Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rhubarb Tags

Rhubarb tag? My experiment resulted in some pretty cool looking tags. While I was cutting rhubarb for a rhubarb/strawberry/raspberry crisp I noticed the juice beading up on my plastic cutting mat. I ran to my studio and got some manila tags and soaked up the juice. It was interesting that two different shades of rhubarb pink/purple came out on these tags. I guess the difference was that they were from two different manufacturers and the manila cards reacted uniquely. Yes, the crisp was delicious!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Went to rubber stamp convention and bought all these goodies. Mostly unmounted rubber; 1/2 the price so u can buy twice as much! Flower soft, little flakes of color to make it look like flowers growing on your art. Paper that you can sand and reveal another color under. Alcohol ink pens. White stabilo pen. Glue pen. Embossing powders and more. I've been so busy with my goodies this week I haven't posted for a while. My stamping friends... let me hear about your purchases and what you are doing with them!!

Friday, June 12, 2009


COLOR DRENCHED art class this evening. We only made one piece to get the technique down so I think I can only get better with practice! The class was taught by Zana from Stamp Zia and uses her vibrant water color sprays and other products and stamps. Basically you dren
ch this special paper with color, splash water on the dried sheet and watch the colors spot and seperate. Stamp designs on it and shade and highlight with soft color pencils or crayons. The pictures show this transition.

Here's my friend Mickie's piece.

And, our companion in the studio.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Love my new watering globe. In the pot-- sweet potato vines in purple and chartreuse, Martha Washington geraniums (not blooming), wave petunia and draecena spike. Gave the pot a healthy dose of bloom booster hoping to get those geraniums going.

Thursday in the Park with Woodie

No picture today but my lunch in the park was entertaining. Today I saw a woodchuck, or was it a prairie dog? Whatever he was he looked like a very large rodent low to the ground and light brown. Love Park is a small but very lovely little alcove in the des Peres/Town'nCountry area. So many birds, squirrels, chipmunks, a wild turkey and my new rodent friend. A nice restful peaceful shady breezy pretty place to go in the middle of the workday!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Too pretty to use!

Have you ever put out some nice paper napkins and heard "Oh, they're just too pretty to use"? I love paper napkins. I love using them with a lovely cup of tea and a crumpet. I love to use them in decoupaging. Now, I'm re-visiting an old art, paper napkin greeting cards. Here's how-to: pull apart the printed tissue from the one or two other plies of paper. Use plastic wrap and a piece of cardstock or heavy weight paper. Sandwich the cardstock, then plastic wrap then napkin and cover all with larger paper like copier paper or plain newsprint paper and iron. The plastic melts and adheres all together. Trim and fold and voila! Add your sentiment to the inside and you have a beautiful thing! The floral napkin in the photo actually has four different images. I think they would look great on four canvases, clearcoated, on a wall. OOH!! I think I have my next project! (click on images to enlarge)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Space, the final frontier...

These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where where nobody* has gone before. Yes, I'm a trekkie from way back. And, I finally saw the movie. I loved how it kept true to alot of the details of the old show. Some of the lines are true vintage ST: "fascinating!". * they changed the opening tag from " where no man" to "where nobody has gone before". That's okay with me! Great special fx and monsters and some surprises. Loved it!