Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
My interpretation a painting by Norway artist Christian Krohg:
Monday, October 8, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
For me, I just can't put into words how deep this cuts ... how much it hurts ... because somewhere deep down inside - I DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE people are just this heartless ... this prejudice ... this FEARFUL of boys that look like my son.
How do I prepare my son for this world where at any given moment he could be taken from me? How do I tell him that while we are luckier to be in THIS time, and not the times of my parents and Grandparents ... that we still aren't safe?
I don't preach the evils of prejudice - because too many times I've seen prejudice from my own race. I tell my son that we as a people can be just as hateful, just as intolerant ... as ignorant ... and I feel like I am not arming him with confidence - but with fear.
Many horrible things have happened to me in my life - and I was never physically or emotionally hurt by anyone other than people of my own race....and I feel like it's par for the course, that I can handle THAT.
What I can't handle is the unknown .. that on a rainy day one evening when my son is cold and wet, and he raises the hood of his jacket on his way home ... that in someone's eyes he turns from a kid on the street to a menace to society. It's THAT which makes my blood run cold, because there is no way to prepare for your life to end ... to say goodbye to your child...your only child.
I am not naive, I don't believe we are a post-racial society where there is no prejudice. I think as long as we can SEE differences - there will always be those that judge. That's the reality I teach my son, and I pray that he makes it...that not one other parent - regardless of their race - will lose their child to ignorance.
Today, I just feel we've lost our humanity.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
For some reason what was in my head would not translate to this latest piece. I was SO FRUSTRATED!!!...I just started wiping my brushes off, onto the piece...and when I went to clean my water - I came back and fell in love.
So far ... FINALLY...so good ...
Think Pink ... think Spring ... I always have trouble with pastels, but I'm giving it a go with my second piece for the Merry Whatever group.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
To give you an idea of the types of things I'll be offering ... here's a sneak peek at one of my pieces - it's still in progress - but I'm already attached to it! It will be hard to put it up on Etsy for sale! :)
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Toletown Ezine this month has lots of great projects!...and also features a project that I did especially for all those tags that everyone loves to make, trade and display.
See the project with the words LOVE?? ... it's my project for the month.
If you want to see all the projects, go to Toletown and purchase this months issue - it's PACKED with projects at a great price.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I have been going through my electronic files, and came across instructions for my first paper bag album that I did in 2009! I am a lot better now with paper crafts, than I was then ... but thought it would be fun to share with you...maybe inspire a beginner out there!
List of Supplies
• 3 paper bags (lunch size)
• hole puncher
• Versamark ink pad – black
• Luminaries H20 Twinkling watercolors
• 6 sheets of plain cardstock
• 6 sheets of patterned cardstock
• glue stick or adhesive runner
• paper piercer or large nail
• glass cutting mat
• fiskars paper cutter
• assorted brads
• assorted flower piecing
• assorted ribbon
• small vellum envelope (ATC size)
• 6 blank ATCS
• 6 large paper tags
• black micron marker
• assorted rubber stamp sayings
• assorted rub-ons
• assorted Post It note pads
Basic Step by Step Directions – Assembling Your Book
1.Take your 3 paper bags and stack them with ends alternating.
2.Fold them to form crease line. With bags still folded, along the crease line punch at least 3 holes using a hole puncher.
3.At this stage, it is your choice as to how you “bind” your book. You can use either decorative brads or ribbon. I chose to use ribbon.
Basic Step by Step Directions
1.After deciding on a theme for your book, choose your color paper.
2.When you’ve chosen your paper, cut your cardstock down to size of paper bag pages. (I used a Fiskars Paper Cutter.)
3.With your glue stick or adhesive runner, begin to put your selected pieces of cardstock on the pages of your book.
4.I chose to begin with the cover, but you can start with the inside pages and leave the outside pages for last.
NOTE: Follow Steps 3 thru 5 to adhere the initial cardstock sheets to each page, before adding embellishments.
Basic Step by Step Directions – Embellishing Your Pages
1.I chose a large flower, but you can use any embellishment for your cover. For the center of the flower you can add cardstock, buttons, and glitter or jeweled accents. I chose a flowered jewel accent.
2.Since the theme of my book was Thoughts, for the inside of my book, I decided to use Post It notes, blank sheets of stationary and other things that would encourage the recipient to jot down their thoughts and ideas.
The most important thing to remember in assembling your book?- Have fun!! The ideas are limitless as to what you can create using simple supplies and scraps from around the house. You can paint your book, add ATCS & tags (as shown on the Idea Pages) – just use your imagination!
Additional Page Ideas from 2009 (don’t forget to stick goodies in those pockets!)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I had to walk away from it ... let it dry fully ... and I must say I'm not TOO unhappy with the blending of the colors .. they are vibrant ..and the Luminares always have that sparkly shimmer. All in all ... I think with a lot more practice, I'll get the hang of it.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Still sidelined with this sciatic nerve ordeal ... but found myself trying, once again to capture what was in my head onto paper using color pencils.
While working on my piece, titled Faith, it suddnely clicked with me why I didn't like using color pencils ... I'm so used to painting and knowing how to perfectly achieve the look - the BLENDED LOOKS - I love .... that not knowing how to achieve this with the pencils is very frustrating.
But like all things...practice makes perfect ... so here is my most recent attempt with color pencils: