Sunday, November 5, 2017

Paper Cut made for WSKG Public Television. "FOLK ARTISTS OF THE SOUTHERN TIER"

New Wycinanka Polish Paper Cut

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Celebrating Halloween with carving plastic pumpkins

Jack-o-Lanterns Carved with Hot Knife

Friday, September 22, 2017

Polish, Chinese, German Papercuttings, and Reverse Glass Painting

I created these pieces to donate to a benefit for my brother Joe's medical bills.  He has tongue cancer.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


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.


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.

Felicia's Pisanki


Friday, March 31, 2017

Icon of Christ with Cross

Just finished my Icon at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church in Elmira Heights, NY.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monday, November 21, 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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Modern Paper Cutting

WYCINANKA: Modern "Tree in Art"

I sketched a tree on white computer paper, drawing it from the roots up to the branches.  Then I placed three pieces of colored paper under it and stapled them together.  I cut all four trees out at the same time.  Then I started to arrange the trees side-by-side, above and below vertically, and then decided on a random placement.  I used rectangular and square pieces of many colors of paper, placing them behind the trees until I liked the look and feel of the scene.  Having glued everything in place, I can feel sky, grass, leaves, fields, and other scenery around the trees, exactly what I was thinking. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wycinanka Polish Paper Cut


Real flowers are a great inspiration for making paper cuts.  I remember my mother taking flowers apart and using the petals for patterns to make her crepe paper creations.  In doing Wycinanki or Polish Paper Cutting, the flowers are very stylized rather than realistic.  It's like cutting a flower in slices and seeing it from the inside out.  You really feel as though you are looking through the flower.


Mellodee said...
You are so creative!! I just love the colors and designs you come up with. Just lovely!
Jim Carpenter said...
Thank you for sharing that information. It really does help one to understand the art and to appreciate it more fully. I think this piece is especially beautiful.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Felicia's Fotos....

Felicia's Fotos.....

Felicia's Fotos.....Hibiscus Flower in my garden


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Felicia's Fotos...Outrageously Beautiful Peony

                        This is one of my peonies in our yard.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Felicia's Fotos...Star Gazer Lily

                             This is a photo of my Star Gazer Lily.
                            I took this photo in our yard.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Paper Cut of a Kitty....

"FOOTSIE"...Modern Wycinanka Cut Paper Psychedelic Design

"FOOTSIE" was not only in the POP & REPOP show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Da Vinci Art Alliance, but the show also traveled to Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA and High Street Design Gallery in Millville, New Jersey.  Her picture was in THE INFERNO art newspaper and in the High Street Design brochure.  She was also displayed on the Susquehanna Art Museum website.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Batik...Melted wax and dye on Cloth

"LARRY" Batik

Wax and Dye on clot