in the studio

There is lots of making going on here. I’m flitting from this thing to that, experimenting and trying on some ideas that have been stuck in my head for a while. Making tags for the sake of making them. Playing around in illustrator. Combining plaster and paint and inks & crepe paper simply because i have had some old cones lying around for 3 years and wanted to use them. Patchworking JBS. You know, just another day (or two or three or twelve) in the studio. I hope wherever you are you making things and enjoying the process.

Happy Tuesday.

crafters workshop | stencil blog hop

my sweet friend julie, who is an amazing art journaling queen and an incredible inky goddess has been busy designing some stencils for crafters workshop over the past year and asked me a few months ago if i would like to join in a little blog hop to celebrate her new partnership. yes please.


i received the cloud stencils, which i adored from the minute i saw it. i’ve been experimenting with folk art over the last few months and decided to make a little hanging cloud piece with some scrap linen that i hand in my stash. to start i cut two pieces of linen and painted each using the cloud stencil. i made sure to flip my stencil over on the second piece of linen so that my cloud “bubbles” would match when i sewed the piece together.

once sewn i stuffed it with some batting and then sanded the paint for a worn and primitive look. i added some linen patches and hung some crystal “raindrops” from the bottom of the could with some florist wire.

make sure that you check out the other artists that are particpiating today in the hop, and thanks to julie and CW for asking me to join them.

Lori Vliegan
Bianca Mandity
Claudine Hellmuth
Samantha Kira Harding
Diana Trout
Mou Saha
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

happy tuesday!

still smashing : august 7-15













happy thursday!

making with dina

on saturday, dina and i spent the day sitting at an art table i set up in the garage getting inky and talking about something we’re planning for later this year. i wish i had taken a shot from above so you could see the miriad of items that we eventually hauled onto the table and set between us during the course of the afternoon and night. mists, inks, paint, modeling paste, gesso and so much more. it was the first time that we had ever made things together and it was so awesome. being able to sit across from a good friend, laughing, eating reisen’s, red vines and drinking copious amounts of diet pop while chatting and laughing is such a good thing to do. that sharing of ideas or just looking across and seeing what the other is doing which then inspires you to do something different or or to do something similar.

this is my prized possesion from the weekend. a collaboration between us because i got halfway through creating the base and hated how the color background was turning out, handed it to d saying “fix it” so she did. all that gorgeous bright pops of colors are all her. later, she handed it back and said “finish it” and so i did. it’s got pieces and parts of both of us. awesome.

don’t you just love the way the alpha stencils made the modeling paste look like cake candy letters is my favorite. my treasure from the weekend.

this is my favorite canvas that i created. i stained the background using tim’s distress stains and then added a layer of modeling paste over a vintage lace doily that dina had brought. there was alot of dark ink that lifted off the doily when i smeared the paste so it transferred onto the canvas. sunday night i added layers and layers of beeswax {my new obsession when creating canvases} and then fused it with my heat gun, pushing some ares into thick layers and some into really thin layers.

while the beeswax was still warm i carved some lines using an old credit card into the negative spaces then fused again, making some remain while others disappeared. then i added a layer of burnt umber glaze and then wiped the excess off so the glaze remained in the crevasses all over the canvas.

i love how the edges around each little piece of the doily pattern have a subtle purplish hue.

i love this one too. the doily design is beautiful and it’s so simple looking but i can’t decide if i’m going to add anything else or leave it as is. the canvas was gessoed already and i simply used a huge stencil dina had brought with some modeling paste, but because there was still ink leftovers on the stencil, as i used the palatte knife the ink blended in with the paste and left this gorgeous muted color {just like in the doily canvas above}. it’s probably my most favorite thing about using dina’s stencils, all the ink transferring to my canvases.

last night i added a sheer layer of gray metallic paint and for now it’s staying like this. but that may change.

i think i’m still working on this one too. not sure. maybe i’ll add a layer of beeswax and then i’ll be happy with it. maybe i won’t. but i do love how the stars turned out.

i also turned a couple of the watercolor paper collages that i made into some art journal books. just layered 5 sheets with the collage then sewed down the middle with my singer featherweight. fold down the middle and it’s the simplest art journal ever.

i added some glass bead gel to this one in a few random areas using a large circle stencil. you can barely in the pic above but up close it’s so cool.

dina left me this stencil because i LOVE it. a new fav. looks so good layered over paint that has been smooshed with a palette knife.

ever since d went home i have this itch to make more and more. i spent last night out in the studio making things until 12:30am. i don’t know why i stopped playing with ink like this. i used to have this art journal that i worked in when i was doing creative therapy and i adored it so it feels really good to be coming back around to the ink. really, really good.

happy tuesday!

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