Thursday, December 29, 2016
Tea to soothe the Mind. One of three entries in the black, white and a little red show to be held in Gaylord. 24"x36" collage on canvas , stamping , stenciling, and drawing. Soothing colors and show ready. $525.
Monday, December 12, 2016
"Caging Chaos" has been accepted at the Giles Gallery of Eastern Kentucky University. The exhibit is called: Order and Chaos. Show runs 1/23- 2/22/17. 1/26/17 is the reception from 5-7.
Friday, November 25, 2016
So thrilled to be part of the upcoming assemblage show at Crooked Tree, Petoskey. Mark your calendar for the Jan. 19 reception. Oh boy, I can't wait.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Ladies had a great time in my Assemblage class. We finished our Altoid tin and worked on our small jewelry box, but we didn't get to the cigar box. This class was about problem solving, what kind of paper, what kind of trinkets, what kind of frame? The process took longer than time allowed. But, with their knowledge and experience, I'm sure the ladies could finish their cigar box. Or maybe that will be saved for another class. The final products were awesome. It was a risk taking group. It was time well spent. Thanks, class. I really enjoyed sharing with you.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Another box finished. A three section box that closes. A good amount of found junk. The most interesting find was the black plastic grilling from the back of a picture frame. "Good junk "includes pieces from Scrabble, small picture frames, old metal and rust, marbles, an owl page marker, a doll hand, dominos, a toy spoon, and some old photos. Whew!! That was a mouthful. I used a goodly amount of my stash. Oh boy, it will give me a chance to find more. Enjoy!!!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
This box came together because of the poor dolly without a head that I found at a thrift store. The body was what I needed. So, bird's nest with eggs and wrapped with netting. Clock parts on chest. Background vintage paper and domino game pieces. Small letters spelling out "Walk in Beauty". And a key on the side. Add one of the arms on top and a dish for a bottom stand. Viola! Embracing a hatched idea.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Small jewelry box assemblage
10-3 pm Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, Gaylord
$55 for non-members, $50 for members
Class limit 12 minimum For class to go- 5
Combine vintage photos, trinkets, and bits and bobs with glue to make a 3-D box assemblage. Create a family heirloom. In this class you will make three assemblage pieces using an Altoid tin, a sm. cardboard jewelry box, and a cigar box or other wooden box. Try out a new genre. Use up your “good junk”.
I will furnish:
Glue E-6000 Assorted acrylic paints
Matte medium Brushes screw drivers
Vintage paper balsam wood paper cutter
Sm. picture frames with glass Hair dryer
You will need:
*Sm. jewelry box with lid
*Cigar box or other wooden box *Glue E-6000
*ruler *Paper cutter * scissors *assorted acrylic paints
*Keepsakes- trinkets, buttons, old jewelry, beads, ribbon, lace
*Paper- photos, maps, newspaper, vintage stamps, movie tickets, scrapbook paper, children’s art
*Other stuff- marbles, small toys, doll parts, ruler, cloth tape measure, use your imagination
****If you plan to use family photos and other personal papers, please make copies (quick print) in advance and bring them to class
Wear work clothes and bring a lunch (depends on location).
Altoid tin assemblage
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I completed another box using found materials. This box has a scrapbook paper background. The small box held candles in a plastic holder. Perfect for repeated patterns. Box is covered with paper from a vintage children's book. Add in rusty keys, bobbins, black letter magnets, and a rusty letter hanging on a paintbrush. I added a game piece on tap of a wooden candle holder and yellow blocks on the bottom. The back is finished with vintage paper. Off it goes to a juried show.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
"Dolly wth a Hat" dolly in a gold frame in a cigar box with a gold frame. The dolly has been in my keeping for a long time. The story has it being found in the dirt by the corn crib at my grandparent's farm. No one knows the history of the doll. But it was perfect for this box Who knows where it will find a home.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
So happy to announce that my entries have been accepted in the Crooked Tree Fine Arts Show. I'm extremely pleased since I have not seen an assemblage box in this show. And, my tissue paper and vintage scrapbook paper in '"Winter Shoreline" is a bit unique since it's collage on canvas. At any rate, I'm proud to be a part of this show. See Beth smiling.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
I really have it bad. I found this clock and totally demolished it getting it ready to be something new. I found a few new pieces at the dumpsters. I've looked through my collection, but nothing has really taken hold. Well, I'm going to Canada so maybe I'll have some objects fall from the sky. Lots of parking lots, sidewalks, and gas stations. Surely, I will have enough good junk to create an awesome assemblage.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Find a small box with lid. Can be jewelry box or other sturdy box. This box is deep and will work well for holding treasures
Next, cut paper to fit the back of the box. Using matte medium, glue on the paper getting rid of any air bubbles. In this case, black paper may not have been the best choice since it tends to fade when matte medium is put on it.
Measure the inside of the box and cut paper with paper cutter to get smooth edges.
Cover the inside of the box removing air bubbles.
While the box is drying, work on the cover. Find a piece of glass from a small picture frame. The glass needs to fit on the inside of the cover. Measure a smaller opening than the size of the glass. Using an exacto knife, cut a hole in the cover. Warning- be careful. Cover the front of the box cover with parts on the inside. You may have to recover to make a clean opening. I Used washi tape to go around the lid edges. Glue glass inside cover using E-2000. You need to be careful that the glue doesn't get on the window. It is difficult to get it off. Sometimes I use baby wipes to clean the glass.
Now is the fun part, finding objects to put in your box. It is important to pick items to scale. I dug through my toy collection and came up with the sheriff badge. I glued a cardboard circle on the back to make the badge stick out. After arranging the cowgirl boots and the toy horse on a block , I glued all of the pieces down. Let dry.
I have been working on a class description for my upcoming assemblage class.
You will see most of these boxes at the Art Mixer at the G T Distillery in downtown Traverse City. The Art Mixer is Fri. , Aug. ,12. Watch for my class announcement.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
I am excited to be showing my work at Robby's Taqueria TC Mexicana on E. Front St. In Traverse City. Authentic Mexican food, a full bar, a helpful staff, and delightful Robby. My work will be on display until the first of Aug. Stop by, have some great food, check out the art. Tell them Beth sent you!!!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Happy, happy me!!!! "Spring Thaw" received an Honorable Mention at the reception on Mackinac Island. Seventy entries in this juried competition. Twenty pieces accepted with 14 artists in the show. I was very honored to be a part of this. My friend, Kristy also received an honorable mention. Check out the show at the Manoogian Gallwey in the Indian School on Mackinac Island.