Hello Professor!

Happy 2020 everyone!!!

I am happy to be back….my little holiday break ended up longer that I wanted, but it happens to all of us when our creativity just seems to hide away for a while.

With all the new releases that I’ve been seeing finally my creative fire was sparked and I hit the table!

Most specifically I was inspired to pull out The Professor stamp set by Tim Holtz…..his new stamp release includes the professor again but larger.  Seeing this reminded me that I hadn’t put the original professor to use yet!

Often as I’m working I snap a quick photo or two of the projects progress, sometimes I do that to remind my self how I’ve placed objects, sometimes I share with curious friends.  Today I’m going to share a couple with you, I think it really shows just what you can do with random objects, gesso & paint!


In this first photo you can see all the different bits I glued down in the natural form.  I have two bins of metal stuff, some of it is randomness and some is purchased embellishments.  I always start with my focal piece, in this case the Professor (he’s so handsome), deciding where that will be placed then I build around it, filling in the space of the canvas.


Once the glue has set I gesso the entire piece, here I’ve used black gesso, but clear or white can be used too, all depends on the finished look you want.

Next is sometimes the hardest part, what colors to use?  Often I start with one layer and keep adding until I like the results.


The patina/rusty finish just spoke to me, though that wasn’t how it started originally, I started with deep yellow and brass, but it just wasn’t right, so I kept layering.


I have to say that I do love the texture of Finnabair’s Patina and Rust Pastes, the grit is just perfect!


A few splatters of black, deep yellow & gold paints just adds to the overall finished effect.


Adding the little bits to his goggles making them look kinda like bug eyes was the final touch to finish off my Professor!

I really had fun digging through my metal bins finding all these fun bits to work together.  Who would’ve though a spark plug could make such wonderful art?!  It’s hard to believe this little 4×6 canvas could be transformed so quickly.

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderfully creative start to 2020……..a fresh new year of fun creative goodness to explore is ahead of us all!

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This post was written by Lisa on January 26, 2020

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Lost Journal Continues Part 2

Happy December!!

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say ‘where has 2019 gone’.   Overall the year has been a good one, yes there’s been some minor bumps in the road, but hey that’s what life is all about, and I’ve certainly had worse years.

I just realized that it’s been a month since I blogged…well November was a very very crazy month at work, sadly I had to give that more attention than my art work.  Though I didn’t ignore my art totally….I’ve been playing in my art journal because it’s quick and I don’t stress over the end results.

As we all move into the holidays we are all busy, but I encourage you to take some time to practice your art in whatever form that might be.  I will be taking some time to reflect inward, and think about how I want to move my art forward in the new year!

I have started a little Christmas season project….but you’ll have to wait a bit before I show you that!

Ok I know stop rambling and let’s get on with the show…..

img_2445-900x776Last year Mike and I went on our first no kid vacation since before our third was born.   We spent a few days in Hecla at the resort, it was heavenly!!  When we saw the giant Moose on our drive up we had to stop and take photos…..old family joke behind these.

img_2447-900x767My favorite thing about this journal is how interactive it is with all the pockets and flips.


We went up in early June specifically to avoid the busy season once school was out.  It was very quiet at the resort so our timing was great, even though it was a tad cool…..no swimming at the beach, but the resort had a fantastic hot tub and mineral pool!

img_2452-900x653This lined coffee stained paper gave me all the room I needed to journal some of our memories from our trip!  We even got ‘lost’ trying to find a trail, but we laughed and kept exploring!


The Tim Holtz pocket card gave me another spot to add yet another photo, this is from the viewing tower we eventually found ourselves at.


I had so many photos from this trip that this mini folder I made was the perfect solution to keep everything together and give me the space I needed.

Mike is quite  enjoying flipping through the journal which I’ve dedicated to us and it’s not even done yet!

Thank you for joining me on this journey today!

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This post was written by Lisa on December 1, 2019

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