Published January 23, 2012
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art glass, artisan, bespoke, blue., child, children, children's art, children's story, commission, craft, dartmoor, Devon, Exeter, fox, fused glass, garden, gifts, glass, green red, handmade, house, houses, inspired, kiln formed glass, landscape, lead, light blue, lino cut, lino print, moon, night sky, painted glass, panel, print, printing, red fox, sky, stained glass, stained glass panels, star, tales, traditional methods, tree, urban garden, yellow
Published January 21, 2012
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Tags: art process, artistic process, developing ideas, experimenting, glass paint, handmade prints, Lino, lino cut, Love, print, red, sea green, stained glass, valentine, Valentines
I have been very busy this month experimenting and working on new ideas! This has made me very productive in the workshop, but not very good at writing my blog! Anyway………
I am learning to print on glass using various techniques. Firstly I have been making some lino cuts and direct printing
onto glass this way. The results have been varied and though I very much like the effect I am finding getting the right consistency of the paint a bit hit and miss, however, using a roller not a ponce or a brush to apply the paint has helped greatly and I have made a new range of Valentines items as a result, available on my website . I am also experimenting with firing photograph images onto glass (coming out of the kiln today!) and I have 2 new series of work coming along nicely in my studio. So lots to tell you about in the next few weeks!
Published January 1, 2012
Tags: Barbie clothes, Budleigh Salterton, children, Christmas, craft, craft with kids, creativity, Devon, home, mobiles, paper, winter solstice
I have not been in my studio since Christmas Eve, a well needed break for my hands and mind from the world of glass and a chance to concentrate on my family and home.
The festive season really started for us when we had a Winter Solstice celebration with friends whilst watching the sunset over Budleigh Salterton Beach on 21st December. The day had been very cloudy, but just as we got to the coast the clouds cleared and we had an amazing sunset! I think these photos will be incorporated in my work sometime soon!
I have small girls and I had spent much of the run up to Christmas looking forward to making some Barbie clothes my girls and their best friends, I followed the instructions on this lovely blog http://sewspoiled.blogspot.com/2011/01/barbie-clothes.html, this is ‘Marrying Barbie’ and her friend ‘Bridesmaid Barbie’ (my feminist inner voice sighs at my children’s obsession with ‘marrying’)
While I had the Sewing Machine out its been new cushion cover time and a chance to recover the horrid kitchen chairs which were getting a bit 60s in the wrong way!
My children’s Christmas gifts were a world of craft activities and stickers which they have been racing through enthusiastically, one of the best of which was a kirigami mobile kit. Basically its lots of pretty printed paper with shapes printed onto it which you cut out and assemble into long strings with coloured thread and sticky tape. We have added a couple of large bits of driftwood to hang it and now we have a lovely family art work in the living room…..bets on how long till the cat or one of the kids wrecks it???
The break from formal work has given me the head space for lots of new design ideas and I cant wait to get started on 2012! But before that starts I am looking forward to seeing out 2011 in style with a fire, food and friends. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope 2012 is a good year for you all x