(It's Too Damn Cold So We Might As Well Make Art)
My sister Cecelia from Chicago flies in - she works in water color and mixed media collage
My friend Shari drives across town- she is also a mixed media artists and right now she is into encaustic
I host the event here in the studio.
Here are a few pieces we worked on:
Mary Beth Shaw for color mixing 101)
we made some really cool art papers!
(Thinned down gloss medium, tissue paper and string, Golden acrylics)
I purchased some Derwent Artbar crayons and we got to play with them. We used Tattered Angels Pure Mistable Paper Frayed Cotton
I think the Artbars are my new favorite wet/dry material to use. I like them better than watercolor pencils.
Shari Kratoska played with encaustics- I think I need to just spend one whole day with her and the wax
I revisited an old canvas and added more to it
We played, experimented, discovered, laughed, ate, talked and bonded. My daughter Biz was home unexpectedly and spent Saturday with us working on a project for school. I have been after Cecelia for several years to try her hand at an altered book. Last year I got her to start one using an old record album book. She painted the sleeves and did some stenciling on the cover and then abandoned it. This year I showed her an up-cycled book I had made using just a cover and filling it with new pages. She made this beautiful book with recipes in it to give as a gift. I was slightly jealous because hers was way better than mine.
I started a new canvas. I am trying to paint faces. I am only brave enough to do this since I bought the Stencil Girl face map stencils. I have a long way to go before this one is finished. It was a great weekend and one we look forward to each winter when it's just too damn cold to do anything else!