Dear Ma, Thanks for the air conditioner!

a rose for Ma

a rose for Ma

We’re enduring a very humid heat wave.  Ugh.  I left Arizona eons ago and hate heat!  The humidity is an unwelcome bonus.

But Mom gave me a fabulous air conditioner for my 50th birthday some years ago.  The a/c saved my sanity then and now.  Probably saved Big Mister’s sanity because it saved mine.  If you get my drift.

Thanks, Ma!


Day’s End

Day’s End:  a companion piece to the Sunrise monoprint collage.

Day’s End
16×20-inch canvas (40×50 cm)

here is Sunrise once more:

Sunrise:  monoprints with acrylic paint

16×20-inch canvas (40×50 cm)

expressive plywood pillowcase



One of my next steps is to seek memory exercises.

I did find memory exercises in one of my recent online discoveries–pretty sure they’d be good exercise for anyone’s brain.  Watch this space for more.  (Maybe!)

Oh?  The blog post title?  I have to remember to tell Big Mister about two of those things and the other will be post fodder.    I’ve always loved mnemonics (phonics, too!).    Apparently.

poppy heads

Jude of Jude’s Photography over in the Dordogne in southwest France (“surrounded by beauty in the form of wildlife, rivers, medieval villages and châteaus”), recently posted a photo of Oriental poppies.  Gorgeous!

I love the color!  Orangey-red.  Yum.  Here’s a poppy just opening from last year in my garden:

poppy hat

poppy hat

Here is the state of my poppies right now, a sunny day in mid-April:

poppy fronds

poppy fronds

early spring poppy head

early spring poppy head

poppy head

poppy head


When do ideas happen? Robert Genn, The Painter’s Keys

A very quick essay about ideas and creativity that applies to anyone, not just artists.

Here’s a teaser, with the link below:

Robert Genn, The Painter's Keys

When do ideas happen?  Robert Genn, The Painter’s Keys

winter bones of herbs and ornamental grasses

A seed-head sangwich!

I read about encasing bits and pieces in a sandwich of rice paper, so I did.  (The book:  Creative Collage Techniques, by Nita Leland and Virginia Lee Williams.)

collage instructions for embedding rice paper

collage instructions for embedding rice paper

rice paper embedded with grass seed heads etc.

rice paper to be encased with ornamental grass seed heads and the winter bones of herbs

layering rice paper

layering rice paper

embedded rice paper

encasing rice paper

sandwiched with brayer

sandwiched with brayer

embedded and turned over

embedded and turned over for a different effect

finished embedded rice paper

finished embedded rice paper


And just because I wanted to, circle stickers stuck to onion skin wrong-side-to.

circle stickers embedded in onion skin paper

circle stickers on onion paper

circle stickers on onion skin paper

orange you glad I didn’t forget?

Art and Photos by Danielle Baker,

hair-do person extraordinaire



In those early November days in the garage studio, freezing my a&& off, I learned to doodle from an enthusiastic and talented doodler who generously posted her techniques online (Joanne Fink, Zenspirations Patterning Techniques).

I remembered that I’m not a natural doodler, but I’ve begun to see how it could add something to an already painted page.


doodling (on canvas sheets)

At one daily show-and-tell after Big came home from work, I showed him that I had learned to doodle.   He told me I already knew how to do this and pointed to the beaded curtain I had made some years ago:

beaded curtain

I kept messing with doodling, using those markers, color pencils, and Micron pens I’d gathered for landscape design school:

Fibonacci's Spiral; golden mean

Fibonacci’s Spiral; golden ratio (the flip side of the first doodle)

If you’re curious about the Fibonacci’s Spiral or the golden ratio, this site looked great.  Don’t get bogged down by the words–look at the pictures and especially watch the little animations at the beginning.

Nature and mathematics or perfectly-harmonious-but-I-don’t-know-why architecture:  who’d-a thunk it?!  <:-D

making stamps

Sounds like “making book,” but I haven’t been doing any gambling.  Well, not with money, anyway.

The art world is generous in the extreme in sharing knowledge.  I learned some of these stamp-making techniques from Approachable Art by Judi Hurwitt (mixed media and textile artist).

String, apparently, we’ve been using since we were kids to make stamps.  Except I didn’t, so it’s new to me.  The bright green squiggles and squares are 3D paint I had leftover from some art attempt in the dark ages.

That painted blue page has imprints of other string and 3D paint stamps I’d made (poking out from under the easel).


It must be a sign of true love, BuddyBoop:


This pic makes me think of Wazeau and her beautiful crochet pieces that her cats insist on sitting on!

Always helping, but more in a revolving-door fashion.  Here I was cutting out a stamp and stencil and Calpurrnia held down the cardboard for me, the sharp x-acto knife by her bum notwithstanding.


Buddy came along after I’d finished with the knife.  That piece on the easel is where I’d used the 3D paint stamp of squares.


That is all.  Kinda talkative for a Blurt and Run.  I’ll try harder next time.  <:-D




a few mixed media pages (BnR)

All:  8-1/2 by 11 inches (21,6 x 28 cm)


These bottom two are in the art journal I sewed together.  In the blue one, you can see the waxed thread holding together one group of pages, called a signature.




BnR*: tearing paper

Get on out to your toolbox in the garage and steal that hacksaw blade you only use twice a year.  At least now you’ll know where it is.  Probably.

hacksaw blade

Canson Mix Media, 98 lb (160 g), 14 x 17 inches (35,5 x 43,1 cm).

Banged-up hacksaw blade.

In the background we have, unrelated but curiously useful, household supplies:  isopropyl alcohol to speckle and distort acrylic paint and spackling compound to apply an inexpensive texture to a page.

Also, an art journal I sewed together from embellished pages–you can just make out ripple-cut edges–from a Fiskar’s rotary cutter leftover from sewing days.

(Thankfully, I have been curious all my life because all that past-life stuff is sitting around me now.  Including beads, buttons, wire, string, drywall tape, and hacksaw blades!)

(Oh, and if you really enlarge the pic, on the far back left you’ll see a damn purchased cat toy that the damn cat damn well plays with!  The other damn cat will deign to eat cat cookies from it if hand-fed.  Sigh…)

Here’s a close-up of the tear marks when tearing two sheets stacked.  Bonus stencil for free!

hacksaw results plus bonus stencil!

PS.  I just used the hacksaw to cut up a hair comb to be used as a texture tool.  (I don’t need no stinkin’ comb for my hairdo!)

*BnR = Blurt and Run

Life… in pictures





How To Cut a Proper Paper Snowflake [video] « Lillian Sizemore’s Mind’s Eye

How To Cut a Proper Paper Snowflake « Lillian Sizemore’s Mind’s Eye.

Blurt and Run: making stamp pad inks

This is a Blurt and Run because I’m too tired, etc., to start at the beginning.  And, I only get about 2 hours a day to play.

Here I start somewhere in the middle of the new art form I’ve been dabbling in, mixed media.

making stamp pad inks

If you’ve ever used a fancy carved stamp, you know they’re nice but expensive.

And the stamp pads?!  We used to get ’em at the office supply place for the workplace stamps like DRAFT, CONFIDENTIAL, TOP SECRET, etc.   Whoo, now they’re a huge business, and have been for eons.

We’re minus-broke and while it would be nice to do whatever I want in order to recover, I really want to keep our house.  I’m improvising a lot.  Which is excellent for my poor battered brain.

Today, kids, I made my own damn stamp pads AND the ink!

Used baby wipes and felt as “stamp pads.”  Here’s where I got the ink recipe, which uses RIT dry dyes.

Makes about 1/3 cup.  Store leftovers in baby food jar.

supplies: making stamp pad ink

final product

The cloth seemed to hold too much ink so the stamps were too wet.  I put a piece of felt over the cloth.  Better.  (Next time, no baby wipes, I think.)

The dinosaur stamp came in a grab-bag package at the thrift store with that fancy roller stamp, and the print looks horrible; he doesn’t know it yet, but I’m gonna use him as a backing for a stamp I made.  Buh-bye, ugly dino!

I already had a boatload of flavors of RIT because I used to dye my own basket reed.   I KNEW there was a reason to keep all this shite!  <:-D

Press This: The People’s Bailout

HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS, The People’s Bailout.

This is a Blurt and Run.   I don’t know anything about it.

Just in case it is legitimate.

Can helping people from within our screwed up financial system be legitimate?

If you’re curious, read the blog entry (link above).  Click on the links therein.  Form your own conclusion.

I’m pretty sure I’m sending $10.

How to Sharpen Pencils?  Uh, I dunno.  The humor may be way too dessicated for me at this moment.

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