merry (late) Christmas to you! i have been a bad blogger lately. something had to give, it ended up sadly being you. i'm sorry :(
so a little catch up is needed... this Christmas i was fortunate to be part of an ornament exchange which included several amazing artists. the above beauty was made by my dear friend Janne. i love the texture and detail like the stitched beads up the side. just yummy.
this sweet little gem was stitched by Lulu. so angelic in a fantastically funky way.
my always clever friend April came up with this cute recycled creature. here's her tutorial on how she made them.
the creative Deirdra crafted this cheery piece using a print of her original art. love how these colors just pop on my tree.
and this darling snowman was made by my one and only mom. it has all the details, down to the little vintage bead work on his hat.
this folksy fun red pepper man was made by the lovely Mystele. i'm so excited to have one of her creations.
in case you missed my contribution you can go here to see.
this was really fun, thank you ladies. i'll be looking forward to next year!
i just wanted you to know that i really appreciate you taking the time to comment. i usually reply but, honestly i'm running out of time and energy during this season. please forgive me if i ran out of steam before i got to you. your words cheer my heart.
i was on a mission to make some cute cupcakes this season. this is what i came up with. a cross between this and this with a little of my, some would say, "toxic" flair. i can't help it. i just really love color! and the more the better.
i used twizzlers for the nose and the scarf. a little tube of gel frosting from the store for the eyes and buttons. bell shaped chocolates for the hats. pretzels for the arms, support up the middle of the body and for attaching the body to the cupcake.
i love culinary ARTing! hope you are well my friends. xoxo
not totally sure if it was the smartest thing ever, committing to an ornament swap that is. but, i just couldn't help myself.
after being at Janne's and messing with DAS i decided that this was going to be my medium for this year's ornament. here is the one i did last year.
first i made little armatures out of tin foil. i probably didn't have to do the arms and legs but it made it easier in the long run. making the armatures also cuts down on the amount of DAS you have to use and makes the drying time much quicker. then i proceeded to wrap the clay around the armature. (the foil stays inside)
i used my hands and a sharpened pencil for the shaping. i think some simple carving tools would have made things go quicker and easier. next time!
they'll naturally air dry in a few days. i was running out of time so on the second day i popped them in the oven with the door open at 200º for about 20 minutes.
i squeal with delight at how each one inherently ends up with their own personalities.
sorry i didn't take more pictures of the process. :( for paint i used acrylic's. slightly watered down and layered. instead of glitter i opted for a bit of Golden's Interference Gold which gave them a nice subdued shimmer.
i've always hated having to use shiny metal in my art. a few years ago i learned about this awesome product that takes that away. just make sure that your metal items aren't coated or galvanized and it'll work beautifully.
my mom made the cute hangers for me. probably cause it was midnight and she wanted me out of her house! ha!
using a hot glue gun i warmed their necks with felt scarves.
and if you're making ornaments, don't forget to put your name and the year. the recipients will appreciate it as forgetfulness sets in over the years. (speaking from experience!)
all wrapped and ready to send out in cute gnome bags from ikea.
i'll post the other ornaments from the exchange as soon as i receive the rest of them.
some of you may not know what a ceramics freak i am. i just really have a soft spot in my heart for all things clay. but extra cushy soft spot for the strange, off kilter, abnormal kinds. i wandered upon this artist a while back and have been wiping the DROOL off my chin ever since. just look at the detail she applies, the whimsy, the colors! to me Natalya Sots is pure genius! i will dream to acquire one of her lovelies in the future.
today was yet another long day. woke up. which was feat in and of itself. coffee and a few emails. ran 7 miles with my friend stacey. checked out my local antiquey junk shop. got a killer deal on a pot rack! took my employees to a new restaurant in town for rachel's birthday. picked up my daughter from school. chatted with her and her friend. studio paperwork and more emails. grabbed some paints and DAS (which fyi they have at Michaels) from the studio and brought it down to the house.(it's cold and lonely up there!) more emails and too much thinking. really wanted to veg and watch tv but just can't justify it. a little blog hopping for distraction. finally at about 10:00pm i became creative. and these are the little varmints that evolved. edited and uploaded some pictures to costco. now off to bed. and hopefully i'll be applying paint to these guys in the morning. maybe even begin a little christmas decorating.
just wanted to drop a quick line or two and let you know i'm still alive.
my daughter found this heart bean in her taco, very appropriate-our
whole family LOVES Mexican food, so i thought i'd test out a little
camera trick my friend nicci taught me. i have so much to learn about my camera. this is one of my hugeOmongous goals for the year.
anyhoo's i managed to get thru my 100+ emails today. which means i may actually get to do something creative tomorrow! imagine that. i'm sure something will come up.
oh, did i tell you that i've been running again? i am. and i should be, toe by toe i stepped on the scale this morning. up 5lbs! can you believe it. how in the world did that happen? so a running i will go.how about you? any poundage gains?
to think that somebody actually reads my random blathering. and by the way. i'm super de duper thankful for YOU. you must be as strange as i. (this is what happens to me at 1:30AM!)
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!