Words Art Journal Round Robin and Mixed Media Call for Proposal

I finished up my introductory pages for my Words Journal Thursday evening and got the journal off to Mary in NY Friday.  She should have it by Tuesday latest.  I received Susan’s journal yesterday in the mail.  I have an idea for my spread using the word “Imagine”.  I have to sketch it out.

Here are the introductory pages I did for my journal.


I started out with a layer of gesso.  Then I collaged down washi and braille paper.  I went over that with a watered down layer of gesso.  Then I added washed of Quinacrodone Nickel Azo Gold and Quinacrodone Violet fluid acrylics..  I used a round brush to add streaks of quin burnt orange and dioxazine purple and copper.  I covered all of that with strips of wrinkled white tissue paper that I glued down with matt medium.  I painted over that with washes of quin gold and quin voilet again.  Then I dry brushed copper over the top. 


Last, I wrote with pitt black pen. 


The text doesn’t show up in the full on shot, nor does the texture, which is pretty heave.  I love how it turned out.  So much so that I am going to use it again on something else.  Who knows what yet!

Here are Susan’s pages:


This is a beautiful print.


And this is a wonderful drawing of the lunar cycle with various pictures that are revealed as you rotate the wheel around.

Last, but certainly not least, if you are a mixed media artist who teaches workshops, or would like to teach, I’m looking for proposals for a new event coming in 2014.  If you would like to receive the call for proposal, go to the Art-Xscape website and click on the link to request the proposal!


Website Update and New Etsy Listing

I spent the evening finishing up my annual website update.  I’ve finally caught up on getting my quilt pieces from the last three Stretching Art and Tradition pieces up on my website.  To find them, visit my Portfolio page and click on the picture of a the quilt.  Likewise, I got my doll pages updated with Cailleach, the Goddess of Winter and Searching for Magic.  I also got Searching for Magic listed on my Etsy Shop!  She is available for $150.00, shipping included, and is made from my hand-dyed fabrics.


A Beautiful Fall Day, A Review or Two and Coming Soon!


We had hopes of a cooler and wetter than normal winter, but, unfortunately, those hopes have evaporated (pun intended).  We will be warmer and drier.  My daisies are certainly confused, blooming this late is very unusual for them.  I wonder if they were inspired by the metal daisy I purchased at EAST the weekend before Thanksgiving which I planted in my front flower bed where I can see it in the morning coming out my door. 

EAST was much less busy than I expected on its final weekend, mostly due to the “doom and gloom” traffic forecast for Austin’s first Formula 1 race.  The traffic was as close to non-existent as you can get in Austin, but most of the locals were scared away.  I found a few new galleries and generally had fun.  I spent the rest of my weekend and the first 3 days of my vacation scrubbing my house and trying to catch the mouse which Marley brought in and let go.  Grrrrr, I am a very unhappy camper with the mouse, but my house is MUCH cleaner than before.


I bought Melanie Testa’s newest book, "Dreaming From the Journal Page", yesterday and read it cover to cover this evening.  It’s luscious and filled with beautiful pages from Melanie’s journals and her quilts.  She provides clear instructions and just enough prompting that you will want to find your journal and your art supplies again, not to mention quick instructions for dyeing fabric and soy wax resists!  I highly recommend adding it to your art journaling library.

I have some odds and ends in the news department.  Artist Interviews of our ADAA 2013 faculty will be coming in the next few weeks.  We have a fantastic line-up and I can’t wait to introduce the artists in more detail!  All Dolls Are Art has a newsletter.  You can sign up on the ADAA website.  The first issue went out the week of Thanksgiving.  The second issue should be out by middle of December.

Speaking of newsletters, I’m going to start another Newsletter covering a gamut of topics in the areas of art media that I focus on.  It’s still in the early stages, but if you would like to sign up, you can do so Subscribe to our newsletter’ target=_blank>here.  If there is specific topics, you would be interested in, let me know.  I’m still working out the details, but have some ideas gelling right now.

I’ve also joined the world of Twitter.  You can follow me by going to my “About page” and clicking on the “follow @AnLiNaDesigns” link.  I’m slowly finding my way there!

Stretching Art And Tradition 14: Foundations of <fill in the blank>

Tomorrow the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza opens up to the public.  Stretching Art and Tradition 14 will be one of the special exhibits.  If you are in the area, you should drop by and check it out!  If you aren’t in the area, you can see it in the virtual world by going to our website.  I finally got last year’s challenge posted as well!  This year’s exhibit is wonderful, which I know because I received the pieces to photograph them. 

If you are interested in joining a low key fiber arts challenge, we invite you to join us next year.  The theme for SAT15 will be announced by the end of the month on our yahoo group and all are welcome to join.

Well, at last! And Coming Soon…..

I spent the last 8 days sick with a head cold from you know where.  I didn’t accomplish anything accept single-handedly boosting the January profits for tissue suppliers.  Other than that, I’ve been working on my pin doll samples for the final All Dolls Are Art class to be announced for 2012.  My partner in crime, Theresa, is also hard at work on hers’.  We should be ready to unveil early next week on the website, but in the mean time, here’s a sneak peak.


I posted the pink angel in my last post.  I completed the turquoise one, taking a more minimalist approach to the design.


Last but not least is the Seahorse, which I started and finished this evening!


If you are interested in learning to make dolls, we have a variety of classes available at ADAA from a world class faculty.  The conference is July 26-29, in Austin, TX.  For all of the details, check out our website or our Facebook Page!  You can also see photo’s of the class samples on Pinterest!