Monday, August 15, 2011


My awesome friend, Kate and I have been planning to get together for an art date forever. One thing after another would come along and we would have to cancel. Before we knew it, it had been over a year since our last one. Kinda crazy considering that we live in the same city. Well, we finally got together last week and swapped books, worked in our art journals, looked at each others latest work and taught each other our new tricks. For instance, Kate taught me how to make a stamp out of sticky back fun foam. Here's my finished stamp. Since I am taking Christy Tomlinson's "She Had 3 Hearts " class, everything is hearts around here right now, so of course, I made a heart stamp.
I also finished working on this page for that class. It's called "My Art Heart". Art seems to be in everything I do, whether it's for myself, my family, or the world. It all comes back to art for me.
I think I used every supply I have in this, plus a few of Kate's. There are layers and layers on here. In fact, I have had to keep a small piece of waxed paper between these because there are so many layers. They stick together when I close the book. I especially love the bits of color samples from an old Dick Blick catalog. Going to have to remember to use more of those.
Kate completely finished her altered book journal while I was there. We had to have a little celebration. I have so many journals that I bounce back and forth in, but I don't think I could call any one of them finished. So I think that finishing a journal is a BIG DEAL.
Kate and I had a great time and I can't wait to get together again. Hopefully it doesn't take us a year this time. Thank you Kate!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Smarty Pants

Another page in my "3 Hearts" journal for Christy Tomlinson's class HERE. I went back to my old standby (acrylics) and used about a gazillion image transfers. Plus side: My finger tips have never been so smooth. Minus side: They are also slightly numb from all of the paper I have rubbed off during transfer, but I am looking past that because I LOVE the look of transfers. I also stamped, bubble wrapped, collaged, charcoaled (made that word up, I think), doodled, and gessoed the heck out of this page. Then I added Gelatos and splatter. All in all, this page is a mess...and I LOVE it.

One of the things that people say about my personality is that I am funny and quick witted (that's just what they are saying). I just say that "I come from a long line of smarty pants." It's true. I do. And I'm proud. There's some pretty funny people in that line and I love them all!