with an iron and decorating them with Tracie Lampe.

Of all the classes I want to play more with encaustic and bought a starter kit and maybe make some more fused bags. Gotta do something with the big stack that my friend Rebecca collected for us. Guess what every one will be getting for Christmas. ;-)

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Thursday, May 12, 2011


Yesterday was the first not official day of Inspired Artist Workshop. This is my second and final year since Donna Downey has decided to go another route with her creativeness. I'm disappointed about it since this is the only thing like this that is within driving distance but I understand. This is a really big undertaking that she and her husband Bill do an excellent job with.

So yesterday my bestie, Rebecca and I took three workshops and enjoyed every one of them. Here are some pics.

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