Please excuse the fact I am so inept at turning photos around, so you get to see my artwork sideways. I bought a ton of maps at RAFT a couple of years ago for I dunno...like .50 or something, and ideas have been perculating in my brain as to what to do with them. This is what I came up with. I'm thinking of making it a magnet for the fridge.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I've been playing around with scrabble tiles for a while now, but have never found real success in a way of presenting them. Either the glaze on top bubbles, or the silver foil doesn't stick, or I keep running out of bails to hang them from. The other day a teacher was wearing the most adoreable of scrabble earrings and they simply had holes in the top to hang them with. So simple! Why do I always take the complicated way out? I tried it out with these samples, and I think it looks not too bad...good enough for "teacher appreciation day" gifts, I bet.
I did buy a new soldering iron today, hoping to recreate the glass slides of a few weeks ago, but it's just not working out for me. Either the solder, flux or the iron isn't working and I'll have to figure out the answer. That's enough crafting for today. Happy I had success with a little drill hole!
Posted by Kath Piros at 7:03 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2011
My daughter's friend, Elena, came over for dinner last night and she was wearing this striking infinity scarf that she received for her birthday. It was wrapped 3 times around her neck, made of a cotton knit, and I'm thinking to myself....hell, I can make that! Today, I went to the fabric store to buy some fabric to make some for myself. Got a little shock when I arrived, though, as I found that the knits at Joanne Fabrics were more expensive than what you can buy a ready-made one at many stores! I went for a patterned knit, hoping I'd feel better if I bought fabric that isn't available in scarf-form. Didn't take me long to whip this baby up, and I'm quite pleased with it! Looking forward to wearing it to work tomorrow!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
A friend of mine travels all over the United States teaching classes on metal clay, fused glass etc. and had mentioned she had purchased at cost some encaustic supplies. I leapt at the chance to share them with her, as I had been wanting to try this art form for a long time. She arrived with a bunch of colored disks of wax, a heatable stylus, a mini iron and some brushes. We watched Youtube videos on how to do it as we explored, and really enjoyed ourselves figuring out how to make an encaustic painting. It wasn't as easy as I thought making the wax move where you want it to, but it'll be a work in progress. Here is my result of playing around.
Posted by Kath Piros at 12:52 PM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I found this art idea at an art show a while ago and it's one of those things I filed away until the time is right. I've been itching to work at watercolor for a while now, so I sat down this morning and tried this idea out. It's a ruby-throated hummingbird study, with it's environment surrounding it in black ink. I'm quite pleased with the beginning work; so much so, that I went to Michael's and purchased a better quality water color paper and some masking fluid. I'd like to try this again when I'm not so rushed to get something out for inspiration for a kid's class....and do something just for me.
Posted by Kath Piros at 1:49 PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I am often artistically frustrated because I've got all these great ideas, but seem to never have the time to make them happen. I keep telling myself to schedule art into my days, but things and children usually take precedence and I end up doing art in 10 minute increments. This type of art usually looks childish, as does this pen. I like it's whimsical nature, however, it looks like my kid did it, and so I'm a little embarrassed by it. Playing Devil's Advocate, I DID enjoy making it....something about warming up the Fimo in your hand, and twisting and flattening it is very satisfying, and even more so, making a product you can use over and over again. I did this project with one of my art classes, and I hope to make one I'm more proud of in the future.
Posted by Kath Piros at 9:50 AM
Sunday, March 13, 2011
File this under: Another THING I felt I had to have, but probably won't use a lot. I found this magnifier clip at Harbour Freight the other day. I saw it and HAD to buy it. it's perfect for soldering rings on my pendants and God only knows what else!
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Saturday, March 5, 2011
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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