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.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Avon Cancer Walk Fatbook

On the list Debbie Mutti is hosting a Fatbook for the Avon Cancer Walk to be auctioned by Gina, another member. My friend since freshmen in high school, Mary Kay, is now going through chemo and radiation, so my pages are dedicated to her. I wanted to make sure it was a FAT fatbook . I think you will recognize some of my background papers here. The angel above is an image from printed on a cloudy colored vellum glued with gel medium over a patterned brown on white scrapbook paper with the word angel glued on her wing. I also colored her from the reverse side with markers.Of course I had to add some dazzle with Stickles around the edges ! Thanks for viewing my art. I tried to add comments back on my blog but it didn't work. So just send me an email .

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Relatively Speaking

On I hosted a relatively speaking ATC swap to perfect making transfers. I was a little disappointed when only 3 people signed up. So I tried the color copy on acrylic paint and I didn’t get one to turn out!!!
While searching for another photo to take to the copiers I ran across photos I had purchased at the only estate sale I attended last year. A friend of mine was helping with the sale and ask if I knew the people. Not only did I know them I knew most of the family and had since I was a child. I also told him Flo was my confirmation sponsor. He expressed surprise that none of the nieces and nephews were interested in keeping their records or scrapbooks from their career of singing and family cabinet cards and other photos among other things. This
Family had immigrated to America from Lebanon and settled in Toulon Il and ran a grocery store. Three of the sisters sang and they were
“the Ray Sisters” on WLS radio and on the Barn Dance. Flo, the youngest, was in high school. They moved to Peoria and owned the Ideal Grocery store and a provisions company.
I came home with all I went after plus a few other treasures. Out of 6 children (only 2 had married) Flo and Ralph moved to a retirement manor. I immortalized Flo, Alvie, And Billie with my gel medium transfer. Flo was one of the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known- it’s too bad the photo doesn’t show it. Ralph has passed and Flo says she is so blessed by her great life and is just waiting for her call Home. I’m sending her an ATC too. She is now 89. One of her biggest thrills was singing “the National Anthem” at a Cardinals game. Flo's in the middle.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Paint Scrapping

Today I'll show you an easy to do technique.I just use cardstock for these.I start out with my darkest color of Golden acrylics and squirt a line on one of the edges then I use a credit card or piece of cardboard and pull it across the paper wiping any excess on the card on a paper towel. my medium hue color I squirt on the end of the cr cd and apply randomly. Use as many colors as you want using the same application making swirls and curves. Use just the edge to add some lines. I like to apply a metallic or glitter glue to add some pzazz to finish them. I love the richness of the high pigmentation of Golden paints but you can use regular acrylics also. Another way to finish is use Krylon Webbing spray lightly. You can stencil (as I did) or stamp on it if you like. Have fun experimenting. Now you wiped your excess paint on a paper towel amd continue to do the same until your paper towel is covered and you have another paper for your stash. You can now cut these into the size you want to work with. I'll be showing the red/bl combination in another post.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Purple Grackle ATCs

I love birds and this is a simple ATC that turned out to be a favorite. I used Purple Stazon ink on K& Co Paper. Being hardpressed for a place to stamp I used my Zission Cutter thus the pattern in the stamping. Of course I had to run some Dazzle around the edge in purple to glitz it up. This is for the arttechniquesatc yahoo group.