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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

Be Still

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

BeStill

A little something I’m toying with to get back in to the groove of creative expression. A way to cast my health worries aside and devour art. To heal my soul. I’m gradually working toward being able to focus longer and stretch my creative energy. This is “Be Still.” I drew on a whim and have been adding gradually… today I’m ….. this far.

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I’m thinking rhinestones/pearls along the feathery hat and some beads and bows throughout. I have no idea on the background yet but it’s likely that is will dictate itself as I make progress.

She’s dressed from spring and ready to be still and hear the word of the Lord.

Spend some time today being…still!

Something to make me feel better

Friday, February 8th, 2013

NewBedding

I’ve gone from young to chic. I needed the change and I needed something to care about… and to make me feel better and a bit pampered. I’m undiagnosed and struggling daily to make it from morning till night. I’m often interrupted with a nap… something I really don’t want to do but feel the need for. My next doctor’s appointment is Wednesday of next week. One can pray for an answer which I’m doing.

I went with black and white for the bedding so that I can add and/or subtract any color at any time. My theme is French Shabby Chic. I’ll have some close ups of goodies soon.

The quilt is cotton and crocheted squares and I adore it. It very comfortable for cuddling and reading under. Ooo la la!

I’m going to be pulling out some canvases and start some drawing and painting ideas to cover my far wall with. So at least I’m thinking about art. I’ll post ideas soon so you can get a feel for what I’m hoping to create with this space.

Dream

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Dream

Finally… the second commission is done. This was so much fun. It’s got layer upon layer of love. Using gesso board I started by using crumpled tissue and then washing it with color. after I had the sky and the ground defined I added texture to the background with crackle medium, flocking material, black lava, and more. I used a brick patterned stencil for the foreground and used texture flakes on the bricks. I painted them with 2 shades of red and sponged some black in to finish them off. I used acrylic fibers for the grass and some jute for the flowers, topping them with pearl embellishments and mini beads. The houses are made from wooden shapes covered with a variety of collaging paper and topped with window dressing. I added butterflies and applied sparkle glaze over the top of them and then used mini Scrabble tiles to complete the painting.

I had great fun with this and hope that the recipient enjoys it for years to come.

Paper, Scissors, Cloth

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

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I used gorgeous fabric for this ATC. The texture is scrumptious. The backing is a fiber “looking” paper in an awesome berry color that’s perfect for fall. I glued the fabric onto the body and but it out, then I sponged the edges with maroon and on the back, I used both maroon and green. The embellishments are washers from the hardware store that I used alcohol inks on and wrapped with green hemp cord. Fun, simple, and downright gorgeous. I’m loving the autumn colors.

I took care of business today by getting my yearly mammy-gram out of the way. As a reward I was gifted these pretty pinkies!

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The cookie is because it’s BCA month… and the beads and applique are for doing the right thing and getting it done. Each year the radiology department I go to gives out “flair” for doing your dos. It’s incentive and encouragement for those who need a nudge. I’m now wondering what I’ll be making with the bling!

Get the girls taken care of ladies! God Bless till tomorrow and my final entry in my BCA Month series.

Beauties of Bangalore

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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If you love bling you’re got to love today’s entry in my BCA Month series. Red, gold, black, and bling! LOVE it. I used everything I could get my hands on. The card itself is covered in a gold foil candy wrapper. You can get packs of them in the baking/candy isle in craft and variety stores. (They come in lots of colors as well!)

The body is cut from the inside of a Yogi Tea box. It looks just like the Henna tattoos that the women of India are famous for. Truly beautiful and artful. I would love to try that form of art.

Next I dug through my boxes of embellishments and found all these delish goodies. Enjoy the shimmers and I’ll see you tomorrow from something from the opposite side of the creative box.

Stay Tuned

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

StayTuned

Stay tuned by getting your yearly check up! I’m having mine next month. This jazzy card was inspired by vintage sheet music and glitter foam cut outs I found in Walmart. Super cute, colorful, and crazy fun! I added a 20s inspired choker at the neck. The idea for that came from a book I’m reading. It’s called 1929 and follows three couples through the stock market crash and the great depression. They go from riches to rags… Quite good and you really do fall in love with the characters.

That’s it for now.. tomorrow’s Day 25 in my BCA Month ATC series so drop by for a bit of bling. It’s got an India inspired flair.