Monday, May 24, 2010


Nothing much to do with art but heaps to do with having something nice to do while watching TV! I just looked up scribble knitting on Google. Apparently it comes from Debbie New's Unexpected Knitting
book published in 2003. (She has an incredible collection of knitting experiments. ) I learnt this technique from a wool spinner at the Hornby Markets (off Vancouver Island)  There are lots of scarf versions - my version goes like this:
# 10 needles. A ball of funky colourful wool anything up to 8 ply and a ball of 1 ply kid mohair. (In New Zealand its made by Naturally hand knit yarns.) The whole scarf is knitted in garter stitch.
With your funky wall loosely cast on 130 stitches.  Leave a 20 cm (8") tail of wool. Then knit five rows with the 1 ply. Then one row with funky wool. 5 rows 1 ply, one row funky etc. Every time you use different wool leave a 20 cm (8") tail of wool. This makes the fringe. One ball of 1 ply will usually give you (including casting on and off) 8 rows of funky colourful stuff. When you have your eight rows of funky, cast off loosely and there you have it a long, soft, pretty and warm scarf.
Two scarfs

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Waiheke Event

A local Waiheke Event - and some information about The Red Shed our local co-operative art gallery that I am on the committee of and some times exhibit in.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kids Affirmation Kits

No pictures today. I have been focusing on marketing and social media I am now on face book and twitter! Who would have thought. And... on the first page of Google if you type in Affirmation Art. I am very pleased. I have been doing marketing and headline copy. I am certainly not the best in the course. But did come up with Kids Affirmation Kits. Domain names and copy right now. All those other little bits that I like doing but mean I don't paint. I intend getting some pictures to Daring Donna to put into the cafe as part of the gifting economy. That will empty out my wall big time so I will feel like making some. Oh all right. One picture of something! My Maori heart phase. I made two in January. Both given away now.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hot Air Gun Art

Spent some time today using the hot air gun and cheap oil pastels. Just mucking about getting my 'hand' back in. Maybe I need to think about what I am doing before I get started rather than my usual launch. But the launching in can also sometime make good stuff. These are close up pictures and they look great. If I was really exposing myself I would show the whole thing not just the close ups! Taking pictures has given me a whole new level of interest - yeah for blogging!