Thursday, January 15, 2015

From ridiculous to sublime -- My first Round Robin art journal project

round robin journal
When I joined my first Round Robin Art Journal project in December, I felt like I'd finally  graduated from kindergarten and entered "real" school. Real art school, that is.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A new (to me) mixed media technique -- creating a multicolored background using Vaseline as resist

vaseline jar
Yesterday was another session of my mixed media workshop. Fearless leader John showed us how to use Vaseline to create multicolored backgrounds.

That's right -- plain old Vaseline! Otherwise known as petroleum jelly.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Deck the halls with bags of coffee -- my upcycled holiday door wreaths


upcycled holiday door wreath made from coffee bags
In the past I've made all kinds of holiday decorations. This year, all I wanted was a pair of upcycled wreaths to adorn my double front doors. Simple, right? 

Ha! What started as a daylong project has turned into a month of trial, error, and tears.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vintage books finds, from pop art to scary nurses

vintage book finds
 I spent this past week in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Although I was there on a mission of family-related mercy, I managed to sneak off one afternoon to visit the best thrift store in town (maybe in the whole state), at least for old books. It's the St. Vincent's on West 11th. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Revenge of the Felines, part 3

Here's the last of my "postcats." (See batch 1 and batch 2.) I've got my addresses from iHanna for the swap, so they'll soon be flying around the globe. It will be hard to say goodbye!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Revenge of the felines -- postcats for iHanna swap

I'm participating in my 3rd postcard swap facilitated by the fabulous artist and blogger iHanna. For the past two swaps, I fretted and labored. This time, my postcards came quickly, once I discovered my theme. Or maybe I should say my method:

    Slapping kitty heads onto human bodies.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nothing to fear -- collage of faces from 1940

collage book made from vintage yearbook
I'm still obsessed with the vintage high school yearbook I found at a thrift store. I wasn't satisfied with my first tiny book collage, so I made another. This one is a little more serious. Ok, way more serious.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A gallery of shadowy figures

Collage made using gel medium transfers
At this week's meeting of my Mixed Media Group, we played with old photos and gel medium transfers. Fearless leader John explained how he'd made his own collage "Silicon Costume Party" (pictured here), then set us loose. 

Even though some of us used the same photos, all of our pieces are unique. That's what I love about art!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Charmed, I'm sure -- repurposing word tiles from a second-hand board game

Repurposed game pieces
Sometimes, a thrift store find becomes more and more useful as time goes on. Several years back, I binged on second-hand board games -- not for playing, but as raw material for upcycling. For inspiration, too. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trick or treat or…de-stash?

Upcycled Halloween Treats
I'm always on the lookout for ways to lighten my stash. How many playing cards and game pieces can one person upcycle? Halloween presents a perfect de-stashing opportunity. Wouldn't little monsters and princesses love to get a bag of fun, non-edible treats?

Only if they also get candy, or so my husband says. So this year, I created treat "envelopes" and put fun items inside.