Friday, October 17, 2014

Accordian Art Book - no rules, just fun

Finished my first Accordion Art Book for a swap. This was so much fun. No rules, no pressure -- just gluing, collaging, stamping, stenciling and doodling wherever I fancied.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Be Kind to Yourself

I've been on an art journal kick lately. Mostly leftover motivation from an in-person Dina Wakley class a few weeks ago -- finally jumped the art journal hurdle.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A little art journaling tonight

Still immensely motivated by a Dina Wakley workshop I went to July 26 in Edmond, Okla. She's amazing and has helped me break down the barriers I was having to really get into art journaling. While I have never minded a blank canvas, I haven't been able to get a good fix on what art journaling means to me and how I should approach it. I now know it has to be a messy, sometimes grungy, non-perfect, wonderfully satisfying approach.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Alice and the tunnel: Some altered book fun!

Some altered book fun tonight. My friend's theme was "Once Upon a Time..." I cut the holes in these pages, was going for a "tunnel" effect using transparencies, cardstock and vellum. 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

A new year, a new lease on creative expression!

Finally -- FINALLY -- creating again after what feels like months of artistic inertia brought on by stress, holiday obligations, tiredness, etc. So much peace and inspiration today!

This journaling calendar is something I tried to do last year and got behind. I'm resolving to keep up this year. It's so easy to write a sentence or two as long as you get your monthly page done in advance.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Scrumptious tags

Had a fun afternoon making this lovely tag in a class taught by my dear friend, Jo. Can't think of anything more fun that relaxing with friends and creating, especially when the temperature broached 106 degrees in my backyard!

Two new things for me: The large canvas flower on the left was much easier to make than I would've thought -- it basically involved cutting a flower out of canvas, spritzing it with various colors and rolling in my palms after each application. It frayed all on its own. The second new technique involved the smaller flower just to the right of the canvas one -- the rolled paper flower. It involved cutting a spiral out of text or music paper and hand rolling it. Made a cool looking rose-style flower that I then spritzed with bronze.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What makes a house a home? Mixed media altered book.

Really loving getting into houses in my art. This is a spread in an altered book I did for a member of my art group. Love how her book substrate is cut into a house shape!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tulips: My May canvas


Part of my monthly canvas series. This is May, or spring.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

In a Tulips frame of mind: Artist Trading Cards


Part of a batch of ATCs I made for my art group. I've been in a tulip mood lately!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Easter joy: my March canvas | My Monthly Canvas Project

My March canvas, celebrating Easter. This is part of my monthly themed canvas project for my home. These are 12 x 12 canvases, mixed media, acrylics. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chimed, I'm sure

This is a slick mix of antique, vintage and vintage-style embellishments cold-fusion assembled to make this beautiful chime. Its many goodies include an antique bisque doll head excavated from sites in Germany where doll factories were bombed during World War II. The doll head is estimated to date back to c. 1870-1920. The chime also includes an antique bisque doll arm, a vintage outdoor faucet handle, a vintage spoon, an antique glass drawer knob and lots of other artful embellishments.

Well, folks, I have found a new passion. As if I needed to add yet another facet to my artistic pursuits! I so enjoyed making this chime in an awesome class by the prolific Erin Keck that I immediately began imaging how I could make more and can't wait to do it again!

Now that I'm back from Art & Soul, I am busy gathering all my doodads and trinkets and scouring online sites for more elements so I can get busy creating more of these chimes. Maybe I'll even put some up for sale eventually!

It was supposed to be a girl: My effort with clay

I've been wanting to work with clay for some time now, so I jumped on the chance to take a class called Story Tellers with the talented Tory Borkenshire at Art & Soul using original Sculpey modeling clay (baked). The figure was sculpted, painted and attached to a vintage Prince Albert tin by me (with a little help on the fingers by Tory, love her!).

I did not intend for my piece to end up looking like a old Middle Eastern market vendor. My original intention was to make a cute little girlie face to attached to an adorable pink croquet ball. However, the more I worked this baby, the more he ended up looking like an old man.

But, as Tory so generously put it, Michelangelo only hewed away the rough walls to reveal what was inside the marble, LOL. I couldn't help it! I do love his white hair fringe that encircles his mostly bald head.

I enjoyed this class and can't wait to work more with some clay. Maybe that elusive girl will make her face known yet!

Steampunk necklaces

Four cold-fusion steampunk necklaces I made at Art & Soul.  The first two are made using vintage fuse tins and genuine antique miniature tin types. Also, some beads from my own collection.

The key is an a sort of gas lever key on which I attached watch parts and gears. The fourth is a small leather bag which I sewed (!) and embellished with a tin type, a vintage brass thimble and some beads, including some from my own collection.

So enjoyed these classes. Can't wait to make more! Had great teachers in Jen Crossley and Erin Keck!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A colorful mask: Art & Soul project

The left eye has a mirror behind it and behind the right eye is a dangling light bulb. The copper plate on the nose says "Journey." The eyebrows are made from a broken necklace I found at a thrift shop. She also has fiber eyelashes.

Art & Soul sent me this papier mache mask as an optional project to bring to the Kansas City retreat next month. I wasn't sure if I could complete this, but once I got started, I couldn't stop.

They will display everyone's masks and I have the option to put mine up for sale or not, so I'll be thinking about whether to do that and how much I would charge for this (I have no idea!). My  husband didn't want me to sell it because he wants it, then he said if I sold it, I could just make him another one, LOL.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Little chunky book necklace

Made this cute little necklace at my friend Jo's house a few weeks back.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

"Green for a Day" ATCs

A selection of ATCs I finished last week to trade with my art group this month.