Monday, April 30, 2012

1K Cards Project Update

Since my online art class started this month, I thought a good theme for the April phase of my 1000 Cards Project would be to get back in touch with my artistic side. To give myself an extra push in that direction, I also decided not to make any photograph ATCs for the entire month.

I began by working with precut sheet metal, which I hammered, pierced, wired, beaded and (sort of) quilted into three cards. In the process I gained enormous respect for metal artists and the physical strength they use to handle and manipulate such an unyielding material:



I put together several quilted cards, and with them tried a couple of new techniques with the construction and embellishment:



While working through the lessons and exercises for my art class, I also documented some of the techniques by using them to make ATCs (and oddly enough the last project for the middle week of the class was to create a half-dozen ATCs, so everything was totally in sync.) In the process of experimenting with my instructor's techniques I invented a spin-off method that transfers an impression of lace into the watercolor, so I played with that as well:



I tried more mixed-media in April, too, with varying results. One thing I learned is that self-adhesive "gems" are extremely difficult to work with for someone who has at best an uncertain grip. I successfully sewed through a plastic overlay by hand and by machine, which was fun, and I went dimensional with some tiny flower bouquets:



I also discovered smashing in April, and made a series of smash note cards to record my new fascination with this trend in journaling:



Of all the ATCs I made this month, the one that stole my heart is probably the simplest; one I knew I had to make the moment I saw this little guy:



I went over my quota for the month by eight cards, so I already have a jump on May, and with 339 finished ATCs I am officially a third of the way through the project. The project vault is also filling up fast now:



I'm not running out of ideas or steam yet; I probably have five thousand cards I want to make. I did like trying the metal work, and I'd like to do more of that in the weeks ahead so I can test more new-to-me techniques and mediums. And that wraps it up for April.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Water Baby

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Last Run





Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Little Bird

Forgive the blurriness of these shots; this little guy is only about an inch long:



My little bird came in an inspiration kit I bought from Etsy (thank you again, Kathy) and I knew as soon as I saw him that he needed very little embellishment. Just look at this face:



He reminds me of the Carolina wrens who so often stop by my feeders by the porch.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fiery Sunset

Last night my guy and I were driving around and caught one of our more spectacular lake sunsets:



There were hardly any people there, but three who were struck a beautiful pose while they were watching the sun go down:



I wish I'd had this picture about a month ago, when I was trying to explain to my editor that real sunsets are not urine yellow:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Beloved Disaster

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Overhead



Stained glass makes light into art, doesn't it?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cinderblock Art



I love this whimsical detail from a nature mural, but what really impressed me is that I found it painted on cinderblocks on the exterior of an art shop. Gorgeous work.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Yum



Crème brûlée, or burnt cream, the dessert I ordered at a restaurant in the city when we were last on the road. Although it's one of my favorite treats I only ate half; my daughter got the rest. Honest!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sun Worshippers

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Wishing You

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Golden Lining



Not all clouds care for silver.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Experiment #2



One nice thing about the 1000 Cards Project is that I'm able to use it for some sewing experiments like this one. I'm working with some unconventional materials and a technique that is still in the development phase, so an ATC-size trial version only requires about an hour of work versus the week or so it would require to do a larger piece (I should note that this is the second attempt; I partially melted the first one when I tried to press it.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

First Rose of Spring 2012

I always photograph the first flower that blooms in my garden, ususally produced by Cranky. This year Lady decided to pre-empty her and produced a lovely little pink bud:



Lady is my one-day only show rose bush; everything she produces falls apart in 24 hours whether I cut them for the house or not so I generally leave her blooms on the bush:


The heat this morning made her bud open very fast, and it's smaller and droopier than the blooms she was producing last year, so I think it's time to prune and fertilize her. Still, a happy sight. Winter is officially over here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dressed for Spring

Monday, April 2, 2012

Blushing

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Wishing You