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June 19th, 2015

art postcard with raised letter T This art postcard is for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The instructions were to make a postcard with a raised letter T.

I had a nice teal colored background that someone sent me as a RAK (Random Act of Kindness). On top of this, I layered a tag that I made and decorated with alcohol inks.

I stamped an image of vintage clocks on the tag using black archival ink.

I found the raised T in my stash. Its a sticker.

I stamped the words to read Take Time. I cut the words “for the love of art” from a sheet of scrapbook paper.

The final touches involved adding a silver eyelet to the tag and gluing two lengths of cream colored lace along the width of the tab, top and bottom.

We are exchanging postcards that at the end of the year, will spell out CREATIVE MIND in raised letters.

February 20th, 2015

postcard decorated with alcohol inks and with raised letter R This postcard is a swap item for Art for the Creative Mind, an online swap group. We are swapping postcards every month in 2015. Each postcard has a raised alphabet, which at the end of the year, will spell Creative Mind.

Every month also has a theme. The theme for this month was to use alcohol inks. I have splattered various inks in the background.

The letter R was cut from scrapbook paper. I covered it with dimensional glue to give it he raised effect.

The word remember is stamped with black ink and then layered over a purple sticker tag. I covered remember with dimensional glue as well.

The back of the postcards are lightly decorated.



February 12th, 2015

Artist trading card in amber colors I belong to an online group that has operated a monthly ATC swap. ATC stands for artist trading cards. Every month in this swap, there is a different color theme. Our goal is to create an ATC using that particular colour, but we must depict how that colour makes us feel.

The ATC colour for this particular month was amber. I decided that amber makes me feel watchful.

The card to the left is my offering. It is a bit weird, but that’s okay. I like weird.

I made the background using a technique that was supposed to be crackle created with paint and glue. I did not get a very good result, crackle-wise, but I thought what did happen was interesting enough to use.

I printed the eye from the computer, using free-to-use clipart from Graphics Fairy. I added the word Watchful in Photoshop Elements.

The amber colored sticker is something I found in my stash and I thought it worked.


December 13th, 2014

art journal page with textured heart and cartoon drawing of shopping woman A textured heart is the focal point on this art journal page.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind again. We were to create a heart with texture, and the theme was My Great Big Generous Heart.

For the background, I used some mixed media paper on which I had sprayed blobs of inks.  I painted over this with white paint and various other colors.

To make the heart, I used a lot of gesso and stencils, then colored over it with inks and sprays.

When that was dry, I rubbed it with Inka Gold.

Now about the cartoon shopper. Many years ago, I was recovering from an illness and I amused myself by drawing and coloring cartoon forms.  The shopper was one of those drawings.

I felt inspired to put the shopper over the textured heart, attaching it messily with gold colored staples.

Seeing as it is Christmas season, I think I equated the shopper with giving Christmas gifts.

Around the edges, I wrote with red marking pencil: “Is it really better to give than to receive, or do we receive by giving?”

I drew doodled circle shapes around the edge of the paper with orangy-yellow marking pencil.





December 9th, 2014

4 x 4 art card These are two a 4 x 4 art cards made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

We were instructed to splotches and splatters on the background and to use doodling for the picture.

I used alcohol ink on the background, I forget the name of the technique. Do they call it stone dying or something?  Anyhow, its alcohol ink smooched around and then mixed more with the blender.

I examined my splotches and decided that I saw a puppy in the one on the left and a potato-head girl in the one on the right.


I used a black sharpie to emphasize the shapes that I saw.  I wrote, “You go girl” in one of the “potatoes’ in the right hand card.

I backed both 4 x 4s on black card stock.



June 14th, 2014

This is Lifebook Week 19. Its a mixed media collage taught by Danielle Daniel. I think it is one of my favorites so far.  Danielle called it Honoring Your Inner World.

We started by gluing assorted papers to watercolour paper, then adding layer upon layer with paints, stencils, and stamps.

We drew a female figure in the meditation pose. I think Danielle’s girl wore yoga pants, but I decided to make mine a more mature figure and gave her a skirt. We put a  moon like shape behind her head, which could represent an aura of light.

I wrote some text using a black Sharpie. It reads, “Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right station.”


May 31st, 2014

artist trading card with velvet background and cat image outlined with beads
artist trading card with quirky cat drawn and painted with acrylic paint

I made these two “Crazy Cat” ATCs (or artist trading cards) for a swap at AFTCM.

The top one is better in real life than in the photo.  I made the background with a scrap of beautiful, rich purple velvet. It doesn’t look like velvet in the picture, but that’s what it is.

The lighter fabric is made from a sheer sequinned fabric that was a trim for the purple velvet.  I should add that both the purple velvet and the sheet sequinned fabric were gifts from a friend who sews. She had used them to make a dress for her granddaughter.

I made the cat using a stamped image which I heat embossed and then decorated with beads. The stamp was an Outlines stamp. Unfortunately, that excellent company isn’t around any more.

After I took the picture, I trimmed the card with a bow of lavender ribbon. Its not shown here but it made a good visual.

In the second Crazy Cat ATC, I drew a picture of a quirky cat, inspired by a Lifebook 2014 lesson. It is hand painted with acrylic paints.  The background is card stock that I have coloured using alcohol inks and shaving cream.

The word CATITUDE is a stamped image.

April 3rd, 2014

art journal page with portrait of older woman I made this art journal page for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “I’m Beautiful”.

I drew the woman’s face and painted it with acrylic paints.

I collaged the background with scraps of paper, gesso, stamping and paint.

I hand printed the message ,”Do you still think I’m beautiful?”

The stamped text at the bottom reads ,”If you can walk you can dance; if you can talk you can sing.”



March 31st, 2014

4 x 4 with painted elephant I made this 4″ by 4″ page for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “Elephant in the City”.

I am collecting 4 x 4 pages to assemble into a fat book or chunky book.

Since I am taking an online course in mixed media art, I decided to use my paints in this project.

The background is made from acrylic paints in various colours.

I cut a few building shapes using a die cut from Memory Box, and lined them up to make a cityscape.

I drew and painted the elephant on a separate paper. When it dried I cut it out and glued it onto the picture.

I added a piece of black fibre for the elephant’s tail.


February 3rd, 2014

mixed media journal page showing woman's face. Yesterday, I mentioned the warmup lesson for Lifebook Week 1 online art course. (If you want more Lifebook info, you can click here.

After the warmup exercise, we did our first lesson, which was to create a picture of our inner art guardian.

As before, we used the same colour scheme.  My three colours are (approximately) teal, magenta and a goldy-orange shade.

As is typical with Tam’s lessons, we did a lot of background collaging as well.

My girl has her face shaded incorrectly. After I was finished, I realized that the t-bone part of the face is lighter than the other parts. I did it in reverse — but was not motivated to go back and fix it.

We were asked to identify our “word of the year” and incorporate it in the drawing.

My word for 2014 is Revitalize.



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