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  1. Recent Class Project

    November 29, 2011 by Administrator

    I’ll take time to enjoy the upcoming cold nights with a cup of tea in a hand painted coffee mug. The warm brown, limited pallet, was chosen to match my new kitchen decor. (I am still working on my kitchen face lift.) The mugs were a Dollar Tree find and the paint was Plaid Folk Art Enamels.

  2. Simple One Stroke Greeting Cards

    July 7, 2011 by Administrator

    Simple One Stroke Greeting Cards

    These simple greeting cards were painted on watercolor paper using Plaid Folk Art paints.

    The background is painted first.  I used a dampened brush to slightly wet the paper.  I added the muted stripes of bright color allowing the colors to bleed.

    The vines, ferns and leaves were painted after the background dried. The foreground plants were painted using black/licorice paint and floating medium together on the brush.

    For more information about One-Stroke painting check out:




  3. Important info for bargain hunters…..

    May 28, 2011 by Administrator

    If you live in Lower Michigan I have a couple of bargain hunting tips for you!


    The first one is the O’Leary paint store in Lansing, Michigan, 300 East Oakland. All year in the back room of this main store location there is a bargain barn that is open to the public.  The bargain barn carries closeout art, scrap booking and craft supplies at great prices.

    And better yet, O’Leary’s has its annual warehouse sale on June 10, 2011 – 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Oakland Street Store. Last year there was a line at 7:30 AM  waiting out side the store.  I have attended this annual sale every year for at least 5 years.  There are many wonderful bargains but you must come early because there are limited quantities of everything. For more info call O’Leary’s at 517 487-2066.

    For more feel good bargain hunting in Lansing you must check out the Creation Station, 200 Museum Drive. The Creation Station is a non-profit volunteer group which takes donation of items from industry and individuals to be used by crafters, artist, teachers, scouts, churches and any other creative types. “A destination for people with imagination, a community outlet to reduce, reuse and recycle. ”

    Shopping at the Creation Station you are getting great bargains and at the same time keeping good usable items out of the landfill.  I have routinely found many wonderful items at the Creation Station including beads, quilting fabric, yarns, paints and painting surfaces.  Most items are priced $5 or $6 for a grocery bag full.  Sadly the Creation Station is only open on Thursdays and Saturdays.  It is staffed by volunteers so call ahead to double check the hours, 517 371-2451.

    I am looking for an architectural salvage store in Lower Michigan – Let me know if you have found one! I would think that would be a great place to find painting surfaces.

    I would love to hear from you. Please post your favorite bargain hunting locations here.

    Happy bargain hunting!





  4. Didn’t make it to the Art Fair!

    May 21, 2011 by Administrator

    I headed out to the East Lansing Art Fair.  Well we spent all of our time at the Craft Fair at MSU.  It was well worth the trip!



    So much creativity.

    The happening things seem to be…..


    Lawn ornaments

    Glassware ornaments

    Anything Pink

    Capes, shawls and scarves


  5. I heart graffiti!

    by Administrator

    I just love graffiti. These pics are from a legal graffiti wall in our area. It was starting to rain so I had to take pictures from the car.

    The creativity and the colors are always great. I would love to get that feel in my work!

  6. Altered T Shirt

    May 20, 2011 by Administrator

  7. Primitive Dolls

    May 6, 2011 by Administrator




    I had so much fun making these dolls.  These are very rough cut designs with no patterns and all hand sewn. I was surprised  how quickly I could make one.  I loved playing around with fabric selections from my stash.

    I think I will break out my sewing machine and make more polished versions of these dolls.

  8. Bargain Crafting

    January 25, 2011 by Administrator

    Alternative Painting Resources

    Learning to paint on a budget? Try these resources.

    1. Check out for used painting books and DVD’s.

    I find many DVD’s and painting books on EBAY at good prices.

    2. Check your local library for painting instruction materials.

    Some local library take suggestions for acquisitions. If the selection of painting instructional materials is poor or outdated, ask for more current materials.

    3. Check your local used book store or flea market for instruction books and supplies.

    Flea markets many times have artists and crafters who are selling their wares. Many time these artists are also selling surplus supplies, materials and resources.

    4. Try a building salvage store for painting surfaces.

    Old cast off windows or doors make great large painting surfaces.

    5. Try a government surplus store for surfaces.

    I found cheap cast off cafeteria dishes at the local university surplus store. The dishes made great glass surfaces.

    6. Record your favorite painting show for later review.

    If you get painting instruction television shows in you area, record the show for reviewing later. You may learn something new each time you watch.

    7. Find a painting club or art guild in your area.

    You can learn a lot from other painters. Plus, you may make some great new friends. Some guilds or clubs have a lending library for instruction materials.

    8. Recycle, reuse and be creative.

    Look at everything before you throw it away to see the creative potential.