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!

Coming Up Hearts


Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to give a piece of original art in the place of a card?  That was my thinking in creating these little 5 x 7 mixed media heart canvases.  They all have sweet little messages on them, perfect for a loved one.

They are available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita, along with a number of larger pieces.


And I missed posting my faces from last week on Saturday, but I am still on track, though some are certainly much better than others!  Here are faces 22 through 28, plus an extra one back there that my granddaughter did to help me out.


The contour face is one of my favorites again… I think I may try one in color… I also like the washy looking black and white in the bottom corner, done in about a minute and a half with a stabilo pencil and water brush.  I too often don’t get the proportions quite right, then the whole thing is sunk.  Taking time to get off to a good start proves more important to me than making the perfect features.  I am learning!

For those of you participating in a challenge, how are you coming along?  If not so good, don’t despair… just jump back in today!

Tell Your Story in Collage


Several months ago I visited the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas, home of artist Lester Raymer. I was very inspired by his eclectic body of work.  One thing that especially attracted me were his shadowboxes.


In these he used a variety of 2D and 3D items as symbols and representations to tell a story.  I found them so intriguing as I pondered his chosen elements.  It made me feel a connection to the artist I have never met.

It gave me the idea to create a two dimensional “shadowbox” style story of my own life.


We all have a story to tell, and what a great way to connect our story to our families, and to all who take time to look at it.  There are so many ways that this can be implemented!


Hope you can join me as I explore the possibilities in the upcoming Collage Your Story workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-4pm.  Cost is $35, all supplies provided. If you want to bring small scale photo copies of any special mementos, or would like to work in your art journal instead, feel free to bring them!  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up!


Paper Mosaics


When I hear someone mention mosaics, I usually think about ceramic tiles or bits surrounded by grout like this table top I made from broken dishes.  I love the idea of scraps and bits coming together to make something beautiful.. just like life!

The same idea can be accomplished with bits of paper glued down with background paper showing through to make all manner of designs.


Or you can get more funky with it like I did in my art journal …

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I am also excited about adding in words or other images like in my kitchen backsplash…

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These could also make some really fun Valentine’s Day cards, don’t you think?

So many possibilities for us to explore in the February 11th workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery!  Cost is $35 all supplies included (though you can bring your own journal to work in if you wish!) Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up!

Crafty Gifts of Christmas Past

Projects have been a flying around here lately, but of course I can’t share them…. yet.  So I thought I would share some favorites from years past.

A few years ago I made art journal style pages for several family favorite recipes and made copies for each of my kids.


They each got a personalized small binder to keep their pages in.


Turns out that a lot of the handmade gifts through the year didn’t ever get photographed… but here is an old one of a handmade owl pillow and a diaper bag… There have also been assorted quilts, aprons, oven mitts ….

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Then of course there was last years dollhouse and lemonade stand made by a talented papa who takes my gift ideas and figures out how to turn them into reality!



What are your best handmade gift memories?

Boho Elephant Sketchbook Cover


Yesterday I shared with you my cover art for the current issue of The Coloring Studio made from my “Boho Elephant” coloring page.  Today I have another example of how I turned my coloring page into a piece of art… this time functional art as a sketchbook cover.



After transferring the pattern onto unstretched canvas, I first painted with acrylic paint, and then embroidered selected portions of the design.  I sewed this panel into a book cover using batik fabric, fitting it to a standard sketchbook that I had on hand.  I added a hand stamped ‘victory road’ label and a small tassel to the spine.


When I use up the current sketchbook, I can just slip a new one into the cover!

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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