Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Fall has arrived, it seems not only in nature but also in the economy or politics. I am just wondering if I should start using dollar bills instead of fabric, since I have mostly fabric that keep the 'value' and quality if I am careful and take care of them. And that is what my customers expect and rightfully so. Nothing to worry about I will not turn my art blog into a political blog even though it is very hard to separate the two of them in times like this. Ok let me go back to my art work, but it is for sure a challenge to be creative and positive with everything else being so negative. But be sure to look for my piece 'Hindsight' which is in the works at this moment. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Canvas Corners

Since I have been struggling with achieving good corner when I stretch my work over the stretcher bars I thought I share my little tips with you. Maybe that makes stretching art work for somebody out there a little easier. I don't have any special tools except my electric staple gun.
The painted canvas made it difficult for me to turn the corners in a way that I liked. I looked at several books and web sites that sell art material and found good help, but I was still not happy with the result due to the thick-and stiffness of the material. So here is what I do. 

Step 1. Center the art work. I secure the art work with one staple on every side and then make sure the placement is right. You do not want to have to redo all the stapling believe me.

Step 2. Then I start the corners: I first fold excess fabric in two folds to the outside. That gives me a good idea how much to turn under in the next step.

Step 3: Then I turn one corner of the fabric 'under', I hope the picture 'explains' that better than my words can. Make sure the corner is very tight. 

Step 4: Next I staple the other side of the corner down. 
Work your way around the frame always stretch one side and then the side across. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jewelry piece of the month

This months jewelry piece is a beach glass piece again. The dangling beach glass pieces make a lovely sound, reminding you of your last days on the beach, that is if you like your jewelry to make sounds.