Saturday, December 15, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Just registered to attend a summer workshop with Beryl Taylor at the wonderful Valley Ridge Art Studio in southwestern Wisconsin! I've been thinking about this and planning it for months, so you can be sure I was signing in at precisely 9 AM today when registrations opened! I've attended Valley Ridge for two previous workshops (Lesley Riley and Kathy Malkasian) and had a marvelous time on both occasions. You really can't ask for a more comfortable and idyllic setting offered by the proprietors, Kathy and Bill Malkasian.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
These are two examples of the second set of Skinny book journal pages I completed for the swap at Arttechniques . The theme for this set was "Goddess". I used a wallpaper sample again, coated with gesso and various acrylic paints and overstampled with Stazon inks. The goddess shape was cut from textured wallpaper and sewed on, couching some colorful yarns in the outline. I'm happy with the results! More later!
Monday, October 08, 2007
I posted 4 of the Goddess series images as I was learning the ins and outs of the site.
I've also been working on a set of journal pages for a swap on the Arttechniques group. This first set is for the "color" theme. I used wallpaper for the base, gesso and acrylic paint over it, layered with sheer ribbon, painted paper towel, tyvek, watercolor paper, sequins, beads, and a bit of stamping. Lastly I added some machine stictching to bring it all together. I know most people add images of people or text, but I wanted something a bit different.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I ran across this quiz and the outcome was apt, considering I drink coffee once a week!
|You Are a Cappuccino|
You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please
Saturday, September 08, 2007
The other gift was the arrival of two books I ordered through Amazon, so I spent time after the nap reading Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner. This is one amazing book for anyone using acrylic paints, mediums, and gels in their work. I was familiar with some of the tips and techniques, but this spiral-bound book that opens flat for easy reading and reference has many techniques that I've admired in other artists' work, but didn't know how to accomplish. So, now before I go to bed, I'll be prepping some 16" x 20" canvases for play tomorrow.
The other book that arrived today is Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories: A Crafter's Guide to Fashioning Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets & More by Lisa Bluhm. That one will be perused in bed later tonight. (My usual routine is to bring a magazine like Quilting Arts, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, or Somerset Studio, or a book to bed, read until it drops from my hands as I doze off, then laugh, turn of the light, roll over, and go to sleep.)
Tomorrow morning is the weekly meeting of the Sunday morning art group that convenes at a local Starbucks (still nameless after months and months of meeting!) I'll bring the above- mentioned books to share as well as the package of journal pages from a recent CPS swap. What a wonderful array of 10 pages from some talented artists in the group!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
This past week the new zine, Fibre & Stitch, debuted and it is lovely! This one sounded like a good match for me because no matter what art medium I explore, I tend to gravitate back to fabric! There's also a new yahoo group for the subscribers to the zine, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fibreandstitch/. The first challenge is exactly the technique I wanted to try, Carol McFee's "Lutradur and Lace". I'll post it later - first painting is still wet.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The piece on the far left of the weaving in a handmade frame is "Brigid's Loom". It is pasticcio of fibers, yarn, ribbon, and handmade papers woven through wires colored with alcohol inks and then twisted when taken off the loom. The frame is a foamcore piece gessoed, layered with molding paste, handmade paper, acrylic paints, and embellished with small beads. It is part of a series of about 20 pieces in a similar vein. There is a nice tutorial for the frame in Somerset Workshop by artist Diana Twedt. (Diana is very inspiring and has shared her tutorials and art in many of Stampington's publications.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I created Airmid in honor of one of my grandmothers. I used a vintage photo of my grandmother, taken when she was 18. The photo is of her sitting in bright sunlight, wearing a dark colored dress with a sailor collar. I loved the high contrast of her face and how she is looking down, so I cropped her head and printed it on paper we made from cornhusks.
Airmid is the Celtic goddess of herbal healing, and she stood guard over the Well of Slaine in Ireland. She is said to live in the mountains of Ireland yet today, healing faeries and humans who need her help. Water is her element.
Like so many other grandmothers, mine had a cure for whatever ailed you. I recall her favorite remedy to slather over us was "Mentholatum", a sticky menthol rub still sold today.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Two examples of using scrim (cheesecloth) in mixed media work. The first one is "Lost Love", a fabric and paper collage. The fabric on the right side covering the lower corner is purple scrim, purchased at a local Joann fabrics.
The piece on the right, "Pasticcio 2", has the same scrim along the top of the weaving. Displayed at an outdoor art show, it is the second in a series of collages exploring weaving over a variety of warps with an assortment of threads, fibers, paper, and ribbons. This piece is 12" x 8" on watercolor paper with a foamcore frame that I constructed with molding paste, embossed papers, and painted with acrylics.
I'll come back to edit this later today. I've got to run to a meeting!
Monday, July 23, 2007
I found my Frozen Charlotte on Ebay from a seller who had a lot of 5 with broken limbs. Their disrepair made them even more interesting to me, so I was thrilled when I won the bid at a very reasonable price!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy New Year to all.
Just a bit of updating what I've been creating lately. You can also see images of my work on ArtWanted.com
The mixed media image to the left is a 9" x 12" piece inspired by an article in ClothPaperScissors. I'll update the details later.
The image below "Inspire" with the red heart is a 4" x 6" acrylic on canvas board with copper wire, beads, buttons, watch parts and paper ephemera.
The "Sisters" piece was a gift to my sister at Christmakuh. It is similar to "Inspire" but with a photo of us when we were quite young printed on muslin. Both pieces were also inspired by an article in ClothPaperScissors, but again I need to get the magazine to check the details!.