Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Creating Art Journal Pages

Jessica and Samantha were visiting their grandparents on Thanksgiving day.  They like to do artsy craftsy stuff, so I usually do a project with them.  Here, I showed them how to make art journal pages.  I love their finished pages.  I think they were happy with their results too.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shamballa Bracelets

If you can tie square knots, you can make Shamballa bracelets.  Originally I bought a couple of Shamballa bracelets online.  They were so pretty that I needed to see if I could make them.  I love the sparkly beads.

Friday, December 14, 2012

New Projects completed

Clutch and Journal

I took a class from Roben-Marie Smith called "Clutch Play."  She showed us how she paints her canvas and how to make it into this clutch and journal.  I love it.

This is a felted cuff bracelet I made.  The buttons were made out of paperclay, painted with acrylic paint and sealed with diamond glaze.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Journal Pages and Zentangles

My journal pages are from
"21 Secrets Workshop/Let's Get Into Shape"
By The Collage Diva: Kathryn Antyr.
These were alot of fun to make.  I have several containers with pages I have torn out of magazines, papers, found items, painted papers, stickers, stencils and much more.  I have a lot of words in different fonts that I cut out of magazines and these sometimes help me decide where to go with my page. Everyone should try this it's so stress free.

I made this Zentangle book a couple of years ago with my Zutter binder. I love the Zutter for making quick books.  This one was a perfect size for a beginner Zentangler, which I was.  I liked being able to create a design a day while learning.  The book was a good reference for me of how I used the different tangles.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

On the road to AZ

November 14, 2012
We started our road trip on Wednesday.  The first night we spent at Mom's.  She lives in Vancouver,WA just a few hours from our home.  It was a busy day for me and mom.  She needed a manicure so we went to the beauty salon so she could get that done.   Mom doesn't drive so I make sure I take her out when I visit.  Connor was weird.  He is mom's dog.  He wouldn't lie down, didn't bark and cried if we tried to pick him up, so he needed a trip to the Veterinarian.  The diagnosis was a sore back.  The doc gave him some pain pills.  After several days he is doing fine and driving mom crazy with his barking.
All of these photos were taken from inside the car. They came out good considering we were moving at 75 mph.

Lunch at McDonald's 


I can see some cool images in the clouds.

Friday, November 23, 2012

October 28th, 2012

Alan (big kid) had us all over for a barbecue today.  I love these family days when we all get together, doesn't happen often enough for me.  Trevor (little kid) and Alan prepared most of the meal.  Steak, salad, potatoes, vegetables and garlic bread.  The food was good.  We hadn't seen Jaidah since she's been walking and she really gets around now.  Such a doll.  I took lots of pictures of her, such serious expressions.
Alan and Jaidah

Heather (Jaidah's mom)

Trevor and Alan
Trevor, Dad and Alan

Monday, November 5, 2012


Shelly and I have named our Journal Collaboration "Play". 

This is my latest page.  The prompt we are using this week is 'Hang Ups'.  I have been using alot of collage items on my pages.  It's been fun looking through all my stash to try to find the right images to make my pages.

Check out Shelly's blog to see what she's done this week.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mixed Media

  I just finished this mixed media piece.  It was made with collaged papers, stencils, a photo, and numerous coloring products.

Collaborating Art Journals with Shelly

This is another shared page. 

The weekly prompt was 'Found Trash'.  I included Found things (that were not Trash) such as a story written by my niece.  The bird's feathers had fallen off costumes at a Halloween dance, (I was picking these up off the floor planning to use them on my journal page).   The rest being trash that was collecting on my work table in my art room.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Collaborating Art Journals

I first met Shelly at Journalfest 2011.  We registered for a couple of classes and shared a table on the second day.  Both of us have similar interests in Art Journaling.  Recently Shelly invited me to do a year long collaboration of our journal pages sharing a weekly prompt. 
Roben-Marie Smith and Samantha Kira Harding did a Creative Collaboration called "Points of Two" in 2010.  There have been several magazine articles about "Points of Two" by Roben-Marie and Kira. You can check out their websites here:
Shelly Sazama and I at Journalfest, October 2011
Our promt this past week was "Fall Colors"  
My background is colored tissue paper in fall colors. I added some collage and stencils to show the things I think about during the season. 
Check out Shelly's page here:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

New stuff.

Time is flying by too fast.  My calendar is full of doctor appointments, visit to mom and art stuff.  Now that the rainy weather is here I'm thinking about traveling to warmer climates.  I actually do like seeing the rain, it's kind of romantic sitting before a roaring fire and listening to the raindrops hitting the roof.  I love that feeling, listening to the weather and feeling all cozy curled up with a good book.

This picture was started at the Samish Island retreat.  I finally finished it and just hung it on the wall.  The original photo was taken in the garden of a neighbor.  I used watercolor paper, collage items, watercolors, stencils, stamps, pens, rubons and stitching.  I added a picture of the original for you to see.

 This little stool belongs to my mom.  Last time I visited she sent it home with me so I could paint it.  She didn't like the plain brown color.  So I just painted and stenciled it with acrylics.  I think she will like it.

My new Panasonic Lumix ZS19 camera takes great pictures.  I've been practicing with it.  So far just using the Intelligent photo setting.  Camera knows just what to do. 
On my walk a few days ago I photographed things growing in the rockeries along neighborhood properties.

October 7th I took a Journal class at Art n' Soul, my favorite stanp store.  The class was taught by Linda from .  She didn't really teach, it was more of a here use my supplies and create.  We received some cool journals to work in and a large background stamp plus copies of faces, words and sayings for use in our journals.  I really had fun creating journal pages using the supplies that she provided.  So take a look at my creations.

the following two pages went together side by side in my journal.