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Cards, Cards, and More Cards!



Did you ever start something, and couldn’t stop?
That’s what has happened to me. I started making my own greeting cards, and I can’t stop. When I start another creative project, I can work on it for a while, and then something calls me back to making cards.


These are just a few, but I can’t stop!


Saturday found me working on my cow, and another canvas I have had at least three paintings on it.  The cow is most definitely a work in progress, and as I glaze, I have to wait for it to dry.  While the cow was drying, I started looking at a canvas that has had at least three different paintings, and now it is covered in gesso, and will have another.  My intension is to abstract it, but at this point who knows?



In my studio I sit watching the canvas, and wondering what it will say when…..I start thinking about cards again.  This time I pulled out some cotton/silk paper with leaves in the paper, and suddenly I think…butterflies.   OMGosh I might need to be rescued, or even distracted by someone, because I’m thinking I’m out of control!


Do any of you like making cards?  I find it a really good way to get unblocked too.  Cards and painting rocks!

Let Your Inner Child Play!


Time Once Again To Experiment!


What Are Your Feelings On This?

This is the perfect time to start experimenting with our art!  Certainly, if I don’t experiment, I won’t grow.  I have a ten pound box of Cotton Linters sitting in my garage, still in its original box, and waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  The Linters were shipped to me many years ago when I was in my paper making phase, and since then it has been given away (still in the original box), and found its way back home (still in the original box)!  I can’t seem to get rid of them!  But for the last year or so, it has been calling to me….

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cotton Linters, they are the cotton fibers pressed into large sheets of rather soft paper.  It is easily  torn up, and run through the blender.  The pieces  get pulverized to the point of being put on a screen, filtering out the water,  and dried flat – making handmade paper!  (This is the simple version!)

10# of Cotten Linters just waiting for inspiration!

10# of Cotton Linters just waiting for inspiration!

What on earth could it possibly be saying?

I only have vague ideas of what to do with it, but that ten pounds keeps just on the edge of my creative mind.  There isn’t any way I still want to make paper, but  I was thinking of preparing it the same way, and putting it into a mold of some kind to create a raised, molded image to place in a mixed media piece.  I know this sounds vague, it does to me too.  But like I said it seems to be circling the creative mind constantly!  If it can be pulverized in a blender, why can’t it be pressed into something with a shape.  Now I’m thinking if I put Elmer’s Glue with it, i could make some harder shapes.

OMG, just think of the possibilities!

This is how we come up with new ideas that  haven’t been done before, this is how art is created!  Trial and error!

Has anyone tried to do anything like this?  I’d love to hear about it, or your thoughts, and ideas…

I’ll definitely get back to this subject at a later date, but for now, I’m letting it simmer, and marinate up there in the old cabasa!

The Magic of Masa