Thursday, November 17, 2016

First glitter house complete. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Glitter House

I have always loved glitter houses and churches. I used the Tim Holtz village BigZ die for this house.  He always seems to be so on trend.  I used chip board for this one and painted it with acrylic paints. I am making another one now out of paper. I plan on putting battery tea lights in them and adding them to my Christmas decorations I made last year. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Finally all moved in and starting to craft again

It's been a long time since I posted. Between packing, moving, closing, unpacking and nesting, I just didn't have time.  Now my new studio is set up finally. So I started crafting and it feels great! I am thinking about Christmas gifts. I am making those pretty little glitter putz houses.

Glitter house, no glitter yet
I used the Tim Holtz  BigZ die for the house and cut it out of chipboard. It's pretty sturdy. I'll try cardstock next and see which i like better. I used dimensional paint on the roof and chimney for texture. I'll post again when I add the glitter.  

I ordered the add on dies to make the other houses and such....waiting patiently (read, not really) for those to arrive!  I want to make a whole village. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Getting ready to art making

Moving is a full time job!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Every ending is a new beginning to something else.

5x7 collage
Using Anne Bagby's technique of making 'complicated' papers, I made this collage for a new book I am creating.  It feels so good to be playing with paper again. After my husband died very 
unexpectedly, I felt like I would NEVER create again. Slowly, the Muse has returned and I am, once again, creating. This collage is about my life after his death. New Beginnings. I am just now, after almost 2 years thinking of the future and what is NEXT...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

stretching my art muscles

 Face of woman 1 
using Lynn Perella's techniques

 Face of woman 2
using Anne Bagby's techniques

Face of woman 3
using Anne Bagby's techniques

This past weekend I attended a great workshop. I try to go to one a year. This one was fantastic!
The teachers were both amazing artists, Lynn Perella and Anne Bagby.  We all met in Connecticut and spent a wonderful 3 days flinging paint and cutting paper! Can it get better than that?? The workshop was called Marrakesh Destiny. We focused on Moroccan art and design. It was other-worldly, moody and all around amazing.  I met wonderful fellow artists. If you ever get a chance to take a workshop with either of these artists you will love it. I learned a lot and stretched my art muscles, which is always a good thing, Going out of my comfort zone helps me expand my art. It helps me to see my art in a whole new way and wakes up my Muse.  Last night I got out my idea book and the ideas were flowing. I now have a series starting in my idea book. Isn't that the way of art? I feel so blessed to be able to spend my free time as a retiree making my art. Life is good!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

art journaling with attitude

in my art journal

I was on the beach recently and had my lunch. This guy landed and obviously wanted in. So I shared my bread with him. He just stood there, staring with such attitude!  So he is now in my art journal. I sketched him with color pencils and watercolor. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

crafting with shells

I've found lots of shells in my shelling expeditions and this wonderful square box in which to keep them. Now, what to do with them? I love them and may opt to just keep them as a collection and not do any crafting. I think I need to do some Pinterest hunting to see about crafting with shells.  I've been painting them which you can see here, on my other blog.