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Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 0 comments

Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

I am not a glittery gal, in fact, I banned glitter from my house when my kids were small and I realized that the glitter lodged permanently in the cracks in my hardwood floors. There are other ways to add bling and luminesence to your artwork and Twinking H2Os and Silks are among my favorites. Both products are made by ColourArte. Twinkling H2Os are watercolors with mica suspended in them. Silks are iridescent acrylic glazes. They come in the same colors and work incredibly well together to create layers of color that reminds me of seashells. Twinks come in small jars. I keep them in a...

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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils. I started with a saturated piece of paste paper. Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils. I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that.  Did a few more papers. And a few more. For this project you need: 2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″ 2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1 piece colored paper for text block 2.25 x...

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Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Map 2015 | 1 comment

Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Welcome to Map 2015, a project that Tara Gill and I are doing to get you thinking and mapping the upcoming year. We hope that this project, making any kind of simple or complex map of your intentions for 2015, will be a fun and fulfilling exercise to broaden your artistic experience. We are on Facebook and Pinterest, and hope when you finish your project you will share it in those places. Tara Gill, my partner in this project and photographer/designer extraordinaire, introduced me to a coaching tool that I thought we could use to create intention for our maps of 2015. Here is her post, so...

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Make it New, again.

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Being an Artist | 2 comments

Make it New, again.

Lesley Riley has a new book out, and it is a beauty. Each page is a artistic interpretation of a quote by artists that Lesley knows, and I am happy to be one of them. The pages are perforated, so you can remove and frame them. Click on the cover above to buy this treasure. This is the piece that I have in the book. It has a funny story. It is a three panel altar piece made with masonite, copper foil, copper wire, and gemstones. I painted it with acrylics and Twinkling H2Os, a watercolor that has mica suspended in it. These paints add a level of shimmer that reminds me of abalone, a shell I...

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Gel Skins and Collage

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in My techniques | 11 comments

Gel Skins and Collage

After taking a class last summer at Art Unraveled with Chris Cozen and then going to London with Patti Brady who wrote a book on Rethinking Acrylics, I have been introduced to the fabulous world of gel skins. There are so many ways to make these, and this one is the lowest technology possible. First, spread some Gel Medium on a page protector with a palette knife. I did this, then dropped some High Flow Acrylics on top to see if I could get them to “bloom”. They did not (my gel at the bottom was too dry I found out). So, my first skin looked like this. You can see that some of...

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