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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Needlepoint Canvas Painting

I haven't been posting a lot in the last few months, but I have been busy working on my art.

One thing I have been trying to do is to paint on needlepoint canvas.  A friend of mine (that's you, MK) told me that there are people who will pay to have custom art painted for them to stitch in.  I decided I'd give it a whirl.

I figured out how to break a photo into sections of color that could be stitched, but my color mixing needs some work.  The colors I was using seemed to match the photographs until I actually painted them.  My suspicion is that the white spaces in the canvas make the colors look grayed out.  I'm not even sure that the colors need to match thread exactly.  If you just give a roadmap to where the differences in color occur, can you give a legend to it with the real colors?  I need to explore a bit more.

Long Time.....

Oh my gosh.  The last time I posted was October 29?????  Wow.  I think about posting something at least once a week, but never get around to it.  I guess I end up posting little things on Facebook and then forget about it. So I'll write myself a reminder on my date book once a week that I need to actually blog once in a while.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Perfect Greeting Card

Shopping for greeting cards almost pains me.  Many that try to be funny are offensive to me.  Many heart felt ones are too sappy.  Unless I buy them at the Dollar store, they are way too expensive. So when the heavens open up and I find the perfect card, I am ecstatic.

This is the perfect card for me.  The decoration on the front looks like scherenschnitte but is really a wood cut ornament.  It was $5.  Wow. Thank you, Hallmark.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pyrographed Sugar Skull Spoon

This is another wood 
burned design.  Wow, did 
this one take a long time to burn!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Oak Spoon

Weeks ago, after trekking through the woods, I came home with an oak branch.  I had carved sculptures out of oak before, but never spoons.

It got carved into a spoon pretty quickly. Then, it sat in my spoon collection, loved, but unused.  

I had read that spoons made out of oak need a lot of attention.  After they get wet, the grain rises up and you have to resand them a bit.  While I wanted to try using it for cooking, it took me a while before I could stop admiring it and start using it.

Today I gave it a test drive.  Though I don't usually leave my wooden utensils in liquids as they cook, I subjected this poor fellow to the full simmer in a pot of homemade applesauce.

The grain did rise a bit, but I really loved using the utensil.  I don't know that I would carve oak spoons to sell because people might not appreciate the roughness. Regardless, I adore the oak spoon and will use it in spite of its bad habits.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wooden Spoon Love

This week I've gotten numerous projects finished.  It may have been because of deadlines.  It may have been because of the piles of unfinished projects on my work space.  It might have been because of days and days of rain.  Regardless, I have cleared swaths of space in my studio.  Yippee!

This accomplishment also gave me time to spend carving without feeling guilty about the other things that needed attention.

I just finished this spoon.  It might just be my favorite spoon. least for the moment. The shape is pleasing to me and it is spalted just enough.

I'd like to just sit and hold it.