Chain Reaction


You've heard the phrase, 'like a kid in a candy store', well, that's what I felt like when I happened across the new blog Art Playground. I was exploring this creative playground and feasting on artsy eye-candy when I noticed that they were having a challenge.  It has been quite I while since I've participated in a challenge and I wished I had the time to play along with this one. Alas, I had already made a pact with myself that I would start and finish - no matter how many weekends it took - my 'Spring Cleaning'.

So of course, I began making my project for the challenge. (Spring comes every year, right? 2019 will be my Epic Spring Cleaning Extravaganza.)

I mean really, how could I resist? The colors, the focal point theme and the inspiration equalled a great challenge in my opinion.  

Wanting to use a large diamond shape for my focal point, I cut one out of a rectangular piece of chipboard.  I set aside the scraps for the corners of my canvas. The diamond piece would serve as a stage for an old rusty faucet handle that I had in my stash.



I covered an 11 x 14 canvas with corrugated cardboard and applied DecoArt Chalky Finish paint and paint spatters.  To achieve a cohesiveness between my background and focal piece, I stenciled a diamond harlequin design with modeling paste. 

Art Playground's May Play Color Scheme is a combination I love to use in my pieces.  I set out colors from Lindy's, Tattered Angels, Ranger and Seth Apter and had them all playing on my playground. I love seeing how different combinations react!


Next up was building the composition.  I placed my focal piece in the center and arranged the scrap chipboard in the corners.  I added my largest embellishment, the old rusty faucet handle, to the center of my diamond. I continued building the composition with smaller embellishments, concentrating most of them to the center right of the diamond. 


Last up was adding a few extra details including my 'chain reaction' chains that I attached through rivets that I had pre-punched in my chipboard.


As I stated above, the inspiration for this piece is the May Challenge, May Play, at Art Playground.  If you haven't visited their blog yet, then stop that silly Spring Cleaning and head over there now :)

Product List

DecoArt:  Gesso, Modeling Paste and Crackle Glaze mediums; Chalky finish acrylic paint in 'Rustic', 'Vintage' and 'Primitive'

Lindy's Stamp Gang:  Flat Fabio Sprays in 'Greased Lightnin' Green', 'C'est la vie Cerise', 'Ocean Breeze Blue' and 'Sandra Dee Sepia'; Starburst Sprays in 'Time Travel Teal', 'Green with Envy Green', 'Ponderosa Pine Olive', 'Shabby Turbine Teal' and 'Steampunk Sepia'

Tattered Angels:  'Camel' Glam, 'Bronze' Glimmer Mist and 'Coconut Shell' Glaze

Seth Apter Emerald Creek Baked Texture Powders:  'Ancient Amber', 'Vintage Beeswax' and 'Patina Oxide'

Ranger:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in 'Vintage Photo', 'Stormy Sky', 'Pumice Stone' and 'Clear'; Tim Holtz Rust Effect Distress Powder

Prima:  Heavy Body Gel, Art Stones and Elementals Harlequin stencil

11 x 14 canvas, chain, rivets, chipboard and miscellaneous findings







Mixed Up Mag Blog Hop

Well hello there and welcome!  I am so excited you stopped by my blog and I hope you are enjoying meeting all of us on the Mixed Up Design Team!

As part of the MuM Blog Hop, each of us is sharing one of our favourite makes for Mixed Up and a sneak peek of an upcoming project.  Originally I had planned on sharing my very first MuM piece, The Virus, but instead I chose one very dear to my heart (no pun intended) called The Lock & Key.

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I love taking bits of this and that and creating something totally new, like cardboard becoming a brick wall or picture hanging wire becoming rusty barbed wire.  If you'd like, visit the archives at Mixed Up Mag to read my tutorial and the story behind Lock & Key.

And now for the sneak peek I promised you.  Are you ready for a little steampunk?


I had so much fun creating this whimsical steampunk piece.  I can hardly wait to show you the project in full coming soon to Mixed Up Magazine

I am so fortunate to be a part of MuM and to design beside an amazing group of creative souls. Make certain you visit everyone's blog to be in the chance of winning the Grand Prize (Whoop Whoop!!!)  Below you will find the Hop List, and remember, the Mixed Up website has loads of mixed media projects and tutorials including these and many more to spark your imagination to create!


Hop Rules:

Visit each designer by clicking on their name below and leave a comment on their blog for a chance to win a fabulous mixed media prize!

The draw is open internationally.

The draw closed 31st May 2018 at midnight GMT.


Mixed Up Magazine

Leslie Lineberry (YOU ARE HERE)

Riika Kovasin

Erica Evans

Debs Wainwright

Carol Fox

Corrie Herriman

Nikki Killinger

Fiona Potter

Mags Woodcock

Lisa Taggart

Family Portrait


Hello all and happy Spring...finally!  It's my turn again for a project and a tutorial for Mixed Up Magazine!  This month's theme is texture (love, love, love texture!) so when my son’s girlfriend gave me a torn shawl, my first thought was ‘this would make fabulous texture on a canvas'. I envisioned a forest primeval with the fringe becoming a tangled mass of vines. I could hear that deep stillness of the woods, broken only by the conversation of unseen birds and the rush of a nearby stream. I could smell the heady scent of rich earth and damp moss. Then reality intervened and I thought, ‘oh, oh...maybe she wants me to mend this! Do I tell her it is beyond repair or try to fix this web of threads?’

Hannah interrupted my unspoken mental meanderings, ‘Leslie, this is beyond repair, I thought you might be able to use it for an art piece.’ And just like that, I was back in the beautiful forest of my art muddled brain. 

If you would like to know about my project, then take a walk in my woods at Mixed Up Magazine.  There you will find additional images, a step by step tutorial (including how I turn a cast-off sheet of paper into a bird) and a full product list.

See you there!


Friendship Quilt



Welcome back to my little junkyard everyone.

I would like to share with you my latest mixed media project, Friendship Quilt. I gifted this assemblage canvas to a dear friend who is an artist too; you could say she 'paints pictures' with fabric and thread. Her beautiful quilts are as wonderful as she is and I had been planning on making her a quilt/sewing themed canvas for some time. Imagine my delight when my husband came inside from taking out the trash and said, "Honey, I brought you back a little something from the garbage can."  Now, I'm sure most of the female population would never want to hear this announcement, but I was excited to see what treasure someone in the neighborhood had cast off. It was a sewing machine!  Then the following day, my daughter's mother-in-law sent me a text that she had an old circa 1960s Singer sewing machine for me too. It was a sign! Time to strap on the tool belt and delve into the innards of these two dinosaurs.


Step One:  Try to get to the inside of the machine

Step Two:  Try harder, break nail

Step Three:  Use a myriad of choice vocabulary on said machine

Step Four:  Wonder why the space program doesn't use this armored casing for their rockets...

Step Five:  Ask husband nicely to help

Step Six:  Whine about needing husband's help

Step Seven:  Husband wishes he'd left sewing machine in the garbage where it belonged

Step Eight:  Take a break while husband hammers on machine

Step Nine:  Gather up all the lovely treasures husband looted from the evil sewing beasts



I am a history buff and I love learning about how the world of arts and crafts has evolved. No one is entirely certain when the art of quilting began, but there is evidence that it possibly spans back 5000 years ago. Isn't it amazing that someone could have been quilting in or near the Temple of Osiris in Egypt! Many quilts from the past and today tell a story. I was very mindful of that when I chose my paper for the background. You will see handwriting, recipes, maps, and other glimpses of the past including a square on sewing. If you would like to see the rest of my Friendship Quilt story, visit Mixed Up Magazine where I have a tutorial, additional images and a product list.

See you next time,



Eye on Nature

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I was reminiscing the other day about my childhood artistic adventures when I remembered an old favorite weaving project.  Everyone in art class received two popsicle sticks and various colors of yarn in which to make an Ojo de Dios, Spanish for Eye of God.  Our art teacher also doubled as our history teacher, so not only did we learn how to make a Ojo de Dios, we also were taught that it was an ancient symbol of South American Indians created to protect those who owned one.  I crossed my sticks and started wrapping the yarn, beginning in the center with the eye, and praise myself on creating this magical object that would guard me and my family.  That weekend I was out in the yard stripping branches off unsuspecting trees (I didn't have popsicle sticks) and looting my mom's knitting basket for yarn.  When I used up her colors, I begged for more yarn.  To this day, I feel giddy just thinking about the day my mom took me to a shop downtown that sold fibers of all kinds.  When my eyes happened upon a variegated skein called 'Fiesta' I just had to have it!  Every room in the house (and my Grandmothers' houses and the lady's house across the alley, get the picture) had an Ojo de Dios.  

With this memory flitting about in my brain, I decided I needed to create a canvas with an Ojo de Dios for Mixed Up Magazine.  I read that the ends of the sticks represented the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water and therefore decide to use a color palette of brown, blue, yellow-gold, and green with a background collage of imagery and text about nature. I have a full tutorial, additional images and a product list in this month's issue of Mixed Up Magazine.  Click on the link and head on over to check out my canvas Eye On Nature!