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InterTwined

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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

Mod Podge Molding

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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I read about the new Mod Podge Molds by Plaid and HAD to try them out. After a bit of research I found that to get the best results I should use Sculpey Original instead of the melting sticks that Mod Podge makes. I’m glad I took the advice. I used a wooden dowel as a brayer to smooth the clay into the mold after softening it with heat from my hands and rolling it into small balls and or/snakes, depending on which mold I was using.

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After I was satisfied with the amount of clay in the mold I baked the whole thing in the oven on a cookie sheet at 275 for 15 minutes. Let them cool then carefully break away the edges of clay that aren’t part of the molded shape. Sand edges with either sandpaper or an emery board and paint as desired. These are going to make great embellishments in my art and can be used in SO many different ways you simply can’t go wrong. I’m definitely going to be buying more of these awesome molds.

 

Top Hat

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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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!

Standing Tall

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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You know those long boards that are great for putting hooks on? This is one of those. I turned it into wall art. I’m in love with how this turned out. The DH likes it too. He’s tempted to hang it in the living room. Luckily it’s too small for any of the walls he’s tried it on so I’m keeping this puppy brother for my bedroom gallery wall.

I started by painting the board black around the edges and adding vintage text pages for my background base. Then I did this…

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Paints, decorative napkin and Glimmer Mist.

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The pink flower center is actually colored hot glue. I used texture mediums to help build the flowers. Inside the center is Black Lava texture… and the white around the center is white opaque flakes… both mediums are from Liquitex. I opted not to use the pewter beads in the very center, add added jute stems with a few glass beads instead.

For adding a soft bit of color on this piece instead of using paints I used pastels.

Whatcha think?

All Dolled Up

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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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 …

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Started creating… I’ve a ways to go with this one yet.. but I’ve at least chosen my dress for the ball.

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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?

Sew Simplicity

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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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.

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!

November!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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Here’s the manicure I rocked for Halloween and for passing out candy to the wee ones… and the not-so-wee ones. We had half the amount of goblins at our door this year and we were more than prepared. Last year I gave out 4 bags of candy. In anticipation for a rush on treats I stocked up on 4 bags plus a super bag, which is the equivalent of about 3 bags. Now there is a large basket sitting in the entryway that smells vaguely of wrappings and chocolate. I’m sure it will get eaten though.

For this manicure I used a triangle shaped makeup sponge and dabbed on Sally Hanson Insta-Dri in Lickety-Split Lime in several coats. I used Stickles glitter glue from my art stash and my fingertip to apply the Lime Green glitter. After the glitter was dry I added to thin layers of clear top coat to keep the glitter in place and protect the manicure.

Today is clean-the-studio day… eww! My brain is fogged over from the clutter so I’m off to put things in order so I can start my next project!  See you later alligator!