Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pumpkin Drawing Five Ways

Here is my original colored pencil drawing of a couple of pumpkins. It's a simple drawing with geometric shapes to resemble pumpkins.
After I scanned it into my computer, I was able to alter it digitally.

I added a background with some blues and splotchy color. It reminded me of Halloween night.
I took the next image and added an aged look, as if it was an old drawing or a mural on a plaster wall.
Here, I inverted the colors and added some background texture. I like how the pumpkins are outlined with orange.
Lastly, I used a rusty metal backdrop to give some interest to the scene.
Each background gives the original sketch new life.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Red Velvet Cupcakes

My good friend who I play tennis with during the week celebrated her birthday. She loved Red Velvet Cake, so I made some Red Velvet Cupcakes for our birthday lunch. Susan was thrilled.
Of course, I had to really research Red Velvet, as I thought it was just dyed cake.
Turns out, the red color is only part of what makes Red Velvet a thing. There's a small amount of cocoa in the batter, which gives it s subtle flavor. It's made with buttermilk, which interacts with the cocoa (alkaline/base) and then there's the frosting. The original Red Velvet was frosted with Whipped Cream, but it has become popular with a Cream Cheese Frosting. I knew Susan loved the cream cheese frosting, so that's exactly what I made.
The birthday girl holding 2 cupcakes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Glass Fusing

I worked on this centerpiece as my latest glass fusing project. I drew out a sketch before hand and forgot to photograph the piece before fusing.
 It's a beach scene and I cut the glass into shapes: clouds and currents. I used preformed glass pebbles for the sand and frit for speckled area between the currents. When the light shines through, it looks beautiful.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spider Crown

I love crowns. There is just something so regal and fairy tale like about a crown or tiara. Plus, with just a few accessories, a crown can become a costume. I put together this spider crown for a friend who has two sons. She has no daughters so all of her costumes have been boy-related and she would love a little princess. Instead, I made her a crown to wear to their Halloween parade, so that she didn't need a costume.
I found a large black spider that I new would be a fantastic focal point, so I added it to the center, then put smaller spiders (with purple bodies) to either side. 
I wrapped wire and large black beads around the base of the tiara and smaller black beads around the top of the crown. I filled in some spots with more black beads

And voila! A spider crown.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


This has been a rough week and I could use a reminder of my blessings.
I was blessed by the compassion of friends who lent an ear and a kind word. Talking with them helped me reset my sails.
My mother-in-law went for a post surgery recheck and received good news.
I've been finishing up some art projects and enjoying the process.
I increased my workout schedule and feel strong and lean.
I tried a new salad, which I hope to recreate, with roasted beets, roasted butternut squash and a maple vinaigrette. It was delicious.
I started a series of glass fusing projects in preparation for Christmas.
I made some Oreo Cupcakes for a friend's dinner. They came out great and I just love baking and making my own recipes.
I am blessed with family, near and far, who bring a smile to my face and a chuckle to my belly. They remind me of the saying, "Families are like fudge: Mostly sweet, with a few nuts."

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Glass Fusing

While working on glass ornaments, I tried to use glass confetti to make an abstract tree. I also used chopped glass (frit) to look like snow. I liked the effect it produces, as pieces can be layered over other. For the tree, I combined two different shades of green to get an interesting effect.

 The glass confetti is paper thin, sold in shards, and is sharp as can be. I got a few cuts from working with it. It comes in a variety of colors and the shapes can be cut into smaller pieces, if desired.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Glass Fusing

I worked on making a simple ornament of a pine tree. I took a small piece of clear glass for the base (about 2x3 inches) and added a series of green noodles that resembled a tree shape. I put a chip of white glass at the top and a square of brown glass at the base of the tree. I also drilled a hole in the top of the rectangle and filled it with kiln paper before fusing.
The end result is satisfactory. I will work on adding additional colors on another one, but I do like the way it came out.