These two 5×5’” panels are an eye-catching set of paintings. These were very therapeutic to create. I didn’t plan a thing while starting this artistic journey. I just let the substrate speak to me.
I started with vintage text pages circa 1946. I layered some crumpled tissue paper over the top and use a matte medium to set them in place. I then brayed some blue paint over the tops and after it was dry I stippled on the green. I sponged on some white and added opaque flakes. Next came the flowers. Using a rubber stamp and some orange acrylic paint I loosely dabbed the flowers on. I then used yellow acrylic and added pastels and mini rhinestones and gold paint to add depth and emphasis. I outlined with chalk and black lava medium. To tie the flowers together I used black hemp that I separated which added the curliness.
I added picture corners and used a sharpie to connect the corners to give these a completed look.
What an adorable duo to hang on any wall!
And the tips this Tuesday…
This is Rimmel London 60 seconds nail polish in Cupcake Pink. Yes… it dries FAST! I would recommend this for a fast manicure. It goes on great with the wide brush and dries quickly
Finally done! My diorama/shadow box/up-cycled-cardboard-box art is finished. I’m loving it.
I used cheesecloth, buttons, papers, tapes, thread, rhinestones, measuring tape, trims, embellishments and several different mediums to assemble this art piece. It’s different, fun, and fashionable and will look stunning on my bedroom gallery wall. Now I need to start working with some turquoise to break up all the pinks I’ve done. THAT will be a fun change. I’ve already prepped two 5×5 boards and plan to make little paintings that can include ATC art that can be interchanged.
While out shopping for unmentionables I ran across a few items I thought I’d share with you. Who knew that you could buy crayons by color. A box of pink! OMG! I should have bought 2. I thought that it might just be a fun adventure to make my own lipstick with these… there are tutorials all over the internet. Or maybe melt them onto a canvas. Now I wish I’d bought more.
I did a manicure for the trip to my parents that I’m now back from. I spent 3 nights visiting with my mom and dad and my brother and his family while they were up from Texas. I washed a LOT of dishes so at the end of the visit my manicure was destroyed (as I knew it would be.) But it was fun to rock this look for the first day and a half.
This is Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen with slices of fruity fimo cane! This was a hit with the family. Very summery and flirty.
I’m doing a new manicure tomorrow as it’s Monday and my “primping” day. I’ll share with you then.
Ooohh La La… Oh how I love texture and color. I snapped this photo several days ago… I’m almost done with this painting. I thought I was finished yesterday but this morning while sitting here pondering it I got inspired… so I’m not yet done.
I took a break yesterday to grow my indoor garden…
And glam myself up a bit.
My nails are Wet N Wild’s Undercover…I Love the megalast® polish line. It’s got a professional brush for an awesome manicure and it’s fortified with staying power. A must have so I have more time for art…
The flower is made of muslin and a vintage button. I’m growing more flowers and don’t even have to water!
Playing with modeling paste. I’m using a 5.5’ gesso board for this assemblage. I’m going a bit Steampunk here. I bought some gear stencils a while back and just drug them out this week. I started this by topping the board with vintage text pages circa 1946. Then I added some green paint along with some metallic copper. Next I used modeling paste to layer the gear pattern on with. Now I’m going to go back in and work some magic on the background with more color and shading. I’ll add some points of interest and then dress up the top hat with bling, ribbons, gears, feathers and/or whatnots.
This is quite different for me so it’s a learning process. I hope you come back and check in to see what I’ve learned. I’m always happy to share my process!
Have a happy Friday peeps!
I started with an 8×8 wooden plank and layered it with vintage text pages, collaging papers, stencils, and layers of paints… using glaze to allow colors from behind to show through.
Then I really started having fun… using several of my favorite summery colors I started stenciling and adding color and depth to the background. I used black hemp to make a “branch” for the bird to perch on. I used vintage sheet music for the sparrow and will be adding many more layers of background color and texture. I just wanted to show you that the bird is in da house!
And I just couldn’t help adding some summer to my fingertips as well….
How pretty is that!? I’m really loving this color. It wears awesomely and adds such a joyful “noise” to my fingers that I smile each time I look at them.
This is Sally Hansen’s Xtreme wear in Mint Sorbet with a topcoat of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat.
And I’m ready for the weekend!
Repurposed ceramic tile trivets from the dollar store.
Wires, ribbons, and rhinestones are just the tip of the iceberg on these tiles. I used one of my craft mirrors and some string pearls to create this standing mirror. I added to the mirror by using a white rub on and this totally reminds me of a vanity table mirror I had as a little girl.
Today I’m starting a new painting with a bird as the subject. I’m going to be bees-waxing this one and I’m really looking forward to firing up my melting pot and relaxing to the aroma therapy of melted beeswax as I paint.
Happy June to you all.. I hope your summer is inspired!
Some of the cheapest surfaces to paint on that aren’t free are found at the dollar stores. They most always have 6×6” ceramic tile trivets. Simple paint over them with gesso or collage your own backgrounds on. I opted for black napkins crumpled and adhered over the tiles after painting them black. I did a wash of Metallic pearl white and a smearing of gold glaze before starting anything. As I’m currently working on art for my bedroom gallery wall I thought dress up would be fun.
I found some templates online and …
Started creating… I’ve a ways to go with this one yet.. but I’ve at least chosen my dress for the ball.
And my bustier’ for the bedroom. I’m working on giving this mirror more bling and adding more interest to the background.. along with adding yumminess to the wearable’s.
Check back soon to see the progress.
What are you wearing to the ball?
I was partially finished with my buttons collage when I thought the flowers would need to pop more from a distance so I added some black lava, some of Martha Stewarts beadz, and some gold foiling.
Now I’m much happier with it. I’m loving the colors and the shabbiness. It’s the perfect girly accents to add to my gallery wall.
Today I’m playing with a board I’ve had stashed in my art supply closet for years…
My background so far consists of vintage text pages, glimmer mist in Viva Pink, and torn and crumpled decorative paper napkins in pale turquoise print. LOVE this! I’m going circles on this piece. More tomorrow on the progress of this super fun painting.
I finished my “Sew Simply” piece. This was a labor of love. I wanted something girly, and shabby chic for my bedroom gallery wall. I started with this piece and am working off the idea of fashion, fabrics, flowers, and shabbiness. Girly-ness for lack of a better word.
Here’s a few close ups.
It’s all about details. From mini rhinestones to adding seed beads to straight pins. I distressed the sewing tools with gesso, paint, ink, and gold foiling. This was a joy to make and I can’t wait to group in on my bedroom wall ….
Here’s a peek at how the next number is coming along…
Check back again to see what’s bloomin!