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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lessons Learned in the Junque Journal

Too many to mention: the lessons I learned in this junque journal..... small j's.
Because the lesson I keep trying to learn is 'don't take any of this too seriously.'  This is art -- small a.
I like the common color palette throughout the book.  Not strict but also not too far afield.
And then from there, it was really anything goes. And that lesson was fun too!
I'm so inspired by my peers. Again, too many to mention.  
I want to do it again. Soon.  
Thanks for meandering through the book with me, dear reader.











Monday, June 5, 2017

More Junque Journal Pages

I love working with ribbon I can dye and ruffle!  And then sew into a pretty little book. :)
I want to experiment with embroidery on paper.
I love my teachers; I'm grateful for my muses.






Friday, May 19, 2017

The Junque Journal, Part 3

For me, an art journal is a learning space.  An experimental space.  Strictly pleasure.  Check out the pink crepe paper ruffle.  :)  Let me just say that learning to sew crepe paper is a hoot --- so cheap for so much product and super easy to dye.




Confession:  I'm passionate about words and I like quotes.  Funny quotes.  Wise quotes.  Witty quotes.  I admire people who come up with a short set of words that tell a story.  And I really like an art journal where I can ponder a good quote while I create with it.  Prettify it.  Play with it.
Are you passionate about words, dear reader?










Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bits & Bobs: More Pages from a Junque Journal

In the spirit of "everything but the kitchen sink," here are a few more pages from this art journal.  Really it's just stuff I like to look at, all put-and-stuck together.... somehow..... with something. And then something else, on top.  I hope you like its randomness.







Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Pretty Little Junque Journal

I made a little book.... maybe we call it a "junque journal" or a "glue book."  I just wanted a place where I could cut and paste and paint and sew and write.  

For the base I used all kinds of papers, both vintage and new, including lots of Fabriano Artistico 140# Hotpress.  This paper makes me swoon.  I truly love it that much -- so great for any medium, from pen and watercolor to collage to acrylics.  The journal's design is based on Teesha Moore's Amazing 16-Page Journal (Google and find the videos on YouTube for excellent step-by-step).  "Amazing" is an understatement -- I've made a gozillion of these over the years.  A 16-page journal from one sheet of 22x30 paper.  Amazing.  

For this project I added a number of signatures.  I did most of the machine sewing before sewing the journal together. Blackboard paint, ball fringe and S&H Greenstamps, washi tape, doilies and dry cleaning tags, and flowers.  Lots of flowers.  Pure eye candy.  More photos to come!









Sunday, April 30, 2017

Little Sisters, the Collage Paintings Continue

A few more in the series.  My hands are covered in glue and paint and happiness!  Check them out on Etsy for more photos and info.  Thanks for looking.  




Monday, April 24, 2017

On Dust-Settling, an Etsy shop, & New Art

Greetings Friends,  It's good to be back.  The past few years have been busy -- Mr. Right and I have graduated one from college, launched one into college, and built our dream 'empty-nesting' house.  I've gone back to full-time school-marming, with plentiful time in the studio during evenings and weekends. I'm not candy coating it -- there have been some rough spots. And maybe we'll go into all that later but for now suffice to say, no surprise, the creative process continues to be a mainstay of joy in my life. And so let us commence with joy!

I want to show off a few things but first, drumroll please, I'm opening a new Etsy shop! Just like the blog, it's name is MitziEasleysStudio (Etsy doesn't allow spaces...).  There are links both in the column to your right and up at the top of the blog on a new tab named "SHOP."  I'm still setting things up, moving displays around, dusting and primping but please join me there!

To celebrate the shop opening, I've created a new series of little postcard-sized collage/paintings collectively called the Little Sisters.  They are soooo fun, a little bit quirky, and perfect for gift-giving.


Some have messages; some don't.  

  


Some are angelic.



Stay tuned; I'll post more.  Perfect on just a little easel.   Aren't they a tickle?




 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas to All!

Santa's Delivery
9x12, oil on panel
sold

Thanks for looking and, as ever, for your never-failing love and support of my art. Hope your holidays are filled with peace and laughter.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Santa Baby

Santa Baby
9x12, oil on panel, unframed
SOLD
Another blue-eyed Santa...  I resisted over-futzing and really love that he is loose and "sketchy." Again and again, I tell myself, "step away from the painting."  It's hard to stop when you're having fun!  

Mr. Right and I are so happy to have all our elves home and things are happily busy in our workshop. Hope you're enjoying the holidaze and, as always, thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gratitude & the Blue-Eyed Santas

Papa Noel
8x8, oil on panel
SOLD
With gratitude, this morning I'm thinking about loyal collectors. It's all about shared passion and friendship and encouragement. It's about the catch-up chats and cups of coffee I'm enjoying as I deliver paintings that have sold locally. It's about connections.  It's soooo NOT about the money.

I'm affectionately thinking of these as the "blue-eyed Santas" as I find I leave that Tiffany-blue ground color peeking through the "whites" more often than not. I've gotten a number of questions about process and supplies and I plan to put together a post about that soon.  Have a great remember-what-you're-grateful-for day!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Father Christmas
6x8, oil on panel
SOLD
I'm humbled by the response to the Santa portraits and filled with gratitude.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kris Kringle

Kris Kringle
9x12, oil on panel, unframed
SOLD
I recently received beautiful frames from Randy Higbee.  The Santas look so great in the dark frames. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like....


Jolly Ole’ Elf
11x14, oil on panel
SOLD
It has been my tradition for some years to create Christmas art – click here and here for just a couple.  I love it and am always sorry I don’t start earlier.  It’s a stretch to keep up the Christmas energy and excitement much past January 1st.  Well, this year I did it!  How delightfully easy it was to catch the holiday spirit in October!

I saw a Christmas clock last week. It read something like: 42 days, 7 hours, 20 minutes, and 15 seconds. (Jaw drop.) I'm going back to painting... Thanks for looking! 




Monday, November 18, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Painting Paper with Paper: Gifts, Wrapped

Zig Zag, Too
12x24, paper on canvas
Can't get enough of this gray and white chevron paper.  I enjoyed painting Zig Zag so much I decided to give it another go, but this time in torn paper. (Click on the orange link to see the oil version.) Used some of those inky painty papers too!  Love the oil version and the paper version hanging together. (Click on the next orange link to see the hand painted papers.) Email me if you're interested and thanks for looking!
(double click any photo for bigger view)