October 22, 2013

Big Dreams...

Life Book 2013 Week 43 led by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Julie's theme is all about nature and drawing a face with a stick or twig.  She likes drawing with twigs, stamping with leaves and other natural materials.  I used what I had on hand (rather than scavenging yard waste) in this case, dowel (for drawing), rubber stamps.

Background created using Gelli plate, stencils; acrylic paint, India ink.

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October 17, 2013

Caged Birds

The dolls I've been working on the last couple of weeks are now complete.

I needed to come up with a name for each these girls.  My daughter, Jennifer, had a brilliant idea - name them Maya and Angelou.  Why didn't I think of that?  (In all honesty, I had never heard of Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird.") 

Maya and Angelou

October 7, 2013

Nature's Chaos

Life Book 2013 Week 41 led by Tamara Laporte.  We are to create a background using acrylic paints applied using a Gelli printing plate, stencils, stamping, whatever we like.  The theme is nature.

chaotic for sure!

October 6, 2013


My husband teases me and my dad would laugh, if he were still alive (he was a carpenter), when I use my tools. My hammer may look wimpy, but it fits my hand and hits the nail on the head every time!

I'm in the process of creating a new doll.

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October 1, 2013

Secret Keeper...

Week 40 of Life Book 2013 is led by Rachelle Panagarry.  Rachelle's theme is "What's Inside."  We are to draw a representation of ourself and include 3-D type hands.

Rachelle works with mulberry paper which is adhered to her drawing, cut out, painted with watercolor paint and glued onto the substrate.  I chose not to do that - don't tell!

I've drawn a version of this face before.  I also incorporated it into a small quilt a few months ago.   I am a private person especially my on-line persona.  I feel comfortable sharing my secrets with my husband (sometimes) and a few select friends.   After all, a secret by definition is "something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others."

Who do you share your secrets with?

Inside the hands is a quote by Elbert Hubbard - "Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us."

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