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.

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My Creations

Maker Faire: Molten Glass Demo

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Cracking Off – Side of Wine Jug

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Cracking Off – Neck of Wine Jug

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Latest news

Sonoma County Fair

Look for me soon coming to the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, California July 22 – August 7. I’ll be competing in the ?? exhibits. Come put the pressure on the judges and see my craft up close and personal.

Upgrading Entire Site

Almost into July 2016 … I’ve been adding pictures and links to my YouTube videos as I set up more pages. Latest art project posted has been the spore prints. Set up social media buttons so you can see what I have posted elsewhere … And items for sale on Etsy at my shop NuttyDaveMadeThis.

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