Sunday, July 27, 2014

Life on the Coast

Early morning egret at Estero Bay in Baywood Park.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last of the Tags

Perfect Splatter Distress

 And here are the last of the tags from
Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry  classes.

 Perfect Distress

I've been using many of the techniques in my daily journal,

 Perfect Distress Mist

and it's been a lot of fun to try them out
 on different paper and surfaces.

Rock Candy Distress Stickles

Thanks for "tagging along" through all these posts!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Few More Tags, Part 2

 Crackle Paint Resist

This one has a great texture, love the way the stains
go into the cracks in the paint.

Shattered Stains Technique

Hard to see in the photo, but the chipboard crowns
actually came out looking like shattered glass.

You can get a better idea from this close-up.

Nostalgic Batik Technique

Another resist using embossing powder and  Distress inks.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Few More Tags

Distress Embossing Powder Resist

Working my way through the last several 

Rusted Enamel Technique

With my sometimes now limited energy I've found 
tags the perfect small "canvas" to work on.

Distress Paint Resist Technique

And, I'll have all these cool technique under
 my belt to use on bigger projects in the future!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

From 18th Century Elegance to La Calavera!

We've all heard the one about when the universe hands you lemons - make lemonade.  Well. when a favourite figurine gets broken - add a skull!!

I picked up the ceramic 18th century lady over 40 years in a small thrift store outside of Yucca Valley.  A week ago she fell off her shelf and decapitated herself (ala Marie Antoinette).

I had the ceramic sugar skull for a few years, it had broken off a dish that my younger daughter gave me.
And the colours of skull and lady were an absolute perfect match.

She makes a fantastic addition to my Mexicolor bathroom!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

All the Way from Japan

A dear friend spent the last month cruising around Japan, and brought back this very special gift for me.

It has my name in kangi  and also says "Good Health".

 I'm quite touched by her thoughtfulness and have displayed this by a window in my bedroom where I'll see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Super Moon - Super Low Tide

Last Sunday morning we got up very early
 and went up to Cayucos to see the lowest tide of the year.
Caused by the Super Moon - -7.3!!

 We saw areas of the beach that have always been under water.  

Margot captured these cool trails though the damp sand,

 and these really large sea anemones, using her iPhone.

Interestingly enough the beach was almost pristine, other than seaweed and a few jelly fish, very little to see and/or gather - I did pick up enough for this small vignette of beach life.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life on the Coast

Every time on our way down to LA we pass this tree full of cormorants, just south of Montecito.  Traffic was slow last week and I was able to grab this shot as we drove by.

Friday, July 11, 2014

From the Bookshelf


For all of us that loved Diehn's The Decorated Page, this second volume is a must have as well.
The first book is what got me started art journaling ten years ago this summer, and I've never looked back.  If you're not familiar with these books, get copies now - you won't be disappointed!  Highly, highly recommended. Great techniques, great ideas, and eye candy to the max.

From Amazon website - This follow-up to the highly popular Decorated Page offers even more great ideas for beautifying a journal, more breathtaking photos to inspire, and more smart (and simple) ways to endow even the artistically timid with confidence. It simply brims with suggestions and instructions. Find out about the wealth of contemporary supplies, from papers and adhesives to paints, pens, and pastels. See how to create the actual journal from scratch, including a quick-to-complete Three Minute Pamphlet. Use the tips for customizing a store-bought book that could use a little flair. Build layered pages, take advantage of the creative potential of transparencies, and more.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bathroom Decor!

My friend Destiny asked if I could make a couple of  stenciled spray paint panels to go in her bathroom.
She wanted rays (from Stencil Girl),  punchinella chevrons and blues and yellows.

Here's what I came up with and she was pleased!