Friday, February 29, 2008

Revolution X

ingredients: altered paper, acrylic paint, dry transfers, electrical tape, wax pastels, waxed linen thread, rubber stamping, pigment & dye ink, pen & pencil. click images to enlarge.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Rated E......

Thanks go out to Karen Hall who recently gave me an Excellent Blog Award. Thanks Karen! Your generous gift of this award is so very much appreciated. Karen's own blog -Karens Studio- is one of my daily visits. On it she posts examples of her amazing textile art, art journal pages, photographs, and so much more. The idea of the Excellent Blog Award is to award it to 10 people whose blogs you find Excellent Award worthy. Having recently given 10 blogs the You Make My Day Award, I will present the Excellent Blog Award to 10 different and equally amazing blogs:

Be... Dream... Play: eb puts in so much time, effort, and creativity into her blog. She even changes her blog banner more frequently than many bloggers post! I love her highly saturated photographs and her journal pages are always a celebration of color and design. Best of all, she is all about community -- her Blogandic Polar Festival is an event not to be missed.

bockel24: Marion is another prolific blogger, often posting 3 or 4 pieces of art in one day! And she is definitely the Queen of the Artist Trading Card. Right now she has been sponsoring the Postage People swap, a creative swap that has fostered many connections between the participants and their blogs.

The Land of Lost Luggage: Julie's blog is filled with her wonderful journal pages. And she is such a generous blogger. Among other great things she has shared is her current, easy-to-follow journal page tutorial. And everyone has got to run to her detailed post explaining the use of feeds. Follow her instructions and you will gain extra time every day!

Red Velvet: Judy's blog rates an excellent in my book due to her talent, generosity, and spirit. She has already been spotlighted on my blog. Every inch of her artwork has so much meaning and touches the soul. You can just feel her great big heart in everything she makes.

Contemplating the Moon: Bridgette is another artist that has been spotlighted on my blog. She is an exceptional artist that creates, among other things, truly serene images coupled with perfectly matched thoughts and phrases. Her journal pages are extraordinary. And I admire the balance she has struck on her blog between her art and her personal experiences -- a balance not so easy to achieve.

Bloom, Grow, Love: Alicia is a brilliant photographer who captures such beautiful and ethereal images of nature (as well as many other subjects) in such a way that you can almost touch, smell, and feel the object. Her color palatte is usually soft and warm and just makes you feel good. And anyone who uses both faded lines from a fold AND yellowed, old tape on their blog banner is excellent in my book.

Love Letters: Kathy's blog highlights her tremendous skill as both a calligrapher and an artist. Text is one of my most favorite aspects of art and she is brilliant in her use of letters and lettering. She recently took a paper scrap I made and gave her in a swap and turned it into a special work of art. She is a warm and giving person to boot!

two dresses studio: Trudi creates fantastic digital collages with layer upon layer of unique images. She is an extremely creative individual and always seems to take her ideas to a whole new level. For just one example, read about The Recollection Parlour on her blog.

Every Life Has a Story: Roben-Marie has such a wonderful eye and her photographs always seem to express such a genuine feeling, no matter what the subject. I absolutely love the innovative way she frames and presents her work.

The REV It Up List: Linda and Karen have created such a special blog here. It is all about highlighting other artists in great detail. The posts are filled with detailed interviews, multiple links, and interesting finds. This is another blog that fosters connections within the blogging community!

Please visit these most excellent blogs. And remember, if you like what you see, leave a comment. Bloggers love them!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Evolution of Revolution IX

Thanks to everyone for your amazing feedback about my Revolution project. I have received a number of comments and emails from visitors to my blog asking some very specific questions about Revolution, including requests that I share the process that goes into creating the individual pieces. I have started to list the ingredients and I thought it might be interesting to take you on a step-by-step look into the making of one of my relatively simple pieces which I call Time is Running out. So, in pictures and in words, here is the evolution of revolution:

Each piece begins on notched cardstock that is a little larger than 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. In this piece, the cardstock was covered with a light colored paper and, as can be seen in this picture, partially painted with the first layer of acrylic paint.

In this second picture, a second color of acrylic paint was added without completely covering the first layer. In some pieces I will add additional layers of different color acrylics as well.

Here I have added some random scribbling in complimentary colors using my favorite brand of wax pastels -- Caran D'Ache. I have used both water soluble neocolor II and metallic neocolor I. On those pieces that I add further layers of acrylic paint, I will also add addtional wax pastel, and often altered bits of paper, between each layer.

On the right side you can now see the addition of a dry transfer. This adds additional depth to the piece.

This is the part I like best and the one that usually adds the most texture to my pieces. Using several colors of acrylic paint, I place scattered lines across the page using the edge of a bookboard. For narrower lines I use the edge of a fake credit know the ones we all receive in the mail as part of credit offers. On this piece, the lines are relatively ordered and run both horizontally and vertically. Click to enlarge this image to better see the texture.

More acrylic paint was added here in two steps. First, I used bubble wrap lightly coated with paint to add distressed-looking circles. Then I splattered away using white acrylic paint thinned with a little water. I now felt that the background was done.

Once the background is complete, I will add the main images. Usually that consists of altered paper, an altered photo, or a transparency. However, for variation and simplicity, I used a rubber stamp and rub on letters in this piece. I stamped the image of the faucet using dye ink and then outlined the stamped image using a uni-ball pen to darken. Then I added the letters.

This is the completed piece. Although hard to tell from the photo, I edged the entire piece with black dye ink as a way to frame the art. I almost always feel that my artwork looks better when edged with ink, paint, paper, or another medium.

I hope the evolution of revolution was interesting and useful. I am always inspired when an artist shows me their process step by step. Hopefully you were inspired too. In fact, if any of you create something using this combination of techniques, please feel free to leave a link to your work in the comment section or email an image and I will post it.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Mail Call: in and out box

I recently received a wonderful, small (2 1/2 x 3 inches) deco from a swap sponsored by a Yahoo group. The theme was Old Text and it was created by Kirsten in January 2007. Thanks to all those who added pages -- Linda, Carol, Jan P, Pam, Wendy, Jan M & Thia.

Here is a sampling of the pages, each of which includes a piece of text that was provided to the participants by Kirsten and which arrived with the deco.

Kathy McCreedy from Love Letters and I are trading scraps and other supplies so we can each incorporate the other's style into a few pieces of our own. I received an envelope from her earlier this week generously stuffed with treasures -- decorated tyvek, moleskine journals, gouache, altered book pages, vintage journal sheets, hand drawn calligraphy, decorated watercolor pages, and so much more. Talk about abundance! Here is a shot of just some of what came. Stop by her blog to see more of her art.

This is the cover of a deco that I just completed for one of the Yahoo groups I belong to. The theme is Altered Pages. I designed the cover,
made the binding and included five inner pages lined with text to be altered. The deco will make its rounds among five different artists, each of whom will complete a single page. I will post the pages when the deco returns, although that will probably take close to a year. The text on the cover reads: Master the lesson -- Take pride in your art. Have faith in your art. Keep your pencil sharp.

Everyone have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Revolution VIII

ingredients: altered paper, altered photograph, acrylic paint, dry transfer, pigment inks, wax pastels. click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Inspiration Board II

Inspiration comes from so many sources. Memories and imagination always inspire me but sometimes I like to see my inspiration head on. Here is a partial shot of my inspiration board. Visit my post from August 2007 to see how it has morphed.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Revolution VII

ingredients: altered paper, altered photograph, acrylic paint, transparency, dry transfer, pigment inks, staples. click images to enlarge.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Revolution VI


ingredients: altered paper, acrylic paint, transparency, pigment inks, waxed linen thread. click images to enlarge.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spotlight: Scott Gordon

I came across Scott Gordon's website while surfing the internet. He is a New York based photographer with a creative eye and the ability to see something extraordinary in the ordinary. I was immediately drawn into his images because of his strong use of color, the feeling of movement, and the textural qualities of the surfaces. There is a sense that his photographs, especially in the Otherworld series, are images of something familiar but seen in a unique and mesmerizing new way. I asked Scott to tell me a little about his inspirations and his visual aesthetic. Here is what he had to say:

"What drew me to photography was a somewhat innate tendency to recognize potential images as I observed the world at a young age. I felt inclined to try to capture these exciting and curious images with a camera. I was not always successful, nonetheless I felt a desire to persist. I am inspired by what I imagine is often unseen or ignored. I try to look at the world in a open and somewhat naive way to find beauty in everything that is overlooked and taken for granted. I love composition, color, and texture. I often photograph static objects but also enjoy the moments and feelings seen in human interaction. I would like to focus more on people in the future. My goal is to travel and see the world while capturing its colors, textures, and people in a way that might reveal what is not always seen or appreciated."

The photographs below are just a few of my favorites from his website. I think they speak for themselves.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Revolution V

ingredients: ephemera, altered paper, vintage book cloth, acrylic paint, dry transfers, tape transfer, colored pencils, wax pastels, dye inks. click images to enlarge.

Friday, February 8, 2008

nature's grace

natures's grace...

nature's grace in a moment of repose
singular in its beauty
brilliant in design
alight in an instant of time

nature's grace, unparalled in form
captured in its essence
free to fly away
unfettered, unrivaled, on display

nature's grace, spotted on a wall
itself a blanket of blue
rough in texture, withered in rhyme
a crossing of surface sublime

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Revolution IV

ingredients: ephemera, altered paper, acrylic paint, altered photographs, dry transfers, pigment & dye inks, wax pastels. click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Pulse: round-up

Thanks to everyone who participated: all the people who came to The Altered Page to see the responses, readers who left comments, the artists who provided answers, and the bloggers who posted about The Pulse. The Artist Survey will be a regular feature of my blog and I will be asking a different set of 7 questions to a group of artists twice a year. I will put out a call in advance to find interested participants before the next round. If there are any questions for the artists that you would want to see included in the next round, please feel free to email them to me to be included (thanks go out to Maralena Howard of mcdc3s for this suggestion). In the mean time I have many, many other ideas for The Pulse. And there will be a new project posted soon.

So, what did 48 artists, 7 questions, and 336 responses tell us about our community? Well, for one thing, many draw outside of the lines. So many artists couldn't limit themselves to 1 answer and as a result, some artists listed multiples and some gave no response at all. Some people do not look at blogs and websites -- and for some it just might be their day job. People's opinions were often as varied and unique as their artistic styles. Some trends did emerge however.

Favorite blog seems to be Dispatch From L.A. followed closely behind by Michelle Ward. Go-to website...Flickr with Etsy in second place. Today's favorite color, as astutely noted by Michelle in the comment she left, was definitely red. However green was close behind and won the award for most shades -- lime, olive, sage, emerald, and cool soothing grass green! Barbara Kleinhans was responsible for that last shade and boy does that evoke a strong image.

The two most popular items on our studio tables right now were both classic tools: paint and brushes. The artist whose table that I most want to see is hands down James Michael Starr. I mean how many people have both a bust of Rachmaninoff and a 1918 Wizard Pencil Sharpener on their table!

The most varied number of responses were given to the question about favorite tool or technique. While computer was first, camera, scissors, paint, and pens were tied for second. New school versus old school. Variety was also evident regarding inspiration. There were only 2 artists who were listed as an inspiration for more than one person: Andy Goldsworthy and Michelle Ward. And in addition to Michelle, other artists that were both particpants and listed as inspirations themselves included Judy Wilkenfeld, C.W. Slade, and Bridgette Guerzon Mills.

As far as who you would like to take a class with, well if we could get all those artists together for one art retreat, who knows what would happen! Van Gogh and Michelangelo were tied for first choice. Nipping at their heels were Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Michael deMeng, and Michelle Ward. Wow...Michael and Michelle you keep good company! But I think Lisa Hoffman's answer to this question was my favorite response overall: "Mark Twain. I consider him a brilliant artist, but I'd rather have dinner with him and then sit around for a few hours chatting some more, while we drink brandy and he smokes those cigars. That would give me enough creative energy to last a lifetime!!!...class-schmass."

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Pulse: PostScript

13 more artists completed the survey after the original posts went up. Here are their responses:

darlene aka hUgGeR

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is... Since I’m a prolific multi mixed media artist I can’t work without gel mediums. I go from one type of art to another but usually the one thing I use in one way or another is gel medium. I can use it on fabric, trims, paper, beads dolls, and metal, plastic you name it. In addition I can mix all kinds of things in it and then apply it to what ever I may be creating.

One artist that inspires me is... I will not name one, there are so many in so many different disciplines. But with all that said I try to follow my own bliss, my own way my own creativity.

5 things on my studio table right now include... gel medium, encaustic materials, tissue paper, glaze, book; 100 ways to keep your Soul Alive.

My current go-to blog is...

My current go-to website is...

Today my favorite color is... I tend toward warm colors but today I worked on a piece with lavender. Not the color I would usually go for, but the piece is coming out awesome so maybe that’s the color. I don’t really have fav’s. I love um all!!!!

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be... Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Ginny Carter Smallenburg
Ginny's Small Studio

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is... I couldn't pick only one,,,really, I can't but if I must, I have to have good, sharp scissors. They have to be long blades with comfy handle and most importantly, close by!

One artist that inspires me is... Robert Rauschenberg. His art work just speaks to me.

5 things on my studio table right now include... acrylic paints, stencils, various sizes of wood both flat and chunky, a stack of vintage book pages and a stack of glass

My current go-to blog is...Dispatch from LA

My current go-to website is...too many to narrow it down. I am all over the place right now as far as what interests me and inspires me.

Today my favorite color is... RED! It was my favorite yesterday and I am sure tomorrow too.

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...Robert Rauschenberg. I saw his latest exhibit in Los Angeles three times. It was overwhelming to me. I had to take a break half way through each time because my head just couldn't take any more. He is amazing.
Becky New
BeXarts Blog
Life It Photos Flickr Group

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is... my camera

One artist that inspires me is... peas... ONE? honestly I am inspired by any art journalist. BUT... if I have to
say just one... it would be Michelle Ward or Kelly Kilmer (ok, I lied... that's 2)

5 things on my studio table right now include...large hand bound journal, box of caren d'ache neocolor II's, black acrylic paint, box of pen nibs and inks, box of my own verbage for pages (there is more on the table, but that is 5)

My current go-to blog is...This is one that I go-to on a regular basis?
It would be Kelly Kilmer

My current go-to website is...The new Flickr Life It Photos Group

Today my favorite color is...Olive Green

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be... Dan Eldon
Patricia Anders

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is a paintbrush but really my computer.

One artist that inspires me is Joe Sorren.

Five things on my studio table right now include a bowl of water, a lamp, some needles, a paintbrush holder and glue.

My current go to blog is ektopia.

My current go to website is etsy.

Today my favorite color is aquamarine.

I would want to take a class with Francis Bacon.
Gail Pierce
Expression Studio

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without digital camera

One artist that inspires me is...Virginia Cobb

5 things on my studio table right now include...the fabric paper quilt I'm working on, water soluble oil pastels, antiquing gel, painted dryer sheets, and Perfect Pearls

My current go-to blog is...There are about 75 favs on my list so it would be like choosing a favorite child. At the top of my list is Altered Page and Dispatch from L.A.

My current go-to website is...Fibre and Stitch

Today my favorite color is...Cadmium yellow

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...Georgia O'Keeffe. I broke down and cried when I saw her work at the Art. Museum in L.A. back in the 80's
Denise Lombardozzi

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is...sandpaper

One artist that inspires me is...lisa kokin

5 things on my studio table right now include...ivy leaf krylon spray paint, really chunky glass glitter, holga 120 cfn, an over the rhine cd cover, ink, glaze pens

My current go-to blog is... .emeffer

My current go-to website is...tony lombardozzi

Today my favorite color is...chartreuse

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...dale chihuly
Karen Cole

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is... A charcoal pencil. That would be my tool. With a drawing background, I couldn't do without it. It makes great marks, smears, shades and can be made to go away when I want. Encaustic painting would be the technique. It's delicious. Thick, thin, colors or not, scratch it, burn it, it loves it all. Plus, you can rub it with your hand, feel the texture and shine it up, in a flash.

One artist that inspires me is... I went to see the El Anatsui show at the Jack Shainman gallery in New York a few weeks ago. Anatsui uses African influences and takes rigid materials, like tin cans, and creates seemingly soft, cloth-like structures. Amazing!

5 things on my studio table right now include...Since I just cleaned out my studio, this is a good time to ask what's on the worktable, I can see everything. My camera, an altered book I am working on, a piece of cast glass I made and will use in an assemblage, a dictionary, Jade glue from New York Central Art supply

My current go-to blog is... Blogs? Can't just do one...impossible. ULLABENULLA go to "inspiration" and Laura, at

My current go-to website is...Websites? and

Today my favorite color is...Favorite color today would be blue. Azurite Hue, Anthraquinone Blue and Cobalt Turquois

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be…Alive today- Tony Scherman. Beautiful, huge, encaustic portraits.
Dead- Leonardo Da Vinci. Brilliant!
Lisa Call

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is...My sewing machine. I'd have to find a new medium as stitching by hand is not on my radar and I don't like using glue to hold the textile pieces together.

One artist that inspires me is...Deidre Adams Her art and photography are incredible.

5 things on my studio table right now include...The book on tape I'm currently listening to (Getting Unstuck by Pema Chondron), Scissors, Seam Ripper, Big containter of water, My cat, who sits under the lamp to warm up

My current go-to blog is...Christine Kane - motivational, real world examples of how to live ones life more consciously. Christine is approachable, understandable and funny.

My current go-to website is...Wikipedia - I love learning new things.

Today my favorite color is...Purple - always purple - deep royal purple but any of them will do. Although I don't use it often in my artwork as I'm drawn more to
earthy southwestern colors in my art. Subtle purples creep into these pieces. Maybe I'll go home tonight and make something purple.

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...Mark Rothko - I love his work and would love to chat with him about his take on abstract expressionism.
Chris Miser
Prism Trail

The one technique or tool that I can't live without is... paints and working with them on quality watercolor paper

One artist who inspires me is... only one? Okay, well, if I can't select Van Gogh AND Dali AND Michael deMeng AND Picasso AND Magritte AND Tenniel's Alice drawings AND Michelle Ward, I suppose I'll have to select Dave McKean.

5 things on my studio table right now include... scraps of red felt remaining from the disks I cut last night, five metal mini-mailboxes to be altered, two books: Duma Key by Stephen King and 52 Projects by Jeff Yamaguchi, a pile of loose paper toweling, and a book of 30 postcards by Jordan Crane. Is that more than 5?

My current go-to blog is... Michelle Ward's blog Tons of inspiration and new educational resources almost daily. And tons of heart.

My current go-to website is... CraftyPod

Today my favorite color is... olive green

If I could take a class from one artist from any time in history, including today, it would be... Michelle Ward. I love her unique design style, her business ethic, and the enthusiasm she brings to her work.
Kelly Parker
Kelly Parker Designs

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is... i know this sounds funny but my scissors! I use them for everything.

One artist that inspires me is... Wolf Kahn, I love his use of color in his landscapes.

5 things on my studio table right now include... scissors, long nosed pliers, paint brushes, gel medium and acrylic paint plus many other items to numerous to mention.

My current go-to blog is... ArtBizBlog

My current go-to website is…Gawker Artists

Today my favorite color is... Lime green

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...Michelangelo, Wolf Kahn, Robert Burridge, sorry one is just not enough!!
Kathy McCreedy
Love Letters
Kathy McCreedy Designs

One artist that inspires me is... Fred Otnes

5 things on my studio table right now include... Olfa cutting blades, Scotch
Craft Stick, pile 'o torn paper scraps, Golden acrylic medium, & Pilot Parallel Pens

My current go-to blog is... Michelle Ward's HCIT site

My current go-to website is...

Today my favorite color is... red/orange

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including
today, it would be... John Stevens, calligrapher
Leighanna Light

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is...I can't seem to decide between gesso & my dremel. I guess gesso would win by a very small margin.

One artist that inspires me is...Pat Chapman

5 things on my studio table right now include... a stack of 5 journals (counts as one since I work on several simultaneously!) a small container of bones, dremel, 1/2 package of paperclay, a tub of gesso

My current go-to blog is... ullabenulla

My current go-to website is... My favorite art website is mikel robinson
My favorite photography site is Louvier and Vanessa

Today my favorite color is... Quinacridone burnt orange

If I could take a class from one artist from anytime in history, including today, it would be...This is a really difficult question. My first thought was Judy Wilkenfeld & Jesse Reno. But then there are all of those talented dead guys to consider!

The one technique or tool that I cannot live without is...The tools that I depend most on are my knives/box cutters. I would just die if I lost them. They have my DNA on them. I use them for slicing, dicing and prodding.

One artist that inspires me is...I am really inspired by everything and everyone who creates, from crafters to artists.

5 things on my studio table right now include...Cabinet cards, Sea glass, Watch parts, Forks and spoons, Eyeballs and eyelashes

My current go-to website is...Craftster and Etsy

Today my favorite color is...Greens, not grass.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Pulse: technique/tool


Photoshop on my computer. Can you say Brushes, Actions and Layers, oh my!?
Roben-Marie Smith

my goat-hair hake brush
Gillian Mcmurray

beeswax. I've grown to love everything about it and will start painting on wood so that I can incorporate it into all my paintings.
Judy Wise

spray painting
Sarah Fishburn's so versatile...paint it, crack it, build it, rub it...just love it...
Angela Cartwright

a pen
Teesha Moore

My Sharpies! Good Lord don't even CONSIDER a World without this tool.
Lisa Hoffman

Polished beach stones from the Oregon Coast.
David Castle

an old credit card. I use it to spread and scrape paint across the journal pages, make lines, and all that good stuff.
Patty Van Dorin

I have painted layers of deep dark hidden secrets (very therapeutic) – even further obscured under more layers of color. I wholeheartedly feel there are no unnecessary strokes in the artists work - and perhaps not everything is meant for the admirers eyes to visually see. If one truly connects with the piece - they will uncover the hidden message within - and the artists secret will be revealed It's like a biblical scripture, mystery or parable. If one has eyes to see - they will see.
Maralena Howard

I would have to say that the tool that I use a lot would have to be my heat gun.

dip pen/black ink (journaling is a must-!
Stephanie McAtee

freehand embroidery using my sewing machine
not mass produced

my trusty dremel
Ro Bruhn

This is tough, but I would have to say that right now I couldn't live without the inkjet transfer technique. I do so much work creating transfers with my photographs for my mixed media pieces.
Bridgette Guerzon Mills

an awl
Judy Wilkenfeld

My white glue. Because if I found myself on an dessert island with neither the old objects nor the old books and photos I use in my assemblages and collages, I could still create constructions using items collected in the natural environment.
James Michael Starr

layering on my canvas or wood, whether I am layering paint over paint, sand or gels over paint or rice papers over paint.
Roxanne Evans Stout

my fingers. As much as I *try* to start out with a palette knife, glue spreader, bone folder or paint brush I always always end up using my fingers. My husband thoughtfully bought me a box of latex gloves to protect me from all the nasty chemicals in mediums, glues and paints. The box remains unopened. I need that tactile firsthand feel I guess.
Jen Worden

my computer and wacom tablet
Marie Otero

This is harder that it seems. It is not easy to come up with only one answer since I change depending on what I am working on, but I do use a few things consistently. There are several things I use in just about all of my work and one of those is gloss medium- I use it to adhere collage material as well as in between layers of paint in a glazing technique. I also use gold gesso as a base and in between colors to create a thin layer of light. I know that is two but I couldn't pick just one.
CW Slade

Jen Renninger

As a mixed media artist, it is almost impossible narrow down favorite tools and techniques!! However, I have to say I could not live without polymer clay with all its possible renderings. It can be textured for backgrounds for cards or books, sculpted into bodies or faces for dolls, it can be made to mimic natural stones or glass by incorporating materials into it, used to make unusual jewelry items, blended to form clay paintings, made into canes to veneer onto other objects, … Basically, it can be sliced, diced, sculpted, draped, squeezed, rolled, and twisted into just about anything one can imagine! I simply love it.
Lisa Renner

My Tim Holts scissors. They cut thick book board very cleanly, and the serrated edge grips what you are cutting.

Acrylic paints
Jenny Archibald

I love paint. Acrylic is still the default medium of choice for me and it goes hand-in-hand with Gesso, followed close behind is spray paint. I only use the cheap stuff when it comes to acrylic - I let the color selection guide me which ones to put in my basket. However, I'm picky when it comes to spray - it's Krylon only.
Michelle Ward

my camera
Linda Woods

Right now that would be my favorite painting knife. It's not too big and not too small and fits perfectly in my hand. I paint mostly using knives so I have quite a few but I always end up grabbing my trusty favorite.
Barbara Kleinhans

Credit card! I like to use it to spread the acrylic paint all over the paper. It's quicker than paint brush.
Andrew Borloz

Pegboard on walls of studio. Never could paint on an easel.
Karen Jacobs

Trudi Sissons

my camera or my computer
Susanna Gordon

Canon Digital Rebel - love my camera + working on learning a bit more about it
Ali Edwards

a brayer. I use it all the time. I roll ink onto stamps and linoleum blocks, I use it when printing monotypes... it's indispensable to me
Jessica Gonacha

As far as technique right now I would say distressing -- with sandpaper, by folding, with paint or ink, by tearing, etc. As for tool I would have to say scissors as I always seem to be slicing through something in nearly everything I make.