Who Me?


“Who Me? seems to be the expression on this chickadee collage made entirely from Citra Solv papers as an example for a two part Citra Solv workshop at Dillon Nature Center the last couple of weeks.


First the class made Citra Solv altered papers, then used them to create a bird collage of their own. I think they all did a fabulous job… we had roosters, sparrows, owls, robins, cardinals, and crows!  Quite a flock of artwork!

Paper Mosaic Trees


I began this piece as an abstract pattern on this 10 x 10 inch cradled wood panel, but before I knew it trees had taken root!

I used a variety of fun papers from my stash, snipping and piecing until this abstract sort of landscape had taken shape.

Still in the collaging mood, I made a mosaic spread in my full size art journal as well.


Story Collage


I am excited about teaching “Story Collage” for the first time on Saturday.  Every one of us has a story to tell, or things that are important to us. The above is an example of my life story in pictures and symbols.  By recording our story in this visual form, we invite others to decipher that story.  By recording it, we enrich the legacy that we leave behind and share ourselves with generations to come.

Each block is a tiny little piece of art, that together makes a whole, just like the events and experiences of our lives make the whole of who we have become.  Nothing wasted.


Not only does this give an interesting record of our lives to share with others, it also offers us some great opportunities for reflection as we decide which portions of our life to illustrate in our story collage.

How would you fill in the shadow box below?


If you live locally, I would love to see you … and your story, at Saturday’s workshop!



Tea Time Discovery


“Painting” with only paper can be a fun change of pace, and is a good exercise in really having to pay attention to color values.  I often like to throw in a little extra challenge and fun by adding images here and there for the viewer to discover.  In this collage, “Tea Time Discovery”, there are a dozen images hidden in the piece… I Spy style!  Can you find them?

  • crab
  • girl
  • sea shell
  • woman
  • gold llama
  • violin
  • dog
  • owl
  • red rasberry
  • guava
  • lizard
  • turtle

Happy hunting!

If you would like to purchase this piece, find it in my etsy shop here!

If you would like to make your own paper painting, I am holding a workshop this week at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, and I would love to see you there!


Participants will make their own 8 x 10 collage on a stretched canvas. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!



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!


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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The Chickadee Three watermark

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?