Monday, 28 December 2015

going global---global chic that is

 having a bit of fun with my friend carmi
getting to work with john beads  newest product line
featuring fabric cords
metal findings
beads and semi precious stones

Tuesday, 22 December 2015


one of may favorite things is finding rusted metal
and incorporating it into my work
these pieces really influenced my color scheme
and inspired the texture

Thursday, 26 November 2015

creating texture with encaustic

the  one thing I love the most about working with encaustic medium
is creating wonderful textures

 above, details from my painting
below, the inspiration , photos taken in new Orleans
a coach house in the garden district

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

wire and beaded necklaces

 taking a break from all the painting i've been working on
I love twisting wire, it's like doodling for me
and adding the beads is just icing on the cake

Thursday, 15 October 2015

encaustic and collage part 2

i'm on a roll now!
with less than ten day until my art show
for details email me at
I've bee loving getting out all my collage elements and
playing around with color ideas

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

encaustic and collage

 playing with my paper collection
using some sheet music and old book pages
adding some of my photos
along with some wax
and before you know it 3 more painting finished for my sale

Monday, 28 September 2015


i've been busy gearing up for my fall show
18 paintings so far
only four more weeks to prepare
i would love to have a few more ready in time
above encaustic on wood 12 x 24
still thinking about what to call this one

Monday, 7 September 2015

encaustic and metal inspiration

12 x 24
sometimes inspiration can come from
 a basket filled with rusted metal or a book
this time it was both

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

encaustic summer inspiration

 time for a little more experimenting
a few layers of yellow, cream and white wax
a photo transfer of some queen anne's lace
and lots of shellac

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

encaustic and shellac burn

time for a little experimenting and playing with my blowtorch

i started off with 10 layers of wax
some dripping and splatters
a bit of scrapping
and then a lot of melting!!
the blowtorch can change a whole painting in just a few seconds 
i found some iridescent paint and add it to the middle of the canvas
hit it with the torch to set it in the wax
used masking tape to resist the next layer of white wax
once I remove the tape i painted the rest with shellac
and hit it again with the torch
which created a lovely crackle effect
i can't wait to try some more experimenting!!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

marker rendering

best birthday present ever!!
thanks to my friend carmi
back in January at the CHA convention
carmi introduced our friend Jennifer and I
to the crafter companion booth featuring
we sat and played for a while
( it reminded me of a course I took at george brown college some 30 years ago)
it got me thinking, i really enjoyed the class so i went digging through my old
portfolio and found my art and some old design markers)

with 168 colors to choose from it will be fun
to try my hand again

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


 my latest paintings where inspired by my country drive to owen sound on the may longweekend
the skies went from grey to blue, the fields where array of greens and along side the roads
the remnants of last fall
the foreground grasses where picked from the garden at the cottage
 and the rusted nails used for the fence i found at a yard sale along the way

Monday, 22 June 2015

tropical punch

i love getting mail
especially  when its from my friend carmi
another fun challenge
tropical punch from dazzle-it
see all the wonderful creations on the blog hop here


the collection includes a luscious assortment of Lucite flowers and chain,
round and tear drop beads, three dimensional flowers, filigree components,
 sliders, a unique metal flower maker, retro flower components and polyester pipe

using some dazzle-it gold aluminum wire
i created this fun necklace above
and i love the retro color palette below


Tuesday, 16 June 2015


last month, my drive to the cottage was so inspiring
the sky was blue with big fluffy clouds, the fields, brilliant shades of green
and once i saw the bay i was so relaxed
the water always sooths my soul


Thursday, 11 June 2015

love, love , love shibori

this time last year , my friend carmi introduced me to soutache
little did she know that she was opening pandora's box
I quickly became addicted
well, here we go again
recently carmi gave me three rolls of shibori ribbon
i've seen it in some jewelry on pinterest and really liked the look
(i never got around to finding it)

 once i gathered all the elements i thought would look nice together
i pondered, hesitating really, scissors in hand but not making the cut!
its so expensive, questions running through my head
and finally after weeks of contemplating i did it
using a medium shaped felt  heart i just starting sewing
adding bead , rhinestones , pearls and some trim
once i finished i thought it would make a nice necklace

Friday, 5 June 2015

encaustic painting and finding my muse

recently i spent a week at my friends cottage north of owen sound
it was a wonderful week
the weather was a bit distracting
i spent saturday morning going to yard sales
sunday to the flea market and inglis falls
and Tuesday at the keady market
and i still managed to get 9 paintings done
above are the first 2, at first i struggled to find my muse
but eventually she showed up and i created these 2 painting

Monday, 25 May 2015

soutache earings

i finally got a chance to finish these matching earrings
using the new thumbnail earing post from dazzle-it
( plus soutache cord, rhinestones and vintage beads )

they will look great with the feature necklace i made for john bead

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

macrame choker

 another challenge from my friend carmi using
dazzle-it hemp cord and a simple square knot
and a few preciosa rocailles in the opaque brown iris