Thursday, December 2, 2021

Fruitcake - BAD REPUTATION

Fruitcake lives a sad life as the worst Christmas gift!  

The much maligned dessert has a well-worn reputation. 

When we think of fruitcake we think of a thick, dense brick of a cake. 

One dotted with candied fruits and nuts. 

The brighter-than-a-Christmas-tree, neon, jellied fruits 

that top many cakes are often the major culprit. 
 

Perhaps the biggest misconception about fruitcake is that they taste bad. 

The problem doesn’t lie within the cake itself, but the ingredients and recipes people tend to use. 


When I think of "FRUITCAKE"
I think of childhood memories. 
My Grandmother, and how delicious her homemade fruitcakes were. 
I could not wait till Christmas time, because I knew she would be 
baking up those wonderful cakes packed with love! 
They were moist, sweet, and delicious. 
The smell of her kitchen was heavenly. 

NO JOKE. 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Cluster of Foliage

 A painting of sorts... 
It is kinda where my mind went!
Wasn't really focused on the subject, just wanted to push through. 
I do believe we all have those days. 

Part of my "paint book" pages.  


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Setting The Table for Thanksgiving

Turn ordinary into extraordinary! 
Turkey Napkin Holder Craft 

   These were super easy, super fun to make. 

Kiddos had a great time crafting these. 

Who would have thought… 
Such simple supplies could create 
such an extraordinary craft. 
Such a wonderful way for the kiddos to get involved
with decorating the table for this special occasion,
don’t you think? 

Materials: 
Paper towel roll (3” cut)
Construction Paper (3” brown)
Turkey template 
Crayons or Oil Pastels
Scissors 
Glue 





Monday, November 22, 2021

Paper Weaving

Setting the table for Thanksgiving. 
An oldie but goodie kid’s craft, hands down! 
Kiddos had a wonderful time weaving 
these paper plate-mats.
As we approach a special time of the year… 
gathering family and friends to enjoy a harvest of food,
we are reminded it is the simple things in life 
that make it memorable. 
Materials: 
Construction paper (colors)
Oil pastels
Scissors 
Glue-stick 
note: once completed, running this project through an illuminator would be beneficial. 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

My Paint Book

It is like no other... 

Well, at least that is how I feel about mine.

Reason being; I have worked (processed) art play in the form of "art journaling". 

Which I strongly believe this term "art journaling" has evolved over time with artists. Now these pages are becoming works of art, as a result, 

leaving out the bad and the ugly... only revealing the "good". 

The whole concept of "working through", playing with mediums, making MANY mistakes is disregarded. 

Process art is eliminated! 

It has become "THE PRODUCT"  or perhaps an illusion of "THE PRETTY PAGE". 

FLAWLESS.  

No worries, this is me, just rambling on with my thoughts... 

I am not imposing my beliefs on anyone.

I am guilty of this as well. 

Trust me, I love a "pretty" page too! 

As a result, I decided to make up my on rules, sorta speak.

Work strictly with a subject I dislike the most - still life. 

Paper - Purchased an acrylic pad with in/out pages.

Use only one medium - acrylics 

Below, are some of those pages... small clips (a tease!).

I wish to share with you all. 

I have defiantly learned some new things about me, as an artist. As a creator. 
Not all of the artwork, did I stick to the rules I placed on myself. There is a reason why... 
Art is a process and I processed a lot along the way. 
I am super excited to share with you all the art, go over the process, and talk over all 
I encountered while working through these painted pages.
Explain my "WHY" I call this collection of work my paint book. 
Just a few more blank papers I need to paint. 
Wish me the best, I will reveal this as a completed project VERY soon! 

Till then... you too, enjoy the "process" of art. 


 



Tuesday, November 16, 2021

How To Tell An Altered Book Story 101

 Let Us Begin...

Make no jugement. Do not get too attached. 
Decided if the book is possible to alter.
    Perhaps read a few pages... get to know the story. 
Peel the signatures from the spine... 
Remember you will give this book a whole new meaning. 
Don't drowned yourself in too much thought... 
Remind yourself, you are not preparing this for the Queen. 
Process your creative play without leaking any self doubt!
Lead with the heart.
Have fun and don't let anything slow you down.
Take a DEEP breath or maybe two!! 
Don't EVER be fooled by what you see... 
Grab yourself a cup of tea. The end is almost near.. 



Hope you enjoyed the story!
This inspires you to alter an old book.
To work through the process... 
and
create new life to an abandoned, unloved book. 

MATERIALS USED:
(for this altered-book mixed-media project)
1- used book
card-stock paper
tags (shipping tags)
painted papers - my personal studio collection 
collage elements - personal collection 
paper stencils - my personal hand-crafted stencils
rubber stamps (Roben-Marie collection) 
washi tape (unknown)
matte medium (adhesive) 
acrylic paints (Liquitex Basics)
oil pastels (Portfolio Series) 



















Sunday, November 14, 2021

Studio Time

 Collecting thoughts... 

Working through torn pages, painted papers, visiting old collage bits 
- all coming together to celebrate a unity; altering an old book. 
Left behind, read countless times, favored by some, and now found 
at my local library for 10 cents.
This story had just begun!