Sunday, July 5, 2015

gesso is my best friend

Gesso really knows how to help me feel better about myself.

She covers for all of my mistakes.

She says, "you can always start over."

For instance,
under this duck are three other people.

Gesso helped me show them the door.
... and then she introduced me to this duck.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I love me some sharpie

- sharpie pens -

Let me show you what I mean ...

For this little picture I started with a scraped on paint surface. 

On a board, I used a little bit of collage paper, 3 colors of acrylic paint, and a credit card to scrape the paint on in layers:

Then, with a sharpie pen, I drew in the outlines of the shapes I could see. It's a little like cloud watching:

Then I went back in with paint and a paintbrush to thin out the sharpie lines and create more defined color boundaries:

Then I added a few collage papers, dots with a pencil eraser dipped in paint, and drew in hair with a micron pen:

I added the words by writing on white tissue paper, tearing the edge, and gluing it down with acrylic medium. I also added a dot border to finish it off:

"When she remembered the counting house,
She had to close her eyes.
She made herself think about her dandelions, the old apple tree, and how the warm sun was on her lovely face."

This reminds me of all my close encounters with mathematics. A painful attempt at multiplication and division in grade school. Thrice failed algebra. A cashier job I was relieved of due to a chronically out of balance till. The accounting job where I had to fake it til I made it. Math tutoring at my dining room table. Thank goodness for art.

Monday, June 22, 2015

journal class

I had two days last week of teaching art journal basics to some friends of mine. 

My goal is to develop a class that I can teach easily to anyone (not just my pals)

The benefits always fall back on me.
I get to play too.
(This is a children's board book)

This page demonstrates three color brayered background, gesso texture and pattern, collage elements, sharpie and paint illustration, stamping with paint, and tissue paper transparent journaling.

Friday, June 12, 2015

color splash

I gave my white hair a splash of color today with some Tim Holz alcohol ink ... loving summertime and my favorite color ... what I would call "swimming pool blue"

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


I like framing glass photo transfers with 
copper foil, solder, and a chain.

word soup

... playing with photo transfers again ...
this was a simple magazine page 
which I transferred to glass 
(the technique is fully explained at the end of this post)
I took all the words found in the image:
Georgetown, theatre, gypsy tea house, shoe sale, no turn on red, the big chill, against all odds, etc. and rearranged them into short found poem of sorts

No Sale On Tea Town

Odd George, the red gypsy, and the big theatre houses,
All turn a chill shoe on us today.

It's fun - if I were an art teacher, or a creative writing teacher - this would be an awesome excercise with kids.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a lecture and book signing with Elizabeth George, who has a new book series for young adults that takes place on Whidbey Island. 
It was inspiring to hear about her creative process. 
She has been writing since the age of seven. Wow - just wow.
Photo transfer how to:

Apply several (5-7) coats of Golden Gel Medium to a magazine image, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats (at least 1 hour each time)
Wait 24 hours after applying the final coat. 
Next: soak your gel coated image in water until the paper begins to dissolve and rubs away easily from the gel "skin"
You may now adhere this "skin" to paper, glass, wood, whatever you desire.
Use gel medium as your adhesive.
That's it.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Inspired by the Queen of Arts and her adventures with "intuitive" painting, I gave it a try today.

Painting by intuition: I used only my left hand, colors were feelings, shapes were words, and my inner critic was kicked to the curb.

My thoughts wandered and so did my paintbrush - it's a very childlike and freeing way to express thoughts that have no words.

Maybe you'll give it a try too