Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nana Luv

Did you know I started my teaching career teaching stretch sewing? Mmmmmm...used to whip up those tees and track pants in a jiffy. Obviously a LOOnng time ago now though as I just spend an hour fighting with my overlocker to get it threaded and working. I lost! Grrrhhhhh!!!! Gave up and painted a whale on a purchased suit - made me feel much better! LOL

Friday, June 25, 2010

Try before you BUY

I always want everyone to be happy with anything they purchase from me whether they be goods or classes. I have had the unhappy experience of signing up for classes online that have disappointed and it's a tricky deal I have to admit. So, I have decided to offer a TRY BEFORE YOU BUY *taster* class for my ARTBOOK/Journal 101 class which gives you a very good idea of the quality and content of the rest of the class. No guesswork! Simply visit my website here, click on FREEBIES and scroll down to the free class. Enjoy and I hope to see you in the full class!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

More bang for your BUCK

Thanks Bev for reminding me of this very *Aussie* expression which is just perfect for this post. I told you I was going to use crops from my last painting to produce more artwork and so I have. Here are two miniature pieces I have just completed in the ACEO/ATC acceptable size format of 2.5 X 3.5 inches. Both are Butterfly Goddesses with BLING! LOL The single butterfly is silver foiled and the multi butterflies are 3D barely kissing the surface, both with diamonds (real of course! LOL - not!). i will be selling these beauties on Etsy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Do you crop??

This is a pic of my latest mixed media piece *Keeper of the Birds*. It is mostly acrylics and pastels with some of my papers collaged into the background. It is a largish canvas so after taking my pics, I went into Photoshop to resize. I then decided to play around with cropping some areas to ATC size (2.5 X 3.5 inches) just for fun and to see how many different pieces I could get from the one finished painting. So far - SIX! The original large canvas and five ATC size works. I am planning on printing these out and using them as a basis for more works just to see how far I can take it. At my age, I need to work smarter and not harder! LOL

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tweet tweet

Since becoming a grandmother 7 months ago, I seem to be drawn to birds. Particularly baby birds so have been painting, collaging and even making 3D birdies. I am also much more aware of recycling in my studio for a couple of reasons. Firstly - ROOM! LOL I love collecting and hunting for new treasures and supplies in the thrift shops, stores and markets, etc. however the thrill of the hunt is addictive and I now have far more than I can use stored away in drawers, boxes, bins, shelves and now the floor!! Secondly I am even more aware of the drain of resources on our planet and want my grandson and any potential brothers and sisters to have the best possible planet of the future. So this little birdie is almost 100% recycled - made from security envelopes, rescued stuffing, wire and vintage wallpaper and trim, along with a few scraps from my art table. He is in my ETSY shop at the moment. What do you think?