Saturday, September 27, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ WISH

If I were granted a WISH right at this very moment, it would be that summer was just beginning rather than just ending.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love to Learn

In addition to creating art, I simply love to learn new art techniques. As luck would have it, a former student of mine offered to teach me one of the techniques she uses for binding books.

She gave me a list of supplies, one of which was paper. Rather than create the book with plain paper, I decided to add color and patterns with spray inks and stencils so my book pages would have backgrounds ready to go.

A warm sunny day + 90 lb watercolor paper + water mister + spray inks + stencils = book-ready paper


A few hours later, after superb guidance and clear instructions, I had created the sweetest handmade book. The addition of a simple button closure and my book is ready for journaling. Oh my, I can completely understand why I was warned..."making these books is addicting."


© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Join Me at "Art Is You"...You'll be Happy You Did!


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats closes in less than 2 weeks so register NOW to ensure your place at this amazing retreat.

This all inclusive retreat is like no other! It is MORE than art around every corner, it's about friendship and support and laughter and camaraderie and more! You will be renewed creatively, make new friendships and remember this experience for a lifetime.


On Saturday, October 11th in Stamford, CT I'll be teaching Mini-Masterpiece Pendants where we'll use a variety of mixed media and distressing techniques to create wearable works of art.


Each piece can be crafted with your own photos, ephemera and embellishments to make the pendant truly personalized and unique.


I hope you'll join me for what's sure to be a fabulously fun time!

© Nancy Lefko

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer Art Journal

Early this summer I decided to finally follow Pam Carriker's journal-making directions from "Art at the Speed of Life." I'd been wanting to make a journal in this fashion for a long time. It appealed to me on a number of levels: I liked the notion of making a journal from "scratch." I liked having all the backgrounds nearly complete at once and I really liked the 6x6 size.

So, on a bright and sunny day I set outside with a large sheet of watercolor paper, water mister, spray inks, stencils and began to have some fun!


Ever since, I have created in this journal, page by page, filling it with all the thoughts, images and feelings I have always associated with summer. I included prints from hand-carved stamps...shells, seahorse, sand dollar and even a face.


I filled the journal with the essence of what I saw outside my studio window, whether it was the green of the woods or the portent of a coming storm.


As the time approached for my family and me to head to the coast of Maine for our annual beach vacation, the call of the ocean became prevalent on my pages.


I continued to work in my journal when we returned home from vacation and as the summer days waned; all the while still yearning for the peace and restoration I find at the beach.


The final page of my summer journal speaks of the feeling I have every year at this time..."it feels like we just got here."


I completed my journal by designing the cover and stringing some beads on the waxed linen thread that binds it all together. It really was a wonderful summer project.


Time to begin the Autumn Journal.

© Nancy Lefko




Illustration Friday ~ METAMORPHOSIS


Every year we witness a METAMORPHOSIS of sorts when we transform from relaxed, summer-lovin' creatures to the structured souls of the back-to-school sort. To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, August 15, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ JOURNEY


Begin your artful JOURNEY over at Illustration Friday. To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to their site and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

A professional art print of this original mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Art Is...You" is Calling...It's Time to Join the Fun!


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats is open and it's time to check out all the amazing workshops and register NOW to ensure your first choice in classes.

This all inclusive retreat is like no other! It is MORE than art around every corner, it's about friendship and support and laughter and camaraderie and more! You will be renewed creatively, make new friendships and remember this experience for a lifetime.


On Saturday October 11th I'll be teaching Mini-Masterpiece Pendants in Stamford, CT where we'll use a variety of mixed media and distressing techniques to create wearable works of art.


Each piece can be crafted with your own photos, ephemera and embellishments to make the pendant truly personalized and unique.


I hope you'll join me for what's sure to be a fabulously fun time!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ SUMMER


It's SUMMER at Illustration Friday. To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to their site and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

This original mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, June 2, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ TEMPTATION


"I generally avoid TEMPTATION unless I can't resist it."

An honest and "not-so-surprising" statement from the legendary Mae West.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, May 23, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ UNIVERSE


Dream big and explore the UNIVERSE.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

This art print is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ RETRO


A blast from the past!

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

This original mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, April 25, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ VANITY


Yes, Marge, that's VANITY.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, March 31, 2014

Give Yourself the Gift of "Art Is...You"


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats is open and it's time to check out all the amazing workshops and register NOW to ensure your first choice in classes.

This all inclusive retreat is like no other! It is MORE than art around every corner, it's about friendship and support and laughter and camaraderie and more! You will be renewed creatively, make new friendships and remember this experience for a lifetime.


On Saturday October 11th I'll be teaching Mini-Masterpiece Pendants in Stamford, CT where we'll use a variety of mixed media and distressing techniques to create wearable works of art. I hope you'll join me for what's sure to be a fabulously fun time!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Been Journalin'

Sometimes "life" gets in the way of my creative time. When that happens, about the only art I create is in my art journal. That's where I've been this winter. Been journalin'.







Do you have journal pages to share? Perhaps some you'd like to see published? Well then, visit Create Mixed Media and check out their call to art journalers!

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, February 3, 2014

What To Do with the Post-Super Bowl Blues

Why leap into your art journal of course! But first, try your hand at some stamp carving...very therapeutic.

Step 1: Sketch your image onto a carving block.

Step 2: Copy over with black Sharpie®

Step 3: Carve, while watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" repeats with son #2. (This is the therapeutic part.)

Step 4: Using Staz-On® ink, stamp in your journals.

Step 5: Add color with markers and watercolors.

© Nancy Lefko