Saturday, March 30, 2013

Found Crosses 2013

Happy Easter, everyone!  Hope everyone's enjoying their holiday weekend.  I just wanted to follow up with a little side project I've been working on based on an exercise in a Keri Smith book involving documenting "found faces."  For Lent, I've documented 33 "found crosses."  33 because Jesus was supposedly 33 when He was put on the cross.  You can see all of them here:

Here are some of my favorites:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Adventures of a School Photographer: Captain Frog and the Blue Dragon

     Happy Tuesday, all!  At work today, we had a few gaps in our schedule and a little free time on our hands.  We photographers are a creative bunch and are very adept at finding ways to entertain ourselves.  I hope these entertain you as well and prove that you can bring creativity to your job and enjoy it more.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday Crosses

     Happy Sunday, everyone!  Well, it's Palm Sunday on the Catholic calendar and it's a great day for art and crafts.  During my time studying abroad, some of the older ladies at church taught me the fine art of folding palm fronds into crosses.  Seven years later, I need a refresher.  Fortunately and unfortunately, you can learn how to do just about anything on You Tube including palm crosses.  I would should you the steps, but you just might be better off watching the videos like I did.  Here are some of my better ones.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Old Business Cards and the Second Plague

For my Love One Another project, I had a bunch of business cards made to advertise the project.  I added some to outgoing Etsy orders, but sadly they never made it to my craft show table.  Now, I have the better part of a box full of cards.  I already used some of them for a L.O.A. project, but the rest have just been sitting here until today when they became a plague of frogs that took over my desk.  (Frogs being the only origami I know how to make from memory and pretty much in general.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is an alternate logo for my art practice designed by one of my fellow Etsians Inkblot.

     Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  This is one of my favorite days of the year.  If you haven't noticed, shamrocks are kind of a theme for me.  They're in my logo, banners, and stickers on outgoing orders.  This time of year, I stock up on said stickers and anything else I can use for decorations for my art and craft practice.  The reason for using the shamrock is part tribute to my Irish heritage and also because of St. Patrick who was said to have used shamrocks as a visual aid in teaching the Irish about the nature of the Holy Trinity.  Anyway, I hope you're having safe, awesome, and blessed St. Patty's Day!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

How To: Packing Tape Transfers

This piece began as an experiment.  You may recognize the image from my drawing,  Ta Suil (Irish for hope.)  I took the drawing and transferred it onto a collage on mat board using transfer paper.  After painting, I decided to add some text using the packing tape transfer method which I'll show you today.
First, I took an old art magazine and clipped out some words that spoke to me and placed them on some pieces of packing tape.
Then, I placed each piece of tape in a bowl of water and let it soak a second or two.  After that, I gently rubbed away the paper backing with my finger.
The paper backing comes off pretty easy and I'm left with just the words on the tape.

Sometimes, the tape is still sticky enough that you can just attach it to the piece.  Otherwise, you can use gel medium to adhere it.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Adventures of a School Photographer: Road Trip

Greetings, all!  Today, for your viewing pleasure, my day (yesterday) in pictures.