Art with Cause

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Monday, January 23, 2012

New Painting

I painted a sheet of paper, applied a transfer...
which was under the stack I posted yesterday (my fancy printing press). 
Then I painted, and varnished, and painted some more...
then I popped it into the gold frame I found at the thrift store...
I hung it in the office today! (Then I drew on it with marker!! Just cause I can! lol)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I want a printing press

I want a printing press. Since I have been doing so much with photo-transfers or block prints in my mixed medium projects a Press would be SO MUCH easier!!!

First I laid down a thin plywood board I bought to help my easel support larger canvases. Then I laid down a sheet of paper, followed by my project. Then the transfer (or block - but this time it is a large photo transfer). Then I rolling pin it and tack it in place. Then another thin plywood board, followed by a stack of blank sheets of paper (Paper does weigh a lot!) Then my pressed wood drawing board. Then that metal box, filled with all sorts of little metal pieces I have collected over the years and then followed by the tote - filled with books and binders and the such...
How long should I leave it under there? A press would be quicker and easier.  I want a press.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I am sorry - this is not a completely original post - it must be taken down w/out due process. You are now censored! I am acting on behalf of the new US internet police under the authority of the US SOPA/PIPA law.
This could be our future!
End Piracy not Liberty! No to SOPA and No to PIPA!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Can you do traditional pencil drawings?

Can you do traditional pencil drawings? What kind of a question is that?!

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 ~ New Year Challenge

Happy New Year!
This year's challenge is: To do something creative every day.
My personal goal is: To finish something creative everyday.

January 1 -

January 2 - 

January 3 - 

January 4 - 

January 5 - 
Started altering an image to create a print - to print and paint. 
I also did some creative work on my new website - not yet available to you - but will be soon!!!
And I took these photos. 

      I must challenge you, like I do every year, to make it a goal to use your creativity for a good cause during the year. 
    I started this blog in 2010 with the purpose to journal my activity of cleaning out my large collection of unused yarn - making hats and scarves and donating them to a homeless shelter and making small blankets and donating them to an animal rescue. (this is where my name came from)
     The blog and all my web content quickly changed and became about all of my creative endeavors.  But I have never forgotten my pledge to use my creativity for causes. I have also found my own personal cause - to inspire others to create. Please do not let a creative talent sit inside you unused!
     In 2011, again I donated my art and crafts - less publicly. BUT I feel I should mention it, because I am challenging you to do the same and feel I should lead by example. Please find something your creativity can support then donate, volunteer, and spread the creativity. 
     So in 2012, we shall make it the year to be creative. Don't just sit there - go do something creative!!!

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