Monday, September 10, 2012


On a recent (and well needed) fun outing with my friend Paige King, I picked up some great resources for mixed media art projects. One of which included, player piano music sheets or scrolls. The paper has perforated rectangles, stamped lyrics and is aged to the perfect color. 

I am currently working on a project using this paper and it has been a breeze. The perforation are quite lovely when placed over a color. I will post the results soon! 

Drop in Creative Corner @ Hodgepodge and pickup a scroll, there is only a limited supply. 
Take care!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Change is good....

Change is good....change is good.... except when it involves technology. Yes, I do appreciate the new updates, looks and advancements - however, I could use a little advance warning. You see, I need the time to emotionally process these things that will have a predominant effect on my world. Like posting on my blog, simply enough --- you would think. I have been doing it for awhile now, humming along in blog land perfectly fine and then wham. After many attempts I have finally figured the changes that are going to make my blog life easier - point made.

Creative processes --- lets move in a positive space. Take a look at your home and office space, need some original artwork? I have a few ideas -

   Use travel photos and embellish with other mediums (paint, pencil etc).

   Copy family photos onto Grafix Rubonz Transfer Sheet and adhere to a painted background. See
   sample art.

   Use quotes or sayings framed in a simple frame. You may also embellish with other mediums.







Friday, June 1, 2012

Mixed Media Art


Looking for new ways to incorporate a personal touch into your art? Try using your favorite family photos. Nine 24 x 24 x 2 birch wood panels including the clients photos, handwritten recipes, letters and childhood ephemera.

Monday, May 21, 2012

One cabin

One cabin, eight to nine participates ( a few were coming and going), 2 1/2 days, 2 nights of dedication to your art, craft, scrapbook, wedding plans, organizing or whatever you choose. In other words, bring whatever it is you would like to work on....I chose an altered book that I had started last year. One person worked on an upcoming wedding another organized her personal files and several worked on scrapbooks.



This was a gift....uninterrupted time, great food, wonderful company and comfortable surrounding. If you have the opportunity to take a retreat, lock-in or girls getaway, go for it. You will return with a renewed perspective. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Slide Art

The reward to cleaning and re-organizing are not just immediate, but in the findings..... Recently I discovered a box full of slides, dinosaur remnants from the "good ole days".  Some of you might remember shooting photos of your art - converting the images to slides and mailing them off with written proposals. Gosh....how things have changed.



Anyway....I decided to incorporate the slide frames into some art. I simply removed the film negative and inserted prints of art - pressed flowers - etc. I embellished them with watercolor pencils or reproduced them on vellum paper.

Give this a try, all of it - cleaning, re-organizing and making slide art. You might find a new perspective on your life.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vintage Button Tree - Art Party












A fun and creative evening at the home of Tana S. making art! Tana hosted an art party for her friends. I had a wonderful time with a great group of ladies, thank you Tana!










I had the pleasure of working with the 2011-2012 Clarksville Montgomery County Youth Leadership students in an art workshop. The students learned about ATC, the history and how to trade them. They also created several of their own ATC to trade along themselves. It was an incredible morning in work space above ARTifacts with great and talented energy.

Monday, January 30, 2012


A simple source for paint palettes, re-use old dishes. These are especially great for acrylic (or other water based paints) because you may cover the palette (plate) with plastic wrap and slide into the refrigerator for the next session. I found the plastic cover ups work perfect to cover my plate. These come in a box of assorted sizes and look very similar to shower caps (another source for covering paints). Where did I find the cover ups? Dollar Store.

Wax paper - endless possibilities.... I mainly use wax paper to cover slightly wet paintings for easier transport. I also use wax paper in between layering steps of mixed media or altered book pages. The wax paper doesn't stick to the adhesive and allows me to continue working.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Try using Grafix Rubonz and transferring a watercolor. The results are quite nice with a light and translucent appearance. The artwork shown is a watercolor printed on Rubonz and then adhered to a piece of wood. The natural characteristics of the wood peek through the transfer, warming up the composition. The small image is mixed media using a book page, acrylic paint and pressed flowers on a piece of wood. The two panels were then mounted on (using Double Tack adhesive film) a panel covered in burlap that was painted and distressed. The combination of these pieces unite to form a pleasing composition.

This is a great way to use pieces of original art in multiple ways!

Friday, January 20, 2012


Try photo transfers with Grafix's Rubonz Sheets. Grafix has made it is simple to transfer photos and images (line art, watercolors etc.) onto different surfaces. Visit Creative Corner at Hodgepodge downtown Clarksville to view samples and pick up supplies. Also, see Grafix online video demos for inspiration and instruction - www.grafix.com