Monday, May 31, 2010

Late Night Inspiration

The other night, I found myself inspired to paint at 10pm!  I came down to my studio and painted this piece in acrylic.  It’s mostly just paint strokes, but I did create some texture using a long, thin piece of window screen that I painted and then ‘stamped’ diagonally onto the canvas.  Kinda strange since I typically don’t paint in acrylics.  Sometimes, creativity just hits you and you need to go with it.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pottery, Pottery Everywhere

I’ve been pretty focused on pottery lately.  Here is my first attempt at a container with a lid.  This is going to be a gift box for a fused glass pendant I’m making for my step-mother.   The other items are a small pitcher for my mother and a little bowl.  The bowl is a case of serendipity.  I was practicing with the clay and folded the rim over…and liked it.

This is my metal glaze tile board.  Bo bought the metal board off Craig’s List.  I stuck magnets to the backs of the tiles and hung them by glaze type (low-fire or high-fire).  This allows me  to quickly see what each glaze will look like once fired.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pottery Update

I fired off the kiln yesterday.  It was a bisque firing, but I did have 2 low-fire (earthenware) items that I completed…a berry bowl (small strainer) and a cereal bowl.  This was the first time I’ve glazed greenware and fired the item only once…turned out fine as far as I can tell.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

May Craft Party

We had our May Craft Party on Saturday and picked polymer clay as our medium this time.  Jill and I had done polymer quite a bit, but Diane and Kay were new to the stuff.  We had a great time, of course.  Jill and Kay made plant markers.  Diane and Kay made wine charms.  I made jewelry and Diane made a big ‘Pat’ flower marker. 

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Latest Pottery

This is the first batch of usable glazed pottery that I’ve fired in my kiln.  The kiln did fire too quickly, which resulted in some glazing issues, but they do not affect the serviceability of the items.  I’ve already used the small ‘mixing’ bowl to heat and pour pancake syrup and the middle bowl to mix some tuna salad.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Starting a New Pastel Portrait

I’ve just started a pastel portrait of our cat, Ozcar.  He’s 16 years old this year and still just as cantankerous as ever…his nickname is “Rat” and he’s the Bart Simpson of the cat world.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Get Well Card and Another Bookmark

I found this cute Mouse Drops stamp from Stampabilities on clearance and since I had nothing in the ‘get well’ area, I just had to have it. I made this card to try it out. I stamped it in black ink and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. After cutting out the pictures, I rounded the corners with a punch and adhered it with pop dots to a peach colored card base that I had ran thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I highlighted the dots with Dried Marigold and Rusted Hinge Distress Inks. I added a light blue ribbon as an accent.

I was hanging out in my studio the other day to avoid listening to the boys fighting it out on the Xbox and made this quick bookmark. For some reason, I love bookmarks and change them like others change purses. This is a white cardboard base that I covered in Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist. I then used masks and sprayed each end with Lavender Fields and Meadow Green Glimmer Mists (I did the back to match sans the masks). I then sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink around the edges. The images/sentiments are stamped with black ink using stamps from the For the Birds set by Fiskars. I added a light green ribbon to the top to finish it off.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Scrapbook Store

Today, we found a new scrapbook store that has prices 50% below retail.  The store is called Scrapbook Blowout and is located at the corner of Barnes and Austin Bluffs behind Big-O Tires in Colorado Springs.  The proprietor buys closeouts and such, so while they don’t have everything…yet…what they do have is priced really good.  We were all giddy with our purchases and added this store as a stop enroute to any others.