Sunday, January 19, 2020

The First Month of 2020 so far!

January 01 with Nathalie Kalbach

Part One

Part Two

January 02 Raw and Quirky with Marieke Blokland

January 03  Drawing Jewelry with Jane LaFazio

January 05 Tiny Book with Tina Walker

Outside Front

An Inside View

January 06 Into the Shadow with Iris Fritschi Cussens

January 07 Mixed media Gelli Print with Birgit Koopsen

January 08 Making Mistakes Tapes with Carolyn Dube

January 10 Card Series with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

January 11 Keep It Simple with Marlene Meijer-Van Niekerk
January 13 Be Myself with Mystele Kirkeeng

That's all folks!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sketch for Creative Jumpstart 2020 Floral

Yesterday I finally decided how to do the January 11 project led by Marlene Meijer-Van Niekerk,  She did a demo of a beautiful floral, which I couldn't totally do with the supplies I have. So I am making my own version.  I have some small cling-free stamps of flowers and butterflies. I stamped those onto one of the last pages of my "Sketchbook Project" sketchbook, and hope to soon send it in.  Then I drew in pen my version as a "shadow" of the stenciled version. So right now it is in black and white tones. I plan to color the pen drawings and leave the stencils uncolored. Well, that is the current plan!  We will see how it all turns out.

Here it is, finished!

have a nice day, 

Thank You Card for Grandson Enzo

Today I have the finished card to give to my grandson.  I have been giving him personal "thank you" cards for several years.  He is almost 12, so I am not sure how he relates to them at this age.  But I will continue, as I believe that the little things that stay the same as you go through your teen years may be important.

He gave me two gifts at Christmas. He always gets to pick what to give, even though his parents pay for them.  I got a beautiful Finchberry soap that has fine glitter in gold along the top edge, and an adorable ceramic snowman to add to my collection.  

It is done on 5' x 7' cardstock.  I drew it in pigma ink pen, colored it with Derwent Inktense Pencils, wet the pencil colors and added glitter clue and painted the sky with Liquid Watercolors.

Have a nice day,

Monday, January 13, 2020

Creative Jumpstart Projects for January 8 and 10, 2020

Good afternoon. 
A great day for staying in, not being a cold weather lover, but we just accept it!
ART makes it better!

The project leader for January 8th was Carolyn Dube. I love Carolyn, so much fun to watch all her YouTube videos!
She taught how to make your own tapes-like custom washi, with Mica powders. Great fun.  I did a few, until I was finally getting the knack of it.  I taped them into my new journal given to me by my longtime friend Polly D.  Then I did some doodled circles to fill in between the tape.

Creative Jumpstart leader Julie Fei-Fan Balzer did the video for January 10th.
Julies' SUPER POWER is "Curiosity" and she demonstrated making a series of cards all at the same time with the small materials, and asking "what if, what if".  I deviated a little by changing colors.

See you soon, when I get a couple more of the days/projects finished.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 7 Project with CJS 2020

January 7th's project is with Birgit Koopsen. Her SUPER POWER is Mixed Media Gelli Prints.  I was trying to do my first one and made a lot of mistakes!

I made the mistake of going back and forth watching the video and then going to do my gelli painting. So the paint was dry by the time I got the paper to print on.  

But not to get defeated I tried spraying cardstock with water and letting it be damp, with the Gelli resting on it.  That didn’t work.

Next I remembered that if you cover the surface with clear shipping tape, the kind that is about 2 inches wide, it totally cleans off your gelli plate. So I got some dry computer paper and I covered the surface of the gelli completely with tape. Then I carefully lifted the tape off and applied it in one piece to the clean dry paper. It worked! I have a tape print! My painting composition is too equally divided, but next time I will know how to do this and be more asymmetrical and interesting. What a neat technique! 

7" x 5"

January 5th and 6th #CJS 2020 Projects

Hello Paint Party Artists...

January 5th on Creative Jumpstart 2020(CJS 2020) was taught by Tina Walker whose Super Power is "Making Mini Books". I had to watch it several times to figure it out! She was a very good instructor but I needed to rewatch to get all the steps in!
It was really fun to do. This is my original version. The book is 2.75" tall by 2.50" wide.

Click on images to enlarge.

The Front

Side View From Above

A View of Two Inside Pages

January 6th with Nathalie Kalbachs' Creative Jump Start 2020(CJS2020) was led by Iris Fritschi-Cussens. Her SUPER POWER is called "Into the Shadow". It is about journaling and really expressing how you are feeling, using your journal as you would a diary for your eyes only! I loved all the layering in the background.

The first two pages done in my new gifted sketchbook from my friend Polly D.!  
Thank you, Polly!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Reworked Day 2 and some Thank You Card Fronts.

Hello, I decided that Day 2 was too busy, so I reworked it by unifying the background to get rid of all the dots. I hope it is more legible now. 

I am also trying to get my Christmas Thank You notes out. I like to make the front of the card a decoration showing one of the gifts given.  So here are some of those,too.


among other gifts from them!

among other gifts from them.

among other gifts from them


Sunday, January 5, 2020

My Day 3 Project with CJS 2020

Our January third video instructor was Jane Lafazio
Jane feels that one of her SUPER POWERS is "Drawing Jewelry".
She drew an exoctic necklace and painted it in watercolor .

My project for January third is done from a magazine layout of a collection of turquoise bracelets.  

Done in my Sketchbook Project sketchbook.
I am looking forward to my next Creative Jump Start 2020 project. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

My Project for January 2, CJS2020 with Marieka Blokland

Here is my project with Mareika . It is done in my Sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project, based in Brooklyn NY  Only a few more pages before it needs to be sent in, digitized and then can be seen on-line all over the world.  

Then I will start using the fantastic sketchbook my friend Polly sent to me for Christmas.  She always finds the most wonderful art gifts for me!

Marieka's SUPER POWER theme is "Raw and Quirky"!
Here is my original version inspired by her example.

"She Cut Off My Dress!"
To see more detail, just click on the image.
See you soon with Day 3!

Friday, January 3, 2020

First Creative Jumpstart Project 2020 with Natalie Kalbach

Hello Again, 
A New Year  is here and I am starting off with the resolution to get back to my art!  
I have two new knees and I am feeling great!

The first project this year is my version of "Transformation" with instructor Natalie Kalbach who is the founder of Creative Jump Start.  I have joined CJS for the last 4 years. I feel it gets me off to a good start and is inspiring.  

For the 31 days of January each year, Natalie has a group of 31 artists who follow a theme and do a short video of instruction on their interpretation of the theme. This year the theme is about what each artist thinks is their SUPER POWER,when it comes to their art.  Natalie's is the way she transforms one thing into another form or use.

After we do our own version of Natalie's SUPER POWER we post on our own websites as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  It is really fun to see how everyone interprets the video of the day.

Below are my versions of "Transformation" for January 1, 2020.

I used cut cardboard, rubber stamps, stencils, gesso, acrylic paint, and ink.  This is about 8"H x 6"W.  To see more detail, click on the image to enlarge.

This piece of cardboard had some large black numbers and several smaller ones, which added interest to the design.
The first painting had the sku of the box in black which you can see along the bottom when you enlarge. The same supplies were used.

"Hello" to all my friends on Paint Party Friday.  Please check all the wonderful Art on their website.

Monday, December 23, 2019

"She Reigns in Silver and Gold"

"She Reigns in Silver and Gold". My latest mixed media painting with oil, cold wax, collage, gold oil paint and silver Model Masters chrome colored paint. 
20H x 16W on canvas board.
The earring is from my mother's collection of jewelry. She passed away in August at age 98. She loved to travel and bought earrings as souvenirs of the countries she visited or lived in with my father, an Air Force Colonel.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year 2020.

Family room Christmas tree

Tootsie helps decorate the tree, by jumping into the tissue wrappings!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Limited Palette

Good Morning!  I am all fixed up with two new knees(and in 2014, two new shoulders!).  I should be good to go for quite awhile now.

I haven't posted for many months. But wanted to show you one photo of my backyard after our Halloween snow yesterday.
I also have a mixed media painting that I finished recently called "Just Passing Through."

Happy Paint Party Friday!

"Limited Palette"

"Just Passing Through"

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Page One of The Sketchbook Project "Kitten Dance"

Hello!  Thank you for all the comments that I did not reply to last week, I will try better this week..  This week I am starting in my 2019 "The Sketchbook Project" book.  My Theme is "Things I Love".  That can encompass a lot!  My first page is about loving dancing and kittens!  It is a mixed media.  I am posting to Paint Party Friday.  I hope you check the site to see the artwork from artists all over the world.
Click on image to enlarge.

Have a good week,

Friday, February 22, 2019

Water Ways in Oil

 Connecting to Paint Party Friday, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Enjoy all the artist displaying their art this week on Paint Party Friday.

A sunny and warmer than we have had lately in Chicagoland.

This is an oil painting on a piece of canvas.  I did this while learning different water effects from Susan Ploughe.  I think I need a little more "umph" in the distant sky, but otherwise I like it.

Click on image to enlarge for detail.
Water Ways
Oil on canvas
8 x 10

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Re-Entry

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Re-Entry: Hello, artist friends at Paint Party Friday ,  I haven't posted in almost a year.  I was preoccupied with going for a knee replacement,...

Friday, February 15, 2019


Hello, artist friends at Paint Party Friday,  I haven't posted in almost a year.  I was preoccupied with going for a knee replacement, which was scheduled then canceled and rescheduled.  I finally had it about 5 weeks ago and PT is going well.  I did hardly anything but sketches and tangles on cardstock this last year.  But here are Zentangles I did recently.  
Have a good week.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage

Artist Gloria J Zucaro: Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage: Hello fellow PPF Friends , Facebook and Twitter Friends. I have two mixed media collage pieces this week.  I did these for Karen Sako&#3...

Gloria J Zucaro "Triangles" Mixed Media Collage

Hello fellow PPF Friends, Facebook and Twitter Friends.
I have two mixed media collage pieces this week.  I did these for Karen Sako's Mixed Media Collage class taught at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich Illinois.   

The papers I used were given to me by a good artist friend. Our group sends envelopes of papers to each other and we are to use them in a collage.  These orange, blue and text papers were from Laura Anderson. On the envelope she had written a note to look at the dictionary because the definition of "gloria" was there!  I included her note as a white area in the design, as well as my name from the front of the envelope. The only thing I wish I had done was leave the definition exposed when I covered the dictionary with gesso.

The other paper I added was a cutout of a head from a fashion magazine, when I saw an area that looked like a woman's top with one arm extended.  I had previously painted that page with black gesso as a background. When I tore and placed my papers, I noticed that some areas formed a triangle, so I tried to make as many as I could follow that shape.  I used a glue stick to stick things down. Then I painted over the dark blue pieces of crepe paper with Stewart Gill's Byzantia Jewel Tone Metallic in Aegean and I had already put a thin layer of gesso very the text and white envelope pieces. I painted several areas that were white or text in Liquitex Acrylic Artist color in Fluorescent Orange to balance the large orange paper on the upper left corner and some orange smudges on the musical piece.  Then I added the black, white and orange dots with Posca Pens. There are two flaps that I can add a secret message under!

The second piece was a 10 minutes "grab a random magazine page and create a collage to show a feeling of INTIMIDATION".

Have a good week!