Roses .. One of my sketches
Where has this year gone ?
I'll tell you it flew right by . My life has been wonderfully full this year .My Crazy cute Grand Daughter the light of my life Antonia Rose is a little over a year old Now , it has been such a pleasure to have her here in my Life ..I spend as much Time with Her as I can because I know How fast the years Go By..
My Amazingly Talented Bunch of Friends and I have been Exploring the world of ART .. Discovering New Art Forms and Rethinking Some old Ideas too. I only mase a few Dolls this year and Must confess that a some of them are Sitting on a shelf with No Costumes ,But with winter approaching I'm sure they will all get finished .. I have been Dabbling this year.. I dabbled in Book Making and Altered Books too , I did some mold making , Fooled around making Charms , I filled a couple sketch books with drawings ,doodles and Ideas ... I even keep trying the Elusive COLLAGE Hoping some day to GET IT ! .I Learned a lot about mixed media projects and played with many New products ,from Inks to patinas.. I even did a little Needle felting Again making mice this time..I added a few photos of thing I have been playing with I hope you enjoy them... OH please excuse the spelling mistakes for some reason the spell check on blogspot is on the fritz today ..
Now on to a few of my Talented Friends
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" Art is You "
Who should I Start With ? .. I Know Who .. My Beautiful and Brave Friend Colleen Athens . Colleen Decided to follow a dream she has had for a while. A few months ago She opened an Art Studio Called " The Artsy Soul " I'm so proud of her .. " The artsy Soul "is filled with wonderful Art supplies, like graphic 45 papers . Dylusion ink sprays . interesting rubber stamps . An assortment of Clays, air dry and polymer , imported rubber molds .Several different types of patinas and ohh la la the Vintage Bling is to die for !! jewelry findings , Kemper tools for sculpting .. German glass glitter and Dresden foil items too .. Just a few of the items I could think of .. Colleen offers Classes in Doll Sculpting and Has many other Artists holding one day classes and longer workshops in a variety of mediums . I have been heading down to " The Artsy soul" once a month it is so worth the 2 hr drive ..
Next Miss Susan Milo .. The original "Art forms " Girl .. let me tell you when it comes to Artsy stuff Sue has done it All ! This year Susan was bitten by the Ceramic Bug .. She purchased a kiln the Clay and every thing needed to turn out all kinds of tiny Ceramic things.. Tiny decorative Dishes , Tiny houses , beads ceramic Charms ..She is so smitten with Ceramics that she is researching a second kiln....I love her incredible passion in everything she does ..
Ellie G .. A new friend, I must thank Susan for introducing her to our group ..Ellie is a jewelry maker ..Her jewelry is outstanding , much of her jewelry is fashioned from precious metal clay and semi precious stones ..just beautiful ! ..Ellie also does beading stitching up sparkling bracelets and neclaces from tiny beads . Ellie is a traveler and will hop in the car and drive almost any place to take workshops a good flea market or a bead show , A girl after my own Hart ..
Miss Tery Favo .. I have to say we haven't seen much of Tery this year ..She has been following her own Hart , Diving head first into Jewelry Making . Using wire ,copper . Brass, patinas . rivets, semiprecious stoned even etching metals .wooooo mind blowing stuff is coming from her studio this year. I think Tery has found what makes her hart sing.
Miss Stephanie Novatski ..An Amazing Doll Artist and Teacher is also enjoying her 2 little grand babies .. I don't know how she does it , She designs and creates fantastic Doll patterns that sew up like a dream .. Every year Stephanie creates a one of a kind Doll entry for the Hoffman challenge let me tell you they are stunning ! Stephanie has been taking part in some fantastic swaps this year , & teaching mixed media Book making At " The Artsy soul ".. Stephanie like all my friends has a most generous soul .. I'm lucky to have a friend like her ..
Last for today but By Far Not least in my book is the very Talented Elizabeth Parsons.. Like me Elizabeth has a darling new grand baby that is keeping her busy.. But she is still the Queen of Paper. I seen several of the books she has created this year and WOW ! is all I can say .. The last couple years Elizabeth has been creating one of a kind Dolls and in her own words has " Fallen down the rabbit hole " and landed into the enchanting world of doll making ..and boy oh boy is she Good at it !! Elizabeth has been taking workshops from talented and amazing doll artists like Colleen Athens and Lillian Alberti and is an active member of the "Warwick doll crafters guild " She inspires me to keep keep trying Collage , Telling me not to over think it ..
|This charm is close to actual size in the photo |
I made it from polymer clay useing a push mold.
Added a little paint with my finger ,triple thick
and ultra fine glitter .finished it with a vintage bead .
This is the second year I attended the " Art Is You" retreat . I connected with So many amazing talented , Fun ,Caring fellow Artists .. I hope that the connections I made will grow in to friendships to last a life time ..peace , love and creativity to all of you xoxoxo
|My altered book.. the pockets are made from Coin envelops ..I learned this|
cool idea from
Terri Sproul .