Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Heart Series

Collages made from painted papers...

Acrylics, watercolor and crayon

Black fine-point marker

paint applied with paintbrush,
and some white applied with palette knife...

Inspired by a friend's poetry.

Life is full of color!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Rose Petal Soup

Here is a sketch done in 2004, reborn as a watercolor (and acrylic) in 2009. This celebrates the visit of a very sweet little girl who took some old roses ( I should have thrown them away before my visitors arrived...they were pretty wilted) and removed all the petals to make "rose petal soup!" I thought perhaps she had read it in a story but turns out it was her own creative recipe. I gave her a bowl and a spoon and she had a great time stirring her "soup" and feeding it to her baby doll. She played with triangular wooden blocks and dolls and whatever she could find around here. I recently enjoyed seeing her again at a mutual friend's party and it reminded me of the sketch I had done but not quite finished. So I located the drawing in one of my sketchbooks and used
watercolors and acrylics to finish it.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Art Journal Page:
White Uni-ball Signo pen
on black notebook paper
and Ultra Fine Point Sharpie marker
on white drawing paper.
Image of girl from
Georgia House Publishing LLC.
Quote is from a poem entitled
Some People by Rachel Field.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Postcard Art

Received this marvelous quilted postcard
from Christy B in NC. Thank You!
Hand-dyed fabric that she purchased
is machine quilted

onto a watercolor paper backing.

Two postcards that I sent out this week
to members of the mmartfriends yahoo group.
They are hand appliqued and quilted.
Embroidery floss used to edge the appliques.
I used interfacing between the two layers
but it wasn't very stiff, so I wrote "hand cancel"
on the back...hope they arrive safely!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Art in Small Sizes

"Nest" ATC
made from scrapbook papers,
painted brown paper bag,
& painted and hand-stamped papers.
There is a touch of gold sponged
onto the brown paper bag, along with
the brown acrylic paint.
Again, can't resist using scraps left over
from other projects...

Altered clothing tag: this tag of
heavy black plastic has the brand name
f.l.p. imprinted in the surface.
Black makes an effective contrast to
the painted papers.
Wonder if it would hold up if I
put it on my car key ring? It measures
1 3/8 inches by 4 3/4 inches,
so might help me spot them more easily!
Probably need to apply a couple of
coats of gel medium.