Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Illustration Friday: Play

Cat's Cradle

I created a diorama of sorts using a shadow box picture frame. I hand painted the kitties, made a star stamp to create the night sky, and cut and glued paper. To give a dimensional look, I used cardboard spacers in between the elements for a natural drop shadow. I also glued parts of the tree and shrub on different planes to give a feeling of depth. When it was all done, I digitally added shadows and high lights!

Want to know more about cat's cradle string games? I did a little research and found these websites:, World Wide Webs, and From the Pool to the Cradle. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

My Creative Cup Etsy Store

Store banner

I recently discovered the website, "your place to buy & sell all things handmade." Etsy provides every seller their own shop free of charge and creates a community for sellers and buyers who share a common interest, unique and artistic crafts.

This past weekend I jumped on board and opened my first Esty store, called My Creative Cup. Now that I have my sewing and art studio combined in one happy place, I created some products and "stocked" the shelves.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

New Studio!

Old studio space

New studio: view from middle

New studio: view of Hannah and other side

In a previous post, I created a blueprint of sorts to help me analyze if combining my sewing room in the basement with my studio space upstairs would be feasible. The basement is a much bigger space but has two tiny windows and bad lighting. The walls are unfinished and overall, it's very uninspiring to be in the musty dungeon. By combining my two work areas upstairs, I would have all my creative tools in one nicely lit space. My upstairs studio space is on our very narrow front covered porch. The entry way door divides the porch in the middle and I've chosen one side for my work area. There are two walls of windows, great lighting...but it's a tiny space (64 x 150"). After weeks of mulling it over, I brought up my big tables, added another bin, ditched my drawing table, and in the end, after much stuffing, I have a new studio! I'm very excited to get in there and work on my next image for Illustration Friday's word of the week, capture.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Illustration Friday: Clean

Laundry Line

Laundry Line is an all paper collage image on a painted sky background. Shadows and high lights were added digitally in Photoshop. The clothes are crisp and clean drying in the fresh air. Seems like a good idea until the little black bird craps on your linens!