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Animal Antics


I’ve been enjoying this online workshop and exploring a totally untapped part of my creative brain. 


One of my favorite things to do is cloud watch with my girlies and use our imaginations to find shapes and animals. This course is exactly like that but with paint! 


It allows me to give myself permission to PLAY and get messy and not think about making finished pieces.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking to experiment and get out of their creative comfort zone.  Have fun and get messy!!

decoupage · painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life::

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.4


I spent Christmas break in the studio experimenting and playing and getting messy- it was the best.

The next section of Unfurling focuses on backgrounds. This is where my hoarding comes in handy. I have tons of paper ephemera waiting to be used for just the right project. I loved decoupaging the pieces on, covering them with paint, and then uncovering them again! It’s all about the layers.

They are so beautiful on their own but add so much to a piece as the starting point.

Book Review · decoupage · painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life::

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no. 3

I am loving Christmas break and in the studio pretty much all day everyday. It feels so good just to experiment and play without a destination for the end piece.



Still practicing my portraits. Much better than the last. I need a tabletop easel. The perspective is so different sketching and painting while the work is flat on the table than when you look at it upright.


Painting my hubs was my best attempt, yet. One thing I wish the book would elaborate on is blending and brushes to use. Round, flat, big, small…

The next few pages are on backgrounds, the fun and free stage!

Book Review · painting

Unfurling: a creative bookshare, no.2

I’ve been taking advantage of Christmas break to play in the studio. It’s been fun practicing sketching and shading. It not only exercises your hands but your eyes! Amazing how we draw what we want to see instead of what is actually there.

Today I started the portrait painting. I used a picture of my Mia and ended up with this rough sketch.



Believe me, I thought it was ugly, too! A good tip that is in the book is to keep going when it seems unsalvagable. It’s all about the layers!!

 While it doesn’t at all resemble my Mia (maybe 50 years later), I am pleasantly surprised at how much better it turned out than I thought it would. Not my forte but I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Gotta have the courage to push past the ugly!

kidstuff · painting · PARTIES!!

Frida Themed Art Party


My Mia turned 12 and it was her turn to have a birthday party this year. With 3 kids, we’ve always taken turns having parties, but family celebrations are special, too.


There’s a wonderful local artists’ gallery and learning center in town that makes a great venue for an art party.



I bought the invites and other fun party goods from this etsy seller. I had most of it printed at Staples.


The girls made bold flowery headbands while waiting for guests to arrive.

  I transferred a design onto each canvas and it was so much fun seeing how unique each one turned out!
   As a finishing touch, I added some glitz using  Deco Foil. It added that extra something to make each piece POP! 


What a fiesta we had celebrating my sweet Mia!