Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sisters Beeswax with alcohol ink and acrylic

This is what I made in "The Amazing Wax Man" Mike's class. It is a picture of my younger sister Janice and me the day our father dressed us. Momma must have been in the hospital having a baby because on the back of the picture my Dad wrote a note about how he is the one that picked out our clothes that day and I guess it was such a big deal and he had probably never done it before he needed to capture the memory with a picture. This is one of my favorite pictures of Janice. She has such a happy look on her face!

We learned how to use alcohol ink with bees wax in the class. I wish I could remember how I mixed those colors like that. I love alcohol ink and want to take another class on how to use them soon!

Attempt at Beeswax Collage

Dear Diary,

I took a beeswax class from "The Amazing Wax Man " Mike Putman. He does such fabulous beeswax collage art. Afterwards I was so inspired that I drove down to goodwill and bought an iron and a crock pot so I could "bee" a cool artist like Mike. I made a few awful looking pieces then put my new purchases away. Then "The Amazing Wax Man" offered another class! I borrowed some of his ideas from that class to make this collage. My friend in Columbus - Leslie, also makes wonderful collages with beautiful papers and old family photos so I borrowed from her also. I really wanted to do something personal so I used my Momma and Daddy's old pictures. The piece is mounted on a 5x7 board but I couldn't find a frame to fit so I decided to mount it onto another board covered in scrap book paper. I can't decide whether I should beeswax that paper or not. ( any advise out there?) then trim it to fit inside the frame. Mike had distressed some metal pieces that really looked good but I can't remember how he did it so I just had to wing it when it came to distressing mine. I got the 3-D pieces from Mystic Paper. I love that store and I love Kim and Jennifer! I just have to visit them if I'm down to get recharged.

I sure wish I could remember how to link a name to a site. I would have linked Mystic Paper. How do I do that?

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I have a young friend that works at Lowe's as a specialist in the flooring department. She is just a great girl! Well, she had a baby girl this summer. One day we were talking about sock monkeys and she told me she would like a red one for her baby. I really wish I had stitched eyes instead of using buttons.

More Girls

This is not a very good picture, but here are a few more Palo Verde Gals. I'm getting the itch to start climbing that tree and look for some good limbs for the girls.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My First Doll - Leslie's Birthday Doll

The first doll is hanging on the top right of the wardrobe. They have evolved through the years.

Palo Verde Gals

Dear Diary,

My sisters and my friend, Judy, have been encouraging me to post pictures of my art. These Palo Verde Gals seemed to be an appropriate start because they were the first Art I ever had published. They came out in the Spring 2005, Art Doll Quarterly - Show and Tell section.

The day I got the magazine and saw the dolls was the same day our Whirlpool front load washer and dryer were delivered. I hate to say this but my excitement over being published was pale in comparison to how I felt about my new washer and dryer. I remember feeling guilty because I should have been more excited about being a published artist but that new washer and dryer were incredible! Before it was taking me two days to finish the laundry and now it was only taking me one! I felt like I was in love for the first time. I now knew how my husband felt about his truck.

How the Gals came to be

Back in August in the early 2000's, I was trying to think of something to make for one of my incredibly talented friend's birthday. We have been friends for a real long time (since 1973!). Through the years she has given me so many wonderful, unique, gifts. If you have been to our home, you have seen her silkscreens hanging in almost every room. Well, Leslie was "into" primitive cloth dolls. With that in mind, I decided to make her one. Usually when I create something, I have a picture of it in my mind. The finished project never turns out like my imagined project. This is good and bad. I sent Leslie her birthday present and she loved it.

My sister, Sarah Ann saw it and she wanted one, then she told my other two sisters about them. Lucy wanted one since Sarah Ann and Leslie had one. I told her I wasn't going to make her one because she had never even seen one and might not like them. She said, "Well, if I don't like it I'll just stick it under the bed and pull it out when I have company and say, look what my sister made! Isn't it awful?" To make a long story shorter, I made a frenzy of dolls! I gave allot to friends, family, and even sold some at Two Plates Full, Southwest Gardner and a boutique in my home town. I have about twelve partially made at this moment. It has been too hot to climb the Palo Verde Tree so they don't have arms and legs. But I don't have that excuse now.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Science Project

What A Night! I have been working on my science project, I mean helping Ian with his project. Seriously, I really didn't have to do much (just proof read and edit). I thought we would both be up all night squalling and working, working and squalling, but, he finished it about 8:00 p.m. He built a Bohr model of the Silicon atom. Then he had to type a paper about it. He was assigned this project in October. He got the procrastination gene from me.

squall 1
A loud, harsh cry.
intr.v. squalled, squall·ing, squalls
To scream or cry loudly and harshly.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blog Block

Dear Diary,

Was so
surprized (I like to spell it that way) to see comments on my blog already! It is great to have blog cheerleaders!

I have had Blog Block since Mike told me it was ready to go. Do you remember when you were young and got new shoes? That's how I have been - logging on to my blog, staring at it, admiring the pictures, and wondering where it will take me. ( Now I sound like Forrest Gump!) I'll post this then try to write another post. Maybe it gets easier.

Thanks for the encouragement!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Welcome to the House of Hullabaloo!

Welcome to the House of Hullabaloo!
The stories and adventures of a southern gal!