Sunday, April 26, 2020


Thanks to coronavirus, most of us are at home for long periods of time.  I hope you are all safe and finding things to occupy your time if you aren't working.  If you are, I hope you get some fun downtime too.
I was scanning some of my photo's and ephemera this wkend so thought i would share a freebie for you to print out and use in art (personal use)
You should be able to click on, then print.  (should being the operative word)  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Collage Sheet freebie (test)

I've been scanning a lot of my vintage papers and "stuff" to make collage sheets.  i photographed some of my vintage packaging to see if that would work too.  As a test, I've  downloaded this image for your own use. (not to sell) I just ask that you leave a comment if you print it out letting me know if it worked or not-i'm still learning.
  If I decide to put collage sheets in my etsy site, they will be full pages, not just partially filled like this one.

 i usually download to flash drive and print at kinko's  
smaller version 400 pixels

original 1217 X 1607
you'll need to save image, then print.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Teaching at SCRAP denton

Join me on Sun, March 11 from 2-4 at SCRAP in denton tx where i'll be teaching "How to Make a 'Zine."
$10    (supplies are included)

 Here are just a few examples of the 'zines I have made-the possibilities are endless.
 a more "sedate" mini 'zine                                 
 I'll show you different ways to make your background including paint, collage and pre-printed papers.
 You will create your 'zine, finish it off with a 'belly band' and enclose it in a handmade envelope.
This the a 'zine i did for halloween.

A fun, sarcastic 'zine I did.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Groundhogs Day...I'm Back

I am going to attempt to start posting on my blog again.  We'll see how that goes. 
my current obsession is making 'zines so thought i would post a few here.   Still working on "the great purge" in my art room.  really hope to get that done this year! (didn't say month) :)

A collage 'zine with no real theme.    The second one is my "party" zine.  fun colors and happy pictures.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Where does the Time Go?

I'm pretty sure i started a post or two, then never published them.  I've been working on getting my art room cleaned. Trying to find a spot for everything and purge some things.  The purging is not going as well as i had hoped.  It is hard to give some things up.  I have several boxes of stuff to donate and there are probably things i could sell as well.  I'll work on that after i finish with the "clean." 
I do post art on Instagram when i actually do something.  Guess i should put it on here too.  I hate to give up the blog totally but fear that day is coming. Not that it has a lot of readers-esp when the posting has slacked off so much.
find me on IG   donnajoy88 if you want to stay current.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


side of first hinge book-mixed media theme
one side of pages on larger hinge book

Maybe if I set the goal to blog once a month for now, i'll actually do it.  I post on instagram and forget to blog.   I hosted the project for my art groups' january meeting.  I also showed a picture on IG to a friend.  Told her i saw it the night before and wanted to change the project to that :)   She texted me later that night and said why don't we co-host this next month.  So i agreed.  Thinking we would come up with our own versions and it would not be too difficult.  Wrong.  Our Inspiration was Tina Jensen.  I saw a book she posted on IG  and wanted to try my hand at something similar.   Jeanne and I didn't like how loose our
books were when we just tied them to the hinge, so we came up with other bindings.  Took us weeks to make our samples, figure out 2 bindings (thanks Traci for the accordian idea!)  You can see pictures on my IG feed~but i will post some here too.
vintage girl themed book
other side of the vintage girl themed book

the small kraft book

the small kraft book pages

5 of my hinge books

pages in the "photo booth" book

other side of "photo booth" book pages

Sunday, February 05, 2017

What I'm Working On

I hosted my art group's meeting last month and we did postcards. sounds boring. :) But they are a lot of fun.  They were based on some I saw that Roxanne Coble (by bun) did on Make it Artsy.   Mine are a bit more involved and full of color-not just on one side.
I really like the mark-making/doodling part.  I usually have some on hand ready to add all the lines and such when i go to visit my parents.  Everything fits in a nice box and travels well.  I can sit at the table and
play without having to bring a lot of stuff with me. 

Now i am working on some door hinge books~will post some pictures soon!