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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

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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My UK Adventure: Finale

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Finale

After traipsing around the Cotswolds I returned to London for art seeing and adventures in the Ancient Mysteries of Britain. For two days I walked around seeing art, at all the museums I could handle. One of my favorite small galleries is the Courtauld. The first time I went there was just out of college, and I remember the impact this painting had on me. This is by Degas. What struck me the first time I saw this small beauty was how very little he touched the canvas to create this very complete scene. I stood in front of it, 22 years old, and tried to count the layers. Background, dark...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

On my second day in the Cotswolds I had a little car tour with Tim, the farmer. We drove through many small towns and he told me stories. There is nothing like having a local historian guiding your way. I was in heaven. The tiles on the roofs of many of the houses are stone slate. In the winter, they took large blocks of limestone and laid it on its side. The snow and rain would drip between the layers, freeze, and crack the stone apart into tiles by springtime. Mother Nature makes a roof.  Thatched roofs are less common, but there are still many of them. If you have a thatched roof now it...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

After my glorious week in London training with Golden Paints, I took the train to Middleton in March, the only train to get close to the Cotswolds, the hilly area in south central England that is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and  a great place to walk. I took a train to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a drive to Chipping Campden, outside of which I would stay on a fruit farm b and b. The first thing I did was head up to Hidcote Manor Gardens, and Arts and Crafts Garden of growing outdoor “rooms.” They really did feel like rooms too, rooms of fading color, wafting leaves and...

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21 Secrets Conversations: MY TURN!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

21 Secrets Conversations: MY TURN!

Today you can hear my interview with darling Connie Hozvicka, the founder of 21 Secrets, a year of online wonderful classes. Join us! You can join us in this journaling adventure by clicking here. Don’t click anywhere else or I don’t get credit! I am teaching a class called “Map to Happy”, and there are 20 other teachers too. A huge amount to keep you busy!...

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Remaking Maps

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Remaking Maps

remake some maps

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