Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
I have been busy collecting broken dolls and salvaging parts. Preparing wood bases, skeleton heads and a couple of sculptures. I've gathered the paints, dremel cutter, glue and apoxie sculpt; all in preparation for Wednesday's class at Art Unraveled. Not sure where this is going, but it is right up my alley.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This is the only photo I have of an acrylic painting I did a couple of years ago. I was painting at our local art club and a woman walked by and said she would buy it on the spot. Said she hated tee pees, but had to have it. OK by me; I was thrilled.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
A peaceful spot under an old shade tree in the middle of a field.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
An old spoon, some doo-dads....... Some craft wire.......
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Above is the finished polymer bracelet. Below on the right is the Goodwill bracelet that was damaged. It had two cracked pieces and the elastic was frayed, but I loved the shape.
I made a two-part silicone mold of one of the pieces. After the mold had set up, I placed my conditioned scrap clay in my mold and patted it down firmly. Popped it out, poked two holes, distressed it and made 6 more.
Above--I got bored while the mold was setting up and doodled on the top of it. What can I say?
After the baked pieces were cool, I experimented with paints. Above was too dark so I added some buff glaze. I baked the glazed pieces again to set the paint. Then I sanded them and gave them a quick buffing on the electric buffer. Strung them on Beadalon elastic, tied the knots and pulled them inside the holes. I want to try this again, but will pay attention to the layering of the ivory and not over-distressing the pieces. A little goes a long way. And, of course, have to make one with bright colors.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I made the above bracelet from polymer and strung it on Beadalon elastic. I found a broken bracelet at Goodwill (tomorrow's post) and wanted to see if I could duplicate it. I used scrap clay and played with distressing it and different paint finishes, sanding it and finally a quick buff on the electric buffer. It was easy to string and tie it off.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Greens, purples and gold; a quick plein air desert sketch. The above photo has a greenish tint to it, but the painting doesn't. I think I need Photoshop Elements. I looked at software today, but I want to research a little more before I invest the money and time.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Rhonda of A Little Bit French created the above french inspired pieces from some antique lace I had collected years ago. She has creatively used the edgings I hand crocheted and it makes me feel so good to see the end result.
When I crocheted all the edgings in the above photos, I had plans of embellishing pillowcases and little girls' skirts and slips. I crocheted so many, there was no way I was ever going to use them so was very grateful when Rhonda said she would take them. I am just so happy to see her french inspired creations full of beautiful laces. Check out her Etsy store HERE.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Another quick desert sketch. But I can see from these two photos that it still needs work.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
A bottle topper (stopper?) with an eye hook to hang different talismans and/or signs on.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I strung garnets, fresh water pearls and small labradorite beads on Beadalon stringing material and attached a magnetic clasp. I used wire guards to protect the tension points and to add a nice finished look.
I was able to slide the strung gemstones through the polymer pendant opening because the magnetic closure is less than 6mm. Of course, with polymer you can make the "fold-over" as large as you want. I embedded an eye hook in the point of my polymer pendant so I could attach the jade colored shell pieces.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Creating something that touches the viewer is an unbelievable feeling. No words to describe it.
Whether the viewer feels positive, negative or ambiguous isn't the point.
It's the "feeling" part.
When someone connects to a piece of art, it is on an extremely personal level and for me, that connection is to be respected, honored, revered. What a gift! Peers who give a compliment, or friends and followers who take the time to comment; those are the moments in life that are so few and far between, but so very unforgettable.