Small Format Art Samples

I thought I'd share with you some of the small format art I have been working on over the past few weeks. I've been putting all those pages of Gelli printed paper to good use with them.  A couple of these are recycled CDs that I have turned into art magnets.  The set that have the sayings "Just Be" and Let Loose And Just Play" are bookmarks.  "When I Snap" is an ACEO/ATC.  All are available for sale.

Thanks for looking.

Liebster Award For Cool New Blogs

Ginny Markley from  kindly gave me a blog award that's about discovering new blogs.

Ginny, I can't thank you enough for this award.  I feel very privileged that you have included me in your five choices and it is an honor that I hope to pass on to five other very deserving artists.


This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once you've been nominated, you award it to five blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers, to encourage new visitors to visit these blogs. 


Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award! 


It's hard to choose only five bloggers who I find inspiring but here are my choices of art blogs that have less than 200 followers and that I know you will enjoy:  

Deanna Jinjoe 
Sandy Sommerfeld
Linda Kittmer   
Kristie Sloan    
Linda Rapchak 

(I may have included a blog with over 200 followers as the number of followers was not always listed but I still felt that these individuals were very deserving.)

Recipients, you may copy and paste to your blog and change the introduction and the list of blog awards.  I hope that you decide to participate and award some other very deserving artists.  Make their day!!!


New(ish) Art Journal Pages

I thought you might enjoy seeing some fairly recent journal pages I created.  These are all done in my small Strathmore journals (5.5" X 8").

Free Funky Images For Your Artful Pleasure!

Seems it is time, once again, to share some more free images that you can use in your artful endeavors.

This time, the images shown are scans from some of my original art from days gone by.  If you know me at all, you know I love to re-use my art images in new art projects, creating whole new one-of-a-kind pieces.  I am a firm believer that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every time you sit down to create something.  Make use of your original art over and over again by scanning it at high resolution and saving it to a directory for future use.  Believe me, if you start doing this you'll never be at a loss for an image when you need it.

Anyway, here are a few for you to have fun with.  Just right click on the image to save it to your own computer.  You are welcome to use these images in anything you create.  I only ask that if you make something that you sell or publish, that you cite credit for the use of the image.

As always, if you'd like to share images of what you make with these, I would love to see them!

Happy creating!

Third Generation Gelli Plate Printing Tutorial

Hi again everyone.  I finally had time to do some more printing with my Gelli Plate to complete my experiment with doing multiple generations of prints from an original.  You can see my previous posts from March 7 and March 9 for the history on this project.

Basically, I wanted to see how far from the original images I could get by scanning some Gelli-printed papers and making subsequent generations of printing.  In each case I took the page and scanned it and printed it on a color laser printer and then took it back to do more Gelli-printing on that new page to create yet another generation.  Sound confusing?  Perhaps the photos will explain.

In each series, going from left to right, you'll see the first generation print, then the second and finally the third.  I stopped at three for fear of making these prints too muddy to be used.  Yes, occasionally I do exercise a bit of restraint, hard as that is to believe.

This really opens up lots of possibilities of what you can do with your Gelli-printed papers just by scanning them for future use.  And I always love discovering ways to re-use my art without having to reinvent the wheel every time.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and can put them to use yourself.  Be sure to drop me a note if you have any questions on the process or if I can clarify something for you.

Have an artful day, my friends!

A Simple Journal Page With Gelli-Printed Paper - Part 2

Hello again, everyone.  This post is a follow up to the one I did on March 15, where I showed you a simple journal page using one of the bazillion Gelli-printed pages I had made recently.  Here is another one and it is my hope that these pages will inspire you.

The Gelli-printed paper I used for this page was on typing paper (flimsy stuff only a bit stronger than tissue but wonderful to use in mixed media work because it almost melts into the background).  I glued it into my Strathmore Mixed Media journal (5.5 X 8) using a glue stick.  I just ripped the excess paper that was overhanging the edges of the page for a rough, unfinished look (doesn't show in photo below).

Next I outlined the faint white hearts you can see in the image with black ink.  Then I cut out a heart from contrasting Gelli-printed paper and glued it to the page.  It was outlined with black ink too and a sentiment added to it.

After a bit of dithering about where to go from here with this page, I added a couple more of those hearts (cut from yet another different paper) and outlined them with black ink.

And lastly, I added some more small heart images and the central vintage image of the couple to go with the sentiment.  I often work this way, deciding on the sentiment first before having the main image to go with it.  Other times, I have the image I want to use and come up with the sentiment to match.

As with the last post, another easy peasy art journal page.  Hope you're not sick of hearing me drone on about Gelli plate printed papers.  They really are SO much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!



How honored I am to have been nominated for this award by the uber-talented Ginny Markley.

You can see the details on her blog

Thank you, Ginny, you made my day!  Now to get on with nominating some others for it too.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the mornin' to ye!  Here's some green art, current and past, which I hope you'll enjoy.

Mixed Media Art On Canvas

"Nature Goddess" Bookmark

"Art On The Brain" Bookmark

"Moonscape" Greeting Card

Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page

Mixed Media Art

Mixed Media Art

"How Old Would You Be If You Didn't Know How Old You Are?" Greeting Card

A Simple Journal Page With Gelli Printed Paper - Part 1

I thought you might like to see how easily you can use all those Gelli Plate printed papers in simple art journal pages.

I am using my Strathmore Mixed Media art journal (5.5" X 8").

First I took one of my gelli printed papers and glued it onto a page in my art journal, using a gluestick.  I just ripped the excess paper from the edges and left it rough looking and unfinished (although that doesn't show in the photo below).

Gelli-printed page glued into art journal

Next, I cut a heart shape from another contrasting piece of Gelli-printed paper and glued it to the page, adding some text.  I outlined the heart and the sentiment with black pen.

And finally I chose a vintage image to go with the sentiment in the heart and glued that to the page.

That's it!  How easy was that?  I am really happy with how this journal page turned out.  I like how the sweet, vintage image juxtaposes with the grungyness of the Gelli-printed papers, don't you?  I admit I did have a bit of trouble leaving this page so simple and resisting the urge to add more stuff to it, but common sense (and my appreciation for minimalism) prevailed.

C'mon now, you can do it too!  Get out that Gelli plate you bought but haven't tried yet and give it a go.  It is SO easy and SO much fun!  I'll have another similar page and instructions coming up next time around.  Thanks for tuning in!


Sally Lamont's "Journey Of An Art Journal" Project

Artist Sally Lamont started a fantastic project around the beginning of the year.  I was lucky enough to be part of it, courtesy of an invitation from my friend and fellow artist, Sharon Parcel.

You can read about Sally's project here.

I received the journal from Sharon and really enjoyed seeing what Sally and Sharon had done with it so far.  It is a handmade journal using standard No. 10 envelopes on which to journal and also to use as holders for extra goodies.  I took my cue from Sharon who had enclosed a couple of cool little collages in her envelope.

Here are some of photos of Sharon's pages and then mine, which follow right after hers.

It was a great little project and I have now sent it along to another friend to add her own touch to it before it carries along its way and ultimately back to Sally.

Thanks Sally for a great project!  And thanks, Sharon, for inviting me to participate!


Sharon Parcel's art on two facing envelopes

Sharon Parcel's little collages added as inserts into the journal

Sharon Parcel's journal page on the left, Joanna Grant's on the right

My journal page on the back of the previous one

Two inserts and two mini art bookmarks I added to my envelope page

Finished Art From Gelli Plate Printed Papers

Hello.  After showing so many gelli plate printed papers lately, I thought you might like to see some finished art made from that paper.  This has been such a fun process!  I don't know if I can stop!  I sure hope this is inspiring you to try out the Gelli plate for yourself (no, I am not paid to endorse it, ha!).

"True Love" mixed media piece with three kinds of gelli-printed papers.

Gelli plate printed tags with gelli-printed paper hearts

"Soar" art journal page with gelli-plate printed papers

"Beloved" altered tag art doll made with gelli-printed tag and heart
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Art Journal Page with Gelli-printed papers for background, bird and  moon.