Monday, October 15, 2012

Twinchie Book Swap

Sonja over at"> is hosting a new twinchie book swap. She held one a couple months ago. You make 2 books then swap and get 2 in return. The first book I made was "Bird" Twinchie 2"book.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

It has been a long time since I have posted. Things are good and things are not. This is life. You have to take the heartbreaking journey along with the joyous journey. Unfortunately, sometimes I let the down side of life take control and keep me from pursuing the more valuable things. I am making an effort at this time to promise myself not to let the disappointing things overtake the good things in my life. So, I go back to when I thought life was always wonderful and I didn't have a worry in the world. Almost sounds silly, but, I am loving going back in time....many years ago. <

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Face 14

I am running behind, but will continue on. Sketched in pencil one night then colored with Primacolor pencils last night.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Face 11, 12,13

I'm trying to keep up with the challenge. Some days, I get a sketch done and like it just the way it is. Other times, I want to add some color.

Day 13 Pencil sketch

Day 12 added water colors and zentangles

Day 11 tough girl...colored pencil

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Day 10 Face

 This is Sophia Loren. Her beauty is exceptional. Her big cat eyes, high cheek bones and luscious lips make her a one of a kind sensuous woman. It is a pencil sketch with a small amount of colored pencil added to her lips, hair, cheeks and hat.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Day 8 & Day 9 Face

I am doing a combination of one drawing for two days. The first day was sketching and adding color to the face. The next day I used pastels to fill in the background.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

May 5 Face

For today's face, I decided to put some color to Face 1. I used Primacolor colored pencils, gel pen and pastels (background).

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 4 Face

It is funny how you start off with an idea and boom.... it just goes in another direction. I am not a huge fan of big eyed girls. I appreciate the artists' paintings, but,  it just isn't my style. So, tell me, how did today's face end up this way?????

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May 3rd Face

I found this incredible site, , with the most awe inspiring photos. There are face photos from all over the world. It was a hard choiceto pick one photo, but, I wanted a profile. I found this gorgeous woman. I had to attempt it.

  She was started as a pencil sketch. I wanted to add some color. I used Primacolor colored pencils. I needed it to be more vibrant. I finished her with chalk pastels, which I am beginning to love. They require you to get your fingers into your work. The mess and feel of the chalk is mesmerizing!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2nd Face

The second face is a pencil sketch. Primacolor colored pencils were used to add a little bit of colorto the sketch. She is kind of hard looking... different from most faces I do.

May 1st face

My first face is a pencil sketch. I took the picture of my sketch with my cell phone, so, it is not the best. I thought I would have a little fun and use the app, Pixlr-o-matic. I added a sepia tone and framed it in the second picture.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

29 faces May

Over at Ayala Art , she is hosting  29 Faces for all to join. All you have to do is draw 29 faces during the 30 days of May. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but if you want it can be. It doesn't even have to be completed.

It sounds like fun. So, join in for the fun and watch the other artists and the faces they post.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

My page in Karen's Art Journal

 Over at I'm involved in a journal pass. It started out with only four of us and has grown to ten great women. I completed my page in Karen's journal. Her only request was to use a quote. Being that it is Spring, I wanted to do a flower theme. I found a quote by Lady Bird Johnson.
 My page was done using water colors, crackle paste, glimmer water colors, markers and puff souffle pens. I painted the flowers on water color paper, cut them out and applied them with pop up dots.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Handmade Books

I have found a new obsession...bookmaking. I have joined a couple online bookmaking groups. The first group is wonderful  It is being run by the inspiring Dawna and knowledgeable Ruth. I count my self so lucky to have these two women and the other women at this site to encourage and teach me along this path. This month we are making the Accordian Fold book. It is a very simple book.

The second site I found was through Syd at the Milliande's site. She was creating books at  I decided I would join. I told you I was becoming obsessed. I found the site very confusing, but with the help of  a dedicated woman named Rabbit and help from Jacqui, I think it will just take time to learn how to maneuver around the site.

At A.R.T. we are working through Alisa Golden's book "Making Homemade Books". Rabbit makes a file for each lesson. They were on Lesson 7 when I joined. I decided I would pick and choose which lessons I would do til I caught up.

Lesson 7 Brush Book... I took a piece of newspaper, gessoed it on both sides. Let it dry. Soaked it. Painted it with watercolors.  Dried it with a heat gun. Stamped it. Wrapped it in construction paper. Inked the construction paper. I can't believe the texture! It feels like a soft canvas cloth.

Lesson 3 Long Pants Book or Accordian Book... Done for both groups. The cover was a designer paper that I painted with multiple coats of metallic paint. Singular signatures were sewn into the book. The pages were mixed media paper painted with the same metallic water colors. The pages contain worldwide stamps that I have saved from the cards and packages of the wonderful art swaps I have joined. The tiny 2" x 2 1/2" book is wrapped in floss with a handmade clay key.

Lesson 3 X Book with Pockets... Cover was made with designer paper. The inside pages were parchment papers. The pockets were stamped with inspirational words and the pockets filled with paper treasures. This book is very small about 2 1/2''.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Art Pins

I've never been very interested in making jewelry til now. At I have met the most fantastic artistic women. We decided to do a pin or brooch swap. The beautiful ideas that came about were awesome. How could you not be swayed to try your own imagination into whatever you wanted to make. There were so many ideas... fabric, thread, clay, metal, fabric, wood. I was up for the challenge. But, what.... So many ideas, so many new things to try, I thought and thought.

Tim had a pocket full of round washers in different sizes. I love the idea of using things I have on hand and I really liked the shape. I investigated washers on Oh,yeah, this was what I was going to do. Not so easy because I had too many ideas swimming in my head. I eventually reined the ideas in and finished thm.

First, I inked and alcoholed them. I added beads to some and old earring parts.  Most I added a thick varnish coat. I really liked the way they came out.

Friday, January 27, 2012

15/15/15 Journal

Anne's journal, "Light Through The Crack",  arrived in December. I understand the meaning of the saying, but, how would I express it in her journal? I spent a long time contemplating about this. Ideas, just did not come. I'm a very literal thinker. I never was good at deep thinking.

I decided to go with dark colors for the background. An idea came to mind. Half way done and I had to walk away. It wasn't working. I would pass this little journal and think, "How do I express this?". I found this quote by Joseph Carpenter, " The black moment is the moment when the real message of the transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."

After several more attempts this is what I came up with. Thanks, Anne, for giving me something to shake my brain into thinking different. The light eventually  found a crack.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

15 Artists 15 Journals 15 months plus1

Next journal I received was Marie's journal, "Nature".  I decided to do a snow scene because it is winter in Pennsylvania. It is Christmas time and New Year's. I love the quiet beauty when it snows.

I included a quote from John Muir. Muir was a conservationist whom  convinced President Teddy Roosevelt to protect Yosemite (including Yosemite Valley), Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as National Parks. The quote, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike".

15 Artists 15 Journals 15 months plus1

I received my first journal in November. It was Sadie's journal. Her theme was "Haiku". I love the simplicity of Haiku. Asian art and design are beautiful. Several months ago my husband gave me a very small, well worn treasure of a book on Haiku.  He said he thought I would be able to use it in my art. The book had belonged to my sister's husband, who had died tragically 2 years ago in a surfing accident. He was a wonderful, smart and funny man.
So, to start my art journal journey with Sadie's journal on Haiku, was joyous. Here is my interpretation.

15 Artists 15 Journals 15 months plus1

I have joined a wonderful group of 16 women artists in an international journal swap. We make a journal, pick a theme, compose our pages, then, send it off to the remaining artists. Each artist constructs a page and passes it on til all have contributed and it returns to the original artist.
After much thought, I decided the theme for my journal would be "Bygone Eras". I have always been attracted to things that are old. I'm fascinated with the way other generations have lived their lives; the way they dress; their hair styles, furnishings, and family pictures. 

  This will be a fun and creative journey. It is a wondrous present to receive and give artwork. The opportunity to have other artists' interpretation is a gift I will truly hold dear.
 My cover is made of leather. I purchased a black leather skirt at a thrift shop. I ran it through the washer several times to get the worn look. Then, used several inks to get it to the color I was looking for.


 My introduction page:

 Welcome page and artist sign in booklet:

My journal page:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday Letter, I for "Island Life"

It all started about 12 years ago. My mother decided to give all her children $10,000. Oh, yeah! So, what better to do then take off on a vacation of a lifetime, Hawaii, that was the decision. It was fantastic. It was beautiful. We had such a great time.
After that wonderful vacation, my nephew and his wife moved there. My sister and her husband bought a condo there. So, I had to make a decision. You see I was forced. My arm was twisted and I really did not have a choice. Kidding! Tim and I knew it was a good thing. We bought a condo next door to my sister. Now,  several times a year we can escape and live the "Island Life".