Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tangled Up

Lions - my favorites.


White "Gelly Roll" pen on black cardstock

Water-soluble marker on w/c paper

Another favorite is our local craft store, The Artist's Palette Studio.  The studio offers a variety of half day classes, so I headed over there a couple of weeks ago and took a beginner Tangled Boxes class.  I was more interested in learning how to make pillow boxes than learning Zentangle patterns, but enjoyed doing both.
Zentangle boxes

The boxes below were made at home from cardstock.  I haven't begun to collect embellishments for the boxes due to lack of storage space at the moment.

These small boxes, to be embellished & filled with a sweet treat or tea candle, will make great welcome gifts at an open studio event.
Some boxes might look good with lions drawn on them.

The store also sells beautiful paper worthy of hoarding.
Origami papers
"Marbled Volcano" paper - might look good on lion collage

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - Great footage of lions,
vocals from original band (Tokens) at around the
2 minute mark

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday - A Morning Walk in Eugene

Creative rooftop gardens

Politely curious neighbors

Interesting garden art

Edward Scissorhands fans are everywhere

Happy hydrants

Thank you again for taking the time to offer warm comments and great suggestions on being blocked. 

Blogging beats Facebook hands down.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Image transfer with pastel over alcohol ink on deli paper background

For the past few weeks, I've been suffering from "artist's block."  Putting that aside,  when I actually do paint something it comes out awful. 

Should I try and break through this or just ride it out?
If fellow painters / crafters have any suggestions, please share.  I know it happens to everyone (almost everyone).

Thanks, friends.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Black Cats

India ink on cold press watercolor paper

"If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way."
Mark Twain

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five on Friday

For Five on Friday, here are some favorite family photos taken in northwest Oregon over the past few years.

Cannon Beach 

Hug Point

Columbia River Gorge (Oregon on the right / Washington on the left)

McMinnville wine country (lots of wine tasting opportunities)

Route to Mt. Hood - Cascade Mountain Range

Monday, May 8, 2017


Patriarch - Watercolor with Pastel Pencil

My brother was visiting us here in Oregon, but has returned to California.   Back to artwork (and househunting) for me. 

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A while back, I found an interesting video on YouTube about altering National Geographic magazine pages with a degreasing product called Citra Solv. 

Here are a few of my results.

Here's the video if you're interested:

I can see more experiments ahead.  We bought the old National Geographic magazines at St. Vinnie's (a second hand store) for 50 cents each.  These will be great backgrounds for journal pages or for collage - more STUFF for the art box.

Friday, April 14, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

Elephant / Elegant Writer with watercolor on watercolor paper

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful -
The Lord God made them all.
                                                                     Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1848)