Creative JumpStart 2016

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I last participated in Creative JumpStart.  Natalie Kalbach at N*Studio has done it again.  This time all us jump starters were introduced to 5 master artists.  We watched a couple short videos about their work and style and then we got to try our hand at creating a masterpiece based on their work.  We were helped by several known mixed media artists who created videos for us in which they also interpreted the master artist.

I was particularly inspired by the video of MaryBeth Shaw’s translation of Anselm Kiefer’s work.  MaryBeth used oil sticks in her work, but I don’t have any oil sticks as of yet so I attemped my translation with CrayPas.  The result follows.Translation of Anselm Kiefer for Creative JumpStart 2016

February 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

Creative Jumpstart 2015

I love the Creative Jumpstart workshop that Nat Kalbach pulls together each year.  This year the theme is “out of the box” and it’s sponsored by Liquitex.  If you haven’t joined yet, head over to and have some fun.

I was especially inspired by a couple of the videos; Mixed Media Collage with Jimmy Leslie, Art Journal Parts I and II with Natalie and Painting Panel with Marsha Valk.  I decided to try the techniques on a ceramic pot instead of my journal and this is what I ended up with.

Pot using art journal techniques

2nd view of pot

2nd view of pot

I added some used Pepsi soda cans (that I stamped and embossed) in the circles.  Below are a couple close-ups of the soda cans on the sides of the pot.

1st close-up of Pepsi cans collaged to sides of pot.

1st close-up of Pepsi cans collaged to sides of pot.

2nd close-up of Pepsi can collaged to sides of pot.

2nd close-up of Pepsi can collaged to sides of pot.

January 25, 2015 at 10:02 pm 3 comments

Creative Jumpstart Giveaway by Liquitex

I entered the Creative Jumpstart event this year at  It is so much fun!  I’m so glad I entered it!   All of the videos are so inspirational and fun to watch.  I’m really learning a lot.

Anyway, I’m entering one of my endeavors (two journal pages) in the Giveaway by Liquitex.  I really love their products and hopefully can win some more.  Below is my entry.

Creative Jumpstart Geveaway by Liquites

Creative Jumpstart Geveaway by Liquitex

This is my second attempt with this method of laying the paints out on a palette and rolling them out with a brayer; and then I added all kinds of designs over the palette paper with various household items; a used paper towel tube, corregated paper, corregated cardboard from a box and a comb.  Then I tore off the palette paper and layed it over my journal pages and printed it by rubbing over the back with the brayer.  I love this technique and the interesting designs that come from it.  Below is a closer look at the two pages.

First Page from Journal

First Page from Journal

Second Page from Journal

Second Page from Journal

When I painted the girl, I let some of the background show through.  I was trying to capture a kind of dreamy look.  I think I could have done it better, but there’s only so much time in a day!  After I painted her hair and while the paint was still wet, I applied Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste over her hair with a palette knife.  Then I combed  through it with the palette knife and the comb in order to mix some of the hair color in with it.  I also used the modeling paste mixed with color to stamp some of the circles that the “dream” letters are in.  I also used Liquitex white gesso behind the “dream” letters.

January 30, 2014 at 6:50 am 4 comments

New Blue Fern Garden Collection

Check out the Blue Fern Garden Collection here  and if you do some of the simple steps they list at the end of the post, you’ll get a chance to win this gorgeous collection!

BF Garden Timeless preview6

January 7, 2014 at 11:55 am 1 comment

Trick or Treat Fun

I decided to join in the fun with our friends at  for Halloween.   They had a map with a treat give-a-way and I decided to join.

Mr Wizard Pumpkin

Mr Wizard Pumpkin

I gave away a free pattern to make the canvas shown below.  What fun!

Hoo's Scared Halloween Canvas

Hoo’s Scared Halloween Canvas

Just wanted to add a note about how much I will miss Cath over at  She was such a wonderful inspiration to us all.  Even though I don’t exclusively make paper art, she always made all us creative types feel welcome and important to her world.   Miss you already Cath!

October 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm 25 comments

Paper Smooches October Designer Search Card Set Entry

This is the last card of the set I’m entering into the Paper Smooches October Designer Search

Oh no You Dit-ten Thank You Card

September 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Another Entry for Paper Smooches October Guest Designer Search

This is another card from the set I’m entering in the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search

My Bad Card

September 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

Paper Smooches October Designer Search

The next card I entered in the Paper Smooches October Designer search is from a card set I made.

Oh Em Gee Birthday card

September 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

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