Search This Blog

Loading...

Friday, October 31, 2014

What's on my table - got a little wood...


These have actually been on my table (actually DH's workshop) since the Spring.  When the thaw occurred, after our exceptionally cold, "polar vortex" winter, there was a lot of dead fall from the various ice storms that occurred.  After walking the dogs and seeing all this dead fall, as soon as the ice thawed enough for us to remove some, we grabbed some limbs and brought them home.  DH cut them into angled slices for me, as thin as he could, using an electric saw.  I left them in the shop over the summer, to dry, because they were incredibly wet wood.  Finally, when we went away this Fall, I brought the slices with us, and spent some of my down time sanding them smooth.  This is after a few rounds with 320 grit paper,  I now have 40 nice and baby-butt smooth pieces for decorating.  Also, about double that with some still raw slices to be finished as well...

Oh what will I make with them?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rick Mercer - I *LOVE* you - deeply and passionately!

I love Rick Mercer - he generally makes me laugh and has done some awesome episodes - my favourite is still the bear tagging one...




But this past Tuesday, I just happened to be watching the RMR, which actually doesn't happen that often when it airs because I usually am working - but I caught this airing and caught his rant... it was about nurses and now I *love* him even more!  I was a nurse during SARS and despite the fact that it was over 10 years ago now, it still resonates deeply in me, and the recent fears about MERS and Ebola bring those feelings back to the forefront.  His rant touches something deep within me and I appreciate the public show of support.  Don't forget the nurses - we are on the front line, and put ourselves at risk on a daily basis.  Whether it is exposure to an infected needle, breathing in toxic drugs, a punch or kick from a psychotic patient, or someone coming in with an unknown, highly virulent/infectious disease, to being sworn at, exposed to racism, or sexually harassed (and yes, the majority of us experience this on a regular basis) we do put ourselves (and sometimes our families too) in harms way to provide care and support to the ill and their loved ones.

 Thank you, Rick.

 Very sincerely, thank you for the acknowledgement, from the bottom of my heart.


 

FYI - Wax rubbing relief...

I was walking the dogs through the local cemetery this morning when my mind started wandering and came to the memory of making crayon relief rubbings from grave stones.  Anyone remember that?  As kids we used take paper and crayons and make rubbings of interesting stones as an activity in art class.


I was looking at some beautiful old stones from the 1800s and thinking of that, and then my eyes went to some fallen leaves, feathers, and other ephemera.  I saw the veins on the back of the leaves and started wondering, could I do that and use the pattern as a relief for inking or water colours?

I grabbed a couple of the leaves, and let the dogs drag me on a bit longer before going home and trying it out.  For whatever reason, I cannot find my crayons, but I have candles, and a chunk of beeswax for conditioning thread for beading.  I was most interested in seeing if this would work with thicker paper, not the newsprint we used as kids.

I took my mixed media pad, which is 98 lb paper, laid the leaf, veining side up under a sheet of blank paper in the pad, and lightly rubbed my beeswax over it - very lightly.  I took my water brush and a handy Distress Ink pad and tried it - it worked!  The veining was enough relief to pick up the wax, and there was enough relief to leave lots of paper untouched by wax, allowing the colour to be picked up.  I tried it again, with a bit more pressure, and a Distress Stain directly from the bottle - yep, still works.  There is a bit of stray wax, but that just adds to more of the distressed look.

Now let's see what we can do with this...



I will be looking around to see what other patterns could be used with this - stencils, interesting textures, signs with relief, the grave stones.  As well as what other washes could be used - mica powders, sprays, gelatos, etc.