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June 22, 2016

From my gardens ~ Oh June

She is the queen of my garden.  These are huge double cottage roses.

These are cuttings of Lilies of the Valley, Sweet Woodruff, Petunia and Forget-Me-Nots.
I decided to press some of these and some Feverfew.  
And here's what I did with some:
And this:
This is part of an 8x8 canvas I am working on.
Actually I'm making a small series of pieces called 'STILL'.
More on that later.  Thanks for coming into my garden!

June 8, 2016

6x6 art journal pages

Roses Grown of Soil, Sun & Soul
Thought I'd share some random pieces I've done.
The blue page above was started by scraping molding paste, leaving smears and bumps for texture.  The acanthus circle on the left is an inkjet image that I transferred using gel medium after painting the page.
Both the pink and blue backgrounds are ghost prints that are left over from Gelli plate remnants.  The large heart in the background is a stencil that I made.  I love that mother and child image.  Also used: rub-ons, punched heart, die cut star, text and a tiny rose from a magazine.

June 6, 2016

Art and Soul; Iris Folding and Teabag Art Journals

The fruits of our labor

While I was not nervous teaching my first class, these ladies made my first experience a pure pleasure.  All artists in their own right, they amazed me with their skills and ideas.  They came to overlook my flaws with the reminder that 'whatever happens in Beacon, stays in Beacon'.
Thank you, artists for making my first class a pure joy.  

June 4, 2016

Art and Soul Creations

~Personal Elements Assemblage~
from Egypt to a beautiful memory board.

When my student sat down and showed me her collection, it was a goose-bump moment.
Pamela is well traveled and has visited Egypt 7 times.  Her collection consisted of ancient shards of pottery, two vials of sand, an alabaster rock, and other ancient jetsam procured from the Nile river and ancient surrounding land.  Nothing short of jaw-dropping.  Thank you, Pamela, for letting me help you create this amazing memory board.

May 30, 2016

Art and Soul and fun

Well, I did it.  I taught my first classes at Art & Soul in Minneapolis.  This last week has been so wonderful.  I didn't want it to be over.
The ladies I met were amazing artists, all.  I will post pictures when I get settled back home.
I want to thank Glenny and Maria and the whole staff of Art & Soul.  I felt welcome from the moment I walked in.
I can't wait to do it again!

May 20, 2016

Moon Hares

I stumbled upon some ideas on Pinterest about paper cutting that are just beautiful.  So, like most things I admire,  I wanted to try my hand at it.   It isn't much different from the snowflake cutting we did as kids.  For my first ones I only worked with a square fold.  I sketched out a basic design, folded the square and cut out the design.  You may notice that one set above have only one ear.  Oops, sorry buns.
 These are the remains of the samples I made.
In the finished project above, I adhered the cutouts on a square of black cardstock.  Then I laid a teabag over them and used gel medium to bring that wonderful transparency I've been playing around with.  The hares started out on this buff colored paper, but the teabag 'stained' them so lovely.  The running hares were from the other cutout and painted black.

Ancient Pagans believed that seeing a hare gazing at the moon was a sign of fertility, growth, abundance and fortune.  Probably not when you cut their ear off, tho.  ):
Example from Pinterest

May 19, 2016

Little Darlings Along My Hiking Trail

I need to share this pic of these sweet flowers growing along my woodland trail where I hike.
They are aptly named Spring Beauties.  Once the canopy of tree tops closes, there will be less flowers popping up.  Right now, there are many species blooming.

May 17, 2016

Sketched Bird

I did the same technique as my last post.  Using gel medium, I layered a sketched tea bag onto an Inchie background.  Again, the gel medium created a beautiful transparency.  The base is a Gelli plate stash.
I will have all my teabag art journal pages with me at ART AND SOUL.
 Feel free to bring your own gel medium.and a background image you want to see thru to.

May 15, 2016

Sweet Earth

I tried something different with this teabag art piece.   I layered a transparency of a blue bottle with a stalk of watercolored die cut wildflowers onto text tissue paper and used gel medium to cover it all with a whole teabag.  The gel medium is then painted over the top and renders the teabag transparent.  When dry, I layered another set of just the flowers on top for a 3D effect.  The text is seen thru the bottle. 
I dabbed white thru a stencil to create more depth.  The background was gessoed and spray colored (Lindy's Stamp Gang products).  

Join me:
Minneapolis, MN  May 23-29

May 13, 2016

Teabag Aerie

An aerie is a raptor nest built high up in a tree or cliff.  I began this piece by cutting house shapes out of a teabag.  After adhering it to the page, I enhanced it with gray marker.  I laid a stencil over the image and traced the star shapes with light and dark markers.  The numbers are waste from a die cut out.
Join me at Art and Soul
We'll make teabag art together.