Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Collectables Folder

I finally had some creative time.... 
or I should say - I finally made the time to create a priority 
over all of the other things I could have been doing. 

And so I made a collectables folder. 

The cover was made from layers of fabric, paper and many layers of acrylic paint, 
which I then decorated with my rustically carved stamps.

I inserted folders inside and secured them with some stitches.

The folders are only open on the one side - which is where items can be slid in for storing.  

The flap on both the front and back cover and the elastic closures
 ensures nothing can slip out accidentally.  

I really enjoyed my creative time
and I know I must give myself the gift of more creative time more often.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's Fireweed Season

I love fireweed season 
and I thought I would share a few photos I have taken of them
 as well as a few pictures of places I have been recently.

And a summertime selfie to finish it off!

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!