Several months ago, I blogged about getting some discarded beer coasters from a local brewery. I used them to crap up for gift tags, and the making of the tags has been quite addictive (https://crapsmanship.com/2019/10/12/recycled-beer-coaster-gift-tags/). Just about everyone I know got hand-crafted gift tags for Christmas. But I didn’t stop there! Read the rest of this entry
Dan the Man and I have had three of our granddaughters visiting this week. Boy, are we tired! For fun mornings, we’ve been to the studio at least once a day, and I’ve been doing little lessons on artists and art techniques. Here’s my photo-documentation. Read the rest of this entry
My BFF has recently moved around the corner from me. There’s a certain symmetry to this move, since she lived just around the corner from my childhood home when she moved there with her family when we were eight. (We are exceedingly far from eight now!) Read the rest of this entry
A few friends and I got together to try some negative painting. We made colorful backgrounds and then painted around the images we wanted to create. Here are a few of our attempts, some finished, some in process. The best picture is the last one, and, no, that’s not apple juice!
More Mardi Gras art went on at my house last week. As I often do, I’m changing out some of my seasonal art for more crapsmanship of my own. This one was easy. I first used purple and gold Distress inks to color an 11×14″ piece of mixed media paper. I sprayed it with water to meld the colors and then allowed it to dry.
Next, I pounced green and yellow acrylic paint over some stencils to fill the page with Mardi Gras colors.
Finally, I used a stencil to add a gold embellishment. While I was at it, I did a smaller one with a fleur-de-lis.
No one will ever accuse me of being an artist, but I do like having a little seasonal color. Not bad for an amateur!
Dan the Man and I have recently returned from a three-week trip to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. We had such a good time, and the scenery was one stunning sight after another. We were lucky to see this beautiful mountain, Denali, on a gorgeous day. Read the rest of this entry
My inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite crafting magazines and websites — Cloth Paper Scissors. In this blog post (http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/perfect-mothers-day-art-project/), the author writes about a process called “negative painting.” With this technique, you start with a colorful background and then use a solid color to paint around the objects you want to show rather than by painting the objects itself. Read the rest of this entry
Several weeks ago, I blogged about a mixed media picture I had made for a 30th birthday celebration (https://crapsmanship.com/2017/06/16/mixed-media-bike-pic/). Subsequently for my girlfriends’ Crafts & Cocktails meeting, we did mixed media art at my house. I gave each lady an 11 x 17 sheet of mixed media paper, and I opened up all my crafts crap for use. We had water colors, acrylics, stamps, washi tape, stencils, scrapbook paper, and more. Read the rest of this entry
My pseudo-nephew Hank turned 30 this month, and I wanted to create a special picture for him, despite my limited talent as an artist. Hank is a bicyclist, and I thought a bike wheel with 30 spokes should be my inspiration. Read the rest of this entry
A week or so ago, I shared with you the pictures I’ve worked on for my sister Robin’s new mid-century modern home. (See the post at this link: crapsmanship.com/2015/08/17/mid-century-modern-art-diy/) . I gave Robin some choices about the design she wanted. (Frankly, I asked her to tell me if she really wanted the pictures at all). She assented to accept the pictures, complete with mid-century modern design elements, as seen in the photo above. I had to completely re-do the picture on the right due to my previous crapsmanship, using Sharpies to add the designs. While these vases aren’t museum-worthy, or maybe not even wall-worthy, I’ll let Robin make the call actually hanging them in her house. Robin, I’ll bring them next week when I visit Laurie Loo.