Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday July 31, 2015

YEAH to day is a BLUE MOON!!
Good day in the sky tonite. If you do not know what this is. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. Last nite the moon was beautiful so tonight it will be magnificent so go outside tonight enjoy the fresh air and observe the moon!!

I am packing for Art Unraveled today. I am leaving tomorrow so I can see a demo at Arizona Art Supplies on Goldens new water colors QoR. If you haven't seen these check them out. They come in a tube like acrylics and are so smooth you won't believe. I only own a few but plan on buying some more tomorrow after the demo. For those who don't know me personally you need to know I like to touch the things I purchase so I don't buy much online unless I've seen it, touched it or played with it first if I can.
Back to the QoR paints i own a few, I have played with them I just would like to see the colors in person before I but more. If you like watercolor these are for you!!!

I am going to this demo with my friend Joyce and then I will be staying with her for the duration of Art Unraveled. If we don't have a class we plan on just having art day each day. So far we plan on doing GelliPlate, other stencil stuff, show and tell ( of course- which I will post),  beading, maybe some urban sketching, stamping for future swapping and checking out YouTube as a starter list. Any other ideas for us please comment. Saturday the 8th is the shopping extravaganza and we will definately be there for that!!!
The only class I have signed up for as of now is one with Seth Apter and I can't wait. Seth and I have been email buddies for quite a while. We almost had a chance to me a few months ago when I went to NYC but I went east and he came west. Oh well we will meet in person for sure next week.
That's all for now.

I'll let you know about the QoR demo

PUFF signing out

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday July 28, 2015

Today was a productive day as far as getting organized. I did some cleaning and arranging in the garage and located a few things I have been looking for. YEAH

Anyone who reads this going to Art Unraveled please leave me a message so maybe we can meet.

I worked on swaps today and have charms and ATCs so if you are going to AU find me to swap!

I am also looking for clear CD cases if you have some you'd like to rid yourself of please let me know.

It rained hard here today so no Urban Sketching so I tried sketching at home not worthwhile a pix post. Hopefully it will get better!

I have been trying to figure out how to get my blog to automatically go out to those who want it can anyone help me put with this? As I've said befor I am not all that computer savvy.

Bye for today,

Friday, July 24, 2015

Monday July 27, 2015

The best laid plans never seem to work out. I was going to try the urban drawing 3 or 4 times this weekend but Doc had to cover for someone at one of his other hatcheries so Sable and I tagged along and enjoyed some time with him. We decided to sit out and watch the sunset so I thought I'd sketch that except where we were had mosquitoes and we don't!! Definately something I don't miss.

When I was in Ohio my friends Teri gave me a lovely present I forgot to put on my last message. It was a beautiful lap quilt. Check it out isn't it AWESOME!! Thanx Ter-Bear!!!!!
Of course great for me since I love fish.
Not much else today it's cleaning day and of course gobbler here takes all day to do 1/2 my house.

Talked to my friend Joyce and we have semi finalizes our plans for Art Unraveled. Only a few more days til I leave for Phoenix to stay with her and attend some classes and do some art work together, I can't wait. Giving a big Hello and Thanx to her for putting me up.
Maybe more later. 


PUFF and Sable

July 24th

Went to town to get some drawing stuff and Walmart (only place for me to get stuff locally) and they had moved stuff all around. In normal area was other craft stuff then I noticed craft paint throw together in a box marked 2/$1 and I panicked thought they were getting rid of paint so I grabbed some of my favs for Gelli Printing. 
Still couldn't find drawing stuff looked and looked and finally many many rows away I found really nice drawing kit with pencils, erasers, sharpeners and charcoal in a nice box and way down the aisle the sketch books. WHEW!
Was going to then go draw but the temperature got up to 98 and couldn't find a good shady spot so headed home.

Hubby had to go work at a different one of his hatcheries for Fri and Sat so Sable and I tagged along.
Today was not very profitable but maybe tomorrow I will try some landscape drawing. Wish me luck.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Long hiatus over July 2015

I'm finally back after a long hiatus. I think the last time I posted I had just had a wonderful trip to NYC. When I returned it was time to try and clean what was in my studio and start packing for ART UNPLUGGED. This is a workshop run by a Artful Illusions in Wichita Kansas by a wonderful women named Joni Russell. This is an 8 day workshop of mix media. The classes are reasonable, she supplies almost all of the materials and the projects are of great variety.

OK I have finally figured out how to get pictures off my phone and into the computer (a computer wiz I am not) so I can post some.

After this workshop I headed back to Ohio to check on our property and to see many of my friends for a few weeks. When I get all unpacked I will take pictures of my projects and post them. Some are not yet done so as I finish them I will post them.

These are wire bracelets. Take note of the spiral wire around the other wires, these are made like a spring very tight and then wrapped around.

This was an extra project Joni did with me it is called a spinner wring and the silver ring spins around the copper one. These are hard to make and take patience but are really really kool. I cant wait to try some at home but I need a few tools first.

Another project at Art Unplugged was this really AWESOME tote bag. A few of the regular ladies that frequent the shop sewed the liner but we were given a piece of canvas either white or black and then stenciled on it with chalk paint. We then heat set it and then cut off a piece for the pocket and the fold over closure. The wonderful sewing ladies then put it together for us and then we attached the strap, and buckle for closing. I added a small piece of trim with bells on my pocket and flap for closure just to have a little extra ZING.

I had a great time in Ohio with my friends. Years ago I started and Art Group and it is still going and I got together with them and we did transfers and Shrink Plastic. We went to a small resale shop where I got a case of some kind that I am using for all my jewelry tools that I have so far but it is very heavy. Then we went to lunch, shared our latest projects and then played the rest of the afternoon.

I went back to out property where we have a camper and a barn and I cleaned the camper and then hobbled around the barn and collected up a few things I left behind that I wanted like glass for my stain glass projects, some ephemera, a few Ott lites we had left behind to help lighten up my studio even more and other this and that. Someday my hubby and I will be building our retirement home there.

I spent almost a week with my friend Teri and we did some shopping at places I love in the area and don't have in Arizona and then we worked on projects.

One of the projects Teri came up with was doing a small canvas, our friend Barb joined us and it was a wonderful afternoon. Since I haven't put away my stuff yet I will have to put the photo of this canvas up on my next post as soon as I can find it.

After Teri's I went to my friend Kelly's and she and it also did Shrink plastic since she missed play day. The next day our other friend Chantal came over with some Citrosolve and we tried this on magazines. It worked on magazines other than National Geographic. I had some really great backgrounds.

This is Kelly with me.
This is the book I bought for inspiration along with a boost from Kelly. She is a magnificent artist and has sold many pieces of her work at shows and is having another show at a very prestigious gallery in Toledo Ohio coming up. Good Luck Kelly hope your pieces sell they are magnificent.

Kelly also introduced me to Urban Sketching. She was headed to a workshop in Chicago and showed me what it was all about so I ordered a book from Amazon and started reading it as soon as it arrived at my house. I have never been good at drawing so we will have to see how it goes. I am headed into town tomorrow and will pick up a sketch book and give it a try.

 These are the Citrosolve pages and none of them were from National Geographic they were from either Vogue or from Rachel Ray's food magazine. No matter what you read about it only working with NG you should try other magazines. I think the reason a lot of them don't work is because they are not top quality magazine with good ink and also that maybe you are not using enough Citrosolve and letting it sit on top of the ink for a while before trying to move the ink around. Try it again and see and let me know how it worked for you and what you did and please post your pictures.

Every 4-6 weeks I am in a swap using Character Construction stamps. These are dolls with interchangeable parts from different themes. I know I have mentioned these before but check them out they are really awesome! and the women who produces them is also really really great!
This times theme was It About Me. So of course loving the sea and being The PufferFish I had to do something with this theme. I used mermaids amongst seaweed carrying a purse that is my sign, you guessed it a PufferFish. Cant wait to see what others  are doing. The next on is going to be Halloween
we are starting early so that we will have them to enjoy during the Spooky Season.

After Doc unloaded the car for me my studio is once again a mess so I will have to put it all back together and reorganize because when I was looking for my tools to take for the workshop I realized that there is a ton of stuff in my garage that needs to be brought in and also organized and stuff that is in that can go out to be organized, so it looks like I'm back to where I was after I returned from New York.

Art Unraveled is coming up in 12 days and I have only signed up for one class but will check the unfilled board daily. This is taking place in Phoenix which is 3+ hours from me but a friend of mine has offered me to stay with her for the entire time so we can play and check on classes and just hang out. Of course no matter what we will hit the shopping day. I am excited because last year I could only do the shopping part because I was still in my wheel chair and in a lot of pain. This year I will be walking with my cane and I am able to drive so I will be able to attend, last year my hubby could only drive for the Saturday shopping day.

I guess that's all for now.