Saturday, August 30, 2014

how to dye paper with natural plant material.

the supplies:

various papers, i used 140# cold and hot press watercolor paper 

soup pot with a lid

first, gather leaves, dried or fresh, flowers, also dried or fresh,

bark, branches, buds, blossoms, any plant sources in your backyard

or neighborhood.  

large bulldog clips from the stationary store

twine, or cord

1 or 2 tops from a tin can or other firm surface that will 

withstand boiling 


1~  boil water with a few tea bags.   

2~  fold the watercolor papers in half

and sandwich them into each other 

3~  add plant material between each page.  

i did this randomly, some pages 

were filled with various leaves and plants.

4~  use bulldog clips to hold the bundle


5~  wrap the bundle in both directions with twine.  i wrapped it

relatively tight but not so tight that the bundle would bow.

you can  place the can lids on the outside of the packing before beginning to 

wrap to keep the packet flat.  

6~ submerge the bundle into a pot and simmer covered

for about an hour.   you may need to add a weight on top 

to keep the paper below the surface of the water.

take the package out of the water with tongs, remove the twine. 

carefully take out the leaves from each page.

if the leaves are stick, wait until the paper dries a bit

so as not to damage the paper.

separate the papers and  set them out to dry 

or use a heat gun or blow dryer.

i am going to make a travel journal 

for an upcoming trip with these papers.  you can make cards,

a journal or use the paper for background,

the sky's the limit.  



Friday, August 29, 2014

on my easel this week

acrylic and ink

i am not sure where it is going 

but that is not an unusual state for me.

i will wait and come back to see whether

the next round of painting will uncover more.

wondering if you are more deliberate in your approach to a painting?

view from my little deck

wishing you a lovely long holiday weekend. 

we in southern california are experiencing a very warm

 and humid (for the west coast) week.  perfect for outdoor dining, candles

twinkling white lights well into the night.


i join eva and kristen at ppf with other artists 
who show their art.  won't you visit?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

i needed a portfolio for all of the paintings i have 

 done on paper.  for this i used a children's board map book.

it is nice and sturdy while also being large enough

to hold various sizes of papers.

i first sanded the slick finish with a 

block sander to make it easier 

to accept acrylic paint.   you can choose to gesso 

the pages as an alternative.

next, i used wide tape to put two boards together.

finally i punched a hole in the top center

of both boards and strung ribbon through to hold the

portfolio closed.   i now have a colorful place to 

store painted papers and other large pieces of paper.  

today i am posting with woyww, 
what's on your work desk wednesday.
check out to link and visit other creatives

Saturday, August 23, 2014

altering photographs is a loose and unpredictable process

requiring few complicated or special supplies.  for this reason 

i find it freeing and a good warm up exercise 

before i begin painting or drawing.

i use two small plastic containers that will hold 4 x 6 photo.

one holds water and the other a mixture of water and bleach.

other supplies are photos of course, you can use up those photos 

that you can't throw away but pile up and never seem to have a place,

steel wool, an awl or nail or pen without ink, anything to scratch into 

the surface once it has been softened by water, stencils, lace, doily,

styrofoam container or any other type of texture you can think of.

lots of rags, newspaper and paper towels to sop up the mess.

maybe gloves too. 

the first step is to dip the photo into water.  you can dip a portion of the 

photo or the whole thing.  wait a few seconds for the emulsion to soften.

then use one of the tools, for example the steel wool

and start scraping.  there are no rules for how to proceed.  

work on the photo until you feel finished.  you can always 

go back in and do more later.  set it aside to dry.

another process is to dip a portion of the photo or the whole

photo into the water/bleach mixture.  you need to experiment 

with the amount of time to let it sit in the bleach.  try a few 

seconds first.  

from here you can experiment more with 

scratching and altering the photo or you can let it change colors on 

its own.  oil pastels, watercolor, acrylic can also be used,

you can dip it immediately into the water bath  to stop the bleaching process, 

blot the liquid or  let the colors drip into each other.  you will do well to 

change the water mixture frequently.  the bleach 

mixture will hold out through many photos. 

once the photo has dried, you can use it as a part of collage 

or even it frame it.  

wishing you a lovely weekend.  i will be participating 

in a journaling workshop with orly avineri and am 

looking forward to a reunion with my journaling buddies. 

posting with the artists at paint party friday.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

lucky fish SOLD

i'm back but if you have 

wondered where i have been all of these silent days....

good things come in threes SOLD

i have been  tweaking paintings,  painting new ones, 

framing,  and finally hanging them for the 

second annual 

gallery in the garden 

hosted by the lovely diane dunn 

last night at her studio in redondo beach.

taylor bought her first piece of art from her new job

i didn't have time but my dear friend 

jack long has posted photos of many of the paintings 

here  on her blog.   jacki has posted consecutively 

for 751 days now!  an amazing fete.

little critter SOLD

i always appreciate your visits and 

love your comments.  let me know what you 

have been up to this summer.

have a lovely  weekend.

i'm going to put my feet up and rest!

posting ( little late but glad to be here) with paint party friday

Monday, July 21, 2014

today i am delighted that i was invited by
to participate in a virtual blog tour.
i have admired katherine's unique style
and the feeling and uniqueness of each of her paintings.
i hope you will treat yourself to katherine's blog.
i have been inspired by her art, challenged by her
blogging creativity, videos and her
constant way of mixing up the presentation of her art
to make each post just a little bit different and
keeping the reader wanting for more.
unlike most days, today i will be answering questions
put forth to me by the virtual tour. i hope
that it will interest new readers and spark your
curiosity to search through the archives of this blog
and for those of you who know me, i hope you gain some
insight into my art process. these questions sparked me to
stop and pause and to think about what it is i do every day.

What am I working on?
i have been working on getting my pieces together for
a second annual one person
gallery in the garden show at
the studio of dianne dunn in redondo beach.
last year i showed 46 paintings. the response was overwhelming to me.  
it has been quite a satisfying, time consuming and tiring process at the same time 
to gather up work, put the finishing touches on each one,
get them framed or ready to hang. i apologize for being behind in
responding to your comments and visits. i am hoping that by the
end of the week, i will be able to start catching up on your blogs.
some times are like that and i hope you understand.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
this is a good question. as a self doubter i think that
there is nothing different in my art but if i scratch below 
the surface, i believe that each person has a unique way of 
presenting in the world.  there are not two people who have
the same mark making expressions, gestures, vision.
this has become more and more evident to me as i really
look at art. so to answer the question, while there are many
mixed media artists, we all have our own signature. i heard
many times from others that they could tell a particular
painting was mine. truthfully, i find this a fascinating truth.
Why do I write/create what I do?
i both write and paint, but i paint more now than write.  
i do for many reasons. it is a pure pleasure, it feels natural, 
like i have always done it in reality, it is only
in the past few years that i even considered painting.  
it feels natural, like it's meant to be. while with writing
i felt pressure, stressed, it was work. i love to experiment with
different mediums and techniques. i admire artists who have
settled into one medium. that's not me. it's not that I'm unhappy
or i need more, it is just an inherent way that i am in the world.
i doubt if that will change and i am growing to accept this about myself.
how does your writing/art process work?
i paint almost daily. if i am not painting i am thinking about it.  
i paint in my home studio as well as in participating in various
group settings, including online workshops. i also belong 
to a consultation group of six artists which meets once a month to discuss 
the art we have created or any other topics that are of interest to us.  
i have a running list of different projects i would like to try in the future
but sometimes i forget to look at the list.
along with katherine jeanne wood's blog, here are a few others who
have participated in the virtual blog tour.