Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To the New Year (Rubbermoon Post)

To all good things that happened in 2013 and to all good things in the New Year to come...enjoy!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Magic

Today we feel as though we could fly.  Merry Christmas, Friends!

Monday, December 23, 2013

She's Coming!

What if Santa had green hair?

Friday, December 20, 2013

SPA: Tiny Angel

Sunday Postcard Art:  TinyAngel

Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice!

Tomorrow is the Solstice, the shortest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  We will gather with friends and family for a feast, candles, talk and music.

It has been on my mind this week. We leave for work in the dark and return home in the dark again. It isn't until the weekends that we sponge for daylight and hope for sun.

But there are also perks within these darkened days - clear, cold nights with bright stars and the aurora borealis.  Hence my Solstice ornament!


Dab a mixed color palette of Distress inks on photo paper.  Blend with paper towel. When dry, use StazOn ink (Jet Black, here) to stamp New Moon.  Paper punch and set aside for layering.  

Start on your background. I used a heavy black cardstock with a stardust appeal.  On it, I painted the northern lights using acrylic paints:  teal, magenta and lime.  I used a paper scrap cut die of evergreen trees to line the bottom edge of my skyscape.  From there, I added white ink for snow on the tree boughs, along with a bit of glitter glue.  Finally, star gems and moon.  Set aside.

Now the fun part; the frame!  Roll out a slab of Polymer clay, fairly thin, but sturdy once baked.  Press image, Moon Stage, into clay.  Trim out the middle, the edges and bake.  When finished, I painted a base layer onto the clay.  From there, various acrylics, including my base layer Midnight Blue.  Once dry, I touched up certain areas with Distress Inks/Brushed Pewter, to add a bit of shine.

Once finished, adhere frame to background with glue, trim, and Happy Solstice!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

SPA: Snowman

Our ocean side of Southeast Alaska is far from frosty this morning.  What we're not getting in snow accumulation, we are getting in high winds and heavy rain and a hint of snow to come in these dark, dark days. 

Sunday Postcard Art

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Gratitude

If you're eating pie for breakfast, then it is indeed still Thanksgiving! 

Last night, we went around the table and offered a couple of things we are thankful for.  I've been thinking about my answer since.  There are really so *many* more things that I am thankful for.  Certainly there isn't room within even a list, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

2013 Gratitude List
  • Happy, creative daughter who loves to read, play with her cat, and pretend she's Harry Potter.
  • The fact that even my Mom, the kindest person I know, at this hour, is probably having a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast.
  • That one brother not only dropped off his ladder yesterday for us to borrow, he is planning to cut us a Yellow Cedar tree for the holidays!
  • That the other brother is securing a new career, but making sure that he and his family are still in town for Thanksgiving, Solstice and Christmas.
  • Dad.  Just Dad.
  • The Universe has opened up all sorts of creative opportunities this year!  I started working on my MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry and have been given a chance to work with an amazing poet/mentor for the year.  Kae Pea offered me a slot on Rubbermoon's Creative Dream Team.  So yes, writing and art are covered!
  • A very good job - a bit of sadness seeing our new assistance principal depart at break, but I have been lucky to work with such amazing, friendly young people through my English classes.
  • That my crazy Sister Friend and her family carve out a reading/writing niche for me in Anchorage to attend my summer residency for said program mentioned earlier on list.  The time I get to recoup with her usually consists of all kinds of inspired (drunken) fun.
  • How did Bruce end up so low on the list and below his sister?   Bruce.  Just Bruce.  Good Dad to Rie, good husband to me.  He takes wicked cool photos and at 47 seemingly wants to travel the world.
  • That Friend Gloria got me this far along on a quilt I really should finish this weekend, how that I have a fair chunk of time off for Thanksgiving - and all arty endeavors we have attempted in the last 7 years.
  • My Washingtonian friends - so good to spend time with Tracy and attend Dan and Chad's wedding this fall.  Yes, everyone deserves a chance to marry.  These two have been together for 20 years.  Their happiness is contagious.  Time with Tracy proves the cliche that friends can pick up right where they left off and this time spent south for reason nothing more than friendship was magical, indeed.
  • Friends and family far and near...yes, very much so.
  • Thankful for my canine and feline family members and the joy they share daily:  Odin the yellow lab, Freya the Newfie, Moon Kitty the cat.
  • All things Alaska.
  • All things mystical and magical - yes, very much so.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Greetings!

Thankful to celebrate this day with family.  Happy to have a break to stamp AND read.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Another Round

A few more pics of my Winter Shrine...


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rubbermoon Winter Shrine Project

Yes, I'm feeling the darkening of days.  We are down to about 7 hours of daylight in later November and still a month out from Winter Solstice.  This week even brought our first significant snowfall which has since melted with the rains and the winds that have returned.

So in response, a winter shrine.

The first step in this process is to paint a layer of Gesso on tin.  for this project, I popped the lid off from an Altoids tin and painted the base.

I rolled out my Polymer clay and using molds, fashioned tiny moon heads and wings.  These I spray painted and later added additional colors as needed.

Back to the Altoids tin, I added five layers of color using metallic acrylics:  blue, gold, red, green and violet.  It was my hope to achieve a northern lights effect. 

From there, the most creative piece comes into play:  design.  Directly to the back of the tin, I stamped Rubbermoon's Houses at Night (RM2827) and Paint Splatter.  To paper, I stamped New Moon.  I added a sprinkling of confetti stars to they sky for good measure, for what is moon without stars?

To the front and interior of tin, I added Rubbermoon's stamped image for Woman Crow on Boat (GE2772)
-->and stamped directly to tin Once in a Blue Moon.  Another handful of stars added here.  A layer of gel medium should be used for good measure, just to seal the work that has been done.

Shrine is then ready for bookshelf, gifting, or winter!  Grab a hot cup of tea and visit the Rubbermoon blog for all kinds of creative goodness.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

SPA: Map

She Rocks

I guess Halloween arty isn't ready yet to release its hold on me.  Sigh.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Walking Into Autumn...Happy November!

Tonight is Halloween, the night of all kinds of mayhem and merriment for old souls and new.  My daughter dressed as Harry Potter and ran into friends and family alike downtown during early evening trick-or-treating.    Not even her wand could spark a change in the weather which seemed to change on a whim:  rain, sleet, hail, sun/rainbow, thunder boomers, a dusting of snow in the high country...very odd weather, indeed.  And now we walk further into autumn.
I was recently selected to come up with some creative artsy pieces for my all time favorite Rubbermoon.  Can you say, "Over the moon?"  Yes! :)  This ATC of witch hat raven walking on leaves under brilliant moon and stars was my jump into Rubbermoon (in ATC format) and my walk into November (in small canvas format).
The canvas background is foiled with about four different pages of orange, turquoise and gold.  Stick and rip, stick and rip again.  From there I layered and adhered a couple of decorative papers - green and owl.  My ATC was added last.
I'm a little keen on this witch raven stamp - as I am in how our infrequent fall sun shimmers on the foil in direct light.  And the moon makes perfect friend for fall wandering raven.
Canvas on fall altar, ready for November.  Happy Halloween, Happy Fall, Happy Rubbermoon, Enjoy!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October Skies

Tonight's taste of October?  Bruce's photos taken in Sitka at sunset.