Posts Tagged ‘art’

Did this one for a challenge at  I just love how it turned out.

IMG_2369I printed the photo in black and white and color.  Then cut out and assembled the pieces.  I just did some doodling and stamping for the hair.  The butterflies are stamped on coordinating paper and hand cut.  I just stuck down their middles so the wings would provide texture.  The papers and stickers are from  a We R Memory makers kit .


I created this art journal page for a challenge over at Scrap mixers.  The challenge was to define scrapmixing using six different patterned papers.

Scrapmixers Challenge #1


  • to create the back ground I sprayed three different colors of dylusions  inkspray.  then added some water to mix and blotted with a paper towel
  • then i used a stencil to spray water through to remove some of the ink
  • I built up layers of texture by spraying through three diferent stencils with the same color of spray
  • I used matte medium to adhere the patterned papers.
  • For some additional texture I added some transparent texture paste with a Tim Holtz stencil.  then layered tissue paper over it and adhered with the matte medium
  • I stamped several image on the background using archival ink.
  • The girl at the bottom is my daughters artwork printed on thin cardstock and adhered with matte medium
  • The title was create with stickers, pen and diecuts.
  • I used a prima finnabair stamp to create a border around the edges
  • For some added dimension I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Heidi Swapp gold art screen ink

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my artwork.  I love comments so please let me know what you think.  Also head on over to scrapmixers and give this challenge a try!

When I say this project over at scrapmixers I knew I had to create this sweet little seasonal clock.  I love spring and all thing whimsical so that’s what I went with. Spring just reminds me to be positive and that no matter how bad things get, change is on the way and inevitable.  Check it out yourself at Season clock.  It’s created using whatever you have around the house.  The body is a chicken can and the bells on top are medicine bottle caps.  Have fun with it and let me know what you think!


Here’s the project I hinted at in my last post.  I really love how it came out and it was alot of fun to do.  I designed it for a creative challenge at scrapmixers.  Head over there and check out the tutorial

scrapmixers blog



Posted: October 20, 2008 in artwork, campus life
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well, I achieved a new milestone in drawing class on friday.  My professor made me cry!  We have been working on this stupid body parts project for 3 classes (that’s 18 hours) and it’s never good enough!  The man is making me crazy!  The weird thing is that I didn’t think I was upset.  he was brow beating me into adding more contrast but no worse than usual when all of a sudden I felt that tell tale tickle in the back of my eyes.  Seriously?!?!?  Next thing you know, tears are trickling down my cheeks.  I felt like an 8 year old.   I was absolutely mortified and the poor professor was baffled.  He asked me if everything was ok at home.  I guess I’m more stressed with the whole school/work/family combo than I thought.  Here’s my project at the beginning of class and then at the end.  He was right about the contrast

Today we finished our eraser drawn horse skull and candlestick combo.  Last week I was almost in tears over this one. Absolutely convinced that I lacked the skills necessary to complete the project.  this week I learned that perseverence pays off.  This is what the drawing looked like last week

This is the completed piece.  Although I made the mistake of telling the professor it was done.  Of course, he found lots of ways of improving my “completed” drawing.  Next time I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

Here’s the before and after of the eraser I used to “draw” this masterpece


This is my friend Janae’s version.  She was obviously sitting behind the setup since she got to draw the ass end of the skull.

Wondering what it was supposed to look like?  Well, wait no longer, here’s the original.

Our homework is to use any of the techniques we used in class so far to draw any item we want.  Guess which one I won’t be choosing???

some pics

Posted: September 26, 2008 in campus life, everyday life
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Today I realized that ever since I started school I’ve pretty much stopped taking pics.  Taking pictures is kind of my thing so I really need to get back into documenting the things I love visually.  Part of it is getting used to uploading them on the mac.  I’m working on it.  Here’s a couple I took today.

Here’s my Graphics Design Essentials prof that I have a big ole old lady crush on.  Doesn’t he epitomize scruffy surfer boy?  the fact that he’s a pretty good teacher doesn’t help matters.

Tyler started Boy Scouts this week.  Neil has been in charge of getting things all set up and taking him to his meeting.  Kind of bummed that I’m missing out on it but I just don’t have the time or energy.  Neil took him to get his fancy Schmancy new uniform.


In the interest of full disclosure I am going to post this weeks homework for art class.  Some of you may remember me bemoaning the technique where we black out a white sheet of paper and “erase” the pic into it?  Well, we had to practice it for homework.  My subject was a kind of cool chest we have in our living room.  I wasn’t really concerned about getting the shape right so much as learning the technique.   I really like how the wall and floor came out.  

Finally, here’s a pic of my first graphic design essentials project.  We had to make a bunch of ps changes to the original photo.  It’s kind of like one of those kids activities where you have to point out the differences between two pics.  Can you find mine?