Shrink-e-dinks….nostalgia from the 80’s

This past December I decided to take my work and create pins and earrings.  The question was how to do this.  I found something from my childhood that I always loved to create with, Shrink-e-dinks.  Yes, those plastic sheets you could paint, color or draw on, cut out and then pop in the oven to watch them shrink into a hard plastic.

I remember creating Disney Christmas ornaments from kits that my parents would get for my sister and I.  Those snowy Saturday afternoons where mom and dad needed to keep Karen and I busy….Boy, those were the days.

Well, I found the Shrink-e-dink material and decided, WHY NOT!

First off, I started actually drawing out images and then coloring them in.  This took a long time for each image but once shrunk down they looked really cool.  I used a variety of media including colored pencils, alcohol markers, and inks.

I then did a little more exploring on the art supply websites and found Shrink-e-dink material that you can send through an ink jet printer.  Hallelujah!!!!  This was so much easier. So, I started to look through my sketchbook and computer and found lots of images that I created to print out.  The results were great and the items were and are some of my most popular sellers.

Take a look for yourself here as I have some items still for sale.  Just contact me via messenger in Facebook or you can email at

Next up, a review of the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts:  Disney has art classes and workshops? Who new they were so artist friendly?  Stay tuned.

Visual Arts Faculty Show, March 5th, 2014

It was a very nice experience to not only contribute to the faculty show, but to also meet some of the instructors I haven’t had the chance to meet this past year.  I have known Madelyn from our times teaching at HCA (Hinsdale Center for the Arts) but never met Ann when she worked there.  And now with working with Kate and Laura, I can finally put faces with the names of all the other talented people I work with.


The evening was wonderful and we had a nice gathering of people who came out to support us.  I was so busy taking photos of the event that I was unaware that I had lots of people looking at my artwork.  I feel much love from the community in the western burbs when I see people enjoying what I make.


We also had a wonderful jazz band who played all night while everyone enjoyed the nice spread of appetizers and desserts my fellows instructors and I brought.


If you are in Illinois, particularly, the Chicagoland area, the show will be up until May 2nd.

Mayslake Visual Arts Faculty Show
March 4 – May 2, 2014
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523


Mayslake Visual Arts Faculty Show

Lioness I, 2003, Watercolor on paper, 15"x22"

Lioness I, 2003, Watercolor on paper, 15″x22″

Wow! How this year is going by so fast. Tomorrow will be the opening reception to the second art show I will be in for the year. This second show will be held at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL. It also happens to be where I get to teach drawing and painting during the week. I am so lucky and blessed that I found a wonderful place to continue teaching art to my students and giving me the opportunity to show my work to the community.

If you live in the Chicagoland area, please stop by either tomorrow evening or anytime during the duration of the show and you can view in person some of the work that is highlighted in the gallery here on my blog. Information for the show is below.  I hope everyone can find the time to come by and see what the faculty at Mayslake has been up to in our studios.  🙂

Mayslake Visual Arts Faculty Show
March 4 – May 2, 2014

Opening Reception!
Wednesday, March 5, from 6-8 PM
Mayslake Peabody Estate
1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Featuring the work of:
Rebecca (Rebe) Banasiak
Ann Grill
Laura Lein-Svencner
Kate Pszotka
Madeline Shea

And so it begins…

Hi everyone…this is the first post.  I hope that everyone enjoys what I will be presenting in my new website (blog).  For all my Facebook followers, this is one more way you can follow my creative happenings.  Explore the gallery and share the new website with your friends. Tootles everyone and enjoy!  🙂

Illustrating at the Mayslake Peabody Estate's Family Day, 2013.  Photo by Melissa Wagner.

Illustrating at the Mayslake Peabody Estate’s Family Day, 2013. Photo by MissLissa Photography.