Thursday, May 29, 2014


I made myself a collage sheet of vintage moon faces and thought that I would share.  These are a little rough as I am just learning how to make them.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 26, 2014


I am currently working in a black & white journal that is patterned after two different journals that Teesha Moore showed us in the Artstronauts Club.  I made mine 6"x8" with 21 fold-out pages.  All of the collage and pen work will be in black, white and grey on grey paper.  I can't tell you how much fun is is to make these journals.  I have made five so far and I am sure that I will make more as they make lovely gifts.

I still need to make the closure for three of them.  I'm not sure if I will use ribbon like the one shown or do something different.  Hmmm…decisions, decisions!

Journals made with double-sided scrapbook paper.

Black, White & Grey Journal

Sneak peek at journal in progress.

Sneak peek at B&W journal in progress.

I know, I know….I started another journal without first finishing the one I was working on.  Actually, I do that often.  I become interested in new and different things before I am finished with the projects that I am currently working on.  I guess that keeps me from becoming bored…but not to worry...I'll return to the old projects and finish them up someday!  Then they will be new projects all over again.  Anyone else do this?  I know I am not come on…fess up!!!

Until next time!



Michael's had a sale recently on their gallery canvas so I picked up a few for gift making.  I love the way the canvas looks when the sides are painted but I don't like, so much, that the canvas has "give" when you try to adhere the paper...but the smaller sizes seem to work well enough.

With that said, I completed two 4" x 4"collaged canvases for a friend's Birthday.  I used Liqutex Acrylic Matte Gel Medium for adhering the paper but wasn't satisfied with the wrinkles when they dried.  Even with the small size, it was difficult to put enough pressure on the surface of the canvas to adequately burnish the collage pieces.  To remedy this, I thought that I would try applying the gel medium directly to the top and sides of the completed canvases by using a pallet knife…making sure to spread a generous coat to fill the valley's that the wrinkles made.  I read somewhere where that this can be done to give the appearance of faux encaustic.  It worked!  Now…if I had only thought of applying a coat of furniture wax to the surface, I am sure it would look very much like encaustic! Next time!

All the collage pieces are from magazines, books or found objects (tea bag).

Of course…after I completed these two little ditties, I found wooden like signs (made of MDF) at Michaels that would be perfect for collage and that were a fraction of the cost of canvas.  $2.00 for a 4"x4" or  2"x6", $3.00 for a 5"x7", and $5.00 for a 5"x11"!  (They had additional sizes too.)  And...I had a 30% off coupon for the total purchase!  Whoop Whoop!  You better believe that I loaded up the cart!

You can see from the photo that they have a beveled edge and that the inside of the back is also painted.  One of my friends suggested that the inside back could be used for making a diorama.  What a great idea!  Also, wouldn't these be great to adhere several different sizes together to make a cute display box?  Oooooh…the ideas they are just a churning!

Until next time!



WOW!  I hadn't realize that so much time has past since my last post.  Not that I haven't been busy working on lots and lots of creative projects…but I have been busy...and do I ever have many new and different things to show you!

Let me start with my "Teesha" journal.  I have completed two more pages and only have twenty more to go.  I'm a little over half way through but I had to set it aside temporarily in order to work on gift making for the many friends and family who have Birthday's this time of year.  I'll show you some of those gifts in a separate post but first,  let me show you the two completed pages and their before and after shots.
Completed collage

Collage before pen work

Completed collage

Collage prior to pen work.

There you have it!  Two more completed pages in my "Teesha" Journal.

I welcome questions about the supplies used or the process.  I love to share..soooo...just ask!

Until next time….