Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Bird in the Hand

My bird in the hand

380 degrees in not good for bird.
Here is a little bird that I made while taking a break from production work. It is good to do something different now and then. It is also good to pay attention to what you are doing. Like not setting the oven to 380 degrees instead of 280. When I see heat  waves and the fumes rising from the oven I know that I have been pushing it a little to hard and I should be getting more sleep. Well one bird turning out okay. His insides a filled with tin foil to keep him from collapsing so that he would not have been as flat as his burnt brother even is I had broiled him too – which I didn’t.

This coming week end will be the beginning of the Farmers market season for me. I will be at the Trout Lake Market  on Saturday ( I am A22) and the Kitsilano Market on Sunday (I am P9) . If you are in Vancouver drop by and say “Hi”. You can get more information about Vancouver Farmers Market by looking at this web site.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Home Again

Hey Buddy, want to buy a whistle
Here I am back in Vancouver. I had a great time and managed to reach a few of my little goals. I kept my Etsy shop open and even made and mailed a sale. I sold some items to a charming knit shop, All Strung Out Yarns, in Guelph. I even made a street sale when someone saw the whistle I was wearing. ( Street sales always make me feel a little like I am selling drugs - “Hey buddy, Do you want to buy a whistle?” That was just the commercial part of the trip. The great part was visiting people, chatting and playing Frisbee.

An unexpected pleasure was receive the image of a Sutton Slice that Nancy Woolweber of Fort Mill South Carolina made using my Dragon Parts Stamp,  sent me. I always like to see how other use my stamps. I usually use them as a simple blind emboss. The Sutton slice is beyond my allotted portion of patience. Yea Nancy for going where I fear to tread.

If there is anyone else out there that is willing to share some images of how they have used my stamps; card stamping, mica powder, Mokumegane anything. I will find a way to reward anyone who sends and image that I can use on my blog. 

Nancy's Sutton Slice

Thank you Nancy  for sharing. I will send you a new stamp, small but not yet released to the public.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Guelph Market

Yesterday morning we visited Guelph Market. There is a real building! Just for the farmers market – maybe they do other things there but just the same it is a market much like the ones I saw in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. I am hoping that the Vancouver area will soon have a market building too.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Too Much Fun

Walking near Helen's home studio.

Here I am in Guelph Ontario. I am enjoying the company of my daughter and her friends. Being around happy positive young people makes me more optimistic about the world. I am really having too much fun to post but I am determined to try to do at least one post from the road.

Yesterday I had lunch with Helen Briel. It is really great to see the environment that other polymer clay artists work in and see some of the new work that they are doing. Helen is working on a new book but I will not say anything here except it is going to Briellent. Sorry about that, I seem to be suffering from a case of the puns, and I think that I used that one the last time I mentioned Helen's work but here is link and you can judge for you self.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taking the Shop on the Road

Packing up my Etsy shop for a trip
Tomorrow I am traveling to Ontario to see my daughter who is attending the University on Guelph. I am very excited, both to visit and to see a little of Ontario.

I have assembled work to do while I am there –this is what makes me feel comfortable. Sketch book, net book, pendants that need cord, earrings that need silver, but no pasta machine or clay. I have decided to take my Etsy shop with me. It will be interesting to see if I can work out of a suit case. I am going for less than ten days, but if enough is enough,  then too much is just right.

I am really looking forward to this – I might not do any work at all.

Friday, May 11, 2012

To Achieve Subtlety Blowup

Blowup to your right
This is the result of a little experiment. I took three colours, white, gold and navy and changed the order so I got six slightly different effects when I used the samples to make mokumegane squares. I blew up a little sample that includes the six variations to achieve a subtle effect the works great for back grounds. One of my goals for is to work out some formulas for mokumegane so that I don’t come up with so many “hey this looks nice – how did I do that” moments. When I figure more out I will share.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Angst of Blogging

I can't believe that it has been a whole week and I haven't actually put anything up on my blog. I have done a couple of experiments that I thought that I would blog about, but what do you do when the experiment fail. "Hey guys look at this! It sucks...Don't both trying this." I keep most of my failures private unless they are spectacular enough to get a laugh.

I am getting ready for the summer markets, preparing to go to Ontario to visit with my daughter for a week and half a dozen other things, like planting the garden and arranging for a polymer clay art show next year. Designing market banners for others is one of the fun things about getting ready for summer markets is . Here is one I have been working on - It is different because the customer want it to be mostly illustration and explanation.

Back to work and getting something more significant to blog about.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Looking for Someone in Massachusetts

When I started designing my stamps I posted a request to readers to help me find a company to make them. Someone sent my an email from Massachusetts, I think, telling me of a company in San Diego that produces stamps of artists. I want to thank that person again but I not been able to find either the email that I sent or the one that I received.

 If you are the person that sent me to the San Diego company that I love and you read, this please contact me.

Almost a Contest
In the mean time if there is anyone out there that has used my stamps I would love to see what you have created. Send photos – there will be little prizes. I have never seen how the stamps work on paper so if you have made a card or a picture please send an image. You can contact me by going to my website.