Explosion of Color free art event this Sunday!

explosion of color show
If you’ve ever taken one of my classes, you know that I’m a lover of Copic markers.

But why discriminate? I’m also a lover of acrylic paints, inks, colored pencils, watercolors, oil pastels, patterned paper, fabric, umm…you get the picture. I basically hoard anything I find at Michaels, JoAnns, or Hobby Lobby.

You know what’s great about that? You can use everything in your stash when making your art and call it “Mixed Media.”

Over the past few years, I’ve created dozens of mixed media paintings, and I’m excited to announce they will be on display in my first gallery show at the Jaycee Center starting this Sunday!

show pieces


On Sunday, June 26th (from 2-4 p.m.), come join me at the Jaycee Art Center in Irving for my gallery show opening! Entry and parking are free, and I’ve planned something really special for everyone.

Here’s what you can expect:

• A room full of color inspiration with art by myself and two talented friends (photographer, Shanay Payne and encaustic wax artist, Rhonda Daniel)

• A live painting session where I’ll show you how I paint layered, mixed media girls

• Live acoustic guitar music

• Door-prize giveaways (including a free spot in one of my upcoming classes, a free portrait photography session, and more!)

• Yummy snacks/refreshments

• Images from all the Copic projects I’ve taught over the last 5 years

• Did I mention LOTS of color inspiration?

Mark your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! We are going to have so much fun!

More more info and directions to the event, go to our website:


A year of mixed media madness

For years, I’ve heard of people keeping “art journals”, but had never tried to use one myself. After all – I have about 10 writing journals calling my name that have yet to see ink!

But around a year ago, I was inspired to take the leap. I picked up a hard-bound Strathmore with some solid mixed media paper (that can handle a lot of abuse). Slowly – I began to fill the pages with whimsical faces and inspirational quotes. When I started, their eyes were too close together, their lips in the wrong place, and how in the world do you draw nostrils? lol

But after making it through the first few spreads, I realized that there is something very satisfying about filling up 2 blank pages with whimsy using wonderful art supplies you’ve been hoarding in your stash for months. It’s a great place to experiment with new techniques, and you can generally complete a project in a night or two. 70 pages and many evenings later… I have a “finished” journal. I’ve decided to share the year-long journey with you!

You can click below to peruse the digital copy.

Thanks for sharing in my art adventures!

Note to tablet users – turn your iPad/tablet length-wise to view facing pages together.

Hippie child

My best friend was visiting this weekend from Florida with her family (always so wonderful to spend time with her). We managed to squeeze in a lil’ painting time and this girl appeared on my canvas. I think my inner hippie wants to throw a party! Lol.

Wishing you a fun-filled week,


She Art Canvas

While at CHA this year, my sister-in-law and I fell in love with Christy Tomlinson’s new “She Art” line with Pink Paislee. Christy demo’d her amazing canvas-making skills one afternoon, and we sat enthralled. She’s a terrific teacher and the new line she developed makes creating mixed media canvases far less intimidating. I really love the vivid colors in all her papers as well.

We placed an order for the whole line and will be re-selling soon. After procrastinating for the last month, I finally got around to making my first canvas tonight… and how fun it was! This girl is on a 6″ x 12″ canvas, and the words say “She decided to leap.”

Since my “word of the year” is Brave, I thought this phrase was fitting. I see many more of these canvases in my near future!

Supplies: Christy Tomlinson She Art line for Pink Paislee (papers, rub-ons, stencil, embellishments), acrylic paint, Mod Podge, punchinella, Light Modeling Paste, Pilot black gel pen, Faber Castell India Ink brush pens, Crafter’s workshop stencils, Dylusions stencil.

Ode to London Graffiti

A couple of years ago, during one of my trips to London, I snapped some photos of a graffiti filled haven for skateboarders…


Here’s another shot…

While scraping down the layers of an encaustic painting last week, I realized that my piece had suddenly morphed into a graffiti wall!

I carved letters into the layers of wax & added orange sea glass to finish.


Hope you’re having a great weekend,

Abstract Encaustics

Thought I’d share a couple of abstract encaustic paintings that I recently made. I tend to create with a lot of structure in my cardmaking & polymer clay work, so it’s been interesting to try my hand at abstract art.

I started off with this small painting (5″x7″) using cream, teal, & orange hues with a hint of sap green. The surface texture was created using a scrap of burlap which was painted & then fused onto the piece using a heat gun. Underneath the wax paint is a map of a French city. You can see it show through in a couple of places… but I ended up covering up most of it with opaque color.


After finishing this one – I decided to mimic it on a larger scale on a 10×10″ cradled wood panel.

Here is the result which is fairly close to the original considering encaustic is an unpredictable medium. No two pieces are ever identical no matter how hard you try! That makes for a lot of fun surprises, though. 🙂