Friday, March 29, 2013

New journal pages...

Slightly out of my comfort zone on the doodle front, but I wanted to get working on a couple of online classes/Ning groups I had joined. So in between learning how to use my new Silhouette Cameo (update soon I promise!) I worked on a couple of doodle-ish pages. Is that a word? Well it is now!

color doodles

live loud

And I finished a collage page that is not really my style but I had some pretty scraps I wanted to use somehow.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


WOYWW stands for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, a long running linky party I just discovered. And it is really cool to see what other people are either working on or their work areas. Mine is definitely a mess today but...

That was actually the point of my photo!


Ok, it's a mess, but I took this photo partly to link to a What's on your Workdesk Wednesday and also (big pointy arrow here) to remind myself that the newsprint pad under my work often gets really cool looking and I should use it instead of throwing it away. And sometimes I don't remember things like that until I focus on them. So right after I took this photo I tore off the paper and set it aside!

Thursday morning update: I had forgotten I had used a piece of my newsprint work paper in a journal a couple of months ago and loved how it turned out...

journal page 2-1-13

Linked to: WOYWW

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I took the leap...

and bought a Silhouette Cameo to make my own stencils. I had been debating this large purchase for a month or so and decided yesterday to go for it!

It arrives tomorrow and I cannot wait!

I can hear you asking, "Why would I spend that much money to buy a machine that cuts out stencils?"

Well have you priced stencils lately? Small ones @ $5-$7 each and larger ones @ $14-$15 each. Plus postage! AND... they aren't even my own designs!

Not that I don't love a lot of the stencils out there... I have a TON of Crafter's Workshop stencils already... but really... you know you can look at a piece of art that used stencils and know immediately if it was a Dina Wakely or Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stencil... not that there is anything wrong with that but... I don't want anyone looking at my art and knowing whose stencils I used anymore! To me that takes a lot of the originality and creativity out of the work.

So for the price of the Cameo and some .007 thickness stencil mylar I can make 20 large stencils and I have already paid it off! And they will be my own designs or words or anything I want to make, no one else's!

Watch out art journal!

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Had a wonderful time yesterday morning meeting and chatting with a new local art friend, Felicia. Go see her art @ Pinky's (54th & H Streets)
Then started to play -- 9 days off for Spring Break and my plan is to do some sort of art every day!
Trying out a few things with diluted inks. Here are some snippets...

Orange #1
Left to sit overnight. Gotta dig out my watercolors to play more.

Green #1
And playing with taped edges...

Edges #1

Linked up in Mandarin Orange Monday.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mandarin Orange Monday...

I am so inspired by this Mandarin Orange Monday challenge! I actually really like orange and it is fun to find things to add to this challenge blog!

Here are a few newer Gelli print pages that are screaming mandarin orange:



gelli orange-brown

and one more gelli print...

gelli orange-aqua

and finally an art journal page looking very orange (with a gelli print background)


Linked to Mandarin Orange Monday and Orange You Glad It's Friday.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring makes me want to garden...

I spent a while outside this morning and cleared out some weeds (tons more to go) and planted a few flowers we got yesterday at Green Acres Nursery...

Ranunculus: one of my favorites! Planted a cheap gallon pot just for the jolt of color!


Eagerly awaiting the freesias... these have come back from past years.


And some snapdragons (new)...


And ushering out some of the last poppies...

poppies last days

Also planted some hollyhocks and carnations from little 6 packs. We shall see if they grow. I am usually better transplanting the 4" plants. Between me being too rough and the soil being too yucky (clay) the little ones often don't take. If they haven't I can always get some others when I am on vacation the week after next. Looking at the soil in the flower area though I think the first order of business when I am on vacation is to add more organic matter again... that clay is persistent!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Craving color...

And the desire to find my old travel photos and add them to Flickr and maybe post a few here...

And I was so craving color this evening I thought I would start with these from a trip to Spain in 2003 (these were from Seville).

fruits spain

Anyone know what these fruit are called?


spain tiles3

I have a gazillion old pix to sort through and these were just at easy reach but I will get a lot more of them on Flickr soon. I have photos from Spain, south of France, Czech Republic and a summer in Italy that I never put on Flickr so I think it is about time!

Oh and by the way... a small request:

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A new TED discovery...

I have always loved the TED talks and this weekend I discovered a couple I had not yet heard (although apparently half the world had already). And the amazing thing is that I found one of them through one of the online art classes I am taking (but now of course when I go looking for the link I can't remember where it was!).

Anyway... HERE is the main TED talks link.

And it was Brene Brown who I just found out about this weekend and loved her talks: HERE (Vulnerability) and HERE (Listening to Shame). And HERE is her website Ordinary Courage).

I didn't do much artwork this weekend, it was more a mind work weekend with some time off for a bit of reading.

Then my friend Leslie bursts ahead on the Lettering Class which reminds me I have some lettering to do, so I think that will be the focus of this coming week!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Working on a Painting... and Jeopardy Swag!

While I was waiting at home today I spent some more time on a painting I started the other day. It started out with some gelli printed background, then stenciling, and various acrylics, neocolors, dyes and inks over and over... I feel it still needs something but not sure quite yet. I am sure it will come to me eventually! It is the largest canvas I have tried in recent years (12" x 16").

heart mixed media so far 3-6-13

So why was I home from work anyway?

I took the day off work today because...

A month or so ago I took and online test to be a contestant on Jeopardy and I passed! I got an email saying the second round would be held in Sacramento today so off I went...

Luckily the tryouts were held in Sacramento so I didn't have to travel but there were people in the room from as far away as Vancouver, BC and all over the Bay Area. We took another test -- 2 actually, one was the test that counted and the second one was a new test they were trying out and wanted to see if there were glitches so they were giving it to the contestants in this round all over the country to standardize it (or whatever that word is when you get a lot of different results for a test to see if it works for everyone). Then we played a little bit of a mock game and had interviews. Since I am a teacher I also get to be considered for the teacher tournament! Now if they want any of us there is an 18 month window in which they might call us... hope I get on! The whole process took around 2 and a half hours. AND we got parting gifts!

jeopardy swag

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Russian Nesting Dolls...

Testing out some transfers that didn't show up very well on the very patterned background. I need to work on how to make better transfer images. Meanwhile I was looking at my little matryoshka on my shelf and thinking how at times I am like one of those nesting dolls... you gotta peel off the layers to get to the real me.

Russian Nesting Dolls

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A few new Gelli backgrounds...

Can't seen to stay away from that Gelli plate! Made these tonight... wanted to use some orange on one of the paintings and decided to also do a little gelli printing.

3-2-13 backgrounds

I really like how the orange one made shapes through the stencil (roundish holes) as it pulled up from the plate.

Gelli print orange shapes

Linked on Mandarin Orange Monday.