Tuesday, January 30, 2018



So, about the last 2-1/2 - 3 weeks, I have been on a cleaning frenzy.  I am cleaning out, throwing out, giving away, putting away and organizing "stuff". 

Yesterday, as I was cleaning out one of my plastic folders, I came across this.  A piece I started way back when.  circa 2011-2012.  I'd forgotten all about this.

This is a gelli print I did and started to tangle on.  A sort of a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art).  I used the patterns of the paint to inspire what I would draw.  As you can see, I drew a Mooka in the blue area of this piece in the upper right hand corner.
Hence the title "Blue Mooka"  

The Zentangle Pattern Mooka, was created by Maria Thomas, co-founder of Zentangle.

Now that I have found it, I guess I either need to do something with it, or put it in the give-away pile, don't I.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Franken Pages

Making the Pages

We all have a scrap drawer or box full of left over paper cuts from previous projects.  At least I do, anyway.
Too big to throw away, yet too small to do much with them.  But, what are you to do with them?  The bigger pieces I use to make Junk Journals and the smaller ones I make mini-journals.  However, there are only so many journals you can make.  Right?

Well, I came across this YouTube channel the other day that showed how to make bigger pages from scraps of left over cut-offs.  They called them "Franken Pages"  I do not know how they came up with that name, but that is what they called them.

So, here is my hand at making "Franken Pages".  I must say I did really enjoy making these pages.  They were lots of fun.  It was a little intimidating at first.  I was not quite sure what I was doing.  Once I got the hang of it, however, the pages came together quickly.  I loved doing the stitching on them once they were done.  I think it brought a cohesiveness to them.

Back Side

Front Side

I hope you will give it a try and use up some of those left over pieces you have sitting around waiting to be use.  
See what you can create with those left over pieces.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Craft Napa 2018

Crafting A Life

Spent a week at Craft Napa 2018,  held at the Embassy Suites in Napa, California.  The staff there were very accommodating and I always came back to a clean room after my classes.
I arrived a day early so I could settle in my room before classes started the next day, which was a good thing, since I had an 8-hour drive.

I had two classes the next day.  One in the morning and one in the evening.
My morning class was "Captivating Composition for Art Quilt"s with Deborah Boschert

We learn eight different design guides for designing a quilt. First row, top left: One Amazing Line, Third Plus, Landscape.  Middle row, left: Magic Threes, Symmetrical, Grid.
Bottom, left: Dancing Grid, Modular.

This class opens up your eyes to all the possibilities of creating, just by starting with one simple design.  
You can use just one design guide, or a combination.

Here you can see with these two (Dancing Grid and Modular) I started to add stitching.  
As you can see, these are still works in progress.

My evening class was "Tag Art Sketch Book" with Jamie Fingal.

Jamie gave us objects and things to draw on shipping tags.  Here you can see some of my work.  I even tried to draw Jamie, but she did not hold still long enough for me to draw her.  Not that it would have made a difference.  Another work in progress.  I still have more to do on these and then tie them into a Tag Book. 
So, much fun!

Next day, "Tea, Thermofax & Ephemera" with Judy Coates Perez.

I was amaze at how well I did.  Judy took us through the process step by step.  It really wasn't that hard.  I have always admired Judy's work, so  when I saw she was giving a class at Craft Napa, I just had to sign-up.  I did not, however, think I would be able to create something like this.

Here, you can see I've started to add paint and colored pencils to this piece.  I've also stencil and stamped some images.  Looking forward to completing this.

So, that was Friday.  On Saturday, "Tiny Tea Bag Tales" with Libby Williamson.

Now I know what to do with all those tea bags I've been saving.

This class was so awesome.  Stitching, painting and collaging on tiny tea bags.  I was a little unsure about doing this.  How could anyone stitch on these tiny little surfaces?  And tea bags no less.  But, to my surprise, it really was not that hard and it was so much fun.  


On the last day, I took "Gelli Plate Printing and Collage" with Lisa Thorpe.
A mindless process, but oh, so much fun.
The first half of the class was making prints using plants, stencils, string, masks, et cetera.  

The second half of the class was putting them into a collage.
I've seen people on YouTube showing you how to make print after print, but they never tell you what to do with them after you are done making prints.  Well, this is one way.

All the instructors were so forthcoming with information.  Helping in any way.  The kits we were given had "all" the materials needed for each class, plus they had extra materials to use in our projects.  All the instructors were great.  All had so much to offer.  All were so much fun!

A great way to start off 2018!

Friday, November 17, 2017


December Christmas Book

I make books.  I love making books.  I journal.  I love to journal.

Every morning I journal; morning pages.  I started this after I read the book "Artist Way", by Julia Cameron.  Some of you  may recognize the book and/or author.

I have been doing morning pages since 2011.  So, for about 6 years.  That is a lot of journals.  But, I enjoy the process and now have gotten into the habit of writing in my journal every morning.  I have been writing in a journal someone gifted me, since September 1st and will end November 30th.

I wanted to make a special book for December 2017.  Sort of a journal/photo album/smash book.  I want it to contain the memories that I will be writing about and places to add pictures.  A place to add ticket stubs or movies tickets or.... 

So, this is the book that was created.  It measures 8-1/2" X 8".  I love the way it turned out.

Since I did not have pages large enough, I chose to use cheap file folders.  I wanted the folders to be more paper like.  I also used 11" X 14" paper that I coffee dyed, which created a flap when folded.

I added some scrapbook paper to put photos onto.  Because the backside of the paper is white, I can use it for journaling.

I sewed in an envelop to put either embellishments or things I collect along the way that can not be attached to the pages.

There a lots of pages for writing, for photos, for smashing and whatever else I  may want to add to the book.

I made the front and back cover the same and I like how the plaid binding looks.  To me, it gives it an old fashion sort of feel.

Although I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving, I can hardly wait until December 1st gets here, so I can start writing in my book and adding all those other memories along with it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scrap Book

Left Overs

This little book is literally a "scrap" book.  
It measures approximately 9" X 6" and is a made with left overs.

I had a few pages left over from a mixed media paper pad.  I used the cover of the pad for the cover of my book.  I folded it in half and folded the few pages left in the pad for my book pages.  I had left over decorative paper from a previous book I made, so used that to decorate the outside of the book.  Tied everything together using a pamphlet stitch and there you have it.  A new new mixed media/journal book.

I used the hard back from the pad on another project.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Calendars 2017

September 2017

Did you know "September" is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis?

Did you know September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name as the number of the month (9 letters/9th month)?

Did you know until Julius Caesar's calendar reform of 45BC, September had only 29 days?

Did you know on average, September day more babies are born in the US than on a day in any other month?

Did you know in the UK, September 26 is the most common birthday for people born in the last 20 years?

Did you know September is the 9th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third month to have the length of 30 days?

Did you know September was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest know Roman calendar?

Did you know September's birthstone is sapphire?

Did you know the birth flowers for September are forget-me-not, morning glory and aster?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of September are Virgo and Libra whose end and start are related to the equinox date?

Did you know September 4th is Labour Day and National Macadamia Nut Day?

Did you know September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day?

Did you know September 6th is National Coffee Ice Cream Day?

Did you know September 9th, 1850 California became the 31st state to join the Union?

Did you know September 10, 1847, the first theater opened in Hawaii, in 1935 Popeye was heard on NBC radio for the first time, in 1953 Swanson began selling its first TV Dinner and in 1955 Gunsmoke premiered on CBS-TV?

Did you know September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day?

Did you know September 14th is National Eat a Hoagie Day?

Did you know September 15, 1949 The Lone Ranger premiered on ABC, in 1965 Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS-TV, in 1978 Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title and in 1982 the first issue of USA Today was published?

Did you know September 16th is National Guacamole Day?

Did you know September 17, 1683, Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria and in 1916 The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, WWI flying ace of German Luftstreikrafte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France?

Did you know September 19th are Jimmy Fallon's and David McCallum's Birthday?

Did you know September 25th is Will Smith's Birthday?

Did you know September 29th is National Coffee Day?
Well it is...

Monday, August 28, 2017