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Monday, September 3, 2018

August 2018 Phoebe Meeting at Marcella's

Caroline was the proud winner of the drawing this month. She won this soft-as-a-cloud beautiful sweater knitted by Mary. What a wonderful way to keep warm on a cold winter's day!

Calendar Of Events 

September 15, (Saturday), Phoebe Meeting at Rosie's, (1 to 3 P.M., Special Planning Meeting; 3 to 4:30 P.M., Show and Tell). The small chair challenge will be due. Make a small chair from any medium or material.

Now through September 9, "The World of Frida" at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Don't miss this fabulous celebration celebration of the culture, style and persona of visionary painter Frida Kahlo. Go to for details.

September 21 and 22, Bewitching Fete. For the second year, a new version of Halloween and Vine will take place at the Veteran's Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, featuring fabulous Halloween art and gifts. For times and details go to 

October 5 through 7, Beads and Design Show, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St, W.C.  Exhibits, workshops, demos and sales. Go to

October 18, (Thursday), Yearly Potluck Party and Gift Exchange, (6:30 to 9 P.M.), Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda. Bring a sweet or savory dish to share, and a gift if you are participating in the exchange.

November 11, (Sunday), Phoebe Day Meeting, (1 to 4:30 P.M.), at Marcella's Home. We are not meeting at ReCrafter's after all!

November 15, (Thursday), Leslie Keeble's "Diminutive Frieda" Doll Workshop, (9 to 4 P.M.), at Michael's at Union Landing.
Show and Tell

Elizabeth took a sculpting class in Grass Valley offered by Deborah Bridges. She has put long hours into this amazing sculpture entitled "Paul," which was modeled from a photograph. What a gifted sculptress!

Jo shared another of her "Nasty Woman" quilted squares. So clever and colorful!

Jo also brought this small stump cloth doll she recently created. Wonderful!

Marcella bought this doll she purchased from Kathleen Walmsby at the Doll and Bear Show in Pleasanton. It is made from polymer clay. So cute!

Here is another example of Mary's beautiful knitted garments. The lovely colors and the soft yarn make it a delight to wear.

This adorable doll was made by Suzanne. The combination of whimsical prints are perfect! Great job!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July Meeting and New Technique Day

The meeting this month was preceded by three one-hour workshops featuring different mixed media techniques. It was a beautiful day with cool gentle breezes blowing across the lovely gardens surrounding Marcella's hillside home.She opened her wonderful home and covered patio area to us—and Bonnie, Sue and Harlene conducted demonstrations and hands-on "make it and take it" sessions covering embellishments made from punched and folded paper, Paverpol sculpted objects suitable for garden art, and Victorian rolled paper beads. We had a great turnout! See photos below.

Calendar Of Events 

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.) We are currently searching for a new venue for our meetings and events. In the meantime, Marcella has graciously offered her home for the August meeting.

September 20, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting, 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.) Venue to be determined. The small chair challenge will be due. Make a small chair from any medium. 

September 21 and 22, Bewitching Fete. For the second year, a new version of Halloween and Vine will take place at the Veteran's Building, 301 Main St., Pleasanton, featuring fabulous Halloween art and gifts. For times and details go to 

October 5 through 7, Beads and Design Show, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St, W.C.  Exhibits, workshops, demos and sales. Go to

Sue's Paverpol Mask-making

Sue started off the day with the Paverpol session. She provided participants with a clay mask, Paverpol, foil, draping material, paints and brushes. 

Shown above and below are two examples of items Sue has made to decorate her yard. The Paverpol makes the items waterproof.

The following five photos are examples of class work. The Paverpol moistened fabrics were carefully shaped and molded around the masks, painted, adorned and left to dry. Additional features and embellishments can then be painted or attached.

Harlene's Rolled Paper Beads

Suzanne, Daisy and Linda are shown following directions for making rolled paper beads. Harlene supplied numerous patterns for bead shape possibilities and various kinds of colorful papers. Below is one shape which results from using triangular strips of paper.

Bonnie's Paper Embellishments
Bonnie brought many punches for various paper shapes and demonstrated ways she has invented to layer and fold them to make one-of-a-kind embellishments for all sorts of mixed media art.

Here are just a few of the endless possibilities!
Show and Tell

Colleen brought her just-completed quilt that she started back in February. If you revisit the February 2018 post, you will see some of the over 2,000 individual pieces that make up this quilt. It is beyond amazing!!!! This was an undertaking for someone with over-the-top skill and mastery of quilting techniques, and an unending amount of patience. Obviously, that would be our own Colleen! Congratulations on a truly amazing work of art.

Linda is pictured holding four of the latest cloth-sculpted birds by Daisy. These are all examples of her original pattern, made with batik prints. Who doesn't love birds, and these are so cute!
Marcella displayed the quilt square she made using vintage bias tapes. It turned out a great success.
And, below are two doll quilts she made for our outreach project for the children hospitalized at George Marks.

Sharon has been having so much fun taking numerous on-line lessons from an artist in France, including learning various painting techniques to use in journals and books. This photo does not do justice to how beautiful these pages really are!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 2018 Phoebe Meeting

The challenge object inspired from nature was due at this meeting, and "Mother Nature" by Sue is shown above. To see Sue's second nature-inspired creation, as well as those by other Phoebes, check out the challenge section of this post.

Calendar Of Events 

July 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Play Day and Meeting (Play Day will be from 1 to 4:30 P.M., and the meeting follows from 6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), Marcella is offering her home for this event. She will also generously provide a salad dinner between the play day and the meeting. Please find parking on the street. The play day will feature three make-it-and-take-it activities. Harlene will conduct "Paper Beads;" Bonnie will demo "Paper Flowers and Embellishments;" and Sue will demo "Paverpol Masks." Bring your Phoebe tool kits, join in, and have some fun!

August 16, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), location to be determined.

September 19, (Thursday), Phoebe Meeting (6:30 to 9:15 P.M.), location to be determined. The challenge for this meeting is a chair, made from any materials of your choice.

Nature Challenge 

Here is a more complete view of Sue's mixed media "Mother Nature" figure, which includes the natural embellishments, including three fungi and a seed pod.

Sue also created this wonderful nature-inspired polymer sculpted face. She is definitely a talented sculptress.

Bonnie made one of her signature mixed media flat dolls to depict the lady in the garden shown in the accompanying graphic. Her work always has the perfect balance of composition, color and form.

Bonnie also made these whimsical birds which are fashioned from two different materials. The top one is cloth, while the bottom is made from paper. Bonnie's forte is originality. 

The photo that inspired Daisy is shown in the background. She used the seascape colors to inspire the fabric choices she used in her cloth mermaid figure. Daisy can create an original pattern for any and every living creature!

 Donna used a seahorse photo to inspire her watercolor painting on the left.

Elizabeth created this elegant collage which features "The Raven" from Edgar Allen Poe. She sculpted a raven's head from polymer, which is see protruding from the circular frame.

The photo of daffodils was the starting point for this work of art by Harlene. She hand painted a lovely array of flowers on this white cotton vest. Her painting is so perfect, it is hard to believe it is all done by hand.

Our Oakland Zoo docent, Suzanne, who is also a very talented mosaic artist, created this Zebra mosaic, which will be complete as soon as she adds the grout.

Rosie loves making cloth primitives, and this "Mr. Fox" is her latest figure. He was inspired by the humorous YouTube video which features the song "What does the fox say?"

Rosie inspired Donna to try making a primitive, also. The one above is a homage to her dearly-departed black cat, "Spooky."

Linda and Marjorie have just completed an on-line workshop offered by well-known NIADA doll artist Leslie Molen. The "Dragonfly" figure shown above was completed by Margorie, and Linda's is pictured below. They really enjoyed the experience, which involved a lot of fabric painting, as well as needle sculpting. They are looking forward to taking more on-line classes in the future. The photos shown here are from the summer issue of the online magazine Aforartistic. It is available by subscription. 

Bett's, who recently held a flat doll workshop for the Phoebes (see previous post), just completed this beautiful new collage featuring the flat doll pattern from her workshop. Betts has taught us all the techniques involved, and she has reminded us of how much fun it can be to make paper dolls. 

Donna and her granddaughter, Emily, recently had a summer vacation play day. Emily loves everything French (like her grandmother) and chose Marie Antionette as the model. Using Betts pattern they made dolls, such as the one above.

  Donna finished her shadow box doll from Betts' workshop, by adding bits and pieces of vintage ephemera and jet glass buttons.

Harlene has taken Zanaib's challenge to make "loaded envelopes" to the max. She created a huge box full of them (20 or more?), including this one and the four below. Each one is totally unique and so wonderful!

Marcella shared with us a cloth sculptured doll she had purchased at the Doll and Bear Show. This artist was inspired by the Modigliani painting shown on the left. 

Last, but certainly not least, Rosie brought a recently-made polymer doll she created using a smaller version of Anne Klocko's pattern. Rosie had taken Anne's class on this doll, and loved her previous doll so much, she decided to make another one. So cute!