misc. bits…

 “It is the sweet simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder~


Here we are in the downhill slide for the merry month of May.  Upcoming in the near future are the following:

I’m noticing that Mary Ann Moss is gearing up for another online class.  This time,  the class will be about sketching.  I have always enjoyed her classes.

Traci Bautista has a new book coming out and a new online class about printmaking.

Tammy over at Daisy Yellow is hosting the Index Card a Day project starting the first day of June.

Me, I continue to do my own little projects.  I think I will participate in ICAD again this year.  I really enjoyed it last year.  But,  I’m not buying those flimsy index cards again this year.  I have already cut out 3×5 cards out of cereal and cracker boxes.  I know the idea is to use index cards but I think my “cards” will be much sturdier.  Plus, I like recycling my cereal boxes.

A few posts back I mentioned Tina Berning’s book,   100 Girls on Cheap Paper.  Here’s a few I painted on cheap paper with a brush (mostly) using sumi ink and some watercolors:





This one is pen and watercolors:


Here are three small collages I made in the little journal I’m recycling from a junk mail booklet:




I hope you have a great rest of the week!!!

final ICADs…

Here are my final ICADs for July 26-31.  It was fun, it was a blast…and I never got tired of making those small pieces of art.  Thank you Tammy for hosting the whole thing for two months.  My cards are all together in a plastic index card holder that I bought at one of our local dollar stores.  I forgot to take a photo of it.

ICAD 56 is a combination of vintage magazine, old typing book, and newer magazine pieces(the bird):



ICAD 57 is a collage from a fashion magazine:



ICAD 58 is a face I drew with ink and a brush on an old house plan book, other pieces are from a magazine:



ICAD 59 is a part of magazine ad that I painted over and then I saw a face:



ICAD 60 is pieces from a magazine ad over a painted background…doodling added with a dip pen:



ICAD 61 *inserts drum roll* is mostly a mixture of acrylic paints and inks:


Have a wonderful weekend!!!


ICADs for July 19-25

Only six more days remaining for the Index Card a Day project.  Someone was being facetious on their blog how everyone must be getting sick of seeing ICADs everywhere 🙂  I have thoroughly enjoyed making them and have managed to keep up for the almost two month period.


Click here to see more participants in ICAD

The round robin journal group I was participating in has ended.  A big thank you to Danielle for coordinating our little group.  Also, thank you Janet and Andria, the other two participants in our round robin group, who, along with Danielle have been a great source of inspiration.

ICADs for July 19-25

ICAD 49 is a collage from pieces found in a fashion magazine:


ICAD 50 is some mini drawings of plants inspired by a new pattern motifs book(more about that later):


ICAD 51 is mostly vintage papers collage:


ICAD 52 collage with oil pastels and marker embellishments:


ICAD 53 is a magazine collage embellished with oil pastels and gel pens:


ICAD 54 started with a tea bag packet:


ICAD 55  began with a scrap on my desk.  It needs a sea gull to complete it:


Everyone have a great weekend!  I appreciate each and every comment.  Thank you!

ICADs and journal page…

So far, I’m keeping up with my index card a day art….I’m so proud of me 😀  Tammy over at Daisy Yellow is hosting this project.  Click here to see others who are participating.  If you want to start… jump right in….you can begin any time.  You don’t even have to do a card every single day if you can’t or don’t want to do that.

ICAD 11 is composed mainly of bars from those postage paid reply cards that come in magazines, etc.  I found the word “undo” lying on my work table….just waiting.


ICAD 12 is the famous Albert Einstein.  That small photo was in a book club catalog.


ICAD 13 is painted deli paper bits glued down on the card.


ICAD 14 is a face I painted on the card,  surrounded by painted paper collage.


I cut out this profile from a magazine intending to cut a stencil of her.  I decided it was much too large for that.  I went over the main lines with teal acrylic paint and a tiny brush.  I used paints and stencils to alter the original.  I finished by using Caran d’ache crayons to add some more shading.  I am disappointed with the photo…I tried twice….the colors are really more deep and vibrant.




I also took some wild flower photos on my walk this morning but I’ll save those for another time. And, I will also do my link love on Monday.   I hope everyone has a great weekend!

mail art envelope book #2

As I mentioned in a previous post, I made two smaller security envelope booklets.  I sent one of the books to Andria.  She sent me a postcard in return.  Andria has a big project going on now with Rolodex Cards. Check out her blog…she recently had a post about “Magic Gardens” in Philadelphia. It’s a huge mosaic made from old bottles and other throw away items.  Here’s Andria’s book (note-random posting of photos, WordPress media didn’t cooperate with me this morning):


Envelope book……..

I re- found this booklet I started about three years ago. It is time to finish it.  It’s  made it from old envelopes…mostly security envelopes and other old envelopes that brought us bills through the mail 🙂  It’s a good recycling project. I tried to choose envelopes that were the same size. Some were cut down to fit. I turned several of the security envelopes wrong side out and carefully re-glued them back together. It has signatures of three envelopes in each one. This book has four signatures. I am having fun adding more embellishments and tags, etc. Here are some of the spreads from the book.  I wanted to do a slide show but WordPress will not allow that unless you upgrade and I haven’t done that yet. I did find a great program that offers free slideshows.  It’s called Smilebox if you want to check it out.  Note: on the spread with the bluebird, you will see a Teesha Moore stamp. It was a freebie when I ordered something from her store.


















Round Robin Art Journal Group, etc……..

I hope spring is around the corner…I am so ready for it!!!

I have been working furiously the past week or two preparing my journal for the round robin group I’m participating in with three others.  Danielle, the coordinator for the group, blogs at A Love Affair with Paper,   Janet, blogs at Random Acts of Art, and Andria, blogs at Drawing Near.  We are different ages and have different styles of art.  We each completed two spreads in our own journals before sending to the first person.  The first round for me was to send my journal to Danielle and it’s on its way to her.  Janet’s journal is on its way to me.  Danielle’s goes to Andria and Andria’s will be going to Janet.  It sounds complicated but it isn’t.  Danielle figured out a guide for us.  I will have until March 25 to complete two spreads in Janet’s journal before sending it on to Andria.  Go to Andria’s blog to read about her round robin journal and see her photos.  I didn’t take photos of the two journal spreads I did before sending off but I’m sure Danielle will show them on her blog when she gets my journal.

Doing the round robin pages put me into a painting and collage mode.

The first one is “Outside the Box.”



“A Small Flower Collage:


“Wavy Pattern”


Happy Valentine’s Day………

Happy February 14th!  I did get some lovely red roses and a box of Dove Chocolates.  We weren’t going to fall into the commercialization trap….but he did anyway!  🙂 I’ve been busy this week preparing a journal for the round robin group that I’m participating in for the next several months.  I’ll be sharing spreads of the journals  as I receive them.  I have to send mine off to the first person on my schedule by the 25th of this month.  I am using a Canson XL Mix Media journal.  I’m not really happy with it….the paper is really thin for me….I’m used to working on heavier papers.  Here’s what it looked like before I covered it:IMG_0481

I used some phone book pages, brown kraft paper, and other scraps of paper that I painted with bold colors.  Then I tore them into pieces and glued them onto the front and back of the book:



This is inside the front cover:


Then, I was playing around with some black paint and painted these faces….one, I tried to jazz up with a little paint:



   This last one, on some kraft paper, I ended up painting over her.  I tried to correct her eyes and ruined it….but I kind of liked where it was going before that happened:


more altered book and faces……….

I can’t stop making faces. I like to start drawing with my non-dominant hand and finish with the dominant hand…I have a few more pages in the old book and I will be looking for another drawing book.  I have a supply of old books I’ve purchased at our local library book sale.  The first two are drawn with my favorite fine point Sharpie marker.  The last one was drawn with a Pilot Pen (says: ultra fine point NO XYLENE permanent type) I think I ordered it from Dick Blick.



There’s nothing that I like about this drawing….bad attempt at ears 😀






I can’t even begin to imagine what the children, parents, grandparents and school officials in Newtown, CT., are going through.  It was a senseless and horrific act….

SAD Days in America!