Mexican Leaves Collage

This is a piece that I started working on during our recent retreat. I used a color scheme that I saw many times on our visit to Mexico. I also used some ephemera (taxi receipts) from our trip. I glued down the ephemera and scraps of paper to 6″ x 6″ canvases and then added color. I also used a variety of torn gelatin plate printed papers that I created on the retreat.  Then I decided to add the leaf motifs after I got home. I made acrylic skins with pouring medium to create the black outlines. I hadn’t tried that before and would definitely make them thinner next time.

Artwork by Ruth Lane

Here are all three of them together.

The color scheme is not one I would normally use but I really enjoyed using these bright, saturated colors.

Artwork by Ruth Lane

They are on the deeper canvases and were great fun to play with in this smaller size. That way I didn’t feel too intimidated like I do when I try to use a bigger canvas. I have tons more paper to use up so I think I will try some more mixed media collages like this. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Embellished Eco Prints

Here are a few of the eco prints on paper that I did at the retreat last weekend. I added some embellishment with black pen and Tombow colored pens.

I gave these as a small memento to the other group members. I like how the color really changes the look of the eco prints.

Art Retreat

I have been packing all week to go to an art retreat this weekend with my local surface design group. I think I packed the entire house.

Retreat Stuff

Here’s part of the stuff I’m taking. We are going to be doing eco printing and then I’m going to do some gelatin plate printing and some painting/mixed media/collage type stuff. We will be at a lodge that isn’t heated and it’s been a bit cold here so I’ve got lots of layers to keep warm.

Car packed and ready to go

Here’s the car packed up and ready to go. You can’t really see how much stuff is in there but I am bringing some firewood. I’ll take lots of photos (if I remember in the midst of all that creating) and show you what we did when I get back. Have a great weekend.


We went to Puerto Vallarta a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to sorting out a few of the photos. I thought you might like to see a bit of our trip. We are off to our first football game tomorrow. I can hardly believe it’s time for football again. Go Griz!

Another Card and Sketchbook Update

I did actually do some felting today but I’m saving that post for over on The Felting and Fiber Studio next week. I also made a couple of greeting cards with the transfer process that I showed several weeks ago.

Birch Card

The background for the card was from deconstructed screen printing on paper. I think it works well with the birch tree transfer.

Lotus Pod in Sketchbook

This is a sketch that I did when I was out of town last week. Looking at it in the photo, the leaf looks like it needs a bit more work but I like the lotus pod. Hope you have a good weekend.