painting and painting…

“Creativity is




taking risks,

breaking rules,

making mistakes,

and having fun.”

~Mary Lou Cook~

Here are the latest 4×4’s I have finished.¬† I’m up to 112 now ūüôā

I felt like I needed to do something else to this first set.¬† I couldn’t think what, so, I’m letting them stand as they are.¬† It’s acrylic paint on Bristol paper.¬† This set numbers 101-104:


I glued down very small squares on a painted background for this next set.  I used some scraps from painted papers and other collage scraps.  This set numbers 105-108:





I used acrylic paint, collage pieces, black Stabilo pencil, and a handmade stencil on this set.  I like the combination of red and raw umber.  This set numbers 109-112:





I am painting an old chest to put back into our newly refurbished bedroom.¬† It measures a little over five feet long. My husband remembers it being around when he was¬†very young. I decided to paint this because I looked for a new one but couldn’t find anything as well made as this old piece.¬† It had a few dings and the veneer peeled off¬†in a few areas.¬† I filled those with wood filler and sanded it down.¬† It’s a work in progress:


This is the first coat of Kilz 2.¬† The drawer fronts are all¬† “Kilzed” too.¬† I plan to glue (Mod Podge) some old maps on each end.¬† The dresser will be painted 21st Century Blue semi-gloss by Valspar.¬†My¬†next decision to make about this project is: ¬†do I keep the old drawer pulls or find something more modern.¬† Since I am a big believer in using what you have and recycling, I’m thinking I’ll just go with the old pulls and¬†spray paint them¬†with sort of faux metal paint.


Here are the bedroom colors:


The accent wall color is the wall behind our bed. It’s actually a Behr color(Solar Flare) ¬†but all our paint is from our local building supply store and they carry Valspar paints.¬†I took a chance when I picked the orange color for that wall but we both really love it!¬† We used the Valspar Medallion paint and primer all in one.¬† It covered the walls with one coat.¬† When I get everything back in place, I’ll post some photos of the room.

That’s all for now…

time grabs you…


“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. ¬†Time grabs you by the wrist, ¬†directs you where to go, so make the best of it and don’t ask why.¬† It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time.¬† It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right.¬† I hope you had the time of your life.”¬† ~lyrics from Time of your Life by Green Day

Time is grabbing me…I had another birthday this week.¬†ūüôā

It’s been awhile since the last post.¬† I finished the cover of the Teesha Moore inspired journal last week.¬† Scroll down to my March 13 post of this year to see how it looked before I finished it.

Here it is now:


I have started another 16 page journal…this is a page I have started:


Sketchbook scribbles with Pentel Pocket brush pen:


ball point pen:


Here’s another set in my 4×4 series.¬† These number 60-72:





Happy May Day!

It’s the first day of May….2013 is going fast!¬† There are lots of various activities going on this month…graduation (grandson), birthdays (mine, and, one of my sisters), and Mother’s Day, to name a few.

I wanted to show a journal spread I finished this week.¬† I glued down some painted paper scraps on one side and didn’t know what to do with the other side.¬† I put the face there and it went through several different reincarnations before I settled on this one.¬†¬† I used ink, acrylic paint, watercolor crayons and Stablio black pencil. I threw a lot of “stuff” at it and she¬†still needs something but I felt it was time to move on to another¬†project.




Dream Elixir – Journal Page

“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”

Irish Proverb

Again, for this page, like the last page, I put down some watercolor….let it dry and stared at it for a few days.¬† I started with the face first.¬† The lines are a combination of¬†tinted charcoal, Sharpie Pen, and a black Stabilo pencil.¬† I love doing these pages as they just evolve as I go.¬† I’m going wild with the¬†watercolors.¬† ūüôā¬†¬†¬†I found the above quote and added it to the page.¬†¬†¬† I very rarely write¬†on my pages and if I do it’s usually a quote.¬†


Demure – Art Journal

The past few days have been gorgeous…a pleasant and welcome change from last week’s temperatures in the single digits.¬† Hubby had a doctor’s appointment yesterday¬†and after that, we went out for a Valentine’s Day lunch.¬†¬† While driving back, we noted that almost all¬†the snow was gone except ¬†for some spots in shady north slopes.¬† I think I’m getting spring fever!¬† I’m sure that will change and winter isn’t finished with us yet.

I started this page in my Strathmore journal yesterday evening after we got back home and finished it this morning.¬† I tried a different approach….I drew the face with a graphite pencil and then used some colored pencils to shade, etc.¬† I went over all that with clear gesso¬†and let that dry.¬† I used acrylics paints…yellow, blue and red with lots of white.¬† I glued down the collage¬†pieces.¬† The flowers and leaves¬†were from some patterned tissue paper that I’ve had so long I don’t remember where I got it.¬† I never know what to do about hair.¬† I planned to glue down some more tissue paper but ended up using my black Stabilo pencil all around the page.¬† I used lots of water to give a watercolor effect. Have a great day wherever you are and whatever you are doing!

Mysterious Woman – Art Journal

Another page in my Strathmore Journal.¬† At first, I¬†glued some of my painted phone book pages down but I didn’t like that so it was painted over with paints and inks.¬† Then more collage¬†on top.¬†¬†The face is two different magazine pictures that I fit together to compose a new face.¬† I altered the magazine pieces with¬†more paints and inks.¬† ¬†The hair¬†was a big red bow¬†used in an¬† advertising campaign that was in most of the fashion magazines a few years ago.¬† I like the quirky look it gives to the composition.¬† The butterfly is an altered¬†wallpaper decal .¬† The collaged¬†Greek writing is from a text book¬†about ancient civilizations.¬† I used a Stabilo¬†marking pencil to give the collage pieces more depth.

Jouranal Page – A New Voice

I finished another page in my composition notebook. I also started another page in a new journal…a Strathmore Visual Journal that I ordered a few weeks ago.¬† On this page, I used the¬† black and white bars from business reply cards.¬† I started with Caran¬†d’Ache¬†crayons, ¬†did a wash of white paint over that,¬† glued down the bars and went from there.¬† The quote is from¬† “The Journey,” a poem¬†by Mary Oliver.¬† The sketching was done with my black and white Signo pens.

I got a new book from Amazon today…Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists¬†by Katherine Dunn.¬† It’s described as seeing, sketching, storytelling and using found materials.¬† All the artwork in the book is by her…I love the book!!!¬† If you are looking for a step by step “how to” book, then you might not¬†want to purchase this book.¬† I am finding it very refreshing and different.

Moleskine #23

This spread started with¬†pale blue¬†over-¬†painted with white acrylic paint.¬† I dripped some red acyrlic¬†ink down the pages and¬† glued down some collage¬†pieces.¬† Next, I used my Stabilo¬†marking pencil and used water on the lines to give it a watercolor look.¬† I used¬† black and white Signo¬†pens to add further embellishment.¬† I have¬† several¬† “no postage necessary” cards that I have been saving…I’m going to see how many different ways I can incorporate them in my journal pages.

Neutral Shades

I’ve been working on this off and on all weekend.¬† I tried Misty Mawn’s¬†neutral way of painting…it’s difficult!¬† I used Titanium White and Payne’s Gray mostly with a touch of Alizarin Crimson to finish.¬† Misty uses other colors of paints but I wanted to try this first.¬† I think it’s a little dark and there’s something about the eyes that I don’t like.¬† I used watercolor paper that had some collage pieces glued around the edges.¬†

I also noticed this weekend that Judy Wise and Stephanie Lee are going to be teaching an online class:¬† Plaster Studio¬† This class isn’t until June 13th. Their new book about the same subject is scheduled to be out in May of this year.


Moleskine #22

I put down some white craft paint as a base.¬†Then more white paint mixed with a tiny bit of blue ink.¬† I put a few thin stips of black masking tape and then some stamping and drips with the blue ink.¬† After that dried, I attempted to do a gel medium¬†transfer of a magazine picture…didn’t work.¬† The collage elements came from painted phone book page and magazine pictures.¬† I altered the pictures with paint, Caran d’Ache crayons and more stamping.¬† I really forgot what all I did do before I finished.¬† This was so much fun.¬†Oh, I also used a Stabilo Colored Marking Pencil in black for outlining.¬† I was thinking if I’d used pink tones this would have made a great Valentine’s sentiment.¬† Too late now ūüôā¬† Click on the photo to enlarge it. .