I’m back. It’s been a few years I know. I hadn’t been feeling well and found out I have Lupus so I’ve been learning to take care of myself and limit my time and energy. However, I’m back to creating again and I want to keep you up to date on my creations and artistic endeavors. I’m also back on Etsy as of today so I hope you drop by and check out what didn’t get posted here … yet made it to the shop. I’ve got some really fun items up for sale now and look forward to creating even more. Here’s the latest goodies from the studio.
This is coming along nicely. The flower, leave, and berries are 3D. They are cut from QuakeMat pads that I picked up for 10 cents per packet at a surplus outlet. I drew the designs on with a marker and cut them out with ultra sharp scissors, to adhere them I crumpled paper napkins in white and mod podged them to the prepped surface. This is now in the drying process so I’m working on a few smaller projects that I’ll share here later.
It’s time to bring the fall colors out and celebrate the season of apple cider and caramel apples.
Here’s a few close ups of what I’ve been doing around the living room to welcome the cool air with warm colors.
Such a beautiful hot fiery orange to see the season in with. Tomorrow is grocery day so I’ll be checking out their pumpkins both produce and canned… oh yes, and pumpkin coffee creamer too! It’s time for pumpkin bars and hot desserts. I’ll also be looking into their decorative gourds. Can’t let fall pass us by without an awesome burst of color splashed across the living room.
My work in progress is…
More on this tomorrow!
Using wood panels and a wash of green paints I layered tissue paper over the top and let the wrinkles fall where they may. Adding more layers with stamps, textures, stencils, mediums, foils, paints, and lots of love… I added until I was happy with what I saw. These simple panels are a delicious pop of color and texture for any smaller space in your home, cube, office, get-away… and more.
Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m working on at the moment. I’m about half way through the process now and loving the background. I used blended fibers for the leaves using a stencil and palette knife. Next time I do this method I think I’ll mix in a hint of color instead of painting over it.
I’m heading to my parents next week so these gems will be on my desk for another week brewing.
I’m planning on getting my hair textured while I’m out of town and I’m super excited about it. I might just be sharing a snapshot of myself with you then. =)
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
Talk about multi-tasking. I can mop the floors and warm my feet at the same time. I love these fluffy plush mop slippers. They are a bit big so they are perfect for summer… They are roomy enough to stave off the Raynauds that effects my feet and allow some air flow so the rest of me doesn’t overheat in the summer sultriness.
Now that you know what’s on my feet… here’s what’s in my dinner bowl.
This has been a typical dinner for me since I’ve been on my diet… and I LOVE it.
Some of the ingredients of this “OMG-I’m-Almost-Out-Of-Lettuce Salad.
- Romaine lettuce
- Fresh chopped parsley
- Hard boiled egg
- Kidney beans
- Red cabbage
- Toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 avocado
- Cherry tomatoes
- Bolthouse Blue Cheese Dressing
There may be more in this bountiful bowl… but I can’t recall at the moment. This is just one of my variations. The salads change on a weekly basis depending on what looks good in the produce department. Today is grocery day so my next creation will have more lettuce. =)
Have an awe inspired weekend and keep creating.
This lil’ fella speaks for himself. He pretty much dictated himself into creation. I was just his vessel.
I used everything from vintage sheet music to feathers on this piece. Stencils, pearls, precut trim, hemp cord, watch parts, decorative tape, gold foil, stickers, paints galore, and beeswax.
Here you can see the textures of the wax, foil, gears, and watch parts. This turned out deliciously and smell oh so sweetly of honey with the beeswax on it. Good enough to tweet!
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!
Happy June Oneth!
After I make brunch for the crew I’m curling up with my nail tools and paints and treating myself to an overly indulgent manicure… then I’m diving head first into “My One Square Inch of Alaska.” What are you doing today?