Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Plaster in Wax - Piece 3

I received some flowers years ago and the box that they came in had this great stencil cut out of the side of the box. I saved the stencil, hey you never know when it will come in handy. When collecting my supplies for my encaustic class I decided to take this one with me.

I started with a white background of wax with just a touch of the green running through it:



Pan pastels filled in the stencil for the rose petals:


I scribed a deep line around the petals and used black oil bar to accent the grooves. I found a piece of gauze in my bag and added it for some texture. Someone else in the class had created a great piece using string so I found some of that in my bag too and added the accent along the bottom:



My number one cancer lesson has always been to take time to smell the flowers.  I added the title with rub ons… which reminds me of design school… I can not tell you how much money we spent on Letraset fonts and tape for our projects. I still was not happy with the piece, yet not really knowing what was really needed. My oil bars were sitting on the table… red…lets add some red. I like the juxtaposition of red and purple. That was the addition that the piece needed.

We all need to “Take Time” to smell the roses!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plastered in Wax - Piece 2

Here is another piece from my Plastered in Wax workshop with Trish Baldwin Seggebruch. I wanted to create my torn paper collage style in wax.

I present “Peaceful Bliss“:



We started out with “spackle” texture:


Texture with Spackle

first layer of wax

addition of torn papers

addition of oil bar and rub on letters

accents with oil bar and rubbed to a sheen
Trish sells many of her products, including kits with everything you need here! Don’t forget to check out her encaustic camp coming this summer!

Monday, May 23, 2011

CREATE - Plastered in Wax

We have been very busy around here and I have so much to catch up on with all of you. We went back East for our niece’s wedding, we were literally on the ground for 32 hours and then flew right back to Cali. The wedding was beautiful. I created a special piece for their wedding gift which I will share, but today I want to tell you about the fun I had last week. I do not have funds to travel to an art retreat so I was so happy when Cloth, Paper, Scissors announced that the Create retreat would be in my backyard! Well of course not literally in my backyard but 10 minutes away.  I signed up for two classes. The first was Plastered in Wax with Trish Baldwin Seggebruch. I have been interested in the encaustic process for some time, but the fear of new territory had me in its grip. I much prefer to take a class and learn the do’s and don’ts from an expert. What a blast this class was. Trish is so personable and fun. She did some demos and then set us free. She was always available to help us and impart her knowledge. I created 5 pieces, but today I will share this one with you. This piece was the last that I worked on. Trish said to just lay down some color and with no expectations see where the piece went. I followed her advice and "Falling" developed!


Laying down color

Using the heat gun to set the layer

Adding wood icing over a window screen and circle stencil

adding color with pan pastels

more color with pan pastels and oil bar

metallic  accents

finished and buffed to a sheen!
Trish teaches many workshops… if you ever have the chance do not hesitate to take one. Check out her encaustic camp coming this summer you will not be sorry!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sarah from Spruce Hill Farm

I intended to post this yesterday but Blogger was not cooperating!
I thought the purple looked like an angel...
Another Mother with Cancer has passed. It just makes me so sad. Most of us on the Mothers with Cancer site have not met in person. So far I have only met Stella, but that does not mean that we have not become friends. We all share common bonds of being Mothers and having cancer. Many of us share other bonds of writing, photography, cooking, politics, American Idol, Blogging, Tweeting etc.

Sarah Stump Streett. I loved Sarah’s photographs. She captured so much in each photo. Many times I would ask her what camera she used. Finally realizing it was not so much the camera as the photographer. I loved how she loved her life on Spruce Hill. Sharing her life with us. I loved to read about her excitement when one of her recipes was chosen for the Tasty Kitchen Blog by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. I read with excitement when she finally met Ree in person at a book signing. I was so excited to learn that they became friends. I was happy when I read that Sarah and her family were invited to the Ranch for a visit. You could tell how excited Sarah was to go on that visit with her whole family. A little respite from cancer on your mind every single minute. A time to create some special memories with her family. It made me smile to think and read and about Sarah on the Ranch.

Shortly after that visit, Sarah found received the news that her cancer had metastasized to her brain. She added radiation treatments to her regimen. I did not see Sarah’s Tweet earlier in the week that she had entered the hospital with breathing problems. Last night I noticed that her family was asking for even more prayers. Then I noticed that her family members were posting on her twitter site. I reached out to the other “Mothers” to see if anyone knew any details.

Stella posted asking for information and a friend responded back that she was in the hospital and not doing well.

Later that night:

“Friends: Sarah passed away quietly tonight after a long, hard battle. We appreciate the outpouring of kind words, support and prayers. Thank you,

Sarah’s Family”

Ree wrote a lovely tribute to Sarah yesterday as well as Susan and Laurie and Jenny and I am sure there will be many more to follow....

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I used my Mother's Day privileges to have "all" my kids take a photo without complaints.... 


Happy Mother's Day to all who give their hearts and love everyday to all the "kids" in their lives!

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