Wednesday, January 18, 2012

then and now

I just found this picture of Saluda and I can certainly identify the buildings here.

Now, look at the front of our shop.
We have a new location on your way into town.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Journaling does not scare me anymore

As far back as I can remember, the word "journal" made me shrink back, act like I was invisible, and retreat into some dark space that was very, very frightening. I remember seeing the journals of other artists that had shown me their work and they seemed very comfortable sharing these "top secret" works of art. Not sure where all those thoughts came from except that maybe I, ME, MYSELF, had a lot of "skeletons" in my closet, or had one too many secrets that I didn't want to share.
Slowly but surely those fears began to diminish when I realized that I didn't have to write anything on those pages about me! I could copy something from a book; maybe a quotation, a phrase that I liked or some random words that meant nothing at all. Once I realized that I "could do that", the creative process began to evolve and it evolved with the start of color on the page.

The first page that I called a "journal page" still remains quite vivid in my mind. It started with a large fish rubber stamps, some Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels, a black marker and a large blank notebook already filled with notes, ideas and visions of grandeur.  

As I gazed at the page with colorful, floating fish, I asked myself "what do I know about fish?" So, with a few wavy lines for my "fish list" added to the page I recalled the little fishy song from long long ago and there it was "they swam and they swam all over the damn". Totally non-committal in any way, shape or form. Whew! I did it! I created a journal page and I did it all by myself.

My journey began with a fish, a song and some color and as I look back I say to myself,
"that was easy and I didn't have to reveal any of those deep dark secrets that everyone in world is dying to know about me.
A colorful page just waiting for words

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Beauty of Moss

A while ago I was enamored with the insurmountable types of moss.

I found a variety of colors, shapes and textures.
Each one was so different, so colorful and so  interesting.
This one was was growing on a downed tree.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nature Printing - Part 2 Video

I just posted Part 2 of my dynamic, well produced, edited and extremely informative
video using Mystery Foam. 

The kit that I am selling on my web site  contains one piece of re-usable Mystery Foam,
a multi colored, dye based ink pad and a 2 ounce, fine mist spritzer bottle. The complete kit
ships FREE to 48 US states until Dec. 31st, 2011. Cost to you only $12.95.

Go to  and get your FREE shipping on a great product for art journaling.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My first You Tube Experience

What can I say? Well, it WAS an experience and it felt viral to me although that means something more grandioso than 117 views.  It all started with a conversation and a chance meeting with someone who kicks but when it comes to PR. Here's how it went down...
Michelle: Do you have a camera?
Jane: Yes I have one here
Michelle: get it out!
Jane: seen  running across the workshop to get a camera
Michelle: This is exactly what you should do - now stand over there.
Jane: Here?
Michelle: Yes! Now start telling me about Mystery Foam!