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Celebrating Spring

The sun is shining, the grass is green, and the peonies will be blooming any day now!  In honor of spring, I am working in greens.  I usually work in a full rainbow of colors so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out…   A background made long ago that sparked the green theme. [...]

It’s Just An Oops

I used to fight making mistakes.  Pointing out all my imperfections to myself with a strong dose of harsh judgement.  No shocker that being creative often ended in frustration for me back then.  But it doesn’t any more.  Why?  I just say Oops. This is a random mess of a page. I was using up [...]

I have been struggling with a big decision with the pro and con lists feeling equal.  So, I turned to my most trusted  advisers, paint and stencils to see what answers emerged.   This started as a page used to clean off Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman stencil  when it was drenched in spray inks.   [...]

Any Road

This started as a way to loosen up and get the gremlins out of my head.  It wasn’t until I was sewing on the quote that realized how true it was…I just wanted that cranky gremlin in my head to shut up.  I started doing something, anything, to get that gremlin to go away.  By [...]

The Garden of my Dreams!

It’s spring and this is the garden of my dreams!  Playing around in my art journal had me “planting” Julie Balzer’s Corn Flowers while Sally Carly by Dina Wakely marveled a the amazing colors of Dylusions inks!  Of course every good garden needs a touch of glitter… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNOjTAjN9bM Can’t see the video? See it on [...]

Ode to the Stencil

The sun is shining, flowers are starting to bloom and the stencils are singing- maybe the birds too but I am only hearing the stencils.   The layers of paint that have built up on them have hypnotized me.  Not just the “hypnotized from doing laundry and cleaning” (because a paperclip can hypnotize me when it [...]

I Went To Visit My Muse

I always invite my muse to come into my studio so I thought it was only reasonable that I pay her a visit over spring break a few weeks back.  Where does she live?  In Turks and Caicos.  How do I know she lives here?  Because when I am there I am inspired like no [...]

You can’t fail with a Gelli Plate and I can prove it or I should say my husband can prove it!  The orange arrows- that is his very first print!  He is a wonderful human being but let’s just say that his area of expertise is not art. This video chronicles his very first experiences [...]

What do mermaids learn in school?  Sure swimming is an important class for them, but mermaids need to learn to read too.   Getting lost in a good book is one of life’s pleasures and I would hate to deny a mermaid that joy…Would mermaids read One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Seuss or 20,000 [...]

My Art Journal is my Mood Ring

Remember mood rings? I thought they were so magical when I was a kid.  Well, I think my art journal is my newest mood ring.  I was feeling happy, really happy, almost like I was on top of the world.  It was a really great day. I grabbed a stack of Gelli Plate printing leftovers [...]