pieces of scrap wood

I have been enjoying creating pieces on scrap wood. They are rough and I think that’s why I like them. I don’t sand them, just add gesso and color over them. Here is the final result of a painting I did on October last year. I sold it, but I never published pictures of the end result.


It was painted with gold gesso, using acrylic paint and markers and varnished at the end.

Next one, is a gift I gave to my son’s other teacher. His English teacher. She is a sweetheart and excellent teacher. The tittle is “The garden of knowledge of Miss Yanga”in English. In spanish says “El jardín de conocimientos de Miss Yanga”

Here are the pictures:



A few details and was almost ready.

Hope to see you here again, I have a lot of things I want to show you that I have done, but have not publish.

Have a wonderful and very creative day!




Adding black gesso…

Just arriving from a long trip. We visited family. My old town it is HOT !! It’s amazing how easy we get used to a better weather. I remember growing up with out air conditioner and doing everything, playing outside, having fun and at night just getting our clothes wet to try to sleep, or sleeping outside in the hottest days and we survived. Now, I just want to stay inside the cold air. The more comfort we have with all these new inventions, the least we want to try the old way and we can’t even imagine living with out them. We are spoiled 😉

In other note, I have a lot of brown and thick card stock paper and I have been adding black gesso and painting on them with paint markers, acrylic markers and Gelly rolls pens. I like what have come out of them. Here a few images.

The first is an attempt I did (before I started my calligraphy class) to make my family do the dishes after themselves. It worked just two days. Mmmh…


It says: “Please clean after yourself. Help keep this kitchen clean. Love Mom. HAPPY mom, HAPPY family”. It was more for my husband 😉 Even though, I always try to make my kids do their dishes it’s always a constant battle. Now they are 10 and 8 and they can perfectly help. I just give them the plastic dishes. Anyway, I’ll keep trying.

The next one, I gave it to my sister in law during Christmas. I did not wanted to give her just a gift certificate, that’s why I added my flowers. But I don’t know if she liked it. She has other style.

Before adding the frame.
Almost ready to go.

and so far this is all for today. I have been working a lot, but I have not posted in a long time on my blog. So please keep coming because I have a lot to show you.

Have a lovely and creative day!


Rueda de opciones

In my child class, as many other classes, there is always the moment when one kid gets frustrated and the teacher has to deal with the situation. My child and several other kids could be a bit on that side. His teacher asked me if I could do a spinning wheel for the classroom on a cardboard where the kids would have options that would help them calm down. He gave me several ideas to put in the spinning wheel and I added two, because I put extra space on it (my bad). Later on, I thought it will be better to make him something more durable so I decided to give the teacher something he could be able to use as long as he teaches. I had at home a lazy susan that for many years had been collecting dust, and that is what I used. My son was so proud to give it to him.

Here are the pictures:

The beginning. (My mistake, not sanding it)
I used acrylics, paint markers, sharpie, paper, matte medium.
adding the images.
More adding…
Not liking some letters and drawings…
Happy with this change…
Almost there…
Done and ready for varnish.
Varnished and ready to dry.
My boy happy and ready to deliver.

and this is it. For those like me that have kids out of school, have a great summer vacation. … at least we are not running like crazy in the mornings 😉

Hope you have a very creative day and a great summer vacation!









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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de regreso a tierras cercanas…

It’s been a while since I posted. I was on an “unplanned” vacations on central México with my parents and kids. We left on June 28 and arrived home on August 2nd. It was long, it was very exhausting (we drove from Mexicali, Baja California to Zacatecas, México. Stoping in different states to visit during a couple of days)… but it was beautiful and my kids got to know more about their mom’s culture. Anyway, before I left (in a hurry) my kids and I were working on some paintings. Some for them, to decorate their room and several for me. I haven’t use acrylics in a long time, and this was my return 😉 I left them like this:

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…and today finally we went to Crest to paint. I took my kids, and my daughter continued working on hers. My boy just wanted to play legos. (that was good because he let us work). Here she is painting.


and finally here is mine. (WIP) Just makes me happy.


I hope you have a wonderful and very creative day!


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