Monday, March 31, 2014

March Creative Dare with Tracy Weinzapfel - I am

Today, I am sharing my Creative Dare for March. Each month, Tracy challenges her Mixed Media Monday group to a creative dare. It is just a way to keep us all creating and thinking outside our comfort zone. I have been way stressed out lately and creativity has not really been flowing, but I sat down and finally got to my March Challenge. It was really good to get messy and just be ME. (Even if I had to dust off a few things in the studio to do it.)

I am ..... ME
(Love, Honesty, Faith, Friendship, Happiness, and yes CHAOS)

You can check out more about Tracy's March Creative Dare at:

Come join in the fun with us!!
Get messy!! Br creative!! And live outside your comfort zone!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mixed Media Monday's with Tracy Weinzapfel

What do I do on Monday nights?

Monday's are my favorite day of the week,
and it is all because of what I do on Monday nights. 

I spend my Monday nights with a bunch of close friends. We watch Tracy Weinzapfel as she paints LIVE on Ustream, learn about new techniques and products, and chat about art and life.  Over the years, this group has grown from just a few to over 750. As we have shared our art and lives with each other, we have become a small community who cares deeply for each others.

Each week, Tracy inspires us to live outside our comfort zone and create every day. She does this with an absolutely genuine heart and a sense of humor that is infectious. She has taught us that everyone makes mistakes, that mistakes are just opportunities to grow and learn, and that everyone can be an artist. Never be afraid to try!!

Personally, Tracy has helped me be ME and not hide that person deep inside. She challenges me both artistically and personally. She has helped me through artistic slumps and life's little bumps in the road. Her motto is, "What you see is what you get". That is 100% true. Tracy couldn't be fake if she tried. It is just not in her nature.

If you are looking for a place where you can share your art, learn about techniques, and truly just have an ENORMOUS amount of fun, then please join us on Monday Night's. It is an unscripted, hilarious, educational, and fun time to hang out with friends.

You can find us on Ustream at:

All past videos, can be viewed at:

Come join the fun!! I promise, you will not be disappointed!!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I'm Back!!! And I have a 2014 Word of the year

Ok guys, first I need to apologize for completely disappearing. In October 2013, about the time of my last post, my husband was offered a job transfer with his company. It meant moving across the country in a very short time period. It was something will really wanted, and we went for it. So, as of New Year's Eve, we now live half way across the country. No more snow, and much warmer weather. Woohoo!!!

I was challenged by my dear friend Tracy Weinzapfel, to choose a word for 2014.
Last year, I chose "Believe", and it really did guide my ups and downs of 2013. This year, I have chosen "Joy". I am going to try to not sweat the small stuff, stress less, and just choose "Joy" instead.

Life has been a little hectic over the last four months. Tracy, has been a wonderful confidant that helped me constantly to remember that eventually the move would be over and life would be great. So, because of YOU, my wonderful friend, "Joy" guides me. Thank you for always being such a dear friend.

Have you chosen a word for 2014? You do not have to be an artist to choose a word. You could simply just pick a word and write it on a post it note. Hang it on your bathroom mirror or the fridge. Do it!! And see if it helps you this year. It works for me!

The painting was done using a page I cut out of my Strathmore 6x18 Watercolor Notebook. I just rip the page out and then cut the jagged edge off the top. By doing this, you can easily frame your artwork instead of just leaving it in a notebook.

Supplies used:
Liquitex Gesso
DecoArts Americana Gloss Enamel
- Indian Turquoise
- Bright Orange
- Primary Yellow
- Avocado
DecoArts Dazzling Metallics
- Bronze
Thin Sharpie Marker
Ranger Distress Ink - Mowed Grass
Ranger Archival Ink - Brown

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boo!! Halloween Deco Arts Canvas

As many of my friends know, I absolutely LOVE Halloween. It is tied with Christmas for BEST holiday in my book. That fact was in my head after I was named a Deco Art Blogger. What can I do for Halloween??

I decided on a canvas, and thankfully Deco Art thought it was a good idea.
Here is what I designed with the products they sent me:

I had so much fun just letting go and painting this canvas.

Supplies Used:
  1. Tear tissue paper into random pieces and crumple up to make it wrinkly.

  2. Decou-Page tissue paper to front of 12x12 black canvas. Let dry.
  3. Squirt both oranges and white paint on front of canvas and blend together.
  4. While canvas is still wet - draw a spooky tree with the end of a paint brush. Dry.
  5. Paint entire canvas with Glow in the dark paint. (After all of the other painting this does not glow a whole lot, but it does shine a little in the dark)
  6. Paint spooky tree over etched tree. Dry.
  7. Darken edges of canvas with more black and add white and black sprays of paint all over front of canvas.
  8. When completely dry seal with gloss sealer.
I think my first attempt at a spooky tree was pretty successful. I love that it is obviously a Halloween canvas, but without the overt Halloween symbols like a pumpkin or witch.

A bonus Behind The Scenes shot of me, a mom, trying to take photos on a Midwest gloomy day. (Notice the kids poptarts left out beyond my backdrop? LOL)

Well, I hope you enjoyed my take on a Halloween canvas. Please everyone have a safe, creative, fun, and spooky Halloween week.