Thursday, September 29, 2011


OK...I've gotten autumn under my belt with pumpkin coffee and a mantel that still love to go by and sigh.  So....this weekend it is Halloween decorating and planning for the month.  In that vein, I played today with my go to image company for Halloween, Rubbermoon. It was a fun project.

How to's:  I covered a canvas with Golden's Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic and then dry brush spotcolored it in a linear motion with quin burnt orange, pyrrole orange, quin nickle azo, and oche.  I took a 2" square clayboard and stamped the image on using Black StazOn.  I then colored the image with the same acrylics and set aside.  While waiting for it to dry, I stamped the sentiment on the background with StazOn and painted a piece of aluminum foil with nickel azo and another piece with black to make a small frame.  A few strands of black fiber and it was ready to be assembled.  I think she is quite festive.......

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn in St. Louis

Fall arrived at the Curry household yesterday. I spent the morning decorating my fall mantle with everything from white pumpkins to feathers and copper glittered curly qs.  I am quite in love with the bit of seasonal whimsy dressing up my family room.  Meanwhile, the temperature hovered today in the low sixties so I brewed myself my first pumpkin spice coffee of the season and finished these Halloween tags for an exchange.  Harlequin designed papers combined with subtractive paint technique in the same pattern made for a neat vintage look for the largest tag.  I found an old Rubbermoon image for the Tim Holtz ticket and combined it with a Tim Holtz clear acrylic tag stamped with a newer Red Lead phrase to finish this tag series off. 

My classes are now set at Stamp Your Art Out on Saturday, November 12.  I will be teaching Rock 'n Roll:  Brayered Surface Design in the morning and then Kaleidoscope, a watermedia printing class, in the afternoon.  I am looking forward to my return to my old home store and some Cincinnati chili while I am there. 

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Ice Ice Baby my only kid is in college fourteen + hours away and what have I been doing???  I took a class!!! I know that sounds kind of ordinary, but I haven't taken a class for more years than I can remember.  And, (drum roll) I actually followed the teacher and made the project that I was supposed to.  For those of you that don't know..... I can get very distracted in class.  Usually it is a good thing for me because I've been inspired to go in a different direction, but it is not a good thing for my drawer of unfinished projects.  Oh, back to the class.  Well....I wandered down to a wonderful store south of St. Louis, For Keep's Sake, yesterday to check it out for local teaching and saw Nancy Wethington's samples for her Ice Resin class.  Now I did know about the product, but until yesterday it was in the nether regions of my mind.  I was lucky to snag a late spot in the class.  So excited was I for the class that I did two pieces of art from my scrap bin last night and off I went today.  That proved to be a good thing because I was able to complete four resin pieces total.  Yes, props to me for being prolific in class.  Nancy was well-prepared, enthusiastic, and generous with her tips, techniques, and humor.  The process itself is not difficult, but it was so fun making more art with the filled class and meeting new people.  My dogs are the only ones who wander into my studio at home and they don't seem to add any meaningful value.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I have now bought enough Ice Resin to play with in the fall and several more seasons.  What a wonderful day.