Saying goodbye

One of the teachers at my kids school is leaving to continue with her studies. It was a very hard decision she had to make. She is an awesome teacher, very dedicated and truly, truly loves what she does. Most of the time at the end of the school year, I  give a little something to the teachers who were working with my kids, this time I was working with her in school projects and I have already thought about giving her something, but after she told me she was leaving and how hard it was for her to make that decision, I opted to give her a little watercolor inspirational quote that came in Spanish and I though It was perfect for the occasion. (probably you don’t know but my kids go to a bilingual school, that’s why the presents for the teachers are all in Spanish). Anyway,  I found a quote, I think trough Pinterest, and I thought it’s was perfect for her. It says:

“Miss Lupita

Las cosas buenas pasan a quienes las esperan pero las mejores cosas pasan a quienes van por ellas”

I’ll try to translate: Miss Lupita: GOOD things happen to those that wait for them, but the BEST things happen to those that go after them.      —Something like that.

I started it on Thursday night and I framed it next day in the morning before 7:30 am bit before taking my kids to their last day of school. It wasn’t exactly finished the way I like, but it was decent.

When I decided to stop because the time was running…
I had to cut all around to make it fit in the frame. (Sorry for the bad picture)
In the frame and ready to go.

…and that’s it.

Have an amazing and very 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!










En silencio he estado por muchos meses y ausente de mis alrededores, y mis pasiones. El silencio se a apoderado de mi blog. La inspiración me ha abandonado y el miedo me a ganado. Pero, ayer dí un paso para romper ese miedo. Hoy romperé el silencio.

"Silencio" by Nora Clemens-Gallo
“Silencio” Watercolor (2012) i think…

¡Qué tengan un bello y creativo día!



I’m back!!!

It’s been a very long time since I posted. I had a beautiful space to create and I lost it. (For a good reason though) I will have it back some day, but during all this time I have not created as much. All my work is in progress. Now, a little corner in my living room has my easel with few working materials and a small space on a closet in one room, carries five boxes of the few things I could take out to bring home and create. It had happened, but not as satisfactory as I wished. Or I create or I clean. Also, my husband upgraded the computer and I lost all my adobe programs, some of the ones that I used to write my blogs name on the pictures. But technology it’s GREAT… I have a new phone. Yeah!! I joined the new century and that little thing is helping me now to show you pages I did a while ago. I used the leftovers of some of my old projects and I created two new pages. I can’t throw away those things, that’s why I have so much stuff. Anyway, here the images.

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For now this is it. Have a wonderful and creative day!



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!


Linking to PPF


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!


Linking to PPF

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!


Linking to my creative friends at PPF.

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.