Friday, October 13, 2017

Ribbon Tied, Handmade Journal

 dear readers..
and gentle viewers.

I had a great desire to create a journal 
in a squarish format
that was not stitched with
waxed linen..

as I was going to sleep

one night
I came up with this idea..
I seem to create... 
even in my sleep..

if I plasticized the page enough,
I could use ribbon or 
some kind of fabric to make a sweet little
themed journal..



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Les Jardin De Amants-Part 2

Imagine ..
gentle readers..
my surprise

when I returned to Fort Collins
to do my show last 
and discovered that several of my
unframed pieces
my French Paper Series
were unsold...

and languishing ....

tears and sadness..

considering that
they are my most popular collection

Caterina Giglio, Jardin Mosaic, Italian Collage

so I was very excited to bring them home..

and I have been working..

Caterina Giglio, No. 31, The French Paper Series

to mount them..

on boards..

is the first one to be mounted..

Caterina Giglio, Rustica, The French Paper Series

I will ship them back to
142 Bis Gallerie
for our
Holiday Show..

and will list them in the Gallerie
site on my blog..

Caterina Giglio, Carnaval Fleur

So I am delighted to offer them..

Vintage Fleur, Italian Collage

once again for sale..
Since they are some of my favorites and some
great examples of Italian Collage..

The fine layers of Italian Collage, Floating, from The French Paper Series

As soon as they arrive for the holiday show
I will let you know..

I am also prepping
for a new video..

they take 2 -3 days of work
and I have learned not to rush it..

October pages are being worked..
as well as a few paintings..

and another concertina book..

there is no rest.. 
for the.. 


Ciao, Ciao!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September Art Journal Pages

How do you illustrate 

I had about a million ideas
swirling around in my mind...

and when that happens..

when my monkey mind starts up
I know it is usually time to just start 

with a meditative process that 
shuts down the chatter..

and listens...
to the deep stillness
that knows...

If you watched my last YT video,
then you know that I collaged and decollaged both pages
with a newsprint magazine,

to watch the video, 
just scroll down to the last post

I ripped up the pages and glued and tore
them back and you can still see the print below
in the center of the hurricane..

I forgot to mention that I used my torn handmade paper
technique for the body of the hurricane in the center..

the white papers below..
that create the circle...

 what is with all the little butterflies?

Ingredients: Collage and Decollage, acrylic paint, watercolor pencils, handmade papers, paper ephemera, Liquitex paint pens, pencil.

They followed us on our journey..
from our evacuation
and all the way home..

and we felt comforted by so many
tiny messengers of


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Creating Texture with Mixed Media

dear hearts...

It has been absolutely ages 
since I posted a video..
weather has kept us busy..

so I hope you enjoy this video 
My Favorite Mixed Media Backgrounds Part 3

I decided to concentrate on 

let me know what you think!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Autumn in the Garden

this morning 
I took my coffee outside to 
enjoy the birdsong
and sit near my 
little garden..

my petunias are 
in love with fall..

"Flowers lift the spirit and refresh the soul."
M. Lever

and I thought I would capture some shots of
the dew covered garden..

to share with you

gentle reader..

my little garden is one place
where serenity

"If you've never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden."
Robert Brault

I used to struggle in the winter..

to maintain a kind of summer 
in my heart..

"One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and package of garden seeds."
Dan Bennett

in my mind's eye..
I always visualized working in my
gardens, planting seeds, like new ideas 

and quietly watching over them
grow.. grow.. grow...

Now I live in a place where I garden all winter and take a break in the 

completely backwards..
but I am getting used to it..

Early mornings 
I think
 are the best times to

enjoy the garden, 
the birds are waking, calling, eating..

"Let's plant our dreams in this garden and entwine ourselves like vines!"


the dew has just puddled 

 forming large liquid diamonds..

and before the sun crests the trees..

 I can still hear the crickets..

But with the sun's rise
 the dragonflies and butterflies warm 
and begin their dance
of joy..

"I have found, through years of practice, that people garden
 in order to make something grow;
to interact with nature;
to share,
to heal,
to honor the earth, to leave a mark.
Through gardening, 
we feel whole as we make our personal work 
of art 
upon the land."
-Julie Moir Messervy

so I am pondering
which seeds in myself 
that I will grow
this winter..

and what shall 
grow into?

Ciao, ciao...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

August Art Journal Pages

that is what I was trying to capture..

August was a lovely month..
with travel and family visits..

a trip to San Diego
and lots of time at our pool..

it was blissful...

so I wanted to create that feeling of bliss
on my page,
and the star of the skies aligning
with the stars of the 


There was time to relax...
catch up..
take a deep breath..
and visit with family.

it wasn't until the end of the month,
that we became wary..

in the writing above, 
I am urging Irma to go out to sea..

Ingredients: gesso, acrylic paint, antique ephemera, personal photos, graphite pencil, walnut ink, watercolors, molding paste, pencil, pen and ink.

but alas,
that was not meant to be..

I am working on 
September pages right now..

and experimenting 
with watercolors and paper clay..

and mounting some works on board..
for Bis Gallerie
Les Jardin des Amants..
I found some pieces that were unframed 
in May..
but ..
that is a story for another 


Ciao, ciao!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Wrath of Irma

dear readers..
Irma was a long nightmare..
we made the decision to evacuate
a week ago..

and I hope you never have to make that decision..
I agonized over what to take and how to 
protect what we have..

with so many family photos to save,
I left them in a large plastic tub and put them up high 
enough to survive water..

my dear friend Robin told me to put small photos and
antiques in the dishwasher and it would 
be water tight when closed..

We took our current files
and wrapped the older ones in plastic..
I secured my studio,
loading most of my supplies in my closet and hoping for the best..

I took art with me..
some of my current pieces and several pieces that
I treasure..
our computers..
and my current art journal..

the evacuation process was trying and the traffic was difficult
but the waiting and watching from afar was 
knowing that it was going to demolish the Keys as it had
so many of our favorite islands..

was hard to imagine
let alone 

and with family in Orlando and many friends throughout the state,
my attention was divided..

Irma took her time and she meandered around our state
with fickle unpredictability...
she kept us on our toes, just when we thought she would go west 
she shifted to central 
and that saved our home and our village..

The drive home was horribly long
and took 12 hours on back roads..

this is what we came home to..
we almost drove into it in the dark of night..
since we live in a rural place,
 all the power was out due to these large trees that 
came down just one street over from our house..

We regained our power last night..
and it gave me a little time to ponder the nature of power
and how we take so very much for granted..

we are fine, the house is fine and all is well..

thank you for your well wishes and your concern..
I am so grateful and blessed..

so many are suffering in our state,
as well as through out the islands and my heart goes out to them..

I will start unpacking my studio today..
and hopefully have something to show
next week..

Thank you so very much for your kind concern and best wishes!


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