Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Die Cut Foil & Layers of Art

Playing around with my Silhouette Cameo and spending the day die cutting foil, papers and all kinds of fun ephemera. This sample shows a variegated foil on one of the initial layers of my painting. Often I sand back the foil to make it a little grungy. On the finished piece you can see that stencils had been applied over them

By the time that the piece, My Heart Takes Flight, was done, stencils, image transfers, found objects and lots of paint had been added.
The image in the background was taken in a church in France taken by a friend's daughter

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Remember the Beach

Holy Mackerel, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel. I can smell the ocean air and see the pelicans in my mind after having spent most of life in Newport Beach, CA.

The techniques use were stencils, paint skins, collage, metal leaf and acrylic paint.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Casting and Aging Gesso

Looks like metal but light as a feather which, of course, makes it easier to glue to your art. I love the Holbein metallic gessos so thought I would cast it in a silicone mold I had made from a religious piece that I got in Mexico. This was left on the mold overnight to dry.

To learn about this technique than what I am showing you here, read the March/April issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors.

When you peel it from the silicone mold you will have a flexible skin of silver gesso.

I aged by applying a wash of burnt umber over the silver. Now it is ready to be glued to a painting.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Plaster Casts

All you need to make a plaster cast is kinecti sand or clay. Press stamps or make marks into it and when you are happy with your design, pour the plaster into it. As the plaster sets it will feel cold to the touch. When it is ready to take out of the mold it will be room temperature (about 20 minutes). You can then paint it, apply metal leaf or encaustics to the plaster cast. You can hand sand or use a belt sander to sand the edges if desired.

Great technique for kids or an art party.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It's All in the Details

Storytelling is a very important aspect of my art as a narrative mixed media artist. Creative Paperclay® helps me tell my stories by being able to cast objects or create stamped shapes. Although I paint the clay, I really love the beauty of it in the raw stage.


Art surface
Creative Paperclay®
Acrylic Paints
Foil & Adhesive optional

One wing symbolizes in search of completion. I think we spend our life searching to fill in our stories. Next comes the painting of my clay areas. I start by coating them with polymer medium when they have dried. On the body I applied a gold rub over the blue. The wing was painted then I applied holographic foil to it using adhesive size. That it what the white areas are on the crown.

Next step was to cast more objects. Once they are dry I will clean them up with either my dremel or SandIts then paint them.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Collage & Sand

Wrinkled Sheets, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.

I love collaging different weights of paper on my background. After I paint or apply image transfers, I can sand the surface to bring out the edges of the papers.

Techniques used were collage, stenciling, acrylic paint, Citrasolv, magazine page, and etching.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Spring Fantasy

Floral Fantasy, 12" x 12' mixed media on panel.

Techniques used are deconstructed stencils light molding pasted beads, stencils.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to Tarnish Gold

If you only knew how many experiments it took to find the best product to make metal leaf tarnish. FYI - the silver leaf is made out of aluminum so it won't. It must be a gel bleach pen for the best result. Write or draw on the metal leaf with the pen then wait 1-4 hours depending on the look you want. Wipe off the bleach with a damp rag and you will see that the bleach ate through the metal leaf to the underlying surface.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.

Techniques used on this piece are embossed Creative Paperclay®, deconstructed stencils, book cover,  beads, paint pens.

This piece is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Clay Monoprints

All you need a 25# bag of cheap white clay from a clay supplier. Roll it flat, make marks on it, add paint then pull a print by brayering the paper on to the painted clay. I use open acrylic as regular acrylics can dry quickly on the clay. I usually pull multiple prints on one piece of paper as it makes the print so much more interesting.

Monday, January 16, 2017

White Dreams

White Dreams, 12" x 12" mixed media on panel.

Techniques used are cast hand, moon and stars, deconstructed stencils, layered stencils and joss paper.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


I just had my DNA done and it came back with a lot of surprises. I thought it would be great to do a painting based on who was with who. Digging through my files I found this piece I had done for my first book, Image Transfer Workshop. These blender pen transfers are done on wood veneer with a toner image and the Admarker Colorless Blender by Chartpak.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I am not much of a baker but I love muffin tins. They are such a great way to organize my little mixed media pieces. I go through them twice a year to a remind myself just what I have and I get immediately inspired to create a new piece.

How to you keep organized?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Good Fortune to You

I wanted to make fortune cookie place holders for a New Years dinner party but this would work all year round.  I had fun making the faux cookies and writing the fortunes. For the fortunes I just typed them out on my computer then printed and cut them.

Creative Paperclay®
Texture Plate
Wax Paper
Acrylic paint
I started by rolling out a ball of the clay between two sheets of wax paper using my hands first to squish it down then the brayer.

Next I laid a texture plate over it and brayered it to add texturev

I cut the circle shape with the lid from one of my art products. Using wet fingers, I smoothed out the edges.

I folded it over then grabbed two ends to fold in to make the cookie shape. When it dried, I painted it and added the fortune. It was fun and the dinner guests loved it.

Dream in Color

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Molding & Stamping Plastic

Would you know that this is plastic? I cast the face and the flowers with Friendly Plastic Modeling Pellets, hot water and silicone molds. The two panels on the edge were done by stamping on to Friendly Plastic Strips that had been heated with a heat gun. Plastic is shiny and I wanted a earthier look so I painted it bronze and micaceous oxide. When that dried a applied a wash of titan buff. Gone is that plastic look.