Tuesday, July 25, 2017


When I heard about a mixed media online class making an old Opera Interactive Theater, that got my attention, but when I heard that Heather Tracy with The Graphics Fairy would be head lining there, I knew I was in for a treat. I loved this class, it was fun, inspiring and challenging. I am always up for a good challenge. I learned some fun tricks from Heather, some new products and techniques and I had a blast creating this Theater. I wandered off the path a bit but Heather didn't mind that we did our own thing and that's always a good thing for me as my muse is always running full speed ahead of me!
Here are some of the pictures and if you ever get a chance to take mixed media classes, I highly recommend Heather. Taking on site or online classes is a gift I give to myself. It's always a good thing to spread your wings and I do it as often as I can. 

  Altered Boxes and books and lots of magical hiding places*
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What's an old theater and cobblestone alleyways without some little white mice lurking around...

Grand seating everywhere and The Opera House Theater Program with lots of pages, scenes and actors..

The props and original cast

Theater back drops for a new play... One that I just had to add...

The back stage door and a fancy Opera fan!
The closing curtain and a packed house!

Thanks for coming and I hope you enjoyed the show!

Saturday, July 15, 2017


I just fell in love with these Skinny Paintbrush dolls from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. There are two sizes available. The bigger size is an articulated art doll with arms and then this one which is skinnier without arms. I adore them both. Once I started making these, I couldn't stop. They make adorable gifts, hangers, ornaments, package decorations, and wall hangers. There is a hole at the top of the paintbrush in the back for hanging on the wall without adding a wire hanger. You can get the faces there as well and or molds to make your own faces. These will be listed in my Etsy shop today if you see one like!

1. Live today. Fly to Paris.

2. Darling, You are a work of Art.

3. JOY Make it Happen

4. All You Need is LOVE

5. LOVE with All Your  Heart

6. Everything Has Beauty

7. Go Where your Heart Takes You

8. Choose to Shine

9. Own Your Dreams

10. Make Today Count 

Thank you for stopping by to see some of my Studio Happenings! Happy Creating!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


If you haven't had a chance to play with the New Art Doll Paint Brushes over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, you need to get over there, you are missing out on some really creative fun! It is my turn to post as a Design Team Member for the month of July and I couldn't wait to play with one of these brushes. The brush I designed is the Medium Articulated Doll Paint Brush. It's going to be fun to see all the different designs created with these brushes. They can be hung on the wall, tied with ribbon, they make great studio signs, door hangers, gifts for your artistic friends, and ornaments, just to name a few!

I couldn't resist making this Day of The Dead Doll  after finding this Skull Paper Cut in my stash of faces!

I colored in parts of the face with markers and then added glued it to a thin piece of card board for extra stiffness. Before gluing the face to the body, I cut the ends off of some skewers I had and painted them white.
Then I took some Apoxie Sculpt and put on the top of the brush handle and added my skewers. Once that was dry, I glued on my face and added a butterfly and a paper flower that I painted over for a deeper color.  
On the body, I drew a skeleton before assembling my arms or gluing to the brush. I put some Gesso mixed with some molding paste into a needle nose syringe and drew in her fragile bones. Once dry, I painted the body white and then washed over it with a thinned coat of antiquing medium.
For the arms, I added a thin wire and two Skeleton Hand Charms (also from Retro). I did the same with them, painting them white and then using the antiquing medium when dry.

The heart is from Retro that I painted and glued on. The little metal faux screw is a separate piece glued on the heart. You don't have to paint the paper flowers like I did, but I only had one color so I coated them with Gesso, let them dry and then painted my colors on them which really made them nice and bright. I added the flowers to the base of the brush with clear adhesive and a metal Sun charm, then I lightly dry brushed the bristles with white paint.
As you can see, you can literally do anything to the body of these dolls, collage, paint, stencil, add embellishments, personalize with names, dates, and even use your own face for a fun quirky art doll. You get the idea, I love these paint brushes and if you check back soon, you will see some of the Skinny Doll Brushes I have in the works! 

I hope I have inspired you because I am just dying to see what you will create!


(or other clear strong glue)
Acrylic Paint
Aves Apoxie Sculpt
Wood Skewers 
Thin wire
Mini Paper Blooms