Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday's class

Beginning a new project and so we made some serendipity paper on Wednesday.  Using Arches Text Wove, because it's a nice light weight, we began by putting a layer of colored tissue on first, then many little scraps of different papers, and then a wash of acrylic or some more tissue on top.  Later, we did some white acrylic stamping on colored tissue and that also was an effective top layer for the serendipity paper.

Sandy finished her sheep collage and so there were lots of oooohs and aaaahs going on...

Teri did two small sweet collages on small canvases, where she had applied backgrounds like we did on the ATC cards last time.  Very nice...

And on to the tissue stamping...

and catching up with ATC backgrounds...

A good day with lots to do and lots done!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scenes of Easter

Had our Easter dinner on Palm Sunday.  Rainy, but warmer that it is this week!

Also celebrating two birthdays, Dan's and Rob's; Angel made desserts.  The angel food cake with a chocolate whipped cream filling was heavenly - and look at all those candles!  46! busy with serving and such, and forgot to take pictures of dinner.  Ham and all the trimmings delicious and my lasagna turned out the best ever!
One of the birthday boys.  I think the other was reclining in the easy chair.  Missed catching him.
Julie and Kassidy with Grandpa.
 Mark and his girls.
I think Henri was lounging in the same room where Rob was...

Monday, April 14, 2014

and... are my little sweethearts with their darling hats that I bought for them at that art fair too. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Odeum

On Friday, I went to The Odeum in Villa Park, with Julie and some friends, to their Spring Arts & Crafts Festival.  Wow!  500 artists from all over the country.  Here are a few of the treasures that I brought home.  A very nice man from Tennessee creates these wonderful pieces of furniture, baskets and birdhouses.  This little chair holds my Rosemary very nicely.  I love it's sweet legs.

Another young woman paints these wonderful signs.  This little one is 2"x 4".  Love it and I want more!

Pretty little watercolors.

This "wrap" is the softest, prettiest fabric.  You just throw it over your head and voila!  Over a white blouse or shirt...nice and artsy!

Couldn't resist this darling little mouse.  Right now, she's visiting my mouse house.
Isn't she cute!

Friday, April 11, 2014

and Wednesday's class...

We've been making some backgrounds for the ATC's that we will exchange at the last class before summer break.  Usually do this now before summer and then again at Christmastime.  Fun to see what everyone comes up with and it's a little memory of everyone in class.

Here's Barb getting hers ready.
Carolyn's beginning a new collage of textured squares that we will be doing...
Like these textures.  Planning them out and then adding some accent strips and images as "sweet spots" here and there.

Lora Lee is starting a Spring collage that she had in mind.

And then there was sketchbook homework.  Horizontal and vertical designs.


Teri's; a lovely little finished piece.

and everyone who did their homework got a nice gold star!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

And it's a neighborhood!

Last Saturday was the gathering of the finished houses.  Joan was good enough to have us at her house for the unveiling and all the houses arrived.  And remember they all began with four clear acrylic walls and two roof pieces, unassembled.  Above, the humble "Mouse Haus" by me.

"Green House Gone Wild" by Nancy Swingle
"Boys Clubhouse - Tree Fort" by Annette Franz
"Embraced:  The Global Gathering" by Barrie Mason

"House of Ancient Wisdom" by Mary Warner

"Dwelling of the Four Seasons" by Joan Lucht
"Rooftop Sanctuary, an Exotic House Retreat" by Margi Hafer
and it's lovely little occupant.
"Spirit House" by Ann Hupke

 "House of Serenity" by Judy Mohrhardt
ooops... again the Tree Fort.
 "The House That Keeps on Giving" by Gale Vance
"Maison des Reves" (house of dreams) by Barb Boland

and, in the middle here is "Voices" (house of sounds) by Sylvia Koch
and while admiring Joan's Spring centerpiece,
 we enjoyed a lovely luncheon and talked about our houses.