I've been feeling a lot of unsteadiness and uncertainty lately. I think Hurricane Sandy really rocked my sense of stability, and I've been working out a lot of my feelings on my upcoming piece for Fall Fearless & Fly's 4th challenge, coming Monday. Yesterday, I wrote my stream of consciousness on a journal page. Even though the colors are pretty, the endless churning in my mind is not. Thank goodness for art, meditation and yoga - otherwise I would definitely need a valium!
There's a great song from "The Wiz" called "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News." In that spirit, here's some good news, and great tutorials and posts that I've been looking at this week.
Seven more designs will be released in the next few weeks. I can't wait to see what you make using them. Also, some amazing artists have agreed to do "test drives" with some of these stencils, and I'll keep you posted once I know when that will be happening!
Julie Balzer has a great step by step tutorial on her blog about making your own stencils. Check it out!
Carolyn Dube has a very straightforward tutorial on her blog this week about using the Gelli Plate. She makes it very accessible. I don't have one yet, but I'm definitely putting this on my holiday wish list.
When I was at Art is You, my fabulous roomie, Judy Shea, turned me on to the possibilities of using used tea bags and coffee filters for art. Here is a tutorial Judy did with a coffee filter. Since Art is You, I've been saving my tea bags -- I drink tea every day so I have lots and lots. And now I want to do something with them. I found this great post about creating tea bag ornaments. I'm going to make some. Anyone want to do a holiday swap with tea bags? Let me know and I'll set it up.
Holiday Gift Giving: Speaking of the holidays, I hope you'll consider my designs for gift giving this season. You can buy gifts designed by me at Stave Puzzle Designs, Elm Puzzles, Amazon, and The Jewish Source. And remember, all of the Woman of Valor ceramic products are not necessarily Jewish, hint hint. AND - I created a 2013 calendar to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. I will be donating all of my proceeds from the sale of this calendar, so I hope you'll go to Lulu.com and check it out. It has 12 of my mixed media designs.