to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
June/July 2006 - Issue 55
This piece was done for an exhibition
here in Port Alberni "Sea Sightings".
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Books to Inspire
The New Acrylics
I am a watercolour girl. I love watercolours, I love their transparency, I love how they flow on the page and the smell of a wash as it cover the paper. I know the names of lots of the paints, which ones stain and remain, which ones are opaque, which ones are pigments and which ones are grainier than others.
I know a bit about acrylic paint. Thanks to this book, I know a whole bunch more! If you're looking for a book on how to paint with acrylics, this is not it. But it tells me just what I want to know.
The author talks about acrylic paint in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2 when she talks about materials and equipment, she wastes no time in talking about improvisation. My favourite chapters are 5 and 6 which deals with basic applicatons and the ta da! alternative approaches. She makes acrylic lace, as well as embeds wire mesh in acrylic self-leveling gel medium to make reinforced acrylic sheets. One of her projects later in the book is to create mosaics by pouring sheets of acrylic in different colours and cutting the sheets with scissors to create your tiles. These tiles, of course, are much more flexible than ceramic. Do I hear your little idea bells chiming?
The photos in this book are nothing short of spectacular. Some of them crack me up, they're so clever!
If you're looking for something a little different for your acrylic paint, check this out! I'm glad I found it.
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Quietfire 2006 Retreat
Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-23, 2006
This year's project will be a book in a box, but not just any box. Read on......
will be going on beach and forest walks to collect treasures to
decorate a locally-made finely crafted cedar box. The same gentleman
who creates my cedar book covers will create the boxes sized just for
us. Not only will the box contain our collected treasures of twigs, shells,
sea-glass and rocks, but it will also be home to a very special handbound
Continental Breakfast, all day
coffee, tea and treats and lunches are included in the cost of the Retreat.
Please check with me for availability at the retreat before you book your room!
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My Thermal Embossing
May 10, 2006
A rheostat is a gadget that controls the output of a tool, in this case my low watt iron (or a craft wood burning iron you can get @ Michael's). I use the pointed tip and set my rheostat @ 50%, so the amount of heat on the tip is only half full power. You can use the iron without the rheostat, but you have to constantly clean your tip because it melts the embossing powder too quickly.
The rheostats are available onLine and through stained glass stores They're about $40.00
May 11, 2006
Pretend you're writing or doing some calligraphy. Think of the nib in a pen holder (the fine tip on a low watt iron) being dipped into a bottle of ink the (the jar of embossing powder) and then writing with it. You are constantly dipping your pen nib into the ink to get a nice fluid line, the same way I'm dipping the tip on my iron into the embossing powder. The only thing the rheostat is for is so that I'm not melting soooo much embossing powder at one time on my tip. I suppose, if I kept my tip inside the jar of embossing powder for a long time it would start to melt the surrounding powder, but I don't have any problems with just dipping my tip into it and removing it almost immediately. It picks up just the right amount of powder and melts it and when tip hits the paper or substrate the bead of melted powder flows onto the paper. While you are moving the tip along your outlined drawing the melted powder is flowing along with it. I'm barely touching the paper. I'm like a 1000th of a hair's breadth away from the paper. It does take a little practice to get it as fine, it's the amount of melted powder on the tip, a fast type of slow speed of moving the tip along your line. With each dip into the powder you can do about a 2 to 3" length and then have to dip into the powder again.
June 11, 2006
PS I use Detail Embossing Powder which I find works best . The brand I use is by Stampendous, but I would imagine any detail or fine embossing powder would be OK. I have a lot of trouble getting regular and glitter embossing powders to flow properly to give a nice even line. Maybe I just need more practice…
Recently the byhandartist were discussing their feelings of inadequacy about their art, which prompted Nettonya to write the following:
"Thank you for sharing"
Worrying about whether or not you will create anything worthy of the people in your swap is something you must STOP, immediately! %^)
To be sure, self-doubt is rampant in women. We have so many demands we place on ourselves, which help to foster that self-doubt. We must STOMP IT OUT!
STAMPING, DANCING, PAINTING, SCULPTING, KNITTING, DRAWING, LETTERING, and many other creative ways of being, can help us to be truly more ourselves.
I offer this to you and any others who may doubt their
artistic ability - I'm using
It's in the process of getting started where "thank you for sharing" does its best work for me.
I.C:"You have so much housework to do."
I.C.:"You can't do THAT!"
I.C.:"Who do you think you are, doing ART?"
I.C."That's a BIG project. It's going to take SO MUCH time."
I.C.:"You have paper work to do."
I.C.:"Who said YOU were an artist?"
And many more that I'm sure you all could volunteer....
That particular phrase - "Thank you for sharing." - may not work for
you, but if you could find something similar that does, perhaps the self-doubt
you have can slowly dissipate and have less influence on your decisions
I.C.:"Right! YOU can create 29 pages of ANY art?!"
Fun, Flowers, Freedom, Fantasy/Fantastic, Football, Fever, Ferocious, Funny, Fabulous, Fresh, Firm, Flab, Fish, Fat, Full, Fasten, Feral, Fly, Forward, Free-flowing, Float(ing), Freesia, Freeze, Fur, Full-figured, Fancy, Funnel, Fumes, Furtive, and many more. (These 29 were just off the top of my head, without consulting a dictionary, so with one I can likely come up with more that I can use even better.) I will practice with some techniques that I would like to use on the pages, so that I can have a variety of them to choose from.
I.C.: "Who cares what techniques YOU use? You aren't even an artist. Besides, you do lousy work." N.:"Thank you for sharing."
Embossing, dry embossing, stencilling using inks, stencilling using molding paste, lettering using Yogi's rheostat/woodburning tool technique or various pens, transferring, collaging, painting, beading, sewing - just to name a few - are possible techniques that I use WELL.
I'm becoming more confident as I say "Thank you for sharing" to my inner critic.
Hugs, Nettonya - Surrey, BC
2006 Current Schedule
The Altered Book Project
A Free Memory-based workshop
program for seniors
Drop-ins are welcome at every workshop
Here are the classes I will be teaching:
Calligraphy Then and Now. Bring your favourite text with you to this workshop and our guest artists will show you how to celebrate your text in beautiful or captivating text. The variety of techniques taught means there’s a way for anyone to make text come alive. Workshop participants will choose some of the works created to include in the Art in Living Memory Book and exhibition. GUEST ARTIST: SUZANNE CANNON Wednesday, September 20th Noon - 3:00pm JWorkshop#163820 BCC Artist Studio
Showing Off: Designing the Exhibition and the Memory Book This workshop involves the design and creation of the Art in Living Memory exhibition. Workshop participants and guest artists will create a dynamic and compelling exhibition from the work done by the participants of all the workshops in this series. The exhibition will be in the John Braithwaite Community Centre. GUEST ARTISTS: DWIGHT KOSS, SUZANNE CANNON Wednesday, September 27th Noon - 3:00pm Workshop#163823 JBCC Artist Studio
Indigo ATC swap
Beth Ann continues to hostess a 3 for 3 swap of Artist's Trading Cards! Our recent challenges were Red, Orange and Yellow, Green and Blue (and you can see those ATC in the previous issues of byhand). Beth Ann says she is going to put us through the whole rainbow of colours!
Thanks Beth Ann for being a wonderful hostess - and thanks to everyone who played.
(ATCs are Artist's Trading Cards which measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2")
Click on each on to see the larger version.
Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.
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