Life By The Seat Of My Pants

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Ahhhhhhh, the lazy days of summer. I am not even kidding when I tell you the only reason I got out of my recliner yesterday was to go pee or make food. Those kinds of days are a rarity for me, so I took full advantage and sat on my happy ass ALL DAY LONG. I finally decided to uproot myself around 9pm and I headed into the studio to work on this weeks project.

In the vein of being lazy, this project was all about keeping it simple! I used a limited pallet as well as limited supplies. I only used what I had within arm’s reach (which in MY studio is literally EVERYTHING, but for the sake of this post, lets just pretend I have more space M’kay?) which was acrylic paint, ink and prismacolor art sticks.

I gessoed the record, painted the vinyl area with the acrylic paint and inks and then I drew and shaded my girls face with the art sticks. I used a small pieces of a book page for her dress and finished the piece off with an oil pastel and some Twinkling H2o’s.


I think she is super cute and I love the peaceful expression on her face. This piece is now available for sale, so email me at if interested.

We are going out of town next week, so I am setting myself a challenge for Thrift Shop Thursday and Mixed MEdieology Monday – Find something that I can alter ‘on the road’ and use limited supplies to create the entire piece! Tune in next week to see what I find and how it turns out 😀


31 Days of Halloween – Day 4

While this painting is not technically Halloween, it is fall themed, so I wanted to share it with you today.

I collected some freshly fallen leaves from the maple tree in my yard and I preserved them by pressing them between sheets of wax paper and heating with an iron.

I painted a 14 X 18 canvas with black paint and glued on my girls face using matte medium. Her face was drawn on sketch paper with Prismacolor pencils and I painted her hair directly onto the canvas with acrylic paint.

I used beeswax to further preserve my leaves and adhere them to the canvas. I sprayed inks and splattered more paint over the waxed canvas.

I used matte medium to adhere my text  “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

I carved swirls into the wax and went over the entire painting with metallic gold fluid acrylic mixed with water.

I apologize for the glare in all of the photos, but the iridescent paint shines no matter what angle I shoot from.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!!!!