Tuesday, September 15, 2020

One Can Never have Too Many Tea Sets Can One?

 Okay so one of my joys in life is drinking a proper cup of tea in a beautiful tea cup and saucer.

 


 Over the years I have collected quite an assortment. 

 


I decided to reorganize my tea cup and teapot collection into my china cabinet.

 


 I had no idea how many tea cups and saucers I owned until I did. 

 


I hate to admit it but these aren’t all of my teacup and saucers!

 

I am also very excited about teaching two brand new online video classes in the Art Connection Summit.  The summit classes are being held on the AforArtistic website.  So if you have taken my classes before the format for the classes will be the same but the new features will be step by step video demonstrations. You will also be able to connect with me during the class in a private facebook group where I will be checking in live from time to time.

 


If you want to find out more about the Bear and Raccoon Magic online video class that I am teaching at the summit click on the picture below.

 

Bear and Raccoon Magic Online Video Class with Marla L. Niederer


If you wish to find out more about the Dia De Los Muertos Necklace online video class that I am teaching at the summit click on the picture below

Dia De Los Muertos Online Video Class with Marla L. Niederer


 I just added a new art doll in my shop.  Click on the picture to find out more.

Little Lion Art doll by Marla L. Niederer




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Thursday, September 10, 2020

I’m so excited to share all about the two new online downloadable video classes I am teaching at the Art Connection Summit this October!


Bear and Raccoon Magic by Marla L. Niederer

I will be teaching Bear and Raccoon Magic.  In this class you will learn how to create two ball jointed cloth dolls.  

Bear and Raccoon Magic by Marla L. Niederer

You can make one or both if you wish.  

Bear Magic by Marla L. Niederer

Raccoon Magic by Marla L. Niederer



The class includes instruction on brand new techniques I have never shared before which include how to make a lovely needle sculpted face without a center seam and without a cloth overly.  The other new technique is how to make invisible ball joints for a cloth doll.  You can find out more about this class by clicking on the following link.


I will also be teaching Dia De Los Muertos Necklace.  

Dia De Los Muertos Necklace by Marla L. Niederer



Dia De Los Muertos Necklace by Marla L. Niederer



This online downloadable video class includes all the information you need to create your very own bead embroidered Sugar Skull necklace.  You can find out more about this class by clicking on the following link.

Dia De Los Muertos Necklace Online Video Class

Hope to see you in class soon!

 

Until next time…….

warm hugs,

Marla

 

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Bandboxes

 Quite a few years ago I had visited the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and was fascinated with the collection of antique bandboxes that were on display. 

 

Reproduction bandboxes by Marla L. Niederer

If you are not familiar with them, they are boxes that were made and covered with wallpaper.  They were used to store items such as bonnets, gloves, thimbles, etc depending on the size of the box.  They were quite popular in the 1800’s and became a cottage industry.  Many of the papers used were hand block printed although some of the wallpapers used were machine printed.

 

Reproduction bandboxes by Marla L. Niederer

After my visit to the museum I purchased the book Bandboxes by Edwina Cholmeley-Jones on how to make a bandbox using traditional methods.  I also purchased everything I needed to make them but became busy with other things and never wound up getting around to making them until now.

 

Reproduction bandbox by Marla L. Niederer

I spent the past week making some of the bandboxes from the book using a pattern for a sewing box.  It took a lot of time to create each one since they are hand sewn. 

 

Reproduction bandbox by Marla L. Niederer

The first box I created I used scrapbooking paper to cover the outside of the box and box lid.  I lined the box with pages from an old book I had.  I then antiqued the box with sepia ink.

 

Reproduction bandboxes by Marla L. Niederer


Then I decided to get a bit creative and hand stamped paper to cover the outside of the next three bandboxes that I made.  I also used pages from an old book I had to cover the inside of the boxes.  It was quite a fun project to do.

 

Hand stamped reproduction bandbox by Marla L. Niederer


Now all I have to do is decide what I will put into each box!

 

Hand stamped reproduction bandboxes by Marla L. Niederer

Until next time………….

 

warm hugs,

Marla

 

I am so excited to be teaching two online classes for the Art Connection Summit in October.  You can find out more about the online summit here.

 

Until then feel free to enjoy some of the free tutorials I have posted here.

 

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Working on Two Brand New Video Classes!

Okay, so I haven’t been sharing a lot about my doll making lately.  That is because I have been very focused on creating two brand new completely downloadable video classes giving step by step demonstrations of how to create two very different projects that I promised I wouldn’t tell you about yet!

Supplies used to create my new classes

So I am definitely feeling like I want to burst with the news about these classes that I would love to share with you but promised not to so a promise is a promise right?

Supplies used to create my new classes

 I can share that I will be teaching two classes for the Art Connection Summit in October hint hint.  I will keep you posted as soon as I can about the new video classes I will be teaching.



Until then feel free to enjoy some of the free tutorials I have posted here.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Free Coloring Page

 Along with my other projects I have recently become fascinated with line work in drawings.  Some of you may be familiar with a meditative form of drawing repetitive patterns called Zen Tangles.  Some of the art work from Zen Tangle artists are quite beautiful although the goal is to enter a space of calm, not to create beautiful art.  But from my perspective as an artist, beautiful art is much easier to create from a state of calm.  So it is not surprising that the intricately patterned drawings are beautiful.


I haven’t really delved into Zen Tangling but did draw a landscape using lots of patterns and lines and thought you might enjoy using it as a coloring page.


Just click on the free coloring page above and print it out on paper.  Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Creating Art

I have been working away on a secret project that I can’t share with you yet.  So until I can I thought I would share some of the other art I have been working on lately.

I gathered these roses from my garden recently and decided to use watercolors to paint them.  They are old fashioned roses that we found living by our home when we moved here.  They are not only beautiful but also have the most amazing scent.
Watercolor painting by Marla L. Niederer

I also have been working on a sketch of our friends beautiful daughter Aubry.  I would like to make it into a painting when I am done with the sketch.
Aubry by Marla L. Niederer

I hope you have been enjoying some creative time also.

Until next time....
warm hugs,
Marla

P.S.  The secret project that I am working on is for the virtual Art Connection Summit that will occur this coming October.  I have to keep it hush hush but a hint is that I am teaching two classes on it.  
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