Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
I believe in teaching, the sharing of ideas and playfulness of creating.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mixed Media Place: How would you express sadness? Challenge.

Hello Lovelies-

Today I am participating in MMP Challenge, How would you express sadness? There is more information about this challenge below.

For me sadness is the secrets that we keep to ourselves. I think that when we bottle up our feelings of any sort, it gets in the way of progress.

Once I let out my insecurities and confront them head on.... They are never as bad as they were in my mind. They are distorted images in my minds eye. This journal page is about those untruths that sometimes I say to myself that is not 100% accurate and I do consider them lies. As you notice that the jounaling spot is covered in black representing the wicked things I can sometimes tell myself.

Why do I do that to myself? It is not nice and I would never make someone feel like that. So I came up with a saying regarding this behavior. "If you can't play nice then you can't play in my sandbox." I think that about says it all.  Don't you?

Here is what Mixed Media Place is saying about this challenge.

What are you feeling? {vol. 3}

This time we would like to present a feeling that might perhaps be a little difficult for some of you.
But as we all know, life is not just about pretty roses and smiles but it's filled with all sorts of emotions.
That's why we'd like you to find inspiration in ... Sadness.

Samples of the MMP Design Team are below.

For more eye candy go to MMP Here.

As you will see in a moment, Sadness can be a source of truly amazing art!
We'd like to invite you to participate in our challenge. You may treat the subject from any angle - express Sadness on paper or tell us what your remedies are.
Just take a look at MMP DT's works, we are sure they will spark your imagination.....

I hope this will inspire you to journal about those hard times in life. I know that it does help me see life clearer.


Here is what I used: Stencils and Octopode Factory Stamps

Hello Creatives...
Happy Hump Day to you and all your amazing Ideas. My hope is that you capture them all.
I know that sometimes I feel like "Miss Posy" and the zipper opens up in my head and ideas flow out so quickly that I have a hard time collecting them all.

I would like to say a warm thank you to for the last 6 months of giving me some creative genius with the stunning stencils that they make. I am ecstatic to have had this opportunity to give back to the creative environment that often gives to me.

This tag was done with Tim Holtz marbling technique with Distress Paints, Stencils Cell Theory, Viva Gold Paint Haematite, wood embellishments, copic markers and Octopode Factory Digi Stamps.

Be well.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stampotique ATC Swap Feb. 2014

Hello Hello....

Look what I recieved in the post yesterday-!!!

My ATC swap from Pauline Adamson... This is really "Outside The Box".  I love everything about her. The way she was packaged in the box and her wings to help her fly out.
Thank You Pauline.
Much Love Darling.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Post Valenitne's Day. Do You Still Feel the Love?

I DO-! 

With and BoBunny, Head Over Heels Hanging Tag.

I used Bo Bunny Head Over Heels I want it all Bundle. I love the modern, artful, sketchy look to this Valentine's Day collection. Red heart and doily were cut out on the  Silhouette Cameo.


Thursday, February 20, 2014 ATC Swap on Facebook-


Hello Loves-

I wanted to share my Stampotique creation with you that is now in the mail traveling some distance to it's new home. I can not tell you how excited I am for the recipient to have this ATC. She has always been a great supporter of mine from the very start and I was thrilled I was awarded her name.
Atlas- That is still a secret-!!  (In the best maniacal laugh I have).

Hope you will join us in the future for a ATC swap on the Stampotique FaceBook Page.

Wishing you a Creative Weekend.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Watercolor Tutorial and Stencils

Hello Creatives.....

Sarinda here as your mid week muse with a watercolor, ink and Pan Pastels tutorial. This color palette is one that I was working on in New York a few weeks ago and wanted to see how it looks in this medium. Then I will move onto incorporating it in a glass sculpture. Let me know if you like it?!

Here is what you will need:
Step 1:
I most always choose to do a color palette blending test first. So I used a sheet of watercolor paper that I knew that I would be working on and added two pure colors on the left of the page and the mixed 50% of each color on the right.

Here is the test that I did. You can do this with any colors you wish. Keep in mind warm colors play nice with warm colors and cool colors play nice with cool colors. Otherwise you might get an icky brown... Well I guess I could a good color too. :D
 Step 2:
Using the yellow/green and some light brown I made marks like a school of fish on the lower half of page.
 Step 3:
Here you can see that I added some sweeping reed like plants. Starting with the yellow/green, orange, light brown, medium brown and then black/brown. Don't think about it too much just make some marks.
 Step 4:
Adding some defining line work over the top of the dried watercolor to give some definition.
 Here is a detail of the line work.
 Step 5:
As you probbly know by now that I love the Playful Pods stencils a whole darn lot. lol. I wanted to add some Pan Pastels to the top layer in the lower left corner of thew work.
 Step 6:
Cut down the image to fit your mat and frame. I always work a bit larger to help with the composition of the frame. Sign mat and frame your art.
Here is a detail of the work. I love the flowing look of the watercolors and the colors. It reminds me of a warm summer day listening to the reed grasses sing in the wind.
Much love and kindness to you.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Gelli and Part 3


I have been traveling teaching at Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY as well as a few days in NYC. What wonderful inspirations I have enjoyed walking through the art museums.

Today is part 3 of 3 posts of Printing with Gelli Plate and Artistcellar Stencils. Here is the link to  Part 1 and Part 2 Gelli and if you would like to get caught up.

What you can make with these beautiful papers? I think the key is not to think that these are too precious to use. They are fun to make and you can make more in minutes….. Well- if you are me, I can go all afternoon. lol.

Now that you have all these fabulous monoprinted papers. WHAT will you ever do with them?
Here is just a few ideas.
  • backgrounds
  • envelopes
  • jewelry
  • mixed media
  • canvas
  • encaustic
  • cards
  • stationary
  • ATC’s
  • gift wrapping
Today I have Magnets that I made with glass blobs and clear drying glue such as Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze. Magnets are hot glued onto the back of the glass.
Hope you have some creative genius today.