Saturday, January 25, 2014



Household materials and a little paint is all I needed to make this arch. Cardboard frame, plaster cloth, joint compound and Golden acrylic paints. Oh yes, my friend Dave Hunter made the glass eyeball. Awesome, huh?


Friday, January 24, 2014


I used STENCIL GIRL STENCILS with Golden Modeling Paste to get dimension and texture. Golden Acrylic Glazing was added with the acrylic paints. There are touches and blends of Luminare Paints too. This is painted on a cradle board. Join us at JUMPSTART 2014 Cheers, Darlene

CREATIVE JUMPSTART 2014 / LIQUITEX Gesso, Varnish & Acrylic Paints

I'm participating in my second year at Creative Jumpstart. Nathalie at
hosts a powerhouse of contributing artists such as Dina Wakley and Pam Carriker. The idea is to provide you with a creative, fun place to gain a jumpstart on your creative projects. You'll explore new techniques and be introduced to new materials.

The theme is "household items" which means the artists each share a video showing how they made art with a household item. Nathalie has spectaculor sponsors...Derwent, Liquitex, Stencil Girl, etc. and all participants have a chance of winning some very valuable and BIG art supplies from each sponsor. All you have to do is make art with a household item and/or the sponsored product, then post on your Blog or other public site, and link back to Nathalies Studio. I will be posting the creative projects I've made.

Today is this little journal. I thought of making it when I needed a place to keep all those little pieces of paper with doodles or fun things my favorite young boys say to me. I used to transfer it all to a journal then I decided to make a journal to house the actual scraps of paper with scrawled insight and ideas. I especially like that it rolls up and looks decorative sitting on the shelf.

Household items I used: Wire, scrap papers, vintage film negatives, scrap pieces embroidery floss, scrap piece of furnace tape, scrap of canvas

Sponsor products I used: LIQUITEX Varnish, LIQUITEX Gesso, and LIQUITEX heavy body acrylic paints. That was easy to do because what Liquitex product don't I have and use almost everyday?

If you like join us at

 Cheers, Darlene

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lesley Riley Asks About the (F) Word

I subscribe to artist and coach Lesley Riley's newsletter. Today she has posted an essay titled, "Does this (F) Word Ruin Your Day?" She goes on to explain "Flitting that's the (F) word that is ruining my day, or is it?" I love reading her newsletters because she sends out inspiration, questions, and many times answers for me to ponder. I had to reply to her question about flittering. Go to and click the word BLOG in her Header Bar    to read the essay and to get in on the dialogue.

Back to whether the (F) word ruins your day or not. Here is what I wrote in response.

It does depend on what project I am working on and most often I am balancing more than one. I also find one project feeds the other so it works for me to flitter from one to the other. Also, there are times that I need to recognize that flittering masks fear. Perhaps fear of whether I'll paint well enough today or finally write the end of that story.

"I think the flittering is part "imagination in process" and I carry the talent and ideas brewing from a source I can't even define, but know is inside me. These talents and ideas are in need of idling, flittering, and moodling time to mature."

"There is a glittery-white space out there between here and there that I've found during meditation or before I drift off to sleep. This is where the muse lives. This is where the wizards dance. The world is inside me and expands over all realms of time. Desire is Life. Life is art. I have to allow it to flow freely through me for it to transform me. This transformation shows up daily in my art and writing. Sometimes it shows up while I'm flittering about. I honor working in little bursts of creative spirit. It is in the practicing and waiting (flittering) that then I find the art follows."

-excert from "No Bra, No Teeth, No Service" by Darlene Campbell

What do you think? Do you flitter about or not? Does it help your creative process or does it interfere?

Cheers, Darlene

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Kathryn Wheel: Kate Crane's Yearly Art Journal Calendar

New Year, new ideas about maintaining the art adventure with Kate Crane in keeping an art journal calendar. You can go to her blog to sign up, see how to do it, and post your calendar pages each month. She also has a FB page devoted to this! This is my second year to participate although I didn't complete all of the months last year. Will work harder to accomplish monthly calendar art this year. Besides it is more rewarding to use an art journal calendar that you made yourself rather than one purchased from a store.