Friday, January 8, 2021

More Painted Teabags and what I’m reading today

 

I thought it was an appropriate time to read  Alice in Wonderland again.  I don’t believe I have read it since I was a child and that was more than a few weeks ago!

 


I have also been painting more little teabags.  I am having such fun doing this.  Not sure when I will stop.

 

Painted teabag by Marla L. Niederer


I also thought I would share a picture of one of my teacup and saucers.  I’m going to use it in a project but am keeping that a secret for now.

 


I hope in the midst of all that is going on you are able to maintain some peace and calm.

 

Painted teabag by Marla L. Niederer


For me, creating art works well for this.  I hope you are able to find something creative that works for you as well.

 

Painted teabag by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below.

 

Self Study classes with Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about the Little Lion Art doll I have for sale by clicking on the picture below.

 

Art Doll for Sale


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Welcoming in a New Year

 

Each New Year seems to bring with it a time of reflection, a time to look at what has worked during the past year, and what needs to be changed.

 

Journal page by Marla L. Niederer inspired by  Lucy Cooke Lesson 

At the beginning of 2020 I started to take a yearlong figurative art online painting class presented by a multitude of talented artists on Kara Bullock’s website.  I had hoped that it would give me the incentive to continue to develop my watercolor painting practice.  I had no idea what a dumpster fire 2020 would become and what a gift it was to have a new art project to look forward to each week from this online class.

 

Journal spread by Marla L. Niederer inspired by Katrina Koltes Lesson

Although I didn’t complete all of the lessons, I really enjoyed the ones that I did.  I still have more of the lessons I wish to complete but chose to take my time and study them at my own pace.  That is the beauty of online classes. 

 

Journal page by Marla L. Niederer

One of the artists that gave a lesson as part of the yearlong class was Jean-Marie Webb.  I really enjoyed viewing her lesson and looked up her website.  She had completed a project of painting on teabags and then decided to share this project with a class called Tiny bags of love.

 

Teabags in process painted by Marla L. Niederer


About two years or so before I had seen an article on Modern Met about another artist, Ruby Silvious, who also painted on teabags.  I was fascinated since I absolutely love drinking tea and absolutely love art.  I actually was inspired enough by the article to start saving teabags to paint some day. 

 

Teabag painted by Marla L. Niederer inspired by antique Japanese button


I never really got around to painting the teabags until I decided to recently take Jean-Marie Webb’s class.  I guess I needed to take the class for that extra bit of incentive to start painting my teabags.

 

Teabag painted by Marla L. Niederer


One of the lessons from Jean-Marie’s class encourages you to paint several teabags at a time to loosen up your painting style.  I have been enjoying this process and have been doing this for all of my teabag paintings.

 

Teabag painted by Marla L. Niederer


I think painting teabags is kind of getting addictive!

 

Teabag painted by Marla L. Niederer


I don’t know what this New Year will bring, but my hope is that it will bring you comfort, good health, good food, and the ability to be surrounded by those you love.

 

You can find out about my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below.

 

Self-Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about the Little Lion Art doll I have for sale by clicking on the picture below.

 

Little Lion Art Doll by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

Friday, December 18, 2020

More Holiday Decorations

 I shared with you last week my art doll tree.  This week I thought I would share some of the other decorations I have up for the holidays this year.

 

3D printed ornaments made by Jason Niederer in a wooden bowl turned by Bob Niederer

This is a wooden bowl made by my beloved husband filled with 3D printed ornaments made by our son Jason, pine cones, and a decoupage tea light holder that I created quite some time ago.

 





I was really into decoupage quite some time ago and decoupaged cones to hang from the dining room chairs during the holidays.  I just fill them with greenery and tie them on with a ribbon.

 


This is the chandelier we have over our dining room table.  I decided to hang some clear angel ornaments from it this year.

 


This is our dining room table centerpiece.  The nutcrackers have been around for awhile and so has the fairy lamp.  I used to collect fairy lamps enthralled with their story.  When a young couple was courting the parents would light a fairy lamp in the sitting room.  When the candle went out it was time for the young ladies suitor to go home.  I love the fairy lamps glow when lit with a tea light inside.

 


I usually put up two trees in our home each holiday.  One is a theme tree which I change from time to time (the art doll tree from last week’s post) and the other is our family tree where we put up ornaments collected through the years.  We used to put up a large tree for the family tree but the past few years we have just used two small trees to decorate just because it is easier to decorate and find space to put them.  This is the family tree filled with ornaments made by Jason when he was little and new ornaments made by our granddaughter Ada.  It always makes me smile to see the tree when I enter the room.

 



This is how I decorated the fireplace in the living room this year.  I made the Little Lion, Princess, and Santa on the mantle placed on each stocking holder.  I also made the stockings quite sometime ago. My beloved husband made the wooden family crest behind the decorations.

 


I’m already thinking about different ways to decorate next year!

 

If you wish to see the video of my art doll tree just click on the picture link below.

 

OrsinisAngels 2020 Art doll tree video


You can find out about my self study classes by clicking on the picture below.

 

Self Study Classes


You can find out about the Little Lion and Little Santa Art dolls I have for sale by clicking on the picture below.

 

Art Dolls for Sale


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.

 

Free Tutorials


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

Marla

 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Art Doll Christmas Tree

 

Bear Magic on Art Doll Tree by Marla L. Niederer


I just posted a video of my 2020 Art Doll tree and thought I would share a little about some of the dolls on the tree.

 

Angel created by Christine Shively Benjamin


This is an angel created by Christine Shively Benjamin.  I am so fortunate to have one of her absolutely lovely creations!

 

Carnival created by Tamara Pivnyuk

This is a beautiful souvenir doll created Tamara Pivnyuk for the 2018 NAIDA conference.  I just love it!

 

Doll created by Julie Brais


This is a tiny doll made by Julie Brais that I adore and have to admit that I keep it out all year!

 

Queen Anne inspired dolls by Marla L. Niederer


These are two Queen Anne inspired dolls that I recently created and added to my tree this year (yes I took them down from my Art doll wall for the holidays).

 

Bear and Racoon Magic by Marla L. Niederer


These are Bear and Raccoon Magic that I made for the online class I recently taught in October.  I took them down from my Art doll wall  and also added them to my tree this  year.   

 

Happy Meal angels and creations by a very young Jason  Awesome Niederer

These are Happy Meal McDonald’s angels that were given to me long ago.  The candle holders and wooden tree were made by my absolutely wonderful son many many years ago.

 

If you wish to see the video of my art doll tree just click on the link below.

2020 OrsinisAngels Art Doll tree  



You can find out about my self study classes by clicking on the picture below.

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about the Little Lion and Little Santa Art dolls I have for sale by clicking on the picture below.

 

Art Dolls for Sale


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

Marla

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Sewing room

 I haven’t posted in a bit. I’ve been a bit behind on things but thought I would share with you what I have been up to lately.

I’m continuing to work on organizing my studio and have recently focused on my sewing room.

 

My sewing room  art doll display

This is one of the walls of the sewing room where I just put up a display of my collection of art dolls.  Some are vintage, some were created by other doll artists, and some were made by me.

 

Vintage Baitz Dolls


These are the vintage Baitz dolls that I have collected.  The one on the right is a souvenir doll from Appenzell Switzerland where part of my husband’s family is from and where we have visited in the past. The other two are the Baitz Mozart pair that I fell in love with and had to have. 

 

Doll made by Barbara Schoenoff


This is a doll created for me by Barbara Schoenoff as part of a doll exchange.  Lucky me!

 

Doll made by Christine Shively Benjamin


This is an angel made by Christine Shively Benjamin.  Isn’t she lovely!

Doll I created using Peggy Wilson's Long Tall Sally pattern



This is a doll made by me quite some time ago using Peggy Wilson’s Long Tall Sally pattern for the doll.

 

Bear and Raccoon Magic Dolls  by Marla L. Niederer


These are the dolls I made for the online class I taught called Bear and Raccoon Magic.

 

Queen Anne inspired doll by Marla L. Niederer


Queen Anne inspired doll by Marla L. Niederer


These are my Queen Anne inspired dolls that I have recently created.

Ocean Goddess Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer



This is the mermaid, Ocean Goddess, that I created.  It took me six months to bead embroider her!

 

My Singer Featherweight


This is one of my favorite sewing machines that I use to sew my art dolls.  I also created the sewing companion, the Little Miss Marie, and Little Lamb Lissette.  There is a free tutorial on how to create your own Little Lamb Lissette in the tutorial section below.

 

I hope you viewing part of my sewing studio today.

 

In my next post I will share some of the holiday decorating I have also been doing with you.

 

You can find out about my self study classes by clicking on the picture below.

 

Self Study Classes


You can find out about the Little Santa Art dolls I have for sale by clicking on the picture below.

 

Little Santa Art dolls for sale


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.

 

Free Tutorials


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

Marla