Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gel Transfers

This is a "little something" bound for a home in South Africa. It all started with a map of Kruger National Park and built from there. You'll notice the fun Tim Holtz masks and a gel transfer image of a young ellie.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Copic Markers and Color Chart

To all of my fellow Copic Marker Lovers:

Copic has released the revised color chart including the new 12 extra-pale Sketch colors!!

I have posted the updated revised black and white Copic Marker color chart for you to fill in. Print it out on high quality paper, and fill it in with all of your favorites, old AND new!


Monday, June 22, 2009

Cigar Box...Dresser Box...What is it?

This started life as a cigar box. All around the edge, part of the pattern, says "hand made" I saw this and just knew it had to be re-purposed into a "dresser box" for Bud. The outside is collaged with vintage street maps of Paris and random other items. The inside are schedules of the Orient Express overlaid with a gel transfer of a sweet dog from last year's dog calendar. A tiny mirror and vintage valentine complete the look. Everything was aged with distress ink to unify the colors.

This will be at Calef's on July 11th for upclose inspections!
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Thursday, June 18, 2009


The main image on the background of this collage was achieved with a mask. A mask is just a plastic "reverse stencil" that is used to protect portions of your art from other colors applied over the top. This mask came from Tim Holtz' Idea-ology line. The wonderful depth of color was achieved with Glimmer Mists. Base coat is Lemon Yellow, when that was dry Oriental Poppy was applied and once that was dry the mask was placed down and a coat of Autumn Leaves completed the process. Leave your mask in place until the watercolor is dry or remove it VERY CAREFULLY. Trust me on this, I know ALL the ways to smudge it!
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Watercolor backgrounds

You and achieve a fun effect when dropping a bit of water, or salt on your watercolor backgrounds. The water would be dropped on a dry background and the salt on a wet background. You can see in this small collage the dimension it adds.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Newt P Gingrich

This is the little devil who has taken over our lives. He absolutely RULES the house and acts more like a dog than a cat. He fetches, growls and is crazy about
toys...in particular a ratty piece of purple felt.
Coming soon...photos from my AMAZING weekend under the tutelage of Michael deMeng. Wow.
Why Newt Gingrich? He talks constantly, says nothing and might be a Republican...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tiny Art

This is a tiny 2" square collage on canvas using a 1928 TV listing, a real pressed flower and fern leaf and a moth postage stamp. Everything is adhered with beeswax and then polished to a satin finish. On the back the tiny woden opening has text and screen collaged in....wearable tiny art.
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Multi-media card

This is a sample of the note cards made for the CVHS Festival July 11th. It includes mica chips, some gold leafing, a bit of found metal and collage techniques; all on brown kraft stock...You KNOW how Daddy loves to fish!
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A good laugh...

Just a little easel art to remind us to laugh...
This uses an image transfer technique that is too cool. If you look closely you can see the various background detail through the dog! Since Tom took this photo the dog has received a pink crown...
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Caulk and Gauze Metal Art

FINALLY! Here is a shot of the project I made during my class with Cheryl Darrow of Ten Seconds Studio. You can see this live and in person at the Cochoeco Valley Festival on July 11th!
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Sun & Fun Craft Festival: Mark Your Calendar!!

The Cocheco Valley Humane Society is hosting their 4th Annual Summer Sun & Fun Craft Festival on July 11,2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calef's Field in Barrington, NH!

Mark your calendar and tell your friends! The event will have raffles, live music, FOOD, and beautiful hand-made crafts made by local artists, including myself! I'll be selling a plethora of hand-made art pieces, jewelry, greeting cards, and much much more!!

To view a list of "crafters" that will be in attendance and to see what else is going on, click the link: http://www.cochecovalleyhumanesoc.org/craftfair.cfm

It's for a great cause! See you there!