Saturday, November 28, 2009

art journaling

i'm making some projects for work; models to show off our art surfaces.

this is a
blank canvas book — the cover and one inside spread. i painted it with acrylic inks, acrylic paints, color washes and paint markers. the raw canvas allows for any type of painting, from crisp stamps and stencils to the blurry bleeds of inks and washes.
i painted randomly, then chose a word that each image made me feel. now i need to knock out 6 more books!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

waste paint atc's

i try to never waste a lick of paint. any little bits leftover get dabbed on to blank atc stock that i always have at the ready.

i end up with really cool backgrounds for future atc's this way. i often use little round sponge dabbers which hold a lot of paint...i can usually paint a whole background with just the extra that has soaked into the sponge. i get these cool circles when i press the dabber down firmly. btw, the face inchies in the "laugh" atc is courtesy of my crafty pal, lisa m.

i also save all the scrap papers that i test paints, pastels, pencils and markers on, they make great backgrounds this stripey oil pastelle on vellum behind the cherry blossom stamp. just tryin' to keep the operations green, folks! :-)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

the deliciousness that is ranger

i just got my first ranger order in, so i gave myself a challenge...create a card using a bit of each product!
made with resist ink, utee, grungeboard, distress crackle paint, glossy accents, crackle accents, 7 different alcohol ink colors, filmstrip ribbon, washers, hitch fasteners, hinge clip....phew!! Have fun making one yourself with my free project instructions!

you can purchase any and all of this goodness from my website at 25% off retail...and i always include a free giftie with every order!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

cardmaking madness

on the second sunday of each month, i am hosting a cardmaking madness day...and today was the first! several friends came over and we had the die-cut machine humming, stamps inking, and paper trimming.

here are a few of the cute cards they made today...

and here is the aftermath - we got out all the toys!!!
i was demo-ing alcohol inks on translucent paper and made a slate-color marbley background. then after the ladies left, i checked out a new challenge blog that posts creative prompts. the current prompt is the word "core." the blog host listed several "core" things and phrases, including andromeda's core.

i realized my slate background looked like the the night sky, so i added some different swirls and colors in the center to create my own take on "core."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

image collage

this was a fun collage experiment on a 12x12" piece of cardstock, combining stamping, spray masks, heat embossing, pouring medium and angelina fibers. the only boo-boo i made is fusing the angelina fibers to the paper after having already done some heat embossing. my iron smudged some of the images a bit.

here's a close-up of the fibers fused on to the sheet with bo-nash 007 bonding powder.

Monday, November 09, 2009

new digs for my blog!

i changed the site address for this blog..."la femme papier" bids you all a sweet adieu.

now my blog address is http:/, which matches my website address.

i hope y'all found me and updated your bookmarks! thanks for keeping li'l ol' me on your bloggin' radar...

Saturday, November 07, 2009

atc club!

there were just three of us today, but we yacked and painted and had some nice quality time!

here are a few of the fruits of our watercoloring labor...regena blended yellow, orange and violet into a cool streaky background. connie stamped a delicate pastel butterfly card, after allowing the water to make drips and patterns. my atc took on a psychedelic twist as i played with swirls of color.

good times!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

watercolor backgrounds

this saturday is atc club; we'll be working with watercolor - regular and shimmer. above are three different backgrounds i painted, and below is how i finished them off with some stamping and embellishing.
i also painted some mini-atc's (1.5x2.5) with no extra embellishing - birds flying in a cloudy sky, a tri-color landscape and a geometric pattern. these will make nice panels on greeting cards.
i used luminarte and lefranc & bourgeois brands - they're both wonderful watercolors! and strathmore makes watercolor paper in packets of atc size, very handy!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


i sent out my first e-newsletter this week - yay! i hope all you subscribers enjoy it.

i issued a challenge to anyone who'd like to join in the fun - it's a blind collaboration. i will collect virtual feathers from everyone, join them together into a beautiful peacock, and post the image for everyone. this is one i drew with aqua promarkers.

1. create a feather in whatever colors, style, medium you want. paint, draw, collage, stamp, sew, sculpt...and it can be any kind of feather, not just a peacock's.

2. take a good, clear picture of your work, against a white background.

3. email your pic to me by 11/8/09 and i will assemble it for viewing next week. (

it's really cool to see everyone's creations, and it's rather liberating to make something without any rules, without knowing exactly how it will all come together with everyone else's.

i also drew two prize winners from the first 100 subscribers...they were cindy derosier and jessica germain...both happen to be fiskateers by the way! those ladies are some lucky duckies! i put together a lovely prize package for each of them that includes a blank canvas book, some papers, embellies, fabri-tac, and liquitex acrylic inks.

hope y'all are having a great week!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

new weekly e-newsletter

next week i'm starting a new free weekly e-newsletter called "a little art, a little craft..." that will be full of terrific project ideas, profiles of cool artists and crafters, how-to tutorials, special offers, contest,'s gonna be fun!

the first 50 to sign up for my newsletter (over there on the right) get their names in a fabulous prize drawing - a blank canvas book, some liquitex ink, and some assorted embellishments - you're gonna love it!