Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The first is Torn and Painted Papers - and I found this in the Somerset Studios Nov/Dec 2007 edition. On the left side of the page - you can see that I divided the page. The left side is the papers after being adhered, prior to painting. The right side of the page is after I have painted with 2 colors of Golden's Glazes.
The second background is one of my favorites . . . Embossed Paper Scraps.
Lots of fun, supplies that most everyone has on hand, relatively quick and easy!!
What more could we ask for:
Clicking on either picture will enlarge it so that you can read the directions.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here are Maggi's after the Pearl Ex:
Here are our pieces after baking:
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Mixed Media Mosaics: Techniques & Projects
Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads & Other Embellishments
(Paperback)by Laurie Mika (Author)
$15.63 at http://www.amazon.com/
I will be attending a retreat at Raevn's Nest Art Retreat in October
in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and am keeping my fingers crossed that
I am able to get into the class that Laurie Mika is teaching. I
received this book from Amazon last week and it is truly
INCREDIBLE! 127 pages of full color, easy to read,
easy to follow instructions for GREAT projects using polymer clay!
This is by far, one of the BEST art books I own. My only affiliation to
Laurie is being a fan :) I went out yesterday and purchased the supplies
needed and tomorrow Maggi and Chrissy will be coming over for a
Stay tuned . . . . . . . photos to follow . . . . .
If you are interested in Mosaics, in Polymer Clay - PLEASE give this
book a try . . . . I can't believe that ANYONE would be disappointed!!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Click on image if you would like to read the instructions! A side note, that Fiona reminded me of. When you are ironing your mulberry paper between two sheets of paper - it WILL STICK. Don't panic!! Keep ironing and it will eventually let go. It is sticking because you are ironing away the embossing powder.
Here is a current picture of the cover of my sketchbook. I am adding a square everytime I create another background . . . . . . still have a ways to go :)
Friday, January 18, 2008
Here are my sketchbook pages:
and here are some of the large samples of my backgrounds:
sponged on dye inks:
brayered on dye ink:
color wash spray:
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I love the song "Big Girls Don't Cry" and used that behind a transparency of my face! My son thought it was for a swap and asked "who wants a picture of you on their journal?" ROFL! I choose this because it sets the tone for my some of my personal goals for 2008! Clarity, Peace, Serenity! I couldn't ask for more!!
I have come up with a "Pea Rating Guide" for each of the backgrounds that I create. My personal rating scale will be comprised of how easily the background can be made, on whether or not I have all of the necessary materials already in my house, on the "noise" factor . . . . can I create said background while my family is still in bed, and last, but certainly not least, do I LOVE what I have created :)
To start off our book, Trish choose Shining Stones . . . . and I can tell you that the Pea Rate is a PERFECT 10!!
I LOVE IT . . . . AND, I didn't burn down the house while creating it!!
Here is the cover of my sketchbook . . . I will be cutting a one inch square from each background that I create and adding it to the cover as I go.