Sunday, November 30, 2014

SPA and AEDM Day 30--Greetings from Abroad (And SOSS, too)

This week's theme at Sunday Postcard Art is "Greetings from Abroad."

I couldn't help myself...

images from Finecrafted Designs "Mixed Media Mayhem" kit.
Sharing with Art Every Day Month ans Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers,

AEDM day 29 Mail art envelope

 A 9 x 12 manila envelope, already full of goodies and ready to go.  Painted, stenciled, tape transfers, washi tape and doodling.

the yellow is the front and the pink is the reverse.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tag a Long--Winter and AEDM day 28

digitally painted with Photoshop brushes.



i've enjoyed being the Queen of Snark these past days. Great fun reminding the hubby after the occasional zinger that "it's good to be the queen!"

Here's my vintage card.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

happy thanksgiving

Made this morning , just before tackling the turkey.  Connecting to AEDM Day 27

AEDM Day 26 Squares and Circles

doodling with Uniball pen and water color crayons

Monday, November 24, 2014

AEDM Days 21-22

Journal pages, postcard and two ATCs.

Painted and stenciled pages with tape transfers, magazine words, washi tape, cheesecloth, collaged papers.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Postcard Art--moustache--and AEDM day 23

Photo of Salvadore Dali and his iconic moustaches, altered with filters, gradient maps and overlays.  The words are Nietzsche's.

Also linking to AEDM--Will be back with days 21 and 22 soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tag-a Long and AEDM Day 20 -- Stenciled

Painted card stock, stenciled and embellished with tape transfers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AEDM Day 19 Collage

A page from my Collage journal.  Tape transfer over gelli printed journal page, handmade paper, washi tape, found text and acemic writing.  You can see the stenciling through the transparent transfer.

Three Muses--Time...and fruit flies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mail art--painted envelopes

In my job I print a lot of various sized envelopes for event invitation mailings.  There are always practice pieces and misprints: I used to just toss them, but it finally occurred to me that I could recycle them into mail art.

Here are a couple of works in progress, painted and stenciled with a make-up sponge.  they still need some embellishment--stamping, washi tape, transfers, stickers, etc.  and then they will go out  stuffed with artsy goodies.

AEDM--Days 17-18

A journal page I finished this morning.

Postcard, stenciled, with found poetry from my big box of words and phrases

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Take a Word--Mona

The many lives of Ms. Mona Lisa

sometimes they just make themselves...

Sunday postcard Art and AEDM Day 16--Buy the shoes

They kinda look like strange creatures, don't they?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

SOSS and AEDM Day 15

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers has as its theme this week--Profanity (who knew), and there's no bitching like what the perfect 1950's housewife was always mumbling under her breath.

Also linking to AEDM Day 15.

Friday, November 14, 2014

AEDM Day 14--more postcards

It will be a tough decision to pick only 10 of these cards for ihanna's upcoming swap.

The green card is stenciled on a gelli print and the red one id a tape transfer layered on joss paper.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I recently stumbled on to this blog, Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and was (of course) immediately taken with it.
The current theme is Thanks...for nothing
(also linking to AEDM Day 13)

I love my friends

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Three Muses--White Space and AEDM Day12

Photoshop brushes over a background from ItKuPilLLi

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AEDM--Days 8-10 Happy Anniversary and Doodles and Postcards-Oh My!

I was away this past weekend, celebrating our wedding anniversary and Hubby's birthday with good friends, good food and genuine Irish Coffee!
I didn't have much time for art making, but managed a few quiet moments.

a journal page, started a week ago and finished in the early hours of Sunday morning.  The cut out words on the calendar page were put there while I was prepping the journal last December.

two pages in a little journal, also a WIP, finished this weekend.  It's a little (3" x 4.3") "Flex journal, with a removable leather cover.  It was a Christmas present to myself a few years ago, when I started journaling.  I promptly put it away for "Something Special" and forgot its existence..  I found it again recently, and deciding that all attempts at art are something special and what was I waiting for--began to doodle in it.

Two Postcards
started the Zentangle last Friday evening, and finished it last night.
The second one was inspired by a VERY eclectic catalog that arrived in the weekend's mail
Gelli printed card and deli paper overlay, and washi tape.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Check this out

found on Pinterest

The Eye Project
A North Park University community art project. Participants made images of fellow North Park students (or in a couple cases, faculty). 67 blocks total, mounted on a gold-leafed circle.

Friday, November 7, 2014

AEDM Day 7 Zentangle doodles

just beginning to learn about these--and a chance to use my watercolor muscles ( feeble. feeble watercolor muscles ;-) ).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AEDM Day4 More Postcards

made these last night while watching mindless TV.

Torn paper over gelli printed cardstock

Magazine cutouts, a cheese label and words on gelli printed and calligraphied cardstock

Monday, November 3, 2014

AEDM Day 3 Culture Day

According to my wall calendar, today is Culture Day in Japan.

When is Culture Day?

On 3 November, your colleagues in Japan celebrate Culture Day.  If 3 November falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be a holiday.

History of Culture Day?

Culture Day, known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace. But that’s not all, 3 November also marks the day that the current Japanese constitution was officially announced in 1946, and was the birthday of Emperor Meiji.

How is Culture Day celebrated?

As part of the celebration of Culture Day, the Order of Culture Awards Ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  The awards are given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese culture or to society as a whole.  Past recipients include the three American astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11, Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama, and poet Makoto Ooka.

Throughout the rest of the country, festivals and parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs.

the geisha and branch overlay are from Dover, the Kanji script was found on Wikimedia Commons, and the poster is a Japanese ad for facial cream

Sunday, November 2, 2014


Aging Punks and Grey Mohawks RULE!

Images found on Google.

AEDM 2014 Day 2 Some Postcards

starting to make my postcards for ihanna's Winter postcard Swap...

torn magazine pages, old postage stamps and I made a packing tape transfer by sticking the tape to a used stencil and peeling off some of the leftover paint.

Torn and cut magazine pages, old postage stamp, punched circles, washi tape and more packing tape paint transfers.  The face, the red flowers, the black circles and the text are all from the same magazine page.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

AEDM 2014 DAY !

Land of Enchantment

Art Every Day Month is back for 2014.  I'm playing this year again--I love the challenge of fitting a dedicated time to create a piece of art into every day.

Some days it's a digital piece like this one, made from a photo I took at Taos New Mexico several years ago, layered and filtered over some rusty background pieces from Textures 4 Layers on Flickr.
Some days it may be a postcard, or an ATC, or a journal entry.  Some days it may be a piece made for a challenge blog or swap

I hope I can keep it up.  It's a good practice and I hope some of you will play along.  There's a button on my sidebar that will take you to the AEDM blog where you can read all about the ways to play, or just click here.

Hope to see you over there!