Mixed media

Reflectors as art

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Art vs. Craft, Blog, Mixed media | 1 Comment

After many years of folks complaining they can never remember where to turn in to my house, I put some reflectors up on one of the trees next to my driveway. This is a variation of the Latvian symbol for good luck (Laimes zīme):


Laimes Zime Koka

What I didn’t realize is just how happy it makes me to drive past this. Day or night, sun or rain, this thing makes me grin.  The next step is to repeat this on the other tree across the way, so that my place is easy to find from either direction.


Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Blog, Mixed media | Leave a comment

Last week’s art night = something actually accomplished!




Oil-based sharpie on black paint on a broken cutting board. Now to seal it eleventy billion times, and figure out how and where to best mount it in the front yard.

And now… the post you’ve all been waiting for…..

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Mixed media, Watercolor | Leave a comment

Sooooo……I made steampunk twinchies for a swapbot swap. They even turned out quite decently steampunk, I thought… and then I got this rating:

Now, the $64-million dollar question is…. Do *you* see a frog here?  

Or perhaps a less leading question, what are the critters that you see in these sets?

I *intended* them to be (left to right, starting in top row):

spider, owl, bird
chicken, owl, spider

Is that what you guessed?

(this still makes me laugh and laugh and laugh 🙂

Abstract Twinchies!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Mixed media, Watercolor | Leave a comment

Made for a swapbot swap earlier this year.

Burned Bird ATC

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in ATC, MailArt, Mixed media | Leave a comment

Slightly misleading title. The TREES were burned before being glued down, not the bird. 

This might possibly be my favorite ATC so far.

Owl cameos

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in ATC, MailArt, Mixed media | Leave a comment

Experimenting with owls & cameos. Need more practice. Also – i need to try new glues. These glues ended up with unexpected results (1) The underlying glue loosened the pink & green paper dye (so the white pieces did not stay white – they were a bit streaky) AND turned the some of the papers semi-translucent. ARG. (2) The Mod Podge on top managed to smear glitter all over instead of keeping it in only the cameo border. DOH.

April Art = Experimenting with ATCs and burned paper

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in ATC, MailArt, Mixed media | Leave a comment

I started experimenting with ATC’s in April, too.
 ATC = Artist Trading Card.
 It’s a pretty neat concept.

The theme for these two was “Burned”.  SO they had to include some kind of burned something. It’s hard to see in these, but if you look close, you can see where the edges of the paper are charred.  It was surprisingly hard to get intentional burn marks without simply incinerating the whole thing.

April Art = Decorated folders

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in MailArt, Mixed media | Leave a comment





Proof of concept…. Wood + metal + Latvian designs

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Metal, Mixed media | Leave a comment

Here are two examples of the new idea made into actual physical real life objects….

October = felt?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Art vs. Craft, Mixed media | Leave a comment

This month I prepared my very first fascinator for use at a fancy tea party:

Turns out that they are really fun to make AND I now see fascinator possibilities everywhere I look! Which means I’ll be hosting my own tea party in January or February just to have a reason to create (and wear!) another one (^_^) And since I made too many green felt “flowers”, I then experimented with barrette possibilities:

I’m surprised at how much I actually liked how those barrettes turned out!