Thursday, February 25, 2010
Well, I am here to tell you that I did complete that project. However, rather than try to actually, you know, paint on the minutely miniscule veins, I just used a really tiny (.005) brown Micron pen. Hey, I never claimed to be a purist after all.
Here's the end result. If you squint, it looks more like an actual onion...which is kind of ironic, because onions make you squint in real life...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Because it was going through the mail, I didn't want to rely on glue to hold the fringe-y trim on, so I found some colored staples in my stash and used those instead.
And I love to use those little paper drink umbrellas in my collages. Just open one up completely (it works better to do this BEFORE enjoying too many of the drinks that accompany said little umbrella), snip the little white spokes that hold the paper to the stick and work the stick through the hole at the top. I just affix with white glue like Elmer's and they end up wonderfully translucent.
And look at the laundering instructions on the wrapper from really old embroidery floss...it recommends using Ivory soap.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This morning, as I pulled up to the ordering window of my sometime local coffee spot, the young male barista said, with barely a glance in my direction, "What would you like today, Sister Patricia?"
When I stared at him speechless, he turned his head all the way around to fully look at me and exclaimed, a little embarrassed, "Oh, you're not Sister Patricia!"
I had thought for a moment he was calling me 'sista' and had somehow gotten my name wrong...but no...he actually meant Sister...as in nun.
Asking the logical question I said "So, um, does Sister Patricia drive the same kind of car I do?"
"No, hers is blue." (Mine, gentle readers is silver.)
Despite fearing his response, I couldn't help but query further, "So do I look a lot like this Sister Patricia?"
The young barista shook his head. "Not really, her hair is gray." (Mine, gentle readers is Feria Red #67.) "Maybe a little around the eyes."
At that point I burst out laughing while I thought, "Well, it SURE can't be my demeanor...or my language!"
Now just to tease the poor guy (I TOLD you I was no nun) I asked, "Does she wear regular clothes or a nun outfit?"
"Regular clothes. Which surprised me," he said. "I didn't think they were supposed to wear regular clothes. She must be one of those hippy nuns...one of those 2010 nuns."
I was laughing uproariously by that point, having (to my knowledge) never before been mistaken for a nun. Or having ever considered the possible existence of "hippy nuns".
The young guy grinned back, handed me my iced venti Americano with cream and said, "It's on the house."
I thanked him and as I drove away he leaned out the window and hollered, "Have a holy day!"
And after THAT, how could I NOT?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
One thing (among thousands of others) that I never noticed was how illustrators depict the 3-dimensionality of objects by using curved lines and cross-hatching. I've been looking at my beautiful new Cavallini 2010 Flora & Fauna calendar for 6 weeks now and just this moment realized it is the perfect example of what our teacher was talking about. Notice how the curved lines on the outside of the flower and the cross-hatching on the hanging pods really bring those elements to life.
Surely even I can do that, right? So gentle readers, I pledge to you that I WILL practice before the next class and I WILL post what I draw as a means of keeping me honest.
And that reminds me...I think I still have an onion sitting in my bag of art supplies. We started painting it in class 2 weeks ago and were supposed to finish it. I took a close look at the millions of miles of minute veins and quickly found something else to do. I WILL tackle those veins, even if I have to snip off all the hairs but one from my smallest paintbrush to do them.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I'm no plant expert but I believe these are camellia blossoms.
I need these petals identified STAT!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Typically, it's "junk mail, junk mail, bill, junk mail, bill..." Sometimes it's "junk mail, junk mail, bill, junk mail, COOL MAGAZINE..." And in mid-February it's "junk mail, junk mail, bill, junk mail, VALENTINES!!!!!!!!!"
Tracie and Diane were stichin' fools:
Judy combined rusty embellishments and vintage lace with her stitching:
And according to Debbie, I am downright ENCHANTING. I'm going to use this as a bookmark.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Then I thought, "That went so well; why not make another hole around 11:00-ish?" Ahhh, gentle readers, I confess I got cocky. I rushed through the placement and ended up too close to the edge, thereby removing an unsightly little chunk, rather than making a neat hole.
Not to be deterred, I decided to cover up my mistake with multiple passes of wire, which actually turned out OK.
For the chains, I added a fun wing charm, also holified (is that a word?) by Big Earl. And I created this little embellishment by wiring a ready-made square and circle charm together. And should you be curious, I must confess I do not remember how Big Earl earned his moniker. I believe my friend Judy had one first, saw how much I coveted him and then graciously offered to pick up one for me from the hardware store. It was pretty much love at first sight.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
After many, many, many years of not wearing them because I was allergic to the various earring wires I tried, I finally realized it was nickel that was causing me grief. Sterling silver and nickel-free base metal findings are perfectly comfortable for me, so I'm having a blast making up for lost time.
This particular pair I made from the last 2 milagros I bought during our Artgirls Infamous Sacred Dirt road trip a few years ago. I simply strung 9 tiny pearls (obtained when Jamie Johnson destashed her jewelry supplies) in the center of a length of wire about 4 inches long, formed a "pearl halo" and then twisted the wires together (like one twists bread ties).
Then I threaded one strand through the hole at the top of each milagro, leaving a gap about 1/4" between the milagro and the pearl halo. I randomly wrapped that wire up and down to fill in the gap...and then made the wire wrapping thicker by doing the same thing with the remaining wire.
I learned that milagros (which means "miracle" in Spanish) are tiny metal religious charms which often depict body parts or various saints or sacred objects. They are used throughout Latin America for healing purposes and votive offerings. I love them because when I wear them I'm reminded of that wonderful and zany road trip.