October 16, 2017

New Selfies with my Hawk

I took some selfies with my favorite hawk!  We took a little walk and I spotted our shadows on the tarmac.  I see an art project happening from this one...

Here we are from the front on a beautiful October day at Ryerson.

October 14, 2017

Art & Soul Virginia Beach 2017

I so enjoyed teaching my Art & Soul workshops at Virginia Beach.  The ladies who came were such a joy to work with.  Hand 4 people the same supplies and see 4 different art pieces.  I loved it.
Thanks to Glenny and her amazing staff for yet another successful art journey.

I walked the beach daily after my classes were done for the day.

September 25, 2017

Art & Soul Quest 52

Quest 52: Art on a small scale.
Altered playing cards.  We will be creating these nuggets of art - four cards at a time with a similar theme.  

September 22, 2017

Virginia Beach * Oct. 2-8

Almost time for Art and Soul Virginal Beach!  The flight and hotel arrangements are made, supplies are slowly getting packed, and I'm ready to be on that beautiful shore again.

Please join us:

September 7, 2017

Three Art and Soul workshops with links:




Sign up for one or three!  There's still room for you.

September 4, 2017

More Rust Journal Ideas

I worked up another cover idea for our Rust and the ArtBound Book.  All our covers will start out manila-folder color.  What we do with them is the art part.

The child is a stamp that I made with thin hobby foam.  This is super easy to do.  Find an image online or a magazine that resonates with you. Cut the image out and trace onto foam.  Cut the shape out of the foam, tweaking it if you want to - I lengthened the pole that way.  Then adhere it onto foam-core board and it's ready.  I remember this image was of a child playing on the beach.  He was wearing a long t shirt.  I think it's cool that he is a mysterious child now.  Mystery in art provokes wonder and interest.

Please join us for this workshop in Virginia Beach.  There are still openings.  Find out more here:

Rust and the ArtBound Book

Feel free to email me anytime at Handgathered@hotmail.com

September 1, 2017

Bottles and Berries

There is still room in my Embedded Bottles class.  Join us for a pleasant morning of creating something a bit different!
In my sample above, the outside has a shabby chic-y look to it.  In contrast, the niche is the focal point.  A bit of fabric is attached in the niche background.  I have attached a trio of 'berries' that I wired up around the largest bottle.  The red wax is from those little cheeses you buy.  It is malleable and easy to wrap around anything.  More on that craziness here:  Cheese wax 

More info on this workshop here:
Embedded Bottles

August 21, 2017

Embedded bottles

Join us for this half day workshop.  We will decorate not just the outside, but the background of the niche.  Here I have used papers from Gelli Plate play that I keep in a folder for just such reasons.  This one reminded me of raku pottery.  If you have papers in your stash, grab a few for this class.
The background I have used here is a rubbing I did with an embossing folder and oil pastels.  I've got it down to the perfect weight of black paper to get a nice impression.  I will pack these accoutrements for this class to try.
Read more about it here:

August 7, 2017

Embedded Bottles

The third workshop I will be teaching in Virginia Beach is Embedded Bottles Wall Hanging.  This is a 3 hour morning class.  Our goal is to alter these wee bottles with wax, beads, thread, ribbon, crackle and whatever we can come up with.  The clear bottles will contain tokens of our choosing.  My sample contains wool remnants and vintage text.  They can be personal or just visually pleasing.  

The third wooden bottle will be crackle finished on the outside and filled with a written personal wish, secret, promise, memory or poem.  That part is up to you.  Whatever is inside will be sealed and kept secret.

I will have more samples and ideas soon.  Read more about this class here:

July 31, 2017

Playing with sun printing

 I found packets of Lumi Inkodye on clearance at Joann's last week.  A few days ago I played.  It appears grey or black but is more blue in person (see pics below).  The flower spray at the top are Baby's Breath from a Mother's Day bouquet.  The little fern and flower are from my garden.  This one actually turned out good enough to frame and display.

The top is a rusted piece of metal that you've seen me rust with.  In fact, a bit of rust transferred too.  The bottoms are from stencils I've made.  One from a computer vector image and the other from a die-cut.  
Living and learning.