Monday, January 20, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fused Glass

Pre-kiln fired glass bowl.

I cut the glass into pieces and strips,
 which was very easy and a lot like cutting tiles.
With minimal amounts of clear glue I placed the 
tiles on a clear glass square.  In between each square
I sprinkled "frick", a powder made from granulated glass.
The last step was was not necessary, but I wanted the
effect of a bumpy grout between each piece.  
Some of the colors will change after they are fired, 
especially the large orange square, which will
become much deeper in color.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Block Prints For Fun!

Carved a rubber block and played with block printing concepts this morning. I need some work. :)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Felting 101

Last night, I mentioned to my co-worker that I had to be up early
this morning because I was taking a felting workshop.
He laughed and said, "If you can make a dinosaur I'll be 

felted wool

It's amazing to me that you can create a seemingly stuffed creature
without stitches or glue!

How does dry felting work?

It starts with wool and a felting needle.  Let's say you want to
make a felted ball.  You take a piece of wool, much larger then you 
want the finished product, wad it up and start pricking
it with the felting needle.  The needle is barbed and agitates the 
wool so that the threads knot and the felt becomes denser.
This pricking allows you to shape the felt in an almost clay-like
way.  Colors can be added and additional felted pieces (ie, wings)
can be attached to another by leaving connecting edges soft and frayed
and pricking them together.  The fibers of the edges knot together and 
bind the two pieces.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Landscape Class 4

Alright I fold!  I cannot look at or draw anymore Christmas things!!
I am moving on and allowing myself to end my proposed series without
finishing.  The decorations are down, the tree is bare and tonight it will be
out of the curb with everyone else's. 

Landscape class started by talking about a style of doodling called "zentangle".  
All the images flow into one another and they are filled in and surrounded
by a very intricate design.  See here for an example:

I imaged a house's sigil intricately drawn and printed on a thick gold belt 
for the king to wear (and I've been reading a lot of Game of Thrones lately..).
Unfortunately I only finished half the belt and didn't add any 
zentangle like doodles in yet. 

Ferret Sigil
ink and pencil

We moved on to making block prints.  I choose the similar savory drawing 
to transfer over.

...and left it half carved to finish next class.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

If I have to look at it, you have to look at it; Day 6

Less than a week until tree take down!

I took some Christmas themed nesting boxing from my 
mom's stash of decorations and inside them was several 
tree ornaments I didn't mean to grab.  In fact this was the 
only Santa that was on the tree!!

Day 6: Stitched and Laced Santa
watercolor and pencil

If I have to look at it, you have to look at it; Day 5

1 week left until the tree finds it's way outside to be 
picked up by the city!!

Until then....a wooden carved moose on ice skates..
oh my!

Day 5: Moose on Skates
watercolor and pencil

Thursday, January 2, 2014

If I have to look at it, you have to you at it; Day 4

I'd like to think that the lights of the christmas tree add some
warmth to this -11 degree day we are having today in Burlington!

The original nutcracker on the tree didn't look so terrifying until 
I painted him side by side with yesterday's illustration.  Missing 
foot and fang-like did I never notice how scary he looks?!

Day 4: Vampire Nutcracker
watercolor and pencil

If I have to look at it, you have to look at it; Day 3

A little late but I'm using bartending until 4:30 in the am
as an excuse.  This is officially my first artwork of 2014!

Some new nutcrackers joined the tree this year and 
here is one:
Day 3: Nutcracker Soldier in Red
watercolor and pencil