Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Opera Spoofa :)

‘[Opera is when] a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.’
George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Medieval 1:12 scale fireplace

Yesterday I assembled the fireplace, and painted it. I used a base coat of natural titanium (a buff colour) then added layers of greys, finally stippling the surface with umber and black to resemble stone. I applied scrapbook stickers to resemble the tiles of my inspiration photo and installed both fireplace and chimney breast. This morning, this is how it looks:

I am really pleased with the way my miniature medieval fireplace turned out! It looks like stone and has exactly the feel I was hoping for. I love this photo, taken from the left hand door -- it looks perfect to me, and I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment :)

For more about my Dolls House Project, see my other blog:

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dollhouse miniatures: my latest love!

Once upon a time four little girls, one little boy, one big girl and one big boy decided to build a dolls house. One of the little girls (Tiddles) wanted it to be a medieval castle. After some discussion, it was decided that the group would build a medieval castle that was now being lived in by a noble, Tudor-age family.

We decided to build the castle in 1:12 scale, or 1 inch to 1 foot, as that seemed to be the most popular scale for modern dollhouses.

We looked online for help, but couldn't find a great deal about building dollhouse sized castles :) There was one set of plans here, which were interesting, and there was information about a Tudor dollhouse on this model castle site here, and there's a wonderful castle-like dollhouse kit here, but we wanted to build something a little different.

If you'd like to follow our quest, you can find our new blog at The Tudor Dolls House Project.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Conscious eating -- a start

I'm trying to eat consciously, having been reading Geneen Roth's book Breaking Free of Emotional Eating.

It's a lot harder to know when I'm hungry than I thought it would be.

I'm sitting here, it's 7:19 pm, and I haven't eaten all day, because I haven't been hungry. Now I'm starting to feel hungry, and I don't know what I want to eat.

It's fascinating.

David and I have been sick for almost a week, and we've been insanely busy, one or the other of us, or both of us, since, well, the last time I updated this blog :)

But now that I have the time, I'm going to look at eating. What it means to me. What it means to be conscious about it.

Wish me well.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

CLKcreative -- featured Etsy shop

I love bracelets -- they're my favourite item of jewellery. I've had this one marked as a fave on Etsy for a few weeks now. It's little dangles of square and round beads added to a lovely, simple length of brass chain, and I think it's gorgeous!

The maker is CLKcreative of Michigan. She says of herself:
I am 37, born and raised in Michigan and currently reside in the metropolitan Detroit area. I have been creating jewelry as a hobby for several years and started selling it online just over a year ago. I enjoy trying new techniques, designs and materials.

I work primarily with wire (sterling, copper and brass) as well as with gemstones (favorites include amazonite, labradorite and tiger eye), wire, and resin. I also enjoy beadwork techniques and will occasionally make a macrame piece.

I love the colours in this Amazonite, copper and Czech glass memory wire bracelet. The copper beadcaps and sections of chain make it sparkle beautifully :)

I encourage you to check out her shops at Etsy and ArtFire, and her blog!

CLKcreative's Etsy shop
CLKcreative's ArtFire Studio
CLKcreative's Blog

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New at dangerousmezzo -- PRINTS!

I'm very happy to announce that I will now be offering prints of my original 5 x 7 inch collages. I've never sold reproductions before, only the originals, so this is a departure for me.

Each print will measure 5 x 7 inches, and will be printed on the highest quality acid free art paper with acid-free inks from the high resolution scans I've taken of my work over the years. I've made a couple of test prints and I can say that I'm thrilled with the depth of colour and the quality of the results.

I'll only be producing ten prints of each collage -- and each one will be numbered and signed by me. When the ten are gone, they'll be gone for good.

This article shows the first two I'm offering for sale. At the top is "wake up", a dreamy mixed media piece which could be happy or sad, depending on the viewer's mood.

This is "Past Perfect". The original was a heaviliy over-painted portrait based on a glamour photo from the 1920s, with found text forming both caption and title. It's very typical of my style and remains one of my favourites.

An older artist friend of mine used to tell me that any work of art looked 35% better once it was framed, and I tend to agree with him :) One of the lovely things about prints is that they're so very easy to frame: much easier than having a piece on stretched canvas framed. Here's a print of Past Perfect slipped into a commercially available photo frame, matted to 5 x 7 and under glass. In North America 5 x 7 is a standard size for easily-available and affordable frames and mats, so it would be easy to prepare a print as a gift or for yourself.

I've got prints of the two collages in this article up for sale in my ArtFire Studio, but I'd be happy to print up any of my previous works. In nearly all cases I have the original scans at high resolution. You can see the 5 x 7 collages I've sold here at Flickr. If you'd like a specific work, please contact me through this blog, or through my shops at ArtFire or Etsy. I can print a work and list it for sale in either of my shops for you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pam Dover -- Featured Etsy Artisan

As a collage artist myself, I love the art form and I vastly admire other collagiste's work. I first saw Pam Dover's work on ArtFire, but she has an Etsy shop, as well. I love her sense of fun, her command of volume and shape and her woman-positive stance.

The piece pictured above is "Red Dress" a print of an original collage artwork. Pam sells her work, which includes a lovely line of stationery items, through her company Inspiration turn Design.

She says of herself:
I am in my mid twenties and trying to take my passion for art and design and create something great from it! I have several areas of interest mixed media collage art, digital design for personalized stationery and invitations, along with "Eco Chic" crafts, and photography.

The work above is Size of a True Woman, a print of a collage that was auctioned off for a V-Day event to support a battered women's shelter. The original was created using vintage dress patterns.

Pam is about much more than collage -- please visit the links below to see more of her work, learn more about her and to purchase her creations!

PamDover Etsy shop

Inspiration turn Design ArtFire Studio
Inspiration turn Design website
Inspiration turn Design blog