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Three Ornaments

I have a bowl of vintage glass ornaments that remind me of Christmas past.  When my hubby and I have his family to our home to celebrate Christmas Eve, I like to decorate my table with these ornaments, bells and ribbons. Add a few candles and it makes an inexpensive yet festive table!


I was thinking about these decorations when I created these three ornaments today:


My ornaments and ribbons are Gelli-printed papers I made with acrylic paints earlier this year. I like how festive this looks!

Do you have a favorite holiday ornament?  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Decorating!  😄

The Spud Bug

When I was a kid, (about 10 years old) my dad paid me a penny for each potato bug I collected from the potato plants growing in the garden. I put them in an old jar with a lid.  If you knew me, you’d know that I’m not one who likes bugs but give me an incentive to earn a dollar or two and I’m in!  More money for penny candy which I loved as a child!  🍭

So it doesn’t surprise me when this imaginary SPUD bug appeared in my art today:


I decided to google this “bug” to learn that it is really a BEETLE!  Ha!  The “Colorado Potato Beetle” is .39 inches (10mm) long and a major pest of potato crops. According to Wikipedia, many chemicals are unsuccessful in killing this beetle because of the beetle’s ability to develop resistance to insecticides.

Apparently, this is where I come in – cheap child labor!  Lol!  I was able to afford lots of penny candy as I collected probably 300 of this stripped beetle!

This potato bug, uhm, beetle looks like he is doing the “Mash Potato Dance” which sounds an awful like the “Monster Mash” on YouTube.  Hehe!


I bet you never look at your mashed potatoes in quite the same way!  😜

Happy Friday!

Funky Fall Candles

I am still experimenting with candles:


I combined several art mediums for this piece.  I experimented with Tombow markers, Pan Pastels, collage and color pencils.  I used my own Gelli-printed papers for collage and also added a scrapbook page on acetate with a FALL theme.

These almost look like birthday candles.  You know the ones that you try to blow out but they just keep relighting.  My husband’s birthday is this month and he is entering the age where he can start getting the Senior discount.  Feels a little like those trick candles.  Age has a way of doing that to a person. lol!

Enjoy your day!  😊

Bird Feathers

My cat, Jack caught another bird the other day…

Jack cat

I don’t like this part of having an outdoor cat!  I did have to chuckle a bit when he came into the house with a feather on each ear.  He was wearing the evidence!

I am hoping the bird got away but there were many feathers on the ground so I collected a few:

Mourning Dove feathers

And using this AWESOME book:

bird feather book

I was able to identify them as a Mourning Dove.

I never realized there are so many different patterns in feathers until I started studying birds!

So today, I decided to play with a feather stencil I purchased awhile ago:

feather stencils

Sometimes, it is just FUN to play with different art mediums and color combos:

feathers - mixed media

I experimented with Oil Pastels, Watersoluble Wax Pastels, Pan Pastels and Prismacolor Pencils.

I had not thought to try these mediums with a stencil!  So fun to play!

Do you have a favorite?!  I’d love to hear what you think!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Made In The Shade – Part 2

Yesterday, I posted photos of Hostas I have in my yard.  Today, I want to show you a mixed media abstract I did:

Step 5 - add details with color pencils

I used this photo for my inspiration:

Hosta photo for abstract

I started by printing a black and white image of my photo and tracing the outline of the shapes in pencil.  Next, I transferred the image to 140 lb hard-pressed watercolor paper by tracing over my lines:

Hosta sketch - 1

I then decided which shapes I wanted to accent with Gelli-prints that I had made previously.  (Note:  In order to cut out the shapes, I copied my tracing paper  image onto copy paper).

Step 2 - decide on gelli-print shapes

Before gluing my shapes to my paper, I colored around the images with pan pastels:

Step 3 - pan pastels in background

I sprayed my paper with a fixative before I glued my images with a matte medium:

Step 4 - glue shapes

In order to get my images to dry flat to my paper, I had to cover my paper with wax paper and then stack heavy books on top.  I finished my abstract by adding patterns with color pencils.

Step 5 - add details with color pencils

I hope to create an abstract painting with acrylics next week!

Kick back and enjoy a cool glass of lemonade in the shade!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Color Thy Nest

I was experimenting in my art journal last evening by painting 6 small nests in different colors of watercolor over a black pen:

colorful bird nests from journal

Do you have a favorite color combo you like?

This playful experiment led me to create this nest:

bird nest - 1

I used watercolor, pan pastels, watercolor pencils and a black fine point sharpie.

I like this quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes:

“Where we love is home.  Home that our feet may leave but not our hearts.” 

I also created this nest:

bird nest - 2

And here is a quote from Emily Dickinson:

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.”

Happy Creating!

Quail Eggs

Years ago, I had a California Quail lay eggs in my lavender.  I didn’t know it until they had hatched.  Apparently, Quail hens like to lay their eggs close to the ground.

Quail eggs mixed media

Above are quail eggs I created in watercolor, pan pastels and color pencil.

This memory got me thinking about how to attract birds to my yard.  So I googled it and found this great article on “Landscaping Tips for a Bird Friendly Yard.”

The three basics (hence the 3 eggs…) are food, water and shelter.  The article goes into greater detail if you are interested.  I learned a thing or two – hope you will too.  🙂

I took these photos of my yard today – Enjoy!

pink blossoms

The above is a crab apple tree in full bloom.  Can you find the bee?

Chives and oregano

I like to grow my own herbs to add to my cooking.  The above photo are chives and oregano.  The chive flowers are just starting to open.

blueberry bush

The blueberries (above) are in bloom.  Looks like we are going to have a good crop this year!

honeysuckle vine

Just love the sweet scent of Honeysuckle!  I planted the above plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to my yard.

Hope you have a happy day!  🙂

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Harold is ready for summer, are you?

Harold completed

I thought you might enjoy seeing my steps for creating Harold.

First I drew Harold in pencil and then I outlined him with a black micron pen:

Harold - the outline

Next, I decided what parts of him I wanted to use my gelli-printed papers on:

Gelli-print patterns on Deli paper

I outlined his shorts, hat brim and towel with tissue paper to use as my pattern and then cut them out (I will glue them down later):

deli paper cut outs

Using Copic markers, I colored a base coat:

copic markers for base color

I added color pencils for more color, shading and feathers:

add color pencil for shading

Then I glued down my paper cut-outs with a glue stick and added details with my black pen:

Add gelli cut outs and detail with black pen

I wasn’t liking my beach ball, so I decided to cut-out a new one from a gelli-print.  I added some pan pastels to soften the background:

Harold completed

And Harold is ready to enjoy the beach!

If you would like to see more of Harold, he is categorized under “Weird Birds.”

HAPPY Creating!

The Redbilled Oxpecker

In January 2013, I started taking online art classes.  The first class I took was called, “The Year of the Giraffe” and was taught by the creative, Carla Sonheim.  To read more about Carla and her online classes, check out her blog:


As you can imagine, I have LOTS of giraffe art!

giraffe seeing patterns

Each month we had a new assignment – we drew, painted, collaged, sewed and even wrote poetry!

May collages 3 & 4

I  also learned a ton about giraffes.   Did you know that the birds that sit on  giraffes are called a Redbilled Oxpecker or Tickbird?

The Redbilled Oxpecker bird

They also have a cousin, called a Yellowbilled Oxpecker.  The Oxpeckers name is derived from their feeding habits.  This bird perches on large mammals – wild and domestic and eat parasites such as ticks and botfly larvae which lodge in the mammal’s skin.

Redbilled use a scissoring motion to search through the hair of their hosts so are often seen on giraffes; whereas, Yellowbilled use a pecking motion so they tend to favor short-haired animals such as buffalo and rhino.

I have more giraffe art to show you but I will save it for another day!

Viking Jammy

Happy Creating!

D is for Daisy Duck!

Daisy Duck

Dazzling Daisy duck dabbles daffodils during doo-wop doozie!

Do-quack; do-quack – do!

Happy Easter to all of you!  🙂