Sunday, March 21, 2010

The hot wax and fabric meet!

"Unexpected Guest" - new encaustic and fabric on wood
This one has fabric fused in between layers of wax which I have been playing with on the last few encaustic pieces. Fun!

Black bear close up...Red tent close up

Here is the piece "When Shadows Fall" that is finally finished. I love how it turned out and was the first one I added fabric too. The trick is that the fabric must be totally dry before adding the hot wax or it just get tons of tiny little holes in the wax and it chips off or cracks. If the fabric is dry (from the staflo, which is water based, water and wax resist) then the encaustic medium/paints go on very stable.

Here is how the piece "I might be dreaming" started out as a sketch. I try to get sketching done while I play outside with London. That way I can set it down quick if I need to or take it with me to another part of the yard depending upon where he is. A lot of times I get nothing done as he likes to say, "Mommy come or mommy hold my hand" as soon as I open up my sketch book.

First layer of clear medium applied. The pink sky was put down first before any of the fabric was added. This is what the medium looks like before it cools off (kind of milky).

My favorite part on this piece is the part of the sky with the petals. :)

Below is her face close up. She has details on the fabric but then I came back on top of the clear medium and fabric with some encaustic paints and touched up some detail.

This was Scott and London playing with playdoh a week or so ago. London tends to get into a heavy breathing trance when the playdoh comes out. He never really does much more then pull pieces off and play with all the tools but it sure is a good time.

Here are some fabric letters I worked on last night and today. I am going to drill two holes in each square (top 2 corners) and thread string through them. They will then become a banner that will hang on the front of my table at shows. People always seem to have questions about what medium my work is at shows. Hoping this will make them want to come up to my table and see for themselves. Of course right now I do not plan on doing any shows until Oct. and Nov. but at least I will have this ready!

Nothing too exciting going on here, just thought I would share these new pieces and project. Until next time...take care!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

still here...

...just been busy with life. I have been potty training for the past couple of weeks and it has gone really well but does rock the normal schedule a bit. Finally it feels like normal to be potty trained and we are getting back out into the world!

This is a silly little shot of Scott and I out for my sister-in-law Gingers b-day party...lots and lots of fun!

I have only worked on a few pieces lately and here is a custom wedding piece I just finished. It was commissions by a sweet friend who gets me to do lots of custom piece for her. I love that she thinks of me for many of her gifts, and I am truly so appreciative!
We still have not come up with a name for it but it is 12" x 14" and fabric on wood.

Here is another Encaustic piece that I finished a few weeks ago called "Can't forget this night". I had a great time stamping in the stars and really just playing around. It is in my Etsy shop right HERE if you want to check it out!
Here is another Gathering Girl that I made for my dear friend Mel. She has been doing a little shopping in my Etsy shop and got the "Gathering Green" girl for her oldest daughter but did not see the right piece for her younger one. I thought it was only fair to make a "Gathering Pink" for her sweet baby and I think she was happy with her.

We have had some really nice weather lately and this is what I bring out with me sometimes. I have the computer outside b/c we (London and I) were jamming out to some music on itunes. I never really get very much art done while we are outside playing but I like to have it scattered about anyway. lol

New encaustic piece I am working on. Here is the first layer of encaustic medium and then color. You can see a little bit of the pencil drawing directly on the wood through the encaustic paints.

London came running over to be in the picture too.

Below I have added some fabric and will be adding more wax soon.

This piece has been in progress for sometime now. I added some fabric today but still do not know where it is going. I am taking my time figuring out this encaustic stuff and having a grand old time in the meantime.

And I will leave you with this lovely image of my infected eye. I went and saw a dr. and it has cleared up with some expensive drops and a 4 x's a day cleaning regimen. I apparently have poor glands that clog very easily. I was actually happy it was not pink eye as I did not want to worry about giving it to London. 3 yr old and eye drops = not a good combo.

I will try not to be so busy and stop by more often. :)