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sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

sneak peak from @arthouse Sketchbook Project

I finished my sketchbook for the Art House Co-op/Brooklyn Art Library. And I'm SO HAPPY with it! I really departed from style and made it much more illustration-ish. But I feel like it's very successful. It will be so cool going to the exhibit... or as they like to call it, World Tour. The exhibit will be in Atlanta August 29th thru September 1st. It will also go to Toronto, Los Angeles and Portland Maine (to just name a few).

My theme is I remember you. I choose to tell little stories of people I remember thru my lifetime. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are rather embarrassing. But it was actually quite cathartic to get them out like this.

I had the whole book scanned and will eventually post the whole book. But for the moment here is a sneak peak.

learning to batik

I've been calling this technique faux batik. Mostly because the pin which pointed me to the website I got the information from called it faux batik. But then my sister (an artist whose major was fabric design) pointed out to me that batik is simple a dying process that uses a resist. So I'm now thinking of this as "non-traditional" batik.

All that aside, it's just plain fun!

My first time out I got beautiful results! I was so happy with it I thought I was an expert. I didn't plan my design for project # 2 but just sloppily painted on my crayons and dye. And the results were DISASTROUS!!! Lesson learned. A clear design idea is a must for this project. I think with more practice a bit of abstraction would work. But I'm going to go slower and get comfortable with the basics first. Thankfully I'm working on muslin so it's only $0.99 a yard worth of mistakes. Plus I've been needing small squares of colorful fabric for another project so I'm not really out any materials. You know my mantra.

No such thing as waste in the Artist Studio.

To begin this process you melt crayons. CRAYONS! How easy is that? I first melted them in the oven but they cooled too quickly. So then I set the muffin tin on the skillet I use to melt my encaustic medium. This worked perfectly. It kept the crayons melted so I could paint with them.

Sorry, I didn't take step-by-step photos. But the full process is shown on this blog. The only thing I did do differently is at the very end. On the blog they removed all the wax with an iron. I used an iron to heat-set the pigment in my crayons. Then I went back to the more traditional batik and boiled away the rest of the crayons and dye. Lastly, I took a stiff bristle brush and scrubbed off the rest of the dye. Boiling the fabric makes it much softer then only removing the crayon wax and dye with an iron.

Here's a picture of my fabric after I removed the fabric dye. Dig my pink pajamas. :)

Sunlight House.

Moonlight House. This is my favorite side!

I'm very happy with the finished project. I sewed the 2 long sides together and made a gift bag. The bag is currently in the mail with a bottle of wine inside for a birthday gift. I hope they like the bag (though of course liking the wine is a given!)

Friday, January 13, 2012


I can't believe I never posted this. I completed this one... hmmm.... 3 months ago maybe? This is one where I really fell in love with the process. In fact I loved making the wings so much I've gotten a series in mind which revolves specifically around wings. I LOVE wings. If i could get away with it (and convince everyone i really was a fae) I'd wear wings 24/7!!!

Here's my Fae with her crown; half of a vintage belt buckle. Doesn't she look pissed?

A close-up of her wings. I built the skeleton of the wings from wire and then skinned them in used tea bags. Tea bags are my very favorite kind of paper to use in art projects. They are excellent in taking color from acrylics (paint or inks), watercolors or even gouache. But even without color they're just beautiful in their natural tea-stained state.

She has a shriveled peach pit for a heart. No wonder she's pissed!

The piece in it's entirety.

The Unlimited Potential Of The Mind

Here's another one I did for a Christmas present. All things brain-related are good presents for The Man. I had this idea for a while but my original idea was for a painting. But I had a few of these interesting shaped cigar boxes that I knew would end up in an assemblage eventually.

Then about a week before Christmas it just hit me. This came together quickly but I'm real happy with the results. Funny. Sometimes a piece will take months and months. Other times it seems to come together all on it's own.

This is one of those pieces.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

the year of the pendant

Got some of the pictures off my Droid!!!

This year for Christmas presents I made a few necklaces. My friend Joy taught me how to make these beautiful pendants using glass tiles. So easy and so pretty!!! So I made a few for friends and family members. I'm happy with how they came out.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello Art

To look at my blog you would think I haven't done anything creative in a while. That's actually far from the truth. I've been extremely busy in the studio. The problem was most everything I worked on was meant to be a Christmas present. So I couldn't post it for fear of ruining several surprises.

But I did take pictures.

Oh yes... the pictures. Well, let me tell you a little story. I've gotten very good at documenting my creative process. I enjoy posting things on my blog so I always make sure to have several pictures of both the work-in-progress and the finished item.

This Christmas I really tried to stay on top of things. So as I finished projects I photographed them, wrapped them and packed them up and shipped them off. Then 2 days before Christmas my 3 year old Droid (cell phone) decided to become a paperweight. I went and got a new phone; an iPhone 4 which I really really love.

The problem? They couldn't get my pictures transferred from the Droid to the iPhone. They're still on the Droid but I have to buy a cable to download the photos. le sigh...

Remember me? This piece was done for a Round Robin Journal I worked on. I really liked it and thought it would be good to do on canvas.

So here she is on canvas. I don't really dig her. I guess I should have stuck with the original pallet (which I like much better). I also didn't exactly capture the same look in the face as my 1st drawing for the journal

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012

2012 is finally here! We had a wonderful New Years Eve. We spent most of it sitting at the firepit. We did a releasing ceremony to leave all the crap behind in 2011. We baked apples in the fire and enjoyed them with a little vanilla ice cream. We had a bit of Baileys with decaf coffee. It was a great way to welcome in the new year.

ready for the firepit

releasing bundles

a little Bailey's, a little decaf, a little Billy Idol

tending the fire... with help

Welcome 2012!!!!