October 30, 2010

Flutter by butterfly

nobody could ever say I'm not dedicated to my projects, I put as much effort into every creation as I can...after all it promotes me, it shows and shares my abilities and of course great products and fun techniques.
I'm not on commission for any company, I am on design teams and I do get product to play with but if I don't like something...I don't use it.
I love EK Success punches...I use them
I love Martha Stewart Punches...I use them
I love Words Or Whatever chipboard...I use them
I love Lindy's Stamp Gang products...I use them
and this is what happens when they all get used together.
The butterflies are all hand punched, the grass is hand shreaded and the leaves are all individually hand cut and scored. The trees are textured through overlaying colour, impasto and PVA...tomorrow I'll do a youtube tutorial to show just how easy it is to create your own faux bark.

*the chipboard clouds were designed by me and retailers can order them through Words Or Whatever

Tag...your it!

This is just one of my pieces that will be on display at the Penrith Papercraft show next month, if you are local please come and see the shimmer of all my display pieces that have used chipboard products from Words or Whatever and divine goodness from Lindy's Stamp Gang

October 25, 2010

a bird in the hand...and burning metal

I started a new quest blog last week HERE
to encourage people to think a little differently. The quests are open to everybody and are run weekly...so far I am the only player and I hope the will change quickly.
The first quest was to be inspired by the word "branch".
Branch to me is a growth word, it reflects my artistic life in the fact that I have "branched out", I have gone from a scrapbooker to an explorer, I experiment, I play, I teach and I learn.
I went to a little Asian supermarket and found some neat little oval tins that they told me were used for baking...I saw them as shrines because they are thin aluminium and so I got out my shellac, paints, and resins and had a great time making something.
The little brass washers are going to be used in something wearable and are simply chemically etched brass washers that got the heat treatment after their etching was done...I love the colours and will be using resin to seal and protect them.

October 18, 2010

work in progress and great mail

Today I was stuck at home because workers came around to replace the rotting decking...although all they got done was pulling up one piece of the wood before they took off to go get the new stuff. Anyhoo I sat in the lounge for most of the day with a migraine, impasto, paint and a canvas...the canvas looks nothing like the one in this post...it has gone through many layers. It began as something destined for "pretty" but I decided I was in the mood for rusty, so that is it's new direction.
Now are you wondering what the snap happy pics are all about? I got a new camera strap today and I had to show it off...sorry the pics are crap but my camera sucks...in fact my camera is so bad that it even takes crap photos of itself! My camera strap is so flash I seriously need to go invest in a new camera...I wonder if Santa will bring me one? You should ask Santa to get you one of these from CR Couture Studio
They even have little wrist strap versions for smaller cameras.

October 17, 2010

stitching and a quest!

I'm a bit of a collector of aprons...some I make and some I buy...most get worn to death. I decided that Sunday is my sewing day and yesterday when I worked at FTN I picked up some great skull and crossbones fabric to create my latest apron.
At first I followed the instructions for a size 14 apron...but on trying it I discovered it was a Barbie doll size 14...very frustrating as I only bought enough cloth for the pattern...what was I to do? I had an apron from a design team I used to work for and if anybody has seen it they know it is really messy, so I stitched the new apron to the old and trimmed where I needed to...end result is a brand new-upcycled apron for me.

now for the quest...got HERE

October 16, 2010

BRAG!!!! I'm an artist

I have just been published in issue #90 of Artist's Palette magazine over her in Australia, I was so excited when they asked me to allow them to put me in the magazine as a profiled artist. I finally feel like I'm taken seriously as an artist, not just a crafter...I hope that makes sense...it does to me :)