Monday, March 30, 2009

Goodbye Cherry Hello Filberg


I am into Filberg this summer!!! more later.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pink I Think













It has finally happened. I have overcome my aversion to pink! First it was just condescending to make cherry blossom things for the Under the Cherry Tree event at Van Dusen Gardens. I even thought that I would only make white cheery blossoms but I tried one cane with a pink gradient and now I am hooked. Pink, pink and more pink! Maybe it is just a spring thing. Maybe it is just away to avoid working on my income tax, but right now I love pink gradients.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nasty Old Clay



So here goes. I am going to condition some clay that is nasty hard. The white clay in the pictures was given to me by Eugenia. It is Sculply original that was on sale but was really beyond conditioning with pasta machine alone. So I have brought in the heavy hitter, a food processor that has definitely seen better days, but it still has the guts to be a clay tool.

The blue in the picture is a couple of canes that have gotten hard, they are Fimo Soft, but not so soft anymore. I have read that you should cut the clay into 1/2 inch pieces but after a couple of cuts this clay just crumpled with my fingers.

I run the food processor until the clay looks like little pebbles, really little pebbles. I have processed about 1/2 pound in this batch. I tried to measure how much Sculpy Clay Softener but the stuff coated the spoon. My best guess is that I used about 1 teaspoon with this batch. (that's about as accurate as I can get Barb - I think it depends on how dried out the clay is.)

I run the processor until the clay begins to stick together. (I usually refer to this as the "cottage cheese from hell stage".)The clay gathers up nicely at this point. I turn into onto wax paper and fold the paper over before rolling the clay together. I think the clay stuck to the processor more that usually because of the Sculpy. When I do this with Fimo alone it gathers up with out having to scrapped out of the machine with as much diligence.

In the final three pictures of the clay being put through the past machine, the first is before is processing, the second is ten times through the machine and the last one is twenty times through the machine. And that all she wrote.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring - She's a Coming



The urge to garden is growing daily. My tomatoes planted on February 12th are up and clapping there little green hands together in anticipation of the new growing season. Now I must divide my time between claying, gardening and keeping my life on an even keel. I am afraid that it is the later two that suffer the most.

Images of gardens are not the same as gardens but my clay floral images keep my garden ever in mind. I am getting ready for the Under the Cherry Tree event at Van Dusen Gardens. It is March 28th and 29th. It is the first time that I have done this event and it will be torture to stay in my booth when all the wonders of the garden at right there.

Anyway, I will have lots of cherry blossoms item in my display along with my beloved blue and white work.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Perfume Pens

Here is a look at what I have been working on for the last few weeks. Not high art but fun because I love to explore a bunch of different ideas.

A Perfume Pen is basically a felt tip marker that you fill with the perfume of your choice.

To fill you unscrew the cap, dip the tip into the perfume for one to two minutes, then replace the cap. The tip "wicks" up the perfume and fills a larger wick inside the long tube. Any possible leakage is prevented by an "O" ring seal between cap and pen.

I wonder if you could fill them with ink and use them to draw. I think I must try that but I laugh to think of what would happen if you mixed and ink filled one with the perfume ones. Maybe I won't try that just yet.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award - thanks - I think


I am not really sure what the "kreative blogger award" is but I want to thank Tina and Carolyn for giving it to me. After a short search on the net I have decided to follow Gera lead and list seven sources on inspiration.

Seven Inspirations
1. Light - the way light paints the world. Opacity, shadows, and translucence
2. Plants - their form and grace
3. Animals - their vitality and fun
4. Patterns - the way they enhance and toy with form
5. The flick of a wrist - the skill of craft people and how they manipulate materials.
6. The ingenuity of others - How people use materials to illustrate their ideas.
7. Colour - Which brings us full circle to light. Without light their is not colour.

An in closing I would like to pass the award on to Carmen for her totally neat fiber blog. Take that Carmen.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Creativity


This requires more thought that I can give it at the moment but I feel I should try to post a stop gap to show that I have been listening. At the moment I am leaning to the idea that creativity is a matter of cutting out the rush of the senses and narrowing to a manageable roar. A list will follow eventually.