Friday, June 29, 2012

One Thing Leads To Another

The creative process is an organic process it starts with a need or desire an grows as you start to create. Most of the time I do that growing in my mind but I have learned that it happens easily  if you just start doing. Something about getting into motion. A recent example...I was flipping through my magazines, clipping images for fridge magnets and needed a place to put them until I could make the magnets...a box. I went into my studio and searched for something to make a box and found these watercolours I did for another project. They were done on newsprint and would make a great box, but they were kinda flimsy so I put a layer of Hodge Podge on them. It made it stronger and also gave it a glossy gem look....hmmm wouldn't they look pretty under glass? Let me paint some for fridge magnets!


Well I had a blast, and it was hard to stop.

 They look like candies, I want to eat one! I feel like they should be put  into a glass jar  .Hmmmmm...I feel and idea coming on...stay tune.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recapture Art

I had the opportunity to be a part of Riaz's cool photo project "Recapture Art". He asked if I could sew a costume for one of the photo shoots.

 I love it when life lines things up for you.  A couple months before Riaz asked me to sew the costume, I found a unopened pack of satin sheets at my local thrift store. I bought it thinking maybe I'd use it for the back of a quilt. Turned out it was perfect for this project! I'm really pleased with the way it came out! Have a look here,   Lady with Glove William-Adolphe Bouguereau  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Free Arts, Printmaking!

The highlight of my week was a volunteer appreciation night for Free Arts mentors at the High Point  printmaking studio. First there was a touching letter from a youth who, while going through a very trying time found comfort and relief through the free arts program.... yeah that is what it is all about!
Second there was lots of prizes given away, fun! Did I mention wonderful food, a generous spread.
And last we got to make mono prints using High Points wonderful facility!

It was great fun, no time to think to hard about what to create....with about 40 people there, we had to work quickly so everyone could make a couple prints. It reminded me of the kindergarteners that I mentor weekly, they are  so excited to create, they work at a very fast pace, no over thinking:) 

 It was especially fun for me since Adeeb , who mentors with me on the free arts days, came too. I got to see him in action and was very impressed.
I totally fell in love with printmaking, from making the design to watching the finished print come off the press! So thrilling it takes your breath away.

Adeeb's print was stunning!

Adeeb suggested I do a ghost print of my template and the moment it came off the press I got excited to put pen and brush to it to create a mixed media piece.....OH the possibilities!

ghost print, can't wait to embellish!

Once again Thank You to the Free Arts Staff.... you make mentoring even more rewarding then it already is, which is a lot!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Vintage Find & Art

I was thrilled to find this guillotine at our thrift store, I've always wanted one of these old ones and to find one that actually cuts YEAH! I thought it was a perfect background for my recent work(play), mostly ink and watercolour with some crayon and embroidery.

This is summer exploding on a page from a old Chinese book.

Flowers from the garden, 'Lilies of the Valley' ( done blooming now) Bachelor Buttons , Yarrow and Chamomile (blooming now.) Painted on old book pages.

This was a left over from the folding paper post. It is folded just like you would to make a box then undone & painted. I went on to add some collage and embroidery...I absolutely loved the embroidery on paper, it adds so much. 

Some close ups.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Boxes,Boxes and more boxes


So I haven't really stopped folding paper since the Map Crazy post. I've been making boxes obsessively from old book pages, maps , perfume pages from Elle magazine (smell lovely when you open the box)and some from the paper you get for scrap booking, not sure what they call it. The boxes are great for holding all kinds of stuff, embroidery thread, yarn bits, jewelry, knitting gizmos,sweets for party favors, paper clips, hair ribbons, really anything. This is where I learned to make them, super simple!