Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Fat Fairy Meets Birdy

There was a dove sitting in a nest by our garage.  At eye level! I watched her until she left the nest and I peeked in .  An egg!  Then another trip out of the nest.  A second egg!  Yippee!!!

I watched her for what seemed like weeks and eventually saw baby birds. She saw us peek in so much she didn't seem to get flustered.  Every time I peeked in I would coo, "Hi, Birdy." I guess she figured out after a while that we were not a threat.

The birds grew and grew and I was getting hopeful that we would get to watch them fledge. I kept an ear out for dove cooing and peeked out frequently to see how the family was doing.

One afternoon I heard some odd sounds outside so I went to peek out.  There was fluttering and shrieking.  A blue jay was picking up and dropping the carcas of a baby dove on the driveway.  One of the parent doves was attacking the blue jay until the blue jay left.

Obviously the one bird was just.....desicated. I couldn't go out and deal with it, so Mark did.  We never saw the second baby dove out there so we assumed it had gotten carted away by the jay.

It was rainy out and the doves just kept hanging out on our steps in front of the next.  So much cooing and pittiful pacing. I left them some seeds and they seemed appreciative.

This went on for a couple of days.  We left out seeds.  The dove couple kept pacing around on our steps.

At some point Mark went out and picked up the lid of the yard waste can which was propped up on a cinder block.  Out ran a baby dove! It ran under our hosta plants and hung out there for a couple of days.  The parents looked after it and eventually they all left.  I am thinking it is a good thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My Day was Made - Meeting One of My Favorite Artists

Oh my gosh!  Elsa Mora! I went to the National Gallery the other day to hear Elsa Mora, the artist, lecture. I was not disappointed that I did.

I have loved her work for years. She is highly skilled in many media, but paper cutting is her specialty. Be still my heart.  A paper cutter giving a lecture!

She is so down-to-earth and humble. I was so touched to hear her speak about her life.  My eyes were teary through a lot of the lecture, although I think a lot of that was from just being so happy to be there.

I comment on her blog under the name "Snippety Gibbet."  That name is just odd enough, that she recognized it when I told her who I was.  My day was made.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Going to Hear Elsita!

I am getting ready to head out to a lecture by Elsa Mora. So excited!

The earring houses I made from Frida Kahlo's work will be my accents today.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

To Those of You Who Can Do Such Things.... Clip Art

One of the things I miss about working at my old school is that I don't hear about new technology.  They were very good about keeping us up to date on software and websites.  As a retiree who is out of the loop, I have to dig around for stuff on my own.

Since I have the time now, I have been trying to jazz up my TeachersPayTeachers shop just a bit. One thing I noticed about many of the sellers there is that they use clip art that they purchase from other teachers on the site.  I have no idea how to make clip art but I thought I'd let folks know that there is a big market for clip art over there.  If you can create such things, you might consider selling them at TPT.

I suspect people would pay to have banners and logos created as well.  People who are not artists or who don't want to spend the time to figure out how to make them might be willing to pay for such things.  If I didn't have the time to figure these things out, I'd probably pay to have someone else do it too.

Free Logo Maker

Here's something cool I found today.  I needed to make a logo for my TeachersPayTeachers store but I don't have any software that would make lines looks as consistently clean as I would like.  So I stumbled across this free logo maker site.

I made bunches of these in different colors and saved them to use my TeachersPayTeachers shop.

Logomakr lets you create your own logo.  If you want something fancier, you can pay them to do one for you.

Thanks, Mr. Eaton, for the Info

Thanks to Mr. Clive Eaton for this post:How to add a link to an image in Blogger 

I would have thanked him in his blog's comments, however I didn't see a comment section.

I've been wondering if there was a simple way to accomplish this task and he explained it perfectly.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

The snip is finished.  Here I am as the old lady in the folk tale.  Well, I modeled her after me in my big, fuzzy, winter bathrobe. Hopefully we don't resemble each other beyond that.

©Janet Johnson
scherenschnitte 4" x 6"

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Things I Do in the Middle of the Night

If only Mark knew what was going on down in Snippyville when I am up in the middle of the night.  My goodness.  

Sometimes I dress up and photograph myself to model for my snips.  Here I am as "the old lady who swallowed a fly." As I drew, the story took a macabre turn.  Looks like the old lady didn't just happen to swallow these critters. Note the pot and ladle. Uh huh.  She was plotting against them!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly...

"There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed a fly.
Perhaps she'll die."

If you don't know this little ditty, check out this version by Simms Tayback.  It's a fun song though it does sound a bit morbid from that little phrase, doesn't it?

In my mind's eye I pictured a paper cut version of the old lady and wanted to cut it out.  I must say that this illustration looks absolutely nothing like what I see in my mind's eye.  Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. It is absolutely nuts how far away this is from what I indended.

I must say that I did thoroughly enjoy snipping it though.

P.S.  I was not the model for this one.

5" x 7"

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Scherenschnitte Angel - Christmas Cards 2015

Every year I snip my own Christmas cards.  They're 3D and labor intensive.

This year I chose to make angels.  My initial thought was that these would be quick to do.  Hahaha!  They were not quick to make.  I also made many that I threw out.  Hours wasted, yes, but lessons learned.

The main problem that I had with my angels was the face.  Snipping is problematic at best because it is tricky to know where to cut so that the whole thing does not fall apart.  Double the problem when you are cutting it on the fold for four halves of a face.  I snipped some of the ugliest angel faces you have ever seen!  I learned way too late, that I needed to cut the faces first.  It was painful to have spent hours on body and wings only to snip an ugly face at the end.

I know on that top photo, the angel looks as though it was cut from black paper, but that's not so.  It was cut from white.  The January blizzard of '16 in the background is putting her in shadow.

I was pleased with many of the angels and sent them out.  My family and friends always tell me that they have a collection of my cards and many people display them every year.

I am finding that every year, fewer and fewer people send out cards. It brings me great joy to send mine out, but I also enjoy receiving cards.  I guess this is a tradition that is ending.  That makes me sad. I'm not sure how long I will keep on creating my own.