Journaling on my experience as a mixed media artist. I love trying new techniques. You might find anything from altered art like books, tip ins, ATC's, fat books, watercolors, scrapbooking, stamping, cards, antiques, potpourri. I hope to add items you enjoy for sale. I have been dabbling in art since I received my first box of crayons. I especially love the heritage or vintage look. judy

Location: central, Illinois, United States

Mother of two beautiful women, grandmother of 1 boy and 2 girls, caregiver to my Mother, artist. Our family includes 1 cat, and a land turtle. I have been mama to 2 ferol cat families.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Art Journal

Mixed Media Art list had an art journal page swap. Paper, fabric, with some metal. I had found a stash of muslin and decided I would practice a little painting on it. It didn't look that great wet but after it dried overnight I liked the look .I really had another project in mind but my muse kept nagging me.This is what I ended up with. I have found I like using fabric with mixed media art. The watering can was the back of each page.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bird nest charm

I love the charm swaps so when TheLatestTrendsInMixedMedia@yahoogroups

started they had a challege. I took some copper wire size 20 gauge and cut 2 pieces about 4 inches long and held them in an X position. I looped the end of my spool wire onto one of the four spokes and started weaving and formed the nest. I then used the wire to loop thru the top edge to finish the nest. I made eggs from polyclay following the clay directions. I used E6000 to glue the eggs to the nest and added a jump ring.I was apprehensive about my charms after being in the Big charm swap on another list and being belittled so badly.To my surprise I won the Innovative charm swap! I won a gc from the sponsor TwistedPaper.

More Zentangles


I have participated in several zentangle swaps. Here are a few of mine. Zentangles are addictive and can be done anywhere. Try one! You'll like it.

2z2 mixedmedia art group

Belinda had a challege creating a 2x2 canvas she supplied using paint,

fabric or trim and something metal.I liked working on the canvas.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Yesterday's Earthquake

4;37AM Yes I woke up with my bed shaking groggily thinking Earthquake . computing the fact we were experiencing a thunderstorm. too. I even gave it a rating of 4 to 5 by strength and time it lasted.
My brain even accessed the fact I wasn't suffering a seizure, stroke, or dream then I went back to sleep. Later in the morning I felt one of the stronger after shocks. Mother didn't feel either.
As a child of seven I experienced my first quake in Ca. (and have been in several since) That one scared me! I don't like going to Ca because of quakes and my Uncles don't like coming to Il for fear of tornados. Kind of silly. huh?
Back in the 80's when I was working digital cutovers for Ameritech in Cairo. Il. the experts predicted a big quake along the New Madrid fault. Cairo, Il is the confluence of two rivers.
The company had one person from each workgroup attend earthquake training . We were also given a key to the disaster trailer and learned to use a short-wave radio to communicate.

Luckily I never had to use my key.
Another thought I had when I felt the quake was I don't have a disaster trailer! My brain also worried that the 10 feral cats that live under my shed were terrified.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


is a new ATC group that branched from another group I belong to.

Lyn Stonehewer (moderator) does some great videos.Here are a few of the ATC's I have swapped out

Amy's gift

Mother's home healthcare nurse . Amy, loves mixed media art. She was fortunate to have taken a Tim Holtz class, but doesn't have much time to art. This was a gift for her.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Where does time go?

Time flies when you are having fun.

Time flies when you are busy and not having fun.My friend kept plodding me to update my blog and told me some of it was missing- She's right and I just don't have time to find out why so I'll just have to play catch up. I have scanned my work and played when I could. The first nice day we had I took all my "mists" outside. This was the result of using one of those old plastic doilies as a mask. It was honored on Belinda's mixedmedia group homepage. I used both cs and tissue paper. The tissue was my favorite.