Finding my word – Expand

I’ve been looking for my word for this new year and it finally came to me – expand. Hopefully this isn’t me physically expanding! No, it’s about my life and especially my art. Last year I really felt I need to focus on fabric, although drawing my mandalas did venture away from that. But as…

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Alcohol Inks and Yupo

A couple years ago I was looking for an art workshop to attend and saw one on playing with this paper and the inks taught by Cathy Taylor. It wasn’t possible for me to go to that workshop, but I did stop by Blick’s and purchase a large piece of the Yupo.  I filed it…

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Mandala Madness

Oh my! On July 6 I entered into mandala madness! Well, what happened is I took Alisa Burke’s new Mandala Magic class. I really wasn’t expecting to get hooked. I’ve been following Alisa’s blog for years and loved Sew Wild. (I  reviewed her book when it came out in 2011.) I really love mandalas and…

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Round Gelatin Prints

Yesterday I showed you my “new” round permanent gelatin printing plate remelted from the one I made in December. If you missed that post, here is the link to the recipe to make your own. So today I wanted to show you the gelatin prints I made on paper using Golden Fluid acrylic paints. I…

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Our 2013 Christmas Ornaments

One of our traditions during the holidays is to make each other an ornament. Dave started this on our very first Christmas in 2005 when we were dating. I blogged about this tradition last year. This year I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut cardstock for my Christmas ornament. I then painted the white ones…

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April Calendar Journal Completed

I’ve really enjoyed my monthly art calendar journal. I wasn’t sure when I started this back in January if I would keep it up, but I have. Here is my completed April Journal. I found I really enjoyed the larger writing area, so I made a big change for my May journal. First of all,…

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March Monthly Art Journal Spread

I am pretty surprised that I’ve kept this practice up for three months. Here is my completed March spread. I’m still having trouble with the small spaces. As I mentioned in previous posts, I’m just not sure there is enough room for me to write in this format. So to help me with this for…

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More Marbling: Using Marbo Gum and Pro Marbling Paint

This marbling is really getting interesting and I’m learning so much. This next session I tried using Marbo Gum from PRO Chemical & Dye as the thickener for the size (water bath). It’s so much cheaper, and supposedly lasts much longer than carrageenan, and is easier to deal with. So even though the carrageenan worked…

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