Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Workshops for the remainder of 2016

With selling and buying a house, plus a move underway, life has been hectic to say the least! I have had to cut way back on my schedule for teaching this year, but I am determined to remain active.  After settling down from this crazy time, I will be developing new workshops, picking up on my teaching schedule and will be preparing my new studio for classes and for having other instructors come in as well. This is the plan, but will take time to set into place. In the mean time, upcoming workshops (and links) are listed below -

"Blue Twig Studio" Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 3, 4 and 5, 2016

"Art Unraveled" - Phoenix, Arizona
August 1st - 9th, 2016

"Charmed I'm Sure" - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
September 16,17 and 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why I appear to have vanished ....

It has been a ridiculous amount of time since I have last blogged and/or updated info on Facebook.  I have not fallen off the face of the planet and have not been idle!  There are so, SO many plans in the works!  I am hesitant to start sharing plans until they are concrete, because often times things change along that path ... which they have ... dramatically, in fact!... but, all for the better!

In a nut shell-
We are in the process of getting our house ready to go on the market and are in search of our perfect "Forever" home.  This has been our total focus and is turning out to be a major undertaking!  Just to say .... the new house is actually secondary .... the accompanying studio space is REALLY what it's all about. So, as we embark along this venture, please check back on occasion ... perhaps friend me on Facebook for updates.

Just wanted to share that for now .....

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Drawing in Journals

I love drawings in journals and I think all of us journalers should do it more often. Unfortunately, I am not as good at  keeping up with my drawing skills as I should.   It really is a skill that needs to be practiced regularly. 

This journal is somewhat newish.  It's a larger journal than what I usually work in, being 10" X 12" X 2 1/2" thick" and is constructed with 1/4" plywood covers. A very stout journal indeed ... just the way I like them. More photos to follow as this journal progresses. Hopefully, with lots of drawings!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"Art and Soul" Virginia Beach 2015

"Art and Soul" in Virginia Beach, Virginia will be September 28th thru October 4th, 2015.  I'll be teaching 3 of my favorite workshops. Classes are filling up fast!  Hope you'll join us!

"Over the Edge"  the new fun size version!  Wednesday, September 30th, 2015.  More photos of "Over the Edge" can be seen here.

"The Mandala Journal"  Tuesday, September 29th, 2015.  Lately I have been loving this format for journaling with loose pages that fit nicely inside a box! More photos of the Mandala Journal can be seen here.

"The Journal Obscura" Monday, September 28th, 2015. Again, loose pages that are neatly contained within a box.  This journal is inspired by the Camera Obscura. More photos of the "Journal Obscura" can be seen here.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Through the Rabbit Hole" Workshop in Phoenix!

I am so happy to offer "Through the Rabbit Hole" at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday August 4, 2014!  There are a few seats still available! This is the only time this workshop is being offered this year.

I  am also teaching  "Urban Ransom" and "Over the Edge (the new fun side version)", but as of now, they are filled classes.

"Vintage File Folder Journal" Workshop

Won't you join us for "The Vintage File Folder Journal" Workshop?  
Sunday, July 19th at THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan.  

Details can be seen on the THRIVE website or more information is available on my website with oodles of photos to show what I have done with my File Folder Journals journals.  This is my all time favorite journal format and I bet you'll agree after making one for yourself! 

Please pre-register as seating is limited

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Image Transfers

I have been fighting with image transfers these past few weeks.  I know there are a million different methods, but I determined to make it work with packing tape or contact paper.

I am finding that packing tape transfers make for very transparent crisp images and the paper is very easy to remove from the back.  However, it's near impossible to use any mediums on top of these transfers.  If you sand the images to roughen them up a bit you can, but it still can easily be removed with the slightest pressure of a finger nail.

I'm working with magazine images from different magazines,  laser prints and various book images ... color and black and white.

Contact paper transfers are proofing to be rather unpredictable and it's difficult to remove the paper from the back without actually lifting the image.  The plus side of the contact paper transfers is that you can use other mediums on top ... with a slight sanding, everything seems to stick quite well.

Just yesterday I discovered a new type of contact paper and so far am having wonderful results.  Grant it, I have only made 1 transfer, but so far so good! Extremely transparent, all the paper comes off the back easily AND other mediums stick to the surface.  In the picture below I used a print  (the text) from my laser printer and it sure seems to work. I am now off to try it with other images from magazines and books!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

New Journal Cover

I have been working, on and off, on this journal for over a year now.  When I first made it I covered the front and back covers with some Gelli prints I made quite awhile ago, but have not been very happy with it.

I ended up just leaving it and kept hoping something would come to me, which it hasn't until now.  I really enjoyed the last several journal pages I made in this journal (see previous blog post) and figured that style would work well, but I wanted a focal point. Last week my new friend, Brenda Ball-Wood, shared a fabulous paper punch with an octopus. It was too small for the cover and the proportions weren't right, so I scanned it and edited it until it was exactly what I needed. Then I made a stencil (and mask) of it.  I'm pretty happy with the results ... just goes to show "Good things come to those who wait".

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Few New Journal Pages

This past week I have been working feverishly in this journal of mine. It's a procrastination technique I am mastering quite well.  

As always, these pages contain nothing more than my usual random ramblings.  Often, I consider blurring out the text when I put my journal pages on my blog, FaceBook or my website. But, as I mentioned these are mere ramblings of what's on my mind at the time.  I'm not trying to make a statement or convey any messages.  There are no secret agendas involved.  I am merely sharing journal spreads I have made. Here are shown a few of the journal spreads that I made in that time.

The pages are all quite similar in technique and style, pretty much just different colors. Often times when I work with a new technique I like to make several spreads using it.

The idea for this was sparked from an old plastic letter/number stencil I found while I was trying to organize my supplies.  This kind of thing always leads to distractions ... it's a wonder I ever get anything done.

Many more pages from this journal can be seen on my website here if you are interested in seeing them.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Building a New Journal

I spent the morning deconstructing an old hard bound discarded book, painting large pieces of paper for pages and then rebuilding the old book into a journal to better suit my needs.

This is a new workshop that has been designed exclusively for the "Rooted Women" group at THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan. We'll be taking an old hard bound book and we'll rebuild it, start to finish, into a very personal journal over the six week course of the program.

To learn more about this group and others offered by THRIVE, please see their website.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mandala Journal

I spent a little time adding a few new pages to my Mandala Journal.  I realize that the more I work in this journal the less traditional my Mandalas become.

But then again, it's my journal and I can make up the rules as I go!  It is one of the many joys of journaling ... you can make and break any rule that you want!  You can view more pages from my Mandala journal on my website here.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bottle Cap Beads

I started making some of these beads out of old bottle caps a few years ago.  I quickly stopped and lost interest when I realized how much work they were.  Recently, I ran into the few I had made and decided that I really loved them.  Now, I was determined to make enough for a necklace.

I made roundish ones that I drilled holes in to so I could string them for a necklace ... 12 ruined drill bits later, I achieved this.  I also made some that are somewhat oval in shape. I decided that soldering rings to these instead of drilling holes made more sense .... mostly because I was now out of small drill bits. Not quite sure what I'll do with these yet.

Now that I have that out of my system for the time being, I am on to other things ....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Journal Book!

Dawn Devries Sokol has come out with yet another fabulous book of Journal Pages. I feel honored to have my work included in this publication!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting ready for Pennsylvania!

While packing up supplies for my upcoming trip to PA this coming weekend, I was distracted and decided to play rather than pack.  I ended up with these 2 new spreads in my "Urban Ranson" journals.  I had far too much fun, but now back to gathering supplies and packing...

I also started to pack up supplies for  "The Mandala Journal". It took everything I had in me to keep packing rather than take time to play in this journal also!

As almost everyone is surprised at the size of these Mandalas when they see them in real life, I thought I would mention that these are 8" in diameter ... not the size of drink coasters that everyone seems to think.

Oh my goodness ... it's a terrible thing to love what you do as much as I do. It's so hard to do what I am supposed to be doing rather than spend all my time journaling.

"Over the Edge" The Fun size version  is also being offered in Pennsylvania this weekend ...

... at "Charmed I'm Sure Studio".  You can purchase a slot in any of these workshops here. This is a link to the Workshop descriptions if you'd like more information.  We'd love for you to join us .... We'll assume that I'll continue with the preparations and get ready in time!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Over the Edge" Workshop

This workshop is being offered at "THRIVE" in Waterford, Michigan ... coming up VERY quickly! April 11th. 2015. Register soon to avoid missing this opportunity!

Also being offered at "Charmed I'm Sure" in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on April 18th, 2015. Register here for this workshop.

Below is a class description and here are several additional photos of this technique packed journal.

After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” 
journal of page shapes and edges is making a come 
back, only this time it’s “Fun Size”!  This luscious little 
journal (4 1/2" X 6 1/4") is a power packed version of 
the original.  We’ll work on getting those pages to "pop" 
(no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of 
those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will 
help us break away from the traditional rectangular 
shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and 
making other shapes for pages giving our books more 
dimension and interest. The importance of the often 
neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s 
original book "An Instructional Guide for Going Over the 
Edge" will also be available for viewing many examples 
which displays a plethora of possibilities.  You need 
only bring a few sheets of paper and a few simple 
supplies that you probably already have on hand and 
the rest will be supplied!

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