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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mixed Media Sewn Post Cards

Deli waxed paper was the background for these two post cards. Butterfly cut-out's were the center of the "sandwich."  Acrylic paint, plastic Magic Mesh on one corner, paper bits and stitches completed the designs.  It was a good chance to dust off my old (1970's) Singer sewing machine.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Brief Get-Away

lake view from the hill

steps to nowhere
rimmed with cottages

fresh, new leaves

can you canoe?
 mayapple blossom up close

tortured tree
lone yellow violet

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Altered Rolodex File Dividers

My latest artsy adventure with Gelli Plate (acrylic paints) and rubber stamps:




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Wandering

Near a country cemetery, two horses grazed peacefully under a white-clouded sky (which would soon dump rain, then clear again).


Spruce pine cones appeared to be a purplish pink/red:


And crabapple tree blossoms bobbed in the breeze:


Rock Group - Color Play

After staring at two piled-up rocks on the window sill for months, I finally decided to photograph them on a coffee-stained paper background. Maybe I'll do a "Rock Group" series someday, we'll see.  Playing with the color edit settings on my Microsoft Office Picture Manager yielded some interesting variations...  










Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saying "Goodbye" to Another Mail Art Friend


Today I received the sad news that another of my mail art friends has passed on.  It was on July 30th of last year that I heard about the cancer.  She asked me to pray for a miracle.  What a privilege it was to do so, and how heartening to hear from time to time that she was still with us.  A birthday came and went, one she didn't think she would live to see.

Almost nine months later, it is time to say "Goodbye."  I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know L. O.  Her friendship and art enriched my life.  I will think of her often and miss our art-filled correspondence, but be grateful for what we had.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just A Random Thought

Musings while I drove today:

A little chocolate a day
gives balance...


A lot of chocolate a day
leads to a new wardrobe...


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jute Fibers Resist Post Cards

This post card started with a rose and 
yellow overall background.
The purple acrylic was a second 
layer over which jute fibers 
were spread as a resist.


If you want the fiber resist pattern to have
color, start with paper that already has a
layer of acrylic paint, usually a lighter color.
Then apply another color to the Gelli Plate,
add jute fibers, and lift off your pattern..




Purple and pink acrylic paints 
were spread over the Gelli Plate 
to make the background for this second card,
with jute fibers as a resist.

If you want the fiber resist pattern
to appear white, start with white paper.
Cover the Gelli Plate with paint,
then add your jute fibers 
and lift off the print.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Jute Rope Resist Deli Papers

Start with a painted background.  
These Deli sandwich wrap papers
were my brayer wipe-off's 
during a previous art session.

All you have to do is fray (pull apart) 
 the individual strands of Jute Rope (brown twine), 
arrange in bunches on the freshly painted surface 
of the Gelli Plate printer (acrylic paint), 
press paper over it,
and remove to admire the pattern!




These are the backsides of two pieces above



Saturday, May 6, 2017

Jute Rope Resist Patterns

JM recently emailed me the link 
to a wonderful YouTube presentation
for a Faux Marble technique.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5GFheE9Uk
It shows the use of frayed jute rope
(brown twine) fibers as resists.  
I had so much fun I could hardly 
leave my art room to prepare supper!

I applied acrylic paint to the Gelli Plate printer,
laid down the fibers, pressed card stock
over the fibers and wet paint,
and lifted off the pattern.










Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Few Sun-themed Pieces

These were made for a SUN-themed
mail-art swap. 
The base and the sunrays are of 
Deli sandwich wrap paper,
painted with acrylic paints.






Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gelli Plate Prints with Texture Tool



When in doubt, add gold!


And a couple of "odd ducks:"