etsy and shopping

Have you seen Etsy yet? It’s a fabulous online artisan shop. If you are looking for a gift for that special someone, check it out and support the artists.

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If you’re interested, check out my shop.  I have my hex inspired, upcycled wood pieces. In addition, I have some pocket journals for keeping all sorts of lists and ideas.

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What have you been up to this week?

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hex signs

I have several Pennsylvania Dutch inspired hex signs still available on my etsy site.

Hex Sign

Hex signs are a common motif of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, frequently seen painted on barns in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Often taking the form of stars within circles, these designs grew out of the Fraktur and folk art traditions of the mid 1800’s. Some believe that the term “hex” has occult connotations, as the word is derived from the German “Hexe” and the Dutch “Heks”, meaning witch. In recent years, hex signs have come to be used as talismans to ward off bad fortune.

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These hex signs were painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

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Enjoy your week!

k

 

 

hex signs and art show

It’s two weeks until my First Friday art show!

Come join me on December 4th at stripe Men and see my hex sign series ‘Abundance.’ The ‘Abundance’ series was painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

If you like the signs and can’t make it to the show, you can buy them in my etsy store.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

frakturs and hex signs

Hi! It’s raining here in Santa Cruz. An event that has only happened three times since December. So, it’s quite exciting.

Through an old friend from Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, I’ve discovered fraktur art. I’m super excited to try some of this in the coming weeks. What do you think? It fits well with my hex signs.

Fraktur art, like hex signs, is also a type of Pennsylvania Dutch, German folk art. Frakturs were made for special occasions in life like births, marriages, deaths, etc. The pieces originated and were common in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Frakturs are usually ink and watercolor and contain beautiful fonts. I’m particularly interested in the motifs for patterns. Here is a typical fraktur.

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I love this fraktur for a motif for a repeating pattern.

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Talking about Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, here is the completed collection of hex signs and am looking for a local Santa Cruz store to feature them for the First Friday Art Tour in Santa Cruz. They are also for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are on square, 15 x 15 reclaimed fence board. Here is some of the pieces in the collection.

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I’ve also been creating patterns with them in Photoshop. What could you envision these patterns on laptop skins. shower curtains, tea towels?

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Let me know and have a GREAT week.

k

pocket note books & hex signs

I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.

The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.

  • Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
  • 48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
  • Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.

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Have a GREAT week.

k

 

paperphilia

Let me just start off by confessing that I am a paperfile. I LOVE paper, the feel of it, the smell of it, its abundance in the universe, and that it can be recycled again and again. I LOVE using paper in my art projects. Benja Harney, a self-taught Sydney based Paper Engineer and my personal paper guru, said it the best, “paper is unassuming and humble, we see and use it everyday.”

This blog and project I’ve embarked on this week is an ode to paper. The idea came from Beth Nichols and Rachel Taylor in their new endeavor paper love where they have asked bloggers to expose their love of paper during one of their blog sessions. I thought how FUN; I’m in! Below is my project, the paperphilia blocks, which are for sale at Pippin Lane.

My paperphilia blocks started off with 4 x 4 birch panels.

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Since today is all about PaPeR, I decided to collage. I wanted to use text, so I got out a set of flash cards and thumbed through them looking for interesting words and began to adhere one to each block.

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Then I looked through my stash of magazines for some special paper and here is what I came across!

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A July 1931 Good Housekeeping journal! Reading through it was fun and the feel of the old paper was delicious in my hand. There are quite a few funny advertisements such as one for Ipana tooth paste that states “A Young Mother has words with herself about a pink tooth brush”.  Another is an ad for ethyl fluid that states, “Sugar is needed in lemonade and Ethyl fluid is needed in gasoline.” The ad compares the healthfulness of sugar in lemonade and the added benefits that Ethyl fluid makes in your car. (WOW!) As expected there were tons of home ec ads such as Kitchen Aid, Cut-Rite waxed paper, maternity frocks, Scott Tissues, National Casket Company, Inc., Dr. Lyon’s tooth powder, and Cocomalt, which claimed to help youngsters gain weight.

I proceeded to thumb through the magazine and look for pages I could use to collage from some of the stories in the magazine. The stories were great and I loved the titles here are a few: The Minister Who Kicked the Cat, by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, The Murder at Hazelmoor, by Emma-Lindsay Squier and Amateur Cooking for Husbands, by Montague Glass. I knew the instant I saw these stories, that they were going in my project. I proceeded to adhered them onto the blocks with gel medium. The end result is the paraphilia blocks!

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To find out more about paper love, check out the links below.

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The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

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