Thursday, July 29, 2010
I unearthed the high grade printmaking paper that I had left over from a printmaking class I took in the early 90's. I decided to play with some of the acrylic paints in bottles that I had bought and experiment some more with my inks blending and brushing colors and dropping ink drops onto the paint. Since the application was thick and saturated I would blot the paper with another paper doubling my decorated surfaces. I cut these up into ATC-sized pieces 2.5 X 3.5 inches to use later.
Later on I stamped designs on some and added my images and text. I had just decoupaged some boxes with vintage Bingo cards (that I received in a giveaway from Amy at Mittens) and had a few snippets of text left from them which I used.
I had picked up some beeswax to use in some encaustic work but haven't yet gotten the damar resin that's needed to harden it properly. I haven't been schooled in the process yet so I was winging it by just using melted beeswax on it's own. I had some printed images on muslin that I thought would become more translucent with the application of wax but it just seemed to coat it rather than enhance except for some really gauzy worn fabric.
After scraping and distressing the wax I was left with some nondescript textural pieces. I had some mini scrapbooking rivets to play with too. Here's what I came up with~
Which one speaks to you?
waxed, stitched inked and riveted muslin
"Capture a Spiral and Turn it to Gold"
waxed teabag, gold coil, stamped and waxed background
"Somebody Stop Him!"
text and image from vintage children's book
printed muslin and ephemera catalog image
"Vertically & Horizontally"
moon piece cut form old printmaking project, Bingo text
Vintage dressmaking book, stampings
waxed fabric, vintage sheet music, stamping on inked, painted and blotted paper
"Music with a Flourish"
stamping, vintage sheet music, waxed fabric, stitching
Image from vintage Japanese dressmaking school book, Bingo text
"12 Different Ways"
Bingo text, vintage company stamp
"Vertically or Diagonally"
Bingo text , harnessing diagram and waxed muslin
stitched, painted and stamped muslin, image from vintage dressmaking school book
"It makes you think"
Dolly Dingle paper doll, game image
Chinese text from travel pamphlet and stamping
Bingo text, stitching, ink
bottle cap (from Artymess), charm and stampings
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
" girl with no eyes, she's looking at me"
- It's A Beautiful Day
Some of the clothes and lace that were included.
The little bird looking thing against her thigh is her eye. The other one is rattling about in her head.
This face is just darling!
I love the crackling effects on this doll's parts.
Everyone needs some cool rubber shoes like these!
I took off the newer handmade dress to reveal this.
She looks a little jaundiced in the eyes, scary!
"And she could never pleasure herself"
(a hilarious quote from my son's girlfriend when she saw this doll)
When our friends Tiff and Sandy from Alaska visited us in Bisbee, AZ last winter, Sandy remarked that they had some old doll parts and pieces that had been sent to them when Tiff's mother passed away. Apparently Tiff's father hadn't packaged them very well so they didn't arrive in very good shape and after seeing some of my assemblages Sandy thought that perhaps I could put them to good use. I was more than a little excited as I knew that Tiff was named Tiffany because he was related to the Tiffany's ( a name that would get him into a scuffle or two as a young man.)
I had no idea what was in the box that Sandy said was hanging around in their garage and I had visions of some small frozen charlottes or similar. What I didn't expect were large antique dolls that were fairly intact except for some sawdust hemorrhaging from various limbs. I'm in a bit of a dilemma whether I would dare to use anything like these in an assemblage because they seem so precious as is. What I did realize as I was cropping and uploading the photos that much could be done with the images to start with. I'm offering up the images for anyone to use. I would love to see some creations that you could come up with.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
It may be raining nearly every day here but at least it's not cold and dark.
One of my very favorite activities of sub-arctic winter ~ Snowshoeing!
Something I don't get to do much anymore since we started escaping to Arizona for the winters.
Summer blueberry picking.
I don't think we've had more than two days of blue sky since May here. The temps have been hovering between 50F and 60 F (10C-15C) with clouds, rain or wind for most of June and July now. I have managed to get in a few good spells of blueberry picking in between clouds and at least it's light out all night albeit rainy.
It does make for some good studio time though and I've been attacking the 100 or so archaeology artifact boxes that I was given that were going to be thrown away by the university museum and I'm doing some decoupage of ephemera and images on them.
I also have a couple of metal tables that I'd picked up at a garage sale that are ripe for decoupage as well. The philatelic magazines that my husband gets are full of stamp and antique mail images that I'm finding to be fun to decoupage.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Or should the question be has Candace seen anybody?
You can read the whole story about the continuing adventures and misadventures of Candace on Cat Kerr's blog "In the Light of the Moon". I seem to be having troubles reposting the text here on my blog and she's done a wonderful job of telling the story anyhow.
Monday, July 19, 2010
A Spotted Giraffe ~ one of my favorite prints
Brown Bear Products~ Art by Erik David Behnke
Booth at the Girdwood Forest Fair
Last month I was set up at my booth at the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market when a woman and her son stopped by my booth. The young man set about to organize some of my pieces which were in disarray. I can really use help like that! I recognized him immediately because he's an Alaskan artist that I've seen at quite a few local shows. He has an amazing gift for illustration in his own distinct style. His wildlife illustrations seem to spring out of him with a unique stylized flair that are delightful and that transcend simple folk art.
I've enjoyed talking with his mom Linda and hearing her tell the story of Erik's journey as an artist. Since then they were my neighbors at the Girdwood Forest Fair and I had the opportunity to chat with his mom and take a few photos of their booth. Watching him engrossed in his drawing with his huge palette of ink pens, painstakingly filling in his black line drawings were a fascination for me. Deliberate and meticulous in his style, each drawing different from the next.
Erik David Behnke is 33 years old and has Downs Syndrome and austism. Here is his story taken from his website where you can find his cards and prints and books about his life.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"Make Happy Happy"
It has a good beat.
Old etching, target practice, vintage storybook image and paper doll head
I had been saving this snippet of text for something... and then I saw the brushes!
digitally altered Buddha head from one of my Burma pics along with a diagram from an old craft book.
"Tea on the Dock"
"The Awe of it All"
photoshop Buddha and vintage girl
Rainy days sent me up to the studio to play with paper. I cut up old prints and paper from a printmaking class from the 90's that I took. I also messed around with some leftover paint with faux glazing medium from a cupboard painting project.
Then using mostly vintage images and other papers from a swap, I created a few whimsical and decorative ATC's, the meanings of which may be elusive and enigmatic or perhaps up to the viewer to glean.