2012 done, Movin on and Upward in 2013

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So you may have been wondering what I’ve been up to (maybe?!)…sorry to report that I haven’t been sittin around polishing off those last few Christmas Cookies! Instead paper, paint, needle n threads have been flyin all over the studio!

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The Sketchbook Project Project
This is my third year as a contributor to this global art project. My submissions the last two years were cloth books. As a personal challenge, I went with watercolor, ink and pastel collage on paper. My book this year was a reflection on 2012, the highs n lows. The watercolor part was fun but tricky! I am more of a textile, acrylic painter. Soooo glad I gave it a try though, I have been trying to paint more backgrounds for my lettered pages. And have already started some new WC painted papers. Here are a few pages of my accordion layout. Check out the Sketchbook Project on line or go visit them at The Brooklyn art Library before this years books begin their journey cross country.

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Painted & Embellished Dish Towels
For a recent art retreat where attendees exchange a little art trade, I painted dish towel-sized cloths. They came out very cute with the rickrack or flower trim on the edge. One prob though, I usually prewash all fabric before I paint or dye on it, but didn’t this time, and not prewashing this time was a boo boo! One of the galz used her towel and wet it and the paint ran!!! Too much sizing on the cloths must have been the prob! Oh boy! Live and learn!!

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There u have my little update!
Soon I will do a post on all the fab books n baubles started at Art Girlz,
Have a few finishing touches before I gift them!
So stay on the lookout for more in 2013!
My words for 2013 are :
Notice and Gratitude!
What are yours?!!!

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