Friday, October 25, 2013

My Blog is Moving & Free Coloring Page

Hello Everyone,

My Blog is moving to a new home.  
I am combining my Art, Qigong Sessions, & Blog together at
The direct link to my new blog is

I have created a Mandala Coloring Page to share with you.


Go to and follow the directions.
This coloring page is free until October 31st, 2013.

Have fun exploring my new website. I have several Galleries showing Mandalas, Flowers, Celtic Art, Angels & more.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I ♥ Kid President

I Love Kid President.  Here is my favorite Pep Talk.

Each of his YouTube Videos makes me smile and want to watch more.

Kid President inspired me to doodle this for a Blick Art Materials Tangle Art Challenge. 
This was created using Micron & Tombow Pens on Bristol.
Be on the road that leads to Awesome!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mandala for a Good Night's Sleep

I love creating Mandalas.  They are so powerful for healing, meditation, and peacefulness.  This Mandala is made with the intention of helping one sleep.  On Monday, September 16th, 2013, the theme for the Wellness Group is Qigong for a good night's sleep.  Blue is the color that helps strengthen the kidney meridian, which also helps one to sleep well.  Our kidney meridian is our "battery pack", helping us with energy, endurance, and many health benefits.  

In my healing practice, I work with so many individuals that can't fall asleep or stay asleep.  We live such busy lives and in a fast paced world, that I love working with the kidney channels to help people feel energized all day.  Meditating with this Mandala helps one to sleep well and helps balance the kidney meridian for overall health and well being.  
For more information on how to meditate with a Mandala, click here.  

This Mandala is made with Watercolors, Twinkling H20's, & Ink on watercolor paper.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Soothing Blues of Summer

I was asked to be a guest blogger at Artistcellar recently and was given 2 stencils to use to create some art.  The 2 Artistcellar Stencils I played with are Reims in the Cathedral series and Ripples in the Water series.  I want to show you a couple of different ways to use the stencils on Yupo Paper using Alcohol Inks, Viva Décor Inka Gold, Liquid Pearl & other supplies. 

Reims supplies
White Yupo Paper
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Pool, Purple Twilight, Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Stream & Bottle
Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
Viva Décor Inka Gold in Cobalt Blue and Steel Blue
Spectrum Noir markers in BT5, BT4, BT7, TB3 and the Blender marker
Ranger Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Royal Blue

I first started by dropping a light color background of inks on the Yupo paper with the blending solution.  I used a piece of felt and smeared it around to give it a mottled look.  


 Lay the stencil over the Yupo paper and apply Viva Inka Gold with your finger or part of an old T-Shirt.  T-shirts are nice and soft and don’t leave fuzz behind.  Periodically lift the stencil to make sure you have covered the whole piece with the Inka Gold colors.  I like to use both colors blending them together.

Next I dropped more alcohol inks on the Inka Gold and painted some areas to add more depth.  I highlighted it with the markers.  To add shadow I used the deep purple marker on some of the edges.  If you go into the light part of the design where you stenciled, simply use the blender pen to lift off the ink. 

Finish off the piece with some dots of Liquid Pearls.  I wish I could have captured the shine better because it is so beautiful in person. 

Have fun with this.

I couldn’t stop with just one stencil, so I played with the Ripples stencil to give you a whole different look and technique. 

Ripples supplies
White Yupo Paper
Ranger Adirondack alcohol ink in Pool, Aqua & Sailboat blue
Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
Grumbacher Misket Liquid Frisket for Masking
Micron Marker

Trace your stencil onto the Yupo Paper using a pencil.  Mask the areas you want to keep a crisp white with the Misket fluid.  Let dry completely before you drop in the alcohol inks.  

Drop in the alcohol inks in random splashes all over the Yupo Paper along with some blending solution.  Move the paper around to let the alcohol inks play around together.  The inks dry very quickly, so add enough ink to get it to cover the paper.

When the inks are completely dry, peel away the masking fluid with your finger.  To make the edges crisp and give more depth, use a Micron marker and define the top edge of each water line.  

Have fun with these.  The fun part of working with Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper is they have a mind of their own and create their own look.  You have more control adding the inks on top of the Inka Gold as in the top piece of art. 


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Happy Summer

I love summer, beaches, warmth, and painting mandalas.  The best way to celebrate summer is to add some designs to beautiful rocks.  These rocks were found in Minnesota at Wacouta beach, Lake Pepin and the North Shore on Lake Superior.  Each one is painted with someone special in mind. Here is a bit of summer happiness sent to you.  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper

Happy Easter Everyone!  I'm exploring once again some new art materials.

These are created using alcohol inks on Yupo Paper.  

It is fun to see the imagery you can create because you have no control over what the inks want to do.  It is amazing what can be created using only 3-4 colors.

These are my landscapes, and soon I will post my abstracts.  
This type of art is so much fun to create and the color is amazing in person.

Have a great weekend and try something new.  It is so rewarding.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Almond Muffins

I have created a fun piece of art to bring everyone some brightness & to cheer up my kitchen.  This is part of the "When Artists Cook" Series.  I have had an interesting couple of months around my food intake causing me to be even more creative in the kitchen with limited ingredients.  I found out that I have very high cholesterol, even if the only foods I am eating with lots of cholesterol are butter & eggs.  I am the last person I would think of who would need to be watchful for this elevation.  Since Thanksgiving I have cut out butter from my recipes.  

Last month I had a severe reaction to fructose that created a lot of havoc in my system.  Thank goodness the medical staff in the ER were able to get my reaction & severe stomach/ intestinal spasms under control.  This has left me only being able to eat chicken broth, white rice, and rice noodles for the past several weeks.  I’m slowly adding chicken, fish, potatoes, and this muffin… back into my diet.  One day soon I hope to find a way for my body to accept more foods.  If anyone has any suggestions for food intolerances & food allergies, please email me.  After an eventful start of the year, I am ready to play in the kitchen again.

This piece of art is on Yupo paper, which is made of plastic.  I love color and whimsical themes and since Yupo paper has its own character, it is fun to see what emerges.  I used Twinkling H2O’s and ink on the surface.  The colors and shine pop.   

This is my version of a muffin loaded with joy.  I have had this image in my mind for years to paint, but it wasn’t until I started playing on Yupo that I knew this was the time to paint it. 

I found this muffin on Dianne’s blog  & adapted it a titch since I am not able to have canola oil or lemon.  Thanks Dianne!  They are gluten free, fructose free friendly, dairy and soy free and easy to digest.  They stay nice and moist too.  The sauce is great for these muffins, waffles, tarts, and more.  I pretend it’s my jelly by thickening it a bit more.  

Almond Muffins
2 cups almond flour
½ cup dextrose
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
4 large eggs
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • Grease muffin pan with olive oil spray or other non-stick spray
  • Mix ingredients together.
  • Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 cup full with batter.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes, or until center of tops of muffins are set.
  • Makes 32 tiny muffins or 12 regular size muffins.

1/8 cup dextrose
1 ½ tsp. corn starch
Sprinkle of Celtic Sea Salt
¼ cup unsweetened rice milk
¾ tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. caramel unsweetened LorAnn Flavor Fountain
1/8 tsp. pomegranate unsweetened LorAnn Flavor Fountain

  • Mix dextrose, corn starch and salt together in a pan.  Add rice milk & vanilla and stir together.
  • Slowly bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly until thickened beautifully.
  • Cool slightly and add pomegranate and caramel flavoring.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Cheery Flowers on Yupo Paper

11x14, Watercolor & Ink on Yupo Paper (c) 2013 Colleayn Klaibourne

I created this piece of art to bring cheeriness to a long Minnesota winter.  You have probably noticed that each blog has a very different look to my art.  It has been suggested to me that I have one "style" so people would know my work.  I have tried for years to do this, but I have decided that I am going to be an artist with many styles.  The common denominator is color!    It is how my mind works, how my art emerges, and what keeps me excited about creating.  

 My goal this year has been to loosen up my work, and Yupo paper does that.  This is created using Twinkling H2O watercolors & Ink on Yupo Paper, which is 100% recyclable and made from polypropylene.  When you paint on it, it has a mind of its own.  You really don't know what is going to emerge.  It is non-absorbent so the paints remain bright and happy.  It is perfect for my love of creating vibrant, colorful art.    

You’ll still see the detail of my Celtic Art, Mandalas, and flowers, and I’ll keep it fun with whimsical art, Angels & Faeries, and more.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Jackie Frost Visits

Brrrrrrr... it's cold outside in Minnesota! I awoke to -14ºF with -40ºF windchill.   I'm not a winter person, at all, but it was fun to see all the beautiful drawings Jackie drew on the windows.
 I am taking a "Joynal" class with Jane Davenport, 
and in this week's class we are drawing naughty Pixies.
 Jack Frost's twin sister, Jackie, has arrived and is trying to steal his favorite windows to draw on.
Jack loves drawing on our windows because our house is around 150 years old with gorgeous  large windows adorned with stained glass.
The next time you look out a wintery window, you may want to ask "Is this masterpiece created by Jack, or his naughty twin sister Jackie?"  

This journal page was created in an old book covered with gesso, serviettes, doodles in ink, acrylic paint and colored pencils.  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Flower Faeries

Happy New Year!

I have been having fun drawing and painting some Flower Faeries.  These are all created in an altered book using gesso, serviettes (napkins), acrylic paints, Distress stains, colored pencils and ink.  It is so fun playing with serviettes as the background.  They create a fun theme of their own.  Everywhere I go I'm on the lookout for a great napkin- not for dinner time, but for another piece of art. 

These are faeries from my garden, although they are inside now since it is so cold out.  They love to be by all the beautiful flowers, colors, bugs and nature's gifts.

These paintings are bright, colorful and happy to remind me of the warm summer days ahead.  

This faery is overlooking one of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes after a winter storm.  She is watching some skaters far off into the distance.  

For those of you who are experiencing cold winter weather, bring some color and a faery into your life.  It will make your days feel brighter.  Those in warm climates- enjoy all the magic outside in your gardens and with your plants!  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I Love Aprons & Almond Sesame Bread Recipe

Hi Everyone, here is a peek into one of my favorite kitchen accessories- Aprons.  I love aprons- New ones, Vintage ones, Ruffly ones, Simple ones and all the ones my Brother and Sister-in-Law give me and my Mom makes for me.  There is a Senior Center in the building that I work in and I recently found these wonderful Vintage aprons for sale that I couldn't resist adding to my collection.  couldn't pass up the blue polka dots apron and the red one with white ruffles.  

The person who helped me with my purchase said she was afraid no-one would buy them because it is a lost kitchen art form.  I helped her see that aprons can still make someone’s day and are an important part of the cooking process.  I have to be careful each day to take off my apron before I see clients.  I’m sure one day I’ll walk out of the house with one of my fun ones on. 

I thought this would be a perfect time to blog on this since I am also learning how to draw ladies.  I am stepping out of my box this year and trying new art techniques. I couldn't resist doing some ladies walking down the catwalk modeling these fun aprons. 

Today as I woke up to 18°F on a cold winter day, I decided someone needs to make fleece lined aprons for the long winters.  That would make me a very happy cook.

This is one of my favorite gluten free & fructose friendly breads for the "When Artists Cook Series".  It has great flavor, and if you slice and freeze it right away, it doesn't get too crumbly.  It makes a smaller loaf, so you’ll need to help yourself to more pieces.  I love eating it with garlic salt and creamy goat cheese with scrambled eggs for breakfast.  My favorite sandwich is bacon, butter lettuce and mayo on this tasty bread.  It is very simple to make.

Gluten Free Almond Sesame Bread

1 ½ cup blanched almond (I love Bob’s Red Mill or California Almond flour)
¾ cup tapioca starch
1/8 cup sesame seeds
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking soda
4 eggs
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. glucose syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar

*     Combine almond flour, tapioca, sesame seeds, salt and baking soda. 
*     In another bowl, blend eggs for several minutes, until frothy.  Stir in olive oil, glucose syrup and vinegar into the eggs. 
*     Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
*     Pour batter into a well-greased 7 ½” x 3 ½” loaf pan. Add a piece of parchment to the bottom of the pan so it comes out smoothly.
*     Bake 350° for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
*     Let cool.
*     Slice and freeze within a day to keep it nice and friendly.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Autumn Faery

Hi Everyone, Happy Holidays!

My hand decided to have a major arthritis flare, so I had to take a few weeks off from painting, drawing, etc. I didn't realize how hard it would be to go without creating art for so long.  I was hoping I would have had this done to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, but I just finished it this weekend.  Instead I wish everyone a really nice week!

The faeries had fun preparing the gardens for winter, but I believe they are all tucked inside now to stay warm and to play in the houseplants. 

In the art class I am taking, Joynal, we are learning to use Serviettes for backgrounds.  I feel pretty cool getting used to the word “serviette”, since here in Minnesota we have napkins.  But thanks to my teacher in Australia, I get a new flair of words while learning to paint ladies, fashionistas, faeries, and more.  

The background is a serviette that we had for our Thanksgiving dinner and a bit of acrylic paint to blend it all together.  It makes a great background for my garden faery.  


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