Mixed Media Artist

About Me

San Leandro, California
I am a mostly retired Nurse who works enough to pay for a studio and art supplies. I have been making art all my life, with no formal degree-type training, beginning with sewing at an early age. I discovered the JOY of quilting when I realized how much I liked breaking rules and telling stories. Workshops in surface design and art quilting, mentoring and encouragement from quilt artists, discovering the magic of assemblage with found objects, has landed me right in the middle of a mixed media world of art. I have been making my art and keeping it mostly to myself, giving it away only when I felt it was safe to do so. Finally, I was convinced that in order to grow artistically, I had to open up my art world for others to see, to like or not, but to see. Please take a look. Any comments, suggestions are welcome.

Jan 25, 2014

Junk Mail

The Arts in the Cards Challenge for January was "Junk Mail", a great way to make something fun out of such an annoyance.  I'm kind of sick of seeing this gecko pass through my mail but decided to place him in a jungle setting instead of Australia.

My backgrounds were all collages of different sorts.  Some were fabric paper, some just paper, some postcard announcements for yet another Chinese restaurant opening in the neighborhood. I then cut and stamped out flowers and palmy-looking things, and added the gecko.

The back of the cards are the insides of return envelopes, which I have a hard time throwing out.  I love the little blue and grey patterns and use them for many things.  Glad to be able to use some of the window return envelopes too!

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