Combine to Create

October 17, 2016

Autumn is Beautiful

Autumnal offerings from my hike last Sunday, along the Des Plaines River.

October 7, 2016

Onward and forward

I shall not be attending Art & Soul in Portland in April, 2017, but I would recommend checking out the workshops offered by going here:

I am currently preparing for Minneapolis 2017, and will post a few goodies that I've been working on very soon.  By the way, registration is open for both PORTLAND and MINNEAPOLIS already.  
Here's a sneak preview of one of my MN workshops:
Embedded bottles

October 3, 2016

Virginia Beach, 2016

Virginia Beach was artful and beautiful in every way.  I walked this strand everyday.

 My classes were enlightening in so many ways.  The women in all my classes were all wonderful, generous people that I had the pleasure to meet.  We all shared a love of art, new discoveries, sharing ideas and friendship.
Stephanee and Catherine were friends that took my Personal Elements and Monogram class.  We all bring something different to the table but art ties us all together.  Love that.
I can't wait to do it again!
VB Sea Glass & heart rocks

  Gifts from the sea.

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.