Backgrounds for Breakfast

Cereal boxes make great substrates for postcards and it makes me feel like Mother  Earth when I’m being green and finding a use for a throwaway!  (Actually, I would recycle but this even feels better). Plus–free art stuff!


Start by opening up the box to lay flat.  Then I put a light layer of gesso over the section I plan to use.  This is optional depending on what you’d like to put on next–if you’re going straight to paint or drawing materials you’ll probably need the toothy surface.  An all over collage works fine without the gesso.  I kind of like some of the text and design from the box to show through the layers.  Next is whatever and how much until you get to that surface that says, “I’m ready”.  Just play–paint, collage, textures, stamping, spray inks–no rules, have fun, after all, it’s just a cereal box!

I can get three postcards (about 4 x 6) from the front of a cereal box or you can use your awesome new background for any number of creative projects.  A cover for a handmade book would be an excellent choice.

Here are some of the postcard backgrounds that are good to go.  Just a few add ons to finish off each card and a postage stamp to send them out into the world!


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Riding Back to My Blog

Hoping to hop on this bicycle and ride back into the blog world after being absent for a very lo-o-o-ong time.  This little contour drawing was embellished with a bit of extra marker and watercolor.  It was one of my index card a day (ICAD) from the Daisy Yellow challenge in June and July.  Although I’ve attempted this for several years this is the first year I’ve actually completed all 61 cards plus some–yea, me!!

Now to get busy re-learning how to use all the features of WordPress….and creating more art, of course!


Playing with a one liner drawing of a bicycle .

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Photo Phriday #5

Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows

If you’re having a bad day or feeling down there’s nothing like a good walk in the woods to improve your outlook.  The rustle of the leaves, the earthy smell and the sun streaming through the branches reminds me that whatever obstacles we place in the way the light will find a way to reach us.

Get out there and go for a walk!

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Photo Phriday #4

I have a thing for standing close to the trunk of the tree and taking a picture looking straight up.  Have gotten some great shots this way, however, looks like this is a tree you need be careful under or wear a helmet!

A lovely bunch of coconuts!

A lovely bunch of coconuts!

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Photo Phriday

In keeping with the nature theme I seem to have going here I’ve reached back into my photo archives from a trip in a warmer climate.  We’ve had some chillier than normal days and nights and I find myself missing the summer which seemed to slip away too quickly.

This is some sort of succulent–do not know the name.  It grew near the place we were staying and I loved the combination of shades of green and rosy pink.  Think warm!!

Warm weather dreaming!

Warm weather dreaming!

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Photo Phriday!

Something about pulling nature up close and marveling at the tiny details lost in the big picture.  And I do mean big!  This leaf  was gigantic and could easily have been used for shelter on a rainy day but the fascinating details on the underside of the leaf are what drew me in.  Nature is the natural world’s most creative abstract painter.

Road map for a leaf.

Road map for a leaf.

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Photo Phriday!

Cluster of Toad Lilies.  Each flower is only the size of a half dollar--no bigger!  Fall bloomers.

Cluster of Toad Lilies. Each flower is only the size of a half dollar–no bigger! Fall bloomers.

Wanting to play more with my camera and have been thinking about this for a while. What better way to create a little incentive–commit to posting at least once a week. Let’s see where this will take me!?

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Birds, birds, birds.

Nine birds down; ninety-two to go!  Joined the 101 Bird Challenge started by Corinne Bekker with a group over on Flickr.     Here’s my flock so far😉 —


Collage birds "Put a beak on it"

Collage birds
“Put a beak on it”


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Tiny Accordion Book

Inspired by Tammy at Daisy Yellow I tried one of her fun little accordion books.  You can cut 3 books out of one file folder.  The little books measure about 2.5 by 4 inches when they’re closed and there are six small collage spaces on the front and on the back.  Love her attitude about random collage and not over-thinking what you’re doing.  Makes it more about the process and the joy of creating.

Not the best pictures–just a quick look at the collage fun I’ve been having!  Head on over to Tammy’s site for an instructional video and several other cool projects in her Tangent series. pop over to Vimeo

Side #1 of my little accordion book.

Side #1 of my little accordion book.


Side #2 of my little accordion book.

Side #2 of my little accordion book.

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Beads, Index Cards and Good Intentions

Well, I think I can surmise that summer is not a good time for blogging in my life.  All my intentions were to keep posting in June, July and August.  As a matter of fact I made a commitment to post weekly right after the new year and was doing well keeping that up….until the sun came out!

Three of my grandchildren from out-of-town arrived in mid-June and my attention turned elsewhere.  I even tried to enlist them in doing ICAD’s with me (yes, I stopped at 27/61) but pretty soon other activities took over.  I’m big at living in the moment so it’s all good, I have no regrets, my only problem being how do I re-motivate myself?

Since the kids have left I’ve not touched an index card (ICAD) but I did exercise my creative muscles a little with these projects–leather wrapped bracelets!  Thanks to a group of friends open to learning something new and one generous friend willing to share her expertise we began creating these:008

What fun this has been and I’m now amassing a good collection of beads and leather to continue.  Meanwhile I’m eying those index cards again and feeling the itch to do a little creating every day!

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