Mixed Media Artist

I work primarily in acrylics and collage.I use collage and beewax in my assemblage works and am now completing several shrines using found objects. I have been experimenting with encaustic collage and have found the medium very challenging. The paint is a combination of melted beeswax and pigment. A small amount of damar resin is added for hardness. I mix these paints myself and while painting all custom colors are mixed directly on a hot palette.
I will share my progress with this exciting medium with photos of work in progress and finished pieces.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Just Playing Around

 These are stems from Beech Mushrooms I used as a stamp to make a print. Never a dull moment at our house, I do get inspiration from the strangest places, and my hubby just goes along with me. 

Mushroom Stem with acrylic paint

Stem print made with a Beech Mushroom stem in sepia ink

Teabag from my herb tea

Pomegranate Pizazz

We had a beautiful bunch a fresh beets and decided to roast them for dinner. The liquid from them was the most incredible color and I couldn't throw it out. So I grabbed a piece of paper and dyed it with the juice. The shibori piece was created by wrapping the paper around a paint stirrer and scrunching it down and holding it with a rubber band. I don't know how colorfast it will be, but I love the way it came out.

Shibori with Beet Juice

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011

This is a detail of one of the collage pages. Antique book pages were glued to watercolor paper and then glazed with acrylic paint.  After it dried I lightly sanded the surface with a scotchbrite pad. This gives a nice sheen to the paint. The large numbers are black paint dry brushed through a stencil. At the top heavy gold yarn is stitched through the paper as an embellishment. The scratching on the surface is made by making a heavy application of paint and glaze and scratching through with a stick.

Collage pages

Pencil Drawing of mushrooms used for the spore print

This is an image transfer made from a copyright free book.  I've lightly antiqued
the image with a stamp pad in a yellow ochre color to help it blend in.

Friday, January 14, 2011

On the Way to Brooklyn

I actually sent my book off this week ahead of schedule....so unlike me. For a last minute, fly by the seat of my pants person, this was quite a feat. They have even extended the deadline because of all the extreme winter weather. So I'm really actually very punctual. But not so at posting the photos, so there will be a few more to come in future posts.

Post card
Bold and Bright

Testing some colors

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's all in the details...

A Feather in Your Cap
Alphabet Soup
These are small vignettes of some of my artwork in the sketchbook. Most are pages rendered in acrylic paint with a lot of surface texture.  I scratched, sanded, stitched and collaged to create the layers.  On some pages I used stencils or drawing pens. I wanted  to include some of the ones using non traditional materials like the raw silk fabric and feather in the one above or the netting in Trapped below.

A  Sincere Thank You