Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fall is Falling!

This Ironcraft challenge was to create something for fall the title is what struck me the most. I think it's quite clever. I chose to continue my quest of becoming a quilter with a little exercise quilt. I saw one made of triangles and thought it was intriguing so I picked this one for the challenge. My idea was to create movement in the piece so I placed the triangles at different angles making them look like they are "falling".
It was quite a challenge for the triangles in the squares. I kept running out of fabric on one side of the triangles and had too much on the others. I still turned out kind of cool. When I look at it, my eye keeps moving from one triangle to the next which is what I wanted to accomplish. Of course, that's me. It's like reading your own short story, you can think it's brilliant but no one else gets it unless you explain it. I'd love comments and opinions.

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's Personal.

This month's PCAGOE challenge was to make a personal accessory. I wanted to make something that I don't usually make, something for myself. I have, over the summer months, discovered the benefits of essential oils. I am using them more and more and thought it would be cool to bring them with me wherever I went. I don't want to lug around the bottles. I thought if I could put the oils in something that would be easy to take with me. Then it hit me. What is easier to take with you than a pendant you wear around your neck.
So I set out on a little research and lo and behold I wasn't the first one to think of this. They have different names for them and the absorbing part of the pendant is different depending on who makes them. I decided to make mine from a piece of terracotta. It's quite absorbent. I took a hammer to one of my old pots and broke it into pieces I could use for a pendant. I chose some faux turquoise because I love the combination of colors, very southwestern. I sandwiched the piece of terracotta in between layers of turquoise, leaving an area to take the oils. It works great! I chose orange essential oil for my trial. I find it gives me energy and clears my mind. I love lavender as well so I might make another for that one. Here is a photo of my new pendant. I like wearing it, gives me focus. What is your favorite essential oil?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Corpse Bride

Halloween is coming! I love Halloween, I always have. I've had the best parties and the best laughs at Halloween. So when Ironcraft gave us a Halloween challenge I was thrilled. I've been making nightlights often lately so this was a great chance to make another. She is inspired by the rendition of Clarissa Pinkola Estes of the story of the Corpse Bride. I don't how many versions of this story are out there. Clarissa's http://aimeecwillis.wix.com/edwebxtracopy2#!__lesson-1-corpse-bride-story is my favorite by far. The story starts out with a groom-to-be who does something kind of stupid and can't get out of. The story ends with a great lesson of the capability of women for compassion. It is a both funny and touching story.
I used a paper mache armature and covered it with polymer clay then sculpted the flowered veil. I enjoyed making this so much. I was at a friend's house with other polymer clay artists and we chatted and created for many hours. It was bliss.
The photo does not do it justice. My skills at taking photos like this need much improvement but I think you get the idea. Halloween means different things to different people but we all have a favorite treat or story that accompanies this day. What is yours? I'd love to know.

Friday, September 25, 2015

PCAGOE Honours Wyatt Waters!

This month's challenge is about taking a painting by American painter Wyatt Waters and being inspired by it. I chose the Fireflies painting. The first thought that crossed my mind, when I saw the painting,  was that it would make a great night light. I'm partial to night lights. I love making them.
Using some white clay and some inks I set out to recreate the mood of the art piece in my sculpture. I am quite happy with my results although the photo does not capture the colors as well as it should. I still need work on photographic skills.
The first photo is of the painting in question and the second is my sculpture. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ironcraft Has Gone Wild!

This challenge was about making an animal or something with animals. I've been preparing for the International Plowing Match which is being held in my neighborhood this year. I chose horses because I thought people would like those and I admire horses a lot. They are beautiful animals.
This card case is made from polymer clay, a stamp and some pan pastels. I sold this one before the IPM so I'll have to make another but I don't mind. They are such a unique item.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ironcraft Just Wants to Have Fun!

That is my inspiration for this challenge, Fun! I just got some new toys. I bought a whole set of ink pencils and crayons and wanted to try them out. I was going to a polo match as a vendor and wanted to bring items with horses on them. I drew my design with fabric crayons and then used the inks to color in and give it some dimension. I free-motioned the design with variegated thread to add even more texture. It was way too much fun! It was my first time drawing a horse and using those pencils. I think it turned out pretty good. They are great and did I say they were fun? Yes, I think I mentioned that.
Don't you just love getting new supplies or toys and just losing yourself in them for a few hours? I know I do.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ABC, It's Easy as 123.

At the beginning of this PCAGOE Challenge called "Letters", one of our members posted the Jackson 5 song in my title as a lighthearted inspiration for us. I got a real kick out of it especially the clothes back then reminding of a time when that fashion was cool. Thank you Betsy, it put a smile on my face.
I wanted to make something that I knew would be useful for me and my button inventory was in great need of replenishing so I decided to make buttons with words spelled out. I chose "hope" and "love" because those are the most important words I could think of. I'm imagining a knitter making a sweater and wanting my buttons for closures. That also is making me smile.