This is my most recent journal page, finished it just this week. The images of the vintage children I pulled from Pintrest, I used scrapbooking papers, Grumbacher acrylic paints, modeling paste, ink, lace, crackle, stamps, a little bit of everything on my drawing table!
Art Journaling "Big Girl Style" I've decided that It's time for me to keep an art journal. My goal is to challenge myself to create and get new ideas on a regular basis, using quality products! That's why I'm calling this my "Big Girl Art Journal". An early Christmas Gift From Thom:) He has always been my biggest fan! Even if Art to him is just a guys name!
This piece is created on a 9x12 140# Strathmore Watercolor Mixed Media Journal. Using Grumbacher Acrylic Paints, Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Studio Matte Medium for glazing.
It's Always fun when you can take something you will never use again and re-purpose it. Turn it into something beautiful! That's just what I did with this old CD disk! I think I'll be making a lot more!
Even though it's only mid October, before you know it the Holidays will be here. I'm already seeing Christmas displays in the craft stores, and in some of the retail businesses. So I guess I'm not too out of line by displaying some of my Holiday creations!
This is how I decided to re-purpose some old CD's:)
When I think Steampunk the first thing that pops into my mind are the Graphic 45 papers. The new line "Steampunk Spells" has really given me a lot of inspiration this year. Here are a couple of canvases I've created using some of these papers.
Hi Everyone! We're back from a wonderful 8 days at Lake Gogebic in Michigan's upper peninsula. We camped in one of the prime sites! I think people would pay big bucks for my room with this view!!!!!!!!
While we were there I had lots of time to work on what I love to do best!!!!!!
Here are some of my finished pieces!
6x6 mixed media on canvas
4x6 mixed media on illustration board
4x6 mixed media on illustration board
Thanks for looking! Hope all of you enjoy the end of Summer!
I am totally fascinated by some of the illustrators of the Art Nouveau Period. I Especially love the work of Alphons Mucha and Rolf Armstrong. I find myself borrowing pieces of their illustrations and altering them to use in some of my postcard art.
These two images are by Rolf Armstrong. I added the brick paper for the background. Pieces of earrings that I got at the dollar store, ribbon, and some metal flowers from Tim Holtz.
Positive Quotes and drawing on the image. All these things, make me Happy:)
I was so excited when Graphics 45 brought out a new line of papers, the "Steampunk Spells Collection" combining two of my favorite subjects Halloween and Steampunk. This piece is 6x6 mixed media on canvas, the metal gears are Tim Holtz, old key holes and keys I found at garage sales and flea markets. The wings are from a necklace I found at a dollar store. I love the hunt for the treasures I use in my art :)
We are Back!!! It was a wonderful vacation! Two weeks in South Dakota and Wyoming. I brought all of my art supplies, but there was so much to see!!! I've never been west of Chicago. The mountains were breath taking and the ride into Yellowstone was a truly humbling experience, no radio, no talking, just realizing how beautiful this country is.
This is a little different for me. Illustrating has always been a passion if mine. I did a lot of this in collage. It's been a very long time since I picked up a pencil to draw. With our vacation coming up soon, I don't think I can go two or three weeks without working on something. Easy to bring a sketchbook and pencils while camping.
Working on hand lettering
Working on shading and lines.
Well I think with a little more practice I'll get these skills back!
Here are two more pieces inspired by Stone Monuments. Both are 4x6 on illustration board. The Angels wings came from a necklace I found at one of those five dollar and under jewelry places in the mall. I wish I would have got a few more, I'll probably never find them again!
I was born and raised in southern Michigan. I'm blessed with three children, two boys and a girl that range in age from 22-30. I've been married to a wonderful man for the last 24 years. He's been very supportive of my art and has always encourged my artistic pursuits. Even though I have a fine arts degree I still consider myself largely a self taught mixed media artist. Inspiration for my art comes from many different places. Old family photos, my children, pets, and especially our garden, it's a passion that both Thom and I share.