Monday, May 23, 2011

fly away fly away, fly away home!

 I made a batch of paper mache cups and other shapes several months ago using silicon cupcake molds. I have been puzzling about how to color them and finally decided to try markers, not good, then watercolors, very good!
I added butterfly cutouts scanned from a vintage silk scarf and printed on lightweight paper, (fiskars) paper punch flowers, a little daily wisdom from a recycled children's book, and a bit of wire. I'd love to add glitter but half my studio is moved to the new house and the glitter is not here in the remaining stash  This was a fun distraction from the painting and cutting and hanging mill work! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

snail trails

The snail prints found a home on some pins fashioned from resin coated dominoes. I think I will send one to a friend who studies mollusks.

I made some bottle cap and button pins too using more snail prints and some graphic paper from an earlier print series. 

More domino recycle, and my favorite piece, the fruit bat necklace! Not my graphic image but a snippet from an piece of domo stationary I kept forever and finally cut up!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

pencil therapy

Regaining my equilibrium with a little colored pencil therapy. A quick sketch from a photo I took last month on a rare warm day walking the dogs on the Catherine Valley trail.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

more lost and found: playground snails @" @"

I often find schoolyard flotsam and jetsam when walking the doggies past the local school playground. I found a pink eraser on out last walk, brought it home and carved a snail stamp.

I liked using the intact side to make a small color block to print the image over. Small art, big fun!

Monday, May 9, 2011

More Golden Book Recycle!

I love the print on the inside cover of Golden Books! I saved the covers from a previous  recycle project and used paper tape from  Martha Stewart  to make this super cool picture frame for a Mother's Day gift for my daughter. Of course I think my grandson is pretty adorable too!

If you'd like to make your own, trim off the bound edge of the front and back covers, cut out the center of one side with a craft knife, finish the edge with paper tape, place your picture between the covers and tape the edges to seal the two pieces. I added an easel back made from a recycled greeting card, but you could  also add a ribbon hanger or mount in a scrap book. I'd love to see what you are recycling so send me links to your posts!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

a little walk around the pond

Taking a little break from building the house to walk around the pond with the doggies
So this is what it looks like when the rain stops!
High water!
Smells like spring!
I can go no further!
Our favorite tree!
Time to head back to the old house!