Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Three Muses Challenge - Hello Sailor

Elements from Tangie's kits "Letter Size," "Be Free" and "Collage Fodder," Holliewood's "Art Dollies," Gypsy's "Mercurial Trench," and Laurie Ann's "Pirate Ship." Verse by me.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Art Journal Caravan 2013 July Words of the Week

Elements from Tangie's "July AJC 13 Parcel Collection," "Gesso Messy 1," "Greatest Curiousity," "Assimilations," R. Young's "Sequin Spilled Edges," and Priss "TWF."

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ten Unusual Colors

I created this digital collage after reading Kelly Hoerning's Monday Challenge about using an unusual color from a list of 10 colors in Merriam-Webster Online. I guess I'm not any good at following directions, because I used all 10 colors. :-)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

By Eric - Eiffel Tower

I had to post this photo from Paris Daily Photo. If the thought of going to Paris thrills you, you'll love all of his photography work. He'd love to have you visit his blog. That's probably the only way I'll ever see Paris. But the best part is, it's cheap!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art Journal Caravan 2013 July Port-of-Call - America

Elements from Studio Tangie's "AJC 13 July Parcel Collection."

Lani's Monday Elephant Training Challenge - Elephant Mandala

Elephant jeweled pins found on Google. Diamond's from Holliewood's kit "Stark."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mad Tea Party Today!

The time is here.
Let’s give a cheer!
It’s really quite mad,
when you stop to think,
that it’s been one year
since the party was here.
And all across blogland
for you to enjoy,
it’s July thirteenth,
and the Mad Parties appear.

I hope you like steampunk.
It's our theme for this year.
It may be quite crazy,
but that's why we're all here!

Most of the digital steampunk elements I've used in the pictures I created have come from two incredible digital steampunk kits created by Studio Rebecca and Studio Tangie at You may want to visit these links so you can get the kits to use in your own art:

(Please click on any picture to see a larger size.)

"Now on to the madness, I mean, party. Oh dear!"

"Hello! I am the Mad Hatter. I am your host.
Bill painted me special with all the right gear."

"It appears more quests are arriving."

(Gif found at )

"Hello! What's that?
You didn't bring a hat?
You don't need to worry.
We've plenty right here."

"My, you do look so dashing
 wearing feathers on your hat.
It may seem precocious
but gears are all that!

(Background photo by Eric Tenin of Paris Daily Photo.)  

"Oh. You aren't sure what steampunk is?
 Let me help you. I know!
 If you have just a minute,
watch the show just below."

"Now unto the party! The tea is all ready and the guests are all here."

"Please grab a cup, and then unto the rot!"

"Boys, we don't call it rot.
We may be quite mad,
but manners we got."

"If you prefer Victorian, then here's one for you."

"There's three types of tea. Have whatever you like."

Earl Grey

Lemon Ginger

Strawberry Rose Oolong Tea

"You're standing here.
But the food's over there.
If you step over yonder,
you can see who's all here."

(Don't worry about the spider. She made of small gears.)

"Why, it's the Queen of Tarts!
But where is her crown?
She always brings goodies.
Let's gobble them down!"

"No, don't worry.
I didn't forget my famous lemon tarts.
Just fill up your plate,
and let the fun start!"

(Background image from

"That was exciting! Is it time for more refreshments?"

(Found on Tumblir page of belaquadros.)

"Steampunk cake. What a beauty!"

"Oh look. Here's another of Bill's mixed-media steampunk paintings. I guess owls like steampunk, too. In fact, it looks like it has been drinking some of our mad tea!"

"And standing right next to it is Lady June.
How are you, my dear? 
You're always so fancy
 each year after year!"


"I never miss a Mad Tea Party
especially when it's here.
I'm already planning the hat
 I'll be wearing next year."

"The clock sure is ticking.
Our party is about done.
But before you go hopping,
we need a little more fun!"

"That's just what we needed.
Now it's time you're away.
You have plenty of parties
you'll want to visit today!

(Hey! That's me!)

Now just click on this link and you'll be on your way:

(Additional steampunk elements used were from Holliewood's kit "Steampunk Animals" and EMS' kit "Steampunk. The animated gifs were found at The Steampunk Forum.)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dark Digital Whisper Challenge

We had an interesting challenge at Digital Whisper for the month. We were suppose to create something in the style of Giuseppe-Arcimboldo. Here is an example of his work.

I have to be honest. I have never like his vegetable people. For some reason, they give me the creeps. However, Paris was also suppose to be incorporated into the work. Kym Decker of Digital Whisper provided some of her personal photos for us to use. Setting aside the idea of vegetable people, I decided to come up with an entirely different idea, especially because I love Paris. Here is what I ended up with.

Some elements from Oscraps' kit "Parisian Holiday."

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Take A Word Challenge - Fish

This coming Saturday, July 13 th., is the annual Mad Tea Party blog hop hosted by Vanessa from A Fanciful Twist. I hope you will be able to stop back and join me for the Mad Tea Party I will be having on my blog.

"I don't exactly remember when I decided I wanted to be a fish, but I've lived happily ever after since that night when the fish fairy made my dream come true."

Sea elements from digital kit "Lifes A Beach" by Cryztal Rain.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

AJC 2013 - Week 26 - Vibrant

Elements from Rebecca McMeen's kits "Spills and Splatters" and "Steampunk Alice."