Monday, April 28, 2014

Cherry Blossoms and Giveaway Winners

Good morning! Thank you so much to Julie and Danielle for commenting on last week's post and offering such insightful advice and perspective- I truly appreciate it! Since there were only two comments I decided I want to send both Julie and Danielle something. Ladies, if you want to send me your mailing address I'll get your art in the mail as soon as possible (email me at kathleenjlaclair@gmail.com). And again, thank you!!

It's been a crazy last week in NYC. I figured it'd be busy and emotional and it's proved to be just that. To top things off I got a bad cold several days ago that has had me dragging my feet, fighting a headache, and blowing my nose constantly! I honestly think that the stress of moving has manifested itself physically in my body. It's been a challenging week trying to balance taking care of my body and moving. Tomorrow we'll be on the road to Syracuse and I'm looking forward to resting once we get there.

On a positive note, I'm so happy that my favorite cherry blossom tree that is across the street from my apartment bloomed the other day. I really wanted to see it one last time before I moved and it didn't disappoint!


I'm looking forward to next week when I hope to get back to writing here more frequently. Have a happy Monday everyone.


xo

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Coming to an end and a beginning (plus a GIVEAWAY!)

I've been finding it hard to find time to blog lately. There is a lot going on with moving, packing, cleaning, throwing crap away, saying goodbyes- just generally wrapping things up before our big move. We'll be out of here in 8 days!

I feel like I'm doing fairly well dealing with all of the emotions that come at a time like this but I imagine it won't be all smooth sailing. So, I want to solicit your advice. Do you have any advice for me on moving/change/transition? What have your experiences with change and transition taught you? Any tips for the most efficient way to clean and paint an apartment? How do you deal with saying goodbye to people you love? Whatever advice or wisdom you have to offer will be greatly appreciated. Whoever leaves a comment with their advice will have their name entered in a giveaway for one of my mini (2.5in x 3.5in) stamped collages:
I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, April 28th. So, if you leave a comment be sure to check back here next week to see if you are the winner!

In the studio, I've begun to organize my supplies and get them ready to be packed up. I came across several bottles of inks that I rarely use. I decided to do some experiments with ink and watercolor on paper. This is how they turned out:


Very fun. If I get sick of spackling walls today I might do some more ink and watercolor experiments!

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xo

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Inside a Process - banners and wall hangings

I just received a shipment of wood panels which I'm turning into banners and wall hangings. I spent the day yesterday making the first two and I'm very happy with how they turned out! Below is a look at the process of making a banner.

1. For this banner I used 5 3in x 3in panels. I collaged papers on top with a glue stick and used pencil and colored pencils to add more color and interest. Then used oil pastels, smudging them with my fingers, to cover each panel with color. Next I sealed each panel with a coat of Mod Podge.
2.  I then sorted through my collection of painted papers to see which ones might look good on top of my yellow panels.
 3. After I chose my papers and cut them to the desired size I decided to stamp the word "peace" onto some of the papers. I used Color Box ink and then embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss the letters.
4. Next I began to collage all of my painted papers together using Mod Podge. Two of the layers I also stitched together to add more texture and interest.

5. Then I used a drill with a very small drill bit to make holes in each of my yellow wood panels.
6. Next I collaged my layered stamped papers onto the wood panels.



7. I sprayed each panel with Low Odor Krylon Clear Fixative and let them dry for a couple of hours.
8. Once the panels were dry I used heavy hemp cord to string them together. Finished!
Here is a picture of another one, I added buttons when I strung this one together:
I have so many ideas for these banners and wall hanging and I hope to make many more over the coming months. Some with words, some with images, some that hang horizontally, some vertically. I'm excited to see how it goes!

Have a wonderful Sunday! Especially those of you coming from Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day!

xo

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What a week it's been

It has truly been a crazy busy week. It went quickly. However, thinking back, last Tuesday feels like ages ago. The biggest thing that happened is that Tyler and I moved most of our stuff out of New York City! Whoa! I'm not sure what I'm feeling about it, or if I'm feeling much of anything. I'm in a daze. Thanks to the help of family and friends we had a pretty seamless move. I'm grateful for that. We drove our u-haul up to Syracuse Saturday night and got back into Brooklyn late last night. Time is a strange thing right now. We have three more weeks here before we head out for good. Before I move back home. Wow.

I spent a short time in the studio this evening and was starting to feel sad that soon I won't have this messy little corner to work in. But, I know I'll be moving on to other messy corners and spaces. I'll always keep making.
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xo