Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Let us refresh ourselves from whence this panel started...a pile of parts.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Okay construct pockets to place our tags...I didn't have any of the recommended paper...a paper bag, so I used an envelope...worked fine. Tape it into the journal, I used copper tape...write some words in the tape..one side to represent negative/fear the other side positive/love. Did that, then swipe some black paint over the negative side and white on the positive and stamp background in same paint...did it. I am a simple person so I stayed fairly basic.
Here are both sides open.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Using Sarah Whitmire's elixir for our distressing solution, I stained the tags and used various 'things' laid on the tag to leave a ghosted impression...this sorta worked.
Then we used word study as our prompt. I chose:
Wist-ful adj: Characterized by melancholy, longing, yearning/Hap-py: blessed, charmed, content
En-thus-i-asm: effort, absorbing interest, eagerness/In-dif-fer-ence: apathy, lack of interest,detachment
Love warm attachment, cherish, embrace/Hatred: dislike, loathe
We looked for images to put on the cards...wrote and stamped on them and embellished them somewhat.
On the one card you will see a lady at a table..she is writing...preparing...the lessons I plan to offer this summer at the gallery. Enthusiastic about the venture.
Content is a lot of areas...holding the babies, enjoying a snuggle, standing by the ocean breathing in the salty air. Enjoying the family supper with the arguments about who is doing the dishes. At my studio table. At the end of my shift when all the counters are wiped and dishes put away.
Wistful remembering yesterday's...how fast things change from yesterday to tomorrow.
I did the little cards with one word stamps. Love, happy, kisses, hugs...that kind of thing. To tuck into the pockets we make this week....
We have Hannah who is 4 and very helpful to her brother...
The three boy's... the tall figure is Steven, 15..the younger brother is Tristan 10...then the youngest Charlie is 2...Charlie is rarely this clean...he is a big eater and generally a mess from his active pursuit of food.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend spent in the joy of their family, appreciating ...well just appreciating.
A little while back, I joined a charm swap with http://greenwomandesign.blogspot.com/
6 charms or was it 5?
No matter I made 6.
They are due sometime like now.
Today was their day for creation.
The card at the right or below, however it might turn up when I post, began as an index card. I hope you can see the dragonfly detail. It is done with a stencil, and the thicker gesso so it is raised. I cut this up into 6 pieces to put my information on to go with the charm.
I began with some vintage postage stamps. When digging through the pile I was looking for animal images, or something pretty, not postaged over.
These are the six images i used, affixed to the back of the glass blob with glue that dries clear.
I took flat sheet copper and placed that on the back of the glass and a piece of strip foil, burnished it and then added solder to cover it all up and so I could affix a loop, that I made from copper wire. Cleaned it all up from the soldering process then patinaed in a bronze...it has a lot of coloration and will mix with nearly any kind of metal, so hopefully will work well on the recipients bracelet.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
We ended up having quite a few pages with this particular exercise. I didn't complete but 2 pictures altered, so these are all I show. Even though my pages are falling apart, I learned what they were supposed to become. I will definitely have a better idea of where to cut my frames. Tape goes on before coloring the pages, it sticks better. My pages aren't nearly as pretty as Sarah Whitmire's. This post takes up 2 post areas.
Even though the pictures may not show the details, we used gesso for achieving some stenciled places, which allows for raised elements. I learned that regular gesso only is best for this process. Hard sandable gesso, (a Golden product) proves to thin. The raised areas a cool feature. A bit of a learning curve for deciding the best way to bring them into better focus.
I learned a lot from the exercise.
As you continue into the next segment the very bottom picture is for week three's assignment. We will be distressing tags. I didn't have any tags and no place to go get any so, I made some from a file folder.
Thanks for looking.
It isn't a very exciting picture but, side 1 is soldered. I will next put a frame on the panel which will be part zinc...up to the curve then pulled lead. I have plenty of reinforcement within the design, so I shouldn't have a problem when I flip it. I will get help from my husband Craig to do the flipping. Then solder side 2.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Since discovering this 'follower's' block a few days ago...I have 11!!! following my blog now...ME!!!
I enjoy following every one's blog too...I thought just the blog roll was the deal..but now I understand this follower block is the way to go...