Racoon Art Studio students put together an amazing end of the year presentation of The Gruffalo. All the puppets, props and backgrounds were made by the students in our “Puppet Theater” and “Be Artsy, Be Crafty” classes. I put together this video afterwards to post on my site. Unfortunately, it’s missing that priceless charm the kids put in the live presentation!
For a long time, to me, mixed media meant using different art supplies (acrylic, watercolors, pencil etc) on paper, canvas or other flat surface. I’ve learned that it extends so much further than that.
After years of experiments with supplies , digital imagery and computers, reading about other artist in their ventures, I’ve come to realize that mixed media overlaps into everything. It’s like a big web of colors, images, textures, tools and techniques all coming together. Whatever makes you happy “sorta thing”. And the funny thing is no matter what I am working on be it soap making, or sewing up a pillow, the end results still has that “Me Brand”.
I have let myself go in my creative playground…..where everything and anything is possible….no rules.
Using transfer paper, I ironed a photo of Gorgi (our Pug) on a piece of linen (curtain cutoff). I then stitched and trimmed it into a pillow and little pouch.
It’s time for the Holiday Blog Party at Henry Glass and Co! It’s a week of fun projects, giveaways and a visit with some of the Henry Glass Designers! I’m honored to be a part of the excitement!
We had a soap making workshop at the studio this weekend. It was so much fun it got me inspired to make these. Check them out soon at Racoon’s online shop!
My very first illustration “Forest Spice Cake”, for my friends at “They Draw and Cook” is featured in one of their two Holiday Books, just released.
Holiday Sweet and Holiday Savory are both available for sale at their site.
Forest Spice Cake Gift Box:
I designed a gift box perfect for packing Forest Spice Cupcakes. Another idea would be a mixture of the dry ingredients and the “just add” card with the things that are not in the box.
Download the PDF files below and print out the images on medium to heavy paper 11 x 17. Align the printouts and stick them together before you score, fold and trim.
Forest Spice Cake Box PDF
Halloween is a fun time of year at home and at the studio. Here’s a little of what goes on after dusk!
I love avocados. I eat them all the time…sometimes even for breakfast. After trying various guacamole recipes, I found that this is my favorite. Mainly because it doesn’t have lime in it. The catch is, you have to serve and eat immediately or the guac’ will turn brown. I only add lime if we have leftovers…..which is not too often at my house.
It’s spookilicious paired with blue corn chips and black olives! Visit “What’s Cooking” for other of my illustrated recipes.
And if you like to cook , “They Draw and Cook!” has a wonderful collection of recipes from all over the world accompanied by beautiful illustrations.
Another project that occupied my busy summer was a cover illustration for an instructional music book. “Sticks”
It’s been a while since my last post! We had a busy summer and fall setting up Racoon Art studio. And finally, we are up and running! It’s been great having the kids join me in what I call “Creating without Limits!
Ellen Eagle, my amazing Pastel Class Teacher, has a beautiful, new book out on the market. The reproductions are incredible and her writing inspirational. For information on where to purchase visit her website: Ellen Eagle Portraits.
Visit her website anyway……her work is fantastic!