Posted in Art Journal

Just Hanging Around


Doodling over the weekend in my art journal.  Doodling isnt relaxing. I’m not very good at doodling. Truely I have never doodled. When I’m on the phone or in a meeting I do not doodle.  I guess I’m not sure where the marks should go. Outlining images makes sense but not all the time. Changing pen colors is an option but white adds that extra pop.  When should I use colored markers or just black and white? What marks should I make to highlight the image? What kinds of marks will detract from the image? These are the constant questions I have while doodling.

Do you find doodling relaxing or stressful?

Posted in Art Journal

Just For the Fun of It


I love to play! Bright colors make me happy. Hurricane season is starting so I decided to make the most of it and play with Dyan Reaveley’s paints.  Even though there is a tropical depression off the coast right now, Im going to have a fabulously long weekend and color my world with paint! Her paints are quite unique.  When you add Dyan’s paint to a page it dries super fast. If you are impatient (like me) these paints are for you.

Have you played with Dyan Reaveley’s paints?

Posted in ATCs

Growing Up is Optional


I just recently traded ATCs with a very talented artist.  Here is my ATC. I discovered ATCs about 5 years ago.  I was completed addicted. I have been out of practice making ATCs.  Working in such a small format was a nice change of pace.

I love Tim Holtz’s style with all things vintage and I love the bright Dylusion colors. I decided to combined my two loves into this ATC and I call this style “VINLUSION FUSION”.  The photo is one of Tim Holtz’ Photobooth pictures.  I look at the picture and have so many questions for Peggy Sue. (The name I gave the little girl). What grade are you in Peggy Sue? Is this a school picture or a professional picture?  Where do you live now?  Do you have a family? These questions and many more help me shape a beautiful life for Peggy Sue.

Do you make up stories for vintage pictures you have in your home?

Posted in Photography

Dessert First

IMG_8595[1]I have always eaten my dessert first.  Yes, I know it may seem unusual, but why should the best part of a meal be saved for last.  Most of the time I’m too full to eat it after my meal.  I crave sugar at meal times but I don’t eat dessert at every meal. When we go out to restaurants to eat and there is a dessert I can’t pass up, I do eat it first.  Which means most of my meal will get boxed up and taken home.  Some desserts come with ice cream and they will not make it home before it melts, but chicken, pasta, steak, and pork can be taken home and reheated for another meal.  There is some logic in my madness 🙂

It amazes me how people can make amazing works of art with food. The combination of two of my most loved passions (art and food) in one place takes my breath away.  Then when you see something as beautiful as the photo above it makes you not want to eat it.  If the pitcher and strawberries was my dessert, I wouldn’t be able to eat it because it is too beautiful!

Do you like to eat your dessert first?

Posted in Art Journal

Underneath All the Layers


Initially I thought art journal layered pages were simple.  I would grab a variety of products and tools and throw anything and everything on a page.  Most of my layered pages look like I threw them against a wall.  SPLAT!!! So, when I created the page above, I realized that there are a few guidelines that I could think about as I was adding layers.

My Art Journal Layering Guidelines

  1. Pick fewer colors (4 or 5) Those colors could be varied on a page with white, black or gray.
  2. Pick colors that do not make mud ( Complementary colors will make mud)
  3. Repeat Elements using different colors ( Circles, numbers, triangles)
  4. Layer with a few stencils or stamps ( I used most of my stencils on one page)
  5. Know your product (Which product is water soluble or not)

Have you tried adding layers to your art journal pages?  If so, what guidelines would you suggest for adding layers?

Posted in Photography

Sugar and Spice And Everything Nice


My husband and I were walking along the boardwalk in Beaufort and I saw these adorable bicycles.  The license tags are a little hard to see.  They say Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Sea Salt.

My title above “Sugar and Spice” came from a Nursery Rhyme called “What Are Little Boys Made Of?

What are little boys made of? 

Snakes and snails

And puppy-dogs’ tails

That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice

And everything nice

That’s what little girls are made of.

Then I wondered are Spices and Herbs the same thing.  According to

“The difference between the two is where they are obtained from a plant. Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds. Examples of herbs include basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley and mint.”

So, then maybe my title should be “Sugar and Herbs, and Everything Nice”

The license plates made me think of the times I have eaten these Herbs.  I love food.  Some people crochet or make quilts. I love to eat as a hobby or a recreational activity or just for the fun of it.  I remember being asked what was my favorite subject in school and I would always say lunch.

The last time I ate anything with Sea Salt was probably on potato chips.  I may have eaten Thyme or Sage in meals in restaurants but I don’t regularly use it at home. Parsley is usually on my plate as a decoration but I take it off.  My husband makes amazing spaghetti sauce where one of the ingredients is Parsley.  We have a Rosemary bush in the backyard and you can smell it before you get near it. My husband also makes a wonderful Rosemary Chicken. It doesn’t take much Rosemary to create a mouthful of intense flavors.

What are your memories of using any of the Herbs and Sea Salt above?