Category Archives: paper collage

Toucan Dan Can

Toucan Dan can balance a can bowl with a fish while spinning a dish…


And riding a squishy “Ish”!

May your balancing act (life) be full of happy surprises…

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

Let’s Face It

Creating a face every day on Instagram can be challenging for the 100-day project that I started April 4th. ¬†Yet, probably not in the manner you think!¬† ūüėČ

Let’s face it… I cannot draw a face with the SAME materials¬†every day. ¬†I need variety!

I have created faces with collage papers but not on a collaged background.  So this began my recent challenge for myself.

I started by randomly gluing pieces of papers in my sketchbook with a glue stick.  I chose papers without a lot of pattern and light in color so my pencil sketch would show up.

Here is my collaged background and my completed pencil sketch of my first experiment:

I tried to select papers in colors that went well together but not spend too much time on it. ¬†In other words, I didn’t over think it!

My second one, I added color pencils to my pencil sketch:

Tomorrow, I will show you how I created my third collaged piece a little differently.

These were super fun to do!  I hope you give it a try!

Cheers! ūüôā

Play That Funky Music

Why do you think this bird is dancing?


I look forward to hearing your response!

I will share my answer next Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

4 Color Painting – Done!

Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting! ¬†I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…


I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!

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

A Robin’s Disguise

Robin thought his disguise was eggs-cellent until the Easter Bunny showed up!


Happy Easter AND Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā

Dear Mom…

A friend’s mom was having a birthday and asked for postcards with cats to wish her a happy day. ¬†It was easier for me to use postcards that were cut and ready for art.


I decided to combine collage using gelli-printed paper and Neocolors water-soluble crayons (since they happened to be next to me.)  Here are the ones I did for her mom:


They were so much fun to make that I decided to create several for my mother-in-law too! ¬†She loves flowers! ūüĆ∑


I know I enjoy receiving cards in the mail so I think she will too.  I will make several in advance so I can mail one a week.

Who do you know that would love to receive a postcard in the mail with your art?

Cheers!¬† ūüôā

The Karnowski Bird

Spokane fans were disappointed on Monday, when the Gonzaga Bulldogs lost in a close game with the North Carolina Tar Heels at the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  The final score was 71-65.

It was an exciting game and we are proud of the “Zags” for their outstanding performance¬†during these games.

In honor of the team, I have created the Karnowski bird for one of the star players, Przemek Karnowski:


As you can see in this photo of him below that he has a beard.  My upside down version of my bird shows that his beard is basketball players from the dictionary illustration of the word, basketball:

I have not created a bearded bird before… only a bearded fish, that you can find here.

Happy Weird Beard (Bird) Wednesday!

Cheers!¬† ūüôā

The Surfer Bird

The Surfer Bird has become extinct and is now known as a shore bird…


Perhaps you have seen a Surfer Bird dude hanging out near your favorite beach with the shore birds!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Hang-Ten Friends! ūüôā

Circles Of Joy

If I was to describe¬†my art journey¬†in seven words today… I’d¬†say; “Creating art with¬†JOY makes me happy!”¬† ūüôā


How would you¬†describe¬†your¬†creative journey in seven words?¬†¬† And if it isn’t where you want it to be in your¬†life¬†– maybe write it as YOU envision it!!

Cheers!¬† ūüôā