Thursday, June 28, 2012

Unicorn rough draft

Not the best shot of my unicorn and girl but I love it...
I made the unicorn for a smaller pieces than decided it should be 12x12.  The straight line needed to be fixed.  Everyone makes mistakes.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Why does handmade cost so much? Part One

I LOVE the Dollar bin at Target.  I love going to Dollar Tree, but I also love Etsy.  I will open my Marenski account next month.
Handmade items are expensive for multiple reasons. Today I will explain one of them: TIME!
I made this little collage to illustrate making one angel that would fit on a 5x7 card with a decent border of white all around.  I took the time stamp from the drawing to the finished piece and it was 18 minutes.  I guesstimated that taking pictures and the re cutting of the wing took three minutes, hence the 15 minute angel.

1. The sketch.  Everything I have made on this blog has a sketch in a manila folder, held in a plastic sleeve in an ever expanding binder.
2. Using my lightbox "Hal," I make pattern pieces on manila folders. (I now support that industry single handed)
3. I grab paper for each section.  Since this was a small card I grabbed from my scrap drawers. More on them later.
4. Cut! Or punch.  If God meant for me to cut perfect 1/8" circles he wouldn't have invented the mini hole punch.  I only cut the final pieces... the pattern pieces were done for a previous project. (Christmas 2010)
5. Finished angel.  Not finished product, just the figure.  And it took 15 minutes.  I counted.
6. As I work I use the sketch to assemble the odd shaped puzzle pieces.

So if I was getting paid $10 an hour. (Just making math easy for me.) And it took me 15 minutes.  Just that piece is $2.50 of my time.  So when mounted and calculating supplies I would charge $3.50. Just for a card.
When you pay less for art, you are telling the artist they are worth less per hour than the kid at In&Out Burger who is getting paid at least that per hour.

Getting off my soap box.


Tea Party

Proof of my continued Alice in Wonderland devotion... And where I got it from.
My mother's present was so fun I made another one.
Sadly the green trees came from paper that fades really easily.  Another lesson learned about paper art.
Lesson #1: The sun is evil!


Sunday, June 24, 2012


It goes without saying that taking someone else's work and claiming it as their own is wrong.  I hope you do not do that with mine, and I don't claim this one is a Marenski original.
It is my homage to Bill Watterson and my love of his creations Calvin and Hobbes.
It hangs on my wall and it will never leave.  Let's go exploring.


Saturday, June 23, 2012


Small confession.... I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland.  It did not make into the local art show, but a gallery let it have a go.  Hanging on my wall along with my other pride and joy.  (Will post them next.)


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012


Welcome to my creative corner. The mermaid is my welcoming committee.
I use scissors, hole punches, a little paint and the school of fish I designed in my Cricut using the basic shapes and letters cartridge. If I make her again I'm making a kelp leaf collection on it too.  Repetitive cutting of small pieces are not why I do paper art.  This is my therapy.