Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Finding New Things

Hi all, well don't faint here I am, yes that's me, recently, at one of our dolly day sewing group days. We always have lots of fun so I am looking very happy here.
We all show each other something we know and it makes for good comeradeship.
Shirley is our doll pattern expert, with her patterns being sold on Joggers and elsewhere.
Rita is our computer expert, and we need her, for lots of questions. Jey is our Ocupational therapist, and is so talented with her original hand bags and so many original dolls.
Christine, a great doll maker and sewer, is taking time off to get right from a broken arm she suffered one night when she got up in the dark and fell in the passage, not good, but is coming right slowly. Mary comes along every month with so much work that she has done , like a wonderful patchwork quilt which take me years, she does from one month to the next, and a lot of small things in between. Me I just follow along and am in awe of these talented friends I have. All their photos can be seen in 2 posts back.
I feel so lucky to know them.
My work is mainly Polymer clay these days.
I follow Cindy Lietz the polymer clay tutor from Canada,who sends out a Video tutorial on Polymer Clay every Friday. They only Cost $9 95 US. for 3mths worth, which means 12 videos for $9 95 US. not bad.
Click on Cindy's name to see a preview of this weeks Tutorial, I cant wait til Friday, Of course there are so many tutorials on the Internet paid or free , but I still like being one of Cindy's gals as the cameraderie of all the other students around her is really fun. We now have a Face book page dedicated to all the project photos stemming from the tutorials , and it is so great to see all the wonderful original pieces that come from these tutorials. Cindy must be glowing from all the gals she has meet and taught thru her site.

I can feel a small amount how she feels as when I teach some one about what I know and they take it and run with it it is a great feeling, that you have given someone something they can use, especially when they really come up with some of the most original ideas from what they are taught.

Over the years I have taught
Fabric painting,
Silk Painting ,
Pergamano Embossed card making.
ATC Cards
Acrylic painting, using things other than just brushes ie: cotton buds , they are great, give such swishy non uniform lines. Will find a card to show you this one day.
Bead Stringing
Now my passion is Polymer Clay. That is where my time goes at present, in fact it has taken over my life at the moment.

I have also been to many workshops for,
Doll making
Free Machine sewing.
Bead stringing.
Wire wrapping, and many other things,
all with well known teachers,
so I feel lucky and blessed that I have had all the time to do these things and I pass them on where I can, as I think ,why have all that knowledge without leaving it for someone else to learn.
Of course there are my very talented daughters so , if you look to the right and go to their sites you will see some great works.
Jacqui is Jacquis mosaic art
Julia is Verdigris rose.
Jacqui is also Flickr 4mosaics
Not sure how to find her there.
So for today must away. looking forward to viewing Cindys latest Video soon.
Have a great day and
play in your own Genre


Susan said...

Hello there. What a interesting post. Not only to "meet" all your friends, but to get to read about the fun classes you have taken and taught. As you know, I'm taking a break from polymer right now to paint, but Cindy's a great teacher to be sure. Also Marie Segal's current post has a great tutorial on extruder beads. If you don't have one of these, you must order one. So much fun. AND it would be another new thing to find. Hope you are having a great time on your side of the globe. Take care and enjoy your friends and life, as I know you will.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Oh Elizabeth, you are so right about me glowing! To read your sweet words. To see you trying new polymer clay techniques and to see your growing passion for the medium, is wonderful to see. I am so happy to hear you are loving the gals you have made friends with and that you are being inspired creatively. It has been a complete pleasure getting to know you!

Artgalcrafts said...

Cindy, Wow, thanks for your lovely comments and thanks for finding the time to look here. You are such a busy person but still find time to care personally for all of us who admire and follow you.
You deserve the world. Yes my passion for Polymer clay has certainly grown since I joined you.
It is a pleasure to know you too.
Only wish you were closer, but its AOK even this way.

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan, thanks for taking the time to look here. Thanks for saying it was interesting. I get here and just start and what comes out is whats there for the day.So pleased you liked it.
Yes I do have a great time with friends I have made thru our mutual interest in cratfs.
Yes I just love Marie Segal too.
I do have the Makins Extruder, had it about 2yrs, which I love and cant tell enough people about it when I can get a captive audience LOL. Your painting s and pastels are gorgeous and each time I see a new one its better than the last. Must be fun to do.
Yes I wish we were worlds closer, but your pleasant comments make me feel close to you anyway.
See you again soon. Love

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan, thanks for your comments glad you found it interesting. When I start to write it is just what comes out for the day. Yes I love Marie Segal, even won a gift from her last year, I was overawed, and yes I do have a Makins Extryuder had it about 3 yrs or so, love it too, and keep telling people about it when I can get a captive audience LOL.
Love all your paintings, and it is wonderful that you are evolving with it, just like my butterflies it is your metamorphisis
Wish we were closer, but no matter I still can feel close when we have such great conversations. See you here again soon. Love

Julia said...

Hi Mum,
Love your latest post!!!...seeing you so happy and challenged still with your artwork....

Artgalcrafts said...

Thanks Julia, glad yoyu liked my post.
Hope you are ok with all the rain and flooding near you.

Marie S said...


Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Marie How are you ?.