Monday, March 28, 2011

Artsy Fartsy

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. —Pablo Picasso

I pay so little attention to my artwork these days. I concentrate more on my obsession with Copic markers, sewing, paper crafts and scrapbooking. I do a painting and file it away. It never gets hung on the wall. Drawing and painting was my first love. I was accepted to a college of art in Boston...sadly I decided not to go...who lets a 17 year old make their own decisions?

When did I stop creating art? Or did I stop? Is not my card making and scrapbooking a form of art? It is but it's not the same and anyone who does draw or paint knows the difference. I have a feeling I don't do it as much as I used to because of the creative process. I am not very good at coming up with an idea from scratch. That is probably why scrapbooking is so easy for me. I see a page idea and I copy it, maybe with different paper but the idea is the same. To truely create a painting you have to come up with the vision, draw it then color it in. How hard is that? least for me.

Oh well, in the spirit of art here are some of the mixed media paintings I did in Claudine Hellmuth's class last year. It felt good to have a brush in my hands again.

paintings group

I think a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts may just be the ticket.

Friday, March 25, 2011

What's for dinner?

In answer to that vexing eternal question I created a blackboard menu board for my fridge using my Silhouette. This machine is amazing! Don't get me wrong sometimes it is a bit difficult and will not behave but when it runs it RUNS!

Take a look. I also am posting the video of how I created this bad boy. (and yes I know the word Menu is not straight...fixing it after work today so there)

menu board

And here is how I made it:

So now all I have to do is come up with meals to actually WRITE on the board.

Friday, March 18, 2011

I steal things

I have to confess...I am a total thief! I have a hard time coming up with my own ideas but if I see something someone else made I am damn good at copying it. So it went today. I saw this vintage button card on I knew I had to have it. However I did not want to spend the money for the die and the stamp set. So I set out in my Silhouette software. Now as this is a complete and utter theft I cannot sell these babies. But I am OK with that. The challenge of making them was worth it.



I found the vintage graphic at

Open the image in Silhouette along with the cut file, size them up, print and cut. The buttons were made by cutting 4 of the same from pattern paper then glued the layers together. I then sewed them onto the card with embroidery floss.

This would make a cute card if I had another crafty friend! Any crafty friends of mine want a card? Anyone? *tap..tap...this thing on?*