Thursday, December 13, 2012

One Last Thing

...before the honor of the Partridge in a Pear Tree. So light weight they really could hang as an ornament. Merry Christmas all you art lovers and lookers!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Getting Jiggy with the Roof Flashing

Out came the serious hardware for crafting some holiday ornaments that the beads and fou-fou fabric couldn't leave well enough alone. A great excuse to design my own dove stencils and pointsettia stamps.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Too Busy To Post

Couldn't post until I finished the first 'edition variee' of A Dog's Lunch journals -- but that was weeks ago! Launched right into another project immediately after followed by the whole Thanksgiving holiday thing.
This first set consists of just three journals but each is unique. They do share the same structure of collage art interspersed with blank pages plus pockets for tucking away special items. There're even tags and bookmarks included for good measure.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Put Yourself Into It

 Another sample spread from A Dog's Lunch journal featuring more image transfers (this time vegetables!) on a distressed background. Also shown is the flip side that, while painted, is wide open for the journaler to add her/his own words or pictures. Sometimes a blank white page can be too intimidating; this, I hope, is an easier invitation to just jump into the grunge and mess around.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


A sample spread from A Dog's Lunch journal featuring image transfers of Dover clip-art manipulated in Photoshop. The  background had a humble beginning as a paper napkin. But once I got a hold of it and took a bite...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ingredients for a Dog's Lunch

This is just what it looks like: a dog's lunch! Well the beginnings of one: handmade art journal using collaged and altered papers, many "found". Still a ways to go but the process is a blast and really the end product should be as much fun. Color! Texture! Surprise pockets!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gifts From Strangers

Was at the local hardware store snooping around for paint chips to study for our new front door when the cute young man helping me offered this wonderful book of chips. For keeps! I swear it's like an encyclopedia of color. California Claret or Crimson Velvet?
Got me thinking - what sort of people make up the naming committee. Or is there one 'author' - a Bill Shakespeare of color naming?
For shits and grins, tell me your most outrageous color name. Describe it even. I'll double-check against the master list. If it's new, you got game and bragging rights.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Embroidered Note Cards

 Each of these four 5"x7" blank note cards are stamped with a gold embossed plant pots design and then embellished with hand embroidered flowers. These are set on a background of faux leather paper fabric and a strip of frayed organza.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Inspiration At Your Feet

2 The Woods - that's the title of this approx 5" x 7" embellished collage. It began with finding this pair of wood scraps on the road on a morning walk. The flecks of green paint on the debossed numeral two inspired me to do more with that color and juxtapose it with other smoother textures such as the frosted blue beads. The floor plan from a Dover design book was printed on gampi tissue and adhered to paint-stained canvas.

2 The Woods, mixed media collage

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Skeletal Leaves!

Walking lakeside in the relative coolness of a summer morning I came upon a treasure trove of skeletal leaves. Hundreds of them. They had been feasted upon by bug larvae as more than a few still had little black beads on them. I collected about 75. You know, they sell these things on the internet somewhere. I'm having visions of image transfers on cloth perhaps with stitched embellishment or translating an extreme closeup of the veining to a carved stamp. And then of course, just using the actual leaves themselves in collage. Thank you, Art Gods & Goddesses!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Back In The Swing

It's been ages since I've added a new post - been busy making art, exploring some new ideas and techniques, and developing 'old' ones. The most obvious new territory for me is bookmaking - there are infinite possiblities in combining form and content and presenting them over time, that is, one is engaged temporally from page to page. As well, a book is intimate; it is usually held or is at least proximate to the reader/viewer. However, a couple of my books can be displayed already opened and seem to derive a greater impact from the images being viewed simultaneously. see below
Bead Arithmetic - shout-out to the Chinese for their beautiful folk art paper cuts used here

Cut Loose - playing on the idea of these dock 'thingies' to which ships and boats will be roped

Here is another type of mixed-media book which is primarily fabric. It's meaning is better understood through page by page contemplation: Women's changing/unchanging roles during the rise of industrialization.
Tin Ceiling, detail

Meanwhile I have also done several more encaustic mixed-media collage pieces. The layering is the thing for me although it can be easily obscured.


I Hide Here

But wait, there's more! These are also mixed-media collages, two of which inadvertently seem to form a set because they both share sheet music.

Ruch 25
Cantilene Nuptiale
Early Winter

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scrap Happy

Finally began and finished a quilt (for college-bound daughter) this past year. Paying for the carpal tunnel surgery now. I was inspired by folk African-American quilts to make the most of a pile of scraps destined for the trash heap (rounding it out with new backing and binding fabrics). Note the overlapping rectangles quilting - wish the four different thread colors showed better!