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

Friday, January 17, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ BEGINNING


For every journey, the first step is just the BEGINNING...and from there, destiny awaits.

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.

An art print of this mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ TIME


What a perfect prompt for the new year...TIME. At this point in the year we might feel as if we have nothing but time; and sometimes not. Time is a funny thing. It can be your servant or your master. My journal page reflects my feelings about TIME...some of the time.

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, January 1, 2014

Time to Register


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats has opened! 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!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Illustration Friday ~ SECRET

Uh oh...no SECRET is safe when these two get together!

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

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter

When my dear friend, the uber-talented artist Seth Apter, asked me to contribute to his second book, I was over-the-moon thrilled! Seth's first book, "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed," was a tremendous success and I knew that his second book would be equally grand.

Seth's newly released book, "The Mixed Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists," is sure to please! Today, on his blog, Seth is highlighting the 14 Gallery Artists featured in the book. I am so very pleased to be among them.

The prompt for my artwork was "Out of the Blue," and my finished piece represents how the swift passage of time hits us like a "bolt out of the blue," especially in regard to how quickly our children grow. The piece was created on gallery wrapped canvas and was covered with dressmaker's tissue and an acrylic wash.

My original intent was to preserve the numerals 1 and 2 from the tissue, but ultimately that plan changed.

Additional color was added to create a timeworn patina, similar to the verdigris of weathered copper. A numeral three was added with modeling paste to represent my three boys.



It seemed only fitting that clocks and wings represent the swift passage of time. A distressed watch face was used as well as a watchmaker's vial that I'd been saving for a special piece of art; "time in a bottle," as they say.

It was indeed an honor to be included in Seth's wonderful new book! Certainly you'll want to include this new release on your list of "must-have" books!


© Nancy Lefko, Seth Apter and F&W Publishing

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Sketchbook Challenge ~ MOON & STARS

The Sketchbook Challenge theme for November is MOON & STARS.

I grabbed a little bit of time to work in my sweet little art journal created by the uber-talented Elizabeth Duke and gifted to me at the Art Is...You Art Retreat.

I've really been enjoying the no-stress, no- mess activity of simple journaling with an extra-fine point black Sharpie and my travel watercolor set.

If you need a little push to get yourself creating...then the Sketchbook Challenge is just for you!

© Nancy Lefko