Plain Jane Scraps

Mixed Media Artist

April Technique Class

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Join me in April at Life’s Memories and More, for another art journal page and learn some “Seth Apter style” techniques for creating a unique background effect. See class schedule for more details.

Large Tag Tutorial

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Follow along as I show you how I made this tag using Magenta stamps and stencil.







First you need to gesso the entire surface of your tag.  Next add texture paste through the blossoms stencil (Magenta MCo1).20170312_192545




After drying thoroughly, drip Liquitex fluid acrylics on different areas of the tag, spraying with water as needed to assist drippage.               Dry thoroughly.20170312_193208

Stamp with background stamps (Magenta C48016-M and C95213-M) using Archival Ink – Watering Can.








Next, add torn book pages using matte medium.


Then add a thin coat of gesso over the entire tag.

20170312_195227Stamp your flower image (Magenta C0671 – Q) on tissue paper with Archival Ink – Jet Black. Color image with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils in Crimson Lake, Lemon Yellow, Olive Green, Limepeel, and White. 20170312_200028



Tear off excess tissue paper from around image and adhere to tag with matte medium (apply a coat of medium to tag, apply tissue paper and add a thin coat over surface of tissue paper, being careful not to tear the paper).  Add a thin coat of matte medium over entire tag.

Enhance colors of tag, using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. I used May Green 170, Permanent Green Olive 167, Orange Glaze 113, Scarlet Red 118, Deep Scarlet Red 219.

Splatter tag with watered down acrylic paint in umber and white.

Attach self adhesive embellishment (Magenta PEO 10-A-C Tulip) and rub Inka Gold – Greenyellow over surface of embellishment and on tag where book pages are visible.  Stamp sentiment and adhere to tag.  Outline embellishment and sentiment with black Stabilo All pencil and waterbrush.

Create dashed border with black Faber Castell Pitt Pen.  Edge borders of tag with Archival Ink – Watering Can.  Attach ribbons/strings and pinecones.


March Technique Class


Come join me this month and create a page in your art journal, using gesso for texture and gelatos in a variety of ways. See class schedule for more details.

Word for the Year

pjs-logo-9-2My word for this year is SHARE. After all, this is the reason I started this website. That is aside from all the prodding and pleading from family, friends and students. It is to force myself to share what I create. To push past my fears and self doubts – “it’s not good enough”, “who am I kidding, who would want to look at my work?”, “I’m not really an artist”, and on and on and on…. This is very difficult for me, but I know we always need to push past our fears in order to grow.  This is a work in progress, please bear with me.

More important, art is what I love to do.  I’m learning to enjoy the process, even if I don’t always love the results.   It seems that I learn something new every time I put pen or paint to paper or canvas; “Oh yes, have to try that again or Oh noooo – that didn’t work!”  It doesn’t matter, it’s a learning curve and so much fun. I still feel I have not developed a “style”, but it’s great trying tons of different techniques and experimenting with what I have learned from others.  On that note, I hope you enjoy what I share with you.

Thank You

Thank you to my husband and all my precious nest of friends who have encouraged me and made me believe I am an artist.  To you, I dedicate my first post on my new website.  I love you all more than you can ever know.

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