Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Altered Bottle Art - A Tear Bottle

I've been wanting to create an altered bottle as a gift for a friend for a few months.  I wanted to make a Tear Bottle.  Now, my only experience with altered bottles was using beeswax as an adhesive.  That was a fun process.  But it didn't create the look that I wanted for this particular bottle.  But I was unsure as to how to go about it in any other way.  I mean, I would be adhering all kinds of things to glass.  What adhesive would hold well enough to last the test of time?  I wasn't sure but since this was for a gift, I didn't want to gamble on any of it.  So I took a workshop in altered bottles from the master herself, Christina Zinnia Galliher of Roses on My Table, and also of Artful Gathering 2011 and 2012.

Now, Zinnia handles the administrative part of my Creative Pencils online learning site.  So I was well aware of how capable she is and how well she communicates and how high her standards are for online classes.  So I pretty much assumed she would be a good teacher.  But she was so much more than a good teacher.  Zinnia was an excellent teacher.  She covered everything I needed to know with abundance.  She thoroughly demonstrated every step there was to be taken and she was richly generous with a variety of examples and with her time.

After watching the videos I was able to jump right into my project with confidence, clarity, and direction.  I was very pleased with the results of my bottle and I'm sure I will have fun altering many more to come.  If you have any thought that you might enjoy altering bottles, I would encourage you to take Zinnia's Mixed Devotions Class in the second session of Artful Gathering 2012 this July.  I just know you will have the best time creating your bottles with Zinnia as your guide.

All of the images used on this bottle were from The Graphics Fairy blog.  Thank you Karen.  

Wind and Honey Creations

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Rose For You Workshop

You can learn to draw a beautiful rosebud in my A Rose For You Workshop. Roses are timeless and are loved by most everyone. In this video format workshop you will learn how to layer the colors of watercolor pencils to achieve both depth and dimension in your rose.  You can post pictures of your drawings and ask me any questions you might have.  I can help you with your rose.

This rose can be framed, used on a card, bookmark, or gift tag, or it could even be used in collage art. The possibilities go on and on. This workshop will be offered until March 15 on Roses on My Table. Come on over and take a look. I think you'll like it.

The cost of the workshop is $25.

Wind and Honey Creations

Thursday, February 9, 2012

One Amazing Man and Artist - Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy.  He was not expected to live long when he was born.  But in spite of his challenges, live he did.  Paul used an old manual typewriter to create beautiful intricate art.  He was an amazing man and equally so as an artist.  This video is a bit lengthy - 12 minutes.  But it is worth your time.  It might be the best 12 minutes you spend today.  I hope this video inspires you as much as it did me.

Wind and Honey Creations

Monday, February 6, 2012

Just Gotta Brag On My Creative Pencils Students!

My pioneer students at Creative Pencils have come to the completion of the Pencils 101 class.  Pencils 101 is the introductory set of 10 lessons that gives the foundation for all the other lessons and projects that will fill the Creative Pencils site.  I am so proud of how well they have done.  Most of them were complete beginners when they started Pencils 101.  And now, a mere 2 months later, they are doing wonderful drawings.  I've been given permission by two of them to share their final Pencils 101 project with you.

I am so proud of their hard work and how well they stuck with the lessons even when they were unsure of themselves.  These two artist did not have drawing experience in the past, or at least very little.  But as they have progressed through the weeks I have seen them grow before my very eyes.  These drawings were completed with just a simple graphite pencil!

This rocking horse was drawn by Vanessa Cherry.  

This bird house was drawn by Sandy Simpson

Want to learn more about drawing and creating your own pencil art?  Try out my online pencil art learning community at Creative Pencils.  We are having a great time there and my students are progressing so well.

****Creative Pencils Workshops have moved to Creative Workshops****

Wind and Honey Creations

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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