Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Create with Me

Every now and then I add a slideshow work in progress in my auctions on ebay. Now that I have the opportunity, I wanted to share a step by step process of a past original painting that until now is still a favorite creation of mine.

Here we go!

I started out with a blank canvas board. I then cut to fit & glued the collage paper directly onto the canvas. After the collaged canvas was done, I sketched out what I wanted on the piece using a white pencil. I used acrylic paints to layout her face, neck, & hand. I then cut out & adhered more decorative collage paper for her dress & fairy wings.

Next was painting her sweet face. Using acrylics again to create her features and soft shadows.

After painting her long hair black, I gave it a multi-tone effect by gently sanding, adding multiple colors, and decorating the edges with white dots. The painted grass creates the horizon I wanted for this piece.

Now the fun stuff! Embellishing is always a favorite!

A fairy princess can't forget her crown.

I love using rub-on transfers in my art. For this piece I painted a whimsical tree along with stems and used rub-on transfers for the flowers & words.

Next was giving her dress more of a form. Painted to define the layers of her dress & outlined with dots as well.

And finally, I added acrylics on the collaged backgound & directly onto the beeswax finish. I love sealing my creations in beeswax to create a dreamy effect. I also added star sequins to the beeswax before it dried.

Ta Da! All done! I hope you enjoyed my step by step process. Feel free to email me or comment with any questions. I love to create & share. Look out for more of these to come!

I loved this piece so much that I cropped it and used it before as my logo!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Wylde Women Award

Super sweet Leticia Regalo has honored me with the passing of the new blogger "Wylde Women Award" created by Tammy Vitale.

-The Purpose of the Award is "To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy."

I know, I am so bad at passing these on. Where does the time go? Let me just pass this back to her because she so deserves it again!

Leticia is a fellow artist also from the San Francisco Bay Area. Please check out her terrific blog where she shares her wonderful art & lovely life. Leticia Regalo

Thanks again Leticia for this sweet award and brightening my day when you come to visit!


8" X 10" on flat canvas board

Full of touchable texture!

Created using ink, collage paper, pastels, acrylic, & 3D paints.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Clay Cuties

Approximately 1.75" W x 2" H x 1" Thick

I had so much fun creating these weathered row houses. These cuties were created using sculpey clay, rub-on transfers, acrylic, & 3D paints. They were all hand-sculpted, richly crackled, & distressed. A glossy finish was used for protection.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Angel Glow

8"X 10" on flat canvas board

I love how the 3D effect on her wings turned out!

Created using oil pastels, collage paper, metallic, acrylic, & 3D paints.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Embrace Love

5" X 7" on flat canvas board

Created using ink, oil pastels, heart sequins, rub-on transfer, metallic, & acrylic paints. A coating of beeswax protects & finishes this piece up to create a dreamy effect.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Brillante Weblog Award

Sweet Artist & Collector Jenny Carter from Wonders*of*Whimsy nominated me for this loving award. I wish I had time to pass this on, but for now I do want to give a very *S*P*E*C*I*A*L* Thanks to her!

Jenny is a wonderful primitive folk artist. Her prim dolls are just the sweetest. You can check out her adorable creations here! Wonders of Whimsy

Thanks so much again Jenny for nominating me! Such an honor! :)

Alice in Wonderland

8" X 10" on flat canvas board

Textured, sanded, & distressed.

Created using ink, oil pastels, metallic, acrylic, & 3D paints.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Koi Fish

11" X 14" on stretched canvas

This beautiful creation is another painting from my hubby.

Created using oil pastels & acrylic paints. Protected with a matte finish.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Love is in the air

8" X 8" X 1.5" deep on stretched canvas

Richly textured, sanded, & distressed for a prim appearance.

Created using ink, pastels, metallic, & acrylic paints.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


4" X 12" X 1.5" deep on stretched canvas

This little witch is as sweet as can be.

Popping out behind her skirt is a cutie black cat named Boo.

Charmed by the moonlight and the dark twinkling sky.

A tiny spider dangles from Boo's hat.

Created using ink, pastels, metallic, & acrylic paints. Protected with a glossy finish.

Monday, July 7, 2008


8" X 8" X 1.5" deep on stretched canvas

Do you ever have that feeling when you first wake up from a dream?

The dream feels so warm and real. You try to close your eyes and continue dreaming, but you can't. And you can only remember certain parts of your dream now that your wide awake. I hate it when that happens. I used to write down my dreams immediately when I woke up. A little dream journal right next to my bed. I think I might start that up again.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Frida of July

Happy 4th of July!

Here is another one of my Frida Kahlo paintings. She is definitely on my mind. I can't wait to check out her collection that is being exhibited at MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) right now in San Francisco.

5" X 7" on stretched canvas

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


8" X 8" X 1.5" deep on stretched canvas

Created using ink, pastels, & acrylic paints. Richly textured, sanded, & distressed. Protected with a glossy finish.


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