My techniques

Shoe hop Winner!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in My techniques, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Shoe hop Winner!

Thank you all for participating in the Altered Shoe Blog Hop. Random.org picked my winner here as Jody, from Ma Passion Pour le Scrapbooking! I wanted to share with you a map I did for my first book, it is done with Twinkling H2Os on Arches Black Cover. My favorite combo! I am working on Book #3 and healing. That is a lot for me right now. And, I cannot show what I am working on because it is secret…. until May, 2016 when the book comes out! Next week I will head to Minnesota to teach for Midwest Art and Lettering conference, and I am so excited! We will be making our own atlas of...

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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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Jane’s Petite Girls Bloghop

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in My techniques, stencils | 73 comments

Jane’s Petite Girls Bloghop

Jane Davenport has come up with small face stencils to help her growing fan base and students. She is wildly popular, and you can find her at the Institute of Cute. Jane and I are stencil-sisters at Artistcellar, the stencil company that brings you the best quality stencils out there. Today I showing you one of the many things you can do with these cuties. Here are her four petite faces. I stenciled the one on the bottom right onto a piece of pastel paper and had my way with it. PanPastels are great for this because you use sponges to actually paint with the soft pastel. She looks...

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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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Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Giveaway!, Journaling, My techniques, My Work | 32 comments

Portland Art & Soul Blogroll: Day 5

Today is my day to tell you about the classes I am teaching in Portland from Sept. 30-Oct 4th, 2013. I have four classes, and one of them is full, but there is room in the other three. And, I will not be teaching in Portland next year, so if you want to grab a class, now is the time! Monday, September 30 I am teaching a Visual Journaling Class. I journal a lot, and my journaling artwork has been in Journal It (Jenny Doh), The Sketchbook Challenge Book (Sue Bleiweiss), The Complete Decorated Journal (Gwen Diehn), Art Journaling Magazine, Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. In this...

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San Miguel: Chapter 1

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Journaling, My techniques | 3 comments

San Miguel: Chapter 1

Well I am not nearly finished with blogging about Bisbee, Arizona and off I went to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My kids are at camp, my husband and I are renting a casita in the centro of this charming, colonial city. I am drawing everyday. Here is a project I just finished, which is the stairs from our casita to the owner’s flat above us. First I sketched it with a pencil. I used a 2B, a regular school pencil. Then I added some watercolor, just basic colors to test out the composition. I went back over some of the shapes with the pencil. I added more watercolor and did not continue...

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