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Five Layers of Vintage Assemblage Box

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Oh boy, did I have fun today! The Creative Crew for Canvas Corp Brands issued a challenge to create some altered art using flea market treasures. Since I have just a boatload of “stuff” I have collected and hoarded for assemblage and collage pieces, this was so much to pick just the right pieces to add to this little 5x7-inch box frame. I’m featuring products from the 7 Gypsies line as my background and my focal pieces. The Junque Pack Parlour pieces, along with some of its packaging, became the background inside the box. These Junque Pack pieces are easy to cut and are self adhesive—super easy!  I cut the package piece to fit the bottom of the box frame and then added some of the peeling paper junque for more texture to the background. I put a wash of black acrylic over the whole thing to tone it down a bit, and then added some paint drips.


I transferred two different 7 Gypsies Parchment Rub-Ons from the 'Live' sheet to watercolor paper, and then painted them using watercolor…

Apron for Your Valentine

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As part of Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew, I created this sweet Valentine's Day apron. I don't cook much, but my daughters do (go figure.) So, creating a cute apron as a Valentine's Day gift was a no-brainer.

This basic, blank canvas apron with three pockets from Canvas Corp Brands was the perfect 'canvas' for my Valentine's Day creation. Of course it had to have hearts because, well, Valentine's Day! Using Inktense pencils instead of acrylic paint allowed me to create a soft look, as well as keeping the apron soft and pliable. I love that these pencils are permanent when dry unlike watercolor, but with the watercolor look. I took advantage of some7 Gypsies Parchment rub-on transfers to give the apron a 50s vibe and then adding the vintage rick rack and buttons just took it up another vintage notch.

I would love to receive an apron like this one on Valentine's Day even if I don't cook -- maybe I would just wear it while I created another great pro…

Creating Small Format Collage On Book Covers

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Well, we are about a week into the new year already. I decided my studio could use a good cleaning and re-organization. My painting station is just fine since I did that area not long ago, and have really beeen diligent about keeping it that way! But my collage and assemblage area is totally out of control. Spread across two rooms and I have no idea what I have or where it is!

So four hours of sorting and organizing small parts for assemblage making, as well as a bunch of hardware, and I have a pretty good handle on that part. I pooped out before I could tackle all my paper. I have gelli prints, junk paper, digital and actual paper ephemera, bits and pieces of a lot of stuff, ol d bookmpages, sheet music...well, you get the idea. That’s next because I use it the most and need to be able to find what I want.

So speaking of collage, one of my favorite substrates for collage are old book covers. I remove them from the book block (pages), then cut them from the spine, and I usually take t…

Industrial-theme Collage

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Good evening all...
Jumping on here real quick to share the collage I worked on today. The process video is up on my YouTube channel. I told you yesterday that I am now part of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew for 2019. They sent me a box of products to play with, so play I did! The result is this collage that I created on watercolor paper. All the supplies I used are available in the videos description on YouTube along with the links to get where you need to go to purchase them.

I used several 7 Gypsies products and some from Tattered Angels. I love the parchment rub-one from 7 Gypsies Architextures line. Just a genius idea and every bit of that packaging can be used, too.

So here is the collage...I decided to attach it to a vintage, wooden hanger using black binder clips. It just seemed to fit the style of the collage really well. And, it saved me a few dollars in framing.






 I used some strings of rusted cheesecloth as well as pieces of watercolor paper that I rusted with some ol…

Excited for 2019!

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Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s 2019, isn’t it? I am really looking forward to a fresh, new year to expand my artistic endeavors. I’m not one for resolutions — I never keep them. But I have promised myself to use all the supplies I have amassed in my studio...it’s a lot! But it will be fun and adventurous, and I am looking forward to more fun and less seriousness. Or at least more of a balance between the two. I want to improve my watercolor skills, for sure. And I received so many cool new supplies for Christmas (thanks to an Amazon list my kids picked from) so I am looking forward to more play and experimentation.

This year has taken an unexpected turn already! I was chosen to become a member of the Canvas Corp Brands creative team  — Creative Crew 2019. So, you will be seeing videos and blog posts here, featuring products from Canvas Corp Creative Home, 7 Gypsies, and Tattered Angels. I am so excited to find out how it all works and get started on those projects. You can find …

Welcome to the blog . . .

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Welcome!I am starting a new blog since my last one was sadly neglected and out of date. I will try to keep you updated on my art endeavors and I hope that you find value in what I share with you. If you would like to get notifications via email when I post new content, just click the subscribe button at the top of the page. My web site is chock full of great things for sale, too.

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Here's my year-end review video. It will give you a little overview of the types of art I enjoy.





I am thrilled to announce that I was chosen to become a member of the Canvas Corp Brand's Creative Crew for 2019! Yippee!! I will be helping Canvas Corp Brand get the word out about their products and doing …