Laughing Dog Arts

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Hello!  I do hope you all are enjoying your summer and your weather is not too hot, not too wet, not too cold but is JUST RIGHT!

I have been working through the workshops in the 21 Secrets group and one is produced by Erin Bassett. 
Her workshop was on altered art and she showed how to decorate shoes.  I found a pair of new canvas shoes at the thrift store for $3 and gave Erin's instructions a try.

I used Luminart paints and the stencil in the photo.

Here is my result.  I rather like them!  

I wore them to a baby shower and the gift I brought was some onsies that I tie dyed.  Actually they were more technically fold dyed....

I used up my excess dye with some scrim and also tried some rice paper.  It took the dye beautifully!  I'll do more of that.

I forgot to get photos of the baby garments but here is one with the mother to be, Jamee Meir, holding one.  Cute, huh!  T-shirt is kinda cute too.

I picked a winner for my book giveaway and it is Cynthia at oldblackcatboo.  Send me your address Cynthia and I'll get the book Cabin 108 off to you this week.  
Until next time, 

be well. 
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Linda Wildenstein said...

Congrats to the winner. And I love your new shoes....and baby wear art. Fun to learn new techniques and share time with other artist.
Hope your summer is just perfect. Oma Linda

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh how I wish I could wear canvas shoes!! But flip flops are easy to
frau-frau up too!! Love your vibrant tie-dye too.

Judy Ziegler said...

I always enjoy your Blogs and I thought your artistic shoes were pretty cute!

Emma said...

Wonderful shoes, haven't got far with mine so you might inspire me to get on with them! Great present for a baby gift & lovely mix of cards a couple of posts back.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

This is a great post. I enjoyed all of your art especially the baby clothes.
Have a nice Sunday

Elena said...

Oh LOVE all the creations! So happy to see you playing in the studio.

Maggi said...

Your shoes look really great and are certainly unique. Love the dyeing. Still in the middle of glorious weather her which is wonderful after a seemingly endless winter.

audrey said...

LOVE the shoes, Jan! What fun!! And tie-dyed onesies.. I would have never thought of that. So cute!!
As you know, we are having a very wet summer, but I am too busy to worry about it. My favorite season is around the corner and I look forward to every aspect of Autumn!!
Hugs to you, Jan. xo

april said...

Oh those shoes are great! And what fun to wear! Great and darling baby gift too!

Cynthia Myers said...

I'm so behind in reading all my fav blogs. It is hot and humid here and the kennel is overflowing with boarders! Everyone must have picked the same time to go on vacation!
I'm enjoying your post and love that little T-shirt.
Those shoes are cool, (I did something like that for my nieces birthday! I used gel medium to transfer an image on the shoes and then filled it in with sharpie markers).
So I am reading along and suddenly I see my NAME! OMG! I'm so clueless!!! I didn't realize that I had won! Duh!
THANK YOU so much.
I'm so excited.
xoxo - Cindi

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

You have turned a $3 pair of shoes into a work of art! They're really lovely. The new baby, too, will have a layette like no other! I'm itching to have a go with some dyestuffs and this year am growing some plants for dyeing but haven't yet got around to the actual fabric in dyebath stage.

Patty said...

Love the shoes! Gotta grab me some to

Patti said...

Hi Jan,

Love all your creations. The shoes are so fun and now unique, The baby clothes are adorable! We have had the most perfect weather for the whole month of July here in Victoria 36 days of beautiful sunshine!!!

Looking at your other posts I see you got a Gelli plate too. Aren't they fun? I will have to look up the tape transfers. I love the bowling balls that you did up for your garden, brilliant! And all your quilts are just to die for!

Jennifer Richardson said...

swooning over the shoes
and that tie dye t for the babe:)
sweet and creative muchness.
those paints make me itch
to get my brushes out and play.
thanks for the sweet stir,