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Sunday, April 30, 2017

More Paper Play Yesterday - Yay!

Here are some paper strips to pick up 
"leftover" painted edges on the Gelli Plate:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Decorated Papers - Blues

Today I treated myself to a
long overdue playtime in the art room.
I used  light blue,  medium blue,  
dark (glossy) blue and white acrylic paints.

And More Decorated Papers - Green and Blues and White

Gelli Plate printing with acrylic paints,
and a toothed texturing tool from the lumber yard-
also a section of craft plastic canvas used as an imprint.
Ohhhhhhhhh, this was FUN!

Torn paper strips were used as "resists" 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flash Back

Do you remember where you were thirty-seven years ago?  Today as I walked along a road, I noticed some white flowers under fallen trees by a creek.  I knew instantly what they were, having seen them somewhere else, years ago.

On April 12th, 1980 Easter Day I was hiking north on the Appalachian Trail, having started from Georgia.  It had been a long three weeks, but it was only the beginning.  Tempers flared.  Food was often scarce due to poor planning and the expenditure of a good amount of energy, hiking with back packs that averaged 45# (mine) or 60# (my two hiking partners).

In my trail diary I wrote, "The trail took us over many never-ending knobs and seemingly pointless peaks." Besides composing poetry in my head,  one pastime that made putting one foot in front of the other manageable, mile after mile, hour after hour, was observing nature around me.

The most amiable companion spotted a beautiful white flower by the path on that particular Easter morning and declared, "There's your Easter Lily..."  "That meant a lot to me.  I received his small gesture as a gift to my heart."

The only one of three traveling without a camera, all I had was memories- until today.

So there you have it- flowers ARE a girl's best friend.

Orange Crown Imperial

This was an early bloomer, opening right after Easter.  
I had walked by it for several days when it occurred to me 
to tilt up one of the blossoms and look inside.
What I discovered amazed me.
It was a breezy day and I had no hopes of getting a clear focus.
I had to get "underneath" the plant 
to photograph upward, which was fun.  
At least I was able to get back up!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Batiks and Stitches

I don't usually cut into my lovely, collectable Batiks.  
(smiles)  But today they were calling my name. 
I made up three post cards for a Quilt Design group mail 
art swap, and four Abstract Design post cards for a
future All Sewn up (stitches) group mail art swap.  




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Using Bits From My "Stash"

A little bit of this, a little bit of that:  a snippet, a clipping, a piece of painted shrunk Tyvek, the "drop cloth" paper from spraying through stencils, some paint pushed through the backing off a strip of sheet rock seam tape, stickers, rubber stamped images, pieces of scrapbooking paper, cut-out's from really ugly gift wrapping paper, gold paint pen, a post card background that turned out too yucky to view, and layers of leftover painted Deli wax paper. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ink Blot Designs With Paint

What simple fun this was!  What do you "see?"

Acrylic Paint on Deli wax paper

Acrylic paints on Deli wax paper

Acrylic Paints on Deli wax paper