Saturday, August 9, 2014


The Imaginarium - Anthologies of an Art Doll, this is what I have been up to since July 16th. I had the opportunity to attend this fabulous Art Doll workshop over at Artful Gathering with instructor Mary Jane Chadbourne. This workshop has kept  me super busy along with my work, my shops, family and other commitments, but I wouldn't have missed a minute of it. There a couple more weeks of the workshop left  and it will end on August 26th.

I have to say this has been the best workshop I have ever attended. I have met so many sweet inspiring art friends and enjoyed the workshop with friends I already new and had the opportunity to see more of their work. Mary Jane is a super instructor, very talented and very easy to follow. If you haven't seen her art dolls, then you must journey on over to her Etsy shop, Desert Dream Studio and see a few that she has recently listed, but you will have to hurry, her dolls sell super fast!

I have always loved her work, and now that I am making these dolls myself, I have a much greater appreciation for the work and amount of time that goes into these creative creatures!  I have made some doll assemblages of my own in the past which is what inspired me to take Mary Jane's workshop. I am so glad that I did. all the dolls that have been created by different artists there have been so inspiring and I have learned so many new techniques and how to properly apply them. Mary Jane has been a great instructor and makes everything easy and fun. Through her inspiration and knowledge, I have completed these 7 dolls and before each one was completed, I was already dreaming up another one. 

 There are the first three dolls I completed. Each doll is made of wood and stands up to 13" tall (some are shorter) with base of 4" x 2.25" deep.

                                                 "We are each of us Angels" 

                                                             Back side
                                          "I dreamt I was a Soul"

                                                             DREAM MACHINE

                                                                   Back Side
                                           "Let us Dream of Evanescense 
                  And Linger in The Beautiful Foolishness of Things"


Not one of the dolls I made turned out the way I started with them. They all seem to take a personality all their own.

And here are the last four I completed. I probably would still be making them except I have run out of parts!

 By my fourth doll, I became a little braver in my assemblage and I thought this one needed a door on front since she had a cut out in the middle.

 When you open the door, you see the word "HEAVEN". One side of the door says: "Come In"
The other side of the door says: "Open to All". 

                   This is the back side of the doll, I love creating the backs as well as the fronts

 This is my favorite part of the doll, which I knew I had to have when I saw this little lantern at Michael's and it also came with a little battery pack, so there is no plug in required.

                                "WE WILL BE ALRIGHT"  IS Doll # 4

                  "ADVENTURE"  "UNTIE YOUR WINGS"    ....   is doll # 5

                                                                                         "FOREST FAIRY" my doll # 6

I sculpted this doll's face from clay, which was one of our lesson's in the workshop. Her branches that I added to her crown are also from paper clay.

 "She loved watching it. And Suddenly she knew some-thing. And it made her feel wonderful, about Life itself."
                                                                      "LOVE YOU MADLY"
                     (I loved using the vintage door knob and the ceramic doll hands)

                                          "COUNT THE HAPPIES"     

             For Doll #7 I decided on a CLOWN......      "LIFE IS GOOD" 

I was pretty happy with how her painted face turned out since I have never really painted a clown before.

 I did something a little different with this doll... for the back side, I created another doll, just a little different than the front side.  I used vintage monopoly playing pieces on her head and her juggling balls are copper wire and beads.

The last part of the workshop, I will be working on some Block Dolls and some Artist Trading Blocks. You will have to visit again to see what I learned to do with those.

If you have the opportunity next year to attend a workshop at Artful Gathering, doing something you love or trying your hand at something new, take the time for yourself and do it, I promise that you will be so glad that you did.

Stay Inspired!

Monday, July 21, 2014


July has brought unusually nice weather and a new artist inspiration for the Magical Journal Journeys. The artist that Maggie chose for her journal was Jose Manuel Merello. Working in the style of this artist was very calming for me even though his work seems to portray abstract chaos. Merello's style is Mediterranean and Spanish. I was drawn to his work by the use of  his bold and bright colors. Below are the two pages (actually four back and front) that I created for Maggie's Journal  - Merello.

                                                The cover of Maggie's Journal

I folded a 9 X 12 heavy weight watercolor paper in half to make 4 pages back and front

                                                          My second page

My third page... I even took the liberties of signing my name just like Merello with line underneath it.

This was my last page and quite honestly, I could have kept painting Merello all day long!

Thanks Maggie for choosing such an inspiring artist to me, it was great fun working in your journal this year!

The next journal coming my way the end of July is Georgia O'Keeffe. Gemma chose the artist O'Keeffe and 
I can't wait to show you the pages I created for Gemma. Yes, I already completed them, one because I absolutely adore O'Keeffe and the other because I will be in the Artful Gathering Art Doll Class the next few weeks with Mary Jane Chadbourne and I plan to be busy creating some fabulous dolls! Stay tune for Georgia O'Keeffe pages soon and I will also be sharing what's going on at Artful Gathering!


Sunday, June 29, 2014


Amedeo Modigliani or "Modi" as he was known by his friends in the day was the artist of choice for the journal chosen by Lisa Priti. I learned a lot about his artist while studying his paintings and his particular style.
His paintings were odd and quirky of perhaps normal folks with distorted faces. He also painted nudes.
Amedeo Modigliani led a party style life, drinking, drugs and often trading his paintings for his passions of choice. This type of life enabled him to keep his dying health a secret from the public, who would have shunned him if they had known that he was suffering from TB.

Modigliani was known to have a huge rival with Picasso and Amedeo died 50 years prior to Picasso's death at the very young age of 35. I found it so interesting that on Picasso's death bed before he died, he whispered  the name "Amedeo".

Now for my pages... oh my, I thought they would be so easy. because his work seemed to have such a simplistic feel to it and the faces are so distorted. "WRONG".  I actually struggled more with this artist than any so far. Several times, I started completely over and felt like a writer with writer's block. Twice I managed pages I loved and then completely ruined them as I began painting the faces. Again, it was, "Can I get this in the trash can from here in one shot". 

                                                 AMEDEO means "Loved by GOD"

                                     Lisa loves quotes, I had to add quotes by Modigliani

         On the right, the wording doesn't show good here, much better in person.

          "We have a secret Modigliani and me, and no one knows it but the Sweet Cherry Tree"

I am not a person to give up, but clearly, this artist was a big challenge for me and I am one who loves a challenge. Next on my bucket list is conquering the technique of painting faces. One of the very things that I truly admire about Lisa Priti's work, she does faces so well. 

Amedeo Modigliana's work was inspiring to me and it does not surprise me that Priti Lisa chose this artist.
Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to work in your journal again and for inspiring me to LEAP!


Saturday, June 28, 2014


Every time I give a gift card, I always decorate an envelope for it.  I've had so many requests for them that I decided to make some "gift card" envelopes. They are perfect for all gift cards, ACEO trading cards, photos, money holders, special tickets, and even letters or notes.

This is also my submission for Inspiration Avenue this week. They are having a show and tell.

These were great fun to make and great for a variety of uses. Below are some of the results!
They are offered for sale in my IMGIRL Etsy shop for $4.50 each.

























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