Category Archives: collage papers

Play Ball!

I had fun adding some collage papers to my faces I posted yesterday…

I used my gelli-printed deli papers, a little scrapbook paper and some features from magazines.

Here are my favorites with a caption under the pictures:


You say what?!

Play ball!!

Hope these give you a smile today!

Cheers! ūüôā

Jane Austen

I’m a little behind on my¬†assignments¬†in my year-long class with Carla Sonheim. ¬†So yesterday, I combined two¬†lessons into one. ¬†This quote from Jane Austen on writing:


And secondary, Carla’s tip on sanding magazine paper. ¬†Roughing up this glossy paper gives it “tooth” which adds a nice texture to my¬†collage.¬†¬†It also gives a nice vintage feel to this piece which I like.¬† I¬†added¬†other papers, including an old postage stamp.

As many of you know, I love experimenting in art! ¬† So this page was super fun to do. ūüôā

Do you have a favorite book that Jane Austen wrote?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! ūüôā


Sometimes I like to put brush to paper in watercolor without thinking about an outcome.

This experiment I did in my art journal recently.  As winter fades and Spring awakens:


The colors in nature change from greys and blues to greens and yellows.

I also painted similar colors and patterns on Lutradur in watercolor. ¬†This photo tells you about this product if you haven’t heard about it.


The product can be used in sewing and paper arts. It feels like a heavy interfacing used in sewing.

I cut out a few strips of the painted Lutradur and glued them over my watercolor paper.  I like the subtle contrast with the paper.  I added a gelli-printed circle to represent the moon.


Have you ever used Lutradur?¬† I’d love to hear how you have used it!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Poking Holes

It is interesting to me how one art¬†experiment often leads me¬†to another…

In this case, poking holes in my paper, led to playing with circles – first with Tombow markers:


Then cutting circle shapes from a variety of papers and stamping acrylic paint with a wine cork and adding a little glitter:


And using the holes from the previous page to add an interesting layer:


I’d love to hear how¬†an recent art experiment led you to an unexpected outcome!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

The Willowwack

This strange looking bird lives in the wooded, uninhabited areas of New England:


It is recognized by its artichoke-green beak and its spirographic eyes that glow in the dark protecting it from unwanted preditors.

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

I hope this silly bird gives you a smile today!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Handmade Foam Stamps

I learned how to make these foam stamps recently in an online art class.¬† They are so easy and fun!¬† I wanted to share it with you…¬† They can¬†add to all¬†sorts of projects – wrapping paper, gift tags, Christmas cards and collage papers!

I purchased the adhesive backed foam from Michael’s in a 9 x 12 inch sheet.¬† I purchased it in black but they also come in white.¬† Just make sure you buy the adhesive backed sheets.


They are easy to cut with scissors.¬† Even a child can do this!¬† ūüôā

I used an Exacto knife to cut squares of stiff cardboard for the base of my stamps:


You will want to do this step and NOT your child.  It helps to use a protective surface when using an Exacto knife.

You simply cut the shapes, peel off the back and stick them to your cardboard backing!  Easy as pie!!!


Here is the stamp I used in yesterday’s post in several variations of red and green over gelli-printed paper:


I’m really liking¬†Golden’s Iridescent Gold for a little extra holiday bling!¬† ūüôā¬† It’s great to mix with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paints but any acrylic paint would work!

I apply paint to my handmade stamps using a sponge and a paper plate for a palette.


A brayer would also work but I don’t like wasting a lot of paint.

I’m finding the handmade stamps make a nice addition to my gelli-printed papers:


And here is a combo with two stamps:



I try to take notes of the colors I used so I can repeat them.  I hope to use these papers in future collages.

Hope you enjoyed my instructions!!  I would love to see what you do!

Cheers!!¬† ūüôā

P.S.  You can press into the foam with a ball point pen to create a pattern of dots too!

A Kaleidoscope of Color

I created my painted collage papers for the online collage class I told you about yesterday with the rice paper my kaleidoscope is on:


I’ve always been AMAZED with the¬†patterns, shapes and colors of¬†a¬†Kaleidoscope!¬† WOW!¬† ūüôā

And here are my papers I created with acrylic paints and a variety of patterns – using stencils, sea sponges and found objects:

And some neutral colors… with a spin of the kaleidoscope wheel:

Stay tuned for Thursday¬†for more collage fun!¬† ūüôā

Cheers for color!!¬† ūüôā

Life Is A … Jigsaw Puzzle!

Do you ever feel like you get all the jigsaw pieces to fit together in a nice, neat little picture and then someone comes along and disturbs it… and all your pieces go flying!!¬† ūüėČ

You are left in a scramble like these scraps of paper:


I started by randomly gluing scraps of my Gelli-prints with a glue stick to a piece of paper like I did here.

There is something rewarding to just laying out your pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.¬† Maybe it is the anticipation in¬†solving the puzzle?¬† ūüôā

I then use a pencil to accent each shape and a blending stick to blend the pencil to give the shape dimension.  As you can see I am about halfway done in this photo:


This is not a fast process – kind of like searching for that end piece in ALL those 5000 puzzle pieces!¬† But it helps me process information.¬† It¬†gives me time to think about my options…


My puzzle is complete although it looks totally messy.¬† Kind of like life I guess…

Sometimes¬†life’s puzzle pieces fit together easily and other times nothing seems to connect!¬† But you just keep looking for the pieces because you know there is a bigger picture in the end.

Cheers Friends!¬† ūüôā

3 Projects In 1

Yesterday while I was making dinner – Lentil soup… I decided to practice making marks with my watercolor brush.¬† I found it made good use¬†of a little free time.

I was inspired by Cynthia at Sand Salt Moon to paint within a grid format.¬† Please check out Cynthia’s post at this link:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Soon dinner was ready Рwhich was perfect timing because I needed the paint to dry!

After dinner, I wanted to relax while watching TV with my husband so I started to doodle on my watercolor experiment.  Below are my results Рbefore and after doodling:

I decided to scan my doodle so now I can use a copy as collage paper too!

How do you make the most of your time with your art?¬† I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Mark Making!¬† ūüôā