Sea Sponge and Grunge Board and Gesso– Oh My!

My Happy Accident

Ever stayed up until 2 a.m. and then looked down at the canvas you have been working on and think….”I don’t think I like it!!” This is what happened and why you don’t have a post to read until now. Completely irritated and getting ready to throw a tantrum I grabbed me some sea sponge, some grunge board and my gesso. I actually kinda dig the end result so I thought I would share the pic and the how-to. Completely denying that it was a happy accident and I don’t know if I can replicate the inky thing again.

I took a sea sponge (no not the one that wears boxer shorts and lives in a pineapple under the sea) and some titanium white acryllic or some white gesso. I dampen the sponge and then dab it into the paint and then onto the canvas. Dab right over the artwork that you are no longer in love with. This is hard for some of us because of our over-achiever-I-can’t-admit-I-just-spent-all-that-time-makin-this-and-now-I-am-going-to-cover-it-up — mentality. But put on your big girl panties and do it. You might just like the covered up version more. I used a baby-wipe to wipe off some of the gesso and then added diluted water colors in her skirt and accents like colored little buttons and brightly colored do- dads. I just noticed that I have used a ton of dashes (-) in this post. Don’t know why – just did.

This look (the canvas, not the dashes) isn’t for everyone but it kind of works. I enjoy the posture and the possibilities of this piece and I think that the whited out paint and the faded sweet colors adds to that.

Hope you like it. Remember to make time everyday to make some inky art. Dab it, drip it or stamp it! Our journey continues and your taking the time to read this is appreciated. A big thank you to those of you who pinned me to Pinterest Boards too. Love It!!!



Day 3 Was Three Days


I spent time up at my favorite altered art store in Twin Falls called “Girlfriends” this weekend.  I made this cute project designed by Wendy Vecchi.  (it is the pic below this post)  I love her new “arts parts” product.  Mixing that with the Ranger inks and the Studio 490 stamps that she has designed you can’t miss.

A big inky thank you  to Michelle and Lisa and their amazing store.  It is the perfect place to MAKE ART!!!!!  When I dream, I dream of owning an altered art store and in my dreams it looks exactly (okay not exactly but pretty darn close) to Girlfriends.  Basically what I am saying is that I love me some Girlfriends at the shop Girlfriends.

Thanks to those of you who are checking in to read this and leave comments.  Mostly right now that means my friends and family but I totally think that counts.  You can’t imagine how fun it is to look and see that someone has bothered to take the time to read what you have written down.  A big inky hug for you guys.

I thought I’d show you guys the project that I am working on now for a boutique in Pocatello.  She is the picture on the top of this post.   I am calling her “Orange Blossom.”   Hope you have a great day and remember to make time to make art every day and make it inky!!!!