Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Doodles

Just a few new doodles.

The last photo is one continuous line.  The pen never left the paper from beginning to end.  Just something I had to try, to see if I could and if it would look like anything.   You'll have to be the judge.

A little recycled table I just finished painting and doodling.  I'm selling this for $75 (US) if you are interested contact me.   It will not be posted to my Etsy Shop.

I'm always doodling on something.   Check back to see what is next. 

Thanks for visiting.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

Surprise in the mail

Just when I thought I had received all the postcards from ihanna's annual swap, I get a surprise.  One last, late card.  Awesome,  surprise.  Maybe there is another out there,  obviously I had miscounted.

This is a beautiful card from Angela in Virginia.  You can see her process at Making Mayhem blog.
Sorry to say this is the end of this years swap.  Thank  you all, and thank you Hanna for hosting another fun swap.

Thanks for visiting.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

ihanna's Postcard Swap Update

It's always sad when the last postcard arrives.  I got all 10 rather quickly this year.  I wanted to share them all with you.

It always amazes me how different they all are.  The cards on the right are from Jenny Pesavento in Colorado Springs,Liven Geelmuyden in Norway, Kit Wojcik in Long Lake Minnesota, Jeane Sliney from Duluth Minnesota and Charlotte in Sweden.

One thing you can't see in the photo is the back of Jenny's card.  It has a little pouch with a secret message.  Such a cute idea.  Charlotte  put two cards in a large envelope.  Double surprise.

Nancy actually painted 4 cards then cut them apart into smaller cards.  Jeane used a piece of corrugated cardboard for hers.  All very original. 

On the left, postcards from Linda Hartzig in Gastonia North Carolina, Eleaca Young in Cantwell Alaska and sally-Ann Garret on the Isle of Wight in the UK.

I must apologize to Eleaca for not sending a thank you.  You didn't give me an email address.  I do love the card with my morning coffee. 

Linda's card is the first I've ever received made entirely of fabric.  It's appliqued and quilt stitched.  Sally's card was the largest.  I love them all.  Thank you so much.

Thank you ihanna for hosting another great postcard swap.  I do look forward to this each year.

Hugs to all, thanks for visiting.


PS:  I found Eleaca's website, finally got to thank her for the cute card.

Monday, May 5, 2014

iHanna's Spring Postcard Swap

It's that time of year again for ihannas postcard swap.   It's such fun to make the cards and mail them all over the world.  Then the best part is waiting to see what comes back to you from 10 other artisans also from around the world.  Last year I even got a surprise from an old friend I hadn't seen for years.  What a surprise, we have since reconnected over lunch and facebook.

Well mine are ready for the addresses then to the mail box.  Each one original.

Which one will be yours?

Curious?  You can see the work of many other participating artist at:

Thanks for visiting today.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mini Shoji Screen

I've been wanting to doodle a shoji screen but thought maybe I better start with a smaller one first.  So I bought three 8 x 24 inch wrapped canvas and connected them with fabric so they would bend.
My next step was to cover the canvas in layers of torn paper.  I chose light, natural colors because my plan is to doodle on top of the paper.  I added a few pieces do corrugated card board, tulle, fabric strips and some cool handmade papers with lots of fiber mixed in.
Next step, the doodle.  This is as far as I got today.  I think the size is a little intimidating, so don't want to rush it.
A friend gave me some 6 inch square tiles to experiment with.  Here's the first on, again I started with a couple pieces of handmade paper then doodled.  Since the tiles were all pre drilled to add a hanger I will either use ribbon or maybe some copper wire.  I'll post a finished picture when it's finished.
Another project in the works is the small tea tray. It was another one of my finds at the thrift store. 
Notice a color theme here?  I seem to be using a lot of the same paper lately.  But can't use anything to dark or the doodle gets lost in the paper.  Not finished yet. I'm using an outdoor grade Mod Podge on this tray so water won't hurt the design and paper.  It should be safe to wipe clean but not immerse in water.

It's fun to work on an a real art project for a change.  Been too busy the last couple of months working on product to sale at the coming outdoor markets.  To much of the same things, it was time for a, for me project.  

Hope to catch up with my blogging friends I miss seeing what everyone is up to.  

Thanks for visiting.



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Project Update

I've been busy building up stock for summer festivals.  Thought I'd share a few photos of my latest projects.


The large collaged, recycled picture frame with matted doodle is going to Galley 360 this week for an open Mixing It Up Show for May.  

I've been buying frames at the Thrift Stores to recycle with doodles, collage and lots of vintage buttons.  The bird houses are also recycled thrifty store items.  

Now that I'm retired and have the time I've been experimenting with combining my mixed media with my doodles.  I'm really enjoying the combinations of handmade papers with doodles. 

And there's my faithful companion that never leaves my side.  I love my Fritzy.

Happy Easter to everyone, hope you are spending some time with family and friends. 

Thanks for visiting.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Where am I going?

I'm here and there and all over the place but no direction.   I've never been good at goal setting and now retired I  feel all I'm doing is wandering.  I'm the kid in the candy store I want to do it all but don't want to do anything.  Yuk..

I sent apps off today for three more juried shows coming up this spring and summer.  But although I do enjoy doing them my sales haven't been that good and I'm still struggling to figure what to try next that will be that one item that will really catch on and sell.  

I need the supplemental income.  Mostly for the future.  Because I divorced late in life I didn't have much of a nest egg of my own. 

Sorry to unload, hopefully no one will read this post.  I just needed to vent instead of letting it roll around in my head. 

Every post needs a photo.  Here's Fritz from yesterday when I tried to give him a bath.  We found him hiding under the bed.  

I think I'll take Fritz for a walk.