These Bistro table seat cushions are super easy to make and are a great addition to the usefulness of the table! I got this nice, white-painted iron bistro set for a great price. The first fix-up I did to it, was to get a circular table-top piece of glass for the table. The floral details in the iron made for a bumpy table top, which causes cups to tip precariously on the surface.
Fall Soup with Calabaza and Garbanzo
Here in Florida, we have very subtle hints to the changing of the seasons. There is a certain smell in the air, and we might feel an occasional cool breeze. In our neighborhood, the surest sign of Fall is the arrival of the Calabaza at the door . . .
Character designed digitally
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about the differences between working digitally and working with traditional materials. The difference that plagues me the most is the length of time it takes for me to work digitally as opposed to traditionally.
Working on this character, for example, took me about four to five hours to develop to this point. Now, my digital skills have become rusty from not using my programs. I understand that things can get faster with time, but I think my problem has to do with something a little deeper than just getting used to a few buttons here and there. . .
When I was in high school, I made this dress for my sophomore homecoming. This dress began life as a pair of pants that were my grandmother's.
Please excuse the old blurry photos, digital cameras weren't so prevalent in the 90's, so you couldn't tell if a picture looked good until you had it processed! (those were the days . . . )
When I get an interesting piece of fabric, I hold it up to myself, or drape it, to see how it might look as an article of clothing. I didn't use patterns when I was in high school, so each piece of clothing I made was completely original.
The fabric was a polyester type knit, with this great Asian-inspired, floral print. (The top of the dress was the bottom of the pant leg.)
vknoe on Wedrawcomics.com
Hi, everyone! Victor here . . . I thought I'd let you all know about this awesome website called wedrawcomics.com! It’s a site for jam comic collaborations that recently allowed more users to sign up for its beta-testing application. I go by the user name of “vknoe”. I've been spending some time honing drawing skills on it and I welcome you to take a look.
Here are some of my recent panels. (Each of these is meant to be a part of a whole, and not necessarily
a single panel plot line, so go to the site to see the entire comic stream!)
We Draw Comics site
vknoe's Comic Panels
Let me know if you are interested in joining and taking part. I currently have three invitations so e-mail if you would like one.
Light Up Marquee Sign
A few months ago, I was asked to make a sign for a co-worker's birthday. The theme was Hollywood/movies.
After much thought, I decided to go with this light up marquee sign. I knew I could re-use it after the birthday celebration for my sporadic movie nights at the house.
The project started with a strand of globe string lights that I had leftover after our outdoor wedding. I got foam board and red poster board at the dollar store.
I started by cutting the inner rectangle with rounded corners out of the red poster board. This gave me the red frame for the main piece.
Pirate dress-up costume
Now is a great time of year to tell you about this Pirate costume Victor modeled for me. I made this a few years ago, for my brother Sam’s family. When my brothers started having kids, I enjoyed making them gifts for creative and educational purposes.
This Pirate costume was intended for play time with the kids.
Pirate accessories are easy to come by this time of year (a great time to stock up on any dress-up toys).
The hook and gold coins were bought at either a party supply store or a dollar store.
Making art from trash!
Pistachio Shell Windchime by Knoe Studios
When I look at something, I automatically see the many other things it could become. For example, the pieces of cardboard that come in a box with a set of dishes, or a new coffee maker, can become a marvelous form for a piece of paper mache sculpture. This can be quite a hindrance, when you are trying to keep a clean house, free of clutter. . . .
If you are like me, you can see the beauty in most things . . . things like PISTACHIO SHELLS! Truth be told, I don't even love the way pistachios taste, but their beautiful little half shells are spectacular. Whenever I can (read: whenever it doesn't look too strange), I'll save things like pistachio shells for future crafting.
This windchime was made from these pretty little pieces of trash, combining the natural with metal objects and chain. The sound of the shells alone is very soft, so the keys were added for a bit more music and texture.
This craft combined my love of natural items, like seeds and shells, with my jewelry making skills, like soldering.
Welcome to our new website! This being our first post on this blog, we’d like to begin by thanking the good Lord for all the blessings he’s given!
Blessed are YOU, oh Lord, our God! King of the Universe, Master of ALL! Whose face shines down on his people and instills in them the creativity to live this good life!
Just like Moses’ skilled workers, we move forward, with the vision God has given us, to create art for the Lord and for man. (Exodus 31:1-11, 35:30-35, and chapters 36 through 39)
The Knoe Studios consists of my husband, Victor Knoe, and me, Emily Knoe.
Victor is working very hard to become, what some may call, a “real” artist. I, however, know that “real” art lies in the heart, not in the paycheck. Recently, his work was selected for the one day show “Eclectic Knights”, for UCF alumni at the Orlando Museum of Art, and I couldn’t be more proud! Victor graduated with his BFA from UCF in 2011. His style and medium preferences vary from philosophic fine art to silly comic panels. Please feel free to visit his website www.VictorKnoe.com.
My artistic style runs the complete gamut, from paintings to folk art, sculpture, and any form of mixed media and craft. I tend to focus more on the process than the product, while Victor prefers to have actual completed pieces (rather than piles of unfinished projects).
I hope you enjoy this website!