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.

Apr 22, 2015

Fly Away

The prompt for April 2014 ATCs was "Fly Away" which gave me many ideas, all of them very representational.  I have a hard time with abstract.  I thought of anything that flies, and remembered I had a really nice bumblebee screen to use.  I stenciled some gold paper with a cool honeycomb pattern, dotted it, sprayed with some paint to look like "bee dust", and stenciled the bee on.

Then I heated up some beeswax in a pan and dipped the cards in the wax.  I love the softness of encaustics, and this quickie method gave the cards a nice cover.  I am a messy worker and I got wax everywhere!  This weekend I am taking a two day workshop at Art-Is-You on working with paper and encaustic, so I hope to learn lots of techniques.

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