My friend, Mary McCauley, is getting ready to teach in New Zealand in October and before she left, we had lunch to catch up. She surprised me by showing me the two vessels she created for class samples that used my Stupendous Stitching techniques. When I took her class in Colorado, it was super fun and at the time, she said to me "This would be perfect for your technique! And my response was "Go for it!" and so she did!
These vessels are absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite elements was the beading she added to the top. Of course, her shapes are uniquely hers and very whimsical.
Mary is an amazing artist and one who freely shares all her secrets. I will never have the patience to create her amazing botanical drawings, not have her ability to create works in 3 dimensions so I am just honored to call her a friend and admire everything she does. She inspired me this week and now I'm starting to think about my work in a new and different way. How special is that???
So thanks, Mary. If any of you have the opportunity to take a class from her or view her art, don't hesitate. She's the best!
One of the joys of my life is to teach.
I love seeing people tap into their natural creativity and make art and that's exactly what happened this weekend in Denver. Judith and I taught a 2 day mixed media workshop where 18 students ended up creating 18 BEAUTIFUL pieces of art. We worked on a substrate called lutradur (cross between fabric and paper) and used a variety of paints, stencils, crayons, and sprays, to make a background which we then embellished with all kinds of fibers. Some people will hang the result on their wall while others chose to make book covers.
I'm sad it ended since I was feeding off the energy of all these wonderful women!
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I love clouds. I am amazed at how they form and change in an instant. How no two clouds are alike. How the sky and ocean reflects and contrasts. How complex each cloud is with a wide range of values and shapes. How subtle colors of grays, blues, pinks, and purples are tucked into the crevices.
Can't talk more. I have to get out my paints and try to capture this images!
I've been working with watercolor for a couple of years now and loved the transparency of laying down layers and layers of color.
So, I was never that excited by trying an opaque paint because I thought it would be more like "coloring in the lines" rather than mixing on the page. But my sister-in-law told me she loved working with this paint so I thought I would order a start set and experiment for myself.
This is the first thing I painted-- just threw paint on watercolor paper to see what would happen and I had three major surprises. When watered down a bit, the paints became transparent! AND, they mixed beautifully on the page. But the best thing of all, the paints stayed vibrant and didn't become lighter like watercolors do.
I'm excited to start experiments with other surfaces to see how these paints are different than watercolor and how I can use both paints at the same time to achieve different affects.
Geesh. Now I have to buy a whole lot more gouache tubes to fill out my palette. What a terrible problem to have! (Off to the paint store!!!)
It's been a long time since I created a new class but this idea has been in my head for several years: How to teach an advanced Stupendous Stitching class. I'm calling this class "Fiber Art Fun" and it can be 1/2 or full day, depending on how many techniques I can teach per session.
Besides learning how to use decorative stitches in circular patterns, I will also be teaching double needle stitching, hand embroidery over ribbons, and how to crate new stitches with your sewing machine.
This is a great class to take before my Stupendous Stitching class since you will come prepared with lots of advanced techniques you don't get in my basic class.
And, yes, this class is for all levels of sewers -- even beginners!
I learned how to make a paper bag journal from my good friend Judith Cassel-Mamet, who just launched her online Craftsy class. So much fun!
I made one for my sister-in-law who came down to Florida to share a week with us in Sanibel. I added some tags that we made with spray paint and stencils. I scooped up some sand and some shells from the beach and added some Sari Ribbon (couldn't resist!) to add some color and texture. Painted an old paint brush with some acrylic paint for the binding.
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One of the fun things about being an artist is sharing our tools with another artist! I had great fun with my sister-in-law last week as we played with each other's tools and shared ideas.
We were talking about how to dry a wet brush to keep it in pristine shape. I had read that brushes need to be upside down when drying so the water doesn't collect in the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles to the handle.) After surfing the internet, I saw something that I liked liked this so I decided to make one for myself.
I went to the dollar store and found this plastic container in the kids section. Perfect for holding three separate sections for water. Then, I had some left-over noodles from rolling and storing my quilts so I cut one to fit this container and used my scissor to cut a through to the hole in the middle so I could open up the noodle and place the noodle over one of the edges.
Then, I used a utility knife to cut lines through the noodle so my brushes can nestle inside these line and dry upside down, as they should. Fun, easy, and "almost" free!
Love to hear your creative ways of making your tools!
No. Not mine. But my best friend just lunched a fantastic mixed media class on Craftsy. I just spent a couple of enjoyable hours learning from Judith Cassel-Mamet and can't wait to try all her techniques. Especially the paper bag journal.
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I've always loved clouds because each one is so different. I look at them, look away, and somehow they have changed although I can't see them change if I stare at them continuously. Mysterious. Clouds are full of the range of values from dark to light. I think if I can master painting them, I will have mastered the importance of getting all of the values into one painting.
It's too hard to paint at the beach since the wind is so strong but I am taking lots of photos and hope to work on this when I get back to my studio.
And yes, this is a thunder cloud!
As I mentioned in my monthly newsletter, I've been busy working on making a series of "Tag Books". My obsession with making art with words and meaning is just getting stronger as I experiment with different mediums and different forms to engage the viewer with ideas.
This set I call an "alphabet" tag book and it is simply the letters of the English language stamped over a background of Bruscho watercolor pigments and sewn all around the edges with a zig zag stitch. I left a lot of loose thread on each card to give it even more texture when put on a ring and hung on the wall.