Sunday, June 25, 2017


Making Paper

I made handmade paper today.  It surprise myself, because that was not my intent today. The weather being as hot as it was, however, inspired me to go outside and create something.  Not that I enjoy the heat by any means.  In fact I hate the heat, but for making papers, it was ideal.  That meant I could work outside and my papers would dry quickly.

Although I did not really know what I was doing, I still had fun.  I decided the papers I would make today, would be my trials and errors and I would just have fun experimenting.  And I did.

So, today I figured out how much paper to use to make my pulp, to get the desired thinness of the paper I wanted.  I also learned that less is more when it comes to adding leaves and flowers and the like.  I like my papers a little less decorated.  I did not like the paper being thick. One of my papers came out extra thick.  Did not like that.  It made it feel more like Khadi Paper.  I do like Khadi paper, but for my purpose, it was not what I wanted.  

I got my paper making kit from "Paper Alice".  She has several different sizes, but the kit that I purchased was the 8-1/2" X 11".  I have been wanting to make paper for a long time now and when I saw her video, it inspired me to do so.

Perfect weather for making paper.  A perfect day well spent!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Binding

Book Binding Class

I had my Book Binding Class yesterday and I must say it was lots of fun. 
My students were Charlotte Carpentier and Lynell Harlow.

Above is the book I made with my students.  The front and back covers of my book were covered from a couple of magazine pages I found in the magazine "Breathe".

I added a decorative pocket to the back of my book, so I can stash away notes or what nots.

Here is what the back cover of the book looks like.

Here is Charlotte's:

Didn't she do a really good job?  I think so.  
She used a wall paper sample to cover the covers of her book.  She cut out some of the design and backed it with red Latka Paper.

I am sorry to say I do not have a picture of Lynell's book.

This is what you missed out on.  Books for journaling, drawing or whatever you heart desires.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mandala Monday Book


Another Mandala for Monday.
 I did this one this morning and am surprise at how quickly I was able t create this one. 

 I am enjoying the process and seeing what comes out of my head and translate out my hands.  
Sometimes they are not always the same.

This one had a totally different look before I added the black dots on it.  It also did not seem quite finished just being round, but when I added the outside square, that completed the whole design.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Zine 1
(Pronounced "Zeen")

I know, your thinking "what the heck are you doing, drawing and writing every which way?"
Well, I happened to stumble upon these cute little miniature magazines, called Zines.
They can be anything you want, from political, to just plain nonsense and can be anywhere from 2-3/4" X 4-3/4" to 5-1/2" X 8-1/2" and anything in between.

The paper is folded in such a way that you end up with 8 sections.  A front and back...

page 1 & 2...

page 3 & 4...

...and page 5 & 6.

When I saw these, I thought I'd try it out and see what I could come up with for my Zine.  Of course, once again, it took a life all of it's own.  I was going to do more writing, but it turned out more interactive instead.

I used stickers, some images from a magazine and most everything else was drawn free hand, even the writing, printing and lines.

It's nice when you try something new and you not only enjoy the process,
but everything comes together so nicely.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mandala Monday Book

My Mandala Book

I have been wanting to do this book for quite some time now, but life happened and things kept creeping in ahead of this book.  I think I created this book, last year sometime.

The design I drew was totally unexpected, as I planned something totally different, but as I was creating what I thought what was in my head, this popped out instead.  Funny how that happens.  However, I managed to fine some time yesterday to at least make the front cover design.

 It is a simple accordion style book, approximately 6" X 6".  It is was made from left over strips from another book I was making.  

The left over strips were approximately 22"  which I used two, but I do not think it is quite 44" long.  

I plan on drawing half circles, quarter circles and some that are split and continue onto the next page.  It is a bit hard to see, but I have already started to draw in some of the circles.

I look forward to seeing what designs emerge from my head as my hands try to translate what I perceive what my eyes are seeing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did  you know June's birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone?

Did you know the birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (June 21 onwards)?

Did you know June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregoria's calendars?

Did you know it is the second month to have 30 days?

Did you know the first Wednesday is Global Running Day?

Did you know the third Sunday is Father's Day AND National Flip Flop Day?

Did you know the Friday following Father's Day is "Take Your Dog to Work Day"?

Did you know June 2 is National Donut Day?

Did you know on June 5, 1968 Bobby Kennedy was assassinated?

Did you know on June 6, 1925 the Chrysler Corporation was founded and the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933?

Did you know on June 7, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City and in 1849 the song "Happy Birthday to You" was first sung?

Did you know June 9 commemorates the birthday of Donald Duck?  He made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934.

Did you know on June 10, 1752 Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a lightening storm and discovers electricity?

Did you know on June 11, 1982 the movie E.T. was released?

Did you know on June 12, 1880 John Lee Richmond pitches baseball's first "Perfect Game"?

Did you know June 14 is Flag Day and the U.S. Army is formed in 1775?

Did you know on June 18, 1873 Women's Rights advocate Susan B. Anthony is arrested for voting in Rochester, NY and Sally Ride becomes he first woman in space in 1983?

Did you know on June 22, 1874 donuts were created?

Did you know my oldest son would have been 43-years-old today?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mandala Mondays

Seed of Life
The "Seed of Life", is also known as "Sacred Geometry" or "Flower of Life"

Last Monday I went to CharKat's Creative Insanity for Mandala Monday, where once a month we get together to create what?  Mandalas of course!

This month we used the "Seed of Life" as our inspiration in creating these unique Mandalas.  I was not going to color mine in, but when I saw Charlotte Carpentier's, I went for it and color mine in, using watercolor pencils.

By just deleting a few lines here and there or adding a few lines here and there, you can create different designs.  Here are a couple I did doing just that:


So, just by adding a line here or deleting a line there you can create a multitude of designs. 
Thank you Charlotte, these were so much fun!

Friday, May 26, 2017


My Letter Books

A friend from my Sewing Group gave us initial crystal letters she bought when she was in Germany.  

She said it was the custom on New Years, to give out chocolates in the shape of the persons initial.  We got crystal letters instead.
I knew as soon as I saw these I was going to make a book to put my initial on.

Here is my book.  It measures approximagely 6" X 4-1/2" (portrait).
This is what I used for the end papers.  I love the marble look of the paper.

One of the ladies in my sewing group liked my book, so I made her one too, using her initial.
Her book was made the same way, except it is 4" X 6" (landscape)

I really enjoyed making these books.  
 think they would make great guest books for weddings and such.

End Note:  I will be teaching a Basic Traditional Bookbinding class on June 21st from 9 am - 4:00 pm 
should anyone is interested.   You can either message me on facebook:  or leave me a comment below for more information.

Friday, May 19, 2017



It has been awhile since my last posting, but I have been busy doing this, that and the other thing.  I will be posting what I have been up to  lately and hopefully you will be  inspire as well.

Looking online one day, I came across these little characters called "Scrap Monsteres".  I became intrigue at these cute little monsters that I think are just too cute to be called monsters.  I thought I would try my hand at making one or two and before I knew it, I had a whole family of these cute little creatures.  Making these little Scrap Monsters can be addicting.

Can you spot the "One Eye, One Horn, Purple People Eater?

These were so much fun to create.  
Anyone out there thinking of an activity for their children to do while they are off during the summer?  Here is a great one to keep your child occupied and have fun at the same time.  Use up all those left over scraps of paper you have laying around.  See what kind of little monsters they can create.

Here are some close-ups of some of my Scrap Monsters

Notice that I used googly eyes for some of them and on one I used these eye that were brads.

So, have fun with your little Monsters, but be ware, they can become addicting!  Mine are going to hang out on my window blinds for awhile.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did you know May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have 31 days?

Did you know May is also the month with the shortest name?

Did you know the month of May was named for the Greek Goddess Mala?

Did you know May's birthstone is emerald?

Did you know May's birth flower is the Lily of the Valley?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (until May 20th) and Gemini (May 21st onwards)?

Did you know May 1st is "World Laughter Day"?

Did you know May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day?

Did you know May 4th is Bird Day?

Did you know May 5th is Cinco de Mayo?

Did you know may 6th is International "No Diet Day"?

Did you know May 11th is Statehood Day for Minnesota?

Did you know May 14th is "Mother's Day"?

Did you know May 18th is "International Museum Day"?

Did you know May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day (California)?

Did you know May 23rd is World Turtle Day?

Did you know May 25th is National Missing Children's Day and National Tap Dance Day?

Did you know May 26th is National Airplane Day?

Did you know May 31st is "World No Tobacco Day"?

Did you know Memorial Day is actually on May 30th, but is observed 
on the last Monday in May?  
Well it is.

Monday, April 17, 2017

ATC Swap


For this month's ATC Swap, we had to have a fold in it.  We were also given all of the supplies to make our ATC, but we could add other elements to our ATCs.

The green paper was one, which I used for the ATC.  We were also given the green mesh, and butterfly paper, which I chose to cut out individual butterflies and attach them to the green mesh.  The Baker's Twine was one of the other elements that were given to us that I used as antenna's for the butterflies.

The fold was the little ATC size booklet I made and glued unto the card.  You open the book and unfold the paper inside.

The book  was made the same way as the one I made with Charlotte Carpentier at CharKat Creative Insanity.  Of course the book itself is a fold.

Next month's ATC?  
Art Deco.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mandala Mondays

Lindisfarne Gospels

Went to "Mandala Mondays" at CharKat's Creative Insanity where we proceeded to create this Mandala.  By drawing lines and circles and using a bit of math, you can create this design.

However, as you can see, I just could not get the corner swirls to complete the design.  I must say, though, creating this was lost of fun!

Here is another one I did last month with Charlotte Carpentier.

I took this idea a step  further and created this one with a map and a gold border.

Here is a close-up.  
The ship was not on the map, so I had to superimpose the image onto the map.

Looking forward to next month!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did you know today is April's Fools Day?  
Did you pull any pranks on your friends or loved ones?

Although the day, also called All Fools' Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.  Some historians speculate that April Fools' Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.  People who were slow to get the news or failed recognize that start of the new year had moved to January 1st and continued to celebrate it on April 1st became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.  

Some newspapers, magazines and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small letters.  Although popular since the 19th century, the day is not a public holiday.

Did you know that April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, the fifth in the early Julian Calendar and the first month to have the length of 30 days?

Did you know April's birthstone is the diamond?

Did you know the birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy or Sweet Pea?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries (until April 19th) and Taurus (April 20th onwards)?

Did you know April is Jazz appreciation month?

Did you know April 9th is Palm Sunday?

Did you know April 12th is Spy Wednesday?

Did you know April 14th is Good Friday?

Did you know April 15th is National Banana Day in the US, Tax Day and World Art Day?

Did you know April 16th is Easter Sunday?

Did you know April 17th is Blah, Blah, Blah Day?

Did you know April 21st is Day of Silence in the US?

Did you know April 22nd is Earth Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Did you know April 23rd is German Beer Day in Germany?

Did you know April 25th is DNA and Red Hat Society Day?

Did you know that April 26th is Hug A Friend Day?

Did you know April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day in the US?

Did you know April 30th is Honesty Day in the US?

Did you know I had fun playing pranks on my friends and loved ones today?
Well I did!  And they did too!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ATC Swap


This month's ATC Swap had to have a flower or flowers and the theme was "Spring"

Here I made made a banner using black cardstock.  I took a toothpick, wrapped wire around it,  and glued the two together on the ATC, giving the appearance that it is hanging.  I punched out the flowers adding rhinestones to the center.  Added some words, and there you have it.

I took the "Spring Thing" literally and added a spring to one of the flowers, making it a little more dimensional.

Next month's theme?  It has to have a flold.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Art on 30th

8 Objects 8 Ways

A few weeks back I took an art class with Jane LaFazio called "8 Objects 8 Ways" in San Diego, CA.  The class was held at the studio Art on 30th.  This class was so much fun and I learned a lot in the process.

#1 was to draw an object using just a pencil.  You can see my poor attempt at drawing a sea shell.  I chose this because I thought it would be the easiest, but it turned out it was the hardest.

#2 were the berries.  We drew it in pencil first and then went over it with a water soluble pencil. Then we went back in with a waterbrush and lightly shaded. I thought those little berries turned out really cute

#3 was the pear.  Drew in pencil first, went over it with permanent ink and then watercolored the object.  I think I could have done better.

#4 we used pencil only and then watercolor.  I think this was my best one one.  It looks realistic to me.

#5 was the object in the lower right hand corner.  Using a pen only, I did a contour drawing of some sort of a succulent.  I don't know what kind it is.

#6 was drawing an image on a book page with ink and then watercoloring it in.  Once it was dray, we glued it onto our mixed media paper.

#7 is the lower middle section.  We did a light wash of color and then drew in another object once the watercolor was was dry.  We were suppose to then add additional color to our drawing, but I ran out of time.

#8 was drawing with a tombow maker, which is water soluble, then go over the drawing with a water brush lightly coloring and shading it in.

And there you have it!
Objects 8 Ways

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Alcohol Inks

Playing Around with Alcohol

This past weekend, I took a class at Piecemaker's Country Store in Costa Mesa, CA with Danna Phelan.

We were given a couple of piece of Yupo paper to practice on before we got started on our tiles.  Then we were set free to play and create to our hearts content.  These are regular tiles that you get at Home Depot.

Here are the first four tiles I created.   The flowers in the lower right hand corner was the first tile I made.  To me they look like little baby cabbages.  Next was the landscape in the upper right hand corner.  The forest in the lower left hand corner was next and last, but not least, the fuchsia flower in the upper left hand corner.

You have to understand, Alcohol Inks do not like to be controlled.  Creating with them is a hit and miss. They like to flow and go where "they" want, but with a little bit of coaxing, you can manage them into submission.

Here are some additional tiles we got to experiment and play with.  The two outer tiles were about 2" X 2" and smaller tiles were about 1" X 1".  The one on the right is a mini landscape the small 1" X 1" tile on the left is a mini, mini landscape.  I had fun experimenting and seeing how small I could go.  Pretty small I would say.

If you have never played around with Alcohol Inks, you are surely missing out.