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After reading the April 2011 Polymer Cafe magazine and really enjoying the artist profile of Lynn Reno, I decided to make a pendant for my sister-in-law who really likes acorns.  I did a few sketches on paper, got out my stash of old watch parts, and came up with this steampunk acorn.  I hope Ms “B” likes it!

I emailed Lynn and told her how much I enjoyed the article and I just LOVE her work.  If you want to see some of Lynn’s work, check out : artfire.com/users/DesertRubble

It is snowing again today…that makes for staying in and doing more art!!!!

Fun transfer

I learned how to do this fun transfer from Kate at Absolutely Everything…here’s how to do it:

You will need a sheet of Claudine Hellmuth’s Sticky-back canvas and a piece of scrapbook paper with an image you want to transfer: (no words though as they will be backwards).  Peel off the backing from the sticky- back canvas and place it sticky side up on your work area.  Place the image you want to transfer, image side down onto the sticky surface.  Now, burnish, burnish, burnish…rub the back of the image with either a bone folder, a popsicle stick or whatever you have to make a complete contact between the sticky-back canvas and the paper.  Next you will want to wet the surface of the paper and start rubbing off the paper with your finger.  I used a Ranger Mini Mister and kept spraying and rubbing until all the paper was off and the image was revealed!  The Coney Island scene I did on the natural canvas, the  car image was done on the white canvas.  I will probably pull off some of the canvas threads and “fringe” the edges of the image.

You can get the Sticky-back canvas at either Absolutely Everything or at Ink About It in Westford…give it a try!

Fun time…

Today I will be going to Absolutely Everything in Topsfield.  Got to see what new goodies have arrived from the CHA.  If you have not been to AE, you got to go…the name says it all ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING…and, I got to have it all…books, inks, dies, paper, tools, paint,Tim’s great array of products, you name it in art, they got it!  I must use some self-restraint though, right?

I also love going to Ink About It in Westford, albeit not as large a store, the place really rocks!  The staff there is OUTSTANDING…they share ideas and are always ready to help.  I have enjoyed the many classes I have taken there, met many really talented artists, and I love talking to Linda, Lorie, Mary, and Karen… four talented women I really admire!

Here’s a picture of “Zipperhead”…she is my mascot on my forgetful days!


Nothing like a good cup of joe to get you going!  Kinzee is the poster girl for the coffee at McD’s.  She has been hinting that she wants her own Blog claiming to use the residuals from the money she gets for doing coffee commercials to pay for the design of a Blog.  I am not sure my art can compete with such a stunning Schnauzer, but I will keep plugging at it trying to improve and maybe someday, someone will say: “what a stunning piece of art you made”.

Some of my art

Well, today I learned how to upload pictures onto my blog.  So here’s a few pictures of some of my art.  Three people have inspired me on this journey…namely Tim Holtz, Laurie Mika, and recently Christi Friesen.  I thank them for teaching me how to just do it, don’t be so critical of your work, because it is after all just art!   Most of all, it has been fun.   I have really enjoyed meeting Tim, Mario, and Laurie…fantastic teachers who put so much of themselves into the class, way more than the ordinary.  This Fall I hope to take a class in Hollis New Hampshire with Christi Friesen.

Warm weather coming!!!

The weather people are promising there will be a warm-up by week’s end… hurrah!!!   It has been a long, cold winter with snow, snow and even more snow.   Spring will be here soon with the crocus heads peeping through the soil, the robins searching for worms, and Kinzee and I out walking again.  We both ate way too many cookies this winter.

I made a polymer clay plaque I wanted to send to Oprah for the end of her 25 years on TV, and the beginning of her OWN : (Oprah Winfield Network) network.  When I searched for an address and called Harpo Studios, I was told that Oprah does not accept any unsolicited letters or packages…very frustrated!  I sent an email and hope I will get a response but I probably will not.

I watched a video Tim Holtz had on his blog for a cute little book made from one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper.  You should try making one…it is easy, fun, and makes a nice little gift.  I saw, on the video,a neat tissue tape dispenser that will be available soon.  Actually, I want one of EVERYTHING new he used at the CHA.  All the new dies, Configuration Trays,  wow…there goes my credit card  in overdrive!

Now to start my next project… I downloaded an online class from Christi Friesen, Foundpunk Pegasus…I’ll post a picture when it is finished.


Welcome to my Art4Liberty blog!

It is Sunday, February 13, 2011…the air is crisp, Lady Liberty is up to her knees in snow. We are all waiting for Spring to begin and a rebirth of nature’s cycle of trees budding, flowers blooming and the fresh smell of the earth uncovered from the winter’s blanket of snow and ice.
Settled in during the numerous snow falls this Winter got me working in my studio more…I took several online classes from Christi Friesen, made friends with a very talented young artist in Canada, Kimberly Hart, and of course followed Tim Holtz as he unveiled all the new awesome products at the CHA 2011 in California. Suze Weinburg announced her retirement…I am so happy I got to take a class from her last August at Absolutely Everything in Topsfield.                                                                                                          
Ink About It in Westford and Absolutely Everything are my two favorite stores for supplies and where you can get very helpful advice and guidance from the team of gals that work at both stores, creativity begins there.
I seem to be doing a lot of polymer clay plaques, a technique I learned from Laurie Mika a few years ago.
So this is a new adventure for me, blogging. I hope you will visit often and leave with a smile!