Friday, May 25, 2012

Some of you may be thinking hey, that piece in the picture is awfully familiar - a little soon to re-post about it huh?   Well yes, a few posts ago I talked about this encaustic piece I had just finished, and about how I made the dragonfly using a cookie cutter and pouring the wax into it, so that the result is that the butterfly sits about a 1/4" above the base.  I just set this piece aside since then to let the wax cure, and a few days ago I was buffing the wax and thinking that I wished the dragonly had more detail.  Then I realized that all I had to do was carve into it and give it detail (duh...)  So since some of you had asked me further questions about the cookie cutter 3D shape and how to do it, I thought I'd show you how it turned out...

So, just like you can do on the main wax surface, I just took something sharp and carved into it. Then I rubbed black paint into the areas I'd carved, then wiped it back off leaving the paint in the incised areas.  Then, since I was on a roll, I couldn't resist giving it little metal antennae.  

Okay, I swear - no more posts about this one!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

And The Winner Is....

It's time for me to announce the winner of the giveaway from the All Together Now blog hop I participated in last weekend (my first one, and it was so fun...)

First, I have to say how difficult this was - everyone left such sweet, supportive comments that I wanted to give this piece to everyone!  If I had any more of these made I'd be mailing them off!  So I was determined that the winner be absolutely random, and never having done this before I found, and made it do the work.  Now, when you hear who the winner is, you may be a little suspicious, but I swear on Michelangelo's grave that I ran it through, and only once!

Okay - the winner is - our beautiful hostess Amy McDonald!

I know what you're thinking - "Oh sure, her name begins with A, and she was so generous to host the blog hop, Terri just couldn't resist."  But I swear - there were 21 comments, Amy's comment was #20, and the randomizer picked #20 - see below for proof! 

However, if any of you want to try this fun cracked plaster on burlap technique (which I adapted from Stephanie Lee) just let me know, I'd be more than happy to walk you through it!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

All Together Now

                                                    All Together Now

The wonderful Amy at is hosting a blog hop where we have to brag about ourselves and have a giveaway (the much easier part!).  Amy's talent and unique personality are impossible to miss on her blog, so do yourself a favor and check it out if you never have...Oh, and prepare to laugh so hard you pee yourself just a little...

Okay, the bragging.....*squirm*.... well, I've only been at this art thing a few years... I always thought there were artists, and then the rest of us....the artists were the ones whose talent was obvious since they were young, the people who "could" paint or draw, as opposed to the rest of us who couldn't.  I always managed to find creative outlets, which I didn't really consider "art".  But a few years ago a fortunate set of circumstances caused me to buy a few stamps, and buy a copy of Stampers Sampler.  This then lead me to buy an issue of Somerset Studios in which I discovered mixed media art, and I've never looked back. I have a full-time job, so my time is limited, but I try to make the most of it. And it's changed my life.

Oh yeah, the bragging... Well, I will pretty much try anything. If I see something that intrigues me, I will find a way to try it, even if I don't have the correct supplies.  A piece covered in beeswax?  Saw it, tried it, loved it. Actual encaustic painting?  Saw it, tried it, loved it. .... Working with plaster?  Drawing a face? Well, you get it...   I'm always insecure about it, but there's just nothing to lose by trying...

Ummm....I am absolutely loyal to those I love, I don't judge, and I can make people laugh...

Okay, that's all I got....whew....

To me, joy is realizing that I really love a piece that I'm working on.... Here's a few I've made that I love, not necessarily for their technical perfection or anything, but because they represented a progression for me that made me happy...

Okay, the giveaway... it will be this cracked plaster on burlap on canvas piece below, and it's 10" x 8".  The "A" is a wonderful vintage find that I found difficult actually using (always an isue for me).   In order to win, just leave a comment, and either have come from Amy's blog, or go there (trust me...)  And please let me know if you'd actually like to receive the giveaway - I don't want to send it to someone who already has more art than they know what to do with!  I will pick the winner at random next week.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, now go check out the rest!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Encaustic Paint

I know that I've waxed poetic about encaustic wax before (he he, get it?), but I had never tried encaustic paint before, in spite of having the intention, and the actual little paint blocks, for quite some time.  Last weekend I decided to dive in and try it, and it was a lot of fun.  I've been thinking about it for so long that I was kind of overwhelmed by all the possible things I could do ( actually, I spend too much of my "studio" time in that state), but finally managed to settle down to something.  Making the Dragonfly was really fun - I know you can't tell from head on, but it's about 1/4" high.  You press a cookie cutter into the wax layers til there's a tight seal, then pour melted wax in, it only takes a few minutes to dry, and then you pull the cookie cutter off.  I've done that before, but much more satifying with colored wax!  And brushing colored wax over the circle stencil was really fun too.

 I think that all the mixed media goodness we love - layering papers, image transfers, and incorporating 3D objects is just that much more fun with wax.  If you've been tempted, don't wait as long as I did - you don't have to have much equipment, I hardly have any.   And I'd be happy to help if you have any questions...

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I am such an idiot. I finally finished my first Moleskine journal (it took me a LONG time, but in my own defense I did work on others at the same time), and for the final page I wrote "finished" in French, and managed to spell it wrong.  As I was putting the title on this post it suddenly ocurred to me that I might have, and I looked it up and sure enough... I don't know why I chose French, when I've actually studied Italian! Oh well - this doesn't even come close to the time when, after my first visit to the kitchen store Sur Le Table with several women, I pronounced Table just like it's pronounced in English.  I had no idea that the word is spelled the same in the two languages, but pronounced "Tob" in French.  I've never lived that one down...

Below are some of the final pages in the journal.  The scans turned out terrible because the journal is so fat now and right at the end.  And it's possible I may have rushed the pages just a bit, in my desire for the journal to be completed.... they aren't my best...