In the Water

A little contribution to Stempelvillage’s “Kreativer Freitag”: I have had this fish loitering around here for I think years – just the fish, attached to that piece of corrugated paper I had colored using acrylics. Something was missing, it was boring. I experimented a bit with combinations of different colored cardstocks and went for complementary orange. Added some oil crayon finishing touches. Et voilà, I am much more pleased with it now:


On a Foggy Night

New challenge with Diana. She did challenge me this time, since she chose “Night” as a theme. Well, other than a pitch black hole I did not have any first associations with this… But then of course, Edward Hopper comes to mind, with his all-American icon of the “Nighthawks at the Diner”. The next item on my inner mind map started flashing, saying Tom Waits. Do you know his fabulous album with the same title? I must say, I adore Tom Waits’ music, and even more, his lyrics.

So here you go with a transfer of my inner mind map to a mixed media canvas board:


The inner part opens to display an accordion fold and includes the lyrics of the song “On a Foggy Night” by Tom Waits.

Acrylics, stamps (my beloved Paperbag Studios), oil crayons, color pencils, a handmade elastic band with flower, and vintage watch parts.

The French Lily

Here you go with my contribution for this week’s WS challenge. A mixed-media canvas with lots of Fleurs-de-Lis. I have also used one of my cheap trick embellis I had posted before here. I painted and aged two of those pieces and attached them to the canvas; other than acrylics, I also used markers and oil pastels.

Stamps used (hardly visible since I painted over some of them) are from Hero Arts, Paperbag Studios and from Dawn Houser by Inkadinkadoo.



What does the color turquoise make me think of, asks Belinda on Wednesday Stampers this week…

I have a very clear and lucid memory of a wonderful American Indian piece of jewelry hanging around my English highschool teacher’s neck in the mid-seventies. Yes, it’s that long ago that I went to highschool 🙂 I was in awe and told my parents I wanted one looking just like that for my birthday; but I think my parents could not find one since the teacher had probably brought it directly from a trip to the US … and the world was less globalized back then. It was a simple strand of silver tubes with intermittent turquoise pearls and – that’s what made it special to me – awesome little turquoise birds in between the silver / pearl parts. And it may be the fact that I never got one for myself that makes me remember it now. Who knows, if my parents had found it, and given it to me, if I wouldn’t have forgotten all about it? But wishing for it made it especially precious.

So, when I think of turquoise, this is what comes to my mind.

Here’s a tribute to those turquoise birds, the way I remember them:


Mixed media collage on canvas board, stamps are Zettiology and Inkadinkadoo; acrylics, oil pastels, my own textured paper, and computer generated text.

Cheap Embellishment Tricks

New Crusade over at GPP Streat Team. Of course I will participate in that 🙂

Have a look at some tricks I use.

Textured paper:

I have a Spellbinder’s wizard and use it to texture found papers (like in brochures, give-away postcards, old magazines etc.)

Here are some examples of what I use for texturing:

  • Ikea shelf liner (see example of artwork here – the heart in the bottlecap)
  • All kinds of flat objects or charms
  • Texture plates


I usually buy cheap textile flowers (no matter what color they are), disassemble them and paint them with thinned acrylics. Works well and is much cheaper than buying scrapbook supply flowers 🙂 (example of artwork here and here)
Or I use fun foam for die cutting (see example here).

I also use the found papers to cut die cuts and assemble them in interesting ways like so).

Or I use dried flowers (like in this piece)

Other embellishments:

I like to use German scrap (relatively cheap) and colored nailheads and rhinestones.


I make my own paste papers or painted papers, scan them and change the colors in photoshop for variation, like in this digital layout.

I cut shapes from photos or other nice papers like here.