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Accidental Art

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

SpiritSoap

While washing my hands this morning getting ready for another coat of lilac polish I noticed the shape of the soap took on a ghostly appearance. The creative side of me just couldn’t miss the opportunity to add some googly eyes and a post it note with BOO written on it for the next person in line for the bathroom. I thought I’d share my sudsy spirit with you today.

LacyLilac

Mission accomplished! Sally Hanson’s Lacy Lilac nail polish is perfect for spring and summer and a statement polish for me for the lavender color which represents Lupus Awareness Month.

Today I’m finishing up my sewing collage and starting on this…..

BobbinBlooms

I made this garland of buttons, beads, and bobbins for the painting I’m currently working on but it just didn’t fit in the way I wanted it to so I decided to make a special piece just for this band of bling. What better things to do this time of year than to create gardens… indoors and out!

Since the sun has taken a certain dislike to me I’ll make my garden indoors for now. I’ll share me blooms with you as they grow.

Sew Simplicity

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

SweSimplicity

From paper flowers to lace and ribbons. This 20 x 16 canvas is a work in progress that I plan to hang on my bedroom gallery wall. I love the shabby chic look of the torn tissue and the blotchy paint in the background. I used a vintage pattern for the dress form and recycled a plethora of lace and trim that I sponged with coordinating colors. Not all of this is adhered as of yet but I wanted to share the layout idea. The tassel string will need to be ironed out a bit and I have some wee little bobbins that I’ve wrapped with coordinating ribbons to add to the sewing pile. I just adore dress forms as you might be able to tell from my tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness last October.

Any ideas on what it might need? Let me know what you think. I’m excited about how this larger canvas is coming together…

Twinchies Collage

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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Using 2” pieces of cardboard thanks to an empty Wheat Thins box… I up-cycled my trash to treasures. There’s everything from text pages to paint chip scraps adhered to the cardboard with tiny collages created on each.

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Each is it’s own adorable little work of art. I used everything from tassels to chipboard, straight pins to buttons, and silk flowers to mini clothes pins… and tons of imagination. The possibilities are limited only to your creativity. Try some!

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I mounted all of the minis on a wooden plank that I adhered vintage sheet music to. I topped that with tissue paper and then used an array of colors and glimmer mists to add depth and shimmer to it. As you can see it truly turned my trash into a treasure that I gave me mom for her lavender bedroom.

Twinchies

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

TwinchiesBasket

A tisket, a tasket… some twinchies in my basket. I got an idea while surfing Pinterest for making twinchie collages. I’m going to group them on a canvas for some wall art for my mom. She has no idea that I’m doing this for her… the Be Still painting will also be for her. The spring weather is inspiring me and helping me take my mind off myself.

Twinchies

These are a few in progress. I’m now up to five completed and working on three more. I’m not sure yet how many I’ll need for my canvas but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. I’ve cut 2” squares from an empty cracker box and am layering papers, ephemera , trims, and a plethora of other goodies on these mini pics. I think this is going to turn out delightful!

Taking these baby steps into my land of creative healing is helping!  Stay tuned!

Fishing Dock

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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Finally! This is the third and final painting in the commission I’ve been working on. This is a labor of love as well. It’s for my family doctor. He’s been my doctor since I was a tween and it really pains me to see him retire. Dr. is an avid fisherman and this was the topic choice by the client as well as myself. Here’s a few close ups and some details on what I did.

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This started as the other 2 did… with a gesso board. I used paints and colored tissues and napkins to layer up the background. The fish are rubberstamped on and then painted over with metallic paints and shaded using glitters and black lava texture medium. I also outlined them with a black fine point marker for emphasis. The bubbles are applied using paints via pen caps, corks, paint lids and then I added some foil and some resin to make some of them look like water bubbles.

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The fishing pole is hand crafted using a maple branch from one of our trees, I wrapped the handle in jute and added colored jute to spiff it up a bit. The reel is a wooden bobbin wrapped with fishing line. I used eye screws on the pole for the loops and strung the line through it. I also tied some twine tightly around where the eye-screws went in so when it dries it won’t split. I used a fishing hook and a fishing lure for the catch of the day. The tackle box is a sugar free Altoids tin. I added flocked paper to the top half and moss to the bottom and topped them off with goodies from the fishing department from Walmart.

On the very bottom of the painting I applied some resin and added Stewart Gill  Gilding Chips and some Martha Stewart bead glitter to give a glimmering water-type effect.

As for my health… No news yet. I have a follow up with my GP tomorrow so hopefully I’ll find out something.

Until later… I’ll keep creating… Twitching toes and all!

Aster–Zinnea

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an art piece. This is a commission I finished today. I’m working on a second and third commission now too and the second one is nearing the finish line. I’m really pleased with how this turned out. It has tons of texture. I used a crumpled up paper napkin that I peeled the white backing from for the background. Then I used a gold metallic finish rubbed in with a baby wipe for yumminess.

The flowers are enhanced with different texture mediums from gold leaf, black lava, and modeling paste, I used hardware for the centers of the yellow flowers, I painted them and added red rhinestones to the centers, the other two flowers have rhinestone centers as well.

I’ll be back soon to post the second painting in my commission as soon as it’s finished… which should be SOON!

Happy 2sday!

Clockwork Orange

Friday, October 19th, 2012

ClockworkOrange

About time…literally. I the process for this ATC was fun. For the gear I used hardware I picked up at Home Depot. It was silver in color so I used some Aleene’s Tacky Glue and dabbed it on with a paintbrush. I then dumped orange embossing powder all over them to get good coverage… melted it with my heat gun and repeated the process. I really like how they turned out. The clock center is a maize colored brad and the clock is an embellishment I got from the craft store. The rest is hand cut collage papers. Again I used my trusty texture on the background and sponged the edges of both the card and the body with black ink from a stamp pad.

Happy Friday! I love Fridays! Today is my shopping day and it time for me to go remake my shopping list so I’ll say ado here and see you again tomorrow for Day 20! in my BCA Month ATC series. God Bless!

Imagination

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Imagination

Day Eight of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today’s card features an abstract view of the topic. I used text pages from a dictionary. The collage paper has a fragmented feel to go with the out of place missing/lost/puzzled pieces. I mussed up the puzzle pieces with black/colored glitter and used charcoals to smug up the edges of the body.

It’s kind of a confusing card but given the topic I think it fits.

Itsy Bitsy

Friday, October 5th, 2012

ItsyBitsy

This was a blast! I had the best time with this ATC… going a bit overboard with detail. Detail is by far my favorite part of doing a painting/collage/assemblage. Gilding the lily as it were.

I started with a precut card made from illustration board and painted the edges flat black with acrylic paint. I then added the orange paper from a Halloween stack I’ve had for nearly three year. It had the sparkly black dots on it already… so I added a black sponged border and used glitter glaze to make it look more like the existing dots. Then I added the spider web woman and more glitter glaze. I topped it off spider confetti hanging from black web threads pulled from some black jute. I set a Rhinestone in the center and added the Itsy Bitsy text at the bottom.

I adore the composition and whimsy of this and found it fitting for the month of October!

So Day 5 is complete! Have an awesome Friday and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 6 in the Breast Cancer Awareness series.

Nuts about…

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

AcornATC

Crazy acorns! It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month again… and in honor of that I’m making an ATC a day for the duration of the month. This is for Day Three!

Here’s Day One and Day Two.

It’s crazy windy here today and it’s the first day I’ve actually worn a hoody for working in my studio in nearly two years. I have the wind open to freshen the air and help easy the smells of paints and glues and God only knows what else! I’m working on three different things at once so my hands have been super goopy. I’m covered in blue glitter glue and in dire need of a hand washing…  so on that note come back tomorrow for Day 4 of more cleavage!