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SOOO, as you’ll see in my previous post¬†I have a long standing fear of face drawing and painting.¬† Well, recently I started a grid project to help me get over this fear.¬† It’s turning out actually quite well and curing my fear of faces!¬† the grid system works great to get you off your feet and flying!¬† Here are the results!

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So here I am, the ultimate¬†frady cat when it comes to drawing faces and look what I’ve achieved as just a class project along with my students.¬† I surprised myself….maybe you’ll surprise YOU!!

Comment below to let me know about your biggest artistic fear and how you overcame it….and pictures are always nice!!!

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Original Sketch:    And     Final Outcome:

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† As you can see the process went through some changes but the final outcome was exactly what I had in my¬†head….I’m thrilled with the¬†outcome and my patrons this weekend were equally excited.¬† I got¬† alot¬†of attention on this piece this weekend in Plano and I¬†am thrilled with the new direction my work is taking!¬† Change is always good and I’m ready for some change in my style…I guess that’s just the way we as artists work….I think great new things await as I explore this style.¬† I hope you stay with me as I continue to play with it!¬† Stay tuned for step by step directions on how I came up with this piece.¬† I’ll take each photo and explain where I was going and the process and products I used.¬† See you soon!!

Newest Work Step By Step

Well here’s my newest work and the first step of sketch and background…..

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Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Hi and good morning!¬† Hope all is well on your end….I had a show this weekend with Paragon Shows in Ft. Worth.¬† First of all I must say, out of all the shows I’ve done, this was by far the most talented group of artists I’ve ever come across!¬† There were some amazing folks!¬† So I’m going to give you a list for some eye candy!







  • (My Fav!)¬†

  • (A Fan that stopped by)¬†

  • (Traded a painting for a GREAT bracelet)

    Now, after showing what talent was available, it was a shame that the weather and location¬†did not do us any favors.¬† There was a lot a GREAT art, some great organization by Bill Kinney with Paragon, just not a lot of traffic.¬† The weather kept people away and we just weren’t in a very visible location, so needless to say it wasn’t our best show or anyone’s best show for that matter, but I was very lucky to have some very talented artists come by and “critique” my work and give me some inspiration for new directions!¬† See my next post for my newest piece beginnings!


    Now I never leave a show without a frugal tip from an artist.¬† Stewart Rein (website above) was next to us and said that he used to travel with propanels¬†but that he began to travel alone and just needed to downsize both weight and size wise.¬† But he wanted his booth to “appear” bigger, so he created these great panels the “V” out on each side creating a larger look for his booth…here are the panels created with PVC Pipe and a “pillow case” that is slipped over them.¬† EASY AS PIE and created a larger tent look!



    Now for a NOT SO FRUGAL very cool idea….one painter M. Carla (website above) stored and transported her paintings in this GREAT Crate that she had made for her.¬† My husband got inspired and it starting a very small version for me!¬† I’m so so lucky!¬†

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    Stay tuned for my newest piece step by step!!


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Happy Football Sunday Morning to you!¬† Well, I’ve always been fascinated with image transfers in my work and the amazing work of others and the results I see others getting….not that I haven’t gotten some great and very cool results myself, but I’m always looking for more…especially with Ink Jet Prints since that’s what I work with….so I downloaded from Cloth Paper Scissors the following free tutorial on Ink Jet Transfers….


This is what I came up with….with much experimentation….and yet although I’m coming up with some great stuff, they are of course NEVER exactly like what the papers and tutorials claim to do…..but I guess that’s what MORE experimentation is for!

Here’s the orignial image I worked with on¬†60 lb press watercolor paper¬†and here are my results….

  • The first I tried was Sheer Heaven which is supposed¬†to be the “be all end all” of all transfer paper…..


Well, as you can see my results we less than “Heavenly”.¬† Now admittedly I only experimented around six or seven times with small images, but I just never came up with the smooth perfect image¬†that they do.¬† You print on the rough side of the paper, mist alcohol on the image and burnish lightly.¬† It is supposed¬†to lift perfectly into an exact replica of the original.¬† I didn’t get this result, but I have high hopes and plan to keep experimenting.¬† Now this paper is $24.00 with shipping for ten pieces, so I won’t be doing A LOT of experimenting freely, it’s just too expensive, but who knows maybe I’ll figure it out and love it as much as everyone else does.¬† If YOU know the secret to this paper I would LOVE to hear from you!!¬† Please comment and let me know your thoughts.¬† I do love the result, it’s just not what they claim.

  • Next I tried using Inkjet Transparency paper over Matte Gel to transfer the image. Now you’re supposed to look for the “Non-Quick Dry” But I couldn’t for the life of me find anything but Quick Dry…so you have to move fast.¬† These were the results I got.

    So the instructions are to put down a light layer of gel medium and lay the printed side (rough side of the transparency) down on the gel then burnish.  You do have to move quick with the quick dry, but I actually loved the result.  It was one of my favorites.

  • Third I used Glossy photo paper with gel medium using the same process

So this image was created by printing on Glossy photo paper, putting down a light layer of gel medium then burnishing.¬† The next step involved spritzing with water and using a sponge to peel off the paper backing leaving only the “gloss” layer with the image left on your paper.¬† I also loved this effect.¬† It came out great for simple cheap glossy photo paper.

  • So Next I tried¬†a transfer with Matte Photo paper.¬† I was also happy with this one.¬† Not a clean transfer and needs more experimentation but it came out pretty cool.


I took the matte paper with the image fresh off the printer.¬† With Matte laid down on the paper I put the image face down and burnished.¬† Now because of the backing of the paper you can’t spritz¬†with water and peel off the back of the paper so you have to burnish (I used a bone folder on all of these) then just gently pull of the paper.¬† It leaves a nice partial image that I think would look great on¬† canvas.¬† This is another one that I was very happy with and look forward to playing with it some more.

  • The fifth image came quite by surprise and was just a ghost image, but very cool none the less,,,,
















Using the glossy photo paper image I spritz the paper surface (substrate) with water and simply put the image down and burnished with the bone folder.  I got a nice ghost image while trying to achieve something completely different.  It was a nice surprise. 

  • The sixth image is by far my favorite.¬† I bought typical iron on paper from Office Depot that is used for ironing on fabric and t-shirts.

The next transfer you’ll see the traditional use of this paper, but I thought….I don’t keep an iron in my studio…let’s play with the heat gun and sure enough, just using my embossing heat gun I cut out the image and heating the paper with image face down of course, an almost perfect¬†image appeared.¬† Then I went over the image with gel medium because it didn’t quite adhere all the way due to the lack of pressure from the iron.¬† I was thrilled with this option.¬† TRY IT!¬† Just be careful not to burn the back of the paper.¬† You need a lot less heat and time with the gun than you think.

  • Of course the next one is the traditional iron-on use of the iron-on paper.¬† Using an iron I got a pristine perfect image.¬† The problem is we can’t always use an iron on our canvases so that’s why I love the heat gun above, but if you’re working on a flat surface and in a journal, this works great.

  • Finally by pure accident I was doing the matte photo paper transfer to get our 8th image,¬†using only water the spritz on the paper then laying the image face down on the paper and using water and a sponge returned the back of the paper leaving only the image.¬† Well after it dried I was surprised¬†to be able actually pick the image up off the paper leaving me with a pure transfer that looks like this…..

Now to be¬†honest I was unable to repeat this transfer with the photo of our lady¬†above,¬† I tried and the paper kept falling apart, but I’m going to keep working at it because it’s just a great transfer.¬† I’m going to try with both the glossy and the matte photo paper again until I can repeat it.¬† It’s just too good of a transfer to give up on.¬† This one has been adhered to a canvas I’m working on and below you’ll see how I’ve used some of these techniques in an UNFINISHED (so be gentle, it’s in process ūüôā¬†piece I’m working on.

  Flipped matte photo image

 Non Flipped Photo paper image

 Iron on paper with Heat Gun

 Ink Jet Quick Dry Transparency burnished on with gel Medium

This is the work so far, just playing around with these images and I’m excited to finish up and see how it turns out!



As always‚Ķ..I want to hear from you!¬† What are your experiences with Ink-Jet transfers?¬† Or ANY transfers for that matter!¬† Let me know what you think of the PDF from Cloth paper Scissors,¬† Let’s see pics of any transfers you try from this tutorial.¬† COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!¬† I LOVE new ideas.¬† So let’s hear them!¬† Try these transfers and get back to me!

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As Deborah Potash Brodie says…..
To display our jewelry: We have 15 different designs — most have 3 sizes of bracelets, pendants, stick pins (can be used for hat pins), push pins, dangle earrings, stud earrings, and prayer shawl clips. To keep them separate — yet pretty — we use our Correll Dinner plates – fill them with acquarium rock (everyone wants to know what this is — we have guesses of licorice to all sorts of things) and then place the jewelry on top. Each plate is labeled. We have tried other entities to try to eliminate the weight – i.e., black beans and shiny beads — the beans didn’t show off the jewelry — it was too dull – and the beads were actually too shiny and competed. So we are sticking to the aquarium rock. We made a lucite piece to place over the plates so that we can get the rocks back into ziplock bags in a quick and efficient manner without too many on the floor! It does look pretty. As


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