"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Friday, April 20, 2018

Catching up on a little art

After resting and cleaning house, I actually got a few artsy things finished this week.

Here are two more "quirky collages." The first is done with images from collage sheets from mischief circus.com. The second uses a head from Joanne Hodges'  free collage sheet paired with a body and dress from a clothing catalog. I'm still loving these - they are relaxing to do when you don't want to "create from scratch."

Next week will be my online group's annual retreat in Grapevine (usually held in July but rescheduled to April this year). The theme this year is "typography/fonts/letters."

We each have to create a tag for a swap and the tag must contain some letters.  For my tag I collaged the entire background with various letters cut from magazines, lightly gessoed over it and then used Distress Oxide inks for color.  I stamped the word on deli paper and adhered it to the background - you absolutely cannot tell that it is a separate piece. Then I layered an assortment of ephemera with a piece of measuring tape and a Tim Holtz paper doll.  The metal gears and arrow added a finishing touch.

We will each be creating a book with our own personal theme (using letters on each page). Mine will be Alice in Wonderland and I am busy gathering supplies for that.

I am also making a canvas project for a make-n-take during the retreat but I'm not yet able to share that. Busy, busy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I'm Home

It's been a crazy, busy few weeks here! I left on the 7th for Albuquerque to babysit my two grand-boys. I returned that Sat. night to attend a wedding on Sun. night and then it was back to Albuquerque  early Mon. morning for the remainder of the next week. I just got home this Monday evening.

Needless to say, I haven't done much art during this time. Yesterday, though, I went to my friend's house for a stitching-felt-ornaments day with a few friends. You might remember we stitched Valentine and Easter ornaments. This time we worked on snowmen - a little early but we'll be ready for that season!

These are the cuties I managed to finish. We might do another day to work on some others.

Embroidering on felt is so relaxing. These are made easier by die-cutting the felt so there is no fussy cutting involved!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

More Quirky Collage

I finished four more collages! The first one is from yet another collage sheet from Joanne (craftyhodges on YouTube) and the other three are assembled from various images from collage sheets from www.mischiefcircus.com.  I hope you enjoy!

FYI I will not be posting for about ten days as I will be in Albuquerque babysitting my two grand boys there. I will fly home for one day next weekend to attend the wedding of the son of one of my best friends, then return to babysit the remainder of that next week. Wish me luck to have the stamina to keep up with the three-year-old and almost-five-year old! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Sew Beautiful" Swap ATCs received

I mentioned a fabric/sewn ATC swap I joined in this post earlier in March and posted photos of my two ATCs. I have now received two from my partners and they are adorable!

Thank you Jean and Gwynn for these special tiny works of art!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Quirky Collage

Ready for more quirkiness? I've finished three more collages for my magazine traveler's notebook journal. These were created with the latest free collage sheets from Joanne (craftyhodges) on YouTube for her "Five-Minute" Collage series.

Owl be There

Hop to It

Tiger Lily

I am having so much fun with these and my journal is filling up quite nicely (17 so far!).

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Easter cards

We're back from the weekend in Austin celebrating our oldest grandson's 6th birthday. Wow, he grew up fast! He had a very fun party at Chuck E Cheese with 18 of his friends from kindergarten, preschool and the neighborhood. I don't think I've been in a CEC for 25+ years and was surprised they were still around! Needless to say, it was bedlam but he was over the moon!

Birthday breakfast

Birthday boy

Star Wars theme - light saber cupcakes

Inside the ticket blaster - he caught well over 1000 tickets!

After resting from the chaos, I spent some time yesterday making some Easter cards for the grand boys and one of their friends (who seems to have adopted us).  Found a similar card on Pinterest of course and used a stamp/die set from Reverse Confetti from a few years ago for the peeps and sentiment.  It's impossible to see in the photo, but I used a perforating wheel from my sewing days to add detail to the wavy edges of the paper layers. Gotta get these in the mail soon!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Best Transfers Yet

I think I have ADD when it comes to art! I start one project, move to another and another, and don't finish anything! Actually it sometimes works to my advantage because I can move on to something else while paint is drying...

I recently discovered a new YouTuber (to me), a mixed-media artist from California named Lorri Marie Jenkins. I started binge-watching her altered book tutorials and immediately grabbed an old book to start making my own.

One of her tutorials was on transfers. I have done many transfers before and the results are iffy at best. So many factors can ruin a transfer. But, following her instructions, I made these very successful transfers on a double-page spread.

They are not perfect but about as good as any transfer could be. 

Here are some basic instructions: Cover the image three times with a coat of Mod Podge, drying fully between each layer. Paint the substrate with acrylic paint and then coat with a medium coverage of Mod Podge. Place image face down, burnish well and dry completely. Then mist the image with water and start rubbing the paper off. If there is a haze of white left once the image is dry, there is still paper pulp to remove.  Repeat as needed. I found that I could rub quite vigorously (unlike with other transfers I've done) and I had very little lift-off of the original image.

There's still more to be done to these pages, but I am happy with my transfers! And I have several other pages in the works, so will share more later.