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My Blog Postings

November
21
2009

I'm finding that I am more excited for Christmas than usual this year! Perhaps because I am seeing myself as a retailer--getting ready for the craft show--I'm getting all sucked up in that consumer stuff. Who knows.

Regardless, I've been so busy. Work has been long long days lately, and then I come home, all wired and inspired to play around online for hours. Which is making for little sleep... and therefore even longer-feeling days...

And this is what my desk looks like amidst all of this:

This is crafting during Top Chef:
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November
17
2009

My family is so wholesome. When all of the girls get together [and even the Brother, sometimes] we sit and we craft. And it's so much fun. I think that documenting our forays into the crafting world is really fun, too! 

Little Wooden People was another craft we undertook, on a whim. They were just so cute, in their blank-canvas-ish-ness. So we got a bunch, clothespins and pegs, and acrylics in fun colors, and went nuts.

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Here are some of our little cuties! You can see Mooshoopork's cuties here...

November
11
2009

Yup, that's Paris. 

And that's New York.

And he's using my FAV-oh-RITE! pens ever. Staedtler pigment liners!

I came across these awesome pen and ink drawings at A Cup of Jo

Steven Wiltshire draws cities from memory, after flying over them in a helicopter. Once. You can watch his amazing process. It's so cool. I mean, he remembers numbers of windows and floors in a skyscraper! Holy moly!

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November
9
2009

There is soooo much that you can do with printmaking, the very broad medium that allows you to make multiples of one image.

Most people think of printmaking as linoleum blocks, the thing you probably learned in an art class somewhere. I can definitely remember my very first linoleum block, back in 7th grade. It was JFK. I was taking a class on the assassination and was a bit obsessed at the time, I suppose. I remember the abomination that was his nose. I tell my students about that horrible nose to this day. Maybe some day I will locate and scan those prints and post 'em here. Or not.

But printmaking isn't only about linoluem blocks, though it's my favorite method for printing right now. There are stencils, there are potatoes and sponges and random found objects, there's transfers, etching, lithography, and se...

November
6
2009

F

 

ridays are fun! So are fonts! This beautiful "F" is from Jessica Hische's blog, Daily Drop Cap. She's posted capitals in all sorts of fonts she's created, for use on blogs and stuff. 

F is also for Felting! Yesterday, I tried my hand at felting, with the brave soldiers Jenny and Jody. Um, I don't think felting is for me. Of course, I am an instant-gratification kind of person who wants to excel at all things crafty from the first minute. My wonky body parts and different-sized appendages definitely weren't excellent.

All in all, felting was a fun craft to play. Thanks to Woolbearers in Mount Holly for the help in getting us started with the roving, the needles, the foam, and we were on our way!

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