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Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Map Art Lab, Join the Book Club!

online book club featuring Map Art Lab

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Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winner of Pigments of Your Imagination!

The Random Number Generator picked Lou Haines! Congratulations Lou.  

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Double Heart with ColourArte!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Double Heart with ColourArte!

Today we are making a Valentine’s Day card with products from ColourArte, who makes Twinkling H2Os and Silk Acrylic Glazes. I love both these products as you know if you have been here before. Here is what you need   Download the pdf pattern for this card HERE.   The stencils used in this project are by Lynn Krawczyk and are sold by Artistcellar. You can buy them here. This card pattern was sent to my calligraphy group by Pacific Scribes, whose member Louise Keating wrote it up. You can find a link to them here. Happy Valentines day just a teensy bit early!...

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Reading and My Art

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Reading and My Art

I read, a lot. You and I may be friends on Goodreads, so you may know that. Of all the things that inform my art, reading is at the top of the list. I am very often inspired by words. One of the things I started doing years ago was to choose my favorite sentence in each book I read. I would write it down in my journal in doodles or a whole page. Doing this made me read carefully, and it also helped me remember the book since I am not organized enough to keep a log of my reading like some people I know. Next life, perhaps. Here is a page from one of my journals where I inscribed a quote from...

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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 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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My UK Adventure: Finale

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 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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