Art – “10 Easy Ways to Create Dramatic Graphic Effects”

"Turning Out"

Dramatic Graphic Effects resulting from using white wax crayon as a resist under black tempera paint.

  • Use an eyedropper to drop acrylic gloss medium into wet watercolor for starry amoebic shapes.
  • Acrylic paint can be applied with crumpled newspapers.
  • Frottage is a Surrealist art technique developed by Max Ernst in 1925.  Using a pencil, crayon, or other drawing medium, make a rubbing over a textured surface so that the image resembles the subject.  Leave as is or go back and alter it as you wish.  ie.  use black wax crayon to do the rubbing and then paint over it with watercolor.
  • A blue china marker can be used to draw with before watercolor is applied.  Take the china marker to draw back into the work again after it is dry.
  • Paint a mixture of one part glycerin and one part water over the surface of your paper. Drop in all your colors at once. This technique with soften the hues in your watercolor.
  • While watercolor is still wet, you can drop in white gouache for a cloud-like effect.
  • Experiment by using Japanese papers as “stencils” and roll paint through them with a brayer.
  • Flick masking fluid onto a painting surface, and when dry apply inks.  Once the inks dry, remove the masking fluid and discover lovely white speckled effects.
  • Cover a surface with acrylic modeling paste and sprinkle sand on it.  After the materials have dried paint over it with inks.  Watch the ink sink into the sand.

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

“Streets of White Paper” 10 Things You Need to Do to Write Poems

  • Never censor yourself!
  • Begin with perceptive writing.
  • Watch ‘experimental’ films in a dark theatre while writing and recording your sensations in a sketchbook:  feelings, commands, impressions, ideas, un-sense, etc.
  • Use fragments of conversation overheard in public places.
  • Write after heated disagreements.
  • Clip out issues written up in the newspapers or magazines and weld them together with your instincts.
  • Use ‘I am’ to preface your word particles. Make a list of new and zany things you are.
  • Pull words out of a hat and collage them together.
  • Use a thesaurus to trace and target words you love and fit them together randomly.
  • Take a discarded book and black-out parts and words on pages.  Use what’s left to compose a poem or a new story.

In all writing arts, and especially poetry, we make decisions, we are continually emerging; no one else can go our individual way.  How has life formed you; piece it together like a tapestry and find your source for writing: your voice, to activate your poetry.  Living in poetry helps to express emotional truths.  Yet, it doesn’t have to make sense, it has to make feeling.  Do not impose limitations on your writing.  Write about what matters to you.

Quote from:  Greek Poet George Seferis

“To say what you want to say you must create another language and nourish it for years with what you have loved, with what you have lost, with what you will never find again.”

The following is an excerpt from the poem, “The King of Asine” by George Seferis; courtesy of:

“And the poet lingers, looking at the stones, and asks himself
does there really exist
among these ruined lines, edges, points, hollows, and curves
does there really exist
here where one meets the path of rain, wind, and ruin
does there exist the movement of the face, shape of the
of those who’ve shrunk so strangely in our lives,
those who remained the shadow of waves and thoughts with
the sea’s boundlessness
or perhaps no, nothing is left but the weight
the nostalgia for the weight of a living existence
there where we now remain unsubstantial, bending
like the branches of a terrible willow-tree heaped in
permanent despair
while the yellow current slowly carries down rushes up-
rooted in the mud
image of a form that the sentence to everlasting bitterness
has turned to stone:
the poet a void.”

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

Frogs, Ribbons, and Laces – A Christmas Twist!

December is now glowing with goodwill and ornamentation, colored lights and laughter.

The Christmas holidays offer a time to twist tradition and venture into new avenues.

The 20 Days of Christmas have arrived and I wish for you the gift of inspiration.

Here is my list of 20 ways I want to bring joy, color, and beauty into my life throughout this magnificent season and I’d like to share it with you:

  • Gardenia Scented Powder

Place fresh gardenias into a pint container and add organic cornstarch to fill.  Shake 3 or 4 times daily.  Replace the flowers every other day until the powder reaches the scent you desire.  Use after a bath to smooth and perfume the skin.

  • Somewhere I read an old china cabinet can be used as a dollhouse.  Wouldn’t this make a fabulous focal point in a young girl’s room!
  • Read Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge’s Book:  poemcrazy and take the time to go on a ‘Poem Walk’.
  • Try Alexandra Stoddard’s interior design tip:  mix 7 different colors of towels in your bathroom.  My choice:  nomad grey, black, soft white, mint green, raspberry, lemon, and leaf green.
  • Make a donation to PADS – Pacific Assistance Dogs.  PADS raises and trains service, hearing, and facility/therapy dogs for persons who are facing the daily challenges of life with a physical disability.  Visit  them online at:   You’ll find lots of ideas to help you give someone you love the perfect “something” while giving a gift of independence at the same time.
  • Start the 1st page of your Journal and if you don’t have a journal yet ask ‘Santa’ to bring you one.  My choice: Clairefontaine – Made in France, the satiny pages are a dream to write on, and they are available in many stationary stores.  Visit them online at and check out the fantastic covers and colors to choose from.
  • Kiss your husband and call him a ‘Frog’.
  • Read Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way, and start doing your “Morning Pages”. This daily exercise provides a powerful habit for personal growth.
  • Weave ribbons and laces into a table runner or a wall-hanging.
  • Walk up a steep hill backwards (Chinese good therapy).
  • Purchase a harmonica and play music to your plants.
  • Pick up small sticks from the seashore and color them with pencil crayons.  Cut words from magazines and glue a word or message on the back of each stick.  I call these “Seasticks” and serve them on a saucer beside a cup of tea.
  • Take a pottery class and make beads and tiny dishes to hold them.
  • Play Greek Music and accompany it with a glass of Ouzo.  Dance like Zorba.
  • Mumble to large sweet blackberrries.
  • Read, Mauve; How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World, by Simon Garfield.  This man’s success was in finding how to make color from coal. Search for the good in your failures and think of the times you’ve made color from coal.
  • Play at what you do from now to Christmas Day.
  • Make every day precious and worthwhile by using your unique gifts and aesthetic. Eric Booth explains how to do this in his book, The Everyday Work of Art.
  • Splurge on the weekend edition of the New York Times newspaper and spread it out all over the livingroom.  Add coffee, music, toasted bagels with butter, cream cheese and jam, your pet, a wooly cardigan and socks, and voila!  Over doing would be to light the fireplace…but, it has been done.
  • If all else fails please join me in knitting a pair of false eyelashes for New Year’s Eve.

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

Weird Eyelash Science

"Not a Mona Lisa"

Having sourced the shu uemura “Premium Black Gown” False Eyelashes yesterday I couldn’t stop feeling intrigued by the idea of buying a pair.  Seattle’s Nordstrom sells these for $52.  More than I need to spend on a weird whim.  I wondered if I might buy the eyelashes on eBay and I spotted a site for them right away.  The downside is the winning bid was $41.80 plus $8.99 Shipping. Has anyone tried attaching a fragment of lace to a conventional pair of false eyelashes?

Are You In-Or-Out…of Style, Silly

Beauty and Fashion Itch for Each Other…and when a magazine like In-Style publishes tips on these subjects my antennae reach to great lengths to pick up pen and paper and immortalize them in my journal.  It was by pure chance that these morsels found their way into my pages of providence.  I had swiftly grabbed a dog-earred copy of In-Style from the give-away shelf next to the recycling containers on my travels one morning.

I won’t keep you holding your breath:  these ideas were submitted by young stars and appropriated by Moi.  This is my little gift to you just in time for the Holidays.

  • Keep a spoon in the fridge to put on your eyes for five minutes before “dressing” them.
  • A little black lace is all that’s needed to add a special touch to an outfit.
  • My Choice:  shu uemura “Premium Black Gown” False Eyelashes.  These are made with black lace to cast mysterious shadows on the eye.
  • Use shimmer to put a little sparkle above your tear ducts so your eyes will shine and appear larger.
  • Line the inside rim of your eyes with white pencil to make them look bigger.
  • Use brown mascara for a younger look.

To quote Parker Posy: “Black eyeliner says you’ve been through stuff:  you know things.”

  • Jackets make jeans and t-shirts look decent.
  • My Choice: “Weird Jacket Science” (term used by Suzy Gershman in “The Born to Shop Lady’s Secrets for Building a Wardrobe”). This means rummaging at sales and thrift shops to track down the most outrageous jackets ever made in retail history. When paired with a plain top and jeans these ‘dark dogs’ bark out, “Audacious, Assured, Nervy Woman.”
  • Carry layers of necklaces in your purse so you can throw them on in the evening.
  • Combine different materials in your accessories.   ©”Gravity Collage” Wearable Sculptures – available from Nicole Rigets
"The Tuscany"
"The Attic"
  • Don’t throw anything out (I love this one).  Buy some sparkle at an arts and crafts store and turn an old shoe into the talk of the town.
  • Big bust?  Never wear crew neck t-shirts.
  • Men’s white shirts can be worn loose or belted.  My Choice:  leave the sleeves long and let the cuff flow low across the back of your hand Beau Brummell style.
  • Clip-in hair extensions take 3 minutes to attach and they don’t damage your hair. I watched two demos on You Tube and I liked a straight look, slightly layered, best.
  • Top Stick Boob Tape – Go Sheer with Confidence.  BTW you can always wear a weird jacket over this.
  • Wear ‘Pasties’ under a dress instead of a bra.
  • And remember it takes a 3-inch heel to help you walk with purpose, presence, and elegance!
  • My Choice:  Cut-out Bootie by Bettye Muller in black suede with a 3″ heel.  Cut out detail at vamp.  Elasticized gore.  Side zip.  Leather Sole.  Made in Italy.

  • While out shopping why don’t you pick up some paperwhites and enjoy their bright white flowers and exclusive fragrance.

Copyright © 2009 Nicole Rigets

World’s Best!

I was reading The World of Interiors and the article on the artist, Francis Bacon, showed pictures of the turmoil and dumping ground of his studio.


God! He uses a shovel to move through this roomscape. Someone said that after 4 years the dust build-up doesn’t change.


Gee I’m glad to hear that.  I feel better now.  I have only 3 years and 6 months to go before a stable blanket of dust alters the apperance of my studio:  the effect could be quite surreal.


I mis-spelled studio as I typed the above and a word hit the screen spelled: stufio.


I like it! Yes I adopt this new word as my own.  All my stuff-fio moves in a never-ending outflow of abnormal accumulation from one end of our closet challenged interior to the other.


My daughter has come up with a phrase she coined, “Shit-shifter,” and according to her I am the world’s best!

“In Pluto’s Cave”

“In Pluto’s Cave”

I couldn’t stand the feel of the passage of my life.

I must be feeling the sorrows of the human engine running

and failing.

Never the chance to just be –

always something attached to that,

be kkkind

be wise,

be nice,

don’t just be!

Be attractive, be this way or that,

be smart,

be attentive,

be happy (are u kidding),

be quiet!

be good.

They never say –

be passionate,

be a bitch,

be scary,

be powerful,

be rich.

Be aloof,

be gorgeous,

be superficial,

be alert,

be alive,

be driven.


Copyright  ©  Nicole Rigets

Excerpt taken from My Journal:

February 27th, 2003.