Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I did the artwork I actually planned to do instead of getting sidetracked?? This morning I had thought I'd like to do a bit of a Spring thing given that green shoots and buds are in rather short supply here at the moment, we still have snow, mutter mutter... I discovered some German Easter scrap I picked up last year in the local supermarket and that's when the distraction beganI dusted off the Zutter cutter which was in the corner whinging about it's lack of hole-punching opportunties and set to work
Friday, 20 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Now about that cereal box, cut the sides off and place them in a shallow dish and cover with warm water. After about 15 mins take them out and begin peeling the layers off, lay them flat to dry. It's a great job to do on a warm summer's day!You might be surprised what lies within, here it's a bit similar to handmade paper, really grainy and great texture.
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
So glad to hear Nickelback meets with general approval, certainly did wonders for me yesterday! I got up this morning with a spring in my step and did a bit of spontaneous art. This is the type of work I enjoy the most as I often find if I spend too long thinking about an idea I've invariably gone off it by the time I've finished it (not sure what that says about me??!) I sewed a few papers together, old and new, then attached them to some recycled card from an old cereal box.
Monday, 16 February 2009
The kids have gone back to school today and just in the nick of time, I'm feeling rather exhausted in my role as Home Entertainment Manager, my back hurts and my pants are too tight. I started the day with a new diet (pants) went to the physio (back) then came home and played Nickelback really loudly (mental health) I spent the rest of the morning drinking coffee and wondering how you get a 'gravelly' voice like the lead singer, truly fabulous but surely it can't be natural?? Anyway, I digress... I did manage to get a bit done on my twirly wirly wire project that I started last week. I set myself the colour blue as a theme but somehow along the way it all went wrong and of course I wandered fairly far off track, so much so that I made a totally brown page with the word blue on it (written in brown scrabble blocks!!) . I haven't photograhed that one as it's just plain silly, not that I think art should have a reason and hate those 'why' or 'what does it mean' questions but even I have to admit to being completely puzzled by my latest effort.Destination unknown, yep pretty much sums it up
Monday, 9 February 2009
This is one of my Artcards dated June 08. Somehow it seems more appropriate for this time of year with Valentines Day coming up. I copied the image from a photo I picked up at the market. I always wonder what's in the letter she's holding?The background is a combination of papers and acrylic paint
http://www.bladerubberstamps.co.uk/site/techniques.php They have agreat range of 'postal' stamps
Now I know I've been a tad quiet in the past few days and unfortunately it's not because I've been busily crafting, alas no... I have however been shopping AGAIN and have bought myself a wee gadget I can ill afford but simply couldn't resist! We'll be eating spaghetti for the duration of the month but will you just look at this thing?? now I can punch holes in everything, I can bind EBooks for DH, I can make notebooks for the kids, I can make themed chunky spiral bound books of happiness for all my friends and and... I've decided to cut my losses and concentrate all my guilt on the fact that I have to bribe my children with Smarties to get dressed so we can leave the house, far better this way than to have any kind of remorse cramping my creativity!After I recovered from my initial excitement I did a couple of trial runs to get the covers up the right way and the cut-off wires facing the back and not the front! The accompanying DVD told me it was easy but there's definately a knack to it.
http://kiwicarole.blogspot.com/ This little packet of fabulousness had a bit of a sleepover at my mum's in NZ and has finally made it's way here. Carole has also given me instructions on how to attach the award badges I've recieved over the past few months and have had no idea what to do with, watch this spot, I'm on it...
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Yesterday was siren testing day in Kanton Zürich. Every town has several of these installed on the top of buildings which are designed to alert the community at large of a civil emergency or other impending doom. Depending on where you live they can be incredibly loud (one right next to our house!) and plenty of warning is given before they are tested.
While all this was going out I hotfooted it off to my fav shop to exchange a stamp I bought recently but somehow I came home with all this other stuff, how on earth did that happen?? However, if you look closely there are coasters with holes in them and curly wurly bits of wire to make into little books, how exciting is that?!!
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
I couldn't quite decide what to do with this canvas and it's ended up with rather a lot of layers, paint, paper, fabric, gel and more! I also added some wax although the photo doesn't really do it justice, the colours are a lot deeper than shownI stitched around the canvas print from http://artcreationsfriday.blogspot.com/ and attached it with gel medium. This also has a layer of wax and it now looks more like paper than fabric.
The sport holidays have started now and I feel like I've ground to a complete halt, although saying that I'm not sure I've really got started this year. Anyway, I'm doing a bit more layering onto a canvas this time, see I just knew I could stick those bits of fabric down and gesso them, ha! I managed to sucessfully transfer last week's image from http://artcreationsfriday.blogspot.com/ onto a piece of fabric using gel medium. I've never had any luck with this technique before and it just goes to show what working with the correct materials can produce! As yet I haven't completed anything and Friday has been and gone but the intent was thereI went to the secondhand shop having waited a whole week for it to reopen after seeing a Lexicon dated 1890 that I should have bought the first time round. Basically it's a pile of papers but ahhh... what a pile!