Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Banner: Noel

My glitter addiction continues with this beautiful "Noel" Christmas banner.  The letters and rosettes are accented with black glitter.  I think the black really makes the rosettes pop.  Does anyone remember the Wordsworth company; are they still around?  The letters are stenciled on using a Wordsworth stencil.  I always loved the look of the Wordsworth line of stamps and stencils and they had some great original papers too. 

I've been working on Christmas gifts today for my art club friends.  Our Christmas party is next Sunday afternoon so hopefully I'll share that project here next Sunday night.  It looks like a good week for indoor work since we have a chance of snow flurries in Tennessee on Tuesday...hard to believe! 

That's it for tonight.  Have a good week everyone!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Banner: Believe


I think this may be my favorite banner among those I've made.  Never a huge glitter fan, I think I've become addicted.  Layers and layers of white paint and fine and chunky glitters give this piece its look. 

Click on photo for a larger view

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On My Worktable: Christmas Tags

Middle Tennessee was soggy and dreary today but it was a perfect day to create.  Here's a few of the many Christmas tags I worked on.  I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the projects that come with the season. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Can You Keep A Secret?

I worked on several projects yesterday and had some pieces left over.  The little winged girl practically flew onto the page; I think she looks perfect there.  With Christmas only weeks away, there's lots of secrets to be kept.

Several years ago, we got an early start on our Christmas shopping and found a great deal on a digital camera for our son.  I tucked it away where I was sure he wouldn't find it.  On Christmas morning, after all the packages had been unwrapped, I noticed that his 'pile' didn't compare with his sister's.  I was at a loss until I remembered the camera.   I'm sure most moms can relate when I say that my secret hiding place was such a good secret that even I couldn't remember where it was.  Fortunately the gift was located and presented and a merry Christmas was had by all.  Ah, such fun memories!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Art Retreat 2011

I've been in a great art group for many years and this past weekend was our annual retreat.  Our destination was a cabin five hours away in the mountains of East Tennessee. 

Here's a shot of our spacious workroom.  A huge porch is just beyond the windows and the colors of fall were still brilliant.

One of our mixed media projects was metal collage and I decided to do a holiday piece.  I hope it looks like a poinsettia because that was what I was shooting for.  The idea came from a small calendar page.  The board is 18" square and should be a good piece to go on my mantel.   I'm still trying to figure out if it's finished!  What about that empty space; should I leave it alone or add something?

  Here's a few closeups:

It's back to reality now as I'm trying to unpack and get my room back in order.  The wait for the next annual fall retreat has begun.