Friday, November 4, 2011

Wooden Pen

Here is another item I picked up at the San Diego artist's fair. It is a beautiful hand turned wooden pen in a cherry wood box. I love supporting the local artists.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Whenever I travel, I try and locate and support local artists at craft shows and craft fairs. Recently having returned from Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to drive to San Diego to watch some of my friends perform at the Old Globe Theater. On the day that I was there, the local art guilds were hosting an art weekend on the Saturday I attended the show.

While my first choice is to support other paper artists, I couldn't find any paper arts at the festival. I did find this one shop that was a joint effort of a polymer clay artists and glass artists. I don't normally buy buttons but I have been deficient in having a variety of buttons available for my books and boxes.

I purchased this set of matching buttons for my stash.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Iron Craft 44

This week, we were challenged to create something out of or with a pillowcase. This was a hectic week for me because I left for Los Angeles on Wednesday of last week and I did not return to NY until Tuesday--so I had to do a quick project.

I decided to do a monogram stencil and then air brush the stencil onto a pillowcase. The idea was to replicate the fancy embroidered pillowcases that couples get for wedding gifts. I wanted something that was a little bit more masculine plus I don't want to wake up with an indentation of my initials on the side of my face when I wake up every morning.

The most difficult part for me was choosing the font. I probably spent over an hour trying to choose a font that would transfer well into a stencil. Considering all three letters of my monogram have islands (the sections of the letters that are not connected to anything--like the top section of an "R" or the top and bottom section of a "B")--the choice of a font was important.

The font that I chose had a Celtic feel to it. Unfortunately, the J was a little crooked when I ironed it onto the pillowcase and I got a little too close to the surface when I airbrushed and the orange paint leaked under the stencil.

Overall, I am pleased with the way that it turned out and would do this project again when I had more time.