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* encaustics class #1

Posted on January 26th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Art.

My encaustics class last night at Assemble was pretty fun.  There are only 4 people in the class, so lots of individual interaction with the instructor.  I’m glad I’m taking it, since it was really useful to see things in person like how much to melt the layers together, and how to rub paint into the surface to create effects.

The first class was just messing around with the different techniques, so my board is not exactly the most coherent work of art.


Next week we work on whatever we want.  Hopefully I’ll think of a good idea by then.


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* tape drawing

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Experiments.

We’ve got a plain Jane Ikea cabinet in the living room.  One side is a door and the other side has shelves.  I’ve been trying to come up with a decoration to liven it up.  I initially looked at wall stickers, but nothing was quite what I had in mind.  I was mainly looking at geometric patterns, and the idea hit to draw something myself using the Japanese masking tape Becket got me for my birthday.  After looking for masking tape art on the internet, I wasn’t finding anything easy to imitate.

Enter inspiration: I just recently came across Anika Mari‘s artwork. I especially like her neat gem/crystalline/geometric sketches (apparently her dad’s a geologist!)


Her watercolors are pretty great too.

This one is the one that got me to try something out myself.  I made the concentric angular rings, and then connected the nodes.


Hmm, looks pretty amateur.  As you can tell, the couch is right next to it, so you could see every little piece and where the ends overlapped.

I think the idea could work, but I ended up finding a good enough wall sticker instead.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.


* encaustic class

Posted on January 10th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Wants.

I signed up for an encaustic workshop at Assemble.  I’ve been interested in encaustics since [goes to search archives] 2004!  In fact, Mark even got me a set of wax+colors for Christmas two years ago after we visited Portland and saw some Amy Ruppels in real life at a small gallery.  I got a hot plate thingy at a thrift store and a book and brushes and boards and everything.  I never actually got up the momentum/nerve to try one, however.  Why?  Who knows.  But I bet that having someone show me how to do it is the jumpstart I need.


I’ve been wanting to take a class in something lately anyway.  It was either going to be an art class at Assemble or a jewelry class at Danaca.  I can’t seem to justify sewing-type classes to myself, even though I’m sure I would learn a lot and sew more as a result.


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* hexagons art installation

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Home and Garden.

I can’t believe how good this turned out.  We went from inspiration to installation in just 2 weeks, which is not half bad.


I left the ladder in there for scale.  The hexagons are all cut from fabric and adhered to the wall with a starch solution.  I used a slightly more dilute version of How About Orange‘s recipe.  I know it peels off the wall nicely since we redid one section where the wall texture was rough and not adhering well.  Also, if you try this at home, don’t worry too much about bubbles.  A few of the lighter pieces looked terrible while wet because they had a ton of bubbles, but it all evened out when it dried.

I’d also cut out a bunch of hexagons in some patterned fabrics, but they didn’t end up mixing well.  Any ideas for what to do with a pile of leftover hexagons?


One giant featureless wall down, one to go.


* honeycomb inspiration

Posted on November 28th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Inspiration.

I’m working on an art installation of sorts to cover a giant blank wall in our living room.  The kernel of the idea came from this paper honeycomb window display at Assemble Gallery and Studio.


This is from a while ago.  I’d taken the picture and kind of had it in the back of my mind.  The next little push was from the cover project from the book Quilt It With Wool.


I like the common color scheme, but with the addition of texture.

Then it was hexagons in the honey color scheme everywhere:

header for the Purl Bee


Anthropologie window displays (picture by Calamity Kim)


more more more more more more


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* critter plaques

Posted on November 19th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art.

Mark got these funny animal portrait prints by Berkley Illustration at a craft fair last year.  We’ve been trying to figure out the best way to put them up.  We were looking for oval frames at Michaels this weekend and came up with the idea of decoupaging them on wood plaques (99 cents!).


Mark did everything.  He stained the wood, Mod-Podged the picture on, then creased around the edge to make a cutting guide.  He used an X-acto knife to cut close around the edges, then shellacked the whole thing with another layer of Mod Podge.  They’re pretty hilarious.


* Things Organized Neatly

Posted on October 24th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Crafty Links.

Oof, another beauty of a website.  This is why Tumblr exists.



* string art attempt

Posted on March 21st, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art.

The local Top Pot doughnut shop has a giant spirograph design painted on one wall.  This has now made me want a giant spirograph painted on my wall.  After trying to imagine how to create a big rig to do such a thing, I thought about string art as an alternative (thank you 6th grade math class, in which I was obsessed with them).  The wall I have in mind is a little high up, so I don’t think doing this directly on the wall is going to be practical.  So, I need some big, cheap, circular thing that I can put tiny nails in.  Hmmmm, how about quilting hoops?

Here’s my first attempt.  I used 21 evenly spaced tiny map pins for the winding pegs, crochet thread for the string, and just kind of randomly decided on the spacing (one round skip 9 pegs, one of skip 3, one of skip 5, and I think one of skip 7).  The verdict is that the ring needs to be painted or stained or something, and the pattern should be a little denser.  But I think the idea is a winner.  I got three hoops of different sizes, and I think they’ll look really cool all together on the wall.



* Stukenborg

Posted on March 9th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art.

I’m in love with these letterpress prints from Stukenborg.  They’re ingeniously done with hundreds of dice.  I love all the different patterns you could create with the dice, and how it took me a minute to figure out what they were.  They are so graphic.




* cord hider

Posted on March 7th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Art, Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Apparently you’re supposed to mount your TV on your mantel for some unknown reason, so that’s where our cable hookup is. I’ve been looking for some great artwork to use to cover it. After months of indecision, I finally just got sick of looking at the stupid cord sticking out of the wall and decided that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good. Fabric panels stapled around stretcher bars sounded easy enough, plus I won’t be annoyed if I do find the mythical artwork in a couple of months.


The stretcher bars and orange silk I already had for 2 long ago planned-but-never-done projects. The green Japanese print was actually a freebee I got when a fabric store sent me the wrong order. I only had to buy the woodgrain fabric. It really goes quite well with the rest of the living room (not pictured, but another wall is orange). The silk is torn along the edges, but I’m not entirely sure I like the effect. I might go back later and fray it or fold it under, haven’t decided.




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