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!
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… 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.
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!
About time…literally. I the process for this ATC was fun. For the gear I used hardware I picked up at Home Depot. It was silver in color so I used some Aleene’s Tacky Glue and dabbed it on with a paintbrush. I then dumped orange embossing powder all over them to get good coverage… melted it with my heat gun and repeated the process. I really like how they turned out. The clock center is a maize colored brad and the clock is an embellishment I got from the craft store. The rest is hand cut collage papers. Again I used my trusty texture on the background and sponged the edges of both the card and the body with black ink from a stamp pad.
Happy Friday! I love Fridays! Today is my shopping day and it time for me to go remake my shopping list so I’ll say ado here and see you again tomorrow for Day 20! in my BCA Month ATC series. God Bless!
The colors of this ATC are so fun! I just love the fall flowers and the gorgeous greens. The flowers are made from twisted and wrapped crepe paper… with black wire curled and poked in. They were inspired by the recipe I promised for today…
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
- 1 can sweetened condensed canned milk
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 3 TBS canned pumpkin
- 1/4 Tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 Tsp ground cloves
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients in a blender with the lid on and give it a good whirl. Pour into coffee and drink! YUM. I stored mine in the fridge in a jar. For richer creamer you can use regular milk. I wanted something I didn’t feel horribly guilty about. /wink!
Day Eight of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today’s card features an abstract view of the topic. I used text pages from a dictionary. The collage paper has a fragmented feel to go with the out of place missing/lost/puzzled pieces. I mussed up the puzzle pieces with black/colored glitter and used charcoals to smug up the edges of the body.
It’s kind of a confusing card but given the topic I think it fits.
This was a blast! I had the best time with this ATC… going a bit overboard with detail. Detail is by far my favorite part of doing a painting/collage/assemblage. Gilding the lily as it were.
I started with a precut card made from illustration board and painted the edges flat black with acrylic paint. I then added the orange paper from a Halloween stack I’ve had for nearly three year. It had the sparkly black dots on it already… so I added a black sponged border and used glitter glaze to make it look more like the existing dots. Then I added the spider web woman and more glitter glaze. I topped it off spider confetti hanging from black web threads pulled from some black jute. I set a Rhinestone in the center and added the Itsy Bitsy text at the bottom.
I adore the composition and whimsy of this and found it fitting for the month of October!
So Day 5 is complete! Have an awesome Friday and I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 6 in the Breast Cancer Awareness series.
I wanted to share a link today. If you remember back just about before summer started I made a painting for Enzo who had a wish to swim with the dolphins. Well… I’m happy to report that his wish came true and last month he… well… I’ll let his mom tell the story… click here.
She was sweet enough to post the painting I sent Enzo as well. It’s a heartwarming story. I encourage you to add a smile and some tenderness to your day and head over and read it.
With the weather changing I’m turning my gardening focus indoors and tending to my house plants. This is one I picked up at Home Depot over the summer. I love the colors…. very pretty
I’ll be back tomorrow for Psalm Sunday.