Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fabric book

Finished my page for the fabric book round robin for THE FABRIC GIRLZ and this is my efforts for Nats 'Natures Hidden Treasures' . Ive really enjoyed the colour tones with the theme. A texture paste tree , rusted lutradur, highlights of gold , sewing, stamping , painting , burning... I could go on and's really been fun .

Monday, March 17, 2008

Bake that CLAY

Oh what fun to finally have a crack at playing with polymer clay, DUKIT make and bake from New Zealand is what Ive used. Ive been heavily influenced by the wonderful book MIXED MEDIA MOSAICS by LAURIE MIKA and boy does she have some wonderful art pieces along with some great tips in her book.I highly recommend it for some fun.This was my first attempt made with pearl DU-KIT with grape and silver mica powders. Ive used zettiology stamps and image ( dont we all love zetti stuff ). All embellishments are glued on after baking.

This one below is translucent clay with silver and Grape mica powders with pearl used for the centre face.I left this one with a uncoloured back wich gives it a very transparent look.

Hmmm...this one still needs some work.... Did a double layer of black DU-Kit with range of different copper and gold mica powders. Again using zetti stamps and artchix wings and crowns and lots of eyelets( luv eyelets).I tried making my own little pendants but really need to work on my skill , to take more care with the details ( pop air bubbles and dont squish the detail out of your clay face ) It doesnt take much to burn in a toaster oven either ( see left oval has scorch marks on the bottom rim) and found that baking for shorter burst stopped the clay bubbling and burning.

More fun that cooking food I say.....yep, family starving while I cook polymer clay....

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


It's certainly been a long time since I last visited my own blog. Ive had a bumpy start to 08 with removal of my wisdom's which left me with paresthesia from nerve damage ,NUMBNESS of my teeth,gums, lips and chin on my left side of my dial. Fingers crossed it heals but for now am thankful my speech is back to near normal, so time will tell, fingers crossed.
Got a shiny new toy, A SEWING MACHINE after Christmas, which has kept me entertained with a huge learning curve ahead ,as those close to me know, I'm fabric challenged !
Fantastic timing to be asked to join in with some wonderful gals to do a fabric book swap and these are my covers for my book. Who would have thought I would be take part in a group called FABRIC GIRLZ. See dreams can come TRUE !
Included some mini icicles brooches inside the book for the gals to keep. How else did I keep my mind occupied while sitting bedside at hospital while my middle gal had knee surgery. Cut bones held by screws and thigh to ankle plaster had a three day stay.A long recovery but gotta say she is a wonderful patient. Bet she never imagined mummy would be bathing her at her age !
The icicle doll's made from Belinda's pattern has kept me VERY entertained. I did her three for three swap and have so enjoyed this little pattern so much Ive been churning them out. I just make them out of calico, gel medium transfer an image or fabrico a stamped image and H2O or suncolour the body and decorate to my hearts content.

Been playing and learning photoshop CS3, which is GRAND ! So much better than FireFox, but that was a great starting block. I can spend hours tweaking this and that and thrilled there are so many free tutorials out there, not to mention the free fonts and brushes.
So I haven't been wasting time doing housework at all you'll be pleased to know. I do have more to share but must away to play counter strike with miss 15. It aids the healing so she tells me