My Creative Outlets

Mushrooms

Mushrooms, Fungi, and Spores! An interest in mycology has led me to some interesting art projects. The latest art venture has been the creation of spore prints from various collected mushrooms. Placing the  mushrooms onto colored papers and allowing time for the spores to be released from the shroom gills results in ethereal and wispy patterns of  colors. Each type of mushroom drops different colored spores so a spore print is one of many steps needed to identify mushrooms. Even deadly mushrooms can create beautiful prints. Photography of mushrooms will also be posted … Waiting for the fall rains to start the season!

Paper Mache

Paper Mache Sculptures. Pumpkins, Gargoyles, Tikis, BoxFish, Blimps, Airships, Hot Air Balloons, Retro Rockets, Monster Heads, and more,

Wood Craft

Ukulele inspired, smaller than a guitar with Hawaiian origins. Beautiful woods and comes in different sizes (pocket, soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, bass & contrabass). Ukes are the winter project coming soon. Wish you could smell the woods now.

Egg Craft

We’re going beyond Paas Easter Eggs here and going Pysanky a la the Ukranian method. You still dye the eggs, but “write” the designs in with melted hot wax (a wax-resist/batik method) from a stylus and multiple layers of color, starting with your lighter layers of color and ending with darker colors depending on your design. After several layers of waxing and coloring, waxing-dyeing, waxing-dyeing (you get the idea), you finally finish by heating all the wax that’s now on the egg and rubbing it off to reveal your multi-colored and patterned design. Every layer of wax and color adds to your design. You pretty much have to see it to get the idea so go ahead take a peak and yes, you can be amazed.

Marbling Arts

What is this? Stonework? No, I use the “Turkish Method” or ebru from back in the 1100’s to create my marbling papers and fabric designs. Starting with a tray of sizing liquid (essentially thickened water) I carefully float my various paint colors on the dense water and then gently move the colors over the water with different sized rakes, combs and other fine-toothed implements to create intricately swirled and movement filled designs. Ease paper and/or silks and such onto above design and you’ll see it transferred from the dense water to the paper or fabric. These used to be big in the book business on the inside of covers so you wouldn’t see the messy transition from where the cover was folded over into the book. They’re great for calligraphy, beautiful stationery, origami or just some framed pretty paper.

Glass Craft

Using a variety of glass techniques I craft unique and beautiful glass art & craft. I’ve explored glass fusing, slumping, casting, pate de verre,  torchwork, vitrigraph, and more. Each technique creates impressive glass elements that stand alone or add to more complex craftwork.

 

Photography

Gotta use what they teach back in school every so often, so all the pretty flowers and plants that you see coming into my site are pics by me taken locally.

Soon I will post a link so that  you can also access stock footage that I have on Shutterstock.com.

See more of my craft

My Creations

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Maecenas vel placerat magna, eget scelerisque est. Ut tincidunt, sem vehicula sodales blandit, sem nisi pharetra dui, hendrerit pulvinar ante lectus eu lectus. Quisque sed enim fermentum, condimentum nisi nec, consequat lacus. Sed massa metus, tincidunt quis condimentum eget, viverra id sem. Nam dapibus nibh consectetur, accumsan libero sed, dictum augue. Nulla cursus tortor in felis cursus volutpat. Aenean laoreet sapien et justo ultrices, at pellentesque dui semper. In quis leo id sem semper accumsan nec vitae eros. Ut non hendrerit diam. Curabitur malesuada arcu sit amet nulla vulputate imperdiet.
It somehow sounds rude doesn't it, but it's actually a pretty simple method as demonstrated in my instructable for the audio impaired. Hopefully you're not too visually impaired and can read my handwriting. Instead of worrying about cutting a straight line around your recycled wine bottle and/or jug (depending on your drinking habits) just take your glass cutter and make a nick in the wine bottle to score it and use this as your starting point for your torch. Now class, put your safety glasses on and center the bottle on a turntable, then use your blow torch, starting at where you nicked the bottle with the glass cutter. Keep rotating and when you hear the glass "crack" your bottle has officially been cracked. File down any rough edges and your wine bottle vase, set of drinking glasses, candle holder, etc. is done. Now go make some crème brulee with the torch and return the lazy susan to the table before dinner.

“Cracking Off” the neck of a wine jug.

Cutting a SkyBlue bottle in sections.

It somehow sounds rude doesn't it, but it's actually a pretty simple method as demonstrated in my instructable. I narrate my notes but hopefully you can read my handwriting. Instead of worrying about cutting a straight line around your recycled wine bottle and/or jug (depending on your drinking habits) just take your glass cutter and make a nick in the wine bottle to score it and use this as your starting point for your torch. Now class, put your safety glasses on and center the bottle on a turntable, then use your blow torch, starting at where you nicked the bottle with the glass cutter. Keep rotating and when you hear the glass "crack" your bottle has officially been cracked. File down any rough edges and your wine bottle vase, set of drinking glasses, candle holder, etc. is done. Now go make some crème brulee with the torch and return the lazy susan to the table before dinner.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Maecenas vel placerat magna, eget scelerisque est. Ut tincidunt, sem vehicula sodales blandit, sem nisi pharetra dui, hendrerit pulvinar ante lectus eu lectus. Quisque sed enim fermentum, condimentum nisi nec, consequat lacus. Sed massa metus, tincidunt quis condimentum eget, viverra id sem. Nam dapibus nibh consectetur, accumsan libero sed, dictum augue. Nulla cursus tortor in felis cursus volutpat. Aenean laoreet sapien et justo ultrices, at pellentesque dui semper. In quis leo id sem semper accumsan nec vitae eros. Ut non hendrerit diam. Curabitur malesuada arcu sit amet nulla vulputate imperdiet.

Cutting a SkyBlue bottle in sections.

It somehow sounds rude doesn't it, but it's actually a pretty simple method as demonstrated in my instructable for the audio impaired. Hopefully you're not too visually impaired and can read my handwriting. Instead of worrying about cutting a straight line around your recycled wine bottle and/or jug (depending on your drinking habits) just take your glass cutter and make a nick in the wine bottle to score it and use this as your starting point for your torch. Now class, put your safety glasses on and center the bottle on a turntable, then use your blow torch, starting at where you nicked the bottle with the glass cutter. Keep rotating and when you hear the glass "crack" your bottle has officially been cracked. File down any rough edges and your wine bottle vase, set of drinking glasses, candle holder, etc. is done. Now go make some crème brulee with the torch and return the lazy susan to the table before dinner.
It somehow sounds rude doesn't it, but it's actually a pretty simple method as demonstrated in my instructable. I narrate my notes but hopefully you can read my handwriting. Instead of worrying about cutting a straight line around your recycled wine bottle and/or jug (depending on your drinking habits) just take your glass cutter and make a nick in the wine bottle to score it and use this as your starting point for your torch. Now class, put your safety glasses on and center the bottle on a turntable, then use your blow torch, starting at where you nicked the bottle with the glass cutter. Keep rotating and when you hear the glass "crack" your bottle has officially been cracked. File down any rough edges and your wine bottle vase, set of drinking glasses, candle holder, etc. is done. Now go make some crème brulee with the torch and return the lazy susan to the table before dinner.

“Cracking Off” the neck of a wine jug.

Latest news

macbook-336704_1280

Don’t miss our next event

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed venenatis dignissim ultrices. Suspendisse ut sollicitudin nisi. Fusce efficitur nec nunc nec bibendum. Praesent laoreet tortor quis velit facilisis faucibus. Maecenas sollicitudin lectus diam, non vehicula arcu ullamcorper ac. In pharetra, est vitae interdum tincidunt, urna ligula rutrum tellus, sit amet pharetra purus magna eu enim. […]

ipad-606764_1280

A day at the office

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed venenatis dignissim ultrices. Suspendisse ut sollicitudin nisi. Fusce efficitur nec nunc nec bibendum. Praesent laoreet tortor quis velit facilisis faucibus. Maecenas sollicitudin lectus diam, non vehicula arcu ullamcorper ac. In pharetra, est vitae interdum tincidunt, urna ligula rutrum tellus, sit amet pharetra purus magna eu enim. […]

imac-606765_1280

Just a simple post

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed venenatis dignissim ultrices. Suspendisse ut sollicitudin nisi. Fusce efficitur nec nunc nec bibendum. Praesent laoreet tortor quis velit facilisis faucibus. Maecenas sollicitudin lectus diam, non vehicula arcu ullamcorper ac. In pharetra, est vitae interdum tincidunt, urna ligula rutrum tellus, sit amet pharetra purus magna eu enim. […]

See all our news