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It was “rewarding” to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal this week…


But then I “realized” that there was something missing! ūüėģ

“R” you wondering WHAT that is?!

Well, while I was preparing for my weekend “retreat” at the lake, I discovered a “remarkable” feather…. so I got out my bird feather book:


And in my “research” I discovered the identity of the “Rare” bird from Wednesday:


I hope this gives you a smile today! ¬†ūüôā

Relax and enjoy your weekend…

Cheers Friends!

“R” Is For Rest And…

I have been taking a little blogging break to rest and recover from a recent car accident where I was rear-ended.

I needed this time to heal my body and recover from the trauma. ¬†Although I’m still not fully recovered, I am starting to feel better so I returned to work today.

Yesterday, I realized that it would be fun to complete a page in my Alphabet Journal that I started in 2016… Why not create a page of “R‘s” that I add to each day this week?

Really, I could do this! ¬†So here is my beginning in a 11×14 inch journal:


I drew the flowers on a separate ¬†piece of lightweight paper in pencil.¬†¬†I darkened the¬†lines with color pencil. ¬†I stitched over the flowers using “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper” that I purchased on Amazon for one of my online classes and previously painted in watercolor.

The flower stems were cut from purchased handmade paper that I also painted with watercolor.  I attached the flowers and stems with dark green thread on my sewing machine and then glued the paper to my journal:


I finished my piece by adding details with color pencil.

It was fun to experiment and I look forward to seeing where tomorrow’s reflection will¬†take me.¬† I hope you join me!

Cheers! ūüôā

It’s A New Day

Remember the art tote bag that I showed you last week?  Well, I figured out how to patch the holes!  I also added color to the bag!  (You all know how much I like color!)


Isn’t it totally wild?!¬† ūüôā¬† I printed it with¬†Golden Fluid acrylic paints on my Gelli plate yesterday.¬†¬†I covered the holes with circles I cut from deli-printed gelli prints:


I used a stencil to cut out the colored circles and ironed on a fusible web stabilizer to the papers.¬† I then sewed the papers over the holes on the bag.¬† It was a bit tricky to sew so my lines aren’t too straight.¬† I may¬†finish the edges with hand stitching – I haven’t decided yet.

On the other side of my bag, I sewed 3 colored circles:


I like the colors on this side best!  I used stencils and Spirograph circles to make my patterns with my gelli plate.

I think my art tote bag looks so much better now.¬† ¬†I’d love to know what you think!

Happy Creating!¬† ūüôā

A New Variety

I decided to try drawing with thread today:

pear contour with thread

It is a pear stitched with variegated thread on black felt using my sewing machine.

As I started stitching it, I got the idea to try stitching deli-printed gelli prints over the felt.  The above pear is actually the back side of my experiment:

sewn pear with gelli prints

Since I was using¬†black as my background, I used yellow colored paper for my shadow.¬† It looks rather Halloweenie, don’t you think?!

This whole experiment started from my sketchbook this morning:

pears - 2

As part of my assignment for week 2¬†with Cat Bennett for “Sketchbooks: Making Art A Practice.”¬†¬† I loved how the lines looked for the blind contour.¬†¬†I only looked at the pear and not my paper while I drew it.¬† This gave me the idea of stitching with thread.

I hope you aren’t tired of pears yet!¬† I found a list of 10 varieties in the USA online:¬† Green Anjou, Red Anjou, Bosc, Comice, Bartlett, Red Bartlett, Concorde, Seckel, Forelle and Starkrimson.¬† Some I had never heard of!

Happy Experimenting!¬† ūüôā


Here is my Confetti bird, created with scrap paper:

confetti bird

And below is my Confetti quilt that I made in 2009:

quilt wallhanging I did

I had purchase a fancy sewing machine and was starting to take watercolor classes so I combined the two mediums.

Close-up of confetti quilt

Yes, the papers are squares of  a painted watercolor on paper that I cut-up and then sewed to my quilt.  It reminded me of confetti so it became the title for my quilt.  I also added a few beads and sequins for embellishment:

Beadwork on quilt

And I even sewed my name on the back!

Signature on quilt

A blogger friend of mine, creates fabulous experiments on paper that she is going to incorporate into art quilts.¬† She also draws AMAZING portraits of people.¬† You may want to check out her blog at Create Art Everyday.¬† And yes, she does create art every day like me!¬† ūüôā

And¬†one more piece of paper¬† –¬†a Confetti giraffe I¬†created in 2013:

Confetti giraffe better photo

Happy Creating!