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DREAMY WATERCOLORS: VALLEY VILLAGE

“Valley Village” is my newest watercolor in my dreamy watercolor style of painting. You can see more of my paintings in that series here. Like this:Like Loading…

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“IT’S ALL GOOD” WOOD SLICE WALL HANGING

Here’s my latest “works on wood” where I use wood as a canvas for drawing. This is an extra thick wood slice that stands out from the wall giving it dimension.  I like that it shows so much bark for added texture.  I get my wood slices at UrbanWood, a reclaimed wood store  in Ann Arbor.  I get most of my scrap wood from my family who are carpenters and woodworkers. The people who know me…know that I say “it’s all good” a fair amount.…

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GLUTEN FREE RAISIN BANANA ALMOND COOKIES

If you’re looking for a gluten free, sugar free cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth, this might just be it.    I’ve frozen these for a grab and go cookie.  The almonds make them a nice hearty cookie too! 1 cup white rice flour, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 cup coconut flour, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 cup tapioca flour, I used Bob’s Red Mill 8 ripe organic bananas, mashed up 2 cups almond butter, I used Justins 2 cups crushed organic almonds, I put…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: SPECIAL NEEDS, VETERAN’S ART SHOW & NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST SYMBOL OF HOPE

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH”  headlines… Art group supporting people with special needs Togus art show “a very positive thing” for Maine veterans Symbol of Hope:  One-of-a-kind crucifix art pieces at St. Anthony’s hospitals by Native American artist. Like this:Like Loading…

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LAURA MILLER ARTIST STUDIO TOUR

I can think of so many words to describe my space besides being a place where I work…here are a few.       Like this:Like Loading…

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DREAMY WATERCOLORS: MIDTOWN

“Midtown” is my newest dreamy watercolor painting. You can find more of my dreamy watercolor paintings here.   Like this:Like Loading…

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LETTERING, ILLUSTRATION & SIGNS AT HENRY FORD MUSEUM

I visited the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan over the holidays.  The museum houses historical items from machinery to cars to home items and displays.  The museum is meant to document how objects and places were used in the past and how they have changed. I loved seeing the lettering, illustration and signs from the past.  The color combinations, style and designs really catch your eye as you go through the museum.  Here are a few that caught my eye. I tried my hand at…

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PSYCHEDELIC HAND CARVED WOOD DUCK COLLABORATION

My husband, Mike, is a woodworker and wood carver.  He enjoys carving ducks in particular.  However, as much as he enjoys carving, he just can’t seem to finish them with color and sealer.  He has two large containers in the garage with unfinished ducks in them. So I decided to take one of his ducks and put my spin on it (collaboration?).   No traditional realistic painting for me.  I took my Golden Acrylic paints and randomly rubbed it on the wood so that the…

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GRANDMA’S VINTAGE GREETING CARDS

One of my family roles is that I have become the keeper of family history…photographs, documents and momentos. I’ve been going through what I have and found what looks like a photo album from the 70’s.  What I discovered inside was a treasure trove of vintage greeting cards that my Grandma saved during her life time.  I save greeting cards too…it must be in the genes! The artwork and photography on the cards is beautiful.  The colors seem deeper than what you find nowadays.  I’ve see that some…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: LIVE LONGER, HEAL, DUBAI ART THERAPY & STRESS RELIEF

Check out this week’s “Art For Your Health” headlines… Could the arts make you live longer? Tapping into the healing power of the arts Dubai gets art therapy clinic to help troubled teens Art therapy draws parents, family at children’s hospital seeking stress relief Like this:Like Loading…

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SUNSET ROSES IN VINTAGE MILK GLASS VASE

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CHARCOAL GRAY CHALK PAINTED WOODEN FORK, SPOON & PINEAPPLE

I found these vintage tiki items on a trip to an antique store and fell in love with them.  I decided to put my twist on them. I painted them with charcoal gray chalk paint and then highlighted certain some areas with acrylic colored paints.  I distressed the edges with sand paper and applied 2 coats of wax. Here are my chalk painted bowls with directions and links to Lowe’s diy chalk paint. I really like how they turned out. Not sure where the fork and…

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DOODLING FRAMES ON KRAFT PAPER CARDSTOCK

I’m not quite sure why I have a fondness for kraft paper but I do…maybe it’s because it reminds me of wood (which I like to doodle on as well). Here, I’m experimenting with doodling of frames on kraft card stock.  I’m pretty happy with how the white stands out against the background.  I’m also digging how the color turned out. Like this:Like Loading…

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EASY PAINTABLE WALLPAPER ART JOURNAL COVER

I like paintable wallpaper because its just like a blank canvas…waiting for some color!   It also has a raised design that’s easy to embellish to add extra dimension to your art journal cover. Here I’ve used a pre-pasted paintable border that I got at a Lowe’s.  I cut a section along the design that is already on it.  The size is perfect for an art journal cover. Using Dylusions Ink Sprays, I randomly sprayed color on the wallpaper border.  It made a watercolor effect that I…

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ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TRANSFORMED BY ARTISTS, CHEROKEE NATION & PEACELOVE STUDIOS

Check out this week’s “ART FOR YOUR HEALTH” headlines… Children’s hospital transformed by artists Cherokee Nation brings cultural art to health centers An outlet through art:  Creative expression is at the heart of innovative PeaceLove Studios Like this:Like Loading…

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