Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Creative Day...

Of course any good day starts with a lovely cup of coffee. A number of months back I started making my coffee with a coffee press. It is very yummy especially when you make it espresso strength. I've had a little experiment going of trying to get the foam on top each time but haven't quite figured out the deciding factor yet. I even had a little swirl with the cream but disturbed it too much when trying to find a spot with enough light to take a photo.

I've mentioned some of the art classes on dvd and one I watched recently was by Ann Baldwin called Text & Texture in Mixed Media Collage. It was really more about basic texturing instructions but very informative. I also bought her book Creative Paint Workshop which has some great examples and some projects you can follow. I utilized a photo of a tree I had taken a while back at Piedmont Park and incorporated it as my focal point. I didn't take pictures of the process and wish I had. At several points I was not happy with it but once I did a final wash with white gesso and added the birds on a wire stamp from the Tim Holtz collection I was much happier. It's going into my Etsy shop so hopefully someone else will like it.



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6 comments:

elk said...

these are so inspiring...you are really smart to watch classes on dvds

Jennifer said...

What a great piece!! Very neat!!

JudySheaRT said...

Love that piece.. It reminds me of victorian wallpaper at first glance. I love the Ann Baldwin DVDs and I just got Carrie Brown's... amazing.

Mary said...

Love the texture in this piece - and the birds on a wire. I have a great stencil - 24 birds on a wire.

Love the coffee cup too - great color!!

Between Hitching Posts said...

A tip on crema (that golden foam on top of coffee. The freshness & quality of coffee that you use directly effects the crema. Only use the best. You may also want to grind your own beans. For making coffee in a french press you want coarsely ground coffee. Pre-ground coffee is usually not ground coarsely.
Hope this helps!
Yummm

Carmen said...

This is gorgeous!