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Thanks Mom

I owe so much of who I am to my mother.  Even though breast cancer took her from me long ago  her impact, the lessons she taught me, her voice (which I hear in my head too often), her zest for life continue to be with me.  As I celebrate my artist tape article in the March/April issue of Somerset Studio, I wanted to let her know how much I appreciate all she did for me.

I used a photo of her as a child with a frame of artist tape.  The frame is also great for your remnant pieces of tape.  Peerless watercolors glide on like butter when using a photo. This is a modern glossy photo- I tend to use copies of older photos so I don’t feel “bad” if I “ruin” it. As you can see, I still seem addicted to color- the more the merrier!

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  • Gwen March 1, 2012, 10:04 am

    This is a lovely creation and your mom would have adored it. Also, I really enjoyed watching your video and seeing all your steps. If I have not already said so, lots of congratulations on your Somerset Studio article.
    Those paints look very interesting. I have not seen them before!

  • Valerie-Jael March 2, 2012, 12:56 am

    Beautiful work, your Mom would be very proud of you! Valerie

  • Debbie March 2, 2012, 8:14 am

    Beautiful! I haven’t used artist tape, and had no idea that you could paint over it. This sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing the videos and fun ideas.

  • Stephanie March 2, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Very nice. I enjoy all of the collage elements and the layering in this piece. It’s hard missing your Mom and I feel for you. Today is my mother’s birthday. Unfortunately she departed suddenly at just 53.

  • AJ March 2, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Beatutiful 🙂
    Big love

  • Rita McGregor March 3, 2012, 7:35 pm

    Sweet tribute! 🙂
    Those strips you color from are interesting. Did you make them or buy them?

    • Carolyn March 4, 2012, 6:17 pm

      The strips are Peerless Watercolors. They come in squares and I cut off just a small strip so I can have lots on 1 page and they last forever. They behave slightly differently than traditional watercolors on photos and glossy surfaces- don’t know why but they do. I like to take them on trips because they travel so easily compared to wet watercolors and they can just sit in the back of a journal.

  • Gigi March 4, 2012, 11:01 pm

    I am so happy to see such a wonderful playful idea!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Have a great week!

  • Susan King March 9, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I just found your blog – very inspiring!! How do you make your great artist tape?

  • Mary in IL March 10, 2012, 10:35 am

    I, like Susan just found your blog (through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) and would also like to know how to make artist tape. Thank you! I will be a regular to your blog…love it!