Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Juliekarsky: Hi! Thank you for stopping by my shop. I am an artist and lover of all things made by hand. I hope you see something you like.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Creative buttons

I was working on a commission project recently; it was designed as a wall hanging and to add a little bit of creative flare I thought I would add some buttons to the appliqu├ęd flower. The only problem is that I could not find any buttons that I liked. So I decided to make my own.

Here I used a simple bug stamp that I stamped on some plastic that I cut out of a used milk jug. I used black permanent ink and also punched a couple holes in each one for sewing the button on later. They were then baked in the oven and set aside to cool. 

When cooled I added a layer of Glossy Accents and let it dry and then added another layer and let dry. Then I glued on some lovely rhinestones to add sparkle. 

I decided on the Lady bugs in the end, and I attached them by sewing them on with Pearle cotton thread. Then a little hand embroidering and the piece is coming together very nicely, I think.

This is one of those pieces I would just love to keep for myself, but I suppose I could make another!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New painting project

I have had this project in my mind for awhile now and decided it was time to give it a try.

I brought all of my painting supplies out and started by painting the boards. Then I hand cut my papers and made some sweet little frogs and painted cattails in the background. 

I love to add words to my art. Just little quotes or phrases. With a very small curved scissors I cut my letters freehand. I think it adds to the whimsey of my art. 

After all the papers are glued in place I might add more painting. Then I just love to take my black gel pen and outline the shapes and add cross hatches and squiggly lines. Then I go in with markers for shading or maybe some of my gelatos too. I think it is about finished. The houses went to one of my daughters and my sweet frogs are now available in my Etsy shop. These works of art look beautiful hung over a door or window. My daughter hung hers on a header separating her kitchen from her dining room. She told me she wanted to hang it where she could see it all the time!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sorry I have been away so long!

Well,it is about time I get back into my blogging. So much has been happening. I have changed direction and I am making new art. It is mixed media on canvas panels, stretched canvas and aspen wood. I am having such a great time with all the papers, paints and especially gelatos! Here is one of my earliest attempts...

I will try to post more each week. Tomorrow will be busy with 2 granddaughters coming over and helping me shop for Easter. Almost the entire family will be here. It will be so much fun watching all the little ones look for Easter eggs! Happy Easter to you all and I hope you have a special day with those you love!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bunny Kisses

Bunny Kisses
I can’t believe Easter is around the corner. It is already February and it seems like it has been a really long and cold winter here in central Minnesota. I am so anxious for spring. As I got started on my new art I began with some canvas panels I picked up at the craft store. I picked pale lavender for the background and added a little white paint on the surface. I wanted a very soft appearance so I am using light colored papers for the bunnies. After gluing them down and letting it dry I outlined the shapes with a black gel pen and added squiggles and lines.

The gel pen usually dries pretty fast, but I like to let it set for a couple hours to give it plenty of dry time. I should probably mention that I painted a little more on the canvas before I glued the papers on. I added yellow and a darker purple paint that I applied with my fingers.  

For shadows I like to use Gelatos. They have such a creamy texture, and blend so well on painted canvas. I rub them in with my fingers, and if I need to remove some, I use baby wipes. They are very forgiving to work with. With a purple gel pen I added a heart shaped nose and black for the eyes.

I am almost done, but I felt it needed more, so I painted them in a garden of flowers and added text. I sometimes print words on cardstock and glue them on the surface of the art. This is the last step I do, along with some glitter for sparkle. Now my fun time is done! “Bunny Kisses” is for sale in my new Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/177408363/home-decor-mixed-media-art-painting?ref=shop_home_active_16 Take a peek and visit often! Thank you for stopping by!