Thursday, March 13, 2008

Vintage Rose Collage

Today is a bit of a play day. I bought these wonderful clear stamps from sweet Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio and they have been "burning a hole" on my painting table for way too long. They finally came out of the wrapper today and became part of my artwork du jour! I started with a piece of wrapping paper that had a bit of a collage thing for starters. Various stamps were used with ink colors ranging from metallics, burgundy, rose & coffee, then embossing powders in an aged gold and white pearl were randomly sprinkled on, then heated with a heat gun to bubble away merrily. Before the heating, I discovered that I could take the sharp end of a wooden skewer and clean out areas where I really didn't want the embossing powder to stay, especially inside letters. I had the makings for some quick little mirrors and used a template to draw circles for the mirror backs. Before cutting out the circles, I painted some soft little pink roses in and around the embossing. When dry, cut out circles & assemble the mirrors. Voila! Quick & sweet & ready to give or sell. Hmmm....

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Hot Glass

Margot had her first ART Experience in her new studio last week! It was a whole week of creativity - LOTS of new painting to do!! And we were exposed to some new stuff out of the normal such as..... HOT GLASS! This was just too much fun. There were tons of glass colors to play with as well as all kinds of ground glass and other things to put in or on the glass before firing. Our special glass teacher, SJ, was wonderful and encouraging... can't wait to do more of this! Here is the piece I designed from one of my butterfly patterns. I quite liked the loose result I achieved and already have plans for more! More photos are coming from this wonderful week of learning.

What techniques or new materials have you tried?