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The one with new handmade cards

12 Jan

Happy Saturday.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like 2014 is off and running! It’s been a busy week at Studio B. I chose my one little word for 2014 (drum roll please)…. ACT.  Three little letters with big meaning:

1 a :  the doing of a thing :  deed

  b :  something done voluntarily
2:  a state of real existence rather than possibility
3:  the process of doing :  action

For me, the reminder to ACT will be the reminder that spending time working on my creative endevors daily will allow me to acheive my goal of becoming a full time artist. In fact, doing something, even if it’s only for 10 minutes each day, is the only way it will become a reality. So, my first ACT this year to incororate using my one word was to create this January goal card.


front of “Act” card

Act 2

back of “Act” card

Nothing fancy, but that really wasn’t the point. The important thing was that I got it done.

The other project I’ve been working on this week is hand made cards. Starting with left over event posters from work, the first layer is (of course)  gesso.

cards 2

Next comes the fun part; adding acrylic paint with a pallet knife. I use Liquitex Basic and Heavey Bodied acrylic paints and spread the color out with my pallet knife until I’m happy with it.

cards1I use some of these sheets for background and some for the focal elements. I draw the flowers with Winsor & Newton drawing ink and seal it with a spray acrylic.


flower elements

card5I cut the backgrounds down to fit my cards and cut out all the flowers (which takes a while).

cards6I use soft gel medium to adhere the flowers to the background. After allowing the gel medium to dry, I drew the stems.

card7and finally, I attach them to the card.



This set is for my personal use. I’m also working on some cards to take to Atmalogy (over on West End).

I’d love to hear what you think of my cards! Please share your adventures with your One Little Word as well!
Till next week,

The one where it’s my one year anniversary!

15 Sep

Happy Sunday!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since my first blog post; something I never thought I would do. In fact, the reason I started blogging was to hold myself accountable. I figured I would keep creating if I had to produce a post every week. And then I thought about it; for a long time. And kept putting it off.  I guess it was partly because sharing my art so publicly was a scary idea and the nagging voice in my head kept telling me that no one would care enough to read it. But I was talking about it a lot and one of my friends suggested choosing a date to launch and sticking to it. That was really good advice. Thanks Viki!

Over the last year, I’ve created a lot and tried to post every Saturday (and sometime on Sunday). I’ve received lots of good feedback and comments and it’s been more fun sharing than I anticipated.

So, I thought the best way to celebrate my one year anniversary would be to share some of my favorite pieces from the last year. Let’s start with the art cards:

art card 3

art card 6b

art card 6How about some of my favorite art journal pages:


Challenge 11

LayoutAnd my favorite granola bar box canvas pieces:

canvas 9


GB8It’s been a pretty amazing year. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been developing my style. I’ve shared art journaling with a lot of people (on the blog and in person). I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for me.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  I truly appreciate it.

Till next week.

The one with handmade cards

19 Aug

Happy Sunday,

I hope you have had a fantastic weekend. I had a great day in my art room creating;  mostly working on handmade cards.

I decided to use book pages as the base, so I applying gesso using a hotel key card (old gift cards make great pallet knives as well).

card1I made patterned paper out of magazine pages (I find it best to start with a layer of gesso when using a mix of fluid and medium bodied acrylics. I’ve found the fluids won’t stick to magazine pages as well without it. However, I suggest you play around with the materials you have and do what you find works best.)

card2Next, I cut up some card stock for my card bases and then cut down the book pages to size.

card3I played around a bit with different elements to make up my flowers and this is what I ended up with…..


card5This one might be my favorite…..

card6or possibly this one…..

card8And I like this one because it’s simple, but sweet…..

cardI usually have someone in mind when I make cards so most of these are already heading out, but it was fun to play around with color and paint today. And, one of the cards gave me an idea for a future granola box canvas piece, so it was a win-win!

Do you enjoy making cards? What’s your favorite technique?

Till next week,

The one where art turns into a greeting card

17 Feb

Happy Saturday.

It’s pretty cold here tonight in Smashville (I live in Nashville and I’ve got the Predators game on in the background. I guess I’ve never mentioned this, but I’m a huge hockey fan!) As I shared last week, I truly enjoyed my vacation but it’s been 2 weeks now since I’ve been back and for many reasons, I’ve not been able to get into my art room and create. I’ll be honest, I’m itching to get some paint on paper (and usually my hands as well!) I do however have some cards to share with you that I finished up before I headed out to Vegas. So, here we go!

These cards are a great example of how you can start in one direction and end up someplace completely different.

card 1

You know there’s a layer of gesso under that paint, right?!

card 2

I used one stencil over all three cards. I used thick layers of paint with this stencil for fun layer of texture.

card 4

I didn’t have a clear vision for these cards so I just tried some different things.

card 5

card 7

I’m not sure why I don’t have a photo of the completed third card….I blame it on my vacation throwing my rhythm off (is anybody buying that?)

card 11

Here it is as an actual folding card. I sent this one to a young man who’s been a friend of our family for many many years. I think it turned out alright for a “guy” card, don’t you?

Oh, and to show you that I’m not kidding when I said I’m a big hockey fan, I thought I’d show you a pic from one of the members of our household tonight….


What, you weren’t expecting another photo of me were you? I am much happier behind the camera than in front. Till next week, happy creating!


Hand print Halloween cards

21 Oct

I hope you all are enjoying your Saturday. As I was making my coffee this morning, I glanced out the kitchen window and was treated to the site of 3 deer walking through our yard. I love when that’s one of the first things I see in my day! After that, I got to spend time with a dear friend who brought tasty food from Whole Foods (YUM!) We dug into art supplies and she started her very own art journal.  An afternoon of paint, journals, laughter and good conversation. And I’m just finishing up my Halloween cards. What a perfect day!

What Halloween cards you ask? I will be happy to tell you. About a month before each holiday, I start planning a small gift and card for the kids in our families. For example, they all got hand dipped chocolate covered pretzels and handmade cards for Valentines this year:

So, last month, I started looking for inspiration on pinterest and I found this cute card  (I tried to post the photo but was unsuccessful). It was posted on the blog Meet the Dubiens so go check them out if you’re looking for fun crafts to do with the kids.

I have to tell you, I had a blast making them. I began by mixing my paint on wax paper. Once I found the right mix, I painted my hand.

Next, I pressed my hand onto some card stock. I probably made twice the amount of “monster bodies” than I used (did I mention I was having fun?!)

Once I picked out the hand prints I felt would make the best bodies, I cut them out and adhered them to the card. I used Golden Soft Gel Medium (it’s like Mod Podge, but so much better!) I then moved onto the face using paint chip samples for the eyeballs, and mouths cut out of models in magazine ads.

Finally, I added arms and legs and painted the back ground. They’re kinda silly, but they’re monsters so it’s alright. And they make me smile so I figure they’ll make the kids smile.

The cards will be sent along with candy corn covered popcorn (yep, I said candy corn covered popcorn. A good friend found a recipe for red-hot covered popcorn and we modified it a bit for Halloween).  What can I say, I love those kiddos!

I’d love to hear what you think of my monsters!