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September 19, 2016

Art and Soul ~ Virginia Beach!!!

 OMG  Virginia Beach is in ONE week!!  My flight is booked, and my hotel is too.  Am I excited?  
Oh yeah!  A little something different being offered are 45 minute mini classes.  And, the instructor brings most of all you will need for these quickies.  
Above are a couple close up examples of the 45 min. class I am offering:  
Pear Triptych.
Click here to sign up:

Virginia Beach Sunset.  Can't wait!!

September 16, 2016

And now for something completey different:

Teabag stars!  After covering white paper with a teabag, I stamped randomly over it.  I punched diamonds out and reformed them into a' triangle tessellation'.  The background paper is deli paper from my Gelli stash.  I used carbon pencil around the inner and outer edges of the tessellation..

September 12, 2016

Teabag art and a tin type

The only teabag parts of this piece are the strings and the lower right motif.  
 I've had this tin type for a while in my stash.  The background is from an old book.  I added the dotted circle with red pigma-pen.  The shot of light at the right is torn from a magazine, and the pressed flowers are Feverfew from my garden.
One species of Feverfew in my garden grow from seeds from my Oma (Grandmother) in Austria.  She's no longer living, but the flowers are and will continue to be because they are bi-annual.  That means they grow from seeds that dropped the year before.  

Come and learn how recycle your teabags in my Art and Soul Workshop:

September 8, 2016

A Very Pleasing Kitty and Roses

I covered a spray of roses and daisies with a teabag.  I stamped text with Staz-on Dove Grey ink directly over the teabag.  Red, black and sepia make a nice trio, n'est pas?

Be there or be sqaure...

September 1, 2016

Teabag Ammonite

In my last post I discussed how covering an image with a teabag sepia-tones it.  I've done that again (thank goodness no more pears) with an image of an ammonite.  After it dried, I shaded over the 'gills' with carbon pencil to define it.
The 'tentacles' are teabag strips torn from the edges of whole teabags.

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August 28, 2016

More pears? What's up with all these pears?

Yes, more art pears.  Teabag art pears, that is.  When you cover any white paper with teabags you get a delicious sepia toned coloring.  So much of my work lately features a black background and the sepia tone pops right off the page.  
The top pear has a circle design that was transferred on via gel medium.  The smaller circle is just sketched with a fine lined marker.  The large circle around the pears is cut from craft plastic grid and painted.  The lace is fussy cut from old lace curtains.

Join my teabag art workshop in Virginia Beach.  I have lots of cool teabag art ideas:

August 22, 2016

Playing with pears

Just a small composition I created on a whim.  The body of the pear is made from sanding dark colored magazine pages over a raised pattern.  I made a whole bunch of pages at one time and use them as I need them.
BTW, the vintage paper to the left is really vintage and not aged by me.  I have a whole book of it that I found at a rummage or garage sale.  And bonus: it's in French.

August 19, 2016

Virginia Beach 45 Minute classes

Art and Soul Retreats is offering quick little 45 min. workshops in Virginia Beach this Sept. 26 - Oct 1.  We will be making a fast and very detailed triptych of pears in a comfortable, fun setting.  Mounting them on black cardstock with a grey background pops these beauties right out.  

Come join our class!  Use this link to take you directly to the page:

August 18, 2016

Hearts and Finial

Two more 52's.  The finial is sketched and the little hearts were punched out of magazine pages and gradated.  Easy and fun.

August 15, 2016


Two 52 cards that I sketched from pictures and watercolored.

BTW ~ Our Colorado vacation was wonderful and the newly-weds are happy.  That makes us happy.