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
For Christmas several years ago I received some coffee syrups in this box… as always I’m on the lookout for unusual objects to alter into art and this box … as ugly as it was is perfect. I spray painted it pink a while back and just dug it out to make some glam art for my gallery wall. So join me as I attempt to covert an sows-ear- ugly- old box into a silk-purse-work-of-art.
Although not quite done I’m sharing anyway. Here’s a but of Steampunkery for ye.
I’ll be finishing this lil ditty up over the weekend. And so far I’m super satisfied with how my first steamy attempt at punk has turned out.
Oh yeah! Check out these BAD BOYS! Uber texture goodness. It’s like medium grit sandpaper on your nails. It’s gorgeous and fun… a but unexpected and not too over-the-top. This would totally rock on the tips of your toes too! Put a lil suga in your life! Calorie free too!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I love crayons… that’s simply the only reason for this ATC. The color, the smell, the memories, and oh the possibilities… Like everything in life. It’s all about attitude, ideas, and what we put our mind to! Like finding a cure for breast cancer… and making childlike posters in support of the effort. Amen sisters!
I did my shopping today and again hit Walmart… nothing exciting to report this week, unless you count L’OREAL BB Cream. I bought my first one after several months of struggling with a foundation as thick as plaster. Even though I managed to figure out a few techniques to work with the foundation… I truly think it’s application success depends on the humidity in the air. Bleh…. so tomorrow I’m going to try this new beauty product and I’ll give you my feedback.
Also… I picked up a few things in the sample isle… one of my favorite places for a chance to try new products for a largely reduced price. Today’s find is St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. I used this stuff epochs and eons ago and thought… why not. I’ll try it again.. especially when it’s practically free.
The rest is super boring and mundane but very needed… I will tell you that there truly is NO substitute for THIS product though…
That’s it for today… Tomorrow starts the countdown on ONE hand of how many days are left in my BCA Month series… so remember to check it out.
Have a great Friday night and have one for me!
Mew! This little cat ATC is quite unique. Using collaging papers I layered the spotted body over striped green that I sponged orange around the edges. I unraveled jute to create whiskers and used a wooden ‘button’ painted with sequin paint in black. To add more whimsy I glued small orange rhinestones and bits of false eyelashes and added some green leaves to represent the catnip.
Tomorrow I have old and blue to share… so stay tuned!
Git r’ Done! Lets find that cure! Using EKG strip paper I layered it on the the ATC card and used a red glitter paint to add pizzazz. I used cheesecloth to wrap the body after painting it flesh tone. I added a Band-Aid and the Rx stickers as well as the For the Cure text. I finished it by sponging the edges of the body with black ink. Day 22 Done!
As promised I have just a few things I picked up at Walmart that I thought I’d share.
Lipsticks and eyeliners… along with a champagne colored eye shadow pencil. The pencils are copper and slate grey. I have green eyes with gold flecks so my eyes sometimes appear brown… this gives me some flexibility and expands my palette for eye makeup shades.
For Halloween! This is going to be fun. I’m probably the only nail lover out there that has yet to try the crackle polishes… but with the green! Oh my gosh… This is a wonderful trick or treat surprise for myself. Nail Candy!
Drop by tomorrow to keep up with my BCA Month series. We’re down to the singe digits now.