Category Archives: Artwork

Wednesday January 15, 2015

elephant-1 I decided to try some paper cutting again using the book Kirigami by Jeffrey Rutzky. This was supposed to be an elephant. Oops! I may have been asleep when I tried it.

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Next I wanted to try my hand at changing it so I added a ball to the design and changed the elephant a little bit.

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elephant-4 Cool, it worked!

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Momma Always Said, “Don’t Play With Your Dress.”

I probably didn’t listen then either.

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pink-fancy-dress-10 I see a clown fish in this photo-manipulation.

 

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Why don’t they make Bubble Wrap that looks like this?

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Paperwork

A friend left a big box of paper bunches here when she moved to California in a small travel trailer. So I thought I would make a post about which brand I like the best according to the ease of use. I have discovered that some aren’t as easy to use as others. So here we go.

1 Marvy Uchida  wasn’t the easiest to punch.

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McGill also not the easiest to punch.

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Martha Stewart easy to punch.

4Martha Stewart again and easy to use.

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This paper punch is by ek and I love this beautiful scroll and flower! It’s one of my favorites. It is decently easy to punch.

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t onic studios not very easy to punch.

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Recollection worked very well.

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The Paper Studio worked great.

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t onic studios again not the smoothest.

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Martha Stewart very nice of course.

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Recollections I really like it.

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Fiskars I did not  like at all, did not punch well.

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ek is easy to use.

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So I decided to make something with all of parts and pieces that I on hand.

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So my opinion is the best ones are Martha Stewart, Recollections and The Paper Studio.

I miss-calculated the size for the envelope and the top edges didn’t overlap so I had to tape them down. It was the first time I made an envelope but now I am hooked and I look forward to making many more cards and envelopes.

 

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The Perfume Lady

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Love this idea from Martha Stewart Living
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From my grandson, with love.
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I put the flames on upside down.
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Carl Larsson – Swedish Artist – 1853-1919

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I was surprised to discover that Carl Larsson had a sad, harsh life spent in poverty during his early years. One would never guess that by looking at his beautiful, serene paintings of his life after marriage.

He painted with oils without much public success before marriage. After marrying his wife Karin and switching to watercolors he found more fame as a painter. His eight children and family life in beautiful Sundborn in a little cottage by the river made for unending, lovely subject matter.

I found this reproduction print a few months ago and even though it has scratches on it as if it had been stuck to another piece of glass at one time I still love it. All of his work has a special softness to it.

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This print is called Papa’s Room. I’m especially drawn to it because as a child I always wanted a big, bed with curtains in the middle of the room like a fort. A private little fort to hide away and read all day in secret. I love the bookshelves in the painting. I could certainly use bookshelves that go all the way around my room. As a matter of fact my granddaughter does have that in her room, custom built by her father and I think Carl Larsson himself would approve of the soft happy colors her room is painted in.

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I read that Carl and his wife did not share a bedroom as most married people do. His wife slept with the children (most of the time, obviously not always) and Carl had a room to himself. I am a huge fan of that myself. Just think of all the snuggling with babies and toddlers. All of the goodnight stories and books. Plus he probably snored like most men do!

Other works of Carl Larsson that I like are:
In the Carpenter Shop
Brita in The Drawing Room
The Skier
The Verandah
Bridge In Grez
Flowers on the Windowsill
Breakfast under The Big Birch
and both paintings of his studio, left and right.

Here are two more sites about Carl Larsson that you might enjoy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Larsson?uselang=pt

http://www.carllarsson.se/enstart.aspx

You can also find a lot of his work, reprints on canvas and notecards and such on Ebay.