I ♥ hardware stores

I went to Harbor Freight yesterday to see if they had gotten in more of their canvas drop cloths – what a find. My friends Chip and Jane told me about these – beautiful heavy canvas for stretching on stretchers (or just using loose) to use as a painting surface. The price is right, too – a 4 by 12’ heavy canvas panel for less than ten dollars or 9×12′ for $15.

While I was there, the aluminum tape caught my eye – probably a lot of people know about that stuff, but I had a great time playing around with it. You can crumple it, paint over it, scratch it – great possibilities. In these examples I used black marker, transparent acrylic, and acrylic ink and rubbed it over the surface, then buffed it off. Next time will check out my neighborhood hardware store and see if they have it there. I’ll definitely be using it on some book covers for Nueva Street Gallery – yay for hardware stores! They even smell good.

foilPS The Baby Bee dish is there just cause it looked nice propping up the examples – no foil used in clay – it would vaporize!



A little gift for you

Thanks to everyone who subscribes to my blog, Shards – I designed some holiday gift tags for you. You can print them out and cut them apart and fold them – they make even a brown bag look pretty. These are some of the same images I use on my own tags – thanks to my friend Maria for many of them.

Access you gift tags here – print them on card stock if you can. There are three different designs, six cards on each sheet. I hope you like them, and happy holidays!



Quick post – new paper source

I  always like to share new sources, especially for artisan paper. Here’s the latest one I’ve found, and the prices and selection look great. I’ll do a small order and report back. Their clearance section is amazing.

Creative Papers Online

Examples from Creative Papers Online

Also, any time anyone wants to order with me for a quantity discount on art suppllies, let me know and we’ll see what we can put together!