Monday, February 29, 2016

Portland Art & Soul - Post 2 - Delectable Paper and Cloth

Well, Day 2 started over very early.    I am still on Key West Time and called Ron early.   He said, it's 2:30  in the morning there.  Yes it was.  Fortunately I went back to sleep.

Today's class was Liz Kettle's Delectable Paper and cloth.   You print fabrics on a gelatin plate.   You can buy gelatin plates, but these were made from Knox Gelatin and she is giving us the recipe to make them.   Now there is no stopping me.   

The above pictures are samples of what was done in the class.   Lots and lots of examples.   I printed on paper, coffee filters, flannel, painter's drop cloth and mostly unable ached muslin.   All were great.   I never knew you could print on gelatin plates.     This was an all day class and such fun.   Seemed like the more I did, the more I liked it.   

Took a break and had a small dinner and visited with other participants.   So much fun.   In the evening I took Eva Sherman's class on vine making with copper wire.   I made a cuff style bracelet and learned to weld in the process and also made two pendants.   I was supposed to be making a ring on the smaller one and didn't like it one bit.   Flattened it and made a small pendants.   Kept two projects as dark patinaed copper and one as just copper.  Really love this project.  

Originally posted without a picture.   Thought I should correct that!

The smaller pendant was originally to be a ring.   I will try that again at home.  

I left it copper with the others in a dark patina.   I really like it, even if it was an artistic mistake.

Tomorrow I'm attending a class - the Day of the Dead.   Should be fun.  

See you tomorrow.   

Portland for a week. Attending art and soul retreat.

Finished two legs of a three legged trip.   Waiting in San Diego for about two hours to get flight to Portland.  

Other than a little confusion about getting a new boarding pass, getting to the flight operated by Alaskan Airlines was great.   Service was good.   Flight arrived in Portland right on time and the shuttle was waiting at the curb.  My reservations at the hotel were a little confusing but all was confirmed.   Got my load of stuff to the room and made it to registration and then to the meet and greet on opening night.   This is where you can see what the various instructors are teaching.   I think I made some very good choices.   

Erin Keck was teaching a little class hi-lighting some new (at least new to me) paints and glazes.   This was an embelishments to our name tags.   I was almost too tired to do it after being on flights all day; but I did it and had fun.   

Had a few snacks and a glass of wine and then back to the room.   

Got all my stuff unpacked and put away and organized my stuff for the first day.   Now to get some sleep.

Oh by the way, from MIA to San Diego, I watched a movies I never was going to watch - The Intern.   It was very funny.   Loved it.   

Stay tuned for more pictures and things.   

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

When is a cutting board not a cutting board - When it's an OWL.


I have too much stuff and occasionally I recycle an item into something else.   (As I've said, Pinterest is going to be the death of me.)    Many, I repeat M-A-N-Y similar items on Pinterest.  

The above pictures are when they are done and I put a coat of rusty vinegar on them to tone them down.   Lots of old bolts, screws, washers, etc.  

My bathroom is rather small, but full of art pieces I like.   They are so cute and since I wasn't using them as cutting boards, I like the new use.   I have so many more that I want to make, so stay tuned.  

Saturday, February 20, 2016

What do you do with leftover yarn - Make hats of course!!!

I follow Pinterest and Scan it frequently.   It sure is neater than clipping pictures from magazines.   Well I saw a hat and then searched for more hats.   Found several different, but similar, methods and zeroed in my favorites.   Asked my friend Anita if she had any leftovers and I had some.   This is the number of hats that I got from one cardboard tube from gift wraps.   I think, if I counted right, I got 43 hats.   They will make neat Christmas presents this coming Christmas.

Aren't they cute.   Different think I would make this many when I started, but they were so very easy to do while watching TV.   Good way to multitask.