Sunday, September 7, 2008

Making glass gem pins...

Ah, there's nothing quite like the smell of E-6000* in the morning!

This morning I've been making glass pins to wear, to donate to the NFPW Education Fund auction next week, and to sell at Archon next month.

I start with a small image of one of my paintings, apply a glob of glue, then squish the gem into the glob and slide it around until the glue is evenly distributed and the image is centered. The photo shows what it looks like at this stage.

After the glue has had time to cure, I'll trim the edges, glue on the pin back, and then seal the back and edges with a mat varnish.

Alternatively, I could glue a magnet on the back, in which case I'd skip the varnish.

*silcone-based industrial-strength adhesive

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kitten With Garlic, Watercolor ACEO

Cat With Garlic
Originally uploaded by AllisonStein
I posted this little cutie in my ETSY shop last night. I also have notecards available with this little guy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What I've been working on...

A sneak peek at the watercolor mini paintings (ACEO size) I've been working on. I started the sketches while at ConQuest on Memorial Day weekend. I painted on it a little here, a little there, and reached this point during July 4th weekend. I still have a few details to add, and they'll be finished. My two favorites? Middle row left and bottom row center.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Trunk Show June 20

KC-area Etsy Artists and Crafters Host Trunk Show
At ElJay's River Market Coffeehouse, June 20, 2008, 7-10:30 p.m.

WHAT: KCEtsy Artist Trunk Show
WHO: KCEtsy, a group of local artists and crafters
WHEN: Friday, June 20, 2008, 7 p.m. – 10:30 pm
WHERE: Eljay's River Market Coffeehouse, 412 B Delaware, Kansas City, MO. 64105

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Does It Work?

I've added a mailing list link over there on the upper right side of the page. If you want to be notified of my upcoming art shows, promotions, or cool new stuff in my ETSY shop, sign up! I don't intend to spam anyone. It will be a low-volume thing and I will protect my subscribers' privacy.

Time Flies

Time flies! Wow!

The good news about my last post is that the paints finally dried out enough to use, but they still moisten quickly and stay moist longer. Yay!

Meanwhile, I've just finished my first big science fiction artshow of the year - ConQuesT, held Memorial Day weekend here in Kansas City. I hung about 40 pieces, mostly originals, with a stack of prints, notecards, and bookmarks in the print shop. I sold enough pieces to pay my display fees, so I consider it a good show. My little robots were popular -- I'll try to post scans of them soon.

Next up: SoonerCon, in Oklahoma City, June 6-8. This will be my first showing at SoonerCon, and I'm looking forward to it!

I've also been busy with the Kansas City Street Team for Etsy, the KCestyteam. We had a planning session last night, and it was all good. I'm signed up for the June 20 Trunk Show at ElJay's Cafe in the RiverMarket area here in KC. More about that later, too.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One small drop -- possibly a big mistake....

I have several DaVinci colors on my pallet. After I squeezed them out of the tube, they never "settled in", but stayed in little piles in the corner. When they dry, they pop out of the wells and rattle around when I move the pallet. When I spritz them, they take a long time to "melt".

On the other hand, I have two Van Gogh colors on the same pallet that settled in nicely, stay where I put them, and moisten up very nicely when I spritz them.

So, I solicited some advice on an artists forum, and the answer came back with half of the replies recommending a drop of gum arabic, and the other half recommending a drop of glycerin. I chose the glycerin.

That may not have been my best choice.... 48 hours later, the paints are still liquid and gooey in the pallet wells. I'm worried that they may never actually dry again.... because that would be messy. I'm not terribly worried about cost. I got these tubes on clearance, and I don't like them nearly as much as Daniel Smith pigments.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I didn't do it! ACEO

"I didn't do it!" by Allison Stein.
ACEO 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches, watercolor on Arches 140# cold pressed paper.

I posted this little darling to my ETSY shop last week. I used a combination of watercolor and watercolor pencil. The texture was created with salt. I love the expressiveness of the eyes and the color, but I do believe I've reached the limit of how big I should make them.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Joining With Kindred Artistic Souls....

I've just joined Etsy's ACEO Street Team. Come visit the group blog:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What's For Dinner? ACEO

What's For Dinner? ACEO original watercolor

Secret Smile - ACEO

Secret Smile, ACEO watercolor original on Arches 140# paper

Where's My Peeps? ACEO

Where's My Peeps? ACEO watercolor on Arches 140#

All I Survey.... ACEO

New ACEO, posted to my etsy store tonight. Watercolor on Arches 140# paper.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Playing Catch-Up....

Posting several ACEOs created over the past month or so. All were created using watercolor on 140# paper. I've posted all of them to My Etsy shop (see right column for link).

(above) "Valentine? What Valentine?"
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper

(above) "Gift From The Heart",
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper

(above) "I Will Find It!",
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper

(above) "Just One Sniff",
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper
(above) "Hello in There!",
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper

(above) "Heart, I Haz It!"
ACEO 2.5x3.5 inches, watercolor on 140# paper