Creative Exercises

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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One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Creative Exercises, Stencils | 5 comments

One Stencil on the Gelli 2

Yesterday I printed all day with the Stones Divided Stencil which comes in 6″ and 12″ squares. I bought mine at Blue Twig Studio, where I will be teaching in September. I used the larger one on my large Gelli Plate. Working with one stencil is freeing, because I am only making decisions about color and technique. I can print fast and furious, which believe me I did. My studio was draped in paper prints. I used deli paper and Arches Text Wove. Here are some of the samples out of the fifty or so prints I made. I am making paper packs to sell at vendors at Art Unraveled next week. I...

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Invent a Goddess

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 10 comments

Invent a Goddess

There are times we need support, and the spirits out there are just not specific enough. That is when I need to invent my own goddess. This is a goddess I drew to support ADD and ADHD, which is a full time experience at my house. I call her “Addy”. She is a fold out in one of my journals. She is made of disjointed and wandering maps, a piece of “Harmony” sheet music and she holds a small card from Saint Francis, patron saint of animals (pets that love us). This week I made another goddess for a teacher of mine. Years ago I took my first book making class with Bonnie...

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Sponges and Stencils

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Creative Exercises, My techniques, My Work | 9 comments

Sponges and Stencils

I have a lot of stuff in my art studio, and I am trying to pare down which means giving away all the things I do not use in my work. Up until now that would have included stencils. As you may know, I designed a set of stencils for Artistcellar last year. That was a challenge for me since I do not, nor have I ever been a stencil user. So I designed stencils that might appeal to someone like me, someone who might want to add texture but not purchased imagery. The stencils that I designed are abstract calligraphy, and they are calls “TEXTures”. I am proud of how they turned out. The...

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Bombs Away!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in About me, Creative Exercises | 4 comments

Bombs Away!

This morning my girl went to school, for the last week of finals. An hour later she sent a text that the school had  a bomb scare, and that she and the other kids were headed to the gym. We turn on the news. In fact, there is a bomb scare at her school in the headlines. While I know that this kind of thing most often ends up fine, I do not want my beautiful girl huddled with frightened masses of other children, even for one minute. We watched the news, and waited for updates. In the meantime I think, what can I do to balance out this ghastly fear that is creeping up my spine? In these...

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Postcards with Jane

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Creative Exercises | 1 comment

Postcards with Jane

    Jane Davies is a popular teacher and I can see why. I finally met her last week, at Art & Soul in Kansas City, where I taught and she did too. She offered a free postcard class one evening, and I went. She told us to make four very distinct designs on one piece of paper. All I had to work with was some pens and a bit of paint, not the roller carts of paper and collage materials most of the others had, so I set about drawing. The first quadrant I did was the marker faces, which I scribbled with a Pitt Big Brush Pen and filled in with neon green Molotow Marker.       ...

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