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?

Citra Solv Workshop at Dillon Nature Center


If you have followed me for any length of time at all, you know that one of my all time favorite mediums/techniques is using Citra Solv concentrated cleaner to alter National Geographic pages in order to make stunningly beautiful pages which I then use in my artwork.


I simply use them as collage papers…


…or as an interesting background on which to build a piece.


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I find the interesting patterns and effects accomplished with a variety of techniques irresistible.



It can even be used to do image transfer!


So when I have the opportunity to share the methods that I have developed with others, the familiar thrill in the process comes over me all over again!


I will have the opportunity to teach this class as a two part workshop at Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson, Kansas on January 31 and February 7 from 6:00 to 8:30pm.  If interested in learning my techniques to using this fascinating medium, call Dillon Nature Center at (620) 663-3047 to register.

In the meantime, happy creating!

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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December Workshop Fun


Last week I taught three different workshops at Tessera Fine Art Gallery and I had a lot of fun at all of them!  First up was a fun session of Christmas ornament making.  We used alcohol inks, paint and paper on an assortment of surfaces.  Everyone did a terrific job and took home a bag full of lovelies for their tree.


Then a couple of days later we made tags using all kinds of different stencil techniques.  Each participant received one of my new holly jolly stencils.



And finally was my smash book workshop where we created our own custom smash books.



No more workshops for 2016, but I am excited to jump into 2017 with some art journaling (at Tessera Fine Art Gallery) and Citra Solv (at Dillon’s Nature Center) workshops!








PLAY themed workshops


Last Saturday I had a couple of fun workshops in the theme of PLAY.  In the first, Paint Like a Child, we had fun going through the developmental stages of children’s art, putting them into practice as we created a couple of pieces of art on our “playgrounds”.

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In the next workshop, A Touch of Whimsy, we talked about the elements that can be tweaked to create whimsy in our artwork.















Everyone did such a great job, even when it was a new to them technique!

Next month at Tessera Gallery….

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December Workshops Preview


Tis’ the season for some great workshops coming up in December!  We will start off with painting an assortment of ornaments on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 9.  We will paper mache and paint, use re-purposed materials, and make paper doll style creatures.  Any or all will look great on your tree, or make a great, one of a kind, gift.


Next will be a class to learn about all kinds of ways stencils can be used beyond what we normally think of.  In the process we will make a whole collection of decorated tags that will be handy to use in a multitude of ways.


The workshop trio will end up with “Smash it All”  a class on how to use smash books… and each participant will put together a custom smash book to take home!



Hope to see you there!