Monthly Archives: August 2012

Artsy cat says


Moose was down supervising in the studio yesterday and he said that it’s never too early for Halloween. I got a pile of new stencils from the Crafters Workshop and there’s a ‘cubist’ one that made me think of Klimt, which made me think of one of the many skeleton/Death stamps I have (hey, it ain’t all pink flowers here), this one from Nonsequitur. I was thinking of doing something dimensional with the stencil, like molding paste, then I suddenly remembered that I have some Distress crackle paint, which would be perfect if it worked. My new motto is “If you’re going to screw up, do it at full speed.” (Daryl “Moose” Johnston) Honestly, I thought there was a good chance of it working as long as the crackle paint wasn’t too hard to control.


So here’s the result of the first experiment. Should have done the transfer before the sprays, since I used Dylusions, which react with water–and gel medium–but this is pretty much the look I was after. I’m working on a small canvas where I’ve used the stamp at actual size.


Over the moon


Started back in on my splash book pages. These really probably need plain black and white images, but I like my Retro Cafe/Cemerony moon man here.

I feel compelled to fill the pages of these books but if I’m honest, I just like to look at their spines all packed together in the plastic container that’s become their home. Looks like there’s room for at least one more…



Fun is NOT optional


Okay, this one’s a bit over the top for me, but it’s been a long week and my back is bugging me again. Honestly, you’d think I was getting old or something…anyway, while watching the second Kate Crane Art Journaling DVD I suddenly wanted some fun images for collage and I found Cemerony on Etsy. I used a prepped background (the many spatters done with leftover paints from another project). The homemade ‘washi’ tape probably looks familiar. When my back is out, I can sit on the couch with an ice pack and watch preseason football and cut things out for hours. It’s about all I can do. Tiny attached a little date tag a la Donna Downey (three, DD, count ’em!) and called it good. I am serious about this, folks, that fun is NOT optional, it’s a necessity of life.


Journal to canvas


I admit it, I hated what I had done on this canvas. So I took Dina Wakely’s advice for her art journal to canvas challenge and took the concept for one of my favorite journal pages and turned it into a (reworked) canvas. I added a couple of elements, most important of which is the photo of my Gramma Mac. I like this so much I’m going to do three more canvases featuring my other grandparents!
Trying to get the colors on this canvas to photograph was impossible with the iPad. 😦


Starting from scraps


This canvas panel started with a piece of copy paper that I used to sop up overspray on something. I thought it was too cool to pitch so I stamped one of the butterflies (Balzer Designs from Impression Obsession) in my new stamp set onto it with VersaFine black, tore out the part I wanted to use and glued it to a canvas panel. I used the stencils that go with the stamps for the design on the butterflies wing (Pearl Ex over VersaMark experiment-it worked!) and some other stamps and stencils from Julie Balzer and finished up with purple masking tape. It’s probably too busy but I can live with that.


Cat nights


It’s just too hot here. The boys are not impressed. This is Vermont, for crying out loud!



It’s too hot to do art, even down in the studio. I started on a canvas and broke the lid on my gel medium. And I’ve messed up my back, which does nothing for my mood. I’ve retired to the couch to watch the HOF Game and the Olympics and pout. πŸ˜‰
Here are some pages from an old journal with some interesting color combinations. Hmmm, looks like it was hot then, too…







New pan pastels!


Woohoo, love these! I now have the painting and shades sets. I got trays for them and I can see that this will make them much easier to use, although it’s nice just to sit and stare at them. πŸ˜‰ Honestly, some of these colors look good enough to eat. (Do I have to tell you not to do it?)


Here’s what I’ve done already; a spread in my Donna Downey canvas album. This is the first time I’ve done much work on canvas. The Internationally Inspired videos from DD Studios have helped with lots of techniques and inspiration. Still thinking about how to embellish this spread…



Say something


Here’s another spread I just finished. I did the Balzer Designs stencil/spray resist on the torn paper (cardstock) a while ago and then had to decide how to use it. Always take into consideration whether your sprays will bleed if rewetted. The background started with graffiti in wet gesso, an acrylic wash and a dye spray heavy was that pooled and ran nicely. I adhered the strips using glue stick, tape, and my Tiny Attacher, leaving room behind for text and tags from Donna Downey. Stick-on letters from the office supply store!