Sunday, June 28, 2015

A visit from the Hardy brothers

Isn't this postcard great? It arrived in my mailbox yesterday, courtesy of super talented artist Lynn Bishop, who just happens to share my zany sense of humor.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Flower people dancing to a mambo beat -- another journal spread

Another month, another journal spread in my first Round Robin experience. The theme for this month's journal is "I love this quote because…"

At first I was flummoxed. I do write down quotes I like, but they're usually not inspirational or uplifting. More ironic and existential -- and not so easy to turn into a colorful collage. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Art in my mailbox

Part of the fun in doing swaps is getting art in your mailbox. For the past few weeks, my mailbox has been the happy recipient of 10 beautiful postcards from around the world, part of the iHanna DIY Postcard Swap. Here they are, in all their glory!

Friday, May 29, 2015

My great-grandmother's journey

Ellis Island id cardI just mailed another installment in my first Round Robin Journal project. Unlike my previous spread, I mailed this one on time. I'm happy with how it turned out. But I nearly screwed it all up!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Postcards that are seriously delicious…or deliciously serious?

Postcards for iHanna swap
It's time for the Spring iHanna DIY postcard swap. Just as for past swaps, I wasn't sure what direction my collages would take this time. Last year, I made one series of cards with a science theme and another with industrious cats

This time around I grabbed a couple of retro cookbooks and my stack of old National Geographics. The result was…I'm not sure how to describe it. Serious architecture amid unhealthy food.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Stop in the name of collage! A new journal spread

I created several different spreads in my art journal at this week's Mixed Media Group. This one is my favorite. Our fearless leader asked us to start with 3 disparate images and combine them into a single collage. Without much thought, I chose a row of fancy buildings, a stoplight, and a fish.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Facing my ancestors in art journal spread

I finished my first spread in another artist's journal (part of my first "Round Robin" exchange). I'm about a month late and feeling sheepish. The theme (which I didn't realize at first) is "Faces." 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Steamrolled by inspiration in Tacoma

For my birthday this past weekend, I took myself and my husband 40 miles south to Tacoma, for a little creative inspiration. Look what I found!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freezer paper masterpieces

What happens when you give a bunch of creative folks an old dictionary, cocktail napkins, acrylic paint, freezer paper, gesso, matte medium and all kinds of texture tools? This!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Old school bookmarks

book marks made of old yearbook photos
Every few months, I donate one of my upcycled book tablet cases to "Book'd in Burbank," a booklovers' event in L.A. I send along a giveaway to advertise my cases, usually bookmarks (which is ironic, since you can't use paper bookmarks with e-readers).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Addressing lawn threats through mail art

I've been churning out strange postcards for the last week. Some are inspired by the junk mail I receive. I may have developed an unhealthy obsession with security envelopes! I'll be sending these out to unsuspecting mail artists from the "Mail Me Some Art" blog. I hope they like them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Collage is in my DNA…or vice versa?

collage art using yearbook photosWhy does science keep sneaking into my art? I have no affinity for it. In high school, I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince my physics teacher that molecules didn't exist. I believe in them now, but don't like to think about them…or about other tiny particles that make me up. Like DNA. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A colored pencil class -- finally!

colored pencil class
Last week I took a one-day class on colored pencils -- a medium that doesn't get much respect in art schools, I gather, given how hard it was to find a class. I was thankful that the Schack Art Center offered one, only a 30-minute drive from home.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Postcards that go "arghhhh!!!"

Feeling sorry for myself in the midst of a bad cold, I made postcards that share my angsty mood. The last one is particularly tortured.