Friday, March 20, 2015

DIY Print Tutorial Using Styrofoam

Been itching to try some litho type printing. Purchased a brayer a while back and some mounted linoleum.  Boy that was tough. Heard that styrofoam was an option so I cut up our take out container and Viola! (like the flower), it worked!

Some of these were more successful than others, but I think it's a good first attempt and can't wait to try some more. ..hey, any excuse to go out to dinner,  right? ;)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Been caught thriftin'!

Do you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore in your area? If so, you should check them out!
Found some aluminum flashing (I've been painting it), 2 lovely vintage scarves, an entire set of acrylic paints, and some some crackle medium all for less than 10 buckaroos!  Boosh!

Also, who wants to sing it with me? "Been caught *thriftin* once when I was five, I enjoy *thriftin, just as simple as that..." ;) (long live Jane's Addiction! !)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Arting arting arting!

Howdy creative folks! I'm in Western NY, with A LOT of snow...which means I've had A LOT of time in the studio (woot!) all season. I'm going to be participating in a county wide open studio weekend April  25 & 26 and am having a blast creating various lovely items to fill my table. Check out for more info.

Here are some sneak peeks :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Can't. Stop. Arting.

How small can I go??? Let's see! :) 
The wee canvases you see here are 2 x 2" and the wooden tags are even smaller.
A couple of months ago I had surgery to correct a medical problem that has plagued me for decades.   Since then I haven't been able to stop "Arting" (in quotes, definitely capitalized). I truly feel that the energy that used to get sucked into a deep black hole is now able to spread its colorful wings and fly!
 I just recently rejoined my local arts council and have a sneaky plan to do some BIG BIG BIG paintings...In direct contrast with the wee little paintings I'm truly digging at the moment. I've also started a group called Art Supplies and Unfolded Laundry. Monthly get-togethers, positive encouragement, community, and fun! (check us out on facebook)
Thank you mighty goddess of creativity for coming to my heart and my studio! I hope you stay a long while!

What are you working on? Would love to see!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wow! What fun I've been having!

In my last posts I talked about wanting to do something New! Exciting! Active! Artsy! Let's just say I've covered it all!  Here are some handmade hints...

Here's another:

This photo by the fabu Walter Romero // Hispanic Attack

Yup! I've joined a roller derby league...My "official" official name is V-Gun Queen and I'm a bit obsessed with all things on quads.  I feel great thanks to the exercise and continual challenges. I'm the oldest skater in our league and most likely the slowest, but it doesn't's a blast!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Project TwoOh14 (working title)

I've begun! In my last post I mentioned that I want to challenge myself to be more actively creative. For one hour a day (at least 5 times a week) I will engage in something creative, active, spirit-revving. So far I have been: doodling like my life depended on it (too dramatic?), playing cello, sewing holiday gifts, researching exercise options and reading new to me graphic novels. Now none of these things are ground shaking, I know, but it is a great start me thinks! 
Thanks for staying tuned in to Pink Velvet Bird, I'm excited to see where this new year takes us!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Year...New Project! TwoOh14

OK, I'm gonna shake shake shake this artist funk! I work long hours 4 days a week and after I get home, walk the dog, feed the rest of the herd, find something to eat and then do the dishes I generally just plop in front of some cartoons and get up and do it all again. Weekends seem to be full of travel, freelancing,  household errands and putzing around. I need to refresh my creative engine! I'm not one that really gets involved in New Year's resolutions but I figure that starting this renewal project in January is a great way to track my progress, no?

I'll keep posting my progress here...hopefully if I feel like there's an audience I'll be more motivated to keep on track. I want to be able to do something creative, inspired, positive, and healthy for an hour each day. Now let's be honest...EACH DAY? Well, how about 5 out of 7 and if I get 6 or 7 hours in a week I'll give myself an extra high five. Sound good? Great!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Updates updates!

Hello bloggity world! Here are some quick picts of some of the crafty fun I've been getting myself into lately...(I've been busy!)
Here's my table at Geek Flea...I love this show! You can find more of my hats on Etsy :) click:
I've been working with the handsome hubby, writing music for gallery much fun and just a bit nervey!
 I've been selling some of my adornments at the Harvest and Artists Market in Pulteney NY...
 ...dressing up for a Pioneer party...that's one of my first quilts!
And my entry into the SoulShine Studio (Corning, NY) beaders' contest. I won! Woot!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

And sometimes I like to dress up...

Yup, I made most of my outfit. Check out more of my hats here: :)

Thanks to Harvey-Sampson Media for the picts from this year's 62 Hours event.