Thursday, January 26, 2017


This is the first step of my first art in 2017..I am going to call it After The Storm. I was inspired to make this assemblage after I saw the art of Abyssimo (
and then  went camping in December just after Hurricane Matthew blew through our area. Here I have my sticks and bark glued on along with some shells we picked up on a beach walk the first afternoon

Step two was adding both
Modeling Paste
Crackling Paste


Color added

The top photo is way to pastel for my taste so I added more intense color and toned down the metallic colors a bit...Much better.


Thursday, September 1, 2016


Here I added multiple layers orienting the ribs in different directions and colored with watercolors

Another technique I tried was to cut away all the ribs down to very back then the moon and bird were added. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


While surfing one night I came across this technique of cutting away the top surface of a piece of corrugated cardboard exposing the inner ribs to form a design. This was my first attempt. Later I will add some tangling to this piece filling in the smooth spaces.

These are the tools I used...The serrated wheel for marking the lines, X Acto knife for slicing through the top layer of paper, skewer (not shown) for sliding through the grooves and lifting the paper and removing, tweezers for picking out hard to reach spaces and Staedler pigment 0.5 & 0.8 tips for doing the zentangling.  


I have so many ideas of ways to use this technique!

Another sample of the technique was to color the cardboard surface with pastel chalk, cut the design out, use the piece from left side and glue it onto right side after burning edges. Then burned the left edge.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

JOURNALS..Paying it forward


I started out with a page from a wall paper sample...
I  then attached the page to a piece of 90 lb watercolor paper that I had messed up with a technique that went haywire...
 I used 3 colors of paint to do layers using Vaseline for a resist, letting it dry then wiping it between each color...after cutting it in half the lettering was painted on...
Then the papers were added to a cardboard backing for rigidity. All insides of covers are covered with a decorative paper and other embellishments were added.....
The tree is made of rigid wrap...
I finished the backs and fronts with lacing around or across and added beads to the loose ends...
I have added loose pages inside...some of my hand made paper and some art paper...
 The tree book has a poem written by Trish Weaver ...






Friday, February 27, 2015


This is done in both Prisma Colored Pencils for image and oil pastels for back ground... As I painted this I thought a lot about spring and the changes the future may bring.

Dead of Winter

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Finished piece
A plaster art project using wire and plaster wrap then covered on outside with thinset (or plaster of paris)  and finished with encaustic wax on inside and spray acrylic on outside..


Below are closeups of etching on inside

The book I used for reference

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HAMADRYADES...Daughters of the Forest

Air dry clay on manzanita branch colored with washes from light to dark using raw sienna, burnt  sienna, burnt umber light and lastly burnt umber with mars black added to darken. After that I dry brushed the light burnt umber on and then used metallic rubs to add highlights. 

were eight Dryad nymph daughters of the forest spirit Oxylos ("Of the Forest") and Hamadryas ("With the Tree"), who inhabited Mount Oita in Phthiotis.