Kathleen Creates

No So Deep Thoughts from the Artist In the Basement

My big fat skinny book. The journey ends. October 9, 2007

Filed under: Art,Buy my art!,Collage,Journal,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,skinny book — kathleencreates @ 8:42 pm


Today I completed the last of my skinny book pages.  26 all original pages, 8″ X 4″ each,  were required and as I look through them I realize that I have learned much from this  exercise.  I have learned to doodle. I have learned to control a paint brush.  I have learned that I actually like watercolor, something I never thought I would say.  I have learned to mix colors without fear.  Basically, I have learned how to behave like an artist. 

 26 all original pages is a daunting task, to say the least.  I promised that I would use this opportunity to explore different techniques.  But this  exercise has brought me so much more.  It has helped me to develop the style I was looking for, one full of whimsy and color.  It has forced me to put aside the notion that I can’t draw and accept my abilities for all their faults.  It also forced me too create when I truly didn’t want to – and I am amazed at what came out during that time. 

In short, creating 26 all original skinny book pages has helped me to feel and act like an artist, and trust that I am good at it.  I highly recommend the experience.



Taking the etsy plunge July 22, 2007

Filed under: Art,Collage,Journal,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts — kathleencreates @ 3:07 am

Open the door to the possibilities

So I have been madly creating masterpieces (okay, so not masterpieces, but art nonetheless) and now they have to go somewhere.  And with my newly diagnosed heart condition (so that’s why I get so tired!)  keeping me off the arts and craft show circuit, I need to sell some stuff.  So I have set up my Esty shop – www.beautifullystrange.etsy.com.  My shrink plastic/Sterling silver charm bracelets are there along with my mixed-media hardcover journals, memory/collage pendants and a few original pieces of art.  Hopefully, this will bring a little business my way so that I can buy more art supplies and make more stuff!  (Wow, this sounds like an addiction.  Hello my name is Kathleen and I am an art-o-holic.)

 The piece shown above is one of the pieces I am offering for sale on Etsy.  As always, I welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you.



Art is everywhere July 3, 2007

Filed under: Art,Collage,Journal,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts — kathleencreates @ 6:26 pm

Funerary Art

I just signed up for a skinny book swap with Chrysti Hydeck ( http://www.alteredabbey.com/shop/) a member of one of my altered art groups.  Not sure why, but this sent me on a creative journey using funerary art. 

When I first moved to DC, I would drive up Rock Creek parkway every day and catch a glimpse of the back of a very old cemetery.  Years later, I happened to find the entrance only to discover that they do not allow photographs.  The monuments are spectacular and the paths wind through tree covered lanes past the most amazing statues and markers you have ever seen.  I was sorely tempted, but I couldn’t bring myself to violate their rules.  Later on, I found out that Eleanor Roosevelt, during her husband’s presidency, loved to sit on a certain bench in this cemetery and contemplate her deepest thoughts. 

So, a few weeks ago, I was wandering around DC trying to find Congressional Cemetery when I stumbled upon another beautiful graveyard full of amazing statues and lovely markers.  I took photos until my camera batteries died and can’t wait to go back and get more.  I have used these photos for the above art journal as well as some of my skinny book pages which are not quite finished.  Hope you enjoy.



Dorothy in the land of dysfunction June 25, 2007

Filed under: Art,Collage,Journal,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,Wizard of Oz — kathleencreates @ 10:10 pm

Dorothy’s Journal

The Wizard of Oz has long been my favorite movie. So it is no surprise that I often think in “Oz” terms. I will make a real bone-head mistake and think “If I only had a brain.” I will get totally lost and lament “Where is that yellow brick road when I need it?”
My fascination with all things Oz has also led me to examine some of the finer points of the characters more closely. I have always loved Professor Marvel’s term of “care worn” when reffering to Auntie Em’s face. What a great term! I’m not wrinkly – I’m care worn!

Additonally, it occurred to me a while back that Glinda, the Good Witch was quite passive-agressive. Think about it. She antagonizes the Wicked Witch endlessly – she is already majorly peeved at the poor girl when Glinda “reminds” her of the ruby slippers. Then, while she goes to get them, Glinda magically places them on Dorothy’s feet and tells her “Tough cookies, sweetie. You can’t have them, unless you kill her.” Did Dorothy ask for the shoes? NO! Can’t she see how scared Dorothy is of the Wicked Witch? So Glinda’s response is to make the poor girl wear these damn shoes she didn’t want, dooming her to be endlessly chased by the homicidal hag. Her final indignity is to say “Oh by the way, Dorothy, you can’t stay in Munchkin land. You know the place where you’d be safe?!!” So off Dorothy must go with a powerful and unstable witch after her. Such nice hospitality. Why does everyone think the chick in pink is so great?!!

Anyway, that is the way my brain works. It is little wonder I made the journal shown above. I mean, shouldn’t the kid get something for all the crud she put up with?



To blog or not to blog? June 18, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Collage,Journal,Life,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts — kathleencreates @ 12:55 pm


In my quest for a meaningful life, I have embraced the mixed media artist persona.  That being said, the groups I have joined are full of “members who blog.” (Is this the new “Ladies who lunch?”)   Every few times I post a message to my group, I am asked “Do you have a blog?”  That question has always made me wonder “Why do you ask?”  Am I so interesting that you want to hear more from me?  Or is it that you wish I would quit taking up space on a message board?  The answer lies probably somewhere in between.

 So I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog, weighing the pros and cons.  Pro – It gives me a space to display my art.  Con – I will need to post frequently to keep it relavant.  Pro – Blogging may help me to immortilize my thoughts.  Con – Do I really want to immortalize my thoughts?  Pro – My brain is so full, I need a little space to organize my ideas.  Con – My brain is so full, there is no telling what will come out.  In the end, the need to create outweighs all.  Therefore, I must blog.