Je Suis

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

To understand the impetus for this piece,  it’s sort of necessary to know my background.   I’m a former news reporter. I spent my formative years in late Cold-War Europe.  And political cartoonists have always been heroes of mine. By the time I was 10, I was collecting Bloom County and Pat Oliphant works, when my peers were snarfing up Garfield and the Care  Bears. By 8th grade I was doodling my own cartoons. I fell in love more though, with the written word.   I think now, with my snark and artistic penchant, I missed my news calling.

So while I got out of newspapers more than a decade ago, the massacre in Paris at Charlie Hebdo hit home.

So to honor those who pursued humor as their life’s work, in the vein of free expression … Je Suis Charlie.


Products –

Liquitex gesso (black and white)
Liquitex gloss medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Cerulean Blue
Mars black (glaze)
Iridescent Silver
Linen tags (stash)
Random feather (stash)


Inspiration Wednesday

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Well, as you can see by my frequency,  it’s been more than two years since I truly created something I felt like sharing.  And about that long since I’ve really gotten the creative urge.

My two resolutions for 2015 were:

1) Focus on the positive, and

2) Create daily.

So here I am, creating.  I signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday art journaling class. So if all else fails, I get a swirl kick in the fanny every other week.

I started by figuring out just what I wanted to use for a journal,  and settled on 16×20 canvas paper which I had around the house. Folding into quarters, I could create four 8×10 pages per piece. I put two folded sections together, creating an eight – page signature, with four pockets.

I decided to cut the inner piece across the top, creating a 12-page, 2-pocket signature.


I’ve made a total of 5 signatures, which I plan to bind later, so I can change up the sizes of the projects and add inserts.


Today’s first lesson covered layering and paint techniques, using acrylic paint, gesso, modeling paste and stencils. I busted into my old Club Scrap stash and developed an “art is” theme, including various word stencils throughout. Also being on a budget, I used drywall paste rather than modeling paste. It was suggested to me as an inexpensive alternative and now that I’ve used both, I can certainly agree. That said, patience is key.





I cannot wait until the next IW2015 class. But in the interim, I hope to keep creating.

Products used:
Felix canvas paper
Liquitex gesso, glaze, and paint
Club Scrap letter and word stencils
Heidi Swapp honeycomb stencil
Canvas tag from stash
Tim Holtz distress ink, Walnut Stain

Altered Tape Gun – Steampunkish look

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wow, I didn’t realize how badly I’d neglected my blog. Something I intend to remedy with at least a weekly journey into creative chaos. What’s brought me back? Well, aside from my utter enjoyment with Pinterest (aka digital hoarding) ideas, I woke up yesterday with a burst of creativity.

It started with making cards for all of my daughter’s pre-k classmates for their first day of school. I’d already taken a digi stamp of the quintessential “little red school house” from Club Scrap’s Scholarship kit, printed it, hand colored the 20 cards using a watercolor brush and Tim Holtz’ Distress Marker technique. I’d cut the card bases, and was using my ATG to affix them.

Then I realized I was done, over, and just sick of the pink ATG gun. I’d gotten it almost two years ago on sale, and pink has never been my thing. As I was emptying out the spool of adhesive on these cards, I remembered I had a little bit of Rustoleum Hammered metal-look paint left from making over file cabinets. In copper, and rosemary. (See where I’m going with this yet?)

So, with masking tape, a screwdriver, and five minutes – I quickly had the gears off the gun.  The gun got a coat of Rosemary, the gears, copper.

Once the paint dried (and really, this was one of the longest parts) I pulled off the masking tape and the result was nice, but not quite what I wanted yet.

I decided to cover the labels, both sides.  With a little Ranger alcohol ink (pesto, lettuce and snow cap mixative one one side, rust and terra cotta on the other) and ranger foil, I cut a new label for each side.

Still not quite there yet.  Ah ha moment.  Old watch parts I got off ebay ages ago, E6000, and sealed with Ranger crackle accents.  Now I have my one-of-a-kind, not pink, ATG steam punk tape gun.  Pretty sure I may try this again (I still have a little green paint left) on my hot glue and heat guns.

One of my favorite Digi Artists …

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paulette, at Create With TLC, is doing a little giveaway. Check out her site for her amazing work (I’ve used it a lot here) ….

A little craft enabling …

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

I posted this special before, when it was good. Now it’s simply incredible. I LOVE this paint for crafting and woodworking, it’s simply fantastic. 14 “sample” size Martha Stewart Eggshell paints, shipped to your door, for $5. In the store these samplers are $3 EACH. I find I’m using them a lot for some woodworking around the house and in some projects that will be upcoming on my blog (in fact there’s some acrylic painting I am going to be doing for my living room/dining area that I’ll be using these for.

Awesome deal, better quality and longevity than craft acrylics as well, smooth finish.

Check it out! 14 colors, $5 (save $37)


May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

These will likely be the first in the theme – my amazing stepdaughter graduated from high school (and finished her freshman year of college simultaneously – go you!) and we spent four days in beautiful North Carolina. The girls had an amazing time together, and the connection is obvious between them. All digital elements are Club Scrap’s Raku.

Been a little while –

May 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

New job, new stuff going on in life and it’s limited my “play” time. However I did get a little time to make my mother’s day cards. I used Club Scrap cardstock, Lyra watercolor pencils (used a prismacolor colorless blender to give it a “copic” look), image by Cora @ Digital Two for Tuesday. Flowers and image were cut with spellbinders nestabilities. First card I’ve made that I’ve “given” personally. Enjoyed doing it and plan to do a bit more once time allows. Especially now that I have a new Epic Six & Letterpress combo that was given to me for mothers day/my birthday. 😀

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