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There’s lots going on in the full-sized mixed media piece this image is taken from. It’s not all working yet, but I really like this buckle. I’m going to make a few color copies of the buckle to work into the original.

I’ll be photocopying at Fedex Kinkos from a file saved to Dropbox. That’ll be a first! UPDATE: That was easy! I can make quite a few copies at F.K. before I match the cost of colored inkjet ink, and with Dropbox, I don’t have to keep track of a thumb drive either. Sold.

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I found these ink sketches in an old notebook yesterday. I colored the more shapely one with Crayolas.

The crayons were a 40-pack gift from a friend. There was a nice range of colors but no labels or names to help you quickly choose the one you want from a cluster of similar shades. I guess I’ll have to make my own color chart and numbering system. Note: And I did.

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A bright and bouncy postcard from a friend arrived yesterday. The colored circles are so bright – and in the original, very shiny – she must have used enamel paint. I just love this.

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Skin All Over

The Economist magazine is a rich source of small images. Who would have guessed? The strip of brush-cleaning newsprint in the middle has only a few words of readable text: “skin all over.”

Index card, painted newspaper, magazine images, tissue paper, a very little bit of felt tip marker and colored pencil.

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This image is a straight-forward imitation of a minimalist mixed media piece I saw on the Daisy Yellow FB page. Acrylic paint, charcoal pencil, red tissue paper enhanced with red marker.

It just occurs to me that in this season, some might find religious symbolism here. None was intended.

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I got a notion to add simple stitching to mixed media after I saw others do it in the Daisy Yellow FB group. I made four very abstract 3 x 5 paintings that seemed to need a little extra dimensionality. Here’s the first one I stitched on. I like the lumpy circle; I don’t think it looks quite right here, but never mind. Acrylic paint, index card, sunburst stencil, scrapbook paper mount, embroidery floss.

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The first page in my first visual journal is the last page that I made. I was provoked by the quote. Enlarge the image and you’ll see what I mean.

I spent about 17 months filling this book. I’m not sure how many sheets it is; 40 perhaps. What a great ride. I have a new one to work in.

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