AN ARTFUL WINTER

As winter draws closer to an end, a slight apprehension builds within my existence.  It happens every year at this time.  I am just at the peak of artful hibernation, not quite ready to swap my paints for my garden pruners.  But I will need to do so very, very soon.  Will that conflicted feeling fade away?  Absolutely.   The ground will soon become my ground, quite literally, and the flowers, my painting medium.  They will be my muse and object of fixation for the growing season until it all comes full circle again.

But I can somewhat temper this apprehension by taking pause and appreciating the art I managed to make.  I have added to my portfolio, which grows in increments dictated by the seasons.

Come stroll with me in my painterly garden to see what I’ve been growing.

These works are all examples of monotype printing, an art form I began exploring the winter of 2020.  The process is very relaxing, therapeutic and a bit of a gamble.   There’s always a little element of surprise when pulling a print from the plate upon which you paint your subject – the thrill of the reveal!

How do you transition from one season to the next?  I’d love for you to share in the comments section.

LENTEN THOUGHTS

My blog has always been void of political topics, social justice agendas or activism of any kind.  I made that choice at the onset.  I stay within the parameters of my art, craft, gardening and an occasional attempt at baking.  However, today I am breaking my own rule, moved by the aligned timing of certain events – the current situation in Ukraine and the beginning of Lent.

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent in Christian religions.  Most people in the Ukraine are of Christian faith.  But their traditional acknowledgement of this day has had to be thwarted by the current crisis in their country.  How could it not be?  I doubt the Ukrainian people will be taking the time to craft their most beautiful and intricately designed Pysanky eggs this Lenten season.  They’ve either been displaced or are standing ground while fearing for their lives.

To show your support for the Ukrainian people, purchase or make a Pysanky egg and display it in your home as a symbol of your solidarity with them.   Will it cease the conflict?  No.  But there are as many Pysanky designs as there are people; think of it as lighting a candle, and that little egg is your unique flame shining a light of hope, strength, peace and freedom for the people of Ukraine.

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ART PAPER “POSTAGE STAMPS”

I’ve been on a “play with paper” kick lately, deeply immersed in the exploration process.  The avenues are endless, but when your work surface happens to be the kitchen table, small scale projects are key.  The one I’m sharing with you today is postage stamp size – literally!

Aren’t they darling?  No, you can’t use them to send letters, but these little art stamps can adorn and embellish handmade note cards/stationery, art/junk journals and mix media projects.  You will need a sewing machine to make them.  However, if you do not own a sewing machine, a pair of craft scissors with a decorative edge will do.

Use a pencil and ruler to lightly draw a grid on a piece of card stock.  Sew over your lines(without any thread!) using a medium setting stitch length.  Now, decorate one side of your paper.  Anything goes – paint, marker, ink, colored pencil, stencils, etc….  If you’d like, seek out a recipe for making a batch of homemade lick-able stamp glue and brush it onto the blank side of the card stock.  Or, just paste your stamps down with glue.

You’re almost done.  Simply fold back and forth along the perforations and tear the card stock into little postage stamp size masterpieces.  That’s it!  What to do with them is completely up to you – have fun.  They make for darling fodder to pass on to a crafty friend.

I took some more of my practice/experimental art papers to the sewing machine to make a tear-off notepad, perfect for tossing in my purse.

I hope you enjoyed this little project post.  Please let me know in the comments box.  Now, go get creative.

MAKE TEAR-PROOF TISSUE PAPER!

Today I’m sharing with you a simple technique for making tear-proof tissue paper.  Sounds kind of neat, right?  You can write or paint on it, make stationery with it and even stitch through it.  And, it’s so easy to make.  Just look at this tiny list of materials needed.

  • dress pattern tissue paper, decorative tissue paper and/or paper napkin(single ply)
  • double-sided adhesive sheet
  • straightedge/ruler or bone folder

Cut to size two pieces of tissue or napkin slightly larger all around than the finished size you’d like your paper to be.  Do the same for one double sided adhesive sheet; however, cut it slightly smaller all around than the two sheets of tissue.  For example, if you’d like your finished piece to be 8″x8″, then you’ll want your two pieces of tissue paper to be 8 1/2 “x8 1/2” and your one piece of double sided adhesive to be 8 1/4“x8 1/4“.  Adhere one tissue piece to one side of the adhesive sheet; peel away a small portion of the adhesive backing and carefully line it up and adhere it to one edge of the tissue.  Continue pulling away the adhesive backing a little at a time, evenly pressing the tissue as you go along.  Now do the same on the other side of the adhesive with your second piece of tissue.  A bone folder or straight edge is helpful with keeping even pressure on the paper.  Trim your finished piece to size, and you’re done!  It’s that simple.

Here are two examples of what I made.

This little booklet has a hand painted watercolor paper cover and dress pattern tissue pages.

 

Using a template, I created this little hand painted envelope and used the pattern directions paper to make a note card.

Well, I hope this post has inspired you to make some indestructible tissue paper.  Have some crafty fun with it and let me know in the comments section what you think.

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