Art by Helen Grossman

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Location: Lakeland, Florida, United States

Hi, My name is Helen Grossman. I like to paint, read books, and learning a new forms of art and techniques. I love to learn and experiment with different medias and surfaces, like clay, paper, beads, gourds,it is always something new here to learn and grow. When I am feeling burn out I am reading books or taking my brushes and paint. Back in Ukraine I learned a decorative folk art style of painting called Petrikivka named after village it was born. You also could see some of my work on Instagram, @helldg123. Thank you for stopping by and if you have a moment, I would love to hear your feedback. Helen

Saturday, November 26, 2005

A few more gourds

This month I was working mostly with gourds. I ordered a huge box of gourds, never can order 1 or 2 of something, always a LOT, so, now I have a LOT of gourds to work with. OK, I painted beehive gourd. I used black acrylic paint to basecoat first, let it dried for a while. This time I was really patient. When you do not give enough time for paint to dry, then when you painting with other colors, it is getting mixed up and ruin your work. Even letting it dry well not helping very well but better. Anyway, I painted the gourd and then spray woth some clear finish sealer.

There is another gourd that I used to create a doll.
I use one of the mold to create the face with polymer clay, attached to the gourd using a LOT of clay, again, let it dry well and then I painted already basecoated (brown acrylic) gourd. I used acrylic paints and some metallic finish paints to higlight some leaves or flowers.

This gourd was thin and at the end of the work, when everything was finished I found a crack in the gourd which started to spread out. Apoxie clay to rescue! This clay is really good! I cover the crack and reinforced the parts around and used it as a decoration on the rest of the gourd ( bottom), worked pretty well.
Bye-bye for now!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Crazy Quilting

Recently I took a class on crazy quilting in local Quilt Shop. This was part 1. We learned how to construct the block and what rules we should follow as well as it is ok to make a mistake, there are ways to cover them :) So we do not have to worry too much. In next part we will be learning decorating stitches and ribbon embroidery to decorate our block.
If you will have any questions on how we did this block, please fell to free to ask me.
Couldn't wait till next week when we supposed to have part II of our class and learn how to decorate CQ, but for now I have to gather supplies.
Ta-ta for now :)


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Today we had a snow again. Kids had a chance to build a snow sculpture which melted later and then again we've got some snow. Today we stayed home. We decided to cook some turkey. I did not plan it but hey...why not! After 4 hours of cooking, she is finally here!

I know, I did not post for a while and here, month later I am showing the turkey :) but you considered cooking as art, so as she :) Oh well, enough of turkey :) I did a few gourd dolls during the last month and working on some right now. I also took crazy quilting class, first part and finally made some pictures which I will post separately.
In a meantime, I want to wish everyone Happy Holiday! and thank you my family and my friends for being here, always.