Saturday, November 1, 2008

      A Moment of Zen

Yesterday I spent most of the day finishing the rest of the "Little Ghosties" for the art doll swap. This morning I finished the last three and decided to play with a technique that Vonda did when she visited my studio. It is from the Bernie Berlin book "ATC Workshop". You take scraps of paper and glue them down with excess glue which you let ooze out from under. Then you sprinkle embossing powder on which sticks to all the extra glue. (And of course heat emboss the powder.) The effect kind of looks like grout between mosaic tiles. I then tried a new glaze I have from Ranger Industries called "One Step Crackle", It is pretty much what it says. You just squirt on the liquid and let it dry and it crackles on it's own. According the label it sounds like it will spread out on it's own but mine was too thick so I had to brush it out. The face is made of polymer clay and is something I created from a mold I bought from a wonderful on-line source called "The Enchanted Gallery". Kimberly makes all kinds of molds (and rubberstamps) to purchase and I just love her stuff. (The link is listed with all my other favorites further down the blog.)
The roses are made from ribbon and hand-painted with Primary Elements from Luminartes Inc. (Also on the links list.) This is my favorite mica based paint which comes in powder form and then is mixed with acrylic mediums depending on what surface you are going to paint. One medium is for paper, another for fabric and a third for polymer clay.

Anyways this is the card I completed today so ENJOY!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Little Ghostie

Another day of watching my nephew for my sister-in-law has gone by. (Read here- I'm way too tired to do anything artsy today.) It just take some much energy to keep up with the little stinker. You would think he wouldn't be able to move that fast with those little legs. (He's only 20 months.)

Anyways I was busy yesterday but I just forgot to write down anything. I finished the prototype of the art doll that is going to be given to all the participants of a monthly art doll swap that I host. Every month is based on a different holiday and October is (of course) Halloween.

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Workshop

I spent most of the day babysitting my nephew so when I got home I was just too tired to do any art. So I decided that maybe you might enjoy perusing the place that it all happens in. These are all the best photos of my workshop when it was actually clean.(Yes it is still clean.) I have added another table so that local list members can visit for the day, but I don't have any photos of it yet.


Click on the slideshow to see a larger version.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another lazy Sunday morning and I am in my workshop making more beeswax cards while my husband is in his media room playing "Grand Theft Auto" on his Playstation 3. You just can't beat that sound track when you are making art. (Sigh!) Anyways I made some more beeswax cards and they are included in the slideshow below. One of them I did a little differently when I remembered that I had some metal stamps with asian characters on them. I simply coated the corner of the card with several layers of wax and let it cool. Meanwhile I set the "chops" in the melting pot on the bare metal so they would get hot. Unfortunately I forgot they were made completely out of metal and burned my fingers when I picked one up. I got pair of my jewelry pliers to pick them up and discovered they were too small to accomplish this when I dropped one in the hot beeswax and splashed it everywhere. (Thankfully I did not burn myself again.) I finally went and got a bigger pair of pliers and was able to make some impressions. So, for now... that is my last experiment with heating metal stamps for a while.