Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Profile Change

I have used the above image of myself for my online profile picture
for a number of years now....
but it doesn't really look like me anymore. 

The years have flown by and my face has more wrinkles and my hair has more grey in it. 
I have happily earned both of those things and thought it was time to share them online.  

So .... here's the new older me.

A big thanks to my daughter for taking these photos for me!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Playing with Birds

I really enjoy incorporating my drawings into collage. 
The bird in this creation is a copy of a drawing I did sometime ago. 
I then added bits and pieces and some scribbles to create this piece.

Below is a bit of the original drawing as well as another creation this bird has shown up in. 

The same thing happened with this piece.
A bird drawing that ended up in a whirlwind of collage and scribbles.

And below is the same bird showing up in different creations. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Photographs and Tea Bags

In the past few months I have received a number of requests
asking me how I add photographs to tea bag paper. 

I haven't answered these questions - and I apologize to those who have asked. 

The main reasons I haven't responded are:
1. - not enough time to answer right now 
2. - do I want to share this information with the world? 
3. - and if I do want to share - what format will it take?

I have been toying with the idea 
of creating an online course 
or making a short tutorial style blog post
to share how I do this.

So for now I ask for your patience while I figure this out.  
I promise I will let you know when I know. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Playing With Collage

I love playing with collage 
.... especially when I incorporate copies of drawings I have created
..... and lots of scribbling with white charcoal.

and who can resist playing with a creation on the computer..... ....not me!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

. . . . . Before New Growth . . . . .

I continue to struggle to find time to create.... 
but a few nights ago, I found myself with an hour or two of time. 
It was supposed to be an hour or two of cleaning time, 
but I gave myself permission to create instead. 

It has been a late spring here, and the leaves were not out...
and this inspired me to find some of my winter tree photographs
and create this tiny accordion style book. 

I  enjoyed this creative time

and knowing I will have more time soon makes me smile. 

Until then this will have to do....

so I called this piece 'Before New Growth'

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More Etched Metal Jewelry

I have been busy making etched metal jewelry. 
I haven't done it for a long time,
but when I was asked to do a jewelry project in the local high school
I thought etched metal would be lots of fun. 

In order to prepare I made a variety of pieces 
and ended up with lots of necklaces - long and short necklaces
- with bigger etched pieces and small etched pieces 
- with pieces of squiggly wrapped wire or not
- and mounted on a cotton cord or a wire circle.

and one bracelet.....

I can't wait to see what the students create!

Monday, April 30, 2018

In The Classroom

I am going into the local grade 10 art class every day this week
to teach them how to make etched metal jewelry. 

Here are some earrings I made as ideas of what they could make. 

I think my favourite is this etched bug...... 
but I have some necklaces in the works - so perhaps this will change. 
I am looking forward to seeing what they create!
. . . . and I will share some necklace images soon - I promise :-) 

Monday, April 23, 2018

A New Medium to Play With

I have always been intrigued by traditional rug hooking....
but I knew it wasn't for me.  

Then I saw punchneedle creations, and I so wanted to give it a try. 
One day I saw that The Crafter's Box had created a kit taught by Bookhou 
and I placed an order.......

..... and this is what I made. 

I placed it among some of my other creations 
on the little ledge on the railing of my loft studio.
It may get moved again, but for now I like it there. 

I loved the process and can't wait to try some more pieces of my own design 
- but for now other projects are waiting there turn!