The Ironwing Tarot is completely sold out and is officially OOP.  I have had a few people ask if there are any of the original drawings for sale.  This post is in response to those requests.

All of the originals for the Majors and Minors have been sold, traded, given away, or recycled, and I have none left.

The 16 Spirit Guides are all SOLD.

As the moon wanes, I’m selling the last copies of the Ironwing Tarot Major Arcana (two copies left as of this morning), and putting several egg tempera paintings up for sale on my website HERE.  None of them are new (I haven’t done any painting in nearly two years, due to other drawing projects, more metal and lapidary work, and having more cats to care for).  Several, such as Jaguarundi Shaman that appears on my website homepage, have never been offered for sale before now.  I had retired most of my paintings from the website because most people do not find them interesting, and the painting medium (handground mineral pigments in eggyolk/water medium) can be a turnoff, especially for younger people who typically prefer the ultra-saturated colors that they are used to seeing in digital art.  So if I don’t get any inquiries in the next six months or so, I’ll take them down permanently so they’re not cluttering the site.

Cat Eye Moon

The Tucson gem and mineral shows are in town, and I’ve been enjoying the madness for the past week, although I only visited two shows this year.  Now that I have a lapidary machine and am starting to make beads and carvings, I didn’t look at beads or finished stones.  Instead, I bought rough rock (big pile of Madagascar carnelian river pebbles), slabs (picture jasper, blue tigereye, agate, etc.), and various small tools.  The fossil displays were some of the best I’ve ever seen at the show.  I couldn’t resist buying a lower jaw fragment of Megaloceros, the Pleistocene giant deer, that was collected from a gravel bar in the Rhine River, Germany. 

Looks like I’ll be working with a lot of carnelian!  In addition to the lovely Madagascar stones that I just bought, I also have an old stockpile of Oregon material, and a pile of bead-sized pink, orange, and red carnelian pebbles that we collected a few weeks ago in the Empire Mountains.  So I’m looking forward to making more carvings like this one that I finished in December:

A carved mussel shell of Oregon carnelian.

Fabric Cat Mask Pattern

February 4, 2010

I recently posted about my Feral Black Cat Mask made from cotton fabric.  Here’s the white version, for which I shortened the pattern so it covers a bit less of the face.  Snowball the Shelter Ghost Mask is made from undyed 60%hemp/40%cotton muslin, a single layer of cotton batting, and a backing of unbleached cotton muslin.  This mask is hand-embroidered with three sizes of pearl cotton thread, handcut polished aluminum shisha mirrors, and tassels of Nepalese undyed recycled silk yarn.  A larger photo is available on my Flickr page.

Snowball the Shelter Ghost

FABRIC MASKS have several advantages over leather, papier-mache, or metal masks.  They are soft, flexible, and comfortable to wear.  They are not messy to make, require no special equipment beyond basic handsewing materials, and are suitable for a variety of quilting, embroidery, and embellishment techniques.

This 2-D half-mask covers only the upper half of the face.  It can be made very simply from a single piece of heavy nonfraying fabric such as leather,ultrasuede, or felt.  But for most fabrics you will need a front piece and a lining, and some way to bind the edges if you don’t want to stitch the two pieces inside out and turn them.  I chose to stitch both masks right side out and bind the edges with buttonhole stitch, which is time-consuming but very elegant looking.  It also adds weight and stiffness to the finished mask.

Below is the pattern for both masks.  You can download a large printable version for free HERE.  The outer line is the cutting line.  There are two variations for the bottom corners of the mask.  I used the longer, downcurved points for the black mask, to anchor for the metal ornaments.  I used the shorter horizontal points for the white mask, to give a lighter look.  The other lines are the quilting pattern that I designed for the black mask.

ADJUSTING THE EYEHOLES:  Before using a pattern, you may need to adjust the size and/or position of the eyeholes.  Trace the pattern onto a piece of scrap paper and cut it out, including the eyeholes.  Hold the pattern up to your face and look in the mirror.  You should have a clear, unobstructed view through the eyeholes.  Mark any needed adjustments, redraw it with your “custom-fitted” eyeholes, and check the fit with a second tracing of the paper pattern.  Once you are satisfied with the position of the eyeholes, you’re ready to make the mask.

Fabric Cat Mask Pattern

Fabric Cat Mask Pattern

Here’s a comparison photo of both masks.  Although the black one was cut from the longer pattern, it’s a smaller mask because I used a wider seam allowance than the one shown on the pattern.

Fabric Cat Masks