I love paper!

Went to pick up some more wire and came home with some new paper. So this morning I’ve been making petals and then flowers. Preparations are in full swing for Pickin’ Boise: antique show & artisan market, May 14 & 15. Click Here for information on it.


So here’s a look at how things are right now. There always seems to be bits & pieces on my work table. This environment keeps the creative juices flowing. My office/studio is one of the first places I go in the morning after breakfast. I work for a little while during the get ready for school time. Once the boys are off to school and it’s just me and the dogs, I make a cup of tea, turn up the music and get down to business.

Seeing other artist’s studios is fascinating to me. It’s gives all of us a glimpse into how they work, what they have close at hand, and what type of cool inspiration they have around them. I’m thinking that a post showing my office/studio should be on the list in the not too distant future. Where do you work on your creative projects? I’d love to see your creative space, so share in the comments if you dare.

That’s it for now. When I get these flowers done and more, I’ll post some pictures. For now, go out and create a great day!



Is it Thursday already?

Whoa! Where has the last two weeks gone? I finally made the decision to jump into an artisan market the middle of May and things haven’t slowed down since. As a matter of fact things are going warp speed. Don’t laugh, the rush of adrenaline is real. It feels good so have an outside person be excited about your art. However you channel your creativity, having that creativity acknowledged feels great.

This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. To that end, I am making flowers like crazy these days and adding some embellishments that are new. The result is another fun floral that people are responding favorably to. My studio/office is filling with origami flowers, floral wire, paper scraps litter the floor and my work table is covered with stuff.

By the way, if you’re local and want to come check out an awesome antique show & artisan market, May 14 & 15 at Expo Idaho. Click here Pickin’ Boise for more info. Stop by and say Hi if you are there. Please share if you don’t mind.

Now go out and create a great day!



Being creative isn’t on-demand

It’s Friday and the creative juices are flowing…..looking at the calendar, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Let me explain, being creative doesn’t always come when you want it to. This is what has been going on with me the past 14 days. The “dam” finally broke two days ago and I’ve been letting it lead where the paint, paper, and glue want to take me.

I’ve added random ephemera  to each canvas; anything from receipts for groceries to scraps of paper left from other projects. Although these items are easily seen, after another half dozen layers they will only be peeking through. I added  a wash of paint over each canvas. Now I wait for that to dry and for the next layer or 3. In the meantime, I wanted to show you the progress.

That’s it for now. I need to get my art lesson ready for this afternoon. I have started teaching an art lesson a couple times a month for my 9yo son’s class. It’s more fun than I thought, because the kids are so excited to learn about artists and all types of art. Ciao !

Square Fun

Step 1: I started with 3 square canvases and laid down a single color on each that complimented the dyed paper from a few weeks ago.

Step 2: Added torn piece of the dyed paper on each with a glue & water mixture. Let that dry then using a paint knife a smear of acrylic medium with various textures. On the green square I used a wet sponge; on the blue smeared with the paint knife & an accidental blob; the purple again using the paint knife in a more swirling fashion.

This will take a day to dry before I can continue. Plus I’m heading out of town for a much needed get away with my guy. More on these next week! Go out and create a great day!!


Beauty Blooms


I just love making these! There is something therapeutic & relaxing to folding each petal and seeing the swirls of color come together to create a unique blossom. The pinks/reds were the most intense of all the dyed papers, but my favorite is the paper with green/orange coming together. I’m thinking it’s a throw back to the 60’s. I’m working on another origami flower, but I’ll be honest the folding for the different flowers is anything but easy. My studio is littered with practice paper in various stages of folding and some just crumpled balls of paper.

Creativity grows through daily practice . . . . at least that’s what I believe. So each day I push myself to try something outside of my comfort zone. I’d love to hear what you are doing to keep your creativity flowing.  Consider one of my favorite quotes “Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.” – Danny Kaye.


A day to dye paper

Here’s a sampling of the paper dying I did today. All done on vintage sheet music with the shaving cream method. If you haven’t tried this you really should. Even my kids love to do this. All it takes is some shaving cream (I get it at the dollar store) and food coloring (I use regular colors; blue, red, yellow, green and neon; pink, purple, lime, and blue). Basically, spray the shaving cream on a flat plate or pan, I use a metal baking pan, then drop two or three colors randomly over the shaving cream. Don’t add too much color as you want there to be room to “swirl” the colors. Then “swirl” the colors with something like a skewer, I use the bamboo ones, also purchased at the dollar store, until you get a pattern you like. Lay your sheet of paper on top and gently press the paper on to the shaving cream. Leave in place approximately 1-2 minutes then lift off and lay on counter with shaving cream side up.

This is where it can get messy. Gently wipe the shaving cream off with a paper towel. You will only want to use the paper towel a couple of times as it gets covered pretty quickly. Don’t worry if you smudge the coloring as that only adds to the whole design. Once you’ve removed all the shaving cream lay your paper somewhere that it can dry with out being disturbed. Once the paper dries, have fun using your paper for cards, gift tags, or anything else you can come up with. I’m going to use some of these sheets in a mixed media piece I’m working on. Some will probably show up in some of the origami flowers that I make. I love the way the colors turn out.  Let me know what you think and be sure to report back if you try this technique. I’d really like to see what others do with this. Now go out and create a great day!


Working on something new

Lotus flowers, small & medium
Lotus flowers, small & medium

Well, today I started working on some new origami flowers. Mainly to add some variety to what I’ve done so far. Believe it or not origami is not as easy as it appears. After crumpling many squares of practice paper, I came up with the lotus flower in a couple sizes. They are different the flower I’ve been making and I haven’t decided if I really like it or not. Will do some with specialty paper and see then. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Lotus flower
Lotus flower