I had fun doing this yesterday. Of course, one of my all time favorites is clay. This will be listed in our etsy site.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Mom and I have decided that it is time for a sale!!!!! Go to our etsy site and mention that you saw a sale on my blog, you can save 20% on all of the items in our Etsy store starting today and ending September 15th. We have to buy lots more canvases and paints for some committments, so we decided that a sale might be in order. Be sure to mention my blog sale and wait for an adjusted invoice to be sent to you reflecting the sale.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I have been working on some gallery pieces lately. This was going to be one of them but, now it has found its way onto my living room wall. I love the deep colors. This is still me playing around though. I love experimenting to see what happens. This was a transfer onto muslin.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I saw this little canvas laying on my table today and thought that I would give it a new look. We have been dealing with some kinda icky sickness at my house for the past two weeks and needless to say, I have not done much creating. I took advantage of Cody being around and stole some time in my room. I have been playing around with a few new technique and experimenting. Much like the canvas I did with the two kiddos, this little one uses the same techniques just different style. Less scrapbook. I love the way it turned out. I could not even wait for everything to dry before taking this photo. I used a 4" by 6" canvas board. It is sitting on my mantle. I don't know if that is it's permanent home yet. We will see.
Monday, August 6, 2007
I have been so quiet lately. I know it is because there just has not been a lot of time to create the past couple of months with all the summer activities going on and the kids being home. I finally told them today that it was Mommy's turn to sit and do something in her room. It was still difficult but I did get some experimenting done. Then worked on a piece for Cody to take to work. I used an Easter picture because I was feeling the blue and green. It was good to sit down and get gel medium and gesso all over my fingers. School is starting soon and I am looking forward to getting back into a routine!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Well, we are finally back from vacation. I can honestly say that I could not be happier. I am such a home body. It was fun but hard to be away that long. I think eight days might be too long to be away. This is a cute pic that Cody took of me and the kids in St. Louis. I am anxious to start creating. I took some great pics of unusual trees while I was gone and added to my Queen's Ann Lace collection. The people we visited thought it was hilarious that I was out on the gravel road with a phone book collecting weeds and taking pictures of their trees. It was funny.
Friday, June 29, 2007
The sun is shining in Texas. We are so darn excited that we wanted to celebrate in some way. Soooooo........TwoCoolTexans Etsy site is having a sale. 20% off all store items. You can find us at www.twocooltexans.etsy.com. Just put in the comments section when you check out "Yes, I want 20% off" and we will send a corrected invoice. Sale ends July 8th.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Mom and I have decided to teach some new classes at Stamp Asylum in Plano. Mom is going to teach a class---collage onto postcards. She will teach different styles and techniques and will use this smaller palette which is not so intimidating. She is still the master of collage. I am going to teach a class on my clay collage. We always try to make the class fun so if you are in the area, swing by and take a class. We are not going to be on the schedule till this fall but make sure that you call the store to reserve your spot!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Anytime I pull out the paints, the kids ask me if they can play too. So, I figured that it would be fun to color some paper towels with watercolors. They had so much fun. Alexis used up almost two whole bottles of color. The best was how bad their hands got. I took this pic before it got really bad. I am so pleased to see them get so excited about color and experimenting. I need to take some lessons from Bailey about color. He seems to have a natural eye for them. When we were done, I told him that it was his TV time. He said that he wanted to paint more because it was more fun. My baby! Gotta love him.
Monday, June 11, 2007
It has finally started to heat up here in Texas. We have been lucky for the past few weeks but now it has caught up with us. I am trying to take advantage of sending the kids outside as much as possible but, it is hard to see them enjoy it when they come inside all red in the face and sweaty. The sand from the sandbox sticks to every part of their little sweaty bodies. Needless to say, I have to do more vacuuming as of late.
I am having a hard time finding "play time". So I try really hard to sneak it in whenever possible. I am still having a blast playing with this felting machine. There is so much possibility with it. This is a little piece that I did today using the punched fabric and then cut it into a house shape and embellished. It is so cute. I am going to have to learn to stay up later when everyone is asleep.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
I decided to finally go ahead and purchase a felting machine. Mom loves her so much and I figured I would like it too. I played around with it using fabric scraps that I had from a class. It was so much fun to just sit there and punch all of these little pieces. I love how rich all of the textures and colors look. I then stipple stitched on top of it to secure it all down. Then, I decided to make an art quilt out of it. I will be listing this piece on etsy.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I contacted Gillian at art-e-zine and she was kind enough to feature my clay technique on her website. It is really cool to see so many pieces up and together like that. I am honored that she gave me the opportunity. Thanks again Gillian!!!!
Go visit the site at http://art-e-zine.co.uk/aliclay.html
Go visit the site at http://art-e-zine.co.uk/aliclay.html
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tomorrow is the big day. I am so nervous to see myself on TV. I know that I am all shaky and nervous and goofy. I have been working really hard on getting some stuff ready for the etsy store. I uploaded several of my canvases and then called mom. She is so funny, she told me to take one of them down because she wanted it. It is the one in the photo. I actually considered keeping it myself just because the woman look redheaded. I love all stuff that have redheads. So, it is really funny that this is the one that she liked the most because it is the one that I loved the most.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
School is over and, summer has begun. I am thankful. These past couple of weeks have been non-stop running. The last day of school was hard for me. Bailey and Alexis did not seem to even know that anything was going on. For me, it is amazing to think that my first baby is now going to start first grade. Time has gone by so fast.
I have been working with clay a lot lately. I have made several canvases for etsy using this clay technique. This was a fun one that I did using a vintage pic and a clay staircase. It looks like they are posing for Easter pictures in the family home. I added some brass buttons and a brass corner. Look for this piece on etsy.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
We have still been pretty busy around here. Feels a little crazy. One thing that is over is soccer. I have to admit that I am a little sad that we don't have a game to go to tomorrow. Bailey has already started asking when the next season will start. He is going to miss it this summer.
I have uploaded pics of a canvas that I just finished today. And I actually took these before the glue was completely dry. I used the clay technique that I discovered. I really love the way that this has turned out. The saying is, "Sometimes it is not enough to just walk forward, you must open a door." This inspires me as a mom, artist and Christian. So many times I walk along day to day feeling like I accomplished everything that needed to be done and it feels finished. But then I have days where everything was done but I see missed opportunities that I wish that I would have taken. I should have opened the door. This canvas expresses that for me. I have added a key to the wooden dowel, "we have been given the keys of the kingdom"
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Things have been pretty busy ( hectic ) around here in the past couple of weeks. With the end of the school year and all of the activites associated with that and other committments. I have not had a lot of time to create and when I do, I am working on several pieces that I have been commissioned to make for a gallery. We did make time to go to the lake for a picnic this weekend. The ducks came running to see if we would feed them. Alexis loved them. In the pic, I am trying to tell her not to be too couragous and throw the bread. She wanted to hand it to them. The other two pics are of the school program we went to last night. Both kiddos go to a Spanish immersion school. Bailey's class performed the Mariachi Loco. It was hilarious. I made all of the embellishments for their pants. Took me three days to make 140 of them. I don't want to see mariachi pants again for a very long time. Bailey was excited to get to introduce his class. He kept winking at me. It was so funny. I can't believe that my baby is graduating kindergarten.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Well, I have been pretty quiet lately. I have such a hard time getting over whatever illness this is. I am finally feeling better and so is the whole family. It is a busy time of year with all of the end of the school year activities. Not to mention that Bailey's birthday is coming up. There is absolutely no way he would let me forget. Too cute.
This little canvas was fun to make. I was playing around with some watercolor crayons. Instead of using water to smooth them out I used gesso. I like the effect. And, I am proud of myself that it has pink in it. Inside joke, mom always makes fun of me that my stuff is always in earthtones. I think it has to do with being redheaded. I am so attracted to earthtones. Even my closet is indicative of that.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
After getting really sick last night and all of the major storms that we had, I felt the need to sit down in my room and create something. I am starting to get a very small glimpse of how hard it would be to have to raise two small children without any help. I am telling Cody when he gets back from his trip that he is not allowed to leave again for a very LONG time. I created this on a 8" by 10" canvas panel. Of course, a photo of a cemetary angel. Love her very somber look but she is still so beautiful.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
We are getting some pretty serious thunderstorms today. We needed it but there is standing water all over. So, when I looked out the window to see the rain, I was shocked to see that we had two visitors. I quickly grabbed the kids and the camera along with some bread. They both came pretty close to us. They must be used to people. I just thought they were so cute together. They must be husband and wife. Adorable. I hope that they come back.
It has been kinda hectic around here lately with Cody being gone on a business trip. I am out of my routine. But I have had some time to create after the kids go to bed. I was digging in my supply closet and ran across these really sturdy magnets that I forgot that I had. They are actually ATC sized. So I made a little collage and applied it directly to the magnet. I just love the way it turned out. I am going to have to make more. The other piece I made from a wood panel and the clay technique that looks like wood. The key hole is a mold that I have had forever and barely broken in. I am really trying to dig out the stuff that I have not used in a while. It is kind of like rediscovering things all over again.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Mom and I have been playing around with a new technique. I made these canvases using this technique. I really like the way that they have turned out. I used a picture of Bailey for the 8" by 10" canvas. I am going to make one with Alexis' picture too. They will make a perfect Father's Day gift for Cody. He can take them to work and hang them in his office. The angels, well, I have always loved angel images. I have soooo many stamps with angel images. I always seem to gravitate toward them when working on a project.
Friday, April 13, 2007
I have finally found out when That's Clever will air my show. Believe it or not it has been a whole year since they came out to my house. Seems like a lifetime ago. Everyone keeps asking when it is going to air. Well, someone from the show finally called and said that it will be on June 1st. I am anxious to see it. But I think that Bailey is more excited than anyone. He keeps asking when he is going to be on TV. These are the two projects that I did. One is with a clay technique that I created. I love the way it looks like wood. The second is a matchbox pendant that I covered with a rummy tile. It has a gel medium picture transfer of my grandmother. Two fun projects.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I had a wonderful day yesterday and got a lot of things done with the kids both at school. Today the sun is out and the back door is open. I just love when the kids can go in and out. I am hoping that the weather stays like this for a bit longer. You have to enjoy days like this when you live in Texas because, the overwhelming heat is just around the corner. These are the pieces that I got done yesterday. I am going to be listing them on etsy. Please go and take a look. My etsy store is twocooltexans.etsy.com
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Well, I am still loving working on needle felting and wet felting. I think that the cat has decided that she likes the wool roving too. I found an open bag of it outside my art room last night with Annie laying right beside it. She looked very pleased with herself. It was pretty funny. I have listed these two pieces on my etsy site if you would like to take a look.
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Today was Easter. It is always fun to watch the kids get all excited about Easter. We got together at mom and dad's house this year. It has been unusually chilly which is not very conducive to outdoor Easter egg hunts. But, we managed to get some eggs hidden in the back yard. I am not even sure the kids noticed the cold weather. They were just focused on the prize. I took this pic of them right before they got to search for eggs. It so captures their personalities. Alexis is so exicited she can't close her mough. Bailey is mapping out the yard in the corner of his eye. They are so funny! Me, I am eyeing the Japanese Maple in the background trying to figure out how to steal some leaves to dry and use in my artwork! I love this time of year.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Ok, I am finally getting into the world of blogging. Mom talked me into it. I am looking forward to getting started. I am going to start off with a picture of a felted piece that I made. I am really enjoying working with wool roving and felt. I think that there is something about the way it feels and all of the colors. And the possibilities are endless. I have always loved working with fabric. I guess the felting just takes it a step further. I will be putting both of the pictured pieces up on my etsy site ( twocooltexans.etsy.com ) this weekend. Please come take a look at our etsy site.