Monday, February 9, 2015

My round robin art journal and the Evil Eye


Evil eye
I've been obsessed with the "Evil Eye" ever since my mother told me about a sinister neighbor who she knew and feared growing up in Oakland. Her mother warned her to avoid the old woman because she might put the "Evil Eye" on her. 

What a delicious story for a little girl! (Me, not my mom, who was probably terrified.) No wonder, then, that the theme for I chose for my first round robin journal was "Looking." And that my first spread was all about the Eye.

What will my fellow artists think? 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mixing art and work

For some reason, I'm compelled to combine unlikely images in my work. These come from a book on industrial welding and a guide to the Louvre museum in France.
Collage mixing art and work

Collage mixing art and work

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.