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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Aren't these cute?

I came across these cookie cutters the other day and decided I had to have them. At $1 a piece how I could I pass them up?

Not that I make many cut-out cookies, but as an artist...well, images of paper and polymer clay were dancing in my head. lol

Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall is coming...

Ready or not....

A few of our trees are starting to show signs of what's to come. Temperatures hover near or over 80 degrees (with 90 predicted for the weekend into Monday), but we haven't had much of a summer. It was cooler than average and we had a fair amount of rain, or at least it seemed that way. And though I know that it's September, my mind is still back in early August. It's gone by in a blur. All of a sudden here we are facing fall, headed into winter and the holidays.

I know, bite my tongue. But the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) will be here in a flurry before we know it.

It's that time of year for making jams, jellies, canning for winter if you do that sort of thing. We don't do as much as we used to, though still make our own jam, and still can quite a few fruits and freeze a few veggies.

When we were first married we did it to save money. Now we do it for that purpose, but also because our own tastes better. What we don't grow ourselves we buy from the local produce farms, and though it takes time to put things up, we find it worth the time spent.

Yesterday I canned salsa. I had chopped everything up and put it all together the day before (thanks to the food processor), so all I had to do yesterday was put it into jars and can it for 30 minutes. Two batches. It will be nice to have our own salsa again, made with our own vine ripened tomatoes. It's been a couple of years. The jars look so pretty gleaming and red on the counter.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Make a Moo or Two

The theme at Make a Moo this week is Cities of Europe.

Here are my tributes to Italy (Pisa), Austria (Hadres, Weinviertel region), and France (Paris).

Theme Thursday

The theme at TT is Altered Playing Cards.

For this piece I used a transparent playing card. I collaged paper onto the back side, then layered the roses over top. I antiqued the roses slightly with ink, and antiqued the edges of the card with black StazOn. Because the quote I wanted to use didn't fit on the front, I ended up making a tag to put it on and adding a pocket to the back of the playing card for it to slide in to.

InchybyInch - Autumn

I'm a bit shocked as to how quickly Autumn is approaching. It's my favorite time of year but I'm not ready for it this time. And much like my fellow artist and blogger Fiona, we didn't have much of a summer this year. Of course we didn't last year either.....

These inchies were extremely hard to photograph and I'm still not happy with what I've got, but it's better than what I started out with. lol

The pumpkin (a metal button), and center leaf (also metal) are antiqued with alcohol ink to give them a warm color. The last inchie is a leaf stamped and embossed in gold, with a background that was stippled with Brilliance Galaxy Gold (which has become my new favorite gold ink) and edged with Heritage English Red.

To view more autumn inchies visit Inchy by Inch.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mixed Media Monday - Stars

This piece was fun to do. I used a papier mache star, painted it with various acrylics, collaged it, then layered it with beeswax.

See more fantastic artwork at MMM.

TMTA - Dance

Lots of people participating in this one! If you want to see more artwork, visit TMTA.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

In My Pocket

This is only my third time taking part in this challenge...Here is what I came up with for the theme of In my Pocket - There is a Star...

Small World of Inchies/Twinchies

This week at Small World the theme is Celestial.

I chose to make 2" pieces for this challenge.

The first is layered, and stamped with two different images (in gold).

The second is a more simple hand designed sun/moon piece.

Saturday's Workout

The challenge is to use tissue paper in the artwork.

For this canvas I crumpled tissue paper, adhered it, then used an acrylic wash over the entire piece. To add a little more visual interest I diluted paint and brushed it onto bubble wrap, 'stamping' onto various areas. I then stamped the text and collaged the other elements into place.

I'm still considering laying a coat of beeswax over the entire piece, but haven't decided on that for sure yet.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

4x4 Friday

The theme at 4x4 Friday is to use stencils.

For my piece I used watercolor paper, washed the top section with blue watercolor paints, and used weathered white embossing powder for the sand. The sand dollar is dry embossed onto white pearlized card stock using a brass stencil. I cut the sand dollar out and attached it with double sided foam tape to give the piece some dimension.

I've discovered that pearlized paper does not scan well. The pearlescence doesn't come through. This piece looks much nicer in person.

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