Tag: learning

I’m no Hallmark, but …

I played with background techniques this week.  I started with alcohol inks  … Some are gorgeous, some so-so, and some will just have to grow on me … I used different background medias (Yupo, Futura, and even acetate).  It’s all learning … (I’m almost  ‘fluent’ in watercolor paper manufacturers, too!)       And, I’m discovering …

Card Making Crazy continues …

I spent time this week watching Youtube and scoping blogs for stamping, card making and paper-crafting ideas.  Ah, the internet – such a great way to occupy an insomniac’s mind! I’m no expert – yet, but I have a decent handle on the stamping, so I made a sheet of focals to color.  Now, this …

Murrini Madness … and more glass!

I’m working on more coe96 cane colors.  We had a pull tonight, and here is our ‘Pumpkin’ murrine: I’ve cut glass for SEVERAL more pulls (… I was in a cutting mood!) … I have a few of the stacks prepped.  I hope to keep the vit kiln busy this week:     We also have …

Cruisin’ Through Summer …

I’m still playing with my reverse enameling and stamps.  A few more to finish and I will have a major coffin load of spoon rests & dishes.  Tonight’s progress:    I was painting while heating up our vit kiln for this brown/tan pull.  Oops!  Having said that … SOMEONE (DH) was right there with the …

Still Learning …

We had another vitrigraph pull this week … We’ve got a nice variety of cane going – while we continue to learn what to do and what not to do!  Now, if SOMEONE would just finish making my cane-chopper! I played with a few recipes, too.  We made tahini – which gives our 25+ year …

Studio update 2/24

We had our fourth vit pull last week.  I’m gaining some skills with ‘the stack’ and manipulating the temperatures … I’m hoping to try for some black/white/gray murrine next, maybe later today. We are building a decent collection of cane ‘flower bouquets’ … More than I will ever need for my original interest/intent; probably enough for …

Patiently learning …

DH made the vit pot for me, so we can use square glass in it, instead of cutting circles for clay pots.  Much easier to prep and load, but the stainless steel pot has it’s own learning curve.  Add to it, I still have a bunch to learn regarding my color choices for a vitrigraph …

We Did It!!!

We set our (4th) kiln up and had our first vitrigraph cane pull!  Yahoo!!! [So, yeah … it’s THAT kiln, the vitrigraph kiln … Which will forever be called ‘She Who Causes Broken Wing’ … I ❤ her!] We still have a lot of fine tuning to do – but – I’m happy!  Definitely having …

Gearing up …

I spent the last 48 hours surfing the ‘net … learning techniques and gathering supplies.  Oh boy!  I am eyeing some new inks (copic markers and Tim Holtz crayons); prepping for our fall shows with more jewelry/displays; ordering (domino) art tile supplies and stamps; and getting ready to load up the kilns with night lights, …

A few nights of studio playtime

Had a custom request conversation that has me playing in the studio.  First to make a large ‘hot cab’ and then to add a decal/screen printing area within … So, while it’s not in the requested colors – the first trial is working.  I wish I could fully capture the cool reaction around the vanilla …