Sunday, 4 January 2009

Online class

I decided to take another couple of classes with Karyn Gartel at the Altered Diva online site. One of them was "Heart and Soul", which entails learning how to draw and paint faces. I made a couple of attempts which I was NOT happy with and was almost ready to give up. However, that is not in my nature and I persevered.

I decided to add some stamping "words" to the background, and also used stamps on her dress and hair.

I am still not entirely happy with the piece, but since it is my first attempt, it is not bad. I really need to work on the eyes and nose, but I am sure that will improve with more practice. So feel free to leave a comment.. good or bad!!

12 Days of Christmas

We did another Twelve Days of Christmas swap again this year on CC Swaps, and were only allowed to sign up twice. I had been thinking about this for a while and had some silk scarves that a vendor very generously sent me when I commented on her instructions that she posted. I ordered some more from her and set to work on decorating them.

I coloured the white ones with dye inks and some with pigment sprays. Stamped with pigment inks and then heat set them, rinsed them and heat set them again. The black ones were stamped with Lumiere paint and heat set.

For the second set of gifts I bought some trinket boxes and altered them. I painted the tops then added acrylic gold mica flakes to some, tiny beads, buttons, air dried clay pieces (received from Adrienne last year) and various other things from my stash.