Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Midst of making

So this is the s-l-o-w progress I am making on the handmade gifts. And no, I am not making ALL gifts, just almost all. :) I have completed 2 things but I can't show here...yet. The wads of newspaper are the beginning attempts at paper mache ornaments. I read the article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors by Denise Litchfield about paper mache inspired by artist Julie Arkell. I learned of Julie's work years ago and I think it is great. When I ran across the lovely work of Denise I thought I would love to make some things with paper mache.  I found this great site with LOTS of info. She gives step by step directions to make a paper mache clay. It looks wonderful, I may have to try to use this too.

In the midst of making I ran across another wonderfully inspiring artist in Somerset Studio. Jesse Reno.
Have you heard of him? His work is intuitive, wild and raw. I also listened to two interviews he did with Rice Freeman-Zachery and Lesley Riley on Art and Soul Radio. He has some interesting things to say about art and creativity-why he works on lots of paintings at once,  what to do if you think you have no room to create,  and how he got started. PLUS he is SO passionate and excited about his art and life it is a bit contagious.

I hope your week has been wonderful so far. I am off to go create.
 P.S. I just found this really wonderful holiday mag by Amy Powers. Lots of great holiday crafting ideas. 


jacqueline said...

Dearest dana, im also making some holiday gifts and it's been progressing slowly. Thanks so much for sharing paper mache links and Jesse Reno with us. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Wendy Brightbill said...

kudos to you for making so many of your christmas presents! i am sure they will be absolutely beautiful, especially to the lucky person who receives it. :)

AG Ambroult said...

Awesome links! Love your picture, showing your works in progress. I've never heard of art and soul radio, but I', psyched for a new companion in the workshop. Goin' down to listen now.

Louise Gale "Dream-Inspire-Create" said...

yay! The papermache looks like SO MUCH fun! I cant wait to see what you come back with to show us. :-) Jesse is going to be at An Artful Journey next Feb, but im not taking his class. I met him at artfest, hes a super cool dude and his work is so virbant. ooh gonna chck out art & soul radio too. Have a great weekend xx

Mousy Brown said...

I love Julie Arkell - she exhibits at the craft centre where I recently took a class - can't wait to see your take on papermache creations. I am busy making for Christmas and trying to remember to enjoy the process by not thinking of how much I want to make and how little time I have! Not always easy....:D