type journal

Over the summer I attended CREATE NJ and it was very inspirational. Joanne Sharpe’s The Illustrated Word was an evening classes I registered for. Her book The Art of Whimsical Lettering has been on my wishlist and was REALLY looking forward to the class. Unfortunately, I got a massive headache and never made it to the class. I was bummed!

Summer and fall went by and the book was still on my wishlist. UNTIL, I had a JoAnn’s 50% off coupon and the book jumped in my cart. In her book, Joanne talks of starting a type journal. That sounded easy enough, I just need to start one. Well, I’m finally getting around to it. I have a “vintage” composition notebook that has blank pages that will work perfectly. I painted the covers and absolutely hated it, couldn’t stand to look at it or touch it. So I quickly covered it with some old book pages and became much happier. The way I look at it, if I hated the cover so much, I would NEVER use it. That kinda goes against the whole point of the thing.

dinnys garden | type journal mixed media

The letters are hand cut from some old gelli printed pages. They didn’t get glued down because I’m not totally sold on them.

dinnys garden | hand cut type

One thing I have learned about myself is I am VERY sensitive to the actual touch and feel of my art. If the pages are either all bumpy or too smooth, I don’t like it. There is a certain feel to nice old paper that just feels right and I REALLY like that. Some of my gelli prints have a texture that just bugs me. That is fine if I’m scanning them to create something digital. BUT if I have to touch it, I don’t like it. The letters will probably be replaced because they feel icky and I want to start this journal.

digitally alter Gelli Prints

Mixing real paint, real paper and Photoshop has always worked for me. Photoshop allows me to fix things that are not quite right with my prints once they have dried. I can digitally erase or add things precisely where I want. What control I can have after making a fun mess with paint!

Each digital paper is created with SEVERAL layers in Photoshop. Various blending modes are used and sometimes I also adjust the colors a bit.

Here are some digital papers I made from that Gelli Print in my last post.

dinny's garden | digital paper dinny's garden | digital papers Be Mine dinny's garden | digital papers collage

All of these digital papers are available for sale at photoDUDS

photoDUDS | Be Mine Digital Paper Pack

great use for Gelli prints

It’s so much fun printing with my Gelli Arts Plate. However, I have a problem finding something to do with ALL of my prints. My art journal is a natural spot for them, but today I found something else for this print.

dinny's garden | gelli plate mono print

While wrapping up a  gift for a friend I found the perfect size box, but it had no lid. So I improvised! Recycled paper shred saved from some other gift cradled the glass jars in the box. Heavy craft paper was wrapped around the box and glued to itself, so all my friend had to do was slide it off to get the goodies. My gelli print was not large enough to completely wrap the present, so I tore off a strip to wrapped around the kraft paper.


Alphabet rubber stamps spelled out THANKS with brown ink.

dinny's Garden | Gelli Print Gift Wrapping

Tied with baker’s twine and it’s ready to ship. I hid bubble wrap under the kraft paper, so it should survive shipping (fingers crossed). I hope my friend likes the treats inside, I had fun wrapping it.



mother nature

The other day I spotted something odd from my window. I wasn’t quite sure what was at the base of the tree across the street. Deciding to investigate with my camera, I found this.


mushroom macro

It was an enormous group of mushrooms! All around the base of the tree, and it was a rather large tree.

Simply amazing.

this crazy weather is NOT helping

Fall has always been my favorite season! The smells, the flavors, the cooler weather – - – gotta love it. Except for the past few years, we’ve been under attach. As soon as the summer heat slows down and the garden is getting slim pickins, the dreaded stink bugs start bombing our house. Literally walking outside is dangerous, because those little stinkers aim for us. I’m not kidding! The kids would hate to come home from school because there would be hundreds of stink bugs basking in the sun waiting for them to get out of the car. The sad thing was, if you looked across the street, those houses didn’t seem to have the polka dot decorations we had all over ours.

It was so bad a few years ago, that I actually resorted to using RAID. This organic girl was SO desperate, I had to do something. I hate to admit I had an old can of that toxic stuff in the basement but I couldn’t take it anymore. It did work at killing them, but you had to hit them with the RAID. And well, it was RAID! Then I tried EcoSMART Wasp & Hornet Killer {because I had it in the basement}. It was great because it would shoot really far away, so I could keep my distance. That got kinda expensive and a little overkill. Then I tried vinegar in a spray bottle {because I had a lot of it in the basement too – that’s another story}. It didn’t smell as nice as the EcoSmart and certainly didn’t kill the stink bugs as fast. The vinegar was also not very kind to some of my outdoor plants {vinegar makes a great weed killer}. Then my mom told be a friend of hers was using this…

dinny's stink bug spray

DAWN dish soap {the blue original one} and water! I filled up an old spray bottle with water and added a few pumps of DAWN. It worked great. We keep a spray bottle by each door, and a few upstairs. Any stick bug that is silly enough to land on one of our screens will get sprayed and then flicked off. We try and see how far we can flick them {one needs a little enjoyment while doing this}. Can you also tell I like METHOD Brand cleaners? This is only a few of the bottles I’ve saved over the years. They are great to reuse, wonderful sprayers and the older ones even had adjustable nozzles.

If the weather gets cool, WONDERFUL. the stink bugs seem to be fewer. But then it warms up again, and they are back. It’s a vicious cycle. The stink bugs don’t seem to be as bad as they were about 4 years ago, but I still won’t sit on the deck thru most of September.

The DAWN spray killer has been rather successful for us. But there is one downfall to it.

foaming door

When it rains, sometimes our screens foam up!