Thursday, March 31, 2011

Life Happens in Real Time

It's too true, huh?  Life happens whether you are ready for it or not!  Might as well be ready!

Here's a journal spread I did using watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, and Inktense pencils, along with Gesso and acrylic paints.  I used all those mediums for the background - many layers in the style of my friend Journal Artista.  The designs on the background are gesso and craft acrylics (the green is all craft acrylics) - freehand and used bottle tops for the circles.  I collaged and sanded a clock I cut out of a magazine on the "in real time" page.  The words are all adhered to corrugated paper I tore the top layer off before painting with gesso.  LIFE and REAL were stamped with gesso and acrylic paint.  HAPPENS and IN are adhered to scraps of coffee to go sleeves painted with gesso.  And those words and TIME are all letters cut out on a die cutting machine.
I think that covers it!
Hope you enjoy!
Remember - your LIFE is happening right now!  Celebrate it!!!   

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I did it again!

Old age must be going to be smooth sailing for me cuz this stuff in the middle sucks!
I just spent another week in the hospital with fluid in my lungs and intraveneous antibiotics for an infection that also got my diabetes way out of whack.
This after a month in hospitals and rehab over Christmas and New Years!
But I'm home now and on the mend and taking care of myself so no more hospitals!

And some journal pages to post real soon...much more fun than talking about hospitals!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Time for some Postcard Fun!

Ready to jump start your creativity?
Looking to get some really fun mail in your mailbox?
Looking to try a new background technique or make
some art to welcome spring to get past the winter doldrums?
How about a Postcard Swap?!?

Check out the Postcard Swap IHanna is hosting.  You can read all about it here.

Hope to see you in the mail!

Monday, March 7, 2011


After a long period of time, I finally have something to post here!
It's taken me a long time to get my creative mojo back after being so sick for so long.
I've had plenty of ideas but not very good at executing them.  I've spent alot of time sitting at my art desk "thinking".  But one day I got going and have been working on this page in my Birds Of A Feather altered book.  The birds on branches are from a large sheet of Cavallini paper (my friend Debbie sent a bunch of the images to me - very cool stuff!).  The background is sheet music.  I tore some pieces, applied gel medium to the center of the pieces and pressed them onto the page.  When dry I tore off the edges that weren't glued down for the torn edge look achieved.  Then painted purple with watercolor crayons.  Next I put down the 3 stripes of tape (some green tape with birds on it).  I wish the tape wasn't shiny - maybe I'll finish with matte medium to see if that tones down the shiny.  Next I glued down the two bird images with gel medium.  Last I had some die cut birds I glued on with gel medium.  I just got a die cut machine before I got sick and have barely used it.  I don't have many dies but did just get an alphabet and used it for the letters for "Songbirds".  I used glue stick to apply them.  I figured I would make a huge mess using gel medium on something that small.  I'm  messiest enough as an artist as it is!
Thanks for taking a look.  I hope I'll have art to post more often going forward.  We'll see...