Grey Toned Journals

Stillman & Birn Nova Series

I had a chance to try out the grey-toned Nova Series paper by Stillman & Birn this past weekend. I tried using various materials, including: water soluble oil pastels, grease pencils, regular graphite, colored pencil, gouache and acrylic paints.

I liked the way the paper handled all the materials, and the colors contrast nicely with the grey background. So far, nothing has bled through to the other side!

Second contemporary painting in the Sea Glass series

I finished up this second mixed media contemporary abstract this morning. My current inspiration comes from tide pools and sea glass.

These are artworks on paper using various materials, including acrylics, crayons and pencil. Each piece features colors of the sea and unique, linear abstract drawn motifs.

Living in Florida provides ocean inspiration and an appreciation for seaside hues.


Contemporary mixed media series

Abstract Seaside Treasures

Happy New Year everyone!

I am really excited about 2018, because I’m focusing on creating larger, contemporary works in addition to the mini paintings and smaller works that I have been doing for several years now.

This is one of the new mixed media contemporary abstracts created with acrylics, crayons, and pencil on heavy paper (14 x 11 inches) using bold colors and floating, linear imagery. It is the first painting in my Tide Pool and Sea Glass theme this quarter. The loose, layered style is one of my favorite methods of developing a painting. Each layer works together to give the viewer both color and linear movement experiences.


Printmaking fun!

Creating abstract fun with a Gelliplate

I recently bought a smaller sized 5×5 inch square Gelliplate for abstract and nature printmaking projects. I found this size perfect for my Hobonichi journal. It’s a fun and relaxing way to collect ephemera for future art journal projects.

I usually like to use nature samples for my imprints, like leaves and ferns, but here I cut out my own stencils from file folder cardstock. Part of the fun is learning to enjoy the happy surprises that you end up with, even if you do get a few “not so great” prints along the way. In the end, it’s all about having fun in the process–re-visiting your child-like experience with art.

Busy art journal days

I need to find a better posting schedule for my blog. I have so many daily art projects happening and a large amount of work each week that I could post and discuss here. Fitting in weekly blog posts hasn’t been my best skill set these past two months.

I was happy to find this app by Diptic that allows me to create a collection of pages for viewing that will help me get caught up with sharing the latest art pages. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Instagram–The 100 Day Project

Painting miniature paintings for 100 days on Instagram…

Another day. Another challenge. If you are a fan or participant on Instagram, you know these types of fun projects come up almost weekly. Someone is always creating another 30 day, 100 day, or year-long project to entice you to sign up and join in the madness.

Some finish the commitment, others have to shorten the project due to various unexpected conditions in their lives. But either way, I always feel that there is value in doing what one can with the time allotted. There is no sense in beating yourself up over whether you finish or not… the joy is in the journey! There is no shame in getting in there and giving it a try.

So, here I am with several daily, personal art journal commitments already, taking on another larger project such as this 100 day challenge. But it’s fun. And I’m chugging along, brush in hand, finding the time in between all the other ongoing art creations and Etsy business responsibilities.

A friend on IG suggested that I list these little painting in my shop, so I made a little section for them. The 100 day project. You can find them here… studio318

If you aren’t participating yet in the 100 Day Project, please consider doing so. It’s a fabulous way to build discipline and maybe try something new. Hop on over to Instagram and see all the creative projects people have taken on. It’s not just about painting–creatives everywhere are weaving, writing, carving–there are no complicated rules–just create something or do something you love for 100 days. Besides, we crazy people want more crazy friends in our lives, so come over and play!

Speedball lino carving some new stamps

Speedball carving tools for mixed media projects…

Today it was rainy and quite dreary looking outside here in Central Florida, not to mention a few powerful thunderstorms rolled on through. I decided to stay inside for the day and play in the art studio. I had a small piece of Speedball pink carving rubber that I found in “the” closet, and I thought carving would be a great way to relax and listen to the rain while keeping myself busy.

There are a lot of wonderful YouTube videos on how to use lino cutting tools, so I won’t give a detailed account of technique. Just remember to keep your fingers out of the way. And when you want to make curved lines, turn the rubber underneath the cutting tool… things go a lot smoother that way. 😉

For this coffee stamp I must admit that I did not sketch on paper and then transfer onto the rubber, but you should. I figured it would be easy enough use a smooth ballpoint pen and just draw on the rubber directly. Luckily for me, my brain flipped the letters around correctly, and when I printed the stamp the word “coffee” was readable. This is no small miracle. But some days, art studio magic happens.

I also just used the direct “draw on the rubber” technique (do not judge my impatience!) LOL for the rest of these stamps. I was on a roll, finishing quite a few designs today. But I am almost out of tins–my tin stash is slowly being depleted. Sigh. I guess I will have to go tin shopping again soon! For those who know me, there aren’t enough tins in the universe. Tin obsession!!!!

Happy carving friends. Please keep all your fingers!