Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fiber Artist Trading Cards

On Saturday I attended the Gainesville Fiber Artists group.    They begin with a show and tell or bring and brag which ever suits your fancy.  Laura made these bird houses out of 3/4 inch wood cubes.  The roof is made from paper clay.  Each house is different , either stamped, painted or something glued on it.  They are so cute. 

The program was to exchange Fiber Artists Trading Cards.  

Each person was to make 15 cards to trade.

The variety of the cards was mind boggling.  There was rust dying, laser cut embellishments, embossing, yo yo's, paper art, felting, beading, machine and hand embroidery, computer printed fabric and an assortment of other wonderful techniques.

We were told to bring our cards in a bag.  I guess I don't follow instructions very well.

Each card I did was an original photograph of something in the North Florida area.  The topic was nature.  This is our home.  I printed out the photos on fabric using the computer printer.

I took this photo last winter from my deck.

This is a picture of my grandmother and her sisters.  It is superimposed on the front of my home and then  a rainbow circle was added with photoshop.  Notice the charms.  I used Coke cans and embossed them with my cuttle bug and then added Tim Holtz alcohol inks to color them.

This is my favorite one.  It is created totally on Photoshop with all types of embellishments.  The angel is a stone statue that was added to the picture with the crow.  The original size of the piece was 8.5" by 11".

Sunday, October 30, 2011

High Springs Fall Festival

Saturday was the Fall Festival for High Springs.
  The High Springs Theater had an all day Flea Market.

 This is a tour of our quaint town.

At one time this was a tea house and then an antique shop.

Madhatters is a great little dinning establishment with
all types of artist endeavors and confections to enjoy.

There was even a car show.  Can you see me careening down the highway in this number?

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Brown Paper Bag gets a Makeover

Believe it or not.  This is made from a brown paper bag.  I used the instruction from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.  Looks just like leather.

First wrinkle tha paper bag and paint it brown.  Then add flexible chipboard letters called grunge board, images etc.  These are made by Tim Holtz.  Use Temtex to make the book cover strong but flexible.

The most fun was learning how to do book binding.  There are several signatures with approximately 3 sheets per signature.

All the pages have been specially designed either using stencils, paint or stitching on fabric samples.

The book has been closed with an old macrame necklace and the feather came from Lucy the rooster.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Journal using File folder

I was inspired to make a folder journal after reading Cloth Paper Scissors January/February 2011 issue.  Heidi Sekovski and Karin Winter ceated the best journals and I have adapted their directions to make my own.  Thanks Heidi and Karin for the creativity boost.

Use your stamps and stickers.

The words were taken from a Yoga Magazine where I found just the right ones.

I love the colors on this one.
Papers are from K&Company.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Art Work

Can you hear the Mermaid Singing?

Another piece from the class Magical Mythical Making which inspired me to paint the following creatures:  Goddesses, fairies, mermaids and unicorns.
This mermaid is painted on a piece of plywood, about 24 x 36 inches which will include an ornate frame of gold once done.

 The piece is painted with watercolors and acrylics and used gold  mica chips for the scales.

Part of the course is to paint in a journal.  We used Chagall for our inspiration.  He was criticized for his lack of realism.  Thank goodness he did not change or we would not have his quirky paintiings to inspire us.

As a painter he used strange images in his painting,
like a bird underwater or flying horse or buildings totally out of context. 

This is part of the 21 Secrets Class.

Collage Paint and Soul
First you glue all types of pictures and tissue paper to the background.
After looking at this for awhile I decided I did not like those colors at all.

Here is the finished piece titled
The Land of Make Believe.
I will be moving on to another class but just love this technique.


Friday, June 24, 2011

IPhone Photo Apps

This post is about apps I use on my photos with the IPhone.

This photo was enhanced using Color Splash a great app that allows you to just pull out one color and leave the rest of the photo black and white.  Very easy to use.

This is a HDR photo.  The phone takes two photos using a very light image and then a dark image and blends the two photos together for the best of both modes.  I used ProHDR, another great app.

This is the original photo that nothing has been done to it.  Kind of boring.   The picture is taken in Orlando at the International Mall.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

21 secrets Collage Paint and Soul

I am taking a class called 21 Secrets
It is a  fabulous course that has 21 classes with great teachers.

Collage, Paint and Soul taught by Tam starts with a simple collage.

With a little magic and good instruction it turns into this great painting.

Look very carefully in the left hand side and you will see
Molly the chocolate lab hiding behind the wings.


This is the bottom of the collage.
Love all the colors and the flower garden.
Tam is offering this class here.  It is only around $15.00


Friday, June 17, 2011

Iphone Photo Apps

 This photo was taken using the HDR which means that two photos are taken.  One with too much light and one with it too dark and then they are combined.  You must not move the camera or you will get a ghost image such as I did.  Look at her eyes and you will see the movement.

This is the same photo with a  filter added. 

I also have the app that lets you add cats to the photo.

  It is called Cat Paint. 
Great fun.

 Edward driving to Ikea.  Just minding his own business.

 Time warp as occurred.........late 1970's.

 Fast forward to year 2011....psychedelic effects.

Help I am being abducted by an IPhone App.

Oh no it is the cats again.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Relatives that look alike.

Have you ever noticed that when the relatives get together that there is a resemblance some where.

I can't quite put my finger on what we all have in common.

We came down to Tampa for Katelyn's graduation. 
At this point I began to see how much she looked like her Mom and Grand mom.

Big Steve has always had a fondness for the good life
and likes to see how all the family members are growing up and who they look like.

This is our oldest son Stevie.  Spitting image of his DAD.

He is married to Kelly who looks just like him. 

 Katelyn is her daughter and it seems they both have that great look.

This is Franna Nanna, Kelly's Mom who came all the way from California. 

Boy you can tell that they are mother and daughter.

This is Michael who has moved to California. 
 Katelyn is his sister. 

You sure can tell that.

Being the historian of the family I wanted to make sure that I captured all our likenesses for posterity. 
I know the family will just love that I photographed each of us and looked for that special trait that makes us all connected. 
 I think it is love.