Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Crawl Tomorrow

My polymer clay and Ray's paintings
The time has come to wander around in the rain visiting over 400 artists who will open there studios for four days.

The studio is all dresses up for company. If you are in Vancouver come and visit us.

This is our first year at our new location, 800 Keefer Street. Look for the yellow door facing Hawks Ave.

Eastside Culture Crawl
Thursday, November 17
5 pm - 10 pm
Friday, November 18
5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday, November 19
11 am - 6 pm
Sunday, November 20
11 am - 6 pm

Monday, November 14, 2016

Getting the Picture

This is the first in a series of flower pictures that I have made to the Eastside Culture Crawl. They are only 4"x4" (10.16 cm square) but that way I can make a bunch to practice. They are 100% polymer clay but I have mounted them on small canvases to they are easy to hang.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bowling Obsession

November is the Eastside Culture Crawl and all the activity in our studio has been directer to those 4 days ( November 19th to the 22nd ) when 400 or so artists in Vancouver open their doors to the city and the world. 
This year will be the 20th anniversary of the event and my first year in a "new" studio. The quotations are because the building, Paneficio-Studios, has a lot of history before I moved in. It was a thriving bakery in the 1930s to a Dojo in the 1980. 
For me it is great place to sit and make bowls. I think I have enough bowls now but really I would really like to make more, maybe a turquoise purple theme, but they again maybe I should pay a little more attention to the things that I don't like doing like tidying, cleaning and paying the bills.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Oops to0 Short a Cord

Oops! Someone bought a locket from my husband yesterday and got a cord that is probably too short. If you get in touch with me I will send you another cord. Sorry. Joan

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Totem Going to Seed

This is a picture that I scooped off Carol Simmons Face Book share. I was going to use my own photos but this photo by Syndee Holt  is much superior.

Laurel Swetnam's remind me of a rich and abundant  planet that I will never visit but somehow makes me think feel at home.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Totem Exchange

I am participating in a totem exchange. Over the next few weeks I will post pictures of the work of other artists. Today  it is all about me.
My totems are about flight with a few old beads thrown in to space things out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cat Faces

I guess there is a reason why I don't use a mold. One of the things about making things is the variations that comes from hand modeling. I like to say that you can buy ten of the same item on my table at the market and they will all be a little different.  I delight in my cat figures, to see how much personality I can fit into one little whistle.I think I might start cataloging cat expressions but that might spoil the fun.

Each leaf whistle is also a little different. The colour variation in the larger leaf ones from mokumegane and the smaller ones are millifiori. And again a butterfly.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterflies Again

The summer is one big rush but I still find time to draw in my notebook and follow my latest passion for butterflies. The pink one is an earlier attempt. I am learning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


One of the great gifts of nature

Monday, June 20, 2016

Butterfly Cold Cuts

I have discovered something about making tiny butterflys with distorting the shape of the wings. I saw Victoria Hughes make lovely little inclusions by cutting simple cooked canes. Something brought to mind again by a friend who uses this technique to make surprisingly real looking miniatures. Finally the light came on. This is the way to keep my smallest butterflies from going wonky.

1. First you make a butterfly. The top and bottom wings are a little different, but I guess you could make them the same.

2. Reduce the cane and cook tiny ones with the wings the right shape ;and in the right position.

3. Cut the cooked canes when they are hot. This makes them much easier to cut. - So I guess these would be hot cuts.

4. You can apply the cooked cane slices to a raw clay back. The wings a rigid but that adds to the realistic look so a butterflies.

5. This one really was a cold cut but when using the butterfly cane at this size it is bit as useful to cook it ahead. In this case the butterfly is part to a whistle.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two in the Bush

A Dressy Raven Whistle with Carnelians
The plans was to show off my new two bird whistle but all the pictures uploaded sideways or upside down. I have to be more careful with my phone when I take pictures. The two bird whistle is on my Etsy shop along withe some other new stuff. I am going to try to make at least one post a month and this is my last chance at May. In the future I will try for more intelligent posts. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

In the Window - Sideways

This is the first Saturday in our now studio and val at Amp Studio in the same building as let us us her window. Door for some reason I can't seem to rotate but I wanted to post to make sure I had something to mark the day.
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood drop by 800 East Georgia.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Farewell Old Studio

I have spend hours and hours packing up my studio space, my dear studio space, and not it is time for a move to a new space. I will be moving to a new space a couple of blocks away and the old space will be developed into a new work live space for well known Vancouver artist Richard Tetrault and his photographer wife Esther Rausenberg.

The new space has many delights so I can not spend time crying of the loose of the the wonderful studio that I have shared with Ray Opohoff the last three years. Ray and I will be sharing a space it what was Richard Tretaults old studio where we will be joining Lori Sokoluk and Arwen Hunter. The building has a lot of history and once was one of Vancouver's larger bakeries.

More about the new studio to come.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Not Tracing Paper

Nope. It was not tracing paper. The search goes on. I have a piece of the paper I used so I will see if anyone can identify and hopefully duplicate it.

(Using old sample of paper that I acquire in the old days of doing graphic design is not such a good idea after all.)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Laser Print Transfer

I am not sure why this never worked for me in the past. I used liquid clay, alcohol and time but I never got good results. Now just water, light but assertive burnishing and a little time seems to do the is a test I did with two types of paper. Both were burnished, wet down and left for 20 minutes.

A. The one on the left is a bond paper. I chose a light pastel colour because I thought that it would be easier to see to remove when rubbing it away. The left is a thin but hard surfaced bond that I thought would probably be not work.

B. The pastel paper worked as I thought it would. Still a messy but you can see easily what you have missed.

C. With this one I  used a paper with a hard surface, almost like vellum and it worked like a charm. (unfortunately I do not know the make of the paper.) I will try again with a today with Strathmore tracing paper and see how that goes.

I am packing up to more to a new studio space at the end of the month and Have been a little to preoccupied to post. I will try to be more disciplined.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

More Edibables - Another Sighting

Here is a picture of some charming little edibables sent to me by Karen.
licorice all sorts I have one other post of licorice all sorts. There was another that I accidentally deleted trying to make an update. That will teach me to be tricky. It was a hamburger broach. I hope I can find the photo again.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GI Moment - Enter the Fire Monkey

 Granville Island greets the fire monkey in style. Every year the lions come to dance there way through the market bringing prosperity and shredding gifts of lettuce. I am not sure about the prosperity but I can vouch for the lettuce. No fire works inside the market though. If you want to come and see ... I will not be in the market selling that day but I might drop in for the fun.

"Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Help Granville Island ring in the Year of the Monkey with traditional Chinese Lion Dancers who will make their way around the Public Market, the Net Loft, Railspur Alley, and the Creekhouse (Railspur Alley and the Creekhouse are weather dependant). Participating tenants will hang lucky red envelopes and heads of lettuce above the entrances to their businesses and the dancers will climb up and tear them down, ripping up the lettuce and throwing it back at the business. It is considered very lucky to be hit by the flying lettuce so don't worry if a few rogue pieces fly into your face! The Fortune God will be following the dancers and handing out lucky red envelopes with treats inside to spectators."

Friday, February 5, 2016

GI Moment - A Rose is a Rose?

I am back at the market. I have to make a note of these roses. Actually real unphotoshopped roses? Well there is a little chemical skulduggery going on but the effect is dramatic. I found these psychedelic creatures at V&J Plant Shop at Granville Island. No web site yo just have to visit. On the other hand Wikipedia has something to say about it. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dragon Square - Another Card

I have a thing for dragons. I like this one because there is a degree of ambiguity that makes it more fun to colour.

So three sheets of colouing fun: a french fold card, an 8.5 x 11 picture and a sheet of various sizes especially good for polymer clay transfers.

Here is the link Dragon Square.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Transfering to Polymer Clay

Earthrise Garden image - now not just for cards
Recently I have been occupied with designing cards and doing polymer clay production work. Yesterday I make and effort to bring the two together. The larger images are the fronts of cards the smaller are transfer on to polymer clay using water. To give you and idea of scale, the circle is 1.5 inches of about 4cm. I experimented with other liquids and I will continue on that in the future. In the mean time here is a cute little video that someone made and only will take 5 minutes of your time. She does more or less what I did yesterday.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Flutterby Butterfly

    Since I took courses in English literature many years ago I have believed this story.

"Many years ago a certain Elizabethian wag decided  to call  the flutterby that flitted past a butterfly. The jest took off and people started calling the flutterbies butterflies. So strange the thought of butter flying that the joke was repeated util now the flutterby sounds strange."

According to the voices of Google this in not true, But what is true? I still think that flutterby sounds more accurate. Even though I listed my new whistle under butterfly. The the pressures that commerce buts on the imagination. If you would like to take a look at these whistle here is the link. BLUE BUTTERFLY WHISTLE

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Murder of Crows

I am trying to write some thing about the fascination the we in East Vancouver have with crows.  I make sculpted crows or ravens to make into jewelry and I wanted a littel write up to go with it. When I went on lilke to do research I  found this video . Over 6000 crows make the trip to Burnaby the next community to East Vancouver so I really don't have to look any further. Working class and on the move is an over generalization but what the heck.

And is you want to be classy, you can think of the black birds in my jewelry as ravens. Ravens are are way more classy. They obtained mythic status because they were thought to be mediators animal between life and death. Now how cool is that.

If you want to see my jewelry on Etsy, follow the links here:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Colour Me 01 - Earhrise Garden

Earthrise Garden - a card to fold and colour plus an eight and half by eleven image.
This is my project for the year. I will publish at least one colouring project a week for the next year. I am still trashing away at polymer clay and I will include polymer clay stuff into the mix.

I plan on blogging about colouring tips and projects and I will be happy to get feed back on anyone happy or unhappy with the little colouring projects that I have provided.

(Yes I know that colour is spelt differently in the USA but this is my little bit of Canadian pride showing through.)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Years - Fuzzy Logic

When one is busy time flies. Thus I have flown right through the holiday season. I am still flying. I have a new project that I hope to share in February. I need to take a running start.

I have not abandoned polymer clay but I need something that I can do wearing fuzzy sweaters. I find if I do polymer clay when I am wrapped up warm results in little bits of fuzzy appearing in the clay. Especially noticeable when using white. Also I love drawing. So I face the new year with entirely too many projects. Somethings don't change.