Art Now for Autism

art now for autism

What a wonderful cause…. Perhaps you’d also like to donate art?


Today I was working on a background sheet and stamping with bleach. Not a new technique to me… Once I stamped my stamp into the liquid bleach, I’d stamp it on the black card stock (SU) and watch the action take place.  To speed up the drying, I used my heat gun so I could get on to the next step…..  Coloring it….

I used various items…..  Pigment ink, Dyes and Chalks. I then splattered it with watered down white acrylic paint.   I liked the effect but later in the day I wanted the same look but much more subtle.


WAAAA LAAAA…..   this is my experiment:  which took up a lot less time as well…..  no coloring in the lines…..just get your fingers into it….. and get busy. 

I took chalks in many colors and rubbed them onto my black cardstock (SU) using my index finger.  I then stamped the stamps into the bleach and stamped them onto the sheet.  If you notice, instead of the paper turning “brown” it removed the chalk in the areas I stamped in.   To speed up drying, I again used the heat gun….. I then splattered the piece with watered down white acrylic paint.  I love the look, what do you think?

Gum Arabic Transfers

I have been through hell trying to get a good transfer.  I’ve tried the following techniques: Ink Jet, Laser, Color Copier, Transparencies as well… I’ve tried Acetone, Gin, Gel Medium, Transfer It to name a few.  I can’t tell you how much money I have spent in the process… between purchasing different products, different types of paper, and Tylenol to take care of my head-aches in the process.Tonight I began to straighten out one of my shelves in my “Craft Closet” and came across a bottle of Gum Arabic. I’m sure like you, you find things in your stash that you have no clue what you bought it for.  You just know “you had to have it”.   I sat there for a few minutes dumb founded…. Now what did I purchase this for?   Then it hit me… I read somewhere a long time ago that some use it for transfers.  OK…. I have a full bottle of Tylenol and several pages of Ink Jet and Laser Printed images…..   I figured I’d try the pictures I printed on regular typing paper on my Lexmark printer.  Nothing fancy, no special ink…. just cheap prints from my home computer. Here are the steps I took.

1. Printed images on plain copy paper

2. Tore pictures from the paper to have irregular edges

3. Painted Gum Arabic on the torn out image

4. Turned the image over and pressed down onto my clay coated ATC card  (I tried this on other papers as well)

5. Make sure you press the image down and brayer or rub it down really well to assure it is adhered in all areas. (Make sure your image doesn’t wiggle around)

6. If you have patience, wait for it to dry.  If not, use a heat gun to dry the image.  (I’m impatient)

7. Rub paper with water and rub until you see your image clearly.

Here is a copy of the first 3 I did tonight.  They are in different stages and are not complete but I wanted to share this will you all tonight while I was in the process of doing them.

Gum Arabic Transfers

Day Off!

Yesterday was a holiday and I had the day off.  Hubby was working, my younger daughter was in DC at school and my older daughter was working as well….. Hmmmm…. what’s a girl to do?

I KNOW… I KNOW…  I’ll take a mental health day and spend it on “ME”…..  I woke up at 8:15 am and got cranky with myself.  Now why would I want to be awake this early on a day off? It was grey and rainy out so I quickly talked myself into going back to bed.  Trust me, I didn’t have to twist my own arm…. before I knew it, I was under the covers and off to la la land again.

I must have needed it… I didn’t awake again until 1:00 pm   WOWOWOWOWOW… what a treat!!  I never sleep more than 6 – 7 hours a night.  I was THRILLED to say the least.

Soon I shuffled myself into my “Closet Studio” to play, putz and pick up.  I didn’t get much accomplished in any department but I did manage to make another ATC. (Picture Below)  I also made a dozen or so various backgrounds using an assortment of techniques.  I was happy as a lark… it didn’t matter to me that I didn’t do much, I was doing just what I wanted to do. 

 I look forward to another one of these days!!! 


Manic Monday


Not much going on…. I’ve finally had time to get into my “CRAFT CLOSET” and play around for a few hours over the weekend.  I belong to several artists groups on Yahoo…. one of which is “Artists of the Round Table”.  We are working on creating ATC’s using different techniques from Berie Berlin’s book.  I’m enjoying the process and really appreciate the fact that I have to be more disciplined in this workshop.  Here are some of the projects I’ve worked on so far.



Recently I was approached by an “ETSY BLOGGER”….. Kae asked if I would be her first interviewee… as you can probably guess, I was very excited she asked ME!  I mean really…. there are soooo many wonderful etsy artists out there….  But she picked ME……   If you are interested in reading the interview just click here: http://kae1crafts.blogspot.com/

While there, take a peek at Kae’s blog as well!!

Tag Book

Here’s a peek at the Tag Book I created for one of the art groups I belong to.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Artists_Circle/  It was a lot of fun going from step one, two…. three….. etc…  

I really enjoyed the process of this one.
I made it with everything that means something to “ME” rather than just going with the flow of anything else.
This one spoke to me and I spoke back filling it with things tucked in that meant a whole lot to me.
“Front Cover” Me, always and forever looking after my family.
“Grown with love”  My children growing into beautiful flowers with never ending nurturing and love.
“Butterflies” as my daughters have grown their beautiful own wings and are gliding through life.
“EXPRESS”  for American sign language (One of my daughters is deaf)
“Immensely Strong” with the tree……  Our family roots and ties are immensely strong and bond us forever.
“Vintage Music Sheets” because I absolutely love music.