Friday, September 30, 2011

Mixed Media journal page FRANCE

french riviera pages
You've seen the page on the right before from my mixed media journal. The page of the left is done with spray watercolors, spray gesso and très belle stencils from my pal Mary Beth Shaw's company StencilGirl  (this stencil and this one.)  
Click here to see why I'm dreaming of France.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I'm in Portland Oregon and today is my birthday

art and soul Portland!
Today is my birthday and I'm in Portland, Oregon teaching at Art & Soul. You know, I'd love it if you wished me happy birthday, over on facebook. Or better yet, surprise me in Portland?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Phoenix in August

phoenix detail  


Phoenix in August  

phoenix detail  

phoenix detail  
Mono-print, but you knew that.
I'm teaching a one day workshop in mono-printing on cloth in San Diego on Monday, December 5. They haven't announced registration yet.. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

a collection

faucett detail

faucett page

faucett detail 2

faucet detail
I love collections of things. And what's better than just buying the collection outright? I found these great faucet handles at an artist faire and just bought them all! My journal page, done straight to pen with my water soluble Tombow pen clearly doesn't do the real thing justice. I'll definitely paint these again, with their lovely patinas...And I'm sure you'll see some hand carved stamps inspired by these too.
faucet collection

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New online classes!

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus blooms

eucalyptus in bloom
I'm writing lessons for my upcoming online class "Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal." You can register now, and the class runs 6 weeks and starts October 6.
I'll be rerunning my most popular online class "Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style" and it starts October 7. It's the perfect one for total beginners.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Springtime ~ fused sheer collage

Springtime

springtime detail  

springtime detail  

springtime detail  
I'm traveling and teaching for the next two weeks. Austin, Texas and then Portland, Oregon for Art & Soul. I've got some posts scheduled while up gone, but you can keep up with me on Facebook.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hey Bra! Bead it like you mean it!

bra detail 4
So, the San Diego Susan G. Komen organization ask me to make art from a bra for their upcoming fundraiser on October 1.  At the same time, I was watching my friend Lyric Kinard's brand new DVD "Bead It Like You Mean It."
bra the start
WELL! the bra went from this (above) to this (photos below) from watching and learning from Lyric's dvd!
bra detail 5

bra detail 2

bra 1
Update: You all know my friend Melanie Testa has been battling and surviving breast cancer. Head over to her blog post today. You'll be moved to tears, and maybe to donate.
bra detail 6

bra detail 10

bra detail 7




You can buy Lyric's DVD right now, or you can come back to my blog on October 10 (well, sooner than that I hope!) and read my review of her DVD and enter to win a copy.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Balinese Sculpture

Balinese sculpture

Balinese sculpture

Balinese sculpture

Balinese sculpture
I bought this wooden sculpture in Bali in the late 80s. It's been in my backyard, on my bathtub and currently resides in the living room. Drawn and watercolor in my mixed media journal.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Art Aprons

from art to art journaling

from art to art journaling
Oh, did you know I have an instructional DVD called "From Art to Art Journaling."
and that you can buy the DVD or download? You do now... (!)
from art to art journaling  from art to art journaling
I printed out the image of my DVD on to fabric prepared for inkjet printing, and then fused and stitched and did a little free motion onto my aprons. (The one on the right is made from my spoonflower fabric.)
from art to art journaling from art to art journaling
I'll be wearing one of these aprons and teaching in Pasadena at the Learning and Product Expo on Friday, October 28. Mixed Media collage in the morning and Illustrated Journaling with Strathmore Visual Journals in the afternoon. (and ALL the materials for the class are included!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Farmer Market ~ Golden Hill

orange beets

orange beets in progress

farmers market page
Straight to ink sketches on a page prepared with stencils and color in my Strathmore Visual Journal for Mixed Media.
farmers market page detail  

farmers market page detail

farmers market page detail  

farmers market page detail  

San Diego SketchCrawl
Some members of our wonderful San Diego SketchCrawl group spent a day at the Farmers Market in Golden Hill.
San Diego SketchCrawl

San Diego SketchCrawl

San Diego SketchCrawl

San Diego SketchCrawl
If sketching & watercolor with friends at San Diego farmers markets are so much fun, can you imagine how fun it will be in my week long workshops in Orvieto, Italy and Nice, France next year! 
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