Friday, August 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Felicia's Wycinanka Snowflakes

Snowflakes Galore!


I cut these snowflakes out of computer paper, size 8 1/2 " squares.  Sometimes it is easier to trace a paper plate and start with a circle.  Then you don't end up with a "square", unnatural snowflake.  These are beautiful when placed on a window, so that you can see through the negative spaces.  Gorgeous!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wycinanka Polish Paper Cut

I am starting a new Wycinanka and hope that you will like it as much as I do.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

FLOWERS FROM IMAGINATION.....

Flowers drawing from my sketchbook.

SYMMOGRAPHY DESIGN...

Another drawing from my sketchbook.
It was drawn with Pencil, Ruler, and Markers.


FLOWERS GALORE!

This is a drawing that I made in my sketchbook.
It was drawn with markers. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

PYSANKY ON A POLISH CRYSTAL PLATE



PISANKI BY FELICIA





PISANKI AND WOODBURNED CROSSES




I decided to decorate wooden crosses with similar designs as pisanki eggs.  I drew on the bare wood with pencil first and then proceeded to burn the lines into the crosses using a woodburning tool.  It has different types of points that become heated to a very high temperature and actually burn the lines in the wood.  I colored one of the cross designs with permanent marker and then varnished the crosses to make them permanent.

PISANKA EGG DECORATING




Pisanki are made with melted beeswax that is applied to an egg shell (which has been blown out with a special egg blower).  Thefirst lines on the egg will be the color of the shell, which is then placed in the yellow dye and dried carefully.  The next lines and shapes will be yellow, if you cover the yellow design with melted wax.  Putting the egg shell in orange gives you a new color to work with in wax.  Green may be added before the orange dye.  The final color will be brown, blue, dark green, purple, or black.  Finishing the process includes cleaning off the burned wax by carefully melting it in a candle flame and wiping with a tissue.  A high gloss polyurethane makes the design permanent.  These pisanki are very fragile and must be handled with care.





PISANKI BY FELICIA






Pisanki by Felicia

MY PISANKI IN A POLISH REED BASKET


1 comment:

Anonymous said...
Gorgeous work!

PISANKI by Felicia


1 comment:

sanne said...
Omg so cute. its like real art.

xx sanne

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Abandoned Sled watercolor





      This painting was entered in a show at Glenora Music and Art Festival, where I won First Prize in Watercolor!.  Then I was in the Hammondsport, NY Art Show, by Keuka Lake, and actually won BEST IN SHOW!  I was so amazed and happy to receive such recognition!
     I was inspired to paint this when I remembered sledding down the hill in the winter with my brother and sister. We had an old-fashioned sled like this one which could be steered with the bar across the front. It was fun sliding down the hill and then climbing up to slide down again. I think this kind of sled was wonderful!  I hope you feel nostalgic when you look at it.

Watercolor Painting inspired by Currier and Ives...

I have always been fascinated by Currier and Ives paintings.  This is my 
impression of one of those paintings.

ACRYLIC PAINTING: Meandering Stream in the Winter Woods



This painting looks so much like the Finger Lakes Region where I grew up. It shows the snow on the ground and a creek that hasn't frozen over completely. It feels very cold but peaceful. I love the shadows that are emphasized in the white snow.


SCHERENSCHNITTE (German Paper Cuts):

                    Heart Designs



The heart shape is fun to work with in paper.  First, you choose a piece of paper with the color that you want and fold it in half.  You then draw half of your design with pencil and cut out the negative spaces (holes) with a pair of sharp-pointed scissors.  When you have a design that isn't completely symmetrical, like the boy and girl in the heart, you cut out the heart leaf design first and complete the cutting of the people separately.  Otherwise, you would have two identical people face to face.  When the design is unfolded, the delicate paper cut is glued carefully on the card stock background and matted..

HEARTS IN SYMMETRY Paper Cutting




I measured and lightly drew lines with pencil from the center of the poster board, horizontally and vertically and then from each corner. Then I proceeded to cut out 4 hearts freehand with no patterns (by folding and cutting half of a heart each time). I saved the inside cutout as that was also a heart. Then I had hearts with heart holes in them and regular hearts. I did this with a multitude of different colors and paper and many different sizes of hearts. Then I began to arrange the hearts from the center outward. I glued some right-side-up and others up-side-down, every which way that was pleasing to me. From the scraps I added curlicues to give the piece pazzazz. As my poster board was not square, I added a line of hearts across the top and bottom, to balance off the piece.

Valentine Design Tea Bag Folding






Tea Bag Folding is a fascinating folk art to learn and is very rewarding when you understand the folds in creating your design. The paper with repeat designs can be found online and downloaded, to use for your creations. The 1 1/2" squares are cut apart and then folded into intricate Origami (Japanese Paper Folding) shapes. I usually fold my card stock paper in half to make the card, measure horizontally and vertically with a light pencil line, and then glue the shapes where they look the most interesting to me. Pieces of rolled clear tape can be used so that you can move your shapes around until you decide on your finished placement.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sunday, December 6, 2015

                                               St. John the Evangelist 2014

                             Our Lady of Czestochowa  2013

Theotokos Mother and Child


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

POLISH PAPER CUT..."CIRCLE OF ANGELS"

I cut white paper into a circle.  I then folded it in half, fourths, eighths, and sixteenths.  The paper was quite thick at this point.  (This is similar to folding snowflakes.)  I drew with pencil on the triangular section and made half of an angel.  Then I stapled it together, to keep it from sliding around.  I cut out all the negative spaces in and around the angel.  Carefully opening up the folded circle, I saw all my angels along with little birds and Christmas tree shapes, along with the Star of Bethlehem in the middle.  I hadn't planned it that way but was surprised to see the details after it was unfolded.  I glued it onto red shiny paper.

Icon...."THE NATIVITY"