December 10, 2008
December 4, 2008
I know I haven't been posting for a while. I have gotten caught up in the Christmas rush! Over the course of the next couple of days, I will update you on what I have been doing... This project was for my sister in law's mother in law. Did you get that? Anyway, these pictures document the process from start to finish. First I write out all the words describing the individual as shown here... Then, I practice the name and the watercolor wash to go behind the words like this...
Then, I make a few mistakes and have to start over again. The beauty of handmade items is the work that goes into them! The very first word I wrote I spelled wrong! It should have been "loving".
November 12, 2008
November 11, 2008
Give up? Why it is none other than Tinker Turkey. Actually it is Tom Turkey going incognito for the wall in the hall at K's school. This was a family assignment to save Tom Turkey from being roasted on Thanksgiving. What do ya think?
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
...catch up on my children's scrapbooks ...learn to create lampwork glass beads. ...learn to make beautiful original glass mosaic items. ...start a calligraphy business. ...learn to custom embroider and do personalized items. ...learn to sew. (I think I would love fabric as much as I love paper!) ...paint more. ...create beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. ...try fabric decoupage. ...create collages with all the art techniques I already know.
October 29, 2008
I really love calligraphy. The problem is that I am so much of a perfectionist, it takes me dozens of times of writing something before it passes my approval. Sometimes, I don't even approve it, but get tired of looking at it so I call it finished. There is a saying out there that an artist never finishes, he just walks away. I find that has to be true in my case otherwise I would never frame anything! This is detail from a piece I did for my brother's long awaited graduation from college. I think he approved. This is one I did for my friend for her birthday. She loves purple. If you look closely, you can see her name in the background and then several words that I would use to describe her in the foreground. What do you think? Should I custom make and sell these in my Etsy shop?
Another one of the things I love to make is altered letters. I did this for my daughter's wall in her room. These make excellent gifts, I have given just the first initial for birthday gifts and Christmas gifts.
October 26, 2008
October 21, 2008
K. was watching me make these for my Etsy site the other night.
She (my 5 year old) decided to make some of her own. Here are her ceramic tile magnets...
October 17, 2008
I finally listed some items in my Etsy shop. No pressure to sell, just have fun creating things to share with others. View it here at www.creationsbylanie.etsy.com. If you see something you would like custom made in your favorite colors, let me know!