Mixed Media Challenge

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Every couple of months at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita is a Mixed Media Challenge.  You purchase a pack of goodies for $10 and that enters you in a challenge to create a small piece of art using at least 5 of the items from the bag.  Your piece, along with the others will then hang on a featured artist wall in the gallery starting with Final Friday Art Crawl (this time March 31) and staying for two months until time to hang the next show.  It is an awesome chance to have your work hang in a gallery, as well as urge you out of the creative duldrums!

You don’t even have to live in Wichita to participate!  Simply call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 to order your pack, then send your finished piece by March 21.  It is a great value for just the pack alone!

The theme for the March pack is Go Bohemian, and it is now available.  Here are some of the goodies in the 8.5 x 11 inch package.


It includes:

  • a few sheets of paper
  • a chunk of fun fringe
  • a two part feather stencil and mask
  • handmade paper
  • 14 inches of boho style trim
  • images from a tribal book
  • hand painted paper
  • 3 boho color paper circles
  • fabric, trim, and a purple feather!
  • and of course an elephant image!

It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with!

This Week…

ice… which fortunately melted quickly!



Seven more faces…


Junk journal workshop prep… good reason to make a new journal right?



Junk Journal play….

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Fun with grandkids…

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new art…


Lots of prep work for upcoming workshops…

Dillon Nature Center, Hutchinson, KS – Citra Solv part 1 and 2- Jan. 31 and Feb. 7  – 6:00 – 8:30pm.  Call (620) 663-3047 to sign up

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Paint with Paper, Thursday Feb. 9, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.

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Paper Mosaics, Saturday Feb. 11, 9am to noon at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita. Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.


Collage Your Story, Saturday Feb. 11, 1:00 – 4:00pm at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up.


and… getting ready to launch my new website… how exciting! More on that next week.

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So, that was about the shape of it for my week, how was yours?

This Week

I completed faces 8 through 14 this week, these are my three favorites; a pen and ink, a watercolor, and an acrylic.  I am trying to spend just a wee bit more time on these, and I am liking the results better.  One of my goals for 2017 is to build in a little more  S L O W  time.  This may be a good place to practice getting out of rush mode!

I also did a lot of workshop prep this week, for an Art Journaling 101 workshop as well as an upcoming art journal workshop and next months paper collaging workshops.  Here is a workshop example that my daughter/helper made for me.


These ladies did a great job on their art journal 101 pages! (and have some beautiful smiles too!)


I don’t have a picture to share… but I also got all caught up on my 2016 accounting using my new Quick Books software.  Pretty proud of myself on that one since bookkeeping is my nemesis!

Today’s workshop has been postponed to next week because of the threat of icy weather.  Maybe we will luck out and have a nice beautiful snow instead!


Painting papers and binding them into journals was one of the funnest things we did this week.


The January Art Parts packs went out in the mail this week to those who are ART PARTS subscribers.  They are also available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, and will soon be in my etsy shop as well.

I also got to deliver a commissioned piece of art, and see it in its new home, as well as taking a load of new art to Tessera Fine Art Gallery. I will post photos when my new wall is up!


On a personal note, while hanging out and shopping with my daughter, I found these fabulous doors that are just what we were looking for to enclose a porch on our old house.   So exciting!


While there I really enjoyed seeing this little vintage pink toy kitchen set that is just like one I had as a kid!


We also had enjoyable time with crowds of our family. With eight grown children, their spouses and 9 grandchildren, family usually arrives in crowds… but noisy homes full of talking and laughing are a blessing.  Just ran across this family photo from about six years ago…makes me laugh all over again!



So that was pretty much my week… how was yours?

What’s Happening Around Here


Now that the holidays are over and the new year is in full swing… AND the heater is fixed in my studio, I have been a flurry of creativity!  I have finished the first week of the 365 face challenge.  Not especially proud of the faces, but it does feel good to be on track even though it has been a busy week.


It will be fun to see if there is improvement by the end of the year.  Which one do you like best?

I have also been having wonderful fun playing in my small junk journal.  I am so excited about the art journal, paper painting, and junk journal making workshops coming up next week at Tessera Gallery that I have been doing lots of journal play myself.  I hope to do more of that this year.






I have also been busy making new art for commissions and my gallery wall.  Lots of opportunities to show art coming up this year!




And, my family keeps me busy too… my youngest has a wedding coming up in the spring and we have had all kinds of projects happening over Christmas break. Like making gazillions of paper flowers…


How was your week?  Happy and creative I hope!

Here is the workshop information for next week in case you can come!


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Bluebird Books


Once again I am privileged to hang my art for the month of December at the super cute Bluebird Books in Hutchinson.  I created this 11 x 14 inch “Bluebirds at the Birdbath” especially for this showing!

Here are a few shots of the store after we finished hanging my art…

Besides art, I have a lot of smaller gift-able items there as well…  Journals, cards, prints, Christmas card sets, purses, ornaments… lots of fun stuff!

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Lil' Junker

journals from vintage books

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Be sure and stop by and see all the lovelies… a great place to do Christmas shopping!

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Tis the Season…


Today I am sharing some signs of the season from my Instagram photos.  This time of year is about planning for the next year, preparing for workshops, making new art, stocking up for holiday shoppers, reflecting, and enjoying family!










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