Marbled Paper Testing with Amazing Results

I have been doing paper marbling for years but came across this most amazing new marbling product that works on so many different substrates. With this amazing product I have marbled frames, a helmet, planters and even pink flamingos. The product is made by a company called Marabu and the product is called Easy Marble, and boy is it EASY!

My favorite thing to marble is paper, why? Because I am a self proclaimed paper nerd, that’s why. I set my tray of water out with all the different colors of Marabu Easy Marble along with multiple types of paper. I used Strathmore Artigan which is black. I used Strathmore Drawing Paper, Strathmore Printmaking paper, Strathmore Charcoal Paper, Strathmore Mixed Media Cards, some watercolor paper, Yupo Paper and generic handmade papers. I had so much fun trying all the different types of paper. Below are the results, some better than others.


The papers below are Strathmore Black Artigan with Gold, Silver, Green, white and light blue Marabu marbling products. I really love how they turned out and can’t wait to do more.

This next round of images is from Strathmore Printmaking Papers. I am really happy how these turned out. I used color as well as silver metallic marbling ink.































In the images below, I used generic handmade paper cards as well as Strathmore Mixed Media Cards. What a fun thing to make hand marbled cards to send to your friends and family. I love getting and giving letters and what better way than to make and or decorate cards. I used bright colors and some metallics, I think they turned out pretty neat.
















In this set of images I used charcoal paper, mixed media and drawing paper. These were my least favorites.

























I also wanted to try using kraft paper, I had up-cycled some thin cardboard from my job and thought it could be cool when marbled. I really love how it turned out! I’d like to do more!





























Below are the images of the handmade papers. They turned out cool and you can see the really neat texture of these cards.
































I had one sheet of Yupo paper because it’s very expensive, I only wanted to use 1 sheet and see how it turned out before I used more. It’s very bright and luminous. I really love it!






New World – What I want from my Art

I have been thinking about a whole new world that I would love to live in, one that doesn’t have any anti-anything agendas. I think we can do more, say more, make more statements about what we want in our world through art.

My goal these days isn’t sweet lovely art but art that really says & means something to me. When I was in art school, I created art with meaning, art that said something, art that meant something to me. Somehow over the years, I lost track of my spirit, drive and emotions behind creating art. I fell into the trap of creating art and selling it for selling it sake. I don’t want to do that anymore.

I want to create art from my soul and my heart. What moves me, when I think about things is women, how we are treated. Separate and not equal. The other thing that really moves me is our planet and what’s becoming of our world as we know it. I want to FEEL when I work on my art and I want people around me to feel & see what is important to me too. I really want to make a statement and use my talents to speak to what moves me.

I have made a few mixed media pieces lately and feel very strongly about them. I have them here below; enjoy them (or not) but share them with those you feel would benefit from seeing them.

2017 Looking Back + 2018 Resolutions

2017 definitely had some ups and down. The first half of the year was amazing! I was running, accomplishing the goals I had set out for myself and was really enjoying the year. July was another story. It all started at Ragnar Relay in Tahoe. I was so looking forward to this, I’d wanted to do this relay for the past 4 years (when I started trail running) and it was finally happening! I was part of an amazing team and we were in it for the long haul. I was having such a great time until the yellow loop that I was doing at 1am. I was running along fine, having a great time and really paying attention to the ground (because it was pitch black, except for the odd headlamp here and there) and really feeling great. Once I got to the wide fire roads I let my stride take over and really started hauling – that’s when it happened. When I fractured my ankle and tore ligaments. I kept on running and finished my loop and the next loop that next morning. One week later I finally went to the doctor and found out what happened. I am so happy that I was able to finish the race with my team and get the coveted Ragnar Medal.
























I decided to use this time to heal my broken bones & ligaments and try to lose the weight I’ve been trying to take off for 4 years. I joined a special weight management group through my hospital and have lost 45 pounds so far and have slowly started running again. I have to be a bit careful because I am only intaking 960 calories a day unless I am running more than 4 miles then I am adding in an additional 160 calories. I feel so much better now that I’ve lost 45 pounds but there is more that needs to come off. (resolution for 2018).














What are my 2018 resolutions?

Well, for one thing I am going to start looking for another job. One where I can utilize my talents and passion on a daily basis, where I am happy to go to work everyday. There is a lot about my job now that is a struggle, it feels like it’s draining my joy & happiness everyday. I go to work and put on a happy face and leave my feelings at the door each and everyday. I don’t want my customers to suffer because of what’s going on in MY life. They shouldn’t have to pay for my unhappiness.

Secondly, I am going to lose an additional 25 pounds which is going to greatly impact my 3rd and 4th goals this year. Losing the additional weight is absolutely doable especially with the support team I have and the amazing group I go to every week. I am so thankful for my group. One of the first amazing things that have happened so far since I’ve lost the weight was winning a first place in my age group at a trail race. I was so surprised and happy to find out I’d won 1st place in my age group.














Third goal for 2o18 is running a 3 day race in April. I am going to run Mokelumne River Trail Race. It’s going to be one of the hardest things I will have done so far in my running career. It’s a 1 mile fun run the first night, a 50K race the 2nd day and a 1/2 marathon on the 3rd day. I’ve hired a running coach to help me with training for this race along with my goal number 4.







#4 and my big goal of 2018 is to run a 50 mile race in September. I wanted to to run this race last year but was sidelined with my injury. I am going to run Headlands 50 miler in the Marin Headlands, California. It is my favorite place to run and I know those trails like the back of my hand. I’ve run over there so much during the past 5 years. I love it there! Those trails hold a very special place in my heart. I love those trails and am so excited about this year and the adventures that await.

2018 is going to ROCK!!!

Encaustic Classes – I love teaching.

I love teaching, I think I was born to be a teacher. Nothing gives me a greater thrill than to share my knowledge. I typically use the analogy of the lightbulb for why I love teaching. It is thrilling to watch my students’ minds go while they are figuring out what’s going on and to see that “lightbulb” go on over their head when they finally get it.

Teaching can sometimes be difficult because there are so many different ways people learn. We, as teachers must learn to adjust our approach to be able to help those around us learn and understand in the easiest and best possible way for them. Staying calm and figuring out different approaches is how I work through all my teaching situations. It’s part of why I love teaching so much, it’s the puzzle and the challenge that helps keep me engaged. Also, teaching art is a BLAST!!!!

I have taught a variety of classes and techniques over the years and I never get tired of the inspiration that I consistently receive from my students. I love seeing others be creative and make art. Especially when they don’t think they can or have never tried a certain technique before. I was not supported for my artistic talents while I was growing up so being able to be supportive and watch people grow and develop is something that really means so much to me. It’s a very important part of life; learning new artistic techniques, growing your arsenal of abilities and changing your way of thinking about art can positively effect other areas of one’s life. Below are pictures of my students over the years and their amazing creations, I want to thank them for the joy they have brought me over the years.

Bees are Life

It’s been nagging at me, the fact that there are so many bees dying. I am sure that it is all the pesticides that are being sprayed for the produce and other food we eat. I understand that it’s a much bigger picture than just that but it’s been weighing heavy the last few weeks. I decided to create a piece of art to commemorate how much bees are needed for the survival of the human race. I started with a test bee on the counter of my tables where I work and then graduated to my art journal, finally landing on a small 18×20 canvas.

This isn’t the end of this conversation for sure but at least it’s a start.

This is my practice bee…

Here are pictures from my art journal….

This is my final canvas painting

Pantsuit Nation Painting

I’ve been so angry lately at all the news our stupid president is getting. The way he is systematically removing all the great things President Obama did for our country.

The fact that he is trying to repeal Obamacare and the fact that he is getting rid of DACA has just put me into a fowl mood.

I was looking at my pussy hat a friend made for me and got so inspired. I decided I wanted to paint a nasty woman painting. I don’t know if it will help empower women but it sure helps me and it really made me feel better about being an artist. I used to be so political and radical and as I’ve gotten older it seems like I’ve become more like milk toast. Not wanting to make waves or cause anything thought provoking. I have quieted my anarchist self. And that makes me angry too!

I don’t want to go softly into that night anymore, I want to go yelling and screaming for my rights and the rights of my fellow women, those who can’t speak for themselves because they’re afraid of getting deported, and those who are just afraid. I’m sick and tired of keeping my mouth shut and being afraid of offending people.

Below are pictures of my art journal where I practiced painting and sketching what I wanted to paint on a large canvas. The canvas I chose is 18″ x 56″ and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It will be the first of many paintings to come.

Below is the finished painting. Short video clip. It is acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas.

Selling at Jack of All Trades / Jack London Square / August 12th

Hi Friends,

I will be selling my Art at the Jack of All Trades Event on August 12th. I will be there selling my Encaustic Paintings, Encaustic Monoprints, Encaustic Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Handmade Art Greeting Cards, Quotable Cards and Art, Accordion Books from large to mini as well as Mixed Media Art on wooden panels. I will have a lovely friend selling her amazingly beautiful art cards, handmade art journals, and accordion books.

I am really excited to be able to share with you all the work I’ve been doing lately. This art is some of my newest designs and I am sure you’ll love them!

I’ll be at Jack London Square on the 12th of August between 11 am – 5pm. I’d love it if you would swing by and at least say HI! We’d love to see you and share what we’ve been working on with you. Lots of lovely and fun paper/arts/crafts  – something for everyone with price ranges suited for any and all budgets.


Below is one of my Encaustic Wax Art Prints









Here are 4 little Quotable 4×6 panels & mixed media.

Here are a couple images of my quotable greeting cards



Selling ART at a Holiday Bazaar

I will be participating in a Holiday Bazaar. I’d love it if you would come by and say HI, buy some of my art and see what new things I’ve been up to. There will be a lot of other local artists selling their art there as well. Remember, how awesome it is to support local artists, and local stores. I know from experience that people love getting handmade local art for the holidays! I will have Encaustic Paintings and Monoprints as well as handmade journals and notecards for sale.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Panama Bay Coffee Company

289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo


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Encaustic Monoprints FOR SALE – Perfect for Holiday Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching and what better to buy for your friends and family is ART from a local artisan. I have been an artist for more than 25 years and I have some amazing deals!

Thank you all for supporting my blog. I have quite a few new Encaustic Monoprints for Sale. They are all $50 and are printed on high quality Canson Edition Printmaking paper with R&F Handmade Encaustic Paint and Dry Pigment. The size of the paper is 9″ x 12″ with a deckled edge at the bottom with cut edges on the other 3 sides. If you are interested in purchasing any prints for holiday gifts please email me at You can also follow this link to see the detailed information about these pieces:

The sizes of the art images range from: 4″ x 4″  to 6″ x 8″

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