Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lessons In Art

I think I posted already about my Thursday night art class with Lorrie-Marie Jenkins. Now that I have a few seconds--let me show you what I've made so far!

The first project was called "Mind Full" and was a collage of pretty thoughts going on in one's head. Here is mine in it's first stage:

Then we students sewed the paper collage onto fabrics, added a frame and a few words to complete it.

It was great seeing everyone's different "take" on this project!

Next we started amassing the humble TP tube:

And began to assemble our thoughts, our images, paper and COLOR into a book with pull-out pages:

Adding embellishments and plenty of the magical properties of STABILO (my new fav word):

then finishing up with ribbons and twine until there was no more room for anything else:

And before we had a chance to catch our collective breath, Lorrie-Marie had us keeping the creative momentum going with this thick and glossy jumble of well-placed delights on Sheetrock:

Now we're all caught up to week four! Bring on the tea cans!

We played with foil and neat little things to add texture. Then paint, images and a waxed finish

pulled it all together.

I don't know what will be next in the last class, but I hope it'll have something to do with the fabric/paper transfer she showed us how to do:

I've also been working on some more of my beach glass jewelry and as soon as I can get in some more starfish, they'll be ready to go into my Etsy shop!

Lorrie Marie will be offering classes again in a few weeks so stayed tuned...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nautical Summer Banner

It's SUMMER! I started it by making a banner from Whisker Graphics Bitty Bags . I used the new striped bags in black, yellow, red & blue, and started by cutting the bottom of the bags in shapes inspired by nautical flags.

Next, I found a chart online that shows the nautical alphabet:

and used it as my decoder for what I wanted to spell out! I choose the word "SUMMER" and then cut up more Bitty Bags to form the colors and shapes I needed for each little square that would represent each letter of the word SUMMER.

I stamped the letter in black on each corresponding square for you landlubbers who can't read flags!

For the last step, I punched two holes at the top of each Bitty bag, and then strung one strand each of Lemon, Cherry & Aqua Divine Twine through each yo, hoe hole.

I'll be using mine for the summer display I set up on my buffet, but I thought it would be great hanging outside to welcome my guests to a Fourth Of July party, too! Run it up a flagpole and see who salutes!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

A Day At The Alameda Flea

You can find ANYTHING at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Think I'm kidding? Grab a cute friend and go...!

Start off with some coffee and food--there's lots to choose from. Make sure you use the "facilities" when you see one.

How about some majorette boots (complete with tassels)?

How about a table and chair set from your childhood (well, my childhood anyway!)?

How about an elephant? How about a toilet? How about an elephant toilet?

Oh deer, that's a door able.

How about a circus ballerina dress?

How about a PARIS lamp?

How about an antique, hand-painted bed?

How about some metal sculpture made with a little of everything?

How about some vintage horse ribbons?

How about we take a rest where ever we can find a seat?

How about baby doll heads under glass?

How about re purposed metal buckets?

How about a stuffed chair that looks like it came off the Pee Wee's Playhouse set?

How about a leather chair with nipples and butt cheeks?

How about a scary-lookin' five foot pink Santa in a plastic bag?

How about clothing made entirely of ties?

How about a view of the San Francisco skyline?

How about a giant ornate oval frame?

How about we plunk right down in the middle of the isle on a stool?

How about some gorgeous satin and lace dresses?

You can get anything at the Alameda Flea! See:


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Friday, June 1, 2012

Workbench Wednesday On Friday!

It's Friday-so sue me.

Last night I attended my first art class with a pal, taught by Lorrie Marie Jenkins, and got a great start on my first project; "Mindfull". I'll show you how it turns out.

I also (finally!) got some items listed in my Etsy shop, and hope to add some of my chicken wire crowns next week!

What are YOU working on? Please share with a comment!

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