This year I enrolled in an online mixed media class called Life Book. This is the second project I created called “vessel full of tenderness”. It was suggested that we choose a map to incorporate into the piece and “connect us” to it. I thought about maps of my hometown (NYC) or even favorites cities I’ve visited, but ultimately decided on a map of my town – Fairfield, CT.
At first this project didn’t seem too difficult – just painting some flowers in a vase. but once I began, I realized that there was much more to it than I thought. I needed acrylic paints, gloss medium, watercolor pencils, gesso, and a map. I used 12″x16″ watercolor paper for this project but I really could’ve used any paper. The hardest parts of this project were 1) not using actual flowers as a model — the actual look of the flowers and vase came from my imagination, and 2) I was not “drawing” the flowers or vase with a pencil first. I created the images using brush strokes from a wide range of brushes, layering the paint, adding the map and some gesso for dimension, and incorporating baby wipes to remove paint in spots (to reveal parts of the map). It took many hours (there are 5 or 6 layers to this project) but I am very happy with my flower arrangement.
This year I enrolled in an online mixed media class called Life Book. Our first project was to create ourselves as a “happy traveller”. It was suggested that we choose 1 or 2 animals to accompany us on our “journey”. I chose the owl for wisdom and the elephant for its devotion to family, as well as being the mascot for my favorite college team.
I was definitely intimidated by this project as I have never drawn a face before but thought I’d give it a try. This project was made on 140 lb watercolor paper. I used graphite pencils, watercolor pens, watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, non-water soluable pencils, acrylic paints, collage material, gel medium, gesso, and permanent ink pens. It took many hours but I am happy with how she came out!
Last week was my dear friend Heidi’s birthday and I decided to make her a one-of-a-kind birthday card to celebrate the occasion! I used a floral box template from SVG Cuts and incorporated some of my favorite Close To My Heart products: I used some of the patterned papers and card stock from The Ariana Paper Packet . I also used the Close To My Heart chocolate ink to highlight the edges! For a finishing touch I incorporated some brads I had from the craft store and used them in the center of the flowers. Heidi seemed thrilled with the card and I was so happy to give her something from the heart!
The box card folds flat and can then be placed inside an envelope. I made an an envelope using some of the CTMH card stock. Here is a photo of the card folded flat! (I forgot to take a pic of the envelope — next time!)
I hope my box card inspires you!
A slideshow of a scrapbook I recently created for a wonderful client!
A mixed media project. A simple cardboard box was transformed using gesso, acrylics, and glazing liquid. 25 book-board cards were collaged to tell the story
A mixed media collage I made at the Art-Is-You retreat in Stamford, CT
Fairies and Butterflies
I am also trying my hand at digital scrapbooking. This is one of my first layouts.
hilton head island
When my son Brett turned two years old, my parents bought him a rocking horse and cowboy hat. He fell madly in love with the horse (he called Neigh) and rode it until he eventually outgrew it many years later. I created this layout to memorialize their special bond!
In celebration of the first day of summer I thought I’d post one of my favorite photos from last summer. I was vacationing with my family and friends on the Riviera Maya and watched the sun slowly rise as I enjoyed my morning coffee.