July 19, 2018

Dance, Dance, Dance

I am offering a half day class at Art and Soul Virginia Beach entitled 'Dance With Me'.
A few have already signed up, so if you're free Friday night, come
dance with us! 
 For class, you will not have to bring much other than the usual supplies and yourself.
Most everything will be provided and waiting for you when you come.
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July 10, 2018


A small offering of harvested food in a bowl.  These beads could be berries, apples, etc.
It is a similar concept to another offering of beads depicting eggs, shown below.

The ideas are endless, and I've got lots.  Join us in Virginia Beach. Get more info:

July 3, 2018

A Tiny Dress Made of Clay

 Mindful Offerings

I cut a dress form from polymer clay.  Before I baked it, I rubber stamped into it for texture.  After baking, I aged it with paint to antique it.  There is a clay rose attached with tacky glue.  

Certain imagery can begin to tell a story.  Beginning a story creates interest in an art piece. This wee dress is just such a piece.  Who wore it?  Where is she now?  How old is it?  The fact that it's not pristine white lace makes it much more interesting, I think.  If this concept works for you, you'll enjoy this class.

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June 27, 2018

Understated Offering

Another sample for my upcoming Virginia Beach Workshop:

The 'offering' here is meant to represent simplicity.  Less is more...
The 'sheaves of wheat' above are cut off of an old shoe polish brush and bound with wire.  I wanted to use thread, but the bristles (I mean stalks) weren't cooperating.  

Join us for this workshop and bring your ideas:

June 23, 2018

More Mindfulness

My class for Art and Soul derived from an older piece I did that I thought I'd share some of.  All cotton that I died, including thread in the embroidery.  If you stitch around the outside edge of fabric, it can be cut away, like I did here.  All mindfully chosen.
Bring your hand-wrought items to class to include into your Mindful Offerings

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June 4, 2018

Seed stitching

A bit more embroidery to share.  Seed stitching is such a relaxing activity.  One can get lost for a while.
I've been over-dying my own thread: 
I got that bit of wisdom in this wonderful book by Claire Wellesley-Smith that I bought last year at Art and Soul, Virginia Beach

May 28, 2018

Pure silliness

When I began stitching this, it wasn't what I had in mind.  Wasn't rabbits.  The girl bunny was supposed to be a girl.  The pony tail became ears, and the rest just continued.  The background is linen.
Silly, I know.

May 16, 2018

More Earthen Elements

I am offering this short and sweet half day class in Virginia Beach this year at Art & Soul.  
We will be casting 3 Eco Relief tiles that will be ready to hang.  The finished sizes are approx. 2 x 3.

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May 10, 2018

Maple Seed Relief

I picked up this stemmed grouping of maple pods off our deck.  I have found that the fresher the flora, the more likely chance of natural color transfer into the plaster.  You can see the light tans that came off this one.  Below is a sample that transferred the greens of the oak leaves.

I left it this way, but we can also lightly white-wash it with paint.  Options, options.

This workshop is a quick half day class at Art & Soul
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May 5, 2018

Rusty Heart

Another experiment, not as successful, is a rusted wire heart placed between layers of wet plaster sheets.  What I hoped for was an explosion of rust spreading out of the rusted form.  I even sprayed it with water, alas, to no avail.  I guess a little amount of rust is better then none.  I want to experiment more with this technique before October's Virginia Beach workshop.

The wee bottle and it's string is there for the burst of color I did not get with the rust.  Inside the bottle are scraps of left over plaster wrap.

Aaaah - Virginia Beach in October
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