Thursday, March 20, 2014


 Creating a contrasting cocoon using wool blend felt
 piecing two colors

 drawing the wrap tight with a running stitch and creating an organic edge with a satin stitch,

 tip: let an ombre or varigated thread do the work and create more interest than a single color would
overlaying more color with fine point markers
 the "nest" for this fimo clay piece is made from scraps of a recycled wool sweater
 more thread wrapping for the fimo elephant
my next step will be an acrylic (easy cast) pour to lock in the colors, give the illusion of more depth, and preserve the composite materials that each piece is made up from.... stay tuned.........

Sunday, March 16, 2014

No more erasers :(

 Carving up the last of the Pink Pearl erasers....
 Run rabbits run!
 Quick get to the poppy fields, talk to the small blue bird!
 This mini poppy block is my new favorite, for now anyway......
Print totem

More carving and printing please......

 Carving small printing blocks from erasers is addictive! They carve fast and are super fun to print with!
 One small bird looking for his bird friends........

 Another bird, branch sitting......
 Carve, carve, carve.......
 Now for the super fun part, ink, ink, ink......
 Oh the things that can be stamped on, on to some fabric now?
More to come..........................................

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Mess........

 Step one:  Completely cover your work space with so many supplies so that you increase the likely hood of sticking your elbow in an open ink pad, more than once.......
 Step two: Document the transformation from pink eraser to carved stamp to stamping on modeling compound, special tip be sure to use clay that expired some time in 2002........
 Step three: Be sure to make something special for your sister Meri...... (red elephant under the stars)
 Step four: Tidy up and enjoy one last look at your creative output before taking the clay pieces off to a
275 degree oven for  ten to twenty minutes to harden.
 Good night paper cranes!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

paper, scissors, glue & friends!

The Wednesday tradition of making art with friends continues! We missed you Karen!

We looted my craft studio and Amanda brought lots of fun finds from the B&D Bargain Bin where second hand art and craft supplies abound with lots of other well used treasures perfect for creative re-purposing! In Amanda's latest contribution was a box of multimedia papers including some produced by a local artist. She also brought charming old photos found at an antique shop (scanned and re-printed for endless re-use). We all enjoyed snacks (thank you Nancy and Amanda) and got right to the fun!

I printed out a wonderful owl treat box template found on Pinterest and Amanda instantly had an idea for a different use for the template!

Amanda and Nancy in their stamping, cutting, gluing, multimedia glory!

The finished works below! Apologies in advance for my awful photos. I will have to have the girls send me better pics of their delightful creations. This is what comes of neglecting the photo shoot portion of the festivities until after dinner and a glass of wine!

All set out with past years' inspirational Halloween splendor!

Amanda's spooky multimedia boxes and mini tin!

Nancy's glittered candy corn tin and inspired trick-or-treat vignette box! 

My sister's vignette box from past years that inspired it!

My finished treat box "Antoine" the owl, aptly named by Amanda after she punched out some paper shapes from left over scraps and one little crown conveniently had "Antoine" neatly centered on it!

Just another reminder that we can be constantly inspired by the creativity around us! So get out there and wander the web, check out your local arts and crafts scene, ask your friends and family what they've been creating, and get your art on!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Secret Garden.......of 12 ducks

 The finished piece! 7 x 14 " over-dyed and painted linen, printed six duck block (x2) and embellished with over-dyed fabric yo yo's! The ducks were first printed with black ink, left to dry and then offset slightly and over-printed with white ink, hand coloured beaks and feet.
 work in progress....
 the block was cut from my favorite "Speedy-Carve" by Speedball, easy on the hands!
"jazzed-up" fabric circles for the yo yo's! I just used water colour paint.