Let me off the grid! A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

Saturday, March 31, 2012


I finally managed to get the Facebook link to appear (and work) on here.  A small triumph that sucked up entirely too much of my time.  But at least I am creeping into the 21st century.  Please celebrate my victory and visit my Facebook page :)

Friday, March 30, 2012


Technology is oh, so frustrating to me.  I finally found where to get the Facebook button, but now I can't get it to appear on my blog.  Sigh.  Well, if any of you want to visit my page, you can do it this way: .  And I'll keep working on getting the magic button to appear.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Button, button...

At the urging of several friends, I have given in and created a Facebook page to "advertise" the classes I'm teaching at the gallery.  I am such a technofeeb and this was an enormous time-suck, but at last I have finished the odious task and now at least have the class list and a few pictures posted.  Does anyone know where to get the Facebook "button" so it looks nicer on my blog?  The "Facebook" thing looks kind of dorky.  But then, I'm feeling kind of dorky, so maybe it fits...

Monday, March 26, 2012


My latest canvas.
The background is layered acrylic with rinse aid dripped on.  After the paint dries, you wipe the rinse aid off with baby wipes.  Makes for an interesting look...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A New Canvas

Yep.  Here it is.  Something new to hang on "THE WALL"...

Friday, March 16, 2012


Here is my first mixed media piece on a canvas.  It was a little strange to work on, as I have only worked on paper.  I'm not used to doing anything so large.  I'm not sure how I feel about it.  I just hope it's not embarrassingly bad.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gypsy Spread

Here is the latest in the altered book I'm working on:
This was a lot of fun, but not without its problems.  I had originally made a gel transfer where the woman's image is, but the transfer was too dark for the background and didn't show.  I pulled it off and was left with an ugly spot, which I covered with gesso and the picture.  Then I covered it with more blue paint and wiped off the excess so she'd show through.

The cards are taken from an assortment of old Tarot decks and Loteria cards - crinkled, crumpled, smeared and smudged for age.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dragon Spread

Here is a start-to-finish of the dragon spread in the altered book I'm currently working on:

The dragon skin in the pocket is made from Tyvek, the stuff that priority mail envelopes is made of. 
More fun stuff to come...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A New Arrival

I'm so excited!  Look what arrived today:
It's an Underwood Olivetti 44 that I got from Ebay for $51.  And that is an incredible deal, folks.  I know, because I've been researching manual typewriters for a while and these suckers are outrageously expensive (like $400 - $700).  I was explaining it to my daughter and how we used these all the time.  She is fascinated.  I'd forgotten how much strength it requires to type on a manual typewriter!  There's even a "cents" key.  And you have to create your own exclamation mark using an apostrophe and a period.  So much fun!


I've been gessoing journal pages.  I find this a tedious process.  It takes up so much space, there is waiting, waiting, waiting for pages to dry before you can turn them to do the other side, and then the process repeats itself in a seemingly unending cycle.  Well, not unending, because eventually I can't stand it anymore and I stop.  I wish stuff would just gesso itself while I'm away at school.  Then I could come home and paint on it...

Here's the latest spread in my upcycled journal:
I kind of like it.