Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I’m an artist and arts writer. I make assemblage sculpture about how much I hate housework and also Medals that You Wouldn’t Want to Earn. Find out more about me.
I noticed I take a lot of photos of signs that aren't meant to be funny, but strike me as funny. I wondered what they would look like in a mosaic, so here it is. Couple in there that aren't funny, they snuck in.read more
I've never drawn mandalas before, but tried it out in advance of doing this activity with my students at the healthcare center where I teach. Here's what we did: I printed out this paper, we used the 6" one in gray. We used Micron pens to draw the mandalas and then...read more
This year my art has been out of the studio and on display for a total of 8 months, with two shows overlapping! That's a record for me. The Our Ladies went visiting at the Orland Park Public Library in May, for Mother's Day. The year started with the Balance and...read more
I recently wrote about the Silhouette and Cricut electronic cutters over on the blog of the Craft Industry Alliance, here, so when I came across these photos on my computer, I thought I'd share them and let you know how to make your own T-shirts. Cutting the Stencils...read more
Do you ever make something so cute you can't believe it? I made this adorable suitcase during day camp this summer. Pictured here with a kokeshi doll for scale. How to make it: I gessoed the tin, let that dry. Then I painted it black. The handle is made out of a brown...read more
I wrote a blog post for the Craft Industry Alliance: You Can do THAT with a Cricut? Innovative Ways to Use Your Cutting Machine http://craftindustryalliance.org/can-cricut-innovative-ways-use-cutting-machine What people are making and cutting with these machines is...read more
What makes a public participation art project work? What helps people feel safe in participating, vs. passing it by? I wrote about that in this article:...read more
Those are the numbers, but it's a fascinating story, I interviewed artist Sandra Sawatsky about her epic project, made to be the same size as the Bayeaux Tapestry, I think you'll love it:...read more
Visual Thinking Strategies, or VTS, is a style of art museum tour that can also be used in any classroom, or even at home. You know the standard type of museum tour, where the docent tells you about the artist's life and what the painting means? VTS flips that on its...read more
Art Journaling for Grief A friend of mine is grieving. So when I saw this post, 25 ideas for art journaling, I thought of her. It's a nice, all on one page list of ideas, here. And that's not all. Sometimes when a person is grieving, it can feel like there's no point...read more