Sunday, August 02, 2015

Let there be light


The Garden Palace is electrified with candle power.
I fretted about how to use the candles in this chandelier ever since my dear son picked it up for me at a resale shop in Austin. 
I've had it so long that I daydreamed up all sorts of ways to power it with candles. 


Not so long ago just after falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I became intrigued and inspired by crafting with wire.


I saw and pinned several versions of this wire candle holder. 
I knew immediately. 
This was it. 
I tossed the tuna cans and all other daydreams.


The result thrills me. 


I didn't do anything to the chandelier.


This is the original finish and perfect for the Parlor Rose Garden.





Have a great week.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

What do you think of this nine year old

Art Camp
Day One

We started each day watering the gardens. 
It was great to have help!

This is Avery and she came for a visit this week.
We had a 4 day/night all inclusive Art Camp.

Following is my documentation of our projects. 


On the first morning while I was getting set up, Avery watched my video demonstration of the making of this piece of mixed media art.

This fun video titled, Collage Layers with Napkins, was inclued in most of my online classes.

Since Avery watched the video, I did not make a demonstration piece.
I just watched, answered questions and gave instruction.


first layer of papers


second layer of butterflies


painting edges



adding layers of paper napkins



stamping the word "and" to layer onto her collage


Day one project.

Wish and Dream

Day Two


early morning sunshine


paper layer and transfer of house fragment


we're gonna paint a face


That face!


a self portrait in progress



She Looked and Smiled by Avery Thomas
a self portrait


She Wondered by Sharon Tomlinson
a portrait demonstration


After lunch when I needed to retire to the chair zone, I gave Avery an 8 x 10 canvas board and told her she could paint anything she wanted to while I rested.
She had one question, "What does a dolphin look like?'
Me, "whaaaaaat?"
I quickly thought to suggest she google 'dolphin'. 
And that's all I heard from her until my rest period was over and she ask me to join her.



Neither of us had much of a clue how to paint waves so I taped her brush onto the end of a bamboo stick to force her to get looser with the paint.
She was such a good sport about it and it was kinda fun.


The Dolphin by Avery Thomas


Day Three


we sculpt with Sculpey clay






Avery made a red bird and a blue bird that she gifted her parents with.



I played with Sculpey clay too and this is my bird.
She is a Garden Palace bird.



the beginning of an art journal


Avery's first time to use a needle and thread.


She discovered that she loves sewing and we are planning a sewing camp in the future.


We used a yellow file-folder (cut down) for the cover but then decided to cover it with fabric.
This is the front and she stamped her initials on it.


Day Four


On day four Avery worked in her new art journal.
This is the drawing she did of the dolphin reference she found on her Google search.
She used carbon paper to transfer the drawing to the canvas and saved the drawing for her journal. 


Before stamping the cover, she practiced on a little scrape and then stitched it into her journal.




While Avery worked in her new journal, I made a folder for her to keep the extra papers and things she will use in her journal when she goes home. 

I used an old hanging folder.
After cutting off the hanging bars, I closed the sides and decorated it a bit. 





And sometimes she gave me this look.

I meant to tell you in the beginning that she is a bright, happy, smart, fun, freckled, precious little nine year old with the most brilliant mind I have witnessed in a nine year old. 
But I'm thinking you have figured that out too. 

Ever since Avery went home, I've been at Chair Camp.
Do you know what I mean?