Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mandala Workshop

We did a mandala drawing workshop this week at Gwen's house.  April was our fearless leader, drawing inspiration from Robin Robin Peterson Neumann's wonderful work.  I put in a link there for Robin's blog but I can't seem to make it visible unless you put your mouse over it.  But take a look at her blog, very inspirational.
 Above is Pinky's beginning.
 April's beginning, above.
 Gwen's beginning, above.
 The table with April's and Robin's work displayed for inspiration.
 Jan's beginning, above.
 This is as far as Gwen got during our session. 
 Pinky got this far.
 Jan finished hers the next day.  She used some small rubber stamp dog images.
 Jan's completed.
It was another fun day!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Karen and Gwen!

Celebrated several things on February 13th.  It was Karen and Gwen's birthday, plus almost Valentine's Day, plus Karen is living in her new home, plus we hadn't all been together since before Christmas so there were some Christmas gifts to give away.  Plus it was a beautiful sunny day!

It was exciting to see Karen in her new home, this was our first viewing.  The cabin went from this in August 2017:
                                                                          to this:
                                                                          from this:

to this:
and this:

 They got some free old barn boards from April's husband Bob.  The boards are beautiful used as cover boards on the wall.  They call them Bob Boards.
They also used the old rusty tin that was removed from the roof of the cabin, as wall siding as you can see in this picture, just below the barometer.  It is down the hallway too.  The hallway leads to the barn.
 Jan gave Gwen a quilt for her birthday.  Laurel Burch horse prints were used because Gwen loves her horses.  She has three of them.
 Karen is happy to be living next door to her daughter Keely, who is so generous to let her parents fix up and move into the little cabin adjacent to her house.  Keely has lots of farm animal pets, like this pig she named Hammy.  He gets to come into Karen's house and hang out.  The flowers were gifts to Karen from April.
 We had a fun day together.  Didn't get much creative work done but who cares?  It was wonderful to all be together again.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Calendar pages for 2018

Every year for the past several years our group has made calendars for each other.
April's pages
 We eventually evolved into making individual calendar pages, 12 from each member, and then trading.
 We lay all of one person's pages out and then everyone else takes turns picking one. 
 We keep going around the circle until they are all picked.
 Then the next person lays hers all down on the table.
Gwen's. I see she used some tags from our recent tag painting workshop.
 And everyone takes turns picking one.
 And so on.
 Until everyone has traded their pages away.
 We all end up with 12 pages by the others.
 Then we take our pages home and make a calendar out of them.


I just put one up on my refrigerator each month.  I love having a new piece of my friend's art work to enjoy each month!  Each page is so unique and interesting.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tag painting workshop

 The five of us had a fun day decorating tags using a variety of mediums, mostly molding paste, stencils, paint and a little ephemera.
 Pinky had purchased a big box of fairly large red tags and shared them with us all and that was what we decorated.
 Our main object was to experiment with the media and see how different applications affected each other.  For instance, what happens when you apply gesso to the tag as a first layer and then paint over it with acrylic paints as opposed to applying paint directly to the paper tag.  Or how molding paste works over or under paint, or mixing paint in with the molding paste to color it before using the paste on the tag.

 We were writing our "formulas" on the back side of the tag.  Or at least we started at first but soon got into the fun of creating tags and just played.
 I think everyone made at least half a dozen tags that they were happy with.  They were pretty fun to make and everyone learned a bit and had a good time.
 We did the workshop at Karen's house.  Above shows Pinky, Karen and April.
April and Gwen, hard at play.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


 I can hardly believe it has been four years since any of us posted here.  It was about the time that our Mary Fox was diagnosed with colon cancer and things changed.  Mary and her husband moved to town, followed by Pinky who was newly widowed.  Lucky that they were able to find new homes within a couple of blocks of each other.
The picture above shows us gathered at Mary's new craft room.  It is bright and roomy and has all of Mary's things organized with art work all over the walls.  Unfortunately Mary wasn't able to enjoy it for long as she succumbed to the cancer in April 2017. 
Pinky and Mary, sisters
Mary and her husband Kit
 We were all devastated by losing Mary but are still getting together when we can, sharing memories and sharing art, laughing and crying together.  Our friend Karen, pictured above behind the red gift bag, has been struggling with her own health issues and she and her husband are now moving closer to town.  We won't be able to see her unless we go to her house.  Which we will do!  Gwen has started attending our get togethers again.  She was one of the founding members, she dropped out for awhile but has time again to join us now and then.  I'm going to start posting more often than once every four years, at least that is the plan. 
We will forever miss our Mary Fox.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Celebrating Mary's Birthday

We celebrated Mary's birthday on June 27th even though her birthday was June 3rd.  We just couldn't find a day earlier where we could all get together until now.  Mary didn't mind as she got to celebrate her birthday all over again without having to turn a year older.  Unfortunately, no one remembered to bring a camera so there are no pictures of the event.  Instead, I am sharing some pictures from the previous week when we got together at Mary's without Karen.

As luck would have it, Mary had received in the mail a birthday gift from Lyla who lives too far away to be able to get together with us, so we talked Mary into opening it.  Lyla gifted Mary with many little paper embellishments, some of which she bought and some of which she created herself by printing out and then labourously cutting out by hand.

Look at this wealth of embellishments!

There is usually a Fox in amongst anything associated with Mary!

Jan had brought these pretty paper napkins to give everyone and they were all inspired to create something from them the same day.  Cards were rolling off the assembly line with blue napkin bits on them!

Sorry I can't remember who was creating these cards.  I think it was April.  Very pretty, I love that print.

More card making.

Pinky was creating something from a large stamp which she was then embellishing with pens.  She is barely started here.
 Above is a page from Karen's journal that I found from a previous get together.  I love these little animal figures!

Jan was decorating matchboxes with collage images from Piddix on Etsy.

Jan also made these bookmarks from some gelli prints.  You can find tutorials for using the gelli plate here.

So sorry I forgot my camera for your birthday outing, Mary!  We had a fun time breakfasting at Stephanie's Cabin restaurant, waited on by our favorite waitress Kelly.  Then headed to Dot's n Doodles art supply, Deja Vu thrift store, JoAnn's craft store,  lunch at Dooger's seafood restaurant, then on to the Goodwill store.  Plenty of laughs and a bonus was we had April's daughter Amber along!  Really sorry I forgot the camera.  Mary had fun opening her gifts during breakfast and all the shopping thereafter.  We all had fun watching Mary open her presents and shopping thereafter!  See you next time!!
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