Saturday, December 26, 2009


The UHU Twist and glue is a product I have been wanting to try out...and here is my first result. I am very
happy with it; it is a very strong glue, and is transparent.
I took a couple of photos, as it's very difficult to photograph the marbles.
You need:
juice lid
2 glass marbles
2 buttons
bottle cap - smashed
pretty paper
gathered lace
small magnets for the back.

I stamped on the buttons, a squirrel, and a dog, with archival inkpad. The feet image is from a DaVinci
 collection. I glued everything as shown in the pic - with  the UHU twist and glue.  It worked great!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


LOVE IS … Soft – yielding – endearing – passionate.
I enjoyed putting these pages together.
All the images were transferred onto fabric using two methods – gel medium, and adhesive-backed cotton.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Two more Lutradur pages photographed - too lumpy for scanning!
The blue page has a painted piece of fabric softener sheet, which I was using to clean paint brushes, adhered to a paper towel. The little square is a Model Magic piece that I rubber stamped on. The pink page also has a pink fabric softener sheet, this time stenciled on with yellow paint. The round piece is a style stone with Opals stamped into. I love the colors in that set.


I wanted to take a break from the hassles that Christmas can bring - of course along with all the joy.
I made this spread in a short time, it just came together so easily. I do love working with Asian themes, so this might also have something to do with it!
I used text strips on the left, and rice paper on the right.
Stamps, stencils, a napkin and rub-ons were used, and then I played with my Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels on the right side. These are available at

Sunday, December 13, 2009


This is the result of playing with this wonderful product, Lutradur. This will be a bound book, but I wanted to take the photos before binding.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


I experiment with coil-bound books to use them as journals. This one did not work out well; the pages seemed firm enough, but they did not take water media very well. It’s usually a trial and error kind of thing. This one will be tipped into another journal.
These pages started off with washes of Golden acrylics, followed by some rubber-stamping, then collaging of text papers and images, then more paints, including a favourite of mine – Portfolio Oil Pastels. Just building up textures.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bejewelled Cover Instructions

I have had some inquiries about my Bejeweled book cover. Here is what I did:
The book I am altering has an old-fashioned cloth over bookboard cover. I painted the front cover with Golden’s Crackle Paste and left to dry. I then spritzed with water, and dropped a variety of Golden’s fluid acrylic onto it, brushing here and there to blend. When dry I spritzed again and put down some more colours. I then dribbled Golden’s Clear Tar Gel around the perimeter of the cover, let dry, then rubbed more paints on it with a sponge. I highlighted some areas with metallic rub-on creams.
The ‘jewels’ are curtain tiebacks.
Thanks so much for your interest, and the lovely comments you sent me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009



This started with a piece of taffeta fabric. I stitched some more cotton pieces on - the lady is stamped on cardstock and embossed with enamel powder. The orange and green square is painted with Jacquard Textile paints to look like plaid.  Lace, buttons, and trim adorn the quiltie.




This quiltie was made with the starting block of a piece of fabric I was using for wiping/cleaning my paint brushes. Then I started stenciling on the top and bottom of it with stencil paint. Next I spread wall compound on areas of the fabric, squiggle-combed it, and when dry I put down a variety of Golden paints. I rewet with water, then put more colours down. The rooster is a paper serviette (1 ply). The doors and windows are game tiles that I pounced alcohol inks onto. Then lace, trims, and jewelry finding. Size 11 x 11 inches.

Monday, September 21, 2009


This is a box I altered for my sister Joan's birthday present. I used sewing patterns for the first base, then painted, sprayed, glued, you name it!


The background for the left side of this journal page is mulberry paper that I used to wipe my paint brushes on. When it was almost covered in paints, I scrunched it up, glued it down, and painted the raised areas some more after it was dry. The right page is Asian rice paper, with a stamped lady (Time to Stamp) on mulberry paper glued onto it.


This journal page was done again with stencils, rub-ons, bubble wrap, stamping and images.


Here is a book spread made with napkins, rub-ons, paints and magazine images.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cafe du Fleur

This is a spread done using a technique called Napkin painting. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive, and I first saw them demoed at the Creative Festival in Toronto, by Susan Pickering Rothamel of USArtquest. Her samples were just awesome, very artistic.
My rendition is below. I began with a paper towel that I used to wipe my paint brushes on; when it was completely covered with a multitude of paint colours, I glued it to my book. Then I continued with the fun part - glueing on bits and pieces of napkins. I used four different napkins for this piece.
I completed the spread by using rub-ons - 'Cafe du Fleur' onto an organza ribbon, and glueing that to trail the centre of the spread.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


This spread is for the ABCanada Yahoo Group, the July Bird Mingle. The bird ATC on the left page was made by Pauline.
The left page is a printed transparency over a page I painted and stamped.
The right page is the same painted background, with a colorful image of tropical birds, framed with gold pen.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


This is an ATC for ABCanada Yahoo Group - Birds mingle for July 2009. Therese in Trenton will be receiving it to use in an altered book spread.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Here are my most recent altered pages. More napkins, metallic paints, and molding paste. I am having fun with these!


The left page is another napkin applied with Golden's soft gel. The paper heart is painted with molding paste and colored with metallics. The right page has a background of green-painted Wonder-Under, ironed to the painted page. The image is then ironed on top of that.


Lots of levels of paint, napkin tissue, and an image. The steam from the tea cup is made with angelina fibres, strands of heavy thread, glued down with Wonder-Under.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


These are a few puzzle pieces, and a full wooden puzzle I had altered some time ago.
I thought you might enjoy seeing what you can do with little puzzle pieces just waiting to be altered.

Schooldays - Aged paper background, stickers, crayon, slide.

Asian Lady - A fabric background with lace and ribbon.

50's Housewife - this one has a fabric background as well.

Wooden puzzle, altered separately then put back together.

I hope you try this sometime. Lots of fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Here is the book spread I did using an ATC (bottom right) from MaryBeth. This is the current Asian mingle in the AB Yahoo Book Club.
I used images, butterfly rub on, Asian coins, sheet stamps, dyed cheesecloth, stickers. I painted the background pages with H2O Radiant Rain watercolor dabbers.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


This is a book spread done for a Number mingle with our Canada AB Yahoo group. The lovely ATC was made by Kristy. I then used it in my page spread. The background is made with deli paper.


This is a book collage spread I did, using beeswax on the right hand page only.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


This is a booklet I constructed out of cardboard inserts/dividers from a wine carton. I twisted, pulled, pushed, inserted, until it became a book. What fun! The signatures are held together with adhesive cloth, as in bandage tape. It closes with a black elastic cord.
It measures 8.5 ins x 4ins.
I glued a vinyl type paper to the covers.

The Cover

And the last pages with the trifold open. The third section is the back cover.