Friday, February 5, 2016




i am in love with painting on teabags daily!

this is a collage of some painted in january

i primarily used watercolor and posted them

each day on instagram.  now there are a 

few art friends who are interested in starting to paint

these lovelies.  each teabag brand has a different in texture

and reacts in its own way to the medium.  for the most part,

i have  stayed away from acrylic until today.   it's all

an experiment and i will keep you posted






i am pleased and honored to announce 

that i am published in the current issue of 

cloth paper scissors.  






this is a way that i start a project when you are 

stuck or just want to dive in without making a big 

deal about starting.  also it is a fun

to do in a group.



posting the lovely artists at paint party friday.  thank you
to our hostesses kristen and eva






Sunday, January 24, 2016




since wednesday i have looked outside to see

if i couple catch a glimpse of the planets

in alignment.  the last time this happened was 

11 years ago.  there has been an early morning

 cloud cover which has obscured the view ...

until this morning.  even with the full moon

i could see the plants!  they were so bright.

just the sight of all of them was thrilling.

look in your local  paper to see where the best place 

to catch this  sight in your area.  i think there

are a couple of days left.  

ps venus is like a shining jewel in the sky!

pss  a full moon always captures my heart because 

it reminds me of the night my son was born













Friday, January 22, 2016




my friend lorraine wanted to have an art day

to celebrate her birthday.  we decided to make gelli plate prints.

it is a great way to loosen up, try different colors and make papers for future art pieces.  

then afterwards we drew in journals and collaged our drawing

with the papers we made.  i used tissue paper, scrapbook paper, 

magazine papers, well, whatever i had in my ever growing stacks of

ephemera to print. my journal is a 1907 children's primer.








when i showed the journal to a group of artists 

i got the  comment that  i was defacing a book.  i like to think

of it as up cycling.  but i guess this is up for personal 

opinion.  another comment was that this girl always 

shows up in my work and wondered if i talked to anyone

about that.  i wonder, who would i talk to?

comments welcome :)






this week i also continue to paint daily on the little tea bags.





with the lovely hostesses kristen and ava
and #artjournaleveryday 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

journal spread



i used to journal regularly but have gotten away from it.

as one of the assignments in  katie kendrick's online workshop 

i collaged an image of one of my paintings along with other papers.








and intuitively added acrylic paint, marks with 

a graphite pencil until it felt finished.  



i dont know why i don't do this more often.  

it was fun!



i have linked this with julie blazer designs
5 top reasons to art journal


Friday, January 15, 2016





i started painting on used tea bags this week.  i have

saved stacks of bags because i thought they would

be perfect  a possible project.... but i did not have

a project until i saw jeanne-marie's tea bag girls.

she painted 365 last year and said it changed her life.








even though i am only on tea bag girl # 7,

i have had a lot of questions on how these are 

done.   i told my friends that there are good tutorials online

but they encouraged me to do my own.  so here we go.



i  started simple with these


basic supplies 

used tea bags, dried and the tea emptied by cutting a tiny

slit in the back.  i am experimenting with various brands and  sizes


gesso ~ white, black,  clear.  

i started with white using a wet brush, applying it to the

emptied, dried tea bag, letting it dry on wax paper to prevent

sticking to the surface.  if the brush is too wet, which mine were,

you will need two coats.  i read that clear gesso helps prevent

wrinkles.  i also find that after applying the gesso, whatever color,

smoothing the bag with the brush helps.  also check out the bags 

during the drying process and resmooth if necessary.  

various size brushes

water container

watercolor, acrylics, water soluble pencils









i started with watercolors then  to 4 colors 

of  derwent intense blocks.  the watercolors needed 

several coats after it dried.  because of the texture

you could not tell what color it would turn out until it dried.  

it resulted in  a soft dreamy feeling.

the intense blocks gave more intense, immediate colors.

today i tried acrylics.  i use acrylics so much that

it was a familiar medium, without many surprises




diluted white gesso, watercolor



diluted white gesso, watercolor and intense blocks


black gesso, white acrylic and pencil



white gesso, clear gesso, charcoal, acrylic




i am always available if you have questions and

would love to see what you do with these mini tea bag canvases.

also if there is anything that is unclear, let me know and i will

try to clarify.


thank you so much for visiting today!


posting with paint party friday





Saturday, January 9, 2016




day 9, 30 paintings in 30 days



i fell in love with a painting by james ensor

while on display at the getty museum.

it was so different from anything i would paint

that i decided to paint my version of it.  these

funny faces were quite enjoyable and challenging.  







day 8, 30 paintings in 30 days


i worked on this previously started painting

it is finished for now ... but that does not 

mean that it's seen its last paint stroke.

do you ever do that?  paint, then let the piece

sit for a while until it tells you what it needs?