Sunday, December 21, 2008

* * * happy holidays * * *

Well, I won't be in my wedding dress, nor will Steven be looking so snazzy in his dark suit made complete with a vest stamped to match my dress . . . but this is the company of whom I will be sharing for the next week ~ my dad, my mom & Steven. I'd say: lucky me!

For the holidays, I created a 2009 calendar for my mom, and found some fun pictures, which I included at the top of each page . . . here are a few! ~ click on any photo for more detail:

My son Decklin & his girlfriend Tina

Steven & my dad with the canoe that dad made steven

My sister Kathy & I when we were young,
wearing very fashionable winter coats with bunny ears!

At our wedding, here with my dad and my sister Kathy, as she toasts to us

My dad as a boy on his bike, and me as a young girl at the family farmhouse and my grandmother Nonie's house

Steven paddling one of the canoes my dad made

happiest of holidays to you!
: ^ ) Lenna

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New year, New calendar 2009

I was asked to participate again in Casie Metcalf's Vintage Image Madness collaborative calendar, and I did! Again, this project was completed a while ago (in October!) but I just never got around to mentioning it, until now. Since you may be in need of a new and artful calendar - I thought I would direct you to Casie's site, where you can purchase it for $10.00. Once there, scroll down to read about it and all the wonderful artists I collaborated with again to create this calendar.

To the right is my original artwork, using images from Vintage Image Madness. The beauty of Casie's site is that you can purchase images as you usually would and have them sent to you, OR you can download the images to your own computer for a lesser charge and be able to print them out onto whatever paper or fabric you would like, at any time! It's brilliant!

To the left is my artwork, after it was fashioned into the June 2009 calendar page. Thank you so much, Casie, it looks great! Click on any image for more detail.

Casie limits production of this calendar to 100 copies . . .

(from her website)
The calendar measures 4.75 inches by 5.5 inches and comes packaged in a CD calendar case. The calendar comes with 14 total pages - 12 months plus the cover and back - each month is a separate page. The case can be turned inside out to form a desktop stand to hold and display the calendar. The calendar has been professionally printed for outstanding color and wonderful reproduction. This calendar would make a lovely gift for yourself or that artful someone in your life!

I hope you enjoy! lenna

mixed media collage

This collage done on a canvas panel, is one that I actually finished working on a few weeks ago, but did not make time to upload it here, until now! I started working on the background of this piece for a demo during one of my collage classes held earlier this fall. Below you will see how the collage began, far left:

After applying a wash of paints and rubbing alcohol, I was showing my student Joyce how to add things like paper napkins peeled down to the thinest layer and tissue paper for texture. I also showed her how she could rubber stamp with permanent ink on to white tissue paper and then adhere it to her canvas so that the tissue paper would not be visible.

My next step was to add some figures . . . and on the top right I added a wonderful image from ARTchix Studio's Loveliness collage sheet, which has been in the collection for many years, but is still one of my favorites.

In the bottom left corner, I added a favorite image from Alpha Stamps' British Queens 3 collage sheet. I like how both heroines are gazing outward.

From there I added a Victorian Scrap paper butterfly and words from an ARTchix collage sheet, Tell me a Story. I also cut out wings from another ARTchix Studio sheet: Wonderful Wings. I think this was perfect with the way she is looking at the butterfly and the words from the collage sheet! The gold "fence" at the bottom of the panel is a gold German scrap paper from ARTchix called Gold paper Mesh.

I ripped pieces of shiny gold paper and adhered them with gel medium, added some scrapbook and other paper bits, did more rubber stamping -- this time directly on the canvas. It was curious for me to reach for a postage related rubber stamp and find one addressed to Trieste, Italy. This is where my son Dallas is living now while doing an internship at the International School of Trieste. Pretty amazing!

I added tiny gold beads as well with glue -- click on any photo for more detail.

A real canceled postage stamp from an envelope I had received and saved because it was so cool, was also added . . . see below for a close up.

. . . . I added oval lines with a permanent marker around the word I stamped (See) to accentuate it. Finally, I framed it with a simple black frame because I plan to sell it!

Thanks for visiting my blog! : ^ ) lenna

Thursday, December 11, 2008

wine charms . . .

I am not doing a lot of gift giving this year . . . well, a few purchases from Stonewall Kitchen (where I work part-time). Check out their website! The Stonewall Kitchen sauces, jams, sweets, savories, etc. are so delicious, and made so well with wonderful fresh ingredients . . . . . m m m m m Mmm! It is very easy for me to work there and extol the virtues of their products (smile).

I am also making a few little gifts. Wine charms are easy to make and so much fun, too! I picked up the round wires inexpensively at a craft store, then added beads from my collection, and voila! Steven & I use our set of wine charms all the time. We put them on our wine glasses for a party a couple of years ago and just never took them off . . . . we love them. They look so pretty and serve a purpose too. You can add shells, charms, danglies to your beads -really, whatever you like or think your recipient would like. Have fun!
click on the photo for more detail!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Colour Groupies ATC exchange

NOV-Lenna 4 Lenna, originally uploaded by creativelenna. Round collage images from artchixstudio.

Somehow, I have not been very diligent about blogging the wonderful exchange I have been a part of this year -- The Colour Groupies ATC exchange! If you click on the photo of the 'Orange and Red' ATC here in this post (that I created for myself as part of our November 2008 exchange) you will be brought to my flickr photo sharing account. There you can browse through the other 4 ATCs I created on this colour theme as well as my October 2008 'yellow & purple' and my September 2008 'Beige & black' ATCs which I have not shared yet, except with the small group that's in the exchange! There are even more ATCs to look at for the earlier months of the year in my Colour groupies flickr album, and one more set soon to come from me for December 2008 - my Blue & Gold ATCs. I am very happy to say we will exchange again next year on the same kind of challenge and we already have our colour combos picked out. Each of us added suggestions to the mix - what fun! Keep watch.

I hope you enjoy viewing this challenge as much as I like be challenged by it!! : ) lenna

Sunday, December 7, 2008

From plain notebooks to art-ful delights!

Here are some plain notebooks that I painted and then collaged with various papers and photos on the front & back covers. They are 5" x 7" in size with lined paper inside. I covered the inside covers with various papers, then wrapped them in clear cellophane and brought them to Tapestry Rose, a wonderful gift shop in Rocky Hill, CT! You will find these collaged notebooks and many other wonderful handmade gifts there. Perfect for the upcoming Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2008

silk scarf stamping & painting

I had a nice little break from my retail holiday job at Stonewall Kitchen and from the trouble I had with my nose last week by teaching a private silk scarf class to my student Sherri Hennessy (shown with her scarf, right) on Wednesday December 3rd. Sherri recently found me through doing a Google search on-line, and since she lives nearby and is now back into being creative, she has taken 3 classes with me this fall! It is a pleasure to have her in class.

On Wednesday, we worked on taking a blank white silk scarf, stamping it with images and words using a permanent ink and then adding colour with paints. We had fun! Here is a photo diary of our day.

There are two classes scheduled already for 2009 in my Avon, CT studio! Click on the class title for more information:
Wednesday, January 14th (New Date to be announced!):

The Star Book -10am-4pm - new date: April 18th

Saturday, February 7th, 2009:
The Accordion Fabric Panel Book -10am-4pm. These classes were arranged because of student requests. I hope you will join us! (note that my studio is small & space is limited) Please E-mail me with any questions or to register for any of these classes.

Asia helps me teach in the studio! (with sherri's permission, of course)

The blue scarf here is my sample scarf for class demonstration -below, only 1 colour has been added so far and the scarf is very wet . . . Click on any photo for a larger, more detailed photo in a separate window.

To the left is Asia & Chloe with my scarf before I did any coloring at all. They like hanging out in my studio, complete with dog beds & treats : )

Sherri is sponging on colours below. We used Dye-Na-Flow paint by Jacquard ~it acts like a dye:

~my studio is a nice place to work --or to hold classes!

WOW! Sherri was very happy with her scarves - her final outcome, to the right : ))