Monday, February 27, 2012

The Flowering Plum

Early Sunday morning, as the sun was peeking though an overcast sky
my plum tree beckoned.





















Sharing a short post before we head up for a visit to the 
"rainy city," soon to be "home."

Thank you for being here. 
Be back soon, 

Becca 

**linking up with The Creative Exchange**

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fiber Frenzy!

I've learned the basics of tatting using a Shuttle
I only have the plastic shuttles, but click on that link above and see some images of some beautiful shuttles!
Seeing all those lovely shuttles makes me want to continue to practice tatting that way.



Lately though, I've been reading that "needle tatting" is easier than "shuttle tatting" so I ordered some needles to see for myself, and yes...I think it is somewhat easier.
I don't get nearly as many knots as I do when using a shuttle and having to "flip" the stitch.

This is the "Josephine Chain"  
a pretty easy pattern to learn and I love how it looks with hemp fibers. 


I think it would make a pretty choker don't you? 


This isn't tatting of course, I was just wanting to use some of the left over hemp, so I crocheted this necklace using beads.
(you can use beads in tatting too, I just haven't gotten that far yet)





Here's some more pieces with the needle tatting.
These pieces are actually mistakes I've made so I just keep them for embellishments for future mixed media projects.


I love this perle' cotton embroidery floss for tatting


So many pretty colors!
I love to keep my fibers on old wooden clothes pins and spools.







Another Josephine Chain with the cotton thread...



INCOMING!

WHAP! 
"Oh no!  Lucy!"

A Lucy Fiber Frenzy!


1. A state of violent mental agitation or wild excitement.
2. Temporary madness or delirium.
3.  A mania; a craze.




"Lucy!  Stop it!
"You're gonna mess it up!" 


Oh well...it was just practice after all...I just wanted to show you. 


 So...after the Fiber Frenzy passes,  Lucy (in the background)  in her kitty crouch, head down and butt in position, waits for the right time to pounce on her big brother Fetzer.

Fetzer gives me that look like "Oh dear, it's going to be another long weekend!" 



Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to practice tatting some more (when Lucy is sleeping) and show you some more patterns! 

*Just a note...other than this unexpected photo shoot with Lucy, I've been keeping an eye on her whenever she's in that fiber frenzy mood.  I'm told that some kittens need to have surgery to remove thread/string that they've eaten!*  

Have a great weekend!

Becca & "the kitties" 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sand and Sea Girl


Hi everyone!  
I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

I'm still trying to pack up things for our move,  but every time I go into my art room I get distracted and want to play! 

I had so much fun creating my last mixed media collage that I couldn't wait to try another one.

This piece is done on an 8x10 canvas with watercolor pencils, Pan Pastels and tissue paper.

Sand and Sea Girl

Just like the last piece, I photocopied an old sketch I did a while back and applied it to the canvas with Golden fluid matte medium.
Once it was dry I started applying color.



This was my original sketch.


I think she would have been cute with short hair, but I struggle with "painting" hair for some reason.
I think that's why I resort to collage.




Here's the thing though...
I'm still learning about paints, graphite, and their reaction to gesso or matte medium.
Once I started applying her tissue paper hair with the fluid medium, of course the color from my watercolor pencils would come off in areas.
I'm wondering if that is why some people use "clear" gesso at this point before they start another layer? 
Any ideas? 


Finally, I used the Pan Pastels to try and smooth out the messed up color on her face.
I don't think I'll use a final coat of gel medium because of the watercolor.  I'm hoping a spray fixative will do the job. 


 I am always so inspired by what I see out there in the blogging world of art!
How wonderful it is to be able to learn and share with other kindred spirits. 

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Live Artfully...
Becca 



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just Flowers...

In honor of Valentine's Day today, 
I wanted to share some flowers with you...















































Wishing you a day filled with love,

Becca


Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Art Saves Story




Dear Friends...

I am thrilled and honored to announce that this week, February 13th through the 19th I've been asked to be a Guest Curator over at
crescendoh.com
I'd like to thank Jenny for this opportunity to share my Art Saves Story with all of you.

I have also picked out some of my favorite links from other artists, photographers and friends that I hope you will enjoy.
Two new links will be up each day...hope to see you there!

Becca
CRESCENDOh.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How To Pack A Box Of Inspiration


It's probably another 3 months or so away from our big move.  Still,  I've been going through things in my craft room, trying to organize and pack. 
I guess the Girl Scout motto, "Always Be Prepared" stuck with me through the years.
Moving is stressful enough without the thought of waiting for a moving company to throw everything into a box last minute.



My little space is filled with things that I love,  displayed in a unique fashion and out in the open for 
inspiration. 




Unfortunately, those displays of inspiration and eye candy wasn't exactly "move ready" so I decided since I have the luxury of "time" I would start putting things neatly into plastic bins and cardboard moving boxes. 




One of the things I came across was this box of vintage embroidery threads I found at an antique store a couple years back. 
I thought it would be a good time for a packing break and a mini photo shoot to share some of that 
eye candy with you. 















My goal is to enjoy this process and not get overly stressed.  While packing away my things, I still listen to my favorite music, drink a glass of wine, burn some candles & incense, drink a glass of wine,  and still keep a small area for a dose of inspiration.  
Oh, and did I mention drink a glass of wine? 


Here's a little peek at an embroidery piece I'm working on...
I think it's time to stop the packing for now and finish this, after all Valentine's Day is almost here! 
I think hearts are beautiful any time of year though, don't you? 


Thanks for visiting and taking a break with me ladies! 

A big hug...
Becca