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Clown Fish

I REELED in some creative fun yesterday…

And used a few neglected art supplies (rubber stamps) to create this Clown Fish in my sketchbook:

Perhaps you remember the funny fish I previously posted on Friday’s? If not, you can find them under my art categories on the top right side of this post as FUNny Fish Fry-days!

I won’t be creating a fish every Friday but I thought it might give you a smile when I do!

Happy Fishing!

Cheers! ūüôā

A Snow Globe?

I recently learned how to make handmade stamps using Adhesive Foam Sheets.  I will post how I made them soon!

These are the 2 handmade stamps I¬†used for today’s project:img_9028

And here are my results in my art journal:


I varied the colors of acrylic paints and added a little iridescent gold to the paints…

I finished it by gluing circles of gelli-printed deli paper and adding some purchased snowflake stamps:


It looks a little like a snow globe to me!  I was inspired by a post I did a year ago, The Snow Fell Softly, that you can find here.

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday, Friends!!¬† ūüôā

Maple Trees

I have always loved maple trees Рtheir sturdy branches, autumn display, not to mention their lovely leaf shape!

I planted a Maple tree a few years ago and was recently inspired by its leaves in my yard:

To create this collage last week in my art journal:


I used a copy of an¬†old photo of someone I didn’t know, a song from a children’s songbook, my Gelli-printed deli paper, a¬†Maple¬†leaf rubber stamp and an actual Maple leaf to create a cut-out of a leaf with handmade marbled¬†paper I purchased.

It looks to me like this little boy would love to be climbing a Maple tree or swinging from its branches on a swing!

Wishing you a happy day with sweet memories from¬†your childhood!¬† ūüôā

Your Art Is Uniquely YOU!

I think it is so AMAZING how we each create art in our own style!¬†¬† Your art and journey¬†is uniquely you, my friend!¬† ūüôā

I decided to add a little of my “unique”¬†art¬†INSIDE¬†my art journal that I am making.¬† I copied this doodle that I completed previously.¬† Trimmed it to the size I wanted and glued it inside my front cover:


I added my own lettering and collage from an old dictionary.  I also wanted a place to document when I started my journey in this art journal and when I will complete it.

I do believe we can add a little bit of ourselves to every journal we create!¬† It doesn’t have to be handmade… store bought is fine too!¬† It doesn’t have to be an¬†ART journal, it can be any kind of journal such as a written diary.¬† Yet, you can make it YOUR OWN by adding a little bit of you to the inside cover.¬† (Note:¬† I suggest the inside covers¬†as you don’t have to show it to anyone else unless you want to!)

And the back inside cover too!  Here is a quote I liked that I had in a rubber stamp:


Here are some ideas to personalize the inside covers of your journals:

  • Copy your own artwork and glue to the inside cover page
  • Type a favorite quote on the computer and paste it inside
  • Use a rubber stamped image or words
  • Collage images from a magazine with a glue stick
  • Doodle with a ink pen
  • Experiment with¬†drawing the¬†letters of your name
  • Choose a favorite photo of you or¬†some place or someone you love

I hope¬†you give¬†one of these¬†ideas¬†a try¬†for your own journals!¬† I’d love to hear YOUR ideas too!

Happy Creating!!¬† ūüôā

P.S. A Handmade Journal – Part 3 with be completed next week so stay tuned!¬† ūüėČ

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! ¬†ūüėĄ

Sweet Pea

I started a new doodle in my sketch book recently:

Pea doodle - 1

My doodle reminded me of a cat I had several years ago.¬† I named her “Sweet Pea,” because she loved to eat the sweet¬†snap peas from¬†my garden!¬†¬† ūüôā

I added a few more lines and a little watercolor paint to my doodle in process:

pea doodle - 3

When I was a young girl, my dad and I planted the flower, “Sweet Pea” from seeds.¬† I will always remember the flower’s ¬†sweet scent and¬†their beautiful colors!

This memory inspired me to create this handmade card for a sweet friend today:

Sweet pea greeting card

And speaking of cards and¬†sweet¬†friends –¬†Jodi, who has an¬†AMAZING¬†blog at Life in Between¬†¬†is starting¬†to sell her beautiful, handmade watercolor cards¬†at her¬†Etsy store!¬†¬†You can find her store,¬†here.¬†¬†¬† I hope you will stop by her blog and Etsy shop¬†for a visit!

Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

My Love of Nature

I was looking for inspiration this weekend and I discovered these wonderful paper strip collages by Darlene Maciuba-Koppel in Art Journaling Magazine by Somerset Studio.  You may want to check out her blog: cinnamonpink.typepad.com

From her inspiration, I created this paper collage:

Nature print from past for paper collage

It says, “Keep your love of nature – for that is the true way to understand art.”

I started with a print I made several years ago using gelatin as a printing plate, (this was before the Gelli-Plate) and a variety of leaves, etc from the lake:

old gelatin prints

The above is a sampling of some I had made.  I decided to choose the one on the right and cut into strips using a paper cutter.

I used Matte Medium to glue my painted strips to 140 lb cold press paper.  In between these strips, I used pages from an old book on flowers.

I sandwiched my glued collage between wax paper and used a stack of old dictionaries to help it lie flat while it dried.

I then wrote the quote about nature I found on the internet.  I added a couple of rubber stamps Рa feather and a tree.  I doodled the rest with a black pen Рusing the plants in my yard as inspiration, such as a blueberry bush:

blueberry bush

My assistant, Jack helped me – here he is showing off for the camera:

My cat assistant showing off

A Daylily in bloom:


And Coral Bells – but my assistant got his tail in the way:

Jack's tail in photo

May you find inspiration from nature today!

Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā


In 2014, I took about 20 online art classes!  I wanted to Soar!  And I did!  I flew to new heights in my art making.

This is one of the mixed media pieces I did in Lifebook 2014:Soar - Full shot

It was fun to play with different art mediums to create it.

Soar definition

I tried to create a bird that looked like it was soaring high above the mountains.

Soar with song

I pay more attention now to birds flying in the sky…

Hope you SOAR in your creativity this week!

Happy Creating!

A Tropical Paradise

Completed gelli deli bird collage

I completed my Gelli Deli Bird Collage from yesterday.  It looks like a tropical paradise to me!

I started my project by gluing random book pages to a canvas board:

Step 1 - paper collage glued to canvas board

Next, I added stencils with acrylic paint and rubber stamps using Royal Purple StazOn ink.

Step 2 - Stencils and rubber stamps

Then I glued torn bits of my own patterned paper:

Step 3 - more paper collage with own paper

I created my own stencils and cut out circles, leaves and birds from my gelli-printed deli paper and glued it down:

Step 4 - added gelli printed deli papers

Repeat with more torn paper – this time I used pages from an old Shorthand book; added a little more acrylic paint and rubber stamps:

Step 5 - add more collage papers, paint and rubber stamps

I added another layer of gelli-printed deli paper and a few more dabs of paint:Step 6 - more gelli deli printed paper and paint

Then to finish my piece, I outlined the deli printed shapes with a black watercolor pencil, wetting it with a brush and smearing it with my finger:Completed gelli deli bird collage

And it’s complete!

I learned some of these techniques by taking an online class with Lynn Whipple, called “The Joy of Collage.”


A Gelli Deli Bird Collage

Bird collage with deli gelli-prints on canvas board

Here is the bird collage I have been working on today!

I used layers and layers of paint, stencils, papers AND gelli-printed deli paper.

I will add the finishing touches to it tomorrow and show you progress shots on how I¬†created it!¬† ūüôā

See you Monday!