Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Plaid Fabric Paints

Besides aprons, I have been known to use my lovers discarded dress shirts

to protect my clothing while painting or life drawing with charcoals.

The only challenge is the sleeves getting in the way

and dragging the charcoal across your masterpiece.


Another shirt was donated to the cause last week

at the same time a box full of Plaid Fabric Paints arrived in the post.

The white shirt just happened to be next to the paints ...

becoming the perfect canvas

for testing out all the new colors!

This gives a whole new take on the saying,

"wearing my heart on my sleeve".

I have a beautiful new color chart down the arm !

Later I may cut it off at the shoulder and create a sack to store the paints in

and that way I'll have the color chart with the paints.

I've been working with a new medium (for me)

a product that doesn't need to be kiln fired

that resembles ceramic clay for a class I've been asked to teach.

It has been most challenging finding a paint that works on the surface

of this product that will give me the look of a ceramic piece.

Frustrated with the results of acrylic paints

I chose to try a fabric paint.

I'm thrilled with the results of the Plaid Fabric Paints I used here

and all the fun color combinations I can create mixing with them!

I used Liquitex gloss medium and varnish as a top coat to get the shine I was going for.

And now I discovered Plaid makes a dimensional paint

that will give a raised surface,

too fun !

I'll try experimenting with this product also

as added embellishments on the seashell charms and bottle stoppers

that the students will be making in class.

Thank you Plaid !

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Time Tested Beauty Tips"

I received the purse as a gift,

for no apparent reason or occasion

( actually I believe it was one of those gifts that just keep on giving,

passed from one to another until it is finally appreciated by its owner )

It had been tucked away into the corner of a crammed shelf

in my cluttered studio far too long.

It was basic and black & I loved the shape and size

there was an elegant and classic quality about it's styling.

See through could be considered sexy

yet it needed a little embellishment to dress it up

so it could finally go out in public and be appreciated.

( okay, it may just be for a costume )

Either way there was something about it that reads Holly Golightly to me...

Remember the 1961 film adaption of the novella by Truman Capote starring Audrey Hepburn ?

( photos courtesy of Stampington & Co. )

I can visualize her beautiful, long slim black dress

fabulous huge black hat with a wide brim,

oversized sunglasses, pearls & long black evening gloves...

dressed to the nines for her weekly visit to Sally Tomato

who is locked away in Sing Sing for tax evasion.

Tucking in a slip of paper with the "weather report" from Sally Tomato

the mafia leader, she was given to take back to his lawyer Mr. O'Shaughnessy.

The handbag is embellished with a feminine touch of

black velvet rosettes with pearl centers

just enough to give it a touch of allure and elegance

perfect for going any where

even Breakfast at Tiffany's !

I love this poem and just wanted to share.
It was written by Sam Levenson for his granddaughter
and is one of Audrey Hepburn's favorites.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Roses continued

in yet another ceramic vase design...

using ripped cotton sheets with clay

and a little watercolor effect with glazes

adding to the collection

of fun experiments in ceramics

beginning to take over my studio

Grateful to share the fun in Somerset Home Magazine!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sweet and feminine apron design

I have a collection of aprons.

I use them while gardening,

painting, playing with clay

as well as cooking.

I tend to be a messy artist

some of us just "are".

For me it seems the more creative I am

the messier I am.

Here is my sweet new apron design...

girly, feminine & simple.

The fabric reminds me of burlap

but is soft and washable.

I used a vintage button for the closure at the collar

in place of ties at the neck,

and vintage lace with thin satin ribbon threaded through

for gather details at the sweetheart neckline

and on the pockets.

I cut long wide ties for a big fat bow in the back

and lined it for extra durability and body.

And even though it was made with scraps

found about the studio,

I see it more for puttering or cooking

than being abused with wet clay or charcoal from drawings,

at least for a while.

Grateful to have it shared in Apronology Magazine!


Friday, September 9, 2011

On a creative roll

.I came across several miscellaneous sized scraps of wood

while picking up about the cottage

and as a happy diversion I began gessoing them.

I wasn't really clear as to what I was going to create

or use them for

but it is always good to be prepared

for when the muse arrives.

Maybe it was because there was so much attention

to the size of the 10 foot waves

pounding our local coastline last week,

or because I look out upon it each day

and still I am in awe of its immensity

and how it seems to go on forever.

I began painting ocean scenes

one after another...

with no horizon line or shoreline

just scenes of forever ...

of course I realize acrylic paintings

are not supposed to be matted

or put behind glass

in shadow box frames.

But that is exactly what I chose to do.

Who makes up the rules anyway ?

They would probably be most distressed

to find out that much of the detail on the paintings

was accomplished with a wooden barbecue skewer !

Sunday, September 4, 2011

High heels and pink roses


Really, what girl could resist this color?

These shoes are so pink, so princess, so pinkalicious!

Maybe it was the little girl in me who likes to play dress up

that called my attention to them

while perusing the vintage clothing shop

with my best friend.

I love high heels and found them irresistible.

A remnant of rosette trim in the matching shade of pink
was found to be the perfect embellishment.
A simple pearl was sewn into the center of each rosette
and then the rose trim glued into place.
These shoes are ready to be worn by a princess.

...just girly silliness playing with pink!