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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Another messenger bag and some shoes

These were done with markers but were every bit as much fun as the bag I painted.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Messenger Bag Wearable Art

Acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium painted on a canvas messenger bag, December StencilClub selection by MaryBeth Shaw. Stenciled onto an off white background, bordered in blue metalic paint. Metalic silver, purple and blue were used to fill in some of the areas along with black and off white. The warm color is Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Number 9

November StencilClub stencil collection and L211Pea, mixed media, acrylic and stabilo pencils, applied over a layer of gel matte medium brushed on at right angles for an underlayment of texture and a slick surface allowing me to use a paint reduction technique.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Renaissance Christmas Card

Here's my rendition of "Renaissance Christmas Card", finished it at 3AM
this morning. The background is textured with a StencilGirl design S388 LaFluer using modeling paste and finished with acrylic paint the art is my effort to cover a renaissance style Madonna with Child.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Art Journal entry, "Nod to Vermeer".

Art Journal entry, "Nod to Vermeer" S338 Gwen Lafleur, S055 Pam Carriker, and L207 Carolyn Dube. Acrylic paint on paper.
"Donut" is acrylic paint on a gallery wrapped canvas. I used StencilGirl Products S007Shaw and S108Fingal in the composition.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In Dreams StencilGirl Products stencil design by Seth Apter

"All righty then" I certainly went off somewhere else on this. I wanted grizzled elements so the words emerge as from the fiery furnace. Yes I know I am wacked. Caran D' Ache neopastels grabbed on to the coat of clear gesso applied over the surface very nicely. This is my rendition of this amazing stencil created by Seth Apter for StencilGirl Products November StencilClub offering.

Monday, November 16, 2015


"Goldsmith", recycled canvas board from the thrift store, modeling paste, sculpted and textured, gently sanded back with the Groove Tool, gesso layer, gold acrylic, soft pastels, walnut acrylic stain, highlights rubbed with Guilders Paste, Inca Gold, StencilGirl Products stencil from Set01 sponged on with umber acrylic paint over StencilGirl Product S227 Mayne.

Friday, November 13, 2015


StencilGirl products S 181 Mayne, modeling paste, acrylic paint.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Breaking Bread

FIRST: to all United States Military Veterans, my sincere thanks for your service.

"Breaking Bread", StencilGirl Products S301 Carriker S020 Shaw, mixed media collage, roll off brayer foundation, crimped, torn bread shapes and punched shapes applied with matte medium, soft pastels, natural graphite, ebony pencil.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mixed Media Compostion

Mixed media composition, color pencil, acrylic wash rolled on wiped back, dried, StencilGirl Products S187 Ward, used with gel pen, natural graphite overdrawing. This morning's exercise after visiting Seth Apter's Altered Page installment of this week's links #75.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Feather Your Nest with Kindness...

Feather your nest with kindness...StencilGirl Products: Feather, Missingman MO68 and Mayne S227. Seth Apter's Crosshatch stamp, black and white deli paper, acrylic paint, GELLI Arts oval mini plate, and gel pens. ART JOURNAL design.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Handmade GELLI plates Folio

GELLI Arts usually puts their products in a package that doubles as an appropriate storage. When I got my mini GELLI shapes plates the trays were the only part of the packaging that housed the shapes. I trimmed down the trays and adhered them inside folio. I put a grommet through each side to tie the folio closed so the cute little GELLIES won't jump out and get lost.  You know art supplies and tools need a safe place to live between jobs right?  This is 2 pieces of cardboard wrapped in cheap drawing paper, edged with duct tape.  I printed the shapes with the GELLI plates, went back to highlight with gel pens and outlined with a Faber Castell Pitt pen.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Presentation Folio Back

I started with the cardboard wrap/box that comes so conveniently wrapped around my 15X20" Crescent Board.  Once a piece is finished it needs a place to live until it is framed up for display.  So I thought it was so nice of the folks who make Crescent Board to package it in a very useful corrugated cardboard wrap.  I didn't open the new box when I started so I didn't have to worry about keeping the cardboard stiff enough to work on.  I wrapped the edges in duct tape for the durability it will provide.  I wanted to decorate what will become my "folio" and decided on this project design.  Tomorrow I will work on the other side.  I used modeling paste by Liquitex and applied it through a Daniela Wolfe StencilGirl Product design to get the giant swirl texture, I dried the modeling paste application then added some circles of cardboard from the ends of a spool of wide ribbon. Following the applied the surface textures I foiled the piece with silver aluminum foil.  I used metal embossing tools to texture the foil pressing it into the applied surface treatments getting a relief.  I used guilders paste in multiple colors to get the patinas. 

This is the same work "AWL or Nothin'" I was staring at it and realized the two ovals were simply blank faces begging to be illustrated. I produced these rather folksy images. I found a story here. The black and white checkers brought to mind a Checkered Cab, maybe they will share the cab. All the abstraction of corrugated cardboard and movement is the rest of the world swirling around the two characters, his eyes are fixed on her, her gaze is coy reflecting back to the viewer. Looks like the first glance of romance to me.  Sappy love stories...but these two were right there telling me this boy meets girl tale. He's wearing a hoodie, she's wearing a white scarf tucked into her buttoned up coat. "It's AWL right there." Cute, not serious art, but, sometimes ya gotta go with the flow where it takes your crazy artist's brain.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

AWL or Nothin'

AWL or Nothin' the packaging my AWL came got me started on this project. I was pulling paper off some corrugated cardboard and cutting up some squares of cardboard packaging for a "future project", I picked up another box to break it down and my new awl packaging caught my eye, you know how one thing leads to another. I pulled out some black and white deli paper and the October StencilGirl Stencil Club squares, texture paste and acrylic paint.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


StencilGirl Products stencil Daniella Woolf  # L128. On mixed media paper, using the stencil to apply flexible modeling paste, I came back with pastels, fixed with workable sealer repeating that process several times. I just did not like what I was getting and I started going dark, got it too dark, added back white gesso with a palate knife and dried it. Then I started adding acrylic paint until I got the results I was looking for.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Golden Ring

This one took me a while to bring it to a point where I was satisfied. But, perseverance won the day. The use of stencils was minimal but effective in this composition. Golden ring. Water color pencils on paper, stabillo pencils and gold paint marker. S152 Mayne and another small SencilGirl products
 3X4" stencil were embedded into the design.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cut Paper Collage

I used StencilGirl Products@ to create the stenciled impressions on the cut applied papers. The substraight is cardstock the first layer is a Gelli plate I made a few weeks ago. I cut and appliqued the papers created with rolled acrylic paint. Many layers combined to make this composition. I used Stabillo pencils to highlight and shadow the shapes. The larger squares were streaked and smeared first by chance then by design with matte medium.