Tuesday, May 31, 2011


for my local atc club, may's theme was mosaic. we are getting together tonight to exchange cards, learn a new technique (we take turns doing demos), eat and drink, and of course lots of chatting!

i went a bit abstract with the theme. i used different tile pieces, but i didn't make a full mosaic on any one card. the diamonds and triangles are leftovers from this project i made for my mother last year. the squares are glass, accented with a rhinestone. click the pic to zoom in.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

fabulous fakes

the fabulous original
this month, the theme for my arts in the cards atc group was fabulous fakes. i decided to draw a loose interpretation of a picasso painting i really like, "still life on a pedestal table." each drawing is colored with copic markers and accented with crackle medium. the coloring was very relaxing, and lookie lookie, i even stayed inside the lines! click on the image to zoom in.

Monday, May 16, 2011

past atc swaps

here are the atcs that various artists have made for the last few swaps that i host every month (there's no audio, fyi). details for this month's swap are here on the blog - click the link in the nav bar at the top if you want to join in the fun - you make one and you get someone else's back!

you can also see details, photos, and artists' comments on my facebook page. enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

garden-inspired art

time for a free project! go out to your yard when there is lovely light and morning dew, snap a picture of your favorite plant, and turn it into a textural mixed-media piece. Click on the pictures to zoom in.

  -  10x10 canvas board
  -  household iron and a heat gun
  -  acrylic paints, sponges and brushes
  -  spray ink and alcohol inks
  -  strong craft glue
  -  sandpaper and cardboard
  -  metal strip, large metal brad, mini metal brads

1.  sponge paint canvas board randomly with two colors (i used bronze with black highlights) and allow to dry.
2.  apply a generous amount of texture gel medium on top of canvas board, tap with a brush to create peaks and allow to dry...this texture looks like rich soil to me!

3.  spritz the canvas board with a spray ink (i used a coffee color) and allow to dry
4.  inkjet print your image on to tap transfer artist paper and transfer to a sheet of lutradur with an iron (follow instructions in tap package)

5.  trim edges of the lutradur to give a white border around image (mine is about 5-1/4" x 6") and lightly blow the edges with a heat gun to distress
6.  highlight any dew drops on your plant image with glossy accents medium and apply mini brads to corners 
7.  glue a sheet of thin sandpaper to cardboard to stabilize and trim to the same size as lutradur 
8.  layer the lutradur on top of the sandpaper, offset and glue both to canvas board
9.  crinkle a narrow metal strip, flatten out and dab with a darker shade of alcohol ink to "antique" it, then glue into place as shown
10.  glue a large metal brad into place as shown, dab with alcohol ink if you want to alter the color

add a self-adhesive picture hanger to the back and enjoy your new work of art!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

greeting cards

just a couple variations on a theme for mother's day. i love how completely different paper patterns can work nicely together. i also like incorporating cute little charms that are meaningful to the person getting the card.

Friday, May 13, 2011

decoupaged organizer

i decorated a blank balsa wood vertical organizer for my mom for mother's day using torn pieces of handmade unryu papers on the back two walls and dupioni silk on the front wall. my fingers were in the mod podge the whole time, so much easier than using a brush. i edged it with a gold leafing pen and added a few chinese coin embellies to the front. 

i really like working with the unryu papers, they are delicate and organic looking, plus they hold up pretty well with a good dousing of collage medium. 

mom filled it up with mail and papers right away!

Monday, May 02, 2011

suddenly swappin'

my atcs:  beautiful (left) and circumference 

my friend lisa from across the bay (aka my sistah from anothah muthah) just got her creative mojo brewin' again...so we're swappin' a pair of atcs today! i always keep plenty of hand-painted background papers on hand for just such a sudden occasion.

the beautiful card was made with a stripe & scratch technique i enjoy doing with acrylics and a fluid medium. there are two backgrounds for the circumference card - the base is some random paint stamping with the edge of a circle cookie cutter, and the overlay was made by dripping alcohol inks on to translucent vellum paper and letting them spread and merge together. you can click on the image to zoom in if ya wanna.

here are the fabulous cards that lisa made which will be coming my way...she posted them on facebook and i staked my claim just as soon as i saw them! i love her use of colors and crackle medium.
lisa's atcs:  flying flower (left) and spiral flora