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An Ongoing Journey into Mixed Media Art

Different strokes: A lesson on letting go August 27, 2010

Filed under: Creative Insight — artenvy @ 11:00 pm

Different strokes, originally uploaded by Artenvy.

I decided to just play in my altered book and this is what I ended up with. I really like the outcome, I’m sure there is more I could do to make it look a little more finished, but for now I’ll leave it as is.

This spread really taught me the freedom of letting go of my expectations for the final product. I didn’t let myself get attached and wasn’t worried about letting go a little. I still have a long way to go as far as learning how to “REALLY” let go, but baby steps right?


Really Awesome Video on Transparency Transfers July 29, 2010

Filed under: Creative Insight — artenvy @ 10:53 pm

I just discovered this video today and can’t wait to try this technique. I found a whole package of inkjet transparencies at the local Goodwill (thrift store) yesterday. I’ve been wanting to get some, but they were too expensive at the office supply store. I only paid 99 cents for an unopened package of 50! What a treat! I will post whatever it is I come up with when I’m finished experimenting. I’m totally inspired!


Altered Book Page June 20, 2010


I was so pleased with how this altered book page turned out!  I was having no luck with gel medium transfers, so I experimented with packing tape and came up with this altered book page created in a hardbound world atlas I found in the local thrift store.  If you would like to try packing tape transfers try this quick tutorial

Packing Tape Image Transfers


Blooming June 19, 2010

Filed under: Altered Books,Blog Posts,Creative Insight,Mixed Media — artenvy @ 11:11 pm

circles and hearts 1, originally uploaded by Artenvy.

i hope this doesn’t show up twice! I thought I blogged this all ready, anyway….This is my first attempt to paint flowers…I used colored pencil, watercolors and caran de ache water soluble crayons. I did this painting in a workshop by talented artist Sol Santiago who I met at the amazing Ning group Hands and Heart, created by Monica Zuniga.


Graffiti Love June 15, 2010

Filed under: Creative Insight,Mixed Media — artenvy @ 1:13 am

grafitti022, originally uploaded by Artenvy.

This was inspired by Artist Traci Bautista. I love her style and use of color and freedom! I can’t wait to take a workshop from her when i can afford it someday!


The learning process has begun… February 16, 2009

Filed under: General — artenvy @ 8:30 pm
Just before Christmas I was browsing the books at JoAnn’s and came across a book by Kelly Rae Roberts entitled “Taking Flight, Inspiration & Techniques to give your Creative Spirit Wings”. The title says it all. After taking it home and reading it cover to cover, I took out a canvas I had stashed away for the last 5 years (I was afraid to ruin it, so I never had the courage to use it!). Pretty soon our dining room table was covered with all my various assortments of art supplies and I dove in without hesitation. So, for Christmas presents for my brother and sisters, and my parents, I made several paintings all within one week, this dragonfly was the first.

I have found that I want to paint everyday, but my husband isn’t fond of the mess, and I’m not real great at putting things away and then getting them all back out again. So I haven’t really painted anything since.

Organization isn’t my forte. I have an office that has my computer, drafting table, fax and printer, bookshelves and storage drawers, which I always intended to be an art studio space too. But I have so much “stuff”, there’s no room left to spread out and paint! Excuses, Excuses I know. It’s ridiculous that I haven’t taken the time to reorganize so that I can actually use the room. There is a solution to every “problem” I use as an excuse not to paint and get creative. I procrastinate out of fear and guilt I think. Fear of not creating things that are “good enough”, and guilt for doing something I WANT to do versus the things I SHOULD be doing! BALANCE is the key to everything…so true in my life.

Anyway, if anyone out there is looking for some inspiration and is attracted to collage and mixed media you’ve got to get this book! The techniques are easy to follow and will have you creating great paintings immediately! I love, love, love her style and her willingness to share and inspire other creative souls. Thanks Kelly Rae Roberts!


Hello world! February 15, 2009

Filed under: General — artenvy @ 12:57 am


Hi, my name is Kristen and I’m totally new to this blog world, but I picked up the Somerset ArtBlog Magazine and discovered this whole new world relating to art and creativity and inspiration!  So I thought I could give it a try.

I haven’t always thought I was the creative type, but years ago my ex-father in law spent a few hours with me in his art studio, put a brush in my hand, paper in front of me and watercolor paints to use, and “viola” my creative wings began to bloom.

I’ve always liked to”make” things using whatever I could get my hands on, but never really considered my projects anything special until my family and friends started to really make comments like “your so talented”, “how do you come up with these things…”, “you are so creative…” etc.  I always just kind of brushed those nice words off, because to me, everyone else is much more talented than I am.

But finally after 20+ years of “wishing I could do that…”, I’ve realized that I’ve been making art all along, just not giving myself credit for it.  I’m passionate about things that until recently I thought were just “weird”.  For example, sitting on a beach for hours at a time collecting rocks and admiring how their textures, shapes and colors all mesh together in an exquisite visual and tactile masterpiece.  The latter activity gives me great joy!  I never really considered decorating my home with hand painted pictures, eclectic groupings and “trash to treasure” furnishings to be anything other than an expression of my need for lots of variety in color and texture. Now i realize that I actually have been feeding my creative “hunger” all along.  Now I’m ready for a creative “binge”.

If I could spend all my time painting on canvas with mixed media, creating one of a kind pieces of furniture, making jewelry from my collections of beads, buttons and rocks etc… I WOULD!  But…I have a family to take care of and children to keep happy, so I don’t.  My task now is to find some way to do both.  I’m an all or nothing sort of gal, so trying to juggle both seems impossible to me.  I’ll figure it out though, I always do, and there is so much inspiration online and off, I know I can be a part of the “art world” just by doing a little bit at a time.

I’m definitely not a good writer.  I probably don’t make much sense, but I figure I’ll get better as I go along.  I can’t wait to share some of my creative projects and get feedback from like-minded folks.  So today I just met my goal…Start a blog with just one post…Let’s see if I can keep it up just once a week!  Hope so.

Chow for Now,