Mixed Media Canvas – use your wings

Hello all,

Had some fun in the craft room tonight while making this Mixed Media – Steam Punk project on a 5″ x 5″ flat canvas.

Mixed Media 5x5 Use your wings

I keep a drawer of little trinkets, bits and pieces that I find (or have left over from other projects) for use on projects like this one.  I find it so much fun to pull out these random items, finger through them, and then select what ever suits my fancy in that given moment.  This time an old make-up brush first caught my eye.  I love how there are little points of interest where ever you look…an elephant, locket, the moon, etc.  There really are no rules!

The back ground is a combination of modeling paste over stencils along with some old hemming lace.  Neutralizing all the different textures and finishes with Black Gesso really helps bring it all together; not to mention the metallic paint and white highlights.

Materials list:

  • Misc. trinkets, buttons, bolts and embellishments
  • TCW Stencil – TCW5885
  • Catherine Pooler, Die cut (harlequin frame-die cut and used as stencil)
  • Pebeo, Modeling Paste HD
  • DecoArt, Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint
  • My Tattered Angel, Glimmer Mist
  • Hemming Lace
  • Faber-Castell, PITT Artist Pen
  • Tim Holtz, Ideology – Quote Chips
  • M. Graham & Co., Gloss Medium & Varnish
  • Finnabair – Art Basics, Black Gesso
  • Clearsnap, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

I hope you are all having a great week!

Happy Day!




ITAC 2017 – Challenge 2

Hello all,

I am back this week to share with you my submission for the 2nd Challenge in the ITAC 2017 tournament.  Theme: Asia


One of the inspiration elements was to include “tiles, ceramic, pantiles, glazed tiles, or their designs”.   I love working with tumbles stone tiles and decided to build my project around that element.

Finished piece, framed:

ITAC.17 Challenge 2 Asia photo 1

Finished piece, unframed.

ITAC.17 Challenge 2 Asia photo 2

Key Elements:

  • I was inspired by the intricate graphics of the various Mandala images that I found online and brought that element into my design by using texture paste and a stencil.  The Mini Screen Print Stencil from TCW was a perfect match for this project and allowed me to create interest and texture to the background
  • Cheese cloth was applied to the background as well to bring in a textile element that added additional depth and texture.
  • Pearl Ex pigment powders were used to color the piece (applied using a matte medium).  Colors used were Spring Green, Duo Red-Blue, Duo Blue-Green.
  • A hand stamped 4 x 4 inch stone tile is the focal point of this piece.  This tile was stamped on using stamps by The Angel Company (Asian themed stamps) as well as a hand-carved (by me) lotus flower image.
  • The project was embellished with mini-glass tiles ( upper and lower corners) as well as Asian coins and a “Blessing” script.
  • As far as Geometric patterns, there are all over this project.  Lines, squares, circles etc…

Hope you enjoy this project!

Happy Day!



Mixed Media Abstract – Doubt

Hello all,

Have you had ever had one of those days where you doubt everything?  That is the type of day that I have had.  Questioning, over-thinking and doubting.  So, I thought I would try to get some of this out of my system with some art therapy.

Hence, this Mixed Media piece on 8″ x 10″ stretched canvas.  This mixed up project really reflects my feelings today.  However, now that I have spent several hours playing with paint and pieces, I am feeling much better!  I might even get a good nights sleep tonight.

Mixed Media 8' x 10 Abstract Gears - Doubt

Happy Day!



ITAC 2017 – Challenge 1

Hello all,

Below is my entry for the ITAC 2017 Tournament of Art & Craft.

ITACThis was a wonderful challenge!  I started with the “face” component and was immediately drawn to a stamp that I had in my inventory of a Victorian Lady in a collage setting.  This image is what I built my double flat canvas Mixed Media project around.

Itac Challenge 1 Victorian Mixed mediaITAC Challenge 1 Victorian Mixed Media 4ITAC Challenge 1 Victorian Mixed Media 3ITAC Challenge 1 Victorian Mixed Media 2

Key elements:

  •  A layer of music print (from a vintage music book of Bach “The High Mass”) was adhered to an 8″ x 8″ flat panel canvas.  I love the notes peaking through the background on this piece!
  • Lace was added as a frame around a 5″ x 5″ flat canvas panel (that was adhered to the 8″ x 8″ panel).
  • Texture paste was applied through a corner stencils to add texture to the upper and lower corners of the project.  This corner stencil reminded me of the roof line of a Victorian home
  • Acrylic paints and sprays were used to add color and texture.  I tried to stick to a Victorian color palette.
  • A text stencil was used with acrylic paint  on the 5″ x 5″ canvas panel to add further interest and dimension (and also meant to touch on the “letters” criteria of the challenge).
  • The face image was stamped on Tim Holtz tissue paper applied as the focal point, front and center in the canvas.  Blue was used on her dress and around the collage border to bring additional focus to the focal image.
  • Metal pieces , flowers, and pearls were used to embellish the canvas.

Not 100% sure that I hit on the modern component unless you count the use of the Tim Holtz tissue paper, that is pretty modern.  lol

I can’t wait for the next challenge, I might even play around a little more this one…maybe a coordinating card

Materials used:

  • Victorian Stamp images – The Angel company
  • Corner Stencil – Club Scrap Inc.
  • Script Stencil by The Crafters Workshop
  • Acrylic inks and sprays
  • Recollection paper flowers – white
  • Metal embellishments
  • Buttons and pearls
  • Lace by Wyla Inc.
  • Deco Art – Metallic Lustre
  • Ranger, texture paste
  • Finnabiar – Art Basics, Gesso and gloss gel
  • Golden, Gloss Glazing Liquid
  • Ranger, Archival Ink
  • Vintage book text (music print)

Happy Day!



Art Journal – Courage to Imagine

Hello all,

Since my last journal page was a bit dark and dreary, I thought I would post the page I made tonight (which has a much more positive message).

Art Journal dragonfly dress

This page was quite fun and whimsical to make.  I used a stamp set from innovativestampcreations.com that has terrific dragronfly and dress images.  So I decided to use the dragronfly wings from one stamp with a dress stamp to create the focal image.  The dress was created by spraying Glimmermist over a stencil onto watercolor paper, I then stamped the dress with archival ink and cut it out by hand.  For the head, I disassembled an old cameo button and used just the face portion of the button for this element.   The wings were stamped directly onto the journal page with archival ink.

The background is layers of gesso, Gelatos, acrylic paints, gloss gel, texture paste (applied over a stencil), and book text.  Text stamps were also used to create additional interest in the background along with black and white paint splatters.  To finish up, I added shadowing with Pitt Pens, stamped a saying, and embellished the dress with  mini-flowers and adhesive pearls.

I like the depth of color that I ended up with on this page as well as the texture from the stencils/texture paste and book text.   I also think the whimsical focal point goes well with the saying.

Materials used.

  • Tim Holtz Collection, stencil (harlequin)
  • TCW Stencil designed by Jaine, Floral Frenzy
  • Stamps by innovativestamps.com
  • Saying stamp by Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous
  • Background text stamp by Heidi Swapp
  • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
  • Finnabair Art Basics, White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell, Gelatos (Comet, Butter Cream, Odyssey, Watermelon, Starburst)
  • My Tattered Angels, Glimmermist & Matte Mist (Rich Mocha, Ginger, Saffron, Cherry)
  • Liquitex, Soft Body Acrylic – Mars Black
  • Liquitex, Gloss Gel
  • Ranger, Adirondack Acrylics (Lettuce, Cranberry)
  • Ranger, Texture Paste
  • Recollections, Paper Flowers
  • Triveni Craft, Adhesive Pearls

Hope you found this page inspiring enough to try an Art Jouranl page of your own!

Happy Day,