Please join us at Buckman Art Show and Sale this weekend!!
Find event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/703040169726601/
Dawn will be featuring her beautiful handmade birds at this sale.
Aren’t they gorgeous?
Join Lola’s Girls on Thursday Aug. 8, 2013 at McMenamins Edgefield at 2126 SW Halsey St. in Troutdale, Ore. for the Plucky Maidens Junk Fest!
Dawn has been super busy crafting beautimous (yes, I said beautimous) new birds. We got together during Spring Break to shop and laugh and shop some more. We covered a lot of ground one day … we were at Orphaned Decor, Pink, Roost and several other Spokane vintage venues! I picked up some board game boards to use for decorating a den or game room. I also picked up some vintage hat boxes … one of them a Stetson box … several antique frames, some 50s patterns, bunches and bunches of vintage sheet music. Although it’s getting harder to find – it’s always fun to look.
We ended the week at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, ID and drove further up the road to Wallace after getting more than our fair share of fun at the waterpark. I took this photo in Wallace near a shopping area. Apparently they’re big into recycle/repurpose/redragon!
I generally consider myself a watercolor artist. However after taking classes at Art & Soul Art Retreats over the years and online from such lovely women as Kelly Rae Roberts, Misty Mawn, & DJ Pettit, I have turned much more to mixed-media.
About a year ago I decided, out of the blue, to create paper clay birds. I started with good, old balloons and paper mache – just like in grade school and recently used the same materials for my son when he created the planet mars for science class.
I found that I needed to create a mold of several birds and consulted my brother Greg who is a sculptor living in Boston.
UPS brought me molding products & I set off to find a recipe of my own for paper clay. Egg cartons seemed to be the easiest to dissolve and I mixed up my 1st batch that included powered ceramic clay.
These paper clay birds dried in the sun & then later on the heat vent (Oregon rain … you know)
I tried various recycled paper including maps & bits of pattern pieces but ended up with vintage sheet music collaged over each bird.
I painted each bird using gesso & acrylic (not my favorite). Next step? Wings … which I created using vintage fabric, lace, ribbons, vintage buttons & jewelry. Each bird came to life as an individual creation with it’s own personality. I even had a parrot but my preference is chickadees, & sparrows so the parrot sits in a pile in my studio.
Here are pic’s of my newest little birdies-