I got in a little visual journal time over the holidays. It’s been awhile since I let loose on paper. I was inspired by a quote a friend shared on Facebook. “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand this too, was a gift.’ – Mary […]
Several months ago one of my Facebook friends forwarded a post that they’d received on their feed. It was piece of my artwork that had been shared on a page called ‘Hippie Peace Freaks’. I was astounded to see that it had been viewed 13,000 times and shared 10,821 times as of last count. There […]
I’ve had a kind of a rough year and haven’t had much time or energy to get back into painting or anything creative, really. When life issues strike, I would have thought that I’d want to paint more – but it wasn’t the case. It was more like, the creative things I loved to do […]
A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in Sacramento, CA getting certified for using Copic Markers. This was something I wanted to do for a long time and now I am thrilled to say I’m standard and intermediate certified. 🙂 We learned some terrific techniques that I can’t wait to share with other […]
I was really fortunate to be included in an article about the Olive Hyde Gallery’s Holiday for the Art Show that happened on December 4-6th, 2015. This is my absolute favorite show to participate in and look forward to it yearly. Read the entire article: Tri-City Voice – Olive Hyde Gallery Holiday for the Arts!
We spent the day doing 3 raku firings today. It was alot of fun, but also alot of work! Raku firing requires some planning and coordination, so it’s best to plan ahead. Decide the order you want to fire in depending on the types of glazes or raku firing techniques you plan to use. It’s […]
We’re planning a raku firing this weekend. What is it about the smoke, the fire, the stress, the waiting that gets us potters so excited? I guess it’s the ‘not knowing’ – the gamble. Raku fired pottery is so unpredictable. You might think you’re going to get a lovely shiny copper finish and plan for […]
Opening the kiln is just like Christmas morning. It’s always a surprise, (and sometimes can also be a little disappointing.). It’s the anticipation. It often takes an entire day for the kiln to fire to temperature and then another day for it to cool down until it’s safe to open it. I always have to […]
I’ve been working on a set of ceramic Matroyoska dolls. Note to self, you must learn how to spell it properly and remember the name before you start blogging about it. Really, I’ve had a hard time remembering the name of the dolls and it’s embarrassing. I am not even sure I have it right […]
Here are the final Anti-Valentine’s Day Swap charms from the swap I participated in. Everyone came up with some super rad charms! One of the girls made these cool charm holders. I am very pleased with how it all came out.
All this talk about bad weather everywhere. I think we need a little sunshine to get us through. 😉
Anti Valentine’s Day Charms Well, it’s been awhile. Here are a couple things I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. Top are some Anti-Valentine mixed media Charms I made for a swap. I picked up the metal charms from eBay and made the hearts from air dry clay. I then wrapped wire around […]
I’ve been posting a few things on Etsy lately. If you are interested, check them out. 🙂 Loteria Charm Bracelet
Like to see my work in progress? Come over to FaceBook and say hi! www.facebook.com/cmcouling Here are a few things I’ve been creating in my studio over the past month. Enjoy.
Like to see my work in progress? Come over to FaceBook and say hi! www.facebook.com/cmcouling Here are some of the things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. I’ve done some ceramics, ATCS, an illustration and some microscope slides. I’ve been trying to use up supplies before buying more, and I have discovered […]
Like to see my work in progress?Come over to FaceBook and say hi: www.facebook.com/cmcouling I took a lengthy leave from my blog. Life and work have been busy and I’ve learned I just can’t do it all. I am pretty active on FaceBook and I am starting to wonder if a blog is even necessary […]
I’ve been busy! My blog is neglected. What can I say? I am spending alot more time posting things on FaceBook these days and am wondering if this blog will stay active much longer. Anyway – here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of months. I’ve been making alot of pottery to prepare […]
Thought I’d share some pages out of my ideas sketchbook. Sometimes I randomly doodle and alot of times I plan out projects or jot down ideas for future things I want to make. Bottom shows some pendants I am trying to put together out of clay and the glaze colors I’m thinking of using. I […]
A few things I’ve been working on. Some altered images I paint, doodle and stamp on. I’ll use those in journal spreads, like the one above. I’m also working on some pottery too, trying to build up my stock before the big show in November. It’s hard getting back into clay after many months off, […]
I haven’t been blogging much this past month. Work has been busy and prepping for the workshop also kept me busy. Here’s my piece I made at the Amy McDonald workshop this past Saturday and Sunday. It was a blast! I’ll post some more photos soon! Collage on canvas board with painted laser print out. […]
It’s been busy! I’ve been working on some pages over the past few weeks and I am posting a bunch of items for you guys to look at. Some incorporate some of my prints and others incorporate a new technique I’ve been playing with using packing tape.
Aren’t these super cool? These are the self portrait books that Jen Worden put together. Each of us did a self portrait and sent it to Jen. She made these fabulous handmade books for each of us. Inside there are pages with copies of the other artist’s self portraits. We also filled in a questionnaire […]
It’s been a busy few weeks! I’m posting a few pics of what I’ve been working on in the evenings after work. Three of these are designs for a round robin journal swap I am in right now. A couple of them aren’t quite done yet. I’ll post the finished pieces when they are done. […]
Here are a few journal pages I did in a friend’s journal recently. Kind of cheeky. lol. They turned out pretty cool. I used a variety of paints, and pens as well as collage and other mixed media objects.
Detail of the right spread. Detail of the left spread. Here are a few altered book spreads I did over the weekend. Mixed media, painting and collage on an old yearbook. This book is BIG. I am a little overwhelmed working large and filling the space, but it’s been fun. The scary baby one, yeah […]