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Zen Tangle Challenge-The Space Between

I have been obsessively tangling lately–no time even to post, must tangle ūüôā

But in search of inspiration….draw too much water and the well does begin to run dry…I hopped over to the Diva’s zen tangle challenge blog (see the roll on the right) and saw this week the challenge was to work with the white space, the space between all those little lines…I needed to work on breathing space indeed and this one just created itself for me:




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In A Scrape–GPP Street Team Crusade #44

(Yay! I finally was able to upload the GPP image!)

Well, I’m really enjoying my scraping this month. ¬†I often scrape my backgrounds, but with Michelle Ward’s challenge I’ve tried some new approaches as well.

I made 2 ATC backgrounds scraping a thin layer of several paints, then I used a Plaid rubber paint scraper with white paint.

I used a K&Company border to scrape paint through and create a thick pattern.  I then used the border itself on a  scraped ATC background.

Above is the border I used.  Below is the paper I created by scraping paint through it.

Below is the ATC with the rubber scraped background and the painted border on the bottom.

The other ATC I added papers also scraped with paint and cut up.  Details were added with Scribbles paint (no brushes!) and some confetti.

I then found a great place mat in a store going out of business.  It has this open pattern that I could scrape paint through thickly.

These are 2 different versions of scrapings through the place mat. ¬†I love the thickness! Still haven’t found something to do with these papers…it will come though.

Then I created a collage using scraped papers and commercially printed ones.  The background was made with a mask created with a square punch.

…And another collage with a scraped background and photos and magazine picture.

THEN I made another ATC background scraping paint through an alphabet template and then adding scrabble letters.  I hope I was able to capture the thickness of the scraped letters:

And on and on…it’s hard to stop once I’ve started. ¬†Needless to say I’ve had fun this month! ¬†Below are some more photos of papers I’ve created ¬†and haven’t yet used. ¬†TFL!


Filed under Acrylic painting, ATC, challenge

GPP Street Team Crusade No. 43–Text Messaging


Just in time, this time….I’ve got 2 pieces to share. ¬†I’ve used text in many different ways and one of my favorites, I call “Ransom Poetry”. ¬† I have piles of cut out words and then choose or pick randomly and arrange into a poem of sorts. ¬†The cut and pasted words look like the classic ransom note, hence the title.

So my first includes images as well as text from magazines and a stamp:

The second is just cut out text:

Both, I’ve realized are about the same thing going on in my life right now. ¬†Just a procedural hoop to jump through in my final days in a program and they are dragging on and challenging me in ways I wish they were not. ¬†Alas, I don’t get to choose that :). ¬†And so, I am moving toward fearlessness…at least tolerating the fear, perhaps.



Filed under challenge, mixed media art, Visual Journal

Very Late Crusade :)

So I completely missed the August 1 GPP Street Team Crusade #42


BUT….I did it and tearing paper is not only one of my favorite things, but a major component of my art. ¬†So late, schmate (as we say in NYC), here are a few pieces I worked on:

The background papers are painted with acrylics or gouache and the torn papers are mostly handpainted with a variety of paints and there are a few wallpaper and decorative papers thrown in. ¬† All are small format no larger than 5×7″.



Filed under challenge, collage art

Grid–1 day late

I did finally finish my 3rd grid for the GPP Street Monthly Art Crusade, ok, it’s July, but I wanted to share it anyway. ¬†This one was again an asymmetrical grid that I filled in as a Zen doodle.

It’s a little too busy I think, but I’m ok with it overall. ¬†I liked adding the few bits of color. ¬†I also did a few segments playing with a new doodle style–I’m not sure how well they fit with the others. ¬†I’ll be posting some more of that shortly. ¬†Even though this “crusade” is over, I’m tempted to keep this little journal a grid journal. ¬†I have never stuck to any kind of theme throughout a book, so this might be a challenge, but I’m liking the idea so far! Thanks to Michelle Ward of GPP Street Team for the inspiration.


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GPP Street Team Monthly Crusade- “Grids”

So this month the challenge was to work with grids. ¬†Love ’em–they offer structure and yet you can make them any which way. ¬†NO RULES!!!! ¬†So, here are my 2 finished works…have a third that is still in progress, but wanted to make the July 1 deadline :).

This first one is in my journal and I just used Japanese paper tape to create an asymmetrical grid. ¬†Then I went about filling the segments with all kinds of little things–punched shapes, grunge board shapes, a tiny tag, brads, and then gel crayons and touches of silver marker.

This second one is on watercolor paper and I used a handpainted/printed paper cut into strips to delineate the symmetrical grid.  In each segment I played with some paint, gel pens, graphite pencil, and more of the same paper.

Lots of fun! TFL.


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Here are my 2 ATCs made with gel medium transfers:

Here the transfers are the flower in the lower left and the narrow bands stacked were from a magazine photo of books on a shelf.

This one has a transfer of a flower in upper right.  The flower on the bottom is a rub on. The orange flower is made of several layers of punched out shapes and has  Ranger Glossy Accents on it (hence the odd glare).  Then I made another transfer of just print over the entire background.  Thanks for looking.

Again, if anyone is interested, for each $10 donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer I will send a card in thanks. ¬†I still don’t know the easy way of creating this link, but if you cut and paste this you will get to my Avon Walk page.



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