Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art House Sketchbook Project

I'm participating in the 2012 Art House Sketchbook Project.

Titled Urban Reflections, this is the first page spread.
you can get a video peak here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ReVision @ Creekhouse

Been busy organizing a 10-day art exhibition and festival to be held July 8 to 17 on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Experimenting in plastic bag fusing to make some entrance banners for the event.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Bag Lady's Garden

Work on the plastic project continues.
Besides the flower petals, I also made leaves.
I've assembled about 100 flowers, using wire and buttons.
The dining room table has been transformed into a garden.
I think I need another couple of dozen flowers before I can finish.
Thanks to all who donated bags to enable my bag habit.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekend Playtime

Eagerly anticipating some weekend fun.
Hope to get down to more plastic forming.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

On Being a Bag Lady

My latest project uses plastic shopping bags. My friends are collecting coloured plastic bags for me. I've become a "bag lady". My art room is a wild assortment of bags filled with bags.

I'm having fun experimenting with melting and fusing them into 3-dimensional shapes. I'm hoping to create a large wall sculpture with different colours of plastic shapes for the ReVision recyling show later in the year. It's a long process. I'm needing lots of bags.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Caged Birds

Back to playing. this time with a Sizzix die called Caged Bird.
Birds and cages were cut using thick book board.
Yellow bird painted with acrylic transparent ink, the blue bird uses a distressed stamp ink. Both birds stamped with permanent black ink.
The background are small collages

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekend Button-making Demo

Spent the past few days preparing for and giving a demo on 1-inch button making at a local art store, RubyDog's Art House. It was a free demo, intended to get people interested in a future, longer workshop on button making. Buttons are basically mini-collages. Techniques used for regular collages can be used in button-making. The only restrictions are that they fit within a 1-inch circle and be relatively flat. Being more a digital collage person, I spent a few days making sample buttons without using a computer. On Saturday I brought boxes full of supplies and about 15 people, young and old, made buttons which they proudly displayed on their lapels.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday and the Start of a Weekend

Theme for these two tags is flowers, both quite different.
The flower in the tag on the left is a die cut which I coloured and then stamped. The center is a glob of crystal accents which created a clear dome.
The background in the tag on the right is an image transfer. The leaf is a coloured die cut.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Picasso Exhibition

One of the perks of working for yourself is that you can from time to time play hookey. Yesterday friends and I took a road trip to Seattle to see the Picasso exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Wow, 150 pieces of art from Paris all in one place. It was almost too much to see at one go. I loved seeing his assemblages, the brush strokes on his oil paintings, the detail of his etchings and the photographs of his studio.

Friday, January 07, 2011

First Week of the New Year

Three posts this week, that's not too bad.
Today's theme is leaves.
Main leaves on the left tag are coloured die-cuts with a band of embossed leaves at the bottom.
The leaves on the right tag are leaf shapes that have been hand-cut and embossed with some clear embossing on top. The lower band is an image transfer.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Last Day of the Holidays

I'm enjoying the last day of my holiday break.
Spent the morning cleaning my art room in anticipation of all the art I'll be making this year.
I've been inspired by Tim Holtz of late so I'm tag making these days.
Today's theme is ravens.
Yes, that's a flattened beer cap on the tag on the left.
The diamonds at the bottom of the right tag was made with a sizzix embossing folder that I got for Christmas and then colour added to the raised edges.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

News Years Resolution

My resolution this year is to make more art and post more art.
So I spent yesterday in my art room, quietly and happily playing.

Today's theme is the samarai.
With a Michael's gift card that I got for Christmas I got a bunch of Tim Holtz distress ink pads.
The samarai have been transfered onto tags and small embellishments added.