April Brings Exhibits!

March 29, 2015

I’ve been very busy!

Collage/assemblage with paper, paint, birch bark

Personal Maps #1: Breakthrough   Collage/assemblage with paper, paint, birch bark




April 6 – May 13 my collage/assemblage work will be featured at the Gallery at Towne Center in Lake Forest Park, WA.

Also April 16 – June 12 my jewelry work will be on display at the ArtsNow Gallery in the Edmonds Conference Center in Edmonds, WA.  The opening for this show will be April 16, 5-8 PM.



Collage/assemblage with paint, paper,

Gift to Life

Personal Maps #2: Symmetry

Personal Maps #2: Symmetry




It’s that time: setting up lights outside, inside, on every side and it creates the need to run to the store to replace whatever isn’t working this year, right?  So there we were in the seasonal aisle and I realize I’m looking at a bunch of art supplies on sale with a substantial discount!  REAlly!  Just think about it:

– Plastic faceted garland, ice blue, 15 ft. Regularly $1.99 but at 40% off it’s $1.39.

– Plastic bead garland, gold, 60 ft. Regularly $6.99 but at 40% off it’s $4.19.

– Tinsel, 99 cents for a package (it doesn’t come in that neat box anymore!).

So what to do with these great, inexpensive things?  What came to my mind:

1.  Run the bead garland around the edge of a shrine.

2.  Lay tinsel through a painting/collage.

3.  Use tinsel like “fringe” on a fabric book.

4.  Outline the frontis piece or vignette on a book cover with beaded garland or tinsel.

5.  Make jewelry out of garland: three strand bracelets or shoulder duster earrings.

6.  Turn garland into a beaded curtain.

7.  Glue garland onto the back wall of a box in rows and paint over it for texture.

8.  Glue garland to a mirror so the reflection makes it look like a million beads.

9.  Collage tissue paper over garland on a collage.  That would look pretty cool!

10.  Glue a string of garland or tinsel across the top of your eye glasses or around a bowl or edge a plastic plate.

There.  I just thought of 10 things I can do.  What can you think of?

Dover Publishing makes those books of clip art that are often copyright free or you can use up to 10 images in the same piece only, etc.  They offer images of all manner of things and give away samples online from their books.  I have used some of the images of study Native American styling or as a jumping off point for a shape that I want to work with.  For example, I wanted to use a silhouette of lace in something.  Dover has cataloged many types and offer them as clip art so I looked through the variety and found something suitable for my purposes.  They offer so many free samples that change every few weeks I have had to catalog them!  They’re a very generous company.

This week they’re offering Thanksgiving related clip art: Tlingit and  West Coast Indian designs, pilgrims and all that, too, at:



There is a very creatively talented artist working in video in Portland, OR.  Her name is Karen Landey and her beginnings in collage art are very apparent in her “video doodles” and the various shorts she has posted onto her video blog:


I am always inspired by the combination of music and imagery that she layers together to create complicated, deep and rich visuals.   There are pieces that I could watch for much longer but these little tasty treats are just what they are: visual and audio treats.  I watch one and I’m off to the studio to create my own treats!  I’m sure you’ll see what I mean…

Karen also has a non-video blog:   http://indieartvideo.wordpress.com/

This blog will give you an inside look at her creative process as she goes along.  This is really glorious eye candy for those that can appreciate really great collage.  Karen has an exquisite sense of layers and design that really comes through in her style.   I hope you have some time to check it out!  It’s all worth it!

Creative Meanderings

December 26, 2009

I actually got a minute to goof off and found some fun and funny things.

Ooooh treasure!

One of them wasn’t showing their pix but the name was great:  Rick Rack

Attack. Isn’t that hilarious?  I love rick rack.  I bought some metallic rick rack a couple of weeks ago to have in my supplies for when inspiration strikes.  HMMM, perhaps I’ll have a rick rack attack!

Oh and speaking of frippery (frippery?), check out:

http://www.thelittlepinkstudio.com   Lots of ideas and stuff to use there for a variety of directions.   I”ve never seen velvet rick rack before or such cool resin embellishments!  I can only imagine what some of these things would look like painted or in a painting.  It just makes me day dream.  The bowl of ballerinas made me laugh.  I used to make up stories about these things every time I saw them on someones birthday cake.  I pretended that one of them followed me around and her name was Pinky.  REALLY!  So it’s fitting to find them at The Little Pink Studio.  =)

Is this a bowlful or a bevy of ballerinas? Thank http://www.thelittlepinkstudio.com.

Here is a link to 52 FREE apron patterns.  Aprons are art in my book.  I’ve always thought it would be fun to make a very large book with an apron for each page…  


A Jessie Steele 1950's type apron. Do you cook vintage food when wearing this? Anyone for weiner winks?

Links for some collage quilting:


http://www.dltk-kids.com/pioneer/mquilt.htm – (this one has templates for paper quilting)

http://www.mixed-media-artist.com/2009/05/collage-and-quilt-techniques.html – (this really is mixed media and cool)

A very cool site about paper cutting:


An inspiring site:

http://www.junqueart.com – They’re not afraid to pare back for ‘house cleaning’, still there is a blog, a shop, and just stuff to see.

The Frugal Artist Series, #1

December 15, 2009

An idea popped into my head about making your own inexpensive collage supplies.  It’s a simple marriage of tools and stuff that helps to keep you ‘shopping at home’.   I’m sure I’m not the first to figure this one out (and it’s not the first time I’ve had this idea):

Scan fabrics that you like and print them.

You can change the colors on the scanned image so now you have the same thing, only different.   Scanned fabric still has the texture of fabric but it’s easier to collage as paper.  And the best thing is that you never run out of that pattern.

Best new product for collage:

Crafter’s Pick Ultimate collage adhesive.  This is lovely stuff!  It dries with a lovely matte finish.  When you get it on your hands you can just roll it off like white glue so it’s not very messy.  The finish is the best I’ve seen and it doesn’t smell weird.

Oh, have I ever told you that I sniff everything?  My great friend, Linda Goff, nicknamed me ‘Sniffy’ for a reason.  She’s gone now but some things never change. =)

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

October 23, 2009

Items decorated with Washi tape.

Items decorated with Washi tape.

OH-OH!  I feel a new collection coming on… but masking tape?  Do I really need to collect masking tape?  Have you seen this tape?  It is actually Japanese Washi paper made into adhesive masking tape.  It’s gorgeous and brilliant!

Washi paper masking tape (6 rolls) in a special box! How could I resist?

Washi paper masking tape (6 rolls) in a special box! How could I resist?

I found some that I had to have on Etsy at Felt Cafe.  I didn’t realize that it would be shipped from Japan.  I got a 6 roll set in a lovely decorated box.

The washi tapes come in solids all across the rainbow, traditional Japanese washi patterns, plaids and more.

Gorgeous striped Washi masking tape.

Gorgeous striped Washi masking tape.

I can hear someone out there thinking: this woman has gone mad!  Nope.  It is actually a craft supply.  There are people out there that are figuring out uses for this tape this very minute.

So far I’ve seen pendants made with this tape, cool bottles and packages decorated with this tape and I’m sure there is much more to come.

The interesting thing about this tape is that some of it is semi-transparent.  There are also metallics and they’re gorgeous.

Old Vintage Book Washi tape!

Old Vintage Book Washi tape!

There is even text printed tape and collaged tape, too.

I can see custom decorating the solid color tapes with paint, rubber stamping, and actual collage. That would be cool.

I can also see using this tape in altered books, making new handbound books, jewelry, and collage.  Like I said: OH-OH! I feel a new collection coming on!  I don’t know what the Japanese are doing with it but I can’t wait to see.

Collage Washi tape.

Collage Washi tape.

Because this is a paper based tape you can write on it easily. It won’t smear or run like on the regular masking tape.  However, it does come with writing on it and collaged text like that at right.

These are pendants made out of the Washi masking tape. Aren't they cool?

These are pendants made out of the Washi masking tape. Aren't they cool?

I found these Washi tape pendants at:


I love the variety and it gives me quite a few ideas.  Who knew that a simple thing like masking tape could be improved on?  It is indeed an amazing world.

   I hit on this idea for organizing collage materials and I have to say that I haven’t found a better way yet.  It’s been about 3 yrs. since I started doing this.  I had been saving those great cellophane or plastic bags with the gummed flaps on them from things I’ve bought.  I kept thinking that there must be a good second use from these great bags. You know the ones – nice and clear, kind of flimsy but everything is being sold in these things now.  It finally occurred to me to use them to organize my collage papers.

Collage papers sorted into a bag.

Collage papers sorted into a bag.

  So I sorted my collage papers into color ways or by category (travel, ethnic, plain, patterned, etc.) and put them into these bags (no larger than 8.5″ x 11″).  Then I slide all the papers to one side and three hole punch the bag.  Off it goes into a notebook!  The smaller bags I use for scraps from previous sessions because I always end up with some that I hate to throw away. Those bags slide into a page protector in the notebook and I can “organize” the scraps by bag, too. I try to sort them by color but  I do have bags of “potpourri” scraps, too – not organized at all, just bagged.

  Now when I am mobile, say  meeting up with people to make stuff or going to the beach and I want to do some work there, I just grab the categories or color ways that I want to work with,  pop them into a notebook, grab a glue stick, some base paper/ poster board and clip board for a work surface and I’m off!  The papers won’t blow away, I can see what I have easily and often because the “pages” are clear, combinations of papers end up in juxtaposition and I find surprising things that way. Like fire engine red and lime – colors I would not have put together as the dominants in a piece but I might now!

  In the studio it’s a lot nicer to find what I want by browsing through the notebooks and pulling the pocket pages of what I feel like working with instead of being visually overwhelmed by scads and scads of mish-mash in front of me.  This has made collaging more approachable and definitely more productive for me.  Maybe this will help you, too!

Collage papers stored in a notebook.

Collage papers stored in a notebook.

Artful Links for You

May 13, 2008

So I took a day off and fiddled around. Here are some great things I’ve found online:

http://fiberartsmixedmedia.ning.com/  – really great mix of stuff. Inspiring and energetic!

http://www.layersuponlayers.com/how-to-make-leather-look-felt/ –
a tutorial on making plain old felt look like leather, the RSS feed contains other great stuff like yarn bombing, experiments with Golden Products new digital mediums and more.

http://www.printablepaper.net/ – a website that has free printable papers like music score sheets, ledger, lined, graph, penmanship papers and a ton more. It’s quick and easy since all the files are in .pdf format. Think backgrounds, collage, book pages…

www.pocketmod.com – a configurable, printable template for little books folded from one 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. Choices include diary, checkbook balance, date book organizer, or blank sheets, etc.  Just the folding template is cool!

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/catsofmirikitani/film.html – you can see this film online. It’s a documentary made of Jimmy Mirikatani, a Japanese American artist that was born in Sacramento, CA, grew up in Hiroshima and was sent to Tule Lake internment camp in his early 20’s.  This is an amazing film – not to be missed.  The delicate treatment of his bitterness and resolution of that bitterness is humbling and beautifully done. His art is worth seeing, too!  Really a gem.

 I hope you enjoy these links and find some expansion of your personal artistic world in them!