Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Art Journal Pages

October is the month..
of magic..

Change is all around us...

sometimes radical..
sometimes subtle..
but there is no escaping the fact that change is in the 

and my pages, dear reader are about changes..
and accepting that nothing stays the same...

I think that the more we are open to change, 
the happier we are..

The crow represents magic to me..
and the ability to call forth transformation that is beneficial..
and join in the songs of nature...

Ingredients: Gesso, tissue papers, monoprints, antique papers, acrylic paint, transparency, pencil.

This week ...
I am cleaning up the studio
and painting pages in my travel journal..

and I will have one more quick post for you before we leave..

You can always catch up with me on 

Ciao, Ciao!

Friday, October 12, 2018

4 Tips- Creating Mixed Media Compositions

Ciao, gentle viewers!

Happy Weekend to you all..

Composition is like a little puzzle..
that enchants the eye..

but often we can get carried away with texture and color 
and this video will offer a few tips 

to keep the eye always enchanted..

I hope your weekend is wonderful..

and I will be back on Tuesday..

my last post before we leave on our trip..

Looking forward to filming in Europe
I have a few museums planned..
to share some art with you ..

my dearest friends...


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mixed Media-Ripped and Torn Series

Well gentle readers,
I am working diligently in the studio...
daily to tie up loose ends..

Holiday Cards with Vintage stamps.. Caterina Giglio

meet deadlines and get a handle on my work..

Caterina Giglio, Two Sides of the Same Story, Mixed Media on cradled board

before we leave for our
European tour..

That means that I need to have my
holiday cards made and ready to post..

so I have been working on those..

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media on cradled board, Settling Old Debts,

Caterina Giglio, Mixed Media, detail, Settling Old Debts.

and working on my 
Ripped and Torn Series

Which will debut this May..

in Colorado
at 142 Bis Gallerie..

I have learned so much about mixed media..
and paper with this new collection..

Magnolia seed pod and fall leaves..

and while I have signed all the new pieces, 
they still need to be sealed..

and I will work on that when I return..

This collection was birthed in relationship
Ripping papers to shreds and the ties that bind...
I found release in rearranging and story telling in 
different ways..
manipulating the paper to move to my narrative..

Caterina Giglio, The Days are Numbered, Mixed Media on Paper.

Thanks for all your concern about hurricane Michael,
we are fine and it seems to be headed west of us..

so I will be back in the studio this week and 
preparing for a new video on
Composition for Mixed Media..

Hope to see you then, 


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Art Journal Pages

The news has affected me greatly..
gentle reader...

Our supreme court hearings
to be precise..

and perhaps it has affected you as well..

My pages this month are about...
speaking out..
speaking up...

we will not be silenced..
we will go as uppity women..
we will take care of ourselves ..

and stand up for each other..
and for all women who have a right to be heard ..

We have been invisible for too long..
it is time to live large and loudly..

If you were ever abused, physically, sexually, or harassed physically or sexually,
raped or harmed in anyway..
Or told to just "get on" with your life..
if the laughter of "boys being boys" still reverberates in your ears and is 
permanently burned into your memory..

then this spread is for you..
it is for me..
and it is for all the women of our past,
now long gone..
those who went to their graves..


Ingredients: Gesso, pen and ink, antique ephemera, tissue papers, acrylic paint, paint pens, colored pencils, Antique photo, tape.

My heart goes out to you all..
and in gratitude for your constant support..


Friday, September 28, 2018

Top Five Mixed Media Questions

My 50th Vlog post!
Can you believe it?

we just past the 3,000 mark
on subscribers on 


I thought it would be great 
to talk about my most 
frequently asked questions..

We had a lot of fun with it..
so I hope you enjoyed the video..

May your weekend be splendid..
and all well in your world..

Thanks always 
for your most kind
it means so much to me..


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Book Cover Series-Mixed Media Collage

As you know gentle reader,
I have this
 major crush on black and gold..

and so this year I decided to create a 
holiday collection that emphasized that
 color scheme..

and paired them with 
antique botanical prints..

I also hand dyed a large piece of cloth and stitched it 
so that I could cut it up and use it in the backgrounds...

You can see it quite clearly in the background of this piece,

Send a Message of Love

There is something so enchanting..

isn't there?

repurposing old book covers..
and antique papers..

and it adds a sense of romance
to stitch
 tattered wedding veils..
and discarded petticoat lace..

to elevate not only the mundane, 
but the discarded..
forlorn and forgotten..


I will be putting the finishing touches on these 
and then wrapping them up
to ship

to 142 Bis Gallerie..

my dears,

the holiday season is upon us..

See you Friday
for our 50th Vlog post..
and I will give you the answers to the 

5 Top Questions 
that everyone asks me on 

Ciao, ciao! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art Myths - Busted

Lately I have seen a lot of art myths
related on social media..

now ... 
the perpetrators don't use the term 
but they unconsciously perpetuate the belief in the myth.. 
so today, I thought I would bust a few myths

for NON artists and artists alike..

1. Art is FUN
I hear this so often from non artists. 
Which generally makes me roll my eyes.

Art is like any other career.
There are parts that are fun, and lots of tasks and problem solving that is not fun.
Organization, marketing, photography, planning, sorting and scheduling social media..
and cleaning up studio and work desks, take up lots of time and energy.

Creation is not fun. 
It is a consistent act in surrender and release. 
The job of art is to surrender control so that the creative spirit can move through the artist
and manifest in a new creation.

If you work a "regular" job, then you have a boss, a company that you work for, you surrender to and as artists we have the same situation..
but we surrender to our calling and to a desire to create what we hold in our vision.
Sometimes it works.
Sometimes it doesn't.

But it is always work.

2. The Starving Artist
I realize that this is a big topic and I could write a whole post just based on this one myth.

The myth is..
Don't be an artist, artists don't make any money...
If you become an artist you will alway be poor...

The truth is that having a 9-5 job
when you are an artist can make your life miserable.. and 
having a job with a company and designated work week does not guarantee prosperity.
I know many people with "regular" jobs that always seem to be struggling financially.

The most important part of this is to 
love your work..
the second thing...

Never force your art to make money. 
and third 

Never work at a job you hate, just to make money. 

Find work that is creative and fun and that you LOVE to do 
and create happily when you can..

Release resistance to accept new opportunities, ideas and assistance from others.

Making lots of friends who are artists will open doors to new and interesting ways to create wealth as an artist.
Learning business skills and using social media can definitely assist in creating prosperity.

If your motivation to be an artist was to
be rich and famous, chances are,
your work is less than authentic..

I completely believe in cultivating a deep sense of gratitude for my collectors, my readers, my viewers and of course my Gallerie.. and representation..
as I give thanks and always feel full, I am consistently 

Never doubt or fear that prosperity will stop, 
or it will, 
once you are in the flow of currency, 
sail in on gratitude.

3. Artists are Messy.
You have all seen the videos.
The photos of artists with paint covered hands.
Painting happily with their fingers..
The pictures of messy studios.

Those images fuel 
Myth #1.. 
art is fun...

Yes the creation of art can be messy. 
My desks are often cluttered. 
Especially in the midst of creation.
Some artists like to work that way.
I am not one of them.
I have to keep things tidied as I go..
If I cannot find something, to use in my work then it is useless to me. 
So organization is key.

I generally work in a series.
That means that I continuously work on several pieces at one time.. in a theme 
or focused around an idea. 
It also means that I have to spread out take over the studio 
and when I finish a few pieces..
I clean up around me before I begin again.

Being an artist is a hazardous job.
Working with Chemicals is dangerous.
Read the labels, go to the websites.

Non toxic does not mean you can use your finger as a brush..
it simply means that we do not know the long term effects of being exposed to those chemicals
Use gloves, wear a mask.. 
I use chemicals on a daily basis and I want to live a long and healthy life.

4. The Princess Syndrome
If I hear one more person complain that their mojo left, 
I just might eat an art stick!

As an artist I can say that your mojo never left. 
it is in the room with you, watching you complain that it isn't present..

I call it the Princess Syndrome, because some people are always waiting for that passion, that inspiration that mojo to show itself.. just like a Prince Charming.. 
that boy is never going to show up..

If you want to be inspired, just go to work..
I get up and go to the studio everyday.
and I have scribbled on a piece of paper a quote by 

Chuck Close
"Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work."

The more we complain about anything, 
(including a lack of money) 
the less we have of it...

Now let me be clear, I am not saying that I never feel "stuck" 
or that I always know how something is going to turn out.
Because I don't.. 
it is NOT my job to know.
It is the creative energy, the muse, the creative spirit..
whatever you want to call it..

My job as an artist is just to be the conduit for the energy to flow through me.
Which sounds easy until you try it consistently..

The other thing about the creative force is that you cannot use it up.
If you use it it will keep coming back over and over ...

Never doubt or fear that it will stop... 
or it will..

Next week 
I will have my holiday collection finished
to share with you and I am also working on 

Ripped and Torn collection
and learning a lot about antique papers what they will and will not do..

Thank you for always stopping by and for leaving such wonderful


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