Archive for October, 2012

Eva with a flower in her hair

October 24, 2012

This latest pencil drawing was done from a photo my friend had taken of his granddaughter.  It (the photo) was inspiring and she (the granddaughter) is adorable.

Cutting Silhouettes

October 20, 2012

I haven’t cut silhouettes in some time but I spent some time looking on eBay at silhouettes, thinking I want to hang some on my stairway wall with other black and white stuff.  I want vintage but true-cut silhouettes of individuals, not the fake 18th century ones mass produced.  I really know nothing of them, but I figured if they come in pairs of male and female with big powdered wigs, they probably aren’t done by a silhouette artist sitting on the street or at a department store cutting profiles for Mother’s Day gifts.  (My own love of silhouettes began when I happened to be in the children’s department of Rich’s when my kids were little and there was a woman cutting silhouettes.  I had her cut ones of  my kids and they are one of my favorite possessions.)

I pulled out black and white paper (you cut looking at the white paper, it is really hard to see what you are doing on the black paper).  Just using the scissors (no drawing allowed!), cut the profile of the person you are looking at.  Even though I long ago lost my silhouette scissors, I was pleased to see that I am not so out of practice considering how long it has been since I have done this and I had to use a crafting pair of scissors.

One of these is Ken, can you tell which?


For fun, I cut a bride and groom silhouettes of my lovely young friends, Joseph and Adrianne who recently got married.  These don’t really do them justice, but I thought they were so fun.


Here is a bird I did a while back.  I put it on an old photograph mount, wish I had more of those.

And here is a vintage silhouette I paid a dollar or so for.  It is so small and very finely cut.


leaf fun

October 19, 2012

Having a little fun with leaves tonight.  These were drawn (okay, honestly?  I just traced them) onto watercolor paper and painted with pan gauche I found in my mother’s studio.  I then painted words on them with acrylic ink and varnished them.  I like the way they look.

These would be great tags for presents if I ever put that kind of effort into wrapping presents!!

The leaves are pretty this year here.  Hope you are enjoying them!


October 9, 2012

A companion piece (although they are so totally different) to Ethan.  His beautiful little sister, Lily.

Her father, my nephew Daniel, sent me this photo with scarf around her head.  She looks like a tiny Jewish mother in the photo, not sure I captured that look!

What do you think, Daniel?

what to do with a styrofoam plate

October 5, 2012

I think I love doing children’s crafts about as much as anything I do and tomorrow, I will be showing the children at my church how to “engrave” styrofoam plates and make art prints.  We (3/4’s of my family) played last night and I wanted to show you our images.

Suzannah’s Tom Sawyer
Ken’s HorseTheir first styrofoam printing session ever.  Well, not for Suzannah, she did it at art camp when she was about 9 but she doesn’t remember.  I still have her prints, though.

And my images…

My first (just drawing on the styrofoam to see what I could do.  Never ever did I tell you that I was the best “artist” in the house.  Now you know.)Second one of a whale.  I added the black onto the print after I printed it. 
The same whale.  This time I printed a solid black on the paper and then, while the black was still wet, printed the orange whale plate on top.  I think this turned out cool but when I tried it again, it wasn’t any good at all.

And the last one I did.  This time I cut away large areas of the foam where I wanted it to be white. The other 1/4 of the family has yet to do one.  If he does, I will show it also.  He is quite a good artist.

If you want to do this, take a plate of styrofoam and draw with a pencil onto it.  Using a brayer,  roll ink all over the plate (you might could paint it on).  Make sure there is plenty of ink on the plate.  Lay a piece of paper onto the plate and press hard.  The ink is sticky enough to hold onto the paper so it should not slip, but take care anyway.  Use your hands, a printmaking barren or the back side of a wooden spoon and rub hard, harder than you think it should be.  Lift a corner of the paper and see if you have a lot of ink on the print or if you need to rub harder.  You can make maybe three prints from one plate.  That hard rubbing wears out the styrofoam quickly.  Try it, this is serious fun!

origami butterflies

October 2, 2012

This weekend, a few wonderful friends sat and listened to me.  And one took action.  For this, I am very grateful.  This is going in her thank you!  (Maybe one very similar, anyway!!!  There must be a secret to getting perfectly curved wire.)

The origami butterflies were done following a you-tube video by Michael LaFosse.

I did the mobile below a year or two ago.  I thought I was so clever to use jewelry making supplies (i.e. beading wire, crimp beads, etc.) to refine it a bit (vs. tying knots).   Using the twig was a little easier than the wire and this butterfly was a simpler origami pattern, but I loved the way it turned out, also.

If you know the secret to the flawless bending of wire, please let me in on it!  I could also use a lesson in taking pictures of mobiles!