Friday, August 30, 2013


upcycled book, collage, pencil, colored pencil, pastel

i found a large used art book (12" x 14") for one dollar at the local library.

i was so can't even buy a cup of coffee for a dollar.

the pages were thick and creamy with simple black ink art 

with spare poetry.  one part of me wanted to keep the book as is,

but the creative experimenter won because i so love playn' 

in journals and  books.  once the page is finished, you can close it 

until the next time you want to play.   no pressure.  just fun.  

some days i have trick myself to not get too serious

because then art can becomes like a job and we can't have that.

here i used deli paper to add layers.    i painted the faces and then glued it 

to the painted and collaged page.

posting today with paint party friday 


  1. I love the geisha transparent. Lovely!

  2. Nice composition. The face is beautiful

  3. I have to have a go at this - looks like such fun!

  4. Beautiful portrait, pure delight! Excellent composition!

  5. Love how the portraits emerge, almost ghostlike. This is lovely.

  6. love this colorful composition! What a wonderful bargain and a perfect book to art with.Happy PPF!

  7. Gorgeous artwork. And what a find for one dollar!

  8. Oooh I just adore how you play...very beautiful..and mystic!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Simply wonderful. The use of deli paper is genius here.

  10. Outstanding, Irene! Love all your faces, but this mixed media painting just stopped me it so much!