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.
Every year, I look forward to walking through the ASLD Summer Art Market and getting inspired by all the wonderful art that our creative community makes here in Denver. So this morning, I scootered over and found this amazing artist. I loved her paintings of women wrapped in quilts. She uses acrylics and hand carved stamps to add texture to her pieces. They were stunning.