Frida K.

Another completed work from my favorite artist – Jane Perkins –


It’s Frida Kahol – gorgeous isn’t it!!! Now, tell me can you spot the following items: the PowerPuff Girls, a rooster, a hummingbird, a cake, a purple hippo, and some bingo markers?

Here’s Jane Perkin’s blog where you can find more of her art.


Collage update 082216!

Here’s my weekly A to Z Challenge 2017 update! Not much has changed – still working on J, Q and X!


I’m going on another magazine run tomorrow – I hope I find some good ones – I’m really looking forward to finishing! 

I started sealing the completed pictures – no photos yet but I’m half-way through with them. I’m only putting one coat on – then after adding the 3-D objects I’ll put several coats on to finish. For the first coat I’m using the following: 0822a

I found it at a thrift store for 99 cents and I’m all about doing this project as cheaply as possible – with the upside being fewer things going into the landfill. 

Here’s the current letter count!!!BW count 081916color 081916


That’s it for today!! Next week I hope to show you a completed J, Q and X! And a start on the fun part of the project!!!

Have a Creative Day and/or Week!!!!cliparistpaint



Weekly Weather – Fog

Here’s my submission for Jennifer Nichole Well’s Weekly Weather Challenge! This week’s theme is Fog. Please consider joining her challenge – she accepts all types of submissions, from photos to art to writing!!! Click on the badge below to go to her blog and submit your art!!

Fog – two page spread in an old atlas

Fog full


Pegasus flying in with fog over a map of Liverpool and London, cut from scrapbook paper. A small print of an illustration of Carl Sandberg’s poem, Fog.

Fog left


Carl Sandberg’s poem, Fog, cut from the magazines I’m using for my other collage challenge, A to Z 2017.  Woven strips of scrapbook paper, left over from another weather page’s scrapbook paper cuttings and lots of small, decorative brads. Map base is Germany and the Netherlands.

Fog right


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Why are noses so difficult?!

A new artwork in progress by my favorite artist, Jane Perkins!!

Jane Perkins

I’m currently working on a portrait of Frida Kahlo for Red Propeller Gallery, Kingsbridge. Sarah Anslow, the gallery owner, recently visited Mexico and is crazy about all things Frida! At the moment, I cannot get Frida’s nose right – more work to be done… I won’t give up the challenge!

Headdress, work in progress Headdress, work in progress

terrible nose - work in progress! Terrible nose – work in progress!

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A to Z Collage Update: 08-14-16

Hey all! I finished 3 more letters this week! Which means only 3 left!! I finished F, V, and Z!



The final 3 letters are J, Q & X!


Next weekend I’ll be sealing the collages to their bases – even if I haven’t finished J, Q, & X. I may leave them unfinished – I kind of like that look. I have some cross stitch pieces I never finished but had framed because it ended up looking kind of cool. I’ll see how I feel next weekend!

I finally have a letter count to share! The ‘oranged’-out and blacked-out letters are finished!az 2017 count bw-1az 2017 count color-1


Next week after sealing, the real fun begins!! I can’t wait!! 

In the meantime, keep creating art!!



Weather Challenge: Dust Storm

This week’s Weather Challenge is Dust Storm!

dust storm aThe background on this two-page spread is the central U.S. – Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas – classic places for a haboob!


dust storm b I printed the different names of dust storms on the pc. Colored in printed vintage photos (more about those later) with sepia colors of crayons and cut out little orange storm shapes from scrapbook paper.

dust storm c Downloaded and printed a vintage copy of the classic Dust Bowl/Great Depression-era novel, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. Lightly colored in with sepia colors of crayon; more names for dust storms.

dust storm badust storm bbThese two photos came from Wikipedia. Apt but terrible examples of how bad the Dust Bowl was in the 1930’s.

weather-finalweekly-weather Click here or on the badge to see the blog hosting this challenge! Please join us – all types of submissions (photo, art, writing, poetry) are accepted!!

The Next Step!

I’ve been casting about for a background to use for the collage’s because when the letters are finished I planning on adhering 3D objects. Art paper is not strong enough by itself. I thought about MDF board – but I would have to have it cut to size; I almost purchased some canvas boards off of Amazon – but they were a little pricey. So I started looking around for something to recycle or upcycle that would also be cheap! All I had to do was to look in my closet – I found some 12×12 scrapbook albums that I’ve had for well over 6 years and it was time they earned their keep. Using a box cutter, I removed the covers and the nice sturdy inserts. Here are the choices of backgrounds I’ll be using:










I know you can’t see the background very well due to low light – but in the finished product, you may not see it at all!

So the next step is gluing the pages down and then sealing it in preparation for the really fun part!!!  I can’t wait!!