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Sending Love from Chicago

June 14, 2016 4 comments


Summer returns to Chicago



Yup. got that humidity coming right off the lake to frizz us up. Time to get the good results with the flat iron. If we’re lucky, it will last half an hour or so!


How to mount rice paper on a heavier paper

May 15, 2016 2 comments


This short five minute video shows you how to mount an ink brush painting on rice paper onto an artist trading card using an iron and light weight fusible web material from the fabric store.

Dachshund Portrait

May 13, 2016 2 comments



I refuse to make pet portraits, but this miniature 3-inch square oil painting was a special gift for someone in need of kindness. Making brush strokes on a smaller scale is a challenge. I like how it came out and I really like the miniature canvas panels available in art stores more recently.

Easy Method How to Make Altered Art Books



Altered artist book creator Isobelle Ouzman was featured in The Artists’ Magazine in October 2015 (above) and several blogs. The most fascinating part of her process, for me, is the very simple tools she is using to make such complex work: an X-Acto knife, Sakura Pigma Micron pens, glue or glue stick and watercolours. I love that her style has so much detail and fine lines, like an intaglio etching. I love that she is carving into the book and making it into a¬†bas relief sculpture.

If you feel badly about destroying a book to make art, George Takei shared a photo on Facebook that makes a suggestion on a certain work of fiction that is in abundance which could stand to be upcycled. Get your pencil, pens and X-Acto ready to try this process. There are enough volumes to transform for free or cheap.


50 shades of grey takei






Why small dogs live longer.

dog vs reaper

Book Recommendation: How to Make Art Dolls with Fabric



I found a fantastic how-to book on making art dolls in cloth in the library, Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox. These two dolls in this blog post are art dolls I made using this book. The photographs in the Horrox book are gorgeous and the patterns are for larger 14 – 16 inch tall dolls. If you can sew, you can make art dolls with these patterns. The author uses wonderful, rich colors and textures in her pieces that will give you ideas for your work.


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