Monday, June 22, 2015

Signing Your Dimensional Art Hastypearl

Signing Your Dimensional Art

Some artists, create on surfaces, besides a flat piece of paper or canvas.
I am pretty addicted to building, engineering on just about anything that I can.
Its pretty much decided where you will sign your name on flat surfaces, 
but where do you do it on something dimensional or assembled?

I came up with this method for the little cottages that I make.
You can probably use it or at least adapt it for your art.
Its really easy, and I think actually adds a little character to my cottages.

I have bags and bags of ribbons in my studio.
I really love crinkle ribbon, because it coordinates with my art, which usually leans vintage.
I bought this ribbon from Joni Russell.
You can contact her and tell her what you are looking for and she will ship it to you.
Her stashes of ribbons and yarns, are THE BEST!

Because I needed to write on the ribbon, ironically, in this case, the crinkle won't work, 
so I gave the ribbon a quick press.

Then, I cut small segments, that would fit on the bottoms of my little cottages.

Are you impressed that I've labeled my scissors?
Scissors are destined to destruction in my tomboy world, 
so I really am glad to have scissors that Actually Cut fabric when needed :)

Writing on ribbon, isn't that easy, so I first pressed it to some painters tape.
I always have pieces stuck to my table from previous projects.
I know that the frayed edges would make some of you crazy, 
but it happened when I took the ribbon off of the tape, and I liked it so I didn't remove.
Of course, you could always freshen them a bit if you wanted to.

The ribbons, were ready to stitch to the bottoms of my cottages.

So my jeans are a little frayed, too!
I Told you that I was a tomboy.
Those frays have been hard earned in the garden and are a badge of honor :)

So, there we are!
The finished product.

Sure, you can buy name tapes, but I really like how the hand signed ribbon looks.

I hope that this technique, will be helpful to you in your work somewhere:)

How do you sign your dimensional art?

Thanks as always for stopping by....Laura aka hastypearl

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Crystal Marie Neubauer Comes To Texas ! Hastypearl

Crystal Marie Neubauer Comes To Texas !

I've talked about it before.
That special to me, concept of Community.

While I wouldn't consider myself a person that needs to be surrounded by people, 
I DO crave moments of Community.

Times, when people that you couldn't imagine come together,  
from different dogmas and mindedness, 
setting all of that behind and just stepping together in a remarkable rhythm,
even if just for a couple of days!

I have to believe that there is Providence involved.
There has to be.
Mankind, women couldn't themselves, generate the sacredness, of such times :)

Well, just one of Those times happened in my home, in May 2015.

Crystal and my paths crossed about the subject of a 
Mark Making and Collage workshop, on FB.
It was one of those right place, right moment times where...
I offered.
and She accepted.
I don't think that there was more than a nano seconds time, 
for that whole transaction to take place.
It was meant to be!

We set the plans in motion and waited.
...and Women filled the slots almost immediately... and they came!

...From all across the country and from all across my city!
All with one common be taught by Crystal.

No one would argue, that if you placed 100 pieces of art on a wall,
that You WOULDN'T identify Crystals.

There wouldnt be any "hmmmm...I think this one might be hers".
You would KNOW, that it was hers.

I hadn't thought about it, hadn't anticipated the rest.

We weren't just going to be taught art techniques by Crystal, 
but rather, we had discovered a woman, with a perception, a wit, 
and an ability to generously translate to each of us, 
what it meant to her, to tell a personal story, 
by making Marks On Paper...

It was as if we were in a museum, with headsets on, 
and she was translating to Each of us in our Own languages.
We were captivated!

I sat in the back of the room, with a perfect vantage, 
to watch the women's faces as she shared, 
and there were many times, when 100% of the faces with dropped jaws, 
were leaning in...listening to her!

We dove right in.

The abundant rains in my South Central Texas garden, 
afforded us with lots of mark making materials,
 with which we made our own "brushes".

Long before the familiarity between strangers had arrived, 
Crystal threw us into a vulnerable mark making exercise, on my front lawn.

We used long armed sticks with brushes attached, 
to express our marks on papers.
There's a certain confidence that we all rely on in our abilities, 
but take that away with a long stick...something that takes away your control, 
and all you can then rely on, is intuition.

It was a great exercise and one that we should constantly
 invite into our art...AND lives, 
in order to grow.

These papers cut up, became central to our collages, later in the workshop.
I KNOW that I will use this and morphed techniques, again.

Little by little, the bonding of Friendships, began.
It was as QUIET a group, as I have ever been with, 
and certainly one of the most talented.
You will see what I mean as I later share the art, that was made.

Crystal would teach.
Then we would work  play.

More teaching.

More playing.

I'm always the girl in a workshop, that loves to walk around and see what everyone else is doing. You get a chance to meet each person, and see Who they are. Amazing things can happen, when abandon and experimenting, is on board.
I saw Color combinations that I would never think of.
Its one of the ways, that our unique fingerprints, show up.

These papers on the left and below, were made from a little side teaching that Crystal did on marbleizing. I would take a WHOLE workshop on that subject, alone. 

 Themes began to emerge, sending us straight into the arms of composition.

Finally, after two days, the enjoyable time came, 
where we all threw our shyness out the window garage doors, 
and brought our creations, to the Common Table.

Crystal had a run for her talented money, with this little Gallery!
The pieces were Every One, Astounding!

Was it the excellent formulaic teaching of an artist?
Was it the skill of women from the four corners?

Its amazing when these two collide, 
and we each gain enough trust and confidence in the moment, 
to take the risk... and exceptional things can Happen! 

But waaaaaay better than that, 
is what happened between People.

Community had happened!

Cherishable and singular to THOSE TWO DAYS.

I am so Thankful to have been Blessed to be a part of it...

...and I cant WAIT to see where and when it will happen, again!

So, here is my Thank You, to YOU Crystal, 
for schlepping those monster paper and supplies filled suitcases,
 across America for all of us.

For sharing a Talent/Gift, that you understandably could be keeping for yourself  and career. 

You, were the reason that these ladies crossed the country to be together.

Your generous Message was loud and clear!

We EACH have a valuable story and we have unending ways to tell it, 
with our own Mark Making.

Thank You, 
for turning over our fertile ground and showing us new ways to do it.

So, thank you Dear Hastypearl blog Readers, 
for stopping back in to visit with me for a while.

I know that these workshop reviews, are many in blogland, 
but they are necessary at the very least, 
for those that attend.
They are like little photo albums of times that we cherish.

Thanks for indulging us a moment to go back in time, 
to refresh the happy times that we shared together!

I hope that you will stop in again...soon!
Laura :) 

PS...Crystals book, : The Art of Expressive Collage:Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue,
 will be released August 26, 
and can be preordered on Amazon.!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Make a Collage Card Hastypearl

Make a Collage Card


Some of you may know, that my husband and I 
just celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary.
Wow! Where does the time go...really?

I thought I would show you how I made a simple Collaged Card for him.
You probably already have the supplies to do one.

I keep blank cards and envelopes around. 
They are very affordable at places like Michaels or Hobby Lobby 
and Im sure many places online.

I like to build my card on a piece of watercolor paper that is just a little smaller 
than the purchased blank, so just decide how large you want that to be and cut it out.

(picture was a little dark as it was early in the morning...sorry )

I recently took a bit of time out of a day, to sort my ephemera papers by colors.
As you can see, the collection that I selected for my card,
 was mostly black, white and golds.
Admittedly, colors that show up in my art all of the time.

Larry loves to fish, so I found a Fred Mullett fish stamp.
You've heard me say before...his stamps are great...and so realistic.

I tore off a piece of paper that would show off the 
fish stamp and would be featured on the card.

I lay out all of the ephemera in blocks, until I got them like I wanted them 
and then used a glue stick to adhere them to the piece of watercolor paper.

For some texture, I stamped over the pieces with one of Fred's leaf stamps.
I used a metallic gold. 
Not that easy to see, but added some interest.
I splattered some black ink and scribbled some numbers.
Larry speaks numbers.
I do not.

I turned the finished piece over so that 
I could see the outline of the piece of paper and cut off the overhanging paper 
which gave it a crisp edge.
Then, I glued it to the card face, with the glue stick.

Time to write in the card and sign it!

I slipped it in its envelope and it was ready to go.
All of this took way less time, than it would to go to the store,
 and settle on a card that says something that I wouldn't ever say...

When you meet someone when you are a teenager, 
and stay with them for the rest of your life, 
your pictures cover a lot of years.
These start with a banquet that we went to when I was probably just 16.
40 years is a long time...


a lot of cards :)

I recently hosted an art workshop in my home, for Crystal Neubauer.
This technique was similar to what she taught us, 
but not unlike what I have done in the past.

I will blog about that Amazing Workshop, soon...

Happy Happy to YOU and all of the Anniversaries that you will Celebrate this year.
Pull out your scraps and glue sticks and make your own cards...

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I love that you do...
:) Laura

ps...I've listed some new things over at hastypearl Etsy.
I hope that you will keep me in mind for you 2015 gifting!