Take an old child’s board book and turn it into an art journal!
Technique: Create a background with vintage book pages applied with gel medium; let dry. Cover with a light brushing of gesso and dry again. With a black or charcoal pencil, outline your subject. Grab a fist of colored pencils and color it in, choosing unconventional hues. Add interest with rubber stamps and doodle inside the stamped images with a colored Sharpie. Turn the page and repeat, using a completely different subject. Have fun! Be unique…♥
…for that is all our hearts were made for.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
Acrylics, inks, pens, pencils and paper ephemera…celebrate Spring! ❤
…my heart sings! [on this small mixed media wood canvas of acrylics, oil-based paint pens, India inks, rubber stamps, stencils and paper ephemera. ❤
…a time for greater Love.
We praise You, O Lord and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.
Fourth in the “Lenten Print Series.”
Upcycled a vintage book cover from a Florida foliage guide. The Library just throws some of these old donations away. This one didn’t make it by me. Brought it home. Brought it to life. Book angel, I love you! ❤
Inks are drying, and I have a little someone in mind who should have this!
Another journal for the pile!
A little painting I dedicate to Mary Oliver, who said,
“My work is loving the world.” Me too, Mary Oliver.
Ran out of canvases, but found some cardboard in the garage. Necessity is the Mother of Invention!
put a little love in your heart!
Available for purchase in my Etsy shop!
“Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope in tomorrow.” – Albert Einstein
Collage is great because you can use pretty leftover ephemera you hate to toss away. Here I added some journaling, rubber stamps and gel sticks through a stencil to create a pleasing scene. Even the canvas is leftover – an old sturdy book cover in need of a facelift. I love the result and will keep going until I have a complete journal cover; front, back and binding. Stay tuned!
…make it yourself…start with a shopping bag and end with a stitch!
Messy-ing around in studio tonight. Using lots of everything – heavy body and fluid acrylics, rubbers stamps, pens, charcoal pencils, matte gel medium, rub-ons, paper doilies, old book pages, gesso, oil pastels…did I miss anything?
Use a variety of papers for your collage backgrounds. Here, I took ripped pieces from my newsprint drip pad and strips of scrapbook paper, and attached them to my canvas with matte gel medium. When completely dry, I used a palette knife to spread heavy body acrylics through stencils. This piece isn’t finished, but will hopefully inspire your next blank canvas!
This little treasure was a joy to make this evening. Drying in my studio and available for purchase on Etsy…have a look! And Happy Sweetest Day!
“To live by love is to go through life sowing peace and joy in hearts.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
See more of this sweet angel in my Etsy shop!
New art and SOLD…THANK YOU!
…drying in my Etsy shop tonight…see the entire canvas here!
Try some stitching on your journal pages…it adds texture, interest and fun!
We each have our own talents, but why not stretch them out and see what else awaits. In this case, it was a simple step, but the results show that having an open heart bears much to be grateful for!
Today for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I created this piece and titled it, “By Your Love, We See Love.” I do see love everywhere. Thank you, Jesus, I put my trust in You.
What an amazing honor to again be published in Somerset Studio Gallery, the Summer 2016 issue to be released tomorrow, June 1! I received the issue a couple of weeks ago and am thrilled to share a sneak preview of my feature article with you. Thank you Somerset Studio Gallery!
…drying in my studio and ready to hit the shop tonight!
…and lots of sunshine, new in my Etsy shop tonight!
…because you are loved.
“For God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish
have eternal life”
Happy Spring! Celebrating in my studio…viva sweet love!
Crinkled tissue paper makes for a great textured background, but apply it to your canvas with a slight coat of thick gel medium, rather than a liquid glue, such as Mod Podge.
Check your ephemera collection for colors and shapes that speak 0f Spring and you’ll find yourself creating with a feeling of sunniness! Outline your forms with bright-colored pencils and oil pastels rather than dark inks. Spring is in two days…celebrate with light!
I love the Saints, especially Catherine of Siena. This is an excerpt from one of her writings in Volume 3 of “Sermon in a Sentence.”
St. Catherine was so graced; she inspired me to create this joyful herald! I’m not quite finished with her, but the message is clear: taking time for God brings us to the present where He resides, allowing us to experience a bit of His amazing Heaven. e.