Sunday, October 29, 2023

 It's been awhile.  Does anyone still read blogs?  I hope so.  I know I do. Here are some recent pictures of what I've been up to...

making bobbins for wrapping ribbon

making tags and journal cards

a trip to Washington D.C.

making a polymer clay frog skeleton.

enjoying the beach while I can! 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Winter is here. 
It's a quiet lovely time of the year. 
I tend to become a hermit at this time. 
Lately I've been loving coloring in fanciful coloring books.
But I did paint this experimental watercolor (with a bit of collage) the other day. 
20 days until Spring! yay! 


Monday, September 5, 2022

Collage Snippits


I love making these small collages. I use them in my journals as an embellishment, on cards and as tuck spots on pages of my journals. 
These are to become greeting cards.  It's such a great way to use up odds and ends of papers and such. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Gelli Printing

I once attended a workshop with Elizabeth St. Hilaire in Italy. It was a week of collage technique under a Tuscan Sun. Stunning and so much fun! 

We made collage paper using paper and acrylic inks on a gelli plate. This week I wanted to do some collage work, but needed more collage papers, so I pulled out my materials and went to town! I ended up with an amazing array of  beautiful paper!  The above are just a few. I printed on music paper, book paper, deli paper, rice paper and regular old copy paper.  It all works...any thin paper really. 

On to collage!   Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Mixed media experiments


After seeing Jane Chipp's artwork, I was inspired to try it myself. I am learning what I like and what to change with each rendition. A great learning experience!  I love to learn new or different techniques. What I love about this is it combines painting with collage - a real mixed media project. 

Happy crafting!

Friday, January 28, 2022

Lots and lots of butterflies


Can one ever have too many butterflies??  I don't think so.  Although I have lots already, as soon as I saw this tutorial over at the Graphics Fairy, I had to give it a go!  There is a free download for the butterfly images. I printed them onto sticker paper. Plain paper works too. One must use a laser printer, as the gold foil sticks to the toner in the lamination process. After printing and foiling with the laminator, I painted the butterflies using watercolors and dye ink pads.  Over all, I am very pleased with the results!  For the fussy cutting of the butterflies- I watch TV while doing the cutting. Very Zen and relaxing. 

Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Tiny journal with hand made paper


4" x 3" journal

One of my daughters gave me a paper making mold for Christmas and I used it today to make this tiny journal. I am so pleased how it came out! The mold makes 6" x 4" paper. I used scraps of very old paper that I have trouble throwing Nothing goes to waste when it comes to old paper. I throw it in a bin and when there is enough, I make paper. 

Folded in half this makes the this tiny journal 4" high and 3" wide.  The paper is surprisingly strong, yet delicate. The thickest paper I used for the cover. I machine stitched them together. I added the dragonfly in the middle of the journal. I have a wonderful die that makes this add-in. I think it is spectacular! The cover butterfly and the dragonfly are both made of vellum.  

All in all, very satisfying...

Happy Crafting!