Friday, December 18, 2009

First time published

I am Published.  I am so excited.  This is the first time I have ever sent anything in to be published and for them to put it in the gallery part I am simply thrilled.

As I look at those pages I see how far I have come in my journaling.  Though I am a bit unconventional (fantasy less writing) then most; I feel liberated.  I had made a goal to submit and be OK with the out come.  It was just a huge thing for me to put my art "out there" to be judged.  Now before you say no one is judging your work.  You would be wrong, it is being judged maybe not crueling but judged never the less.  I had to be OK with someone not liking it; someone liking it but thinking I needed to add more or do something another way.  That is the way art is.  When I look at art I judge it.  I am not thinking I like or dislike it; but I am looking at the techniques, the over all appeal or unappeal.  It is simply the truth.  I think that as you grow and mature you learn that being judged is and always will be part of life.  You need to realize that as long as there is no cruelty to it, it can be a good thing. 

These are the pages you will see in the the magazine.  I love each piece for different reasons.  I created them to express how I was feeling at that particular time.  They are happy pieces and I was experiencing happy things during this time. 

I use images more then words to express my feelings.  I am more comfortable in this.  I am expanding though.  I have recently completed a few pages that have words that come from me and not a quote. 

The Art Jounaling magazine will be out the first of January. 

Thank you to those of you who helped give me the courage to meet my goal.  Giving me the push and the honest apprasial of my work.  You know who you are and I love you very much. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Circle journals

These pages are for a circle journal I am in.  I have found that I really enjoy circle journals. It is such a great way to recieve art from artist all over the world. It enables you the chance to not only get to know people from all over the world but to learn other techniques and improve the techniques you already use. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Tags of Christmas

Here are 4 of the tags I have completed.  I have been following Tim Holtz's blog and creating my own version of tags using his techniques.  I am behind because I have been very ill for the last 3 weeks or so.  Just a bad flu.  So, now I am busy trying to catch up with some crafting.  I started doing this last year and enjoyed it so much I am doing it again.  I use these tags as name tags for my presents. 

I will try and complete the other 8 before the end of next week.  Now that I am better I have to get busy with completing my Christmas wrapping and baking.  Plus I have several journals that I would like to work on and get out in the mail to their new homes. 

I hope you take the time to create during the season.  It brings a bit of you into your gifts. Now if you have a spare minute drop me a note and let me know what you think of my interpretation of Tim's tags.  I would also love to see what you create.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stamps are not only for paper

Here is my first protrait.  The first picture is the sketch before I painted it.  I see lots wrong with it; but for my first go at it I am not unhappy with  the results.  I have a long way to go but as with everything practice, practice. 

These are two journal pages I have done for one of the circle journal groups I participating in.  I have decided that I need to start using more words.  Not neccessarily to tell a story; but to convey what I am feeling.  I don't want my pages to take the viewer by the hand; I want them to interprete what they will.  But, saying that, I guess I am wanting to make them (the viewer) a bit more aware of the feelings I am having when I create them.  The essence if you will.  I hope that may since.

Side note where is spell check on this new blogger?  Grrrr Sorry moving on.

These pictures are of a dresser I did.  I used silver leafing, and stamps.  I thought it would be fun to show you other foundations that stamps can be uesed on other then paper.

The stamps I used are from the Tim Holtz collection.

I had a good time creating this dresser for a small home decor shop in my home town of Sunnyside. 

I find that sometimes we find a foundation we like such as paper and forget that there are so much more out there that we can use as our foundation.  Furniture is one.  Mirrors that you don't like the frame on.  Try some silver or gold leaf and watch as the peice is entirely transformed.

Take a look around your home see if there is something you can make new again.  Both of these pieces can be seen at Melange in Sunnyside. 

Christmas is coming, time for family and friends.  Look around your home and see what you can transform and as your family and friends come to visit they may be surprised that paper is not the only thing you can make beautiful. 

Now go create something the time is short and leaving your mark no matter how you decide is always a good thing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Blog Award

This award was given to me by Valerie Brincheck. She is one of the most talented and giving artist out there. So having her send it my way is a wonderful surprise. The point of the award is to pass it on to 5 other fun and interesting blogs. Plus give 5 interesting facts about yourself.
Here are the 5 blogs I would like to pass it on to:
Elena - She is a dear friend of mine and her blog is always up to date with her newest creations of zetti
Sue - Her watercolor pictures of animals are just amazing. In fact thanks to her my Christmas gifts are almost done.
Pam - Though I do not know Pam personally other than through her classes I have found her blog and her willingness to help her student just a joy. Her classes have helped me more than I can say. Really like this lady
Carol - Her blog is always so full of new ideas. From her book kit's she sells to new finds and fun food. She is one of the those people that brings a smile to your face every time you visit her blog.
Stacy - This woman is a wonder. She is really to happy. Her blog is one that is full of color and just plan happy. She is the scrap booking queen who is always giving.
OK, now for the 5 facts:
1. I received my love of art and crafts from my Grandmother. She was and is a constant joy in my heart. I lost her quite a few years ago; but the impression she left with me will be with me forever. I love and miss you Grandma
2. I have absolutely no directional skills. I can and have gotten lost in a small town of less then 5000.
3. I love candy corn. Not just any candy corn but Jelly belly candy corn.
4. I have been married for 23 years.
5. If I could have super powers and live forever I would have the power of flight. OK, two super powers I really do want to live forever. How cool would it be to see all the changes this world is making and discovering.

Friday, November 6, 2009

When you are touched

It been sometime since my last post. There are several things I have a need to talk about. One is, I have a short tutorial on shading I will be putting up. But, if you really want an in depth class on it, I highly suggest you take Pam Carriker's class "Shades of Gray" on It really is a wonderful class.

The other thing that I would like to say is the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas is such a waste and a tragedy. If you don't want to go to war DO NOT SIGN UP!!! People, that is what the military is for. Sorry but that is the simple truth. They are there to keep us safe. That means war will come up. It breaks my heart that this would happen. My prayer and thought are with you and your families.

Now to the main reason for this post. There is a dear friend of mine named Elena. We got to know each other through several groups I am on. Then I was lucky enough to meet her face to face in Port Townsend, WA at a Teesha Moore workshop. Once we got there it was as if we recognized each other. As if we had been friends forever. This has only happened one other time for me. I do not make close friends easily. But, Elena well she is just the most special person. Right now she and her family are going through a very heart breaking journey with her father. He has been diagnosed with cancer. It has spread through his entire body.

I have gone through this with my nephew Heath. I understand the heartbreak, the helplessness. The knowledge that your love and support will not fix this. Saying this I also can say that my pain is very different from Elena's. I have come to believe that even when you go through the same experience the pain for each of us is different and very personal. So I want to ask each and everyone who reads this to please keep her and her wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers.

There is a wonderful group Elena and I are part of. It is called Soul Journaling. It was put together by Sarah Whitmire. She came up with a very loving and supportive idea. It was for everyone to send Elena a card with "soul journal love". I want to share my contribution. I decided not to do a card. I have a couple lovely pictures of her family and wanted to incorporate them. The art piece below is my vision of comfort for Elena.

If you have a minute take time to drop by Elena's blog and give her a word or two of support, I know she would greatly appreciate it.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Art Reflections

I have created some art journals that are a bit outside of my usual fantasy realm. I am liking the overly colorful as well. The page below is a reflection of me trying to bring more of a whimsical fun element to my pages.

I have to say this was one of the more difficult pages because I was trying to force the process. I finally relaxed and just played. Sometimes when we (myself) try to hurry or force something into our art it just will not work. Once you relax things seem to fall into place. I think at least for me, that is the most important thing. Play. When I try to force and "just get it done" nothing comes. It must be fun. This piece was fun and easy when I let the process take over.

Since I don't use words most of the time I need my pages to speak to me through the images I choose. When I choose an image that is not "saying" what I am feeling there is no way for it to come together.

What is your process for creating. Do you need words in your journal pages in order for them to work for you? How does the process of creating effect your art and what you create? Interesting questions. Let me know if you have a minute.
Now, create something. Make it speak to you. Your day will be all the better for it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Tribute and other ramblings

September 11 will always be a day that will be remembered in stark colors for all of us. The ATC card below is my Tribute to those that "Gave All"

The pages below are for a circle journal I am participating in. I am not good with Asian but I enjoyed putting this together. It is always good to try new themes even when they are intimidating.
The card below was done for fun. I liked this image of the witch and it was a piece that came together easily. Don't you love it when that happens.
I hope you enjoy the pieces above and can find inspiration in them. I am feeling very down in the dumps; I have the flu and because of the scare of it being swine flu I am stuck at home. I know it is just the regular run of the mill flu but it sucks and it is so hard to feel creative when your head is full of cotton. Yes, I am the biggest baby when it comes to not feeling well. I guess if I am miserable I would like to share my discomfort with others. Oh well I am going to be fine and am going to be back to normal soon enough.
Just because I am a bit whinny does not mean you have to be; go make something wonderful and if you have time share it. I would love to see what you come up.

Friday, September 4, 2009

My expression through Art Journal pages

I am not one for writing words. I have tried, but my feelings and emotions just seem to get jumbled up. Plus words are so easily misinterpreted that I have found the use of images a better way for me to express myself. I can record whatever I am feeling at the time with the right image (s). I have found that through images my feelings and emotions are so much clearer and true. I don't try to soften or harden whatever I am feeling when I don't use words. I guess in a simple sentence my journals are now more honest. I am not hiding anything. Everything is right there for all to see. I am enjoying the freedom of this.

The journal page below was inspired from an Open mind challenge. I was stumped then I saw the image; then a good friend of mine names Elena emailed me the exciting news of her being a Grandma for a second time. It just flowed from there. I hope you can see the excitement I know she is feeling; and the through the softness of how I feel whenever I think of new born babies. They are such a joy and gift.

I hope that through your own journaling that you have found a way to be honest and not hide in the shadows. The weekend is upon us. Enjoy it with family and friends. Then make something that will help you remember those feelings for those are what will give you joy through the years. They are our gift to ourselves.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The cover that is

Well as promised (for once) I have posted the completed cover of my Dream journal. Over all I am happy with i; though there is a problem with the composition that is bugging me. I just am not willing to totally redo it. So this is it. No more messing around with it. Plus it's suppose to be mailed out on Monday. As John Wayne would say "Time is a wastin"

This is the inside page (back of cover). It is the artist's who will be participating in this little journey. Elena brought all of us together to explore our artistic views on our Dreams. I am so lucky to call her friend. I have found that she a lone can be my "turn on switch" when I am not feelin' the mojo. Her positive view and love of life is always a wonderful thing to be hold.
I still have the back cover and last page to complete oh hell to start. I may be a bit late with the mail out date; oh well life will go on. I am sure I will blame shift it on the Post Office. These gals are so impressed with my ability to blame shift there will be no surprise there. LOL
Please if you are working for the P.O. take no offence if it is not you I promise I would find someone else to shift any blame on.
Now, that you have seen my journal's creation how about you all go make one. It does not have to be a theme of dreams anything will do. Just go make something that will make your heart sing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Completed page and moving on to the next

Here is the completed page.

Though the words and lions are the only addition, I am happy with the out come. It says just
what I have been feeling.

Now I am working on a Dream journal with a wonderful group of ladies. The following page was going to be the cover. I got inspired and came up with another idea I am really excited about. I am hoping to post tomorrow the cover and over the course of the next week or so I will show you the pages as I complete them. There are to be a cover, intro, backcover and the inside of the backcover be completed before mailing out. I am to have it in the mail by the 1st of September. Whether I make that deadline is still up in the air. The journal is on it's way to finally be completed that is a good thing. I have been pondering what to do for over a month and nothing. Then a couple of days ago boom things finally started to jell. Nothing like waiting for the last minute. Check out the page that was; and tomorrow or tonight I will post the cover that is.

If you have a chance drop me a note and let me know what you think. Have a great day creating; so go get busy people time is a waistin'.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Panties in a twist

I don't like to use my blog for anything but fun and art; but I am angry, no totally pissed off. Yes that describes how I feel about the latest signing of another bad man to the NFL team the Eagles; Michael Vick. I am sick and tired of the sports community continually signing players that are bad people. Whether they want to believe it or not NFL, NBA, Hockey, and so on are idols to our children. It is a responsibility of the national sports teams to remember this and take it very seriously. Which in my opinion they do not.

Yes, they (players) make mistakes and put their pants on one leg at a time as the rest of us. But there is simply no excuse to have dog fighters, sex offenders; basically felons of every ilk playing in sports that not only make them lots of money but put them out their for our young people to look up to.

I understand that the sports community is a business and needs to purchase the best players they can. But, please, their MUST be a standard. Their is none, when it comes to these teams.

There are some crimes that keep you from getting certain jobs. That is the point of punishment people. There is no punishment when they get to continue with their life as if they did nothing wrong. NO, he does not DESERVE a second bite at the apple. Just like when you are a federal criminal you do not get to vote, or own a gun. They are revoked. Guess what, membership to the sports community should be revoked FOREVER from Michael Vick and others like him.

For once I would like to see people who have done bad stuff go out and redeem themselves by doing something good for the community for which they did the wrong. What good has he done I ask you? NOTHING! Instead he and others like him go back and continue their life as if it is in the past. Past does not mean forgotten. It means you need to learn from it and redeem yourself in the eyes of your community. His community, because he was a sports idol is all of America.

People, this is not just about the abuse of dogs; he tortured them, for goodness sake. That tells me he enjoys hurting those that are weaker. Yes, that is just want I want my children to watch on TV. Who I want to be their idol when he makes a touch down. Go Eagles!!

Now, I am not asking anyone to do anything. That is not what my blog is about. My blog is
about my art, my love of it, my ability to share what I have learned from other artist. Continue the circle so to speak. But, it is also a place I can voice my opposing view of something that truly upsets and sickens me.

Eagles games will not be watched in my house hold. I will talk negatively about them. Yes, I am only one person, what effect will it have on them; the Eagles. Probably nothing, but that is not the point or the why. I will be ignoring them because it is my responsibilty to stand up when their is a wrong. This may seem like no biggy to you. But, I can tell you it is a huge thing for me. Donavon McNabb was so very kind to my nephew who passed away because of brain cancer. Turning my back on a team that had a quarterback that could be so very sweet and kind to a little boy he never meet is in a since heartbreaking. Heath loved the Eagles, and because of his love of them I liked them as well. I will always be so very thankful to Donovan for his kindness to Heath; but the Eagles team well, that is another story all together. They are in my opinion a team that put one very bad man before an entire generation of children. They deserve none of my support, nor will they get it. The very opposite in fact. I wish that team and their owner nothing!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Beginning to end

I have been asked to show how I create a page from start to finish. I have taken photo's of each step. Now these photos are down and dirty, I have not touched them up, cropped or anything.

Though I can show you the process of creating the pages, I have no idea how to explain how I come up with a concept for a layout. What I mean is choosing the images, what theme and such. I believe that is an individual process and we each complete this process in a different way. Usually what is going on in my life will dictate the direction of an art journal or even ATC card.

The first three pictures are of the pages being painted. I use baby wipes to move the paint around the paper.

I started out with water color paper. Since the colors of these pages were going to be orange, brown and cream I started out with the strongest color first orange. I did two pages at once since this is a two page spread.

Then I used cream.

This is the final color I used was brown.

This is the first page. I chose this image from a wonderful artist on flickr who gave me permission. You can see her name on my flickr account. She really is amazing.

This is after I did some shading.

This is the completed 1st page. I have added the words, shaded and highlighted around them. Plus added the image of the dog.

This is the second page. I used a stamp with Starz on ink then used more cream to go over the whole page again.

Here are the images I used. I purchased the feather on etsy, the tiger was found on google somewhere. The lady, temple and red tail hawk are from wonderful artists on flickr.

The following pages will show you how it looks before I add the next image. Before another image is added I shade and highlight that image to help it pop off the page.

I hope this makes since. If you have any questions please email me and ask away. As for the images, please do not ask me to forward them to you. I do not own any but the feathers. I got them off flickr. In most cases I have asked permission to use them. I do not feel comfortable forwarding images I have not paid for. Thank you for understanding.
Again if you have any questions please ask away. I love hearing from you, both positive and negative (just be helpful not hurtful).
I have found mixed media artist to be the most giving and helpful group around. I ask question and receive answers to my questions. I want to pass on that positive thing, so never feel as if you are bugging me. If by chance I do not get back to you please know either I forgot or your email got put in my spam and I did not check it properly. I in no way want anyone to feel as if I am ignoring them. I appreciate each and everyone who takes the time out of their day to stop by my blog and look at my art. Ask all the questions you wish.
Have a great week. Go create something.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The series Continues

This is an ATC card that I just completed. I really like the whole effect of mystery behind her. The tiger was an awesome find. It is from Steve Buffington's photostream on flickr.
This is where I need your help. I found the warrior female on photobucket. I do not know how to contact the artist of this image or others that I have found there. I would like to be able purchase them (the images) and use them without feeling as if I am stealing. They are just wonderful and so detailed. So if there is anyone who can help me out I would so appreciate it. I want to open an etsy shop, but until I can rightfully use the images I like I need to find a way to contact these wonderful artist.
Now, have a great week and go make something wonderful.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Guardian series

Have you ever found yourself in a protective stage in your life. Whether you are feeling insecure or just over protective of self and those you love? Well I am in one of those. No idea what has brought this on.

As most of you know I love fantasy. In the next month I am going to explore this theme in a series of journal pages and ATC cards.

Below is the first page in this series, it is not completed by along shot. Since I have been asked to show my progress on some of my pieces I thought I would do that with this series. As I continue to work on this page I will up load pictures showing the creation. I am also in several circle journal groups so beware, those of you that are in them, this will probably be a theme you will be getting. I will also be doing ATC cards.

I have never done a series of anything. My style is fantasy, but I tend to try not to stay with one idea. But, since I cannot seem to get out of it I am going with it this time. If you have time drop me a note and let me know what you think. Tell me if you have ever done a series? How did it effect you? Were you able to work through what ever was bothering you? Or was it just a fun idea you enjoyed doing? Have a great weekend creating.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Progress of a napkin

I am sorry it has taken so long to get this up. I have promised to post this and something is always getting in the way. I will try and explain as best as I can the process of how I did the napkin technique.

Basically it is layering; shading using charcoal and colored pencils.

I started out with a 5 x 5 piece of white card stock. This is the napkin I chose. Nice and bright and clean.

I separated the colored part of the napkin from the white part. Using decoupage to adhere the napkin to the 5 x 5 card stock as you see below.

I use gel medium to adhere all the images to the napkin.

Now that all the images are on I began shading using a charcoal pencil. I started around the black hat.

In this close up, you can see how the hat is beginning to pop.

I continue shading around all the images including the parrots and background of the napkin.

As you continue to scroll down threw the images the page is showing more depth as I begin using the colored pencils. I simply use the same color as what is already on the napkin. Do not make this brain surgery. The background of the napkin already has chosen the colors for you. Just follow that as your guide.

This is a close up of the flowers. I wanted them to have a bit more pop. So I shaded around them and then used the colored pencils to bring more of their color.

This is what it looks like once I am done. I am still new at the shading and remembering where my light source is coming from. That is OK. The more practice I do the better I will get. Just as you will. Try the techinque it is really fun.

If you have any questions please email me. I will try and answer them as best as I can. This is a fun technique to do I cannot stress that enough. There really is no end to what you can do with napkins.
Now, off with you. Make a page that will make you smile. Email me the pix if you have time, I would love to see what you come up with.