Sketchbook Challenge

Just thought you'd like to know...... I am going to participate in the Sketchbook Challenge group and post my progress. I invite you to join in and have some fun too! Click on the Sketchbook icon for all the information you need.

I think this will be an excellent New Year's art challenge. Let me know if you are going to have some fun with this challenge and I will visit your blog!


I made this piece for an art journal round robin. I really like the layout and had an opportunity to use my rubber stamps with the calligraphy. And that's a good thing!

All You Need Is A Friend Who Has Chocolate!

In our art journal round robin, June added a fabric image to her page. I wrote the quote "All you need....." by Sophie Diehl, Age 11.

And of course, I had to add the Brownie recipe! The paper I used as Arches Text Wove with gray card stock for the backing.

Altered Surfaces

I highly recommend two books that are published by Design Originals. Altered Surfaces and Transfers and Altered Images both by Chris Cozen. She's a working artist representing Golden Art Products.

Both books are packed full with easy to follow instructions and plenty of inspiration.

So I decided to give it a try...using a tiny canvas. After the background colors were added and dry, I added the image with bees wax.

I think I will leave this tiny canvas just as it is!

The tiny tin bird was a surprise from my friend in Japan. Thanks Minori!

This canvas piece is my favorite.

When I found the sentiment in my stash....I thought it would be fun to add a metal number 2.....just for grins.

This is my second favorite canvas.

Thanks Jane!

Jane's blog A Place To Flourish is eye candy for a calligrapher/lettering artist and for those who love letters. Her artwork for "A Place To Bark" so inspired me that I wanted to make a piece for our art journal round robin. The poem is by Emily Dickinson.

I really love how this turned out. Thanks Jane for the inspiration!!

Sister Retreat

This is the mighty Mississippi River that we cross from Iowa into Wisconsin.

I absolutely love this bridge!

This is my view from my bedroom window looking at Iowa.

This house was built during the Civil War era...completely remodeled just for women. It's a perfect location.

This is known as "A Place to Sew" in DeSota, Wisconsin...high in the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

My sister and I spend time working on projects in the community of women. It's an awesome experience!

The Deep Blue Sea

A friend sent me this adorable tin ready to be altered. I was inspired to do something with my tin after I saw another artist's project.

I inquired as to how they made their project and then set out to find the materials I wanted to use.

After making this project, I will change a few things and then I will post the steps so that you can make your own.

I added lots of sea shells and glass marbles to the tin. It weighs quite a bit now!

It would definitely sink to the bottom of any ocean!

Alice Altered

I had altered a book a few years ago that was an Alice in Wonderland storybook. And then I gave it away.

When I found an Alice in Wonderland book in a resale shop, I knew that I wanted to make another book.....but not the same as I had made before. I am only posting a few pages of my book.

The tag shown is a plastic tag that I colored using alcohol inks then collaged my images.

I made pockets to insert tags.

My husband drilled holes into the scrabble tiles for me.

This is at the beginning of the book. I colored a grungeboard "a" and inserted an image of Alice. Diamond Glaze was then poured on top of the image even with the depth of the letter A.

I also did a color transfer of the rabbit onto a tag.

This view is the side of the book with all the beads and dangles from the pages inside.

I couldn't resist adding lots of fibers to the spine.

The cover was made using black and white polymer clay. I thought Somerset Studio would be publishing my Alice in Wonderland book, however, after holding my artwork for eleven months, it was returned to me in perfect condition.

The Color Purple

I especially love the color purple....and I couldn't resist the antique bottles that I found at an antique store in Texas.
Once I spotted one....I found the other five bottles scattered throughout the same store!
I have big plans for these special treasures.

The Altered Alice

This is NOT my art work. It belongs to a talented artist, Donna Meme. The Altered Alice is a brand new blog! Take time to check it out....but first fix yourself a cup of tea before you begin your adventure.

Ultimate Alternations by Tim

I really enjoy how Tim Holtz prepares his classes. Everything is provided except the apron.

There are so many paint and ink colors to choose from!

No matter where you sit in the classroom, you can clearly see and hear Tim's instructions!

I am loving this class!

The pages are made from grunge paper.

I really enjoy using the Distress Ink product.

This is sticky back canvas that was used as the spine.

We had a chance to color our own ribbon!

We had all kinds of elements to add to our book.

Each of the tags were embossed using the different texture fades that are new.

This is my finished book. All I need to do now is add my personal photos and ephemera.

Creative Blocks

I recently took a Tim Holtz class called "Creative Blocks". Tim always has his classes so organized with color photos and instructions! He also provides all the tools and products you will need for a class. Just bring an apron!

This is the planning process.

After deciding where I wanted the different size canvas....I marked the original with x's.

Here I am preparing one of the canvas with a butterfly image.

I wrapped all the canvases with dictionary paper.

Decisions, many paper choices!

Wax was floated on top of images.

My canvas project is beginning to look interesting.

This is my final canvas piece. Fun, Fun, Fun!