Last time I posted, I was busy creating some ideas for a demonstration for an event at Mt Helix, on it’s 90th anniversary. I was worry, really worried.

I know that because I started shoving food on my mouth like crazy, every time I have a stressful situation (and supposedly I’m not stress) I found myself eating compulsively. Sad to say it, but I’m an emotional eater. Always happens, even weeks before the due date for whatever I have. I know that, but I still do it. On top of that I was getting sick. I fought it as much as I could, not letting the cold/flu get me, but I finally gave in. At least it was after the show and after my kids started school.

Well, let me tell you that my stress is finally gone, and I finished my job on time. I drew the idea here at home first, because my demonstration was on batik and If I had not done that, I wouldn’t had been able to finish it in the 2 hours and a half they gave me. I choose a small size also to reduce time. I enjoyed the event and I end up very EXHAUSTED. I did several designs, but at the end fishes were my theme. Here the one for practicing on the time before and the one at the party.



This is my first option for practicing before the event.

The first one has wax, and the second one almost done after removing it. At the end I added a wood spoon on the

bottom of the painting. This one is not the end product.


And this is the one I made at the event. With the rush, I framed it wrong, but that can be fix easily.

…and this is all for today folks ;)

Have a wonderful and very creative day!


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I have been uninspired for a while but yesterday I just started working on several projects that are making me feel that I’m getting there. The first one is on wood canvas, black gesso and paint markers.


The second one, it’s part of a project I started on my house on some of old little scrap pieces of wood I had around. Days later, some of my paintings friends came by to my little studio to paint and they liked the idea, so one of them proposed to all of us to create on them and see what we came out with. Even my children got interested on that. This is my third one. Of course unfinished.


…and the last one, is a design for one of my new batiks I need to make for the 90th anniversary of Mt Helix party, in La Mesa CA. I’ll be participating during the event, and I have to finish a piece in 2 hours and a half. So that have me a little bit worry, because batik it’s a very time consuming technique,… but I still think I can do it. I have to time myself with some similar size piece to be sure I can. I have to donate it, so It has to be frame and ready to hang during that short time.


That’s all for today, wish me luck with my last one pleaseeeee.

I hope you have a very creative weekend!


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Jugando con gises de colores

I drew this little flowers on a wood canvas with some color chalks. I liked the way they were coming out until I ruined it. I added matte medium on top of the paint with my fingers and all the colors bleed. It looks like an antique painting a bit now. Next time I will use varnish spray and we will see what happened. I have to think: It’s part of experimenting. Right?

Dibujé éstas flores con gises de colores en una canva de madera. Me gusto como estaba quedando hasta que la arruiné. Le agregue “matte medium” con mis dedos y los colores se desparramaron. Le da un aire a las pinturas antiguas ahora. Para la próxima voy a usar barniz en spray y veremos que pasa. Tengo que pensar: -Es parte de experimentar-. ¿Verdad?


Here, when I still like it. Aquí, cuando aún me gustaba.


When I ruin it. Cuando la arruiné.


Trying to fix it. Tratando de arreglarla.

The actual paint doesn’t look that bad. I’ll show it to you on another post. For now let’s continue experimenting and have a amazing and very creative day!

La pintura actual no se ve tan mal. Se las mostraré en otra publicación. ¡Por lo pronto, continuemos experimentando y que tengan un excelente y muy creativo día!


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había una vez

“Once upon a time, there was this lady that worked like crazy making stamps and prints, but no matter how hard she worked or how much experience she had, she made tons of mistakes on her stamp making”… yeah… that’s me.

I have created lots of stamps. (I’m not as expert as others, but I’m not doing that bad) Stamp making it is very addicted for me and I also have found that it’s something easy, because I can make them while I’m waiting in the car for my kids to come out of the school, or while I’m watching T.V., etc. I like it because I don’t have the mess of the painting and brushes to clean up after. Anyway, I went with my niece to a printing and rubber stamp making demonstration on a little shop in La Mesa CA., We saw all of what they had to show us and later they let us practice with some rubber. I wanted to rush up with my little stamp because I wanted to see it printed. As usual I did a little flower and I added the words Thank You. I was aware that I had to put the words as if they were reflected on a mirror. The only think was, that I used paper to transfer it on the rubber. I realized my mistake after I printed. I was embarrassed. (because I had the little attitude in my head, even though I did not say it. You know what I’m talking about? This one: -Oh yes, I know this. Or, It’s a piece of cake type) So, I took my things as fast as I could, cleaned up and left. The guy that did the demo, stopped by while I was working, but he never mentioned my mistake. Or, maybe he not noticed it too. -Oh well.

I think after this, I need to put on my work place a sign with rules that I will need to check before I start carving, they will be called:

The Nora rules B4 carving with letters:  ;)

1. If I draw/write direct on my rubber, the words go the opposite way (mirror way)

2. If I draw/write on paper. Write the normal way, then transfer.

So, after this little creative life lesson, I let you with my mistakes and other ones that were a success.

Here are a few post:Miss Briceño, Miss Guzman, Muchas Gracias, and here.

Have a very creative day!



Here a few, with some words. 


in this one, you can see my double stamp of the little bug, just the one with the car, has the mistake.


In this one, the stamps with the words “hand”, “made” and “just, were made with my leftover of rubber blocks, so don’t trough your extra pieces, you can create always some new things.


In this stamp, I draw direct on the rubber the words “Muchas Gracias”.


Here are my mistakes. The one on top right it’s the most recent I was telling you about, and the one in the right bottom corner was made by my son direct on the rubber, and I did not spot the mistake.


and this last one, I draw again the design I made of the heart “Amor” so I will carve it later the correct way.

intentos de abstracto

Hi everybody!

Hope you are having wonderful vacations, if you are the lucky ones.

This is one of my few tries on abstract. What do you think? Am I done?

¡Hola a todos!

Espero estén teniendo unas maravillosas vacaciones, si es que son uno de los afortunados.

Estos son unos de mis primeros intentos de abstracto. ¿Cómo lo ven? ¿Esta terminado?


Keep creating and have an amazing almost weekend!


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La calaca

I have a lot of unfinished work and projects that my head, time and body can not seem to decide when they will meet to finally finish ONE. On top of that, I keep adding new ones, so if I continue doing that I will never finish the ones that have been accumulating dust since 2000. I have been working in this lino for around 3 months. I think I finally finished it after slowly working on it. I have never done something inspired by Frida or the Day of the dead, since I’m mexican, I thought maybe I should have done something inspired by some things from my culture. Until now I just have two “calaveras” I have this and another one that will be the male version. Of course I had to put some of me in them. As I said, this one took me a while to finish it, but I’m finally done. (i think) Here are the pictures.





Keep creating and have an    A M A Z I N G   day!


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long story short & tutorial

Many years ago, I had a blog named Nora Clemens-Gallo it was at blogger. You know, the one that ends up “atblogspot.com”, anyway, I cancelled my account because I was having issues with it and I had so many spams that made me feel uncomfortable. After a while I thought I would activate it again so I went to do it, but to my surprise It was taken. My name did not belong to me anymore at blogspot. I went and found old comments I made on some blogs and some things I posted at pinterest with my old blog, and oh surprise again, It took me to a blog I did not recognized, but it was using my links and my name of course. That made me sad and a bit frustrated, no longer I can have my name at blogger. That’s when I decided to start another, and THIS is the one. I have found it a bit difficult to do many creative things on my site, but so far it has been very good. You may ask, why is she telling us this? Well it’s because I was browsing pinterest and I found an old tutorial of some doodles I did long ago trough my old blog and I wanted to put it back on my new one and for you to be able to see it, also because if you find it on pinterest and click at it you wont be able to find it. Now, here you will have again my tutorial and a new (old) doodle paint that you haven’t seen yet. So if you want to try this easy tutorial, here is what you will need.

MATERIALS: A canva (I used 8″x11″) a black fine point sharpie marker and acrylics of your favorite colors, water, brushes and your imagination.


1. Make some curvy lines across the canvas, and turn it and do more curvy lines.


2. Continue making lines and curvy lines until you are happy with it. Then start adding your favorite or easy drawing. (for me are doodles and flowers)


3. Keep going and filling the spaces base on your own ideas.



4. And here it’s my final result. That was the end of my last tutorial.


Later, after I posted this tutorial I started adding colors, and I did another that I think I have never show you.Time passed and my sister and nieces came to visit. My oldest niece was turning 16 at the time and she loved the paintings, so that was her present from me. At the end of this post you will see the two paintings (unfinished of course). The things she took were done. ;)



Have an amazing and very creative easter weekend.


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A gift for christmas

One of my sisters in law loves quilting. She is very good. This year I was her secret santa for Christmas and as usual, I was wondering what to give her. In my case, I love when somebody gives me things for art because it’s something I enjoy doing. So thats what I did. I gave her a double side original handmade stamp and a piece of cotton fabric that I printed with her new stamp. (I also gave her a gift certificate for a store where they sell tons of fabrics). I think that way she can create her own original designs too. Here are some images.

Una de mis cuñadas, le encanta el acolchado (quilting). Ella es muy  buena en ello. Este año me toco ser su amigo secreto (como lo dirían en mi tierra) en la navidad y como siempre estuve debatiendo en que regalarle. En mi caso me encanta cuando me regalan cosas de arte, porque es algo que disfruto haciendo. Así que termine dándole una estampa de doble cara con diseños originales y tallada a mano y una pieza de tela de algodón impresa con su nueva estampa (también le dí un certificado de regalo de una tienda donde venden infinidad de telas). Creo que de esa manera ella puede crear sus propios diseños originales también. Aquí algunas fotos.







Have an amazing day! ¡Qué tengas un día maravilloso!


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Imprimiendo flores

This is a block print I made several years ago by then did not paint for printing, printing inks only. Now that I have the material I began to print multiple sheets to see how it looked. You tell me …

This is a block That I made a couple of years ago, but at the time I did not have any printing ink, stamping ink just materials. Now, That I have my printing ink, I printed several sheets of paper to See How They will look. You will tell me …

oldblock oldblock2 oldblock3 oldblock4

Have an amazing day!