Author Archives: M. Keli Vidrine

About M. Keli Vidrine

I'm a hypnotherapist, artist, and maker in Seattle.

Day 29: Rust-Dyed Roving

Today I dyed some wool/silk blend roving with a rusty old railroad spike. I won’t know how it turns out until tomorrow!

Day 29: Rust-Dyed Roving

Today I dyed some wool/silk blend roving with a rusty old railroad spike. I won’t know how it turns out until tomorrow!

Day 28: Encaustic Study with Tracing Paper

Today I did a test to see how well my tracing paper will work as a collage element in encaustic. Unfortunately, the answer was “not well”. I believe that it’s just not absorbent enough. I did get some fun results

Day 28: Encaustic Study with Tracing Paper

Today I did a test to see how well my tracing paper will work as a collage element in encaustic. Unfortunately, the answer was “not well”. I believe that it’s just not absorbent enough. I did get some fun results

Day 27: Repurposed Playing Cards

Today I removed the coating and most of the ink from the faces of some playing cards, using acetone. (I say most of the ink because there were traces left behind that the acetone couldn’t seem to do anything about.)

Day 27: Repurposed Playing Cards

Today I removed the coating and most of the ink from the faces of some playing cards, using acetone. (I say most of the ink because there were traces left behind that the acetone couldn’t seem to do anything about.)

modifiedmoose

Day 26: Modified Moose

Tonight I added long, messy, greying hair (the guard coat from an Icelandic sheep) to a stuffed moose. I may change it up later; giving him a hairstyle in imitation of the song Hockey Star is appealing too. (My hair

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Day 26: Modified Moose

Tonight I added long, messy, greying hair (the guard coat from an Icelandic sheep) to a stuffed moose. I may change it up later; giving him a hairstyle in imitation of the song Hockey Star is appealing too. (My hair

salmonbox

Day 25: Wooden Box Conversion

This box was sold with smoked salmon in it, and had a probably-not-real-copper decorative panel inset on the lid. I pried off the backing on the lid and removed the copper panel, so that now I have a wooden box

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Day 25: Wooden Box Conversion

This box was sold with smoked salmon in it, and had a probably-not-real-copper decorative panel inset on the lid. I pried off the backing on the lid and removed the copper panel, so that now I have a wooden box

perchprototype

Day 24: Parrot Perch Prototype

Tonight I had already gotten into bed before I remembered that I hadn’t yet done anything for Thing-a-Day. I convinced myself to get up again, but it was a close call. A friend of mine is making an elaborate perch

perchprototype

Day 24: Parrot Perch Prototype

Tonight I had already gotten into bed before I remembered that I hadn’t yet done anything for Thing-a-Day. I convinced myself to get up again, but it was a close call. A friend of mine is making an elaborate perch

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Day 23: Papier Mache Blobs

These messy things will eventually be used as forms, like an armature, in a sculptural encaustic painting.

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Day 23: Papier Mache Blobs

These messy things will eventually be used as forms, like an armature, in a sculptural encaustic painting.

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Day 22: Purple Yarn

This isn’t the yarn I had foreseen the roving I dyed yesterday turning into… but when I picked it up today, it seemed pretty insistent that it should be on the large side, with some irregularity. It’s about an aran

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Day 22: Purple Yarn

This isn’t the yarn I had foreseen the roving I dyed yesterday turning into… but when I picked it up today, it seemed pretty insistent that it should be on the large side, with some irregularity. It’s about an aran

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Day 21: Dyed Roving

Tonight I dyed some grey Icelandic wool. I’ll spin it into a variegated yarn sometime soon. before: after:

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Day 21: Dyed Roving

Tonight I dyed some grey Icelandic wool. I’ll spin it into a variegated yarn sometime soon. before: after:

hibiscussilk

Day 20: Hibiscus-Dyed Silk

This bit of silk I dyed with hibiscus flowers. I’m quite happy with the shade of maroon I wound up with! And yes, if you think you smell a larger project in the works, incorporating multiple bits of hand-dyed silk,

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Day 20: Hibiscus-Dyed Silk

This bit of silk I dyed with hibiscus flowers. I’m quite happy with the shade of maroon I wound up with! And yes, if you think you smell a larger project in the works, incorporating multiple bits of hand-dyed silk,

rustsilk

Day 19: Rust-Dyed Silk

Today I unwrapped a piece of silk from the old railroad spike that it’s been snuggled up to for the last couple days, rinsed the vinegar out, and hung it up to dry. The results are pretty but very mild;

rustsilk

Day 19: Rust-Dyed Silk

Today I unwrapped a piece of silk from the old railroad spike that it’s been snuggled up to for the last couple days, rinsed the vinegar out, and hung it up to dry. The results are pretty but very mild;

studyingouging

Day 18: A Study in Gouging

Another encaustic study today, this one primarily concentrating on incising techniques.

studyingouging

Day 18: A Study in Gouging

Another encaustic study today, this one primarily concentrating on incising techniques.

encausticstudy

Day 17: Study for Another Encaustic Painting

I tested a few different things here, and just generally made a mess in order to get a clearer idea of what I want to do with the actual painting I’m planning.

encausticstudy

Day 17: Study for Another Encaustic Painting

I tested a few different things here, and just generally made a mess in order to get a clearer idea of what I want to do with the actual painting I’m planning.

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Day 16: Another Encaustic Painting

This one simply refused to photograph decently, and I have to run out the door, so this is going to have to do. Untitled with Found Lipstick 3:

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Day 16: Another Encaustic Painting

This one simply refused to photograph decently, and I have to run out the door, so this is going to have to do. Untitled with Found Lipstick 3:

protostitchmarkers

Day 15: Stitch Markers

Tonight I made shrinky dinks for use as stitch markers. I plan to make more appealing ones at some point; tonight was about seeing how the size would work out.

protostitchmarkers

Day 15: Stitch Markers

Tonight I made shrinky dinks for use as stitch markers. I plan to make more appealing ones at some point; tonight was about seeing how the size would work out.

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Day 14: Encaustic Paintings

My day started at 5:40, and as a result I wound up with some extra time to spend in the studio in the afternoon. These are encaustic paintings, made with a mix of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. The paint

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Day 14: Encaustic Paintings

My day started at 5:40, and as a result I wound up with some extra time to spend in the studio in the afternoon. These are encaustic paintings, made with a mix of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. The paint

noveltydye

Day 13: Dyeing the Novelty Yarn

Photographing yarn still in a dyebath is a fool’s errand, at least with my lighting options… and this will need to stay in the dye ’til morning.

noveltydye

Day 13: Dyeing the Novelty Yarn

Photographing yarn still in a dyebath is a fool’s errand, at least with my lighting options… and this will need to stay in the dye ’til morning.

greynovelty2

Day 12: Messy Messy Novelty Yarn

Today I experimented with novelty yarn techniques… using utilitarian grey Icelandic wool. It’s a little hard to see, but the yarn’s full of boucle-ish bits and other artifacts of goofy plying.

greynovelty2

Day 12: Messy Messy Novelty Yarn

Today I experimented with novelty yarn techniques… using utilitarian grey Icelandic wool. It’s a little hard to see, but the yarn’s full of boucle-ish bits and other artifacts of goofy plying.

heartcard

Day 11: Heart Card

Tonight I was just plain wiped out and low on ideas, so I just added a torn paper heart to a blank card. I guess this means I’m doing Valentine’s cards this year!

heartcard

Day 11: Heart Card

Tonight I was just plain wiped out and low on ideas, so I just added a torn paper heart to a blank card. I guess this means I’m doing Valentine’s cards this year!

etchstripe1

Day 10: Etched Egg (Late Post)

On the tenth I was at a friend’s house, and didn’t have the supplies I’m accustomed to, so I improvised. I used a crayon (as a wax resist) and vinegar to etch one of the lovely eggs from their backyard

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Day 10: Etched Egg (Late Post)

On the tenth I was at a friend’s house, and didn’t have the supplies I’m accustomed to, so I improvised. I used a crayon (as a wax resist) and vinegar to etch one of the lovely eggs from their backyard

eggblockprint

Day 9: Block Print Doodle

Today I was spinning in circles with multiple projects, each of which I was missing just one supply I needed. Time for doodling. (This is a photo of the block itself, with some ink residue in the grooves, so it’s

eggblockprint

Day 9: Block Print Doodle

Today I was spinning in circles with multiple projects, each of which I was missing just one supply I needed. Time for doodling. (This is a photo of the block itself, with some ink residue in the grooves, so it’s

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Day 8: Mini-Skein of Tweed Yarn

Today I ran out of handspun yarn for something I’m knitting, so I made just a dab of this greeny-brown 3-ply tweed yarn. (I plan to post the knitted thing itself on whichever day I finish it.)

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Day 8: Mini-Skein of Tweed Yarn

Today I ran out of handspun yarn for something I’m knitting, so I made just a dab of this greeny-brown 3-ply tweed yarn. (I plan to post the knitted thing itself on whichever day I finish it.)

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Day 7: Polymer Clay Black-Eyed Peas

Today, I cast black-eyed peas in polymer clay. I then discovered that I’m out of acrylic paint, so they’ll have to be painted another day, but the level of detail in the texture came out well. These are destined to

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Day 7: Polymer Clay Black-Eyed Peas

Today, I cast black-eyed peas in polymer clay. I then discovered that I’m out of acrylic paint, so they’ll have to be painted another day, but the level of detail in the texture came out well. These are destined to

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Day 6: Another Kitchen Towel

The crocheted bit I added to a kitchen towel yesterday hasn’t really won me over, but at least part of that is my fault: the thing is a bit too long, so the towel winds up closer to the floor

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Day 6: Another Kitchen Towel

The crocheted bit I added to a kitchen towel yesterday hasn’t really won me over, but at least part of that is my fault: the thing is a bit too long, so the towel winds up closer to the floor

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Day 5: Crocheted Towel Topper

I’ve always found those crochet bits on kitchen towels- you know, the ones that let you button a towel onto a drawer pull or something- were a bit silly. For one, it’s usually a nearly useless wee dab of a

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Day 5: Crocheted Towel Topper

I’ve always found those crochet bits on kitchen towels- you know, the ones that let you button a towel onto a drawer pull or something- were a bit silly. For one, it’s usually a nearly useless wee dab of a

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Day 4: Experimental DIY Shrinky Dink

I never played with Shrinky Dinks as a kid, so when I read this post about making your own from #6 plastic, I was fascinated by the idea. Tonight I just made a quick test by tracing a face from

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Day 4: Experimental DIY Shrinky Dink

I never played with Shrinky Dinks as a kid, so when I read this post about making your own from #6 plastic, I was fascinated by the idea. Tonight I just made a quick test by tracing a face from

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Day 3: That Wasn’t Supposed To Look Quite So Much Like A Hairball

I must really miss having a cat, if I’m making my own hairballs now. This is less disgusting than it looks- it’s a felted soap. I never really saw the point of felted soap, but I had a fairly nice

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Day 3: That Wasn’t Supposed To Look Quite So Much Like A Hairball

I must really miss having a cat, if I’m making my own hairballs now. This is less disgusting than it looks- it’s a felted soap. I never really saw the point of felted soap, but I had a fairly nice

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Day 2: Crocheted Avocado Pit Cozy

I crocheted a cozy for this avocado pit out of cotton yarn. Stop laughing! It’s totally functional and not ridiculous at all. See, this way, if I forget to check the jar and let the water level drop, the avocado

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Day 2: Crocheted Avocado Pit Cozy

I crocheted a cozy for this avocado pit out of cotton yarn. Stop laughing! It’s totally functional and not ridiculous at all. See, this way, if I forget to check the jar and let the water level drop, the avocado

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Day 1: Stab-bound Blank Book

I made this blank book so that I’ll have a journal for a 28-day-long educational project I’m starting this month. I added the bees because they’re symbolic of pleasant hard work- and also because I had a small scrap of

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Day 1: Stab-bound Blank Book

I made this blank book so that I’ll have a journal for a 28-day-long educational project I’m starting this month. I added the bees because they’re symbolic of pleasant hard work- and also because I had a small scrap of