Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Artist Board or Stretched Canvas

Over the past month, I have been painting on a hard substrate as opposed to stretched canvas, and I must say I love the hard surface. Our local Michael's has been renovated and is now more of a scrapbooking store than the usual Michael's. The new store has more true art supplies (Golden products in various sizes, large supply of paint brushes and papers) as well as the new artist boards by Ampersand.
I find these cradled boards so great because painting and collaging on the hard surface is so much easier. Have you tried it using wood, or a hard surface as opposed to a stretched canvas?
I keep going back with my coupon to purchase more....I'm hooked! lol

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My first watercolor painting, and a poll

As promised, I am sharing my first watercolor painting done in Michelle Browns online water color class. It is a fun class and I just love her British accent. If you can't tell, I am painting poppies.

I also added a poll to the on the right about your favorite art medium. Fabric has been my favorite for a long time, but acrylic painting is taking a very close second.

Friday, November 21, 2008

To blog or not to blog

I have been thinking over the past month that blogging though fun, is not giving me the outlet I had hoped to meet and share ideas. I see that people do check in here from time to time, but never leave a comment or suggestion. Am I thalking to myself?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cleaning and Organizing

As I mentioned last month, I took a part time job at a local fabric store. Although it is a national chain, since I am a fabric snob (quilt store fabric only), there is no chance of me doing major damage to my tiny check with fabrics from the store. It also is a small store and has no true art supplies, so I am home free on that count too. But being in the store and having to do a bit of housekeeping most shifts, I have come away with the organizing bug. I even straightened up that messy desk I showed you last time.
Any how, after spending a few days doing water color (I'll tell you about that later) I decided to start cleaning up part of my stash. I know that when packing, rolling garments give more room, so I decided to roll the larger pieces of fabric (I know this is nothing new) and it has made a big difference. It is given me more room, and I have a better idea of what I have. See what i mean...
Before and after. I'm still working on it and have another book case to finish and then a large cabinet (big job).

The first picture was poorly shot, but you can see what a mess it was. I would have to take all of the pieces out to find what I was looking for and to audition fabrics. I'll still need to pull things out, but it will be easier to put them back and see them.
Tomorrow I will post pictures of the poppies I am painting in Michelle Brown's online water color class, so stop back by.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Is this why I can't get anything done?

I was busy last night and this morning posting new items to my Etsy shop and couldn't find a clear spot on my desk (table) not only to take a few pictures but even respond to emails. Can you imagine such a mess?? Sigh...I'll worry about this mess tomorrow! lol
Back to making more colorful items..
Here are a few of the items I added to Etsy today...great little holiday gifts. They are such fun to make, and a great way to use up scrap fabric left over from other projects.