Posted in Art, beading, creativity


I’m reading Thr3fold 04 by Laura and Linda Kemshall, based in the UK and Catherine Nicholls, who’s in Vancouver.  Usually I get inspired by exercises in books but don’t translate that to action (Does anyone else have this problem?)

But the first challenge in the book spoke to me, so I’ve put together a jar of precious things.   Precious meaning cool, attractive, meaningful.

Determined not to overthink this exercise, I used Goo Gone to clean off the gucky label on a honey jar that I particularly like because when I was rinsing it out with hot water to get all the sticky honey out, the bottom buckled so now it sits on my desk like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Here’s a scan of the flattish objects from the jar:

Catherine suggests drawing the jar contents or some of them, or taking photos and manipulating them for use in mixed media.

I’m thinking there are various ways to classify the contents.

Flat vs. three dimensional

Bought vs. acquired

Colour — lots of blue and purple

Object type, several beads and buttons, some made by me and others mass produced, also two bracelets which I guess count too, one is beads with my name that the hospital put on my son when he was born (don’t think they would do that anymore!)

There are three spools of thread (2  are antique wooden spools from my grandmother) and one spool of jewelry wire

I love it when colours have names, one of my grandmother’s spools is Pale Rose, I snaffed a marker from my grandson called periwinkle, and I have a light green paint chip called Yucatan.

I can see this has a lot of possibilities.  Dumpr is one of my favourite sites for messing around and one way and another I’ve had good mileage from it.  Here’s a Legoized version of my photo:

Well, there it almost wasn’t because Dumpr wouldn’t let me post it directly here (it said it would but I couldn’t get it to work.  Downloading to the PC and then figuring out how to copy it to the right folder and upload was a challenge.  I’m pleased that I finally figured it out, but frustrated that things have to be so complicated.


I see this as needlepoint or a quilt design.  I see things in the composition that I didn’t see on the scan, such as the blue diagonal which is partly a bracelet and partly the couching on the brown bookmark.  And I think I like the colours better, tan with pastels is interesting.


How about you?  Have you tried anything along these lines (collecting objects) and where did it take you?

Posted in creativity

Vote early, vote, vote, vote for me!

It’s okay, I’m not on Idol or anything, but my toile fabric is on Spoonflower.  There’s a contest this week and I urge everyone to go vote for this:

You can vote for as many of the designs in the contest as you want, BUT you can only vote once.  So do it now!

This image was made from a photo of a bouquet from an admirer, which I processed through dumpr as a line sketch, then further cleaned up in Paint, then at Spoonflower changed the colours from black and gray to shades of green.

Posted in creativity, Writing

Gleeful Celebration

This is a rendition of a collage I made in January. The original is actually a lot more gleeful because it’s on orange construction paper with gold chocolate truffle wrappers. Suffice it to say that the celebration involved unwrapping the truffles …

The sketch effect is from processing the scan through dumpr sketch, a free program with many possibilities, both creative and educational. It can create sketches from photos, so you could create personalized family colouring books, for example.

Go to and click on the links!