Monday, January 11, 2016

More DIY than crafting these days


I've been hunting down old furniture to refinish with chalk paint. This is a chair I found for $5.00. It started out as black with a red faux leather seat. I'll post the end result when I finish it. I am using Annie Sloan chalk paint, Old White and Duck Egg Blue.  So that's my 'crafting' lately. And no painting (pictures, that is) for now. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Helping hand...

Today I was rearranging things in my studio and sort of 'rediscovered' a doll I made a few years ago. I was in a doll making phase awhile ago. Looking back on this project, I think I did a fair job on making her hands. I made this hand out of polymer clay that was baked.  This hand is about 1" in length. I tried to make it realistic. Although a bit 'stiff' in that her fingers are too straight, I do like them. They look fairly realistic. Anyway, I thought I would share a close-up of them.  Click on the picture to see them really close up!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A mini photo album




Recently life has been such that I've not had the opportunity to do much crafting. So I am posting a mini photo album I made awhile ago. I love how this one turned out. It's an envelope mini- using 3 #10 envelops for the base of the pages and then they are embellished. It's one of my favorite way to make a mini.

I made the flowers with the same paper as I used on each page, so they match perfectly. I added metal chain and vintage rhinestones around the bouquet. I added a whole lot of glossy accents to the flowers and a touch of glitter. Click HERE to see a YouTube video of this mini and the inside pages.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Big mouth - collage


Big Mouth
4"x 4" collage

This one just makes me smile. I first saw the fish in an old book of fish prints and the idea jumped into my head. The background is from an old cookbook of my mom's...if you look closely, there is a recipe for Shrimp Wiggle. YUK! I could not eat something with that name.   But it all made me smile and so I went with it. I find some of my better works of art are the ones I don't over think. Just go with what jumps in my head.  I added some colors to the fish and the background with acrylic paint. 
This piece is SOLD

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mixed media experiments with Damask pattern

dragonfly and damask
8"x10"
ink on paper

Having time is a gift that I know I am blessed to have. I have been experimenting with patterns and different mediums and loving it! I have no real goal or look in mind. I am just saying 'what if' and then try it. The above picture was created with different kinds of inks.  First I drew the lines with an Elegant Calligraphy Writer pen. Then I wet that with water to make it bleed. Nest I used Derwent's Inktense blocks to color in the flowers and dragonfly. Then I used a dye ink and a stencil and sponge too create the background. Finally, I made the spatter using more intense. I so enjoyed the fun of seeing 'what if '.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Postcards from Moo.com


Moo.com is a wonderful website to get business cards and such. I recently had postcards made of some of my artwork. Here are a few. The quality is great- heavy paper stock and shiny finish. Very nice. Now...who to send to??

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Butterfly collage

"Rebirth"
Butterfly collage
3" x 3"
acrylic medium, paint and papers

This small collage was so much fun to create! I used Jonathan Talbot's method of using fluid medium and heat to adhere the collage pieces to the substrate. Once dry, I then used acrylic paint to shade and color.   It is then backed onto deckle edged watercolor paper and then framed in an 8"x 8" frame, making it quite a dramatic statement for a small piece of mixed media art. 

It hangs in my bedroom as a reminder of my life journey. Butterflies represent rebirth and transformation. I believe that we are always on a journey in this life and are always in a state of rebirth and/or transformation. We 'die' to become something else. We transform from our life experiences and so we 'become' again and again.