About Michelle

What do talcum powder and volcanos have in common? They both erupt into a gorgeous mess and so do I. Anyone who knows me, knows my love for getting messy. I love to dabble with media and experiment with anything in my reach. As a child, I would mix water, food coloring and talcum powder to make eyeshadow. As I grew, I learned to knit, sewed my own clothes and started my own successful catering company before the age of 16. Later, I entered the corporate world and still found time to feed my creative side. I began my current path in 1995 following a trip to Costa Rica. I went to view the Arenal Volcano, only to discover it was hidden by clouds. Returning home, I decided to put my photos in an album and when I realized I didn’t have any pictures of the volcano, I searched the internet to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I stumbled across the world of scrapbooking and rubber stamping. It was my introduction to this new world and I haven’t looked back since! I am a Copic and Ranger Certified Educator. Before owning “Everything Scrapbook & Stamps” in West Palm Beach, Florida, I traveled extensively worldwide and loved to collect unusual items to incorporate into my art. Born and raised in England, I currently reside in Florida with my husband and two rascally parrots.

A couple of tags

another substrate I like to work on are tags.  They are inexpensive and easy to alter.  Sometimes though they are a little flimsy for the media.  These tags are made from heavy chipboard and make a great substrate for the many layers.

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A “New” old piece

Cassia gave me this vintage sewing machine.

I think it is going to be a great display piece in the store.

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National Stationary Show

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Met up with the owners from Foxy Fix.  It was their first time at the stationary show as well.  It is always great to meet someone that you tak with on the phone or via email.

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I went to a few tourist spots in the evenings.  I love New York City, the streets have their own song and everything is so vibrant.  I always feel that I could move here and then I feel the crowds of people and realise I could never live there.  Way too many people for me.

 

I did manage to a little journaling in the hotel

My Moleskine Planner

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New York

I am staying in North Bergen, NJ and taking the ferry over to New York.

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The Javitz Center is a couple of blocks away from the Ferry terminal and as long as I have this I am fine!

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Saw a huge peaceful demonstration while I was here:

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They are part of the Falun Gong demonstrations.

Storage solution for cut collage pieces

I have so many collage papers and images and when I have some free time I cut images out.  I altered a small accordian file from the office suppy store to file my bits and pieces in.

 

I used my Gelli Plate along with stencils and Acrylic Paint on copy paper to make the backgrounds.   I glued the background papers to the accordian file usng gel medium and then added a couple of layers of gel medium on top to protect it.

I glued on an image and some letter stickers and this makes a great file to keep small bits!

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Here is a photo of the file opened.  There are 13 tabs inside labeled.

Labels such as body parts, ocean life, heads, household, hats, etc make finding images a breeze

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Here you can see some of my cut out images waiting to be filed

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Before I get called out by those that know me, lol – I have hundreds of collage papers and bits and pieces.  These are stored in plastic totes of which there are many!!  This small file just holds all the cut out pieces.

Inspiration

I was inspired by an artist I saw at Wynwood Walls.  He made huge canvases out of magazine images.  I sized mine down for my art journal.

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I like the effect,  I would normally reach for Paynes Grey or Black when blocking images but I liked the pink

Urban Grafitti the File Folder Edition

I love to make books and when I make a painty or repurposed journal I call it my Urban Graffiti series

 

This book was made out of a file folder using tons of paint, gesso,  ink  and of course my gelli plate

One of the inside pockets filled with tags

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I cut openings in the cover so that the images could peek through

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You can see some of the tags peeking through the openings

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This was a fun journal / book to make