Summer blog recap!

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Art-wise I am currently in the middle of a few projects, that are not ready to share. Life-wise, I am busy. Let’s be real, summer is a balancing act!

So, I thought this week I would share a few favorite blog posts to celebrate my run of posting weekly blogs since February 2018! That’s a lot of content… Let’s review…

First off, I had a great 100 Day Project this year and while I’m still working at it, I posted about it here with a link to a video about my process. I also have some of the work in my shop.

I really enjoyed making a Space Zine in December 2018 and shared a flip through that month.

#carvedecember is always a fun project that I’ve completed for the past few years. I shared some stamps in this blog from December.

My Labyrinth Journal was a very special project and I shared a flip through here.

I loved my little Season of Ubuntu journal and shared the flip through here.

Oh, also I forgot about these oil pastel sketches I did last year. Loved those! They inspired some of my current oil paintings which I posted in my painting portfolio.

Plus, I have a few free online tutorials to help you all get started with making some art of your own.

I hope you will scroll through these links and check out some of my other content on my site!

In fact, by the end of August I plan to have a new collection of work ready to share. Please subscribe to my newsletter to get an announcement when that is ready to be released!

Happy Summer!

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Fabric Journal "Before" Video

I’m sharing a fabric journal I recently made over on my YouTube Channel this week.

I have had this stash of fabric sitting on my desk for a while now, and just didn’t want to get out the sewing machine. A few sewing projects piled up on my desk last week, so I finally got it stitched together. I see this book as just filled to the brim with stitches, ephemera, and other interesting trinkets over time. So this video is the “before” in a way. Added some talking to this one to add some detail about my process.

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Labyrinth Project - Journal Flip Thru

I am currently completing a project to design and create a walkable labyrinth for use by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Haverhill. In my process of learning about various type of labyrinth patterns, I began by sketching out ideas into a visual journal that I originally made in a class with Orly Avineri last fall.

This journal was so fun to work on - I love the mixed media aesthetic. In the journal, I carried through patterns, stamps, and owls. I am sharing the flip thru video this week!

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Enjoy the video below!

There are two upcoming important dates if you want to experience this project in person:

May 15, 7-9pm - The Haverhill Cultural Council is hosting a grantee reception (10 Welcome Street, Haverhill, MA). I will be there to share this journal and more about the process so far.

October 16, 7-8:30pm - Reverend Frank Clarkson, Bets Robertson, and I will be hosting a reception at UUCH, (15 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill, MA) with the finished labyrinth, a talk about the meaning of the labyrinth, and time for a walking meditation.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Accordion Journal Flip Thru

I made this accordion journal back in 2018 and loved the background so much, I thought I would never be able to cover it up. Basically, I took a large sheet of paper and painted, made marks, sprayed water, let it drip and dry and then did it all over again. It took on a weathered look with nuggets of good color, texture and pattern.

To make the book itself, I tore down the large sheet of paper (once painted) into three equal strips and carefully glued them together at the ends. Folded it up evenly as an accordion, and viola!

During this most recent Get Messy season (Season of Celebration) I picked up this little journal, and just didn’t put it down. Lots of mark making with Posca pens, watercolors, acrylic paint, stamping, and collage in here.

I shot a quick video and am sharing this week. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos!

Vlog #4 Elephant

Sharing my 4th Vlog posting of a painting in progress. This one is the elephant, which got a lot of positive feedback! I made a few versions in order to fill a few orders, so got the change to film the process. I have a version of this in my shop! Have a look!

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2018 Sketchbook Flip Thru

This week I am sharing a flip thru of a recent sketchbook I completed. I'm enjoying collaborating with Mike on these. He makes some instrumental music for me to lay down for the videos. This one has more talking than usual - sharing more about what and how I did some of the sketches. Lots of watercolor and some doodling too!

365 Project Vlog #2

I’m just getting warmed up with the vlogs and thought I would try another. Have a look at let me know what you think!

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365 Project VLOG #1 - Painted Bunting

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post I am doing a 365 day watercolor painting project. My goal is to get better at watercolor painting and really hone in on my style this year.

Since I am sitting down to paint just about every day, I thought maybe I could just leave my current video filming set-up ready to go and twice a month or so I will film my painting.

Here is the first, a painted bunting!

Music by Mike Bethmann (aka hubs)… he is also taking on the challenge to make two songs per month.

Right now this is just (sped-up) painting with music and no talking. I may add voice over chatty-ness eventually. I’d love to know what you think - do you prefer a chatty or non-chatty video? Email me or leave a comment below! Thanks!