Monday, June 11, 2012

Book Spine Poetry

Who knew that we can all be poets when we play book spine poetry.  I got this inspiration from the Day 42 challenge in my Beyond Layers on-line class.  The idea is to make a poem using the titles of books displayed on their spines.   Once you get going, you'll want to do a bunch.

I think these are kind of fun.  I particularly like the last one.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Under the Banner of Heaven.

Wabi Sabi
Gorillas in the Mist
Reading Lolita in Tehran
The Freedom Writers Diary.

The Negative
Gorillas in the Mist
Barefoot in Paris
On Beauty.

An Invitation to Fly
Under the Banner of Heaven
In Search of Excellence.

To Be a Jew
Barefoot in Paris
In Search of Excellence

Sunday, June 10, 2012

An afternoon of batiking

My girlfriend Antoinette and I just realized that we've known each other for almost 18 years already.  Wow, where does the time go!  Antoinette is an artist who excels in everything artistic from painting to sculpture to interior design to creating the most spectacular awarding winning cakes you've  ever seen.  Click HERE for a video on a DeLorean car cake that she did for a fund raiser.  Recently she taught her grandsons how to batik on muslin which made me think that there would be a lot of synergy between batiking silk fabric and then nuno felting it.  So we made a date to spend the day batiking and will soon follow up with a day of nuno felting our batiked fabrics. 

 Stay tuned for a possible workshop combining batiking and nuno felting.

Here's a video of us batiking our hearts out.  Click the button on the bottom right to view it full screen.

Here are a few of our finished batiks on silk fabric  - china silk on the left, silk organza on the right.

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