Acrylic and Canvas

Today, I went to a book signing event at A Work of Heart Studio ttp://www.aworkofheart.com/in San Jose, CA.  Mixed media artist/author Roxanne Padgett of Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media, discussed the techniques explored on various samples.  By playing with various techniques and materials, “your own personal style will emerge.”   Roxanne encouraged all of us to “fear no color.”

Here is my first attempt at layering and stenciling with acrylic on canvas:

Acrylic TechniquesAcrylic and Canvas

After the layering, I outlined a variety of shapes using a colored sharpie marker and a gold metallic pen.

Acrylic and Canvas #2

As I turned the sample, I noticed different shapes and patterns emerge.

Acrylic and Canvas #3

This was so much fun!

When Is A Button Not A Button?

Dorset Buttons are a passion of mine, especially since the arrival of How To Make Dorset Buttons, compiled by Marion Howitt of Swanage Dorset.  The fact file offers a brief history of the Dorset button industry with clear and concise illustrations of the Dorset Crosswheel along with the Daisy Crosswheel, Singleton Buttons, High Tops, and Dorset Knobs to name a few.

Why not upcycle a traditional technique and invent your own variations?  The experimentation with color combinations and design are endless. With each round of color, I develop a rhythm which enhances my momentum of interest. Dividing the ring into spokes, stitching in a continues circular motion, spinning like a wheel symbolizes continues movement.  The continuous movement of each new object personally moves my choices into new designs and unique combinations of color.Hindu wheel

More ButtonsMore Buttons #2

 

Cable Knit Skirt

I’ve always wanted to wear a knit skirt.  My desire for a knit skirt brings back memories of my mother speedily working through rows and rows of triple crochet producing a neon green skirt and vest.  I wore the skirt and vest to school and definitely stood out in a crowd!

Should I risk wearing a knitted skirt?  Why not?  The Seaport Skirt designed by Kristina McGowan found in Modern Top-Down Knitting is knit in the round with Karabella Aurora 8.  A few more inches are needed to complete a stitch pattern which makes the “skirt hug in all the right places (and forgive in all the others), resulting in a fit that is flattering and comfortable.”  I hope so!

Cable Knit Skirt #2