Saturday, February 14, 2015


Aaarrrgh….this collage was a real stinker!  I painted, repainted, added more collage, painted again.  I have sooooo many layers of paint on it that I finally had to say ENOUGH!

I think the problem was that the composition and colors didn't speak to me.  It started out predominantly red and yellow so I introduced the color green in order to provide more interest.  I made the heart shape into a martian face but it was too dominant and took away from the main character, the girl with the headdress. The solution was to cover the heart shape with a flower girl collage piece by Teesha Moore and by adding yellow paint to the main character's skin.  This created a better balance.  

Finished collage

Collage prior to pen work
This would have made a good Valentine's Day theme collage but you know how it goes…the painting sometimes takes on a life of it own and BOY…did this one ever!

Until next time…


Wednesday, February 11, 2015


"I think the artistry is in having insight into what one sees around them.  
Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before 
and finding a way to express that to other people who don't have insight."  
Steve Jobs

Sometimes the finished collage piece surprises me because it turns out in a way that I had never imagined.  Such is the case with this journal page.  I felt that it was pretty ugly before the pen work and I knew that pen work would really liven it up but this page took on a life of its own.  More embellishment with collage, the addition of the color blue, the tinting of the flowers to match the skin color pull it all together.  I think that it is one of my favorite pages!

Finished collage

Collage Before Pen Work
Until next time…..



It's been a while since I last collaged in my "Teesha Journal."  
It feels really good to be back and doing what calms the stress of everyday life. 
 I don't get this feeling from other art forms and it is a puzzle to me why that is.  
Could it be because my other art work requires more planning and skill
whereby, collaging in my journal is more intuitive and there are "NO Rules?" 
With collage I can cut out different elements from magazines, books or 
collage sheets (my go to for collage fodder) and try them out in various locations 
on the page before I commit to gluing them down permanently. 
Then the magic happens…the pen work.  
This is where the "intuitiveness" come in….this is where I put pen to paper and 
color, doodle and draw until I like what I see.  
Until I feel that the page is finished.  
Sigh…..pure bliss!

Here is the finished page with before and after photos.

Finished Collage

Collage Before Pen Work

That's all for now.  I am working on several more pages in my "Teesha Journal"…so stay tuned!

Until next time……