Remains of the Day Journal

Altered Dictionary "Life's Blessings"


January ATC swap and some organizing

I decided to try a few swaps through FB groups of ATC - artist trading cards.
Here are four completed for a Washi Tape themed swap.

washi tape ATCs

I wanted to add a small piece of film strip that I have in a small tin from Tim Holtz brand, So I began searching for this little tin. And as I opened more drawers and looked into more boxes ... I became slightly frustrated that I was spending this much time looking for it.
So I decided within 15 minutes to start organizing my supplies. I have spent just a little bit of money to get all these drawers and placing to store things. Now was the time to label and put like things together.
Unfortunately, I never found the film strip tin. So I had to settle with embellishing with a silver gel pen. 

one drawer cabinet labeled
More organizing yet to do and hopefully I will find that little tin one day soon.


3 Canvas Project

I have been working on these 3 canvases since early November 2015.
They are a great challenge for me. I am not happy with them but one day I will be.
I will caption them with the process up to this point. You will see more of these in the months to come until they are done. :-)

3 Linen Canvases 18x24

I covered them with white tissue paper and gel medium to get some texture started

Heavy Body Acrylics, reg. acrylics, fluid acrylics, spray bottle of water and spread with fingers

close up of texture and color

another close up

what I started with others added later

yellows I started with

walking away for a bit

added oil pastels, bead gel paste ...

more oil  pastels ... trying to calm the blackness  
walking away again ... time to focus on upcoming classes ... but I will be back to it soon


Christmas Boxes Make Over

While traveling earlier in the month I was able to take advantage of some after Christmas sales at Tuesday Mornings in Pigeon Forge. I bought 3 Christmas storage type boxes with the intention of re-making them into family photo and memento boxes for our library. The pictures were in ugly cardboard boxes and needed a new home badly.

Here are the pictures and products used for the make over.

I have removed the big red bow on all the boxed and fixed a few corners that made them even less expensive. :-)

First coast was chalk paint and then I added the craft acrylic turquoise paint to it for the second dry brushed layer

I used the burnt sienna color to rub around corners and give it a vintage feel and then a little gold rub on never hurts to brighten things up

Tim Holtz tissue paper and also made my own tissue paper using Stampin Up roller stamps. I decided on teh smallest box to just use the wheel stamps right onto the box. Each method gave a different look. Loved them all.

The third wheel did not have it's paper tag any longer with it's name.

close up of Tim Holtz tissue paper

All filled and in their new home.
Thanks for stopping by.
See you next week!


2016 Journal ... inside pages

Inside the front cover of my 2016 Journal Book.
Fun book page from my stash and a cool black envelope to stick things in.

The left side is an image from the text book I left. I created the calendar pages using an online site and sized it perfectly to my book pages.
I bought a 2016 weekly planner from the Dollar store and took it apart to inset into my book so I can jot down events and appointments. I inserted using a tip in method with washi tape. I am planning on doing a video soon showing how I did my pages.

A pocket page.

Another page using an image from the book. I found there were not a lot of cool, fun images in the back of the book.
Since it is a history book ... lots of war pictures.

I pieced together odd pieces to cover this page. 
I left the small image in the corner.

Not sure what my next project will be.
Check back with me next Wed. to see.


2016 Journal from college text book

Winter is here and I am in my art room full time it seems.
I had set aside this textbook to use as my 2016 Journal.
It is a real good size and has some pretty cool old images in it. So I started it last week.
I found a paper pack of cardstock to use. Always makes things look nice without a lot of effort to use a pad of coordinating cardstock. It also had some punch out tags and cut outs. I think I will use this for the cover.
I tore many pages out to keep the book so it will close correctly. It may get a little fat when I add some photos or other memorabilia.
Next week I will share some of the inside pages. I used washi tape on the edges. I really like the finished, colorful look it gives to the closed book.

I will be on the road next week so hopefully blogger will let me post from cell phone. It isn't always the friendliest operation to use the cell phone. We will see  ... if not two weeks from now I will have the inside pages posted.
Thanks for visiting!



Old Art Journals finished and bound

I have had these signatures of partnership art journals since 2010. I actually had to finish a few pages on the one. I shared one in a previous post.

I decided to do a book cover binding technique I have seen many others do. So I took the "guts" out of this old atlas and then used hemp to bind each signature into the spine of the book. I used some binding tape I had on had and a few pieces of card stock to reinforce the binding before sewing in the signatures.

Here are a few pictures:

 I added some buttons and beads to the hemp threads that were left hanging

 I may add some embossing to the cover, it is such a cool old book ...
 Inside front cover
 a few pages ...

 I added a piece of wax paper to keep the pages from sticking together.
I used glass matte medium back then. Sometimes sticks together.


Live, Laugh, Love

I am so happy to be back into my art journals. This is the last page of a journal signature I started back in 2010. It was a partnership journal that didn't get finished. It has a few pages from another I knew online. I feel very privileged to share my art with other artists over the years.
I would love to start a new collaborative journal in 2016. One of my classes in the new year will be about trading art and working in partnership journals and altered books.
I will show you next week how I took an old book cover and sewed 3 signatures of art journaling into it.


InSpIRe Post

I have been very busy creating art and enjoying the holidays. Posting has been put on the back burner.
But I do love my first blog and all the memories it contains.

I am going to make myself a promise to post one time a week moving forward. It may just be a picture of new art or sharing something I find worthy of sharing. But I am going to post once a week.

Here is a link to my more commercial blog.
Trying to break through as an artist in an art saturated community is not easy. I still enjoy my online world of friends and followers. So that is why I am committing to more interaction with you.

If you are on FaceBook and want the whole story about the art journal spread here is the link.


Gallery Sign is Up!

My art studio & gallery sign is up!
I am finishing getting the inside ready for my first
ArtWalk in the Twin Villages.
for more info check out their facebook page:

My facebook page is:
I am so excited to be living my dream!
Thank you for all your support & encouragement.


My First Art Show !!!

Say it With Colours ~ 16x20
I am over the moon happy to be included in my first art show. River Arts Gallery exhibition  "The Natural World" opening reception was last night. My artwork was sold last night!!!
The exhibition will be through May 21st. River Arts gallery is on RT 1 in Damariscotta.
I am looking forward to showing more art and doing workshops in the near future. The workshops will be at my home art studio which faces the Damariscotta River.
My first workshop will be an adaption of this piece. Everyone will go home with a finished piece of art and each will have their own individual flair.
For the most up to date info follow me on facebook, in my group You will have to ask to join as this is a private group.


Developing New Workshop for Summer 2015

Where Flowers Bloom Workshop
all day (includes lunch)
all supplies included
Learn how to:
  • make "gelli" prints
  • peeled paint techinque
  • add doodles for a finished look
Each participant will go home with your own original 11x14 piece of art.
Each creation will have it's own personal touch.

I am so excited to share my love of mixed media with you.
We will spend the day in my sun-room over looking the Damariscotta River in Maine.
There are lots of fun shops to visit in town and lovely little restaurants for dinner.
Dodge Point for a hike later in the day is just a few miles from us.
B & B's and small Inns are very close to us too.

Many more details soon.
Contact me at with any questions.
I also have a closed community on Face Book you may request to join to keep up to date.


Altering a Book into a Travel Journal

Check out my newest video tutorial ...


Entering a contest

Halcyon Yarn store in Bath ME
My wishlist
Sign up yourself at:


Art Studio coming together

I found a few great pieces for my art studio. This cabinet still needs a little work. but I can't wait to get it against the wall and start filling it up.

This one is for on the wall hopefully above this one. Love all the cubbies!