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Great Falls, Montana, United States
I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

summer mixed media journal season is here ~


hello summer!
75 degrees, no wind, beautiful sunshine and a shady patio.
perfection defined!
~~~~~~~
... and a new season for making
mixed media journals begins.
i grab {just a few} key art supplies: 
 washi tape, paper words,
pens, little scrappy knick knacks n'such, 
{because, let's face it, it would take hours upon hours
 to bring it all outdoors!}
and then... get to work ~ playing!
 doodling n' glueing.
~~~~~
WARNING: there is a wild border collie waiting in 
the forest who will chew up any falling, wayward rolls
of washi tape --- in a heartbeat!
~~~~~
 hmmm.  as i was saying... 
sitting in the shade, playing, visiting with the pups,
and listening to the birds sing....
i do all the messy glueing, cutting and such in my studio in the basement of our home, and the papers i'm using are my own original prints, made from monoprints from my  gelli plate, stencils, stamps, deli paper, dimensional paste or paint, and just plain ol' acrylic paint! 
i add other texture from stamping onto heavy paper, cutting out {butterflies}, using some of my older scrapbook ephemera, old book pages, etc.  
 and then i doodle away.

 my personal favorites and most-used supplies are stencils, or thermofax screens i've purchased from stencilgirlproducts, many designed by creative friends like terri stegmiller and margaret applin.  but anything goes... yup!  so i begin by making a super big mess with paint...  and then clean up, clear off the table and and then choose from my dried paper stash, glueing them to the fronts and backs of blank paper journals i've purchased from craft stores, or goodwill.

some of my most favorite papers to use as empherma are prayers or quotes, {which i've printed out} by susie larson, or pages from favorite books by emily freeman, and ann voskamp, and many others, too.

so far, my favorite collage glue is "collage pauge" by tracis bautista {purchase at craft stores}.













YES!
XO
... many ~ many happy hours later... 
i'll have a stack of a dozen or so journals.
yay!
soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Daisy Quilt Table Topper ~ Finished

hey there everyone ~

i finished this quilted piece awhile ago now; gave it as a wedding gift, and it's was just one of those days where the lighting was just not bright.  {so it goes!}
but that did not dim my joy in creating it, nor in the giving! it was definitely inspired color-wise by this couple's dishes which are from the 'fiesta' dinnerware line!
i used a linoleum block i cut a couple summers ago {above}...  a daisy-themed block i still love alot.  i think i may need to have a printing session with it again {very soon} and renew my love affair with painting, stamping & fabric!
no surprise ~ i went for bright colors to frame it, selecting fun prints from my batik stash, and because of their bright tones, and patterns, the free motion quilting i put on it is quite simple, where the thread blends in, but adds a pretty textural interest to the piece.  my quilting motifs were straight line, cross-hatching, swirls, pebbles, and undulating lines in the petals where i changed out the colors of threads a couple different times as quilted the petals; white for highlighting, and various pinks, as well as variegated turquoise were used.
all set out in patchwork that is deliberately wonky, too.
thanks for stopping in. 

my fingers, heart and mind are itchin' to stitch... and it's time to warm up the 'nina machine ~ very soon, as i have some fabulous new fabric to showcase from the beautiful fabric dyer vicki welsh!

enJOY!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Journal Journey's ~

oh my goodness friends ~

it's been another full week!  i'm thrilled to say i got one little thing accomplished  in my art studio, and i'm excited to show it to you.

this was my attempt at making a more 'earth-toned' and hopefully, {slightly masculine}, art journal.  it was a special order requested by a girlfriend of mine, as a graduation gift. for a young man who is also an artist.  
 i began with a blank, black canvas covered journal purchased at michaels. i expected alot of the black of the cover to show through... and absorb much of the paint, as i printed the cover with my {wonderful} gelli plate in a direct-to-gelli plate printing process.  man, i am so loving the texture and black depth of the canvas showing through~!  {double bonus}

 i added trim from previous gelli print papers i cut away, and applied as  border, leaving the right-side edge ripped purposely.
 i added a layer of matte medium to the cover, and let it dry.  i stamped it, and added some perfect pearls paints, outlining the sun in copper, and adding what i hope {imaginatively} looks like 'nail head trim' {like you see on furniture, etc}.  it's done in pewter.

 a little slashing in the pewter perfect pearls, to look like textured stitching... {hopefully}
 and of course, some doodling, and writing... messy-style!


 this was a fun project, and fun challenge.  thanks nettie, for asking me.  i had a great time {in case i forgot to tell ya!}

blessings on your weekend!  some serious studio cleaning-up is on my list, for sure!  

soli deo gloria!
xo
leslie 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More carving, stamping and printing!

 It actually got too hot, too early, to do too much stamping and painting outside on the patio.  The paint dried before I could get it printed by 10:30 am; and it got to 100 degrees yesterday!
 So I had to be quick about it.
 I really like this design:
 And I really like orange and purpley-pink together!  A favorite combo.


Enjoy your day!  I'm going to be sitting by beautiful Flathead Lake with my girlfriends... and take it all in for a few days!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Celery Quilt!

I realize it's nothing new.  Using a celery stalk as a stamp.  But it sure is fun!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
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