Rusted Bust

Okay so I am just doing a quick pic as part of Wednesdays Workshop series that I will post each Wednesday.

I had a drawing class this morning and it’s my birthday so of course I have planned way too much to do in one afternoon – but I wanted to show you what I am working on in my workshop today.

I have begun to play with PRIMA’s Patina Effect Pastes with some of my paper mache’ projects that I am designing and am thinking about teaching in 2018. — I am in love with how quickly these little pastes create such a great patina effect or rust effect. I just use my fingers (shocker I know) and rub it/spread it/spackel it on. Check it out.

I decided to cut this in half and put on one of my cradle boards that I use with my gear girls. I am still playing with it …

but I am not mad at this at all!!! I will put a door in the opening I think and make a little shrine in it. It might work!!

Whatcha think???

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Check back Friday for the “rest of the stories of the Hawaii not Mexico trip, the art journal pages I created while there and the other hazards I created while on the mudding/ATV tour.

Thanks for taking the time to check in and check it out.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth it. Time to eat some birthday cake and lie about my age!!! Gotta go. Mr. Is here and we are off to dinner.


Three Trips/Three Amazing Women/Three Bands!

Hiya Journal Gypsies – and thanks for checking back in and checking out this new website and my latest journeys and journal pages.  I am gonna jump right in and do what I do.  If you are looking for a blog about a creative journey, the love of traveling and all the stuff that happens to this art journal gypsy then you are in the right spot.

Some exciting things have happened during my blogging break  –   Probably the one I am most happy about is – wait for it – I have an art studio now!!  It is in Pocatello, Idaho on the top floor of a great antique store called Black Rail Antiques.    I am so excited to have this great space and plan to teach mixed media, technique focused classes there as well as have guest instructors.  I plan a small store of odds and ends in my studio space so I can spread the love of all that is rusted, welded and dented!!

If you are local come on by the first Friday of every month for the Pocatello Art Walk.  Many different Artists open the doors of their studios or simply set up little areas to sell from.  Another exciting thing during my blogging break is my new Boxer puppy Arlo.  He is 11 months now and definitely my fur baby.  I think I may turn into one of those old lady Artists who spend way too much time with their dog and their paints and supplies.  I already have the purple hair!!!  I traveled to Texas with him but more about that later in this post.  And speaking of the blog post — time to get on with it — here we go.

So Mr. and me got back from our “Hawaii not Mexico” trip and three days later I left to see my three girlfriends in Denver.  Three days after I returned from that trip I left for a road trip to Texas and my family there.

Those of you who used to follow me on know that I love to travel and I love unconventional art and imperfect projects and techniques.  You might also remember that I am NOT a computer person.  But  I have a new laptop and am learning how to edit with a new program and insert pics etc.  This is going to be my test blog post —  I hope it works!!!  Here are a couple pics and a bit about my trips.  More to follow in next post.

These pods look exactly like hearts to me!!

During the Hawaii not Mexico trip I had my share of tricks and spills (I swear I am starting to sense a pattern).  I had never driven an ATV before but Mr. wanted to do a mud ATV thing and I was up for it so I hopped in the drivers seat and away we went —- until we didn’t.

I am not sure exactly what i did but all of a sudden we were like this.

Of course I had to roll the thing while leading the group.

I say that the root that jumped out in front of me and grabbed my tire and flipped us over was some Artist hating, purple hair harranging –  Hawaiian conspiracy.  It wasn’t even muddy where I flipped us.  It was just embarrassing.  Notice how I am at the front of the long line of tourists.  Yep — that is just my luck.  Anyway lots of other stuff happened and I managed to get stung by a jelly fish on the lips while snorkeling!! and all kinds of other crazy stuff.  Here is how the jelly fish thing happened…  — no wait I am not going into all of that here.  You will have to see the next blog post to read about that.

Lets just say that I love Lucy or Carol Burnett could have gotten some good skit material out of me and my adventures while I travel and journal.  But enough about Hawaii (for now).  Three days after I got home from Hawaii I left for a Girlfriends trip to Denver.  Fancy Nancy, Twila and Miss Cynthia (aka the Girlfriends) and I  had an amazing time.  The dispensary, the smoking bus, the Foreigner concert at Red Rocks, the baseball game the antique and junk shopping and all will follow (and yes the Jelly fish story) with pics of that time and some of the trouble and fun we had while there.  These broads are a hoot and a half and I am lucky to have them in my life.  I love them more than I love my luggage!!!!  I will try to add some pics of the junk/treasures I bought while there.

Three days after I got back from that Girlfriend trip I loaded up my Boxer named Arlo, my suitcase and some art journal stuff into my car– and headed off for Texas to help out my daughter.  As a co-pilot he gets a gold star!!   He even managed to see some of Moab, Utah that I hadn’t counted on his seeing when he figured out how to open the hotel room door while I was out of the room and trying to score some diet coke.  I know now that a door with a lever and not a knob is not a good idea.

Three trips in one month is much more than I normally do but it was a fun crazy creative hectic time and I loved it.  I have been home a week and am still unpacking and asking myself where I am going to put even more rusted bits and pieces that I just had to have.

Have a good weekend and check back next week for the “rest of the story” and pics of the recent trips and the art journal pages created while on them.  Remember that what you create doesn’t have to be perfect — it just has to be yours.






Botanical Beauty

So Mr. And I did a self tour through the botanical gardens in Kauai today. We loved the McBryde Garden. The Allerton Garden is right across the way from McBryde –and looks amaze balls as well.

It was lovely to see the huge banyan trees, bread fruit, mango and coconut trees.

The people were warm and welcoming. We purchased a boxed lunch and enjoyed it in one of the many shaded areas. If you get the chance you should definitely check it out.

Millie the Mermaid liked it and I took a couple of pics to share.

Hawaii isn’t Mexico

So you may have noticed that the last post hardly looked like it was in Mexico.

You are correct!! Mr. And I are in Hawaii and it is a loooong story. The short version is that it is our wedding anniversary trip and the tropical storm they were having in Mexico meant rain every day all day long for the week we were supposed to be there. So of course that would be no fun at all.

So we hopped onto Costco travel and tadah– here we are. We have mud ATV toured and zip lined and snorkeled and luau-ed it up.

Pics to follow.

Have a good weekend and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth it. Choose happiness.



Wednesday’s workshop

So this Wednesday was more about getting ready for Mexico trip than creating- but not entirely.
I have decided to do some art abandonment in Mexico. I wanted to do some painted rocks and so found some and started painting. They are small and hopefully won't cause the luggage Lucy's at the airport to detain me!!! I had been painting and then thought hey I wonder if I can modge podge on these little suckers!!! Wacha think?

Will post again soon from Mexico. Thanks for checking in. Be happy and be creative and be okay with not being perfect. You are enough!!!

I plan to stamp some positive phrase on the top rock. I used my paint pens for the bottom rock.


Wanna Wander??

Hey Everyone this is the art journal gypsy inviting you to wander, wonder, travel and create along with me.

Together We will see cool places and cheerfully create art journals and other imperfect but fun mixed media art.

In the next week I will head to Mexico.  Mexico has such a cool artistic vibe. The colors and textures of Mexico are worth exploring. I will create some art journal pages, And mixed media art. I am hoping to create a piece with found objects. I will be bringing some paper mache and glue and paints among other things.

Wanna come!!

If so check back on Wednesday for a peek at my work table before I head out to Mexico. I will be posting a list/pics of what I pack for creating art journaling/found object art during my trip.   We’ll figure it out together and have fun along the way!

Some of you may already be familiar with me through an old website and blog I had several years ago called InkyMee.

See ya on Wednesday.