Monday, December 28, 2009

Porcelain Rose Tea Shop

Hot of the press! I am now selling at the tea shop. Located at 2022 10th Ave in Longview WA. Come in and have a spot of tea. Enjoy a shopping experience with all things Victorian. You can call at 360-425-1437 for hours and directions. We are working out details for a tea and a quilling session soon.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Creating Movement

Have you ever looked closely at your coils? If you control the direction of your coils, you can create movement in your piece. These coils are exaggerated so you can see that the inner coils are rolled one way and then the next layer is coiled in the other direction. Even in simple five petal flowers you can create this. Next time you are putting your coils together, take note and use the lines. Add extra drama by inking the edges with a contracting color to really accentuate your coil direction. With a little care and attention to detail, you can make a pretty piece extraordinary.

Paper Retreat

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Scrap Happy is having a paper arts retreat in Longview WA February 19 and 20 2010. I will be teaching a couple classes but there is so much more to see and do with tons of prizes too. Check out the project above for my master class on quilling. Great food, fun and space to spread out. It is limited to 60 so sign up early. (See side panel)

Merry Christmas

Here is my latest Christmas ornament. I used jewel tone sheet papers to match my jewel tone strips and mixed punched elements with my quilling. (check side panel for ordering) I added seed beads and Swarovski crystals (check the side panel for ordering) for a bit more drama. This color palette is a first for me. I go to an ornament exchange every year and last year a lady handed me the one she got and said, "Here I'd like to see it next year done up the way you do them." I usually buy a dozen from my local glass blower for custom orders and this exchange. I use Crafter's Pick Ultimate glue to adhere the elements. This product has never failed me. It goes on like Elemer's washable (white and liquidy) and dries like rubber cement (clear and a bit rubbery) When working with glass that is transparent, you don't want to see glue on the back of the design.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Holiday Market

The crisp in the air tells us fall is here. So start making your list and checking it twice. Give something hand made from your local artists and merry their Christmas a bit at the same time. I will be there with some "new for the season" items as well as many other artists and their media too. Check out the link for Morgan Art Centre on the side panel for more info. I will give another heads up closer to the sale.

Monday, September 14, 2009

ArTrails Studio Tour 2009

Once again it is time for the studio tour. My zebra will be for sale at the Centralia WA Historical Train Station from Friday September 18 in the evening at the Gala throught Sunday September 27 til 5pm. Come enjoy great food, great art and great conversation with the artists. I will be demonstrating at the Wild Trout Gallery in Chehalis WA which is Studio 16 on the tour. Saturday and Sunday the 19-20 and then again on Saturday and Sunday the 26-27. Come in a watch and visit me from 10-5 each day. I will have other items for sale there too. check the link at the side of the page for more ArTrails info.

Friday, August 14, 2009

next piece for the beach gallery

My cake piece was juried in at the last show and sold a couple days after the open. This is my next piece for the next show. "Grandma's Attic" I really had fun with all the mediums I used to create a distressed look. It's my first stretched canvas.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Artrails of SW Washington

I am so pleased to announce I have been juried into Artrails for a second year! Check the link at the side of the page. I will be at the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia WA the last two weekends of September from 10am to 5pm. The gala to kick off the tour is at the train station in Centralia Friday September 18 from 4pm to 8pm. Join me and all the other artists for some fun, food and music.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

First sale of the year

I have been intived to the Morgan Arts Centre to sell my work at their Vernal Equinox Art Fair. Check out their site The sale is the 21st and 22nd of March. I will have some framed pieces, some boxes and journals as well as a few cards.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Juried Show

I just got a call for artists for a gallery in Cannon Beach. I have been thinking about getting my work in that area for a while now. The theme for the show is "Just Desserts". I can have three pieces in the show. Here is the first one!

It is a box shaped like a piece of lemon cake complete with a slice of lemon and "frosting" flowers sitting on a quilled plate. I am hoping to do the juried shows until they ask me to join their gallery. I think I will attempt a Marion berry pie next.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Watercolor papers

Here is a class sample showing the versatility of water color papers. There are so many ways to use them. It's almost like painting with paper. Just when you think you have exhausted the possibilities you discover an new way to incorporate them. I like the Paplin colors the best.

Adding color to your strips

I love all the edged papers but they are kind of pricey and come in limited numbers of colors. I have tea stained paper strips and I have used small scale rubber stamps on the width of the papers. Now, I am running the edges through ink pads to get just the right look.

Have you checked out all the rub-ons at the craft store lately? Check out all the crystals and pearls on the crystals link at the side of the page.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day always gives me a great excuse to make a special card for my special someones. I hope you don't miss out on the fun by quilling a little something too.

Vintage cards

I have been working on vintage cards as of late. I got a Dover Publication CD full of vintage prints. I love going on a tour of antique shops but the economy has made me rethink my tours. I have been enjoying my trips but I now frequent the postcard and greeting card bins. But it doesn't stop there. I color copy them so I can use them over and over for my greeting card creativity.

The Santa was a vintage card so all I had to do is add a bit of quilling. I am doing a series of Valentines and Mothers Day cards too.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Classes and Retreats

A new class schedule for Paper Moon in Battle Ground WA is on its way! Check the link at the side of the page for dates and times. They also carry a huge selection of quilling tools, books and supplies.

Retreat time is here again! Check out Scrap Happy.

I will be teaching classes at Paper Moon and at the retreat for Scrap Happy.

The variety of paper art techniques is the best in the NW.