Monday, December 03, 2012

another journal I have going...

I made this envelope journal a while ago....finally got to working in it more - paint, stencils, stamps, stuff

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Perrella Bagby circus part 3

days 3 and 4 were awesome......
we did figures with Anne...these are 5" x 7" boards...

I didn't scan the back but they have nice patterned paper on them. I put them together and couldn't help but think, "these would make excellent book covers...."

then a classic Lynne Perrella big collage. Mine was bright - everyone's work was so different and's not done but I still like it.

what do you think?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Perrella Bagby circus -part 2

Day 1 - The White Clown with Anne Bagby

First we sketched a whole bunch of faces. 

Then we chose a few we liked and painted them with a white wash.
Next we added circus "makeup"

Then we adhered the faces to fun foam and mounted them on our collages.
These are 5" x 7" boards, by the way.

Day 2 - Lynne Perrella
Altering faces with Lynne Perrella is so much fun.

These are 8" x 10" canvas panels.

The first one is how it looked when I left class.

Lynne had made a suggestion on how to finish the background and I just got that done this weekend...

Finally, here is Cotton Candy Fro.  good times, eh?

Please feel free to comment!  :)
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Perrella Bagby Circus - part 1

it began with a drive up I-5 into the lovely farmlands of northern Washington state. I depart from my day job and unwind the stress and frustration as I travel. I leave early to get in line for the ferry to Friday Harbor and tell myself along the way "I have plenty of time. I have plenty of time" and I did and I made the 2:40 sailing. sweet.
I now enjoy an hour long boat ride through the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor - my destination.

This is Thursday and class starts Friday morning so I have time to check in to the hotel and settle into my room before our meet and greet at Rhonda Scott's shop Vital Elements. She has prepared snacks and wine for us and of course Shopping! it was awesome....
I am tired and hungry and head out with a few other ladies. We end up grabbing dinner together and have fun time getting to know each other.

I have taken Lynne's classes at ArtFest twice and couldn't wait to see her again. She is fun, funny, and a true master of her genre.
Anne Bagby is an artist whose work I have admired for a long time and was so happy to have the opportunity to learn from her, and so close to home too! Anne is like a creative stick of dynamite - just full of excitement and ideas that she loves to share with her students. I have watched one of her DVDs and was so excited to meet her in person and learn from her.

more coming in part 2...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

sketchbook entry

I wanted to try out these new sets of Superfine tip PITT pens - one set is warm colors and the other set is cool colors. What better way to test drive them than to sketch at the lake...

My boat leaves a lot to be desired but that's why I call it a SKETCH and not ART WORK. See how I did that? I just relieved any quality pressure I may have been inclined to put on myself.

thanks for looking...leave a comment if you would be so kind.


Thursday, September 06, 2012

We landed on Mars

So I had to make some cool stickers!

These designs are copyright protected so please just buy my stickers instead of trying to copy them  :)



Thursday, July 26, 2012

HOT Summer Clearance SALE going on NOW!!

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer a little bit.

I am putting a whole bunch of stuff on clearance - moving things out to make room for the new products!

Stop by and get great deals on a ton of ink pads, magazines, collage supplies, and more :

If you have any questions just email me or post a comment here on the blog :)

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.

I'm already getting excited for Fall and Halloween stamping projects!!

Blessings to you,


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

jumbo oil pastel drawing

I love the word jumbo    :)

this puppy is about 24" x 36" on red rosin paper that I gessoed first.

I used the Sennelier La Grand oil pastels I mentioned a while back, in black and prussian blue, and good ol' portfolio water soluble oil pastels. They smell good.
The photo I worked from is below.... what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

polka dots / prometheus / pillow

my weekend consisted of:
FIRST: a trip to the Dr's office, followed shortly by a trip to Dick Blick Seattle, where I found these little gems :

don't they just make your mouth water? 
You can get some here if you don't have time to swing into Dick Blick's.

I also picked up some La Grand Sennelier Oil Pastels -these puppies are really BIG! "At ¾" diameter × 5" long, each of these pastel sticks is equivalent to eight regular size sticks." quoted from here:

I can't wait to try them out on my next pastel drawing, which, coincidentally is going to be BIG too  :
I got black, prussian blue, and a transparent blender - this is the image from Dick Blick's web site just so you know what I'm talking about.

I picked up an American Easel brand wood panel to work on as well. I want to try out a firmer surface than canvas. Made in the USA too - BONUS!
This image is also from DB's web site - I got the largest one they had in stock at the store which is 18" x 24"

Lunch with my sister in we had a nice long "catch up" We haven't had a lot of time together over the last couple of years because she has been working on and has just earned her master's degree from Seattle University - we are really proud of her :)  :)  Yay Hannah!!

SPOILER ALERT-if you haven't seen Prometheus  yet but plan to skip down to "Finally, ..."
trip into outer space with my DH and brother in law: we watched Prometheus....I really enjoyed it but must agree with my friend Ray Chi that there are a few major annoyances and a few too many WTF moments.
What was the opening scene about anyway?
Why did these so-called scientists have no thought of contaminating the temple where they found the giant face?
What's up with the doofus taking his helmet off right away?? sheesh - I need a little more SCIENCE in my Science Fiction - this is Ridley Scott after all...
just sayin'...

 Finally, during our weekly grocery shopping trip to Fred Meyer I found this lovely, that now lives on my loveseat:

Made in the USA too - woop woop!!

and that was my weekend....  :)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

new journal pages

drawn from one of my photos. I like this guy.

I don't like the way this one turned out BUT it's another lesson for me to focus on what Lisa taught me and for me to remember to not get wound up about drawing people.

 had a hankering for a poppy so I looked up some photos in Google image search and just went from that with Portfolio water soluble oil pastels...

Also from one of my photos - Chicago skyline in the evening -slightly blurry....this one is not done yet

Also from a photo of a dark red leaf among pale colored rocks at the beach. This one isn't done either - I am going to watercolor the drawing to give it depth.
What have you been journaling lately?