Cheese & Macaroni

I just wrapped up a printmaking class at the Des Moines Art Center. I’ve done relief printing most of my life, but wanted to dive deeper into other printmaking techniques. My new-found printmaking love is a modern lithography technique called pronto plate. The pronto plate is drawn on with Sharpie and then taped to aContinue reading “Cheese & Macaroni”

Winter Tabby

I don’t always remember to document the process of my art, but collage lends itself particularly well to this. I always have an image in my head when I begin an artwork. My perfectionism hinders my speed at times. For whatever reason, I find that collage is the media where the outcome most often matchesContinue reading “Winter Tabby”

Collage: Getting Started

Collage is one of those art forms that kids naturally understand.  As adults, I think it is best if we give them access to materials and then get out of the way.  However, as children spend more time practicing with collage, their work will become more sophisticated and they will need additional supports with materials,Continue reading “Collage: Getting Started”

Object Stamped (Wrapping) Paper

Object stamping is one of my favorite artistic processes to do with young artists. There is something so magical about scrounging around for everyday items and with a little paint transforming them into beautiful works of patterns, richly layered designs, and textured papers just waiting to be used or simply happy to be an artworkContinue reading “Object Stamped (Wrapping) Paper”

Paper Snowflakes

This week has been the week of paper snowflake demos for many of my virtual art classes. There are papers, scraps, and snowflakes in all stages of completion all over my bedroom, which has been taken over as my remote teaching space. I love the unexpected element of a paper snowflake, as I tend toContinue reading “Paper Snowflakes”

Tropical Cat

Tropical Cat, Mixed Media – collage, Gelli printing, ink drawing, watercolor, 2018.   I have gotten so far behind on documenting completed artworks – there will be a spree of posts coming up.  This one I completed when I was in Boston last summer for the TAB (Teaching Artistic Behaviors) art teacher grad class extraordinary weekContinue reading “Tropical Cat”

Mona

Mona, Collage, watercolor, marker, color pencil, 2019. I started this Mona Lisa homage years ago, as a magazine face collaged on to a black marker drawing. At that time, I was sorely missing the coastal parts of North Carolina, which had been our home state for eight years. I just rediscovered this unfinished piece inContinue reading “Mona”