Italian pastry & collage


I loved making this piece. Ala Christy Tomlinson, I loved using homemade gelli papers (how smoothly they modge podge on), and using fun graphics like the layered cake. I never dreamed a red-white & blue piece would visually work for me, and that I could capture a European quality to-boot. As my mom would say.

Have you taken a color/personality quiz yet? It was fun & easy and here’s what they say about us BLUE people:

“You rely on your intuition; it will never fail you! But, you probably already know that. Others may perceive you as overly emotional, and you may even have a reputation for being a bit sensitive or touchy, but you actually just have an incredibly high emotional intelligence. You can be a bit melancholy at times, and you need time and space to recharge your emotional energies.”

Italian Pastry began like all of my pieces, with lots of layers of papers and modge podge and dabs of acrylic paints.




Cutting and painting the paper roses, and shading them was super duper satisfying. I love it when my own process surprises me. Thrills!


I added stencils, stamps, rub ons, and some doodling. I opted to keep her mostly featureless, with large colorful cheeks.


I like taking photos of different parts. I like the different compositions, and different tones, and aspects get amplified in ways that I wouldn’t have thought of.




And finally, the Italian pastry queen.


There’s a tiny crack opening up in me, a protected zone melting. I’m so grateful to Misty Mawn and this quote:

“to make art that is meaningful you need to be true to your feelings and let them flow from you into your work

1989, beaches of Vashon Island



7 thoughts on “Italian pastry & collage

      1. You’re very welcome. It seems unintentional which is even better and I know sometimes one doesn’t realize they are doing these things but it’s very captivating.

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