Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween! I hope all of you have a fun and safe evening. This is my first collage. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Long day

Tuesdays are always my long day. I attend a polymer clay class and then teach lessons for 4 hours without more of a break than the drive home. Today was unusual in that I had to go to get a shot in the morning and go to a choir rehearsal afterwards. I am beat. That being said, todays pic is of what we did in class. The background is glow in the dark clay.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Life is funny

For the past 2 days I've been feeling great when I start my job. I'm wide awake, ready to face the challenges I might encounter and feeling very confident. Both days I've been surrounded by others who have been either sick or sluggish or just not doing what they're supposed to and it has affected me. I don't like that I've allowed them to "bring me down". I'm not sure how to overcome the negative effect. It seems like I handled it better than I have in the past, but I still need alot of work in this area.

Todays art is my first attempt at both collage jewelry and soldering glass. I used tons of various glitters, quotes and clipart, and acrylic glitter paints. I need to improve my soldering with and iron because the piece is a bit rough. I'm used to using a torch vs. an iron when soldering, and I'm usually working on bigger things. I made it on Sunday and overall I am very happy with the piece.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Party Tonight

So tonight I'll be attending the first Halloween costume party I've been to since college. It's a small gathering but I'm really looking forward to having a good time. I even bought myself one of those sexy costumes. I'm gonna be a German beer maiden.

I had lunch with my Grandma today to celebrate her 79th birthday which was Thursday. My aunt came along and we had a wonderful time. After lunch we went to Kohls to pick up a few things I needed and had so much fun doing something I would usually consider more of a chore. I love it when things like that happen.

Todays art pic is of my 2nd mermaid. I like her better. I made a smaller pattern but used the same concept as the first. I used green pearl clay for her fin and then pressed indents in to look like scales. The mica shift effect really made this pop. I then added some pearlx to make even more contrast and added glitter mainly at the bottom of the fins. I'm not sure where I'm going to hang her yet, but she's gonna stick with me.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Its Friday

I am currently working with the local high school drama troupe on their yearly musical. This year is proving to be especially challenging as the piano score was totally illegible. I am working from a vocal book and making up not only the accompaniment, but also the chords the accompaniment is based on. This is not my specialty in music so I feel very overwhelmed and uncomfortable. If I had a readable piano book I would be just fine, but being classically trained does little for improvisational skills. So that is my challenge. We have just about half a month left and next week I'll miss 2 rehearsals for a short vacation. Hopefully things with the pit band will take shape and smooth out before opening night.

I worked on a Halloween project tonight, but I'm sharing the fairie door I made a while ago. This is mounted to my kitchen cabinets. She is right below the drinking water faucet at my house. She makes me smile. I hope she does the same for you.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New beginnings

I don't really consider myself all that computer literate. That being said, I've been looking at numerous blogs as daily inspiration for my art. Naturally the urge to try my hand at blogging has taken form so here I am.

I love being creative. My favorite mediums are glass, beads, polymer clay and paints. The picture is of an outlet cover I made in polymer clay following the inspiration of Christie Friesen. Its in my dining room. Its been up for about a month now and everytime I see it I smile.

Today I've been working on a second mermaid after being inspired by

She published a pattern and I thought it'd be cool to make one in polymer. I did one straight from her pattern last night. I embellished with glitter, embossing powder, and pearlx mica powders. I coated it in a thick layer of UTEE to give a great glass sheen to the little gal. Here's how she turned out.

Today I've made my own smaller pattern using the same concept to make a paper doll like mermaid. She's not quite done yet but is looking fab.

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