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Take heed

This guy (why do we always assume that bare bones folks are all guys?) didn’t quite make it in time to be the Halloween greeting I was counting on, but he was fun to whip up.

The vintage skeleton image came from The Graphics Fairy‘s wonderful blog. You want treasures? She’s got you covered–free vintage and antique images (copyright free!) of everything you can imagine. So that’s that part.

The background is a page from a discarded book on which I’d done some brush paintings of a tea bowl. The painting didn’t really work out, so it went into the scrap pile. At the wonderful ATC party I attended a couple of weeks ago, the pieces all came together.


Another fabulous art night

This time at the home of a friend who really did it up royally–a dozen or so of us showed up in her (really amazing) home to find art supplies of every variety arranged on tables–wet media here, dry media there, stamping stuff in this corner (stamps are dry but inks are wet–decisions, decisions), gesso and all kinds of gel media and molding paste, jars of brushes and clean water, a sewing machine set up and ready for use. And, of course, a table of wines and sodas and the kettle on for tea. Every time I thought, “Oh, I wish I’d brought my X,” or “Too bad we don’t have any Y,” I’d raise my head and the needed item would be right there. It was like having all your art dreams come true.

We all brought our own offerings: paper and other ephemera, tools and toys, and something to add to the dinner table to go with the amazing veggie chili our hostess had made. Yummy things everywhere you looked.

I wish I had a photo of each of the beautiful or funny or elegant works that were produced that night. The emphasis was on smalls (ATC sized) but there were larger things, too, and a number of small books made on the tiny bound pads of nice paper that had been provided for us.

I even took advantage of our patron’s insistence that we take some papers and cards home with me, so, at least at my house, the party’s still going strong.


Here there be dragons

This is honestly not what I sat down to do today. I got to work on what was supposed to be making some jewelry. Didn’t exactly turn out like that. On the way to the jewelry findings, I got distracted by a package of ephemera I bought a few weeks ago, and the watercolors were close at hand, and and and . . .

Can’t exactly wear them around your neck, but I had a great time with these.

First this. The last crane you’re going to get out of me for a long time. I promise. Okay, I think:

Next we veered into dragon territory for an hour or so:

And lastly, this little rabbit, gazing at the moon:

I don’t know what the text on any of the backgrounds is about. Since I don’t read any of these languages, to me the individual characters and words were just wonderful images that wanted to be part of the pictures. I hope none of them are descriptions from racy novels. Or recipes for rabbit stew.