Saturday, June 9, 2018

Party Hat Mixed Media

Party Hat Class

A fun class with Ayala Art aka I Love To Paint
Check it out 

It begins with the student painting over a project gone wrong...

My steps 
 Charcoal face sketch on blue background.
 Added a hand.
 It went horribly wrong.
 A coat of gesso to the rescue.
 A new face
Acrylic paints, charcoal pencil, ink, stencils, decorative paper,
Washi tape and Diamond glaze.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Getting to know me...

In preparing myself for the
I made a discovery about myself.

I've always had an interest in art and creating things in general. What I discovered is that I've been interested in drawing faces for a very long time, I pulled out all my journals and sketch books and began looking for faces. I found several drawings of faces that I drew over 30 years ago. I also know that my recent interest and joy in making art dolls is connected because making their faces is what I enjoy the most. 

I was and still am a bit shy about sharing my faces because there are many amazing artists posting faces in this challenge. I was encouraged to enter and have fun and so I am. Below are my 29 faces for the month of February. I learned quite a lot and I had a fun time participating in the challenge. My plan is to keep practicing and take some drawing, painting and journaling classes. 

I wanted to add a few of the faces I drew over 3o years ago.
 My favorite, a model in a magazine. I never finished it. 
 You may recognize her, Jaclyn Smith 20 years ago.
My daughter has never forgiven me for that perm. (((laughing)))

If your are interested in joining the 29 Faces group there is a link on my side bar. They will be doing the challenge again in September. 29 Faces Group
Off I go now to make some soup bowl cozies.
Linking to Pink Saturday 

Thursday, February 1, 2018


For several weeks in January I stayed warm and cozy taking a workshop with Jodi Ohl.  The workshop is called "Who Are You." I  found the class to be relaxing and fun. Jodi shares her painting techniques and has an easy going attitude . Her step by step videos are simple to follow. The beauty of these online classes is that you can go back and watch the videos as often as you like. 
Below are my painting from the class.

This wasn't my first class with Jodi, I've also took her "Let's Face it Class." 
Go here to visit Jodi's blog or here to see her classes at Creative Workshop.
Posting to the Class Face Book page
And to 
Pink Saturday

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Creative Spirit...

During the month of January I've been enjoying an online class with Jodi Ohl.
The class is called "Who Are You?"
I'll be posting more information and my pictures soon.

For February I'm going to attempt a challenge.
I'm joining a group called
"29 Faces in February."

Creating at least one face a day and posting it will be quite a challenge for me. 

If you're interested in the challenge and joining the group here is the link. I also have the link listed in the side bar.

Saturday, September 30, 2017


I'm down to the wire with this post.
Here is my September Tree and Wreath.
My favorite ornaments are the apples. The photos are blurry, sorry about that. This is one of my favorite trees.
But it's time to decorate my October tree.

Linking with Pink Saturday.

Friday, September 1, 2017

PLEASE STAY! Don't go...

I'd like summer to last a little longer.

I forgot to post the photos of the August decorations on my seasonal tree.
It's one of my favorite trees. I used handmade shell ornaments, tags and ATC's that I made or were gifts that I received over the years from some of my blogging friends. I purchased a few ornaments at AC Moore's on a clearance rack this summer and at a local Christmas shop that were perfect for my tree. I also purchased tiny sand buckets and shovels  to hang on the tree and I had tiny pink button sun glasses that I wired to hang on the tree.
Sadly, this Labor day weekend, I'll be taking down my beach ornaments.
September decorating begins...

August Seashore Tree

 One of two flip flop tags from my friend Marcia.
 My sweet helper.

Happy Labor Day! 
Linking to Pink Saturday.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Broken Lamp...

My daughter found a lamp she LOVED in the discount room of a furniture store. Originally they were asking $25.00 for the lamp. I'm not sure why they thought it was worth that much since the lamp leg was broken as you can see in the photos below. However, as I said, my daughter just loved the lamp. She asked the sales person if they had another undamaged lamp like it in the store. The sales person assured her they did not. I asked if they would consider taking $15.00 for the lamp and I told my daughter that I would try to fix it for her. To change the price the sales person had to ask the owner of the store who wasn't there at the time. She took my daughter's name and number and said she would let her know. The next day the sales person from the furniture store called and said the owner didn't realize how damaged the lamp was and she would reduce the price to $10.00. My daughter bought the lamp. We decided the shade alone was well worth the price. It took me about a week to make the repairs and we were lucky to find a fairly close match of color. 

Rescued and Revived 
A lovely lamp and a happy daughter, priceless. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Character Building...

My (Art Doll) characters. Each one has its own personality.
Journey, Star Catcher, Dan de Lion and...
Introducing my latest character, Finn. You can read his story below.

Currently you can find my dolls on display and for sale at or visit the store at 2308 Lancaster Pike, Shillington, PA 19607

Although I photograph my dolls out side they are not intended to be used outdoors.