|Washi paper ornament|
|washi ornaments on tree|
|Paper Cup trees|
I'm taking a break from painting. I'm really not sure where to focus. It seems to me that I have been painting pictures to sell. I've enjoyed doing them, but I need to focus somewhere else - improvement of my drawing/sketching skills, and some new directions in painting. I am so new to this that I haven't really found out who I am as an artist.
In the meantime - I've been making some Christmas goodies. I made over 40 of these washi paper ornaments, using a Spellbinder nestie die and 2" canvases. Some are in a local craft store and some will be gifts. The other day, when looking through some blogs I follow, I saw these adorable paper cup trees on Alicia Burke's blog (here). Of course I had to make some. I did my own take on these - glitter, shimmery Silks acrylic paints and metallic paint on the pots. Well, it isn't Christmas without glitter, is it? They were a bit of work - so I only made these 3 and will make one more for a friend. That leaves me with only 196 unused paper cups - good thing they were cheap. I had too much extra room in my studio anyway - I needed to store more stuff!!! (LOL)
I'm done (I hope) with Christmas crafts for this year. Usually, I can be found making complicated gifts a week (or less) before Christmas. It's an illness - the Christmas crafting frenzy! This year I am doing some anti-frenzy exercises (continuing to clean my studio which was a mess again after the crafting was done). I sure hope it helps-I'm not pleasant when in the "frenzy" - it's almost as bad as having to wrap gifts (hail o mighty decorative bag!). Thanks for stopping by - hopefully I'll be posting some drawings or painting soon - I really want to get back to both - with no other motivation than getting better at this "art stuff" and enjoying.
Linking to Paint Party Friday - go and check out the fabulous artwork listed there.