Inspiration from others

Hello all,

Today I am sharing a Mixed Media Painting that I completed on an 11″ x 14″ x .5″ canvas.  I was inspired by a piece (Spare Parts #2) done by Betty Franks Krause that I had seen on Pinterest. I really love the colors, texture and layout of Betty’s piece and thought I would use this as inspiration, while putting my own spin on it.

Mixed media Balance

I am not sure if it holds up to Betty’s original piece however, I am pleased with how it turned out.  For the circles, I used large wooden beads that I recycled from a piece of junk jewelry.  I also added texture by applying texture paste over drywall tape as well as a base of modeling paste randomly spread across the canvas.  And, of course, I had to add a few stamped images (script stamp and crackle background stamp) to create additional interest.

So, a big thank you to Betty Franks Krause for the inspiration today.  I hope that one day my art can be an inspiration to others as well.


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics & varnishes
  • DecoArt Modeling Paste
  • Junk Jewelry
  • Drywall Tape
  • Ranger Texture Paste and Archival Ink
  • Book text
  • Stamps by The Angel Company

Happy Day!








Published – Just Steampunk! Vol. 11, 2018

Hello all,

I am super excited to announce that you will find one of my pieces in Vol. 11, 2018 of the  “Just Steampunk!” js01-vol11Magazine (published by Scott Publications).

Just meander on over to page 79 and you will see the steampunk piece (also shown below) that I created on a 5″ x 7″ flat panel canvas.

It is always such a pleasure to see your artwork in a publication, a big thanks to Scott Publications!


Mixed Media Steampunk Just SP Entry 1 10.17.17 sm


Key Elements:
  • Texture paste applied through a stencil
  • Paint brush used as focal point.
  • Gears and other Steampunk style embellishments.
  • Acrylic paints and sprays
  • Paint splatters and splashes
  • Rust Effects paste
  • General Hardware Store Paint Brush
  • Artist’s Loft 5″ x 7″ Flat Panel Canvas
  • Anklet DIY Feather and Wing Punk metal embellishments
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments, Stars
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Heirloom, Roses
  • 7 Gypsies Display Trim
  • Recollections Metal Corners
  • The Crafters Workshop Stencil TCW494
  • Prima Marketing Tiny Junkyard Findings
  • Aoken Metal Steampunk Jewelry Making Charms
  • Momenta Metal Stickers
  • Watch Parts
  • Craftsmart Acrylic Paint: Dark Taupe, Sea Mist Pearl, Indigo
  • DecoArt Metallics; Worn Penny, Peacock Pearl
  • Woodpile wood keys
  • Pepperlonely metal charms
  • Finnabair Art Extravegance Rust Effect Paste
  • Golden Gloss Glazing Liquid
  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso
  • Artist’s Loft Mars Black Acrylic Paint
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pen, Dark Sepia 175

Happy Day!



Mixed Media – Good Days

Hello all,

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I am slowly building up my own line of rubber stamps.  I have a couple of images so far and have had them created into a rubber stamp for my personal use.  This is such an exciting adventure.  I realize that it may take me years to grow to where I would like to be and that is why I am enjoying the small moments.  The latest, is the new stamp designed from a sketch I made of a flower.

Sketchy Flower promo w overlay

From sketch to rubber stamp to stamped image; I am loving this new design.  I do have a fondness for flowers.  Below is a 4″x 6″ flat panel canvas that I made with this new stamp.

Mixed Media 4x6 flat canvas good days 4.14.18

Another cool things is that you can purchase this image as a digital download right now! Just click on the “All Downloads” page from my blog menu to check out this image as well as the Art Nouveau Dragonfly image (that is available as well).

Materials used:

  • Faber-Castell Gelatos
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Texture Medium
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Americana Premium White Gesso
  • DecoArt Shimmer Mist, White
  • Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Collection, Ledger Script
  • Ranger Inks
  • Lori’s Cards & Creations, Sketchy Flower
  • Bubble wrap & drywall tape

Product links:

The “Good Days’ saying was cut from book print, I thought it was a good phrase for my feelings for the day!

Hope you are all having “Good Days” as well!

Happy day,




Workshop @ Let’s Create Expo

The Let’s Create Expo is just a few weeks away! I would love to see you at my Mixed Media Art Journaling class on April 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Here is a sneak peek of the art journal page that we will make in class:

We have two great sponsors for this class: DecoArt and Club Scrap.

You are going to walk away with a lot of really great stuff in addition to a completed art journal page.

Click on the link below to register for this workshop:


Happy day!



Steampunk Globe

Hello all,

Spending some time on a Friday night catching up on my business paperwork and blog posts.  I wanted to share with you this Steampunk Globe project that I completed a few days ago.  I started with one of those home decor balls (that I found on discount at Tuesday Morning).  I then covered it with paper mache to give it some texture and a surface that would hold onto paint and collage material.  It worked really well and it was fun to play with paper mache and get all messy.  Made me feel like a kid again!  lol

When the paper mache had dried, I covered the globe with Decou-page paper (with a map print) and then grundged it up with some black paint.  After that it was all about assembling the chicken wire, gears, chain and other steampunky do dads into a flow and pattern that I liked.  Prior to adhering all of the steampunk elements, I distressed them with a rust medium.  The entire piece was then covered with a matte medium.

The globe is setting in a vintage metal decor piece that I picked at my local vintage thrift store.  It was already in a rusted state and worked great as the base for the globe.   A lot of the elements used on this project are reuse items like junk jewelry and old locks and keys.  I really love to bring elements of old and new into a piece!


  • Round ball for base.
  • Paper Mache (newsprint dipped in concoction of glue, white acrylic paint, flour and water)
  • DecoArt Americana Decou-page Paper – Olde World
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint – Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Gears, Beads, and other steampunk themed elements. (forgot to write down all of the specifics here while I was working on the project – Oops)
  • Reuse items: chicken wire, lock, key, and junk jewelry items
  • Finnibair Art Extravangance – Rust Effect Paste

Product Links:

This project is also being shared on the Creative Artiste Mixed Media blog in participation of their Challenge #37.

Check out their Blog:  http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com/

Hope you all have a terrific weekend!

Happy day!