Monday, January 30, 2012

Dear Friend

Dear Old Favorite Brushes, 
I still love you very much.  I'm sorry for my abuse.  Just know that I haven't abandoned you.  It really can't be the end of January and I haven't touched you once this month. 
I will.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Photoshop Fun and more

 I've been playing if Photoshop Elements this week and learned something new and very very fun. Here is what I did:

So, that's what I did.  I pulled two images into Photoshop Elements. Next, I dragged and dropped the pencils on top of the face.  Next, I used the layer menu and chose various layers and you see what happened.  
All this fun was had during my "morning art" period and don't you know I had a reason for the fun.  

I was designing a DVD cover for my latest offering.  This is not a new lesson.  It is the DVD of my on line class Inktense Faces on Fabric.  After receiving a few request for the DVD, I decided to do it. 

2 hours of viewing
A printed supply list
A small print of one of the faces demonstrated
all as shown above. 
includes shipping and handling

I can't help but share with you some of my students Inktense Faces on Fabric projects.

 Student Showcase
Inktense Faces on Fabric
by Suze Rose of New Zeland
and Sam Johnson aka Gollywobbles

Monday, January 23, 2012

What's in your water heater closet?

What's in your water heater closet?  Maybe you should check.   You might find one of these.

"One of these" is defined as a work of art from long ago.  I'm sure you have them stuffed somewhere.  Don't you?

We recently had to replace our water heater which is housed in a little closet that opens from the master bathroom. There is room for the vacuum and all its attachments.  But there is also room for one (or more) of these.

Imagine my surprise when I emptied the closet to discover that she matches this master bathroom color scheme and now hangs proudly in there.

I created this batik many many years ago. I would say at least 30+ years.  Long enough that I cannot remember what my reference was but I would guess a picture in National Geographic.

I haven't any new art to share so I just thought she might interest you; as well as, remind you to go and see what is in your water heater closet.

PS:  Thank you so much for your sweet, thoughtful and encouraging words after my last post.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What do you want from me?

I can't get this question out of my head where it popped into several days ago.  Furthermore, it has absolutely nothing to do with the below photos that I started to share several days ago.  You see, the correlation of the two is only that it happened the same day. 
I've been to Arizona to celebrate the Golden Birthday
of this child who was 12 on the 12th of January 2012.
she likes to make faces to the camera.....she is only 12!
Here are close ups of the project I shared several post ago.
We celebrated with more than one jewelry making party. I made the charms for incorporation in their memory wire bracelets ahead of time.
Here is a little pictorial with a tip or two about pouring Ice Resin.

Here is the simple lesson I learned.  I knew when they pooled over that the first side would be ruined if I let it set.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  I just picked them up and with a paper napkin rubbed off the resin.  I was able to polish off the wet resin and lay it back down and pour again.  It didn't even leave any napkin fuzz.  
Then there was Lizzy!  I tend to want to add one-too-many drops of resin. Can't help it. Fearless.  But Lizzy's must have been just ever so...not level.  It didn't pool over until it sat for a while.  So, it was good that I used the glass cake dome because I could walk by and take a look.  I really doubted the last time would work because the resin had been mixed for at least 1½ hours and was really stiff.  However, I think the stiffness is what kept it from going over again.  I'm very pleased with how they turned out.  They were all so near perfect.  And they were a huge hit with all the girls. 

So, I don't know who the question, "what do you want from me", is far, but if you would like to address it.  Please feel to share in the comments. Perhaps it will help me get this off my mind.