Category Archives: Art

2017 Stencil Girl and Friends

September 22 to 25.  The time of my life.  I have been FB friends with many of the Stencil Girl people for some time.  I made some vey good ones over time and art.  It all started last November when the weekend classes at Ephemera Paducah were announced.  I knew I wanted to go, but debated a bit and missed the sign up so was on wait list.  So so excited when I got the notice they had an opening.  I jumped and posted for a roommate.  My new friend Georganna responded and the adventure began.j

Seth Apter was first up and I really enjoyed his stencil techniques. After class I visited Ephemera.  Wow, what a great place full of vintage stuff and and Ephemera (of course).  Stamps, paints, all kinds of supplies.  I had to have some of the supplies Seth demoed and there they were!

That night was the opening reception.  Meeting, greeting, food, wine and mini demos. I don’t have the room but many posts showed it.  It looked like a party for sure. Carolyn Dube had a post showing the room.  Boy, couldn’t have been more perfect for her muse!


This is some of us on the patio.  Enjoying the time together. Me, Patty, Lisa and Sherry.

Next up were the classes, so much fun.  First for my group was Pam Carriker and Mary Beth Shaw.

All four teachers, Seth, Mary Beth Traci, Pam.  Two of Pams Journal pages I believe.  Below is my piece from Pams class. We got to try Pams paints which are wonderful.  If you have a chance to try, get them.  I love the turquoise and mustard seed used in my journal.  The colors are amazing.


Mary Beth’s class was experimenting and new techniques they still need some more but look at how cool they look.  Gelli printed are a fave for me and I love the blue partial print. I loved using the fluorescent paints.  I was not as brave as Mary Beth.

Day 2 was Seth and Traci.  I learned so much from Seth about texture, making rust and bringing it together.  My piece uses some words thay are hard to read but say “the seat of the soul” and the other says “all together” I added a little journaling at the end. That is my roommate sitting to Seths right. Also Kiala Givehand and several others.

In Traci’s class it was about mark making, loosening up and transfers. Wait till you see Traci’s new stencils!  Can’t wait.


I realize I didn’t tal pictures at Ephemera except the classrooms.  If you have any please post in comments.  Valorie from Ephemera even picked me up at the airport.  I love Paducah!

Whar a weekend it was.  Take a class there if you can. They even provided lunches.  I know I am forgetting some stuff but for now I have a journal to play in.


New Art Journal Page

This page may or may not be done. Not sure but I believe I need some words.  This page was created using Portfolio oil pastels, Caron d’ache neocolor II and my Stencil Girl stencils.  First, gesso, then I scribbled colors down with the crayons.  I should have taken progress pictures.  I used Traci Batista Circles and baby wipe to remove color as MaryBeth showed in her most recent FB video.  I used Roxanne Stout stencil for the butterfly with gold texture/crackle paste and then Seth Apter’s Nov 2015 Club stencil with my precious Golden heavy body Quin Gold for texture.  Now to decide on words and finishing touches.

Some Updates

Wow, it is crazy time for me.  I haven’t posted my other projects from the art Journaling live event but still plan to do so.  June 27 was my moms birthday.  It is the first time without her.  Every year I call and sing her Happy Birthday.  Only a mother would put up with my singing too!  I miss her but know she is okay.  No more pain.

I got a job in retail and have a whole new view and respect for these workers.  I really like the people I work with, they are hard working, sincere and fun.  I need to make ends meet and this job is helping.

Last personal update then Art.  My sweet kitty is very sick.  We have been spending lots of time with my wonderful vet. In fact we go again in a couple of hours. He has a urinary track issue that I am hoping he can get through.  He is 15 which to me is middle aged.  He still eats and purrs and cuddles so that is all good.

Now for Art.  I haven’t finished any new pieces but have been experimenting with gesso, watered down paints, alcohol inks and Wendy Vecchi’s archival reinkers and alcohol.  Of course I am using my favorite Stencil Girl stencils too.  Squeezing in art is always a good thing.



Goings On

been without my iMac and iPad for a week!  Talk about withdrawal!  On the bright side I started Three face paintings.  I am trying to learn both fantasy and realistic faces and a combo.  I an taking nag several classes and really, I am way behind.  But I have gotten a stenciled face piece in my fiber groups yearly show which was so exciting for me.  When I learned it got an honorable mention I was so thrilled!  We hang the show tomorrow no it opens tomorrow night.  Our reception is at closing.  I will post on that another time. Here are some “cute faces I worked o. To counter my withdrawal. None are finished.  Closest is the middle.  I used Stencil Girl stencils in layers on the background and the new words stencil from Jessica Sporn with some Seth Apter words too.  I really like how it worked out.

You can see the influences I these.   The classes are from Jessica Sporn and also just following her work, year long classes Lets Face It and Life Book, Mindy Lacefield and many favorite artists participating in these classes. I also love Pam Carriker, Ivy Newport and many more.  I do find their art wonderful. And intimidating as I try to learn.

I plan to be back sooner this time now that I am all repaired. See you then!

Creative Jumpstart – Frida Kahlo

In 2013 I took a class on art journaling.  I did many things I didn’t like, but several I loved.  This is one I didn’t like at first but it grew on me.  It started as Frida and turned into my mother without her red hair.


Our CJS third artist is Frida.  So I thought I would share this.  Below are some transitions it went through before it became.

Jodi Ohl Class

Have you ever taken a class from Jodi?  She is wonderful, Whimsical and Fun.  Her art is so cool and varied.  From Whimsical Houses to Grunge to Abstract all of it is beautiful.  Today Jodi has an opportunity for a lucky person to win a seat in her class Dirty Flirty birds.  Go to her blog and comment.  For another chance share on social media.  Or just sign up.  Click this link to view the post. Sweet Repeats Blog. She picks winner(s) tomorrow.  Good luck!


Jean Basquiat Tribute

Creative Jumpstart is so much inspiration.  Our second artist transformation is Jean-Michael Basquiat.  I was not familiar with his art so I totally enjoyed learning about him,  amazing.  This is my first foray into his style art. Definitely need more practice. But here it is!  This year is off to a good start.


Creative Jumpstart

I mentioned Creative Jumpstart in a prior post and here is my first. I love Rae Missigman and she was the first Artist to show her Matisse inspiration. She sure inspired me.  I am not an experienced painter so this was a challange and a joy.  I did follow Rae’s steps and painting so I will have to try again on my own.  But I am happy and you can sort of see my mess.  I always make a mess when having fun. At the start in photo 1 and finished (maybe) second photo.  I did add a little yellow on the petals after I took the picture.