Friday, December 21, 2018

Simple canvas tote


Painted using the detail from a manhole cover 

at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy!

I began by choosing a plain canvas bag and then combing colors
 for a custom blend.

Below is a photo of me rolling the paint colors over the metal cover.

Then I inserted cardboard into the bag and used a rolling pin

 to achieve the fun look!


I had an old shirt that was the perfect plaid colors to line it with, 

and it even had pockets on the front 

that were perfect to have inside for your phone and keys.

So, I chopped it up, added some vintage turquoise rick-rack,

just for fun, and sewed it together!

Some simple stitches with embroidery thread added to the design 

and one of my ceramic fish was sewn into the center for a focal point!

Making magic with mixed media!


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Inspired by antique sailor's Valentines

and having a great fondness for boxes,

I created a treasure chest encrusted with ceramic seashells 

and glazed in a matt clear glaze.

Before firing, view of front and back.

A little history,

A sailor's Valentine is known as a form of shell craft, a  souvenir, or sentimental gift made using large numbers of seashells. These were originally made between 1830 and 1890, and they were designed to be brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea and given to the sailor's loved one.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

On a creative roll with clay

creating seashell boxes!

A collection of smaller boxes all in white.

First attempt at a large treasure chest shaped box

with the same asian inspired base,

shown still wet clay, before firing.

Front and back in turquoise tinted glaze.

and an oval shape,

and a couple in a parchment glaze.

I'm into experimenting and having fun with clay!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Drawing and painting on ceramics

Inspired by Danielle Donaldson's, 

The art of creative watercolor book,  

I chose to experiment on ceramics.

I used a vintage wooden handled tracing wheel 

with dark glaze on it to freehand draw the shapes,

then filled in with color and details.

I made a large vase shape to play on.

And a large bowl shape.

Just a littel creative fun at the cottage by the sea!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Little ceramic dishes created for bits and bobs

It started with being a small design 

that I could use to test different glazes on, 

but I found they are great for loose change

 or jewelry.

I like using them for earrings, 

and grouping bangles bracelets together.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ruffled edge flower vase

Created in clay using a pencil rolled across the petals 

to create the ruffles!

I started with a basic shape and then began embellishing all along the top.

A little feminine creative fun with clay!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

The editor of Somerset home recently asked their readers to send in samples of sand from some of their favorite places, 
wanting to showcase a variety of different sands. 
This photo showcases a charming array of presentations from their latest magazine.

I am continually grateful to live in a historic cottage across the 
street from the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

The little seaside town is Laguna Beach, California. 
It is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
It is well known as an artists colony. It has a mild year-round climate with lots of scenic coves and is surrounded by a wilderness park. It is also a marine protected area so the sea life is abundant!
This bottle of treasures came from a cove across the street from the cottage.
I layered the sand then all the tiny seashells, found at low tide that just happened to be exposed the day I found the fun bottle to present them in. There are also bits of colored sea glass and tumbled pebbles all washing ashore together included.
This is a little bit of Divers Cove captured in a bottle.

Grateful to have it included in Somerset Life Magazine!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Fabric covered hanger

Feminine fun with scrap fabric

I have a wonderful stash of favorite discontinued drapery fabric sample swatches that I've stacked in my art studio.

I chose to pull out a favorite white linen with a blue rose floral to create a hanger cover for my new blue blouse with a wide collar so that it wouldn't slip off the hanger.

It was super easy. I just laid the hanger on the backside of the fabric and traced the outline of the top of the hanger 3/4 of an inch above it. Then I copied that creating a second and cut them both out.
With right sides pinned together, I sewed them together leaving the opening at the top center and doing a basic hem along the bottom.
Putting the right side out I tucked the top center opening in and pressed the piece flat.

The ruffle of the same fabric I added just for fun and to jazz up the bottom.

I'm thrilled to have it included in Greencraft 
magazines summer issue!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Coastal cool octopus

Just creating with a girlfriend, playing together in ceramics 

and working with analogous colors to

create a happy dish design with a watercolor effect!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mermaid necklace

Inspired by the cool coral mushrooms found in the sea

I've created my own version in clay!

Then fired them and punched holes to create buttons.

After firing using a little craft twine created this fun necklace!

They are called Corallimorph mushroom corals.

 I think they make the perfect mermaid necklace!

Grateful to have it them published in Jewelry Affaire magazine!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fire glass samples to original art

My girlfriend Karen found a salesmen's sample kit of fireplace glass at a local thrift shop and shared it with me not really knowing what she was going to do with it.

It's difficult to explain how my imagination works but she gifted me with whatever colors I wanted and I chose varying shades of blues not certain at the time what I was going to create with the bits of jagged glass bits. 

Here is the finished artwork created with them.

After putting them in a tumbler to soften all the edges

I laid them out from dark to light on a heavy craft paper and gave

 myself margins to work within according to the double matting 

I purchased with a white shadow box frame.

Then meticulously glued each one down with E6000 glue

and let dry overnight before putting the frame together. 

I'm pleased with how it came out and love that it resembles the sea!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Seashell ceramic tree for holiday decorating

My latest clay creation completed just in time to decorate with.

Shown here with a collection of my previous concoctions

on my cocktail table to add a little holiday cheer!

and a snap of it before firing as it was still wet clay and

just out of firing showing it with the stand I made to accompany it.

Merry everything and happy always!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Appliquéd vest

My latest creative venture is using a discontinued drapery swatch 

with fabulous embroidery to embellish a simple vest.

I especially like the layout on the back!

I carefully cut out all the beautiful embroidery 

and laid it out on the vest

then hand stitched it in place before sewing all the pieces down.

A little creative fun at the cottage studio today.

Grateful to have it featured in the latest issue of 

Altered Couture Magazine.