Well, I was on vacation this week so I didn't get much art done. I did however ruffle crepe paper rolls for a friend one day. Didn't take that long really but the needle kept coming un-threaded for some reason. I think the thread was getting caught in a crack in my presser foot. I finally got two rolls done though. Here is a photo of them all ruffled!
Today, I went to one of my art group meetings. We made cute little birds from blue jean strips. Well I made a heart instead because I kept having trouble with my bird. I made the tail to long at first and then of course there wasn't enough strip left for the body and head. He would have had too small of a head. So I un-rolled him and made the heart. Here is a picture of some of the other ladies birds.
Traci Hutton in our group came up with the idea for the birds. She is sooo creative. She makes the most wonderful softies and here is her web site link http://www.art-t-dolls.com/index.html . She has great gourd people too. Like I said she is very creative! Next month we are making cats for Halloween. I can't wait!
Our swap theme was birds and here is a photo of what I received back. Donna J. made the tall wooden bird with the stripe legs. Cool! Olga made the glitzy bird and Caroline made the fabric ATC. Olga's bird is from a die cut. My jean strip heart is in the photo too.
Here is a better photo of the ATC. It's very pretty. Caroline did a great job on it.
Below is what I did for the swap. It's a canvas board with a flamingo collage copied on tissue paper. I waxed it to the board with clear wax then added some red and copper wax on the edges. I also melted a pink glitter crayon for some shimmer. I ruffled some orange crepe and glued that to the back and added the pink tinsel garland to the bottom of the collage. Then hung it from pink ribbon.
We had some great show-in-tell today. Dale Wigley made some incredible bracelets. Her Etsy Shop link is http://www.etsy.com/shop/DalesJewelry?ref=seller_info . She will have them listed soon but do check out her shop because she has some beautiful chainmail pieces already listed. She makes her own jump rings for the jewelry. That is a job!
Jeanne has been experimenting with making moths or butterflies from fabric. She made two in the photo and purchased the other one. I personally think hers are just as wonderful as the bought one. The purchased one came from here http://www.etsy.com/shop/MisterFinch?ref=pr_shop_more and it's the bottom one in the photo.
She also made these whimsical little party hats pictured below. She sells her items at The Red Shed http://redshedonline.com/ . Go check them out! She does wonderful collage art too!
Dale went to Art Unraveled in AZ recently and took this book class from Dan Essig. The book on the left in the photo has a tin type on the front and the closure wraps around and then has a magnet that sticks to the tin type. Really neat idea! The other book on the right has covers made from mica. I also took a close-up of the creative stitching on the spine.
Well, vacation was nice but it's back to work on Tuesday! The meeting was a nice way to start the week off.