March 12, 2012

I was attending a birthday celebration yesterday,  and could not find my stash of greeting cards.  I found a lonely  one amongst my felting flat pieces and how I wished I would have documented it with a photograph.  I assume my stash has dwindled or they are just hidden in a crany of my home,  so time to crank into gear for a new style.  I made my first professional card in 1992.  I usually do a set of cards about 10-12 at a time. Each group is entirely different, some time they are assemblages, some collages, some painted, some with hand-made paper I constructed.  What is most satidifying is to visit friends and family and see they have taken a greeting card that I sent, meant as moment of visual pleasure and they have framed the card and it is handing in their home.

The most unique was a stylized set of hearts painted with fingernail polish that was swirled with a metal stylus to resemble marbled papers. The nail polish was old so it was not until days later that I discovered it would not try to its hardened enamel finish but remained ever so lightly tacky.But these two dried nicely. These are 4 x 6 inches

One group I especially loved was made of torn Japanese washi paper, which I hand dyed then torn into pieces. Hand dying paper is a more gratifying experience especially if the paper is cotton on washi , which is made from mulberry root.  It lends a nice soft edge when torn.

I  did a series of handmade paper 20 years ago and I embedded threads and metallic snippets into the paper as I was drawing it through the water. This is an example of those papers.

Another sample of the hand dyed Washi papers. with a compositional element of metallic thread.

This morning as I was perusing WordPress I stumbled across  this   What I liked about it is the booklet format with found objects—a mini work of art.I am unsure if I will make booklets but I found these works intriguingly satisfying.

The most popular was hand painted triangles cut out then arrange into a composition onto card stock.The shape is a bit out of the ordinary as they were 5 x 11 inches.


Painting w/ Nail Polish

December 28, 2010

Mounted on CardStock cards with matching Ecru envelopes. 4"x6"

Marbled image using nail polish enamel.


Winter of 2008, I experimented with nail polish as a painting medium. It amazed me the numerous colors that nail polish is produced.  The enamel maintains its integrity so it is easy to swirl the colors as if one were creating marbling effect.  It dries rather quickly so it can even lend a cracking effect.  The metallic polishes have tiny specks of sparkles and even when the swirling begins, the metallic particles twinkle as they intermingle with the flat nail enamel.  I put several colors down onto the paper and as in marbling paper, I used a stainless steel pin dragging it through the various colors and they dry almost immediately.  They seemed to be a lovely medium to make Valentine Cards so I used the classic heart shape in these early experiments.  I could not get a good photographic recording since I do not have a light box.  My halogen lights reflected way too much light on the twinkling portions and merely reflect light back to the camera, which distorts the over all photographic image.

A good artist friend, Shannon White is painting with nail polish on metal and describing her incredible work as she merges drips on top of protraits.  Her new work  which sounds so delightful I can barely wait to see  the creations.  She is an  professional emerging, local artist who has met with tremendous success in recent years, winning  numerous awards.  Her work can be seen at numerous galleries in the KC area.