Sunday, October 29, 2017


My Mindfulness card for this month was created with alcohol inks (Pool and Citrus).  I was just playing with these colors and when I was done, I thought they resembled lily pads.  I made the 3-D flower out of vellum colored with Distress Stain (Picked Raspberry).  The center of the flower is also colored with Distress Stain (Squeezed Lemonade).  I added detail to the lily pads with a .005 Micron pen.  Finally, I stamped "beauty" with black StazOn.

Alcohol Ink Tags

I am really enjoying experimenting and playing with these alcohol inks on Yupo paper.  The colors are so intense.  I'm learning not be be afraid of making mistakes because you can "erase" the color with 91% rubbing alcohol.  The more I played with them, the more I liked the results!!  These are some tags I made for a group of art friends.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Creating Sea Creatures


My girlfriend, Pat, invited me to a "Fluid Art Workshop" the other night where we learned to draw sea creatures with alcohol inks on Yupo paper. The process was so fascinating--the colors are incredibly vivid and brilliant! Sooooo relaxing and very addicting!!
I can't wait to play and experiment more with these techniques!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mindfulness Card Swap

After an extended hiatus, I am finally, slowly getting back to creating again and it feels great!  I am  easing my way back to making art on a regular basis by participating in a Mindfulness Card Swap with two other friends.  We brainstormed and came up with a list of twenty mindfulness prompts.  Each month we pick a prompt and create a 4 x 6 card inspired by that prompt.  We make three cards--one for each of the other players and one for ourselves.  In the end, we will have a set of twenty different mindfulness cards.  I am excited to see what our completed deck of cards will look like!  Here is my first card:

The background paper is a gelli print on rice paper.  I was playing with color combinations and liked this antique white with a metallic acrylic paint (DecoArt Luminous Gold).  My girlfriend described it as "butter and sugar."  I tore the gelli prints into 3 x 5 pieces and temporarily mounted them with a glue stick onto my watercolor paper substrate.  I used the scrap pieces of torn rice paper (you can still see some of the paint on the scraps) to stamp the word "breathe."   I adhered that to the background paper.  To finish, I free-motion stitched around the edges with silver thread.  It complemented the metallic flecks in the gelli printed rice paper and provided just a subtle touch of sparkle to complete my card.  Though I was feeling a bit rusty after all these months, I loved the way my cards turned out!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Embellished Wine Glass

Here is my first attempt at embellishing a wine glass.  I found this crocheted coaster at a thrift shop last week.  I used the blue flower as my focal point and added the strand of blue rhinestones for some contrast.  Finally, I added the three blue dangles to the bottom of the coaster.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Embellished Teacup

Once upon a time...I fell in love with the work by a local artist who was doing mixed media and altered art long before it even had a name.  I knew that she had embellished wine glasses (I am privileged to own a few of them).  So when I threw a surprise tea party for my mother's birthday one year, I commissioned her to alter a teacup for my mother.  To this day, this early specimen of altered art sits on a shelf in my mother's house.

Fast forward to present...a small group of my high school classmates always gather together to celebrate the holidays.  This year, our annual grab bag theme is "Simply Red or Green."  The only rules were that there be no food or gift cards and no more than $25.  I gave some thought to what I would like to do for my grab bag gift.  I knew that I wanted my gift to be something that the recipient could create a ritual from.  Drawing a bath, writing in a journal, enjoying a hot cup of tea...

Yes, the tea theme really spoke to me.  I recalled that altered teacup from years ago--even asked my mother if I could photograph it to study so I could create one of my own for the grab bag gift.  I quickly realized that I would have to find the proper adhesive to affix chunky, heavy pieces of vintage jewelry  to the side of a teacup.  E6000 does the trick.  Then I had to contend with the not-so-flat surface of the teacup.  Not all of the jewelry pieces were flush so I might not get a good seal.  Here is my practice cup:

What I learned from this practice cup is that it was very difficult to create a pleasing composition while trying to hold individual pieces in place while the glue dried.  Using a backing of lace or felt would allow me to create my composition before adhering the entire piece to the teacup later.  Much better!  I still had to contend with the curve of the teacup surface, but the felt worked quite well with the E6000.

So here is a picture of my finished composition before I placed it onto the teacup.  I trimmed the felt backing so that it is barely visible.  I am happy that I used chains and rhinestone strands to create dangles.  I think it makes the piece so much more interesting with the dangles!

 Positioning the composition onto the teacup:

And the finished piece!

I created this handmade booklet about Rituals to accompany the teacup:

I think the recipient really loved her new teacup!  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Barbie Body Parts

Some people have a passion for collecting Barbies.  I, on the other hand, have a passion for collecting Barbie body parts.  I know that some find my interest in body parts to be quite disturbing.  Surprisingly, there are many others who share my enthusiasm for this strange fascination.   Just check out the "What to do with Barbies" board on Pinterest!  

I was fortunate to be in San Francisco a few years ago where I attended an Altered Barbie exhibit.  I must have spent three hours studying all of the amazing pieces of art that cleverly incorporated Barbie parts into the works.  My head was reeling with ideas of what to do with a Barbie doll (parts)!  I couldn't resist purchasing this set of Barbie earrings--one side is made from an arm and the other side is made with a leg.  Aren't these just fabulous?

You can imagine my delight when I first met a friend of a friend this summer who used to work for Mattel.  (Barbies are manufactured by Mattel!)  This past week, she gifted me with a collection of Barbie bodies and (detached) heads!  Now I will be on the lookout for the next "Altered Barbie" class.  It's BYOB--Bring Your Own Barbie!