I Got a New Book!

Way, way back when I was in high school, I took a lot of art classes. The school I attended was very small and their class offerings weren’t always extensive. I loved taking art classes, but the standard curriculum offered was: 1st semester – 2D Art, 2nd semester – 3D Art, followed the next year with: 1st semester – 2D Art Advanced,  and then 2nd semester – 3D Art Advanced. The end.

Needless to say, I ran out of classes before graduation. So, I spend the remaining two years taking independent study art classes. This actually proved to be a fantastic opportunity for me to explore all sorts of different media that I might not have otherwise ever tried. One of the things we did was explore Batiking.

I remember enjoying it then, but I haven’t Batiked anything since and I’ve pretty much forgotten most of how we did it. I’ve looked up How-To’s online from time to time, but never really went anywhere with it. Then, the other day, I stumbled across a book on Batiking for a steal and I couldn’t resist. I’ve started working my way through it and, while written in a very approachable manner, it is still quite dense. There’s a lot to absorb (and of course some supplies to get) before any experimenting can be done. But still,  now that I’ve begun, my mind has started churning and ideas are coming into sharper focus.. Can’t wait to delve in even deeper!

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Friday Feature

This Rainbow Felted Fish mobile, in GollyGeeGeorge’s shop, might be my new favorite thing on Etsy! Not only are the colors delightful and vibrant, but I love that the fish are hanging from a very drift-wood-like branch. (Almost) I wish I had a crib to hang this over!

This next item is a beautiful, handmade picnic basket made in the traditional Portuguese method. I love the colors and I think it’s wonderful that ToinoAbel learned this craft from his grandfather and that he is preserving this tradition.

There are many other styles and sizes available in his shop. Check it out!