Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Feelin' like Fall

This ATC is for the monthly challenge in the Art Techniques ATC group, with a theme of Pumpkins. The background is fabric and I distressed the edges a bit. I used some very old pumpkin stamps that I have ~ who made them I can't recall!! They were stamped with black pigment and clear embossed on paint chips as well as a hand painted paper which was a RAK. The owl was stamped on that gorgeous black/blue/metallic mulberry paper (another RAK, how fortunate I am to receive these awesome goodies :). The eyelet is from Making Memories and the beads are by Bliss Beads and Blue Moon (leaves).
This ATC also fits in nicely with this week's theme of Fabric over at Arty Girlz.

It may be 95 outside today (blech) but it's definitely feelin' like fall in the salon!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Locks/Keys ATC Swap

Here are a few cards I made for the swap with the open theme of Keys/Locks.

The first two are made with embossed handmade paper in the background, it is really gorgeous. The images are from Karen's Whimsy ~ there are many great images there which she generously provides for FREE to use in your art ! I printed these in dark sepia tone on photo paper, sanded them and edged them in pigment ink. The hem tape was stamped in brown StazOn using letters from Hero Arts. The flowers are Prima's, with brads from Memory Makers. The locks are from JoAnn Essentials - they are very cool and were 60% off??!! The entire card is edged in clear embossed pigment ink.

The next two use background paper that came out of one of my Somerset magazines :) The images from Karen's Whimsy were printed onto patterned and colored vellum, respectively. The card with the blue eyelets (Bazzill) has an entire panel of vellum over the card. The background on the other card was aged with Tim Holz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and edged with Denim Adirondack ink, along with the photo. The corner doily piece was lightly sponged with the same blue ink.

"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep." ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Tuesday Oct. 28 ~ As it happens these are a good fit for the current theme of Locks and Keys on Mixed Media Monday :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh gel!!

A fresh jar of gel medium this morning all ready!! LOTS of use from the empty jar... seems almost sad that it's gone.

Now I'm off to make a dent in this new jar heheheheheeee.........

A Birthday Birdhouse

My dear friend Donna loves bird and birdhouses. On her birthday a group of us celebrated and I gave her this decorated house, giving it a birdhouse spin. I used vintage wallpaper, dress pattern tissue stamped with images from Tim Holz and Inka Stamps, beads, bird charm (Collagestuff.com), heart clips, vintage seam binding, and green ribbon.

I think she really likes this :) and it was great fun to make!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Embrace Change

Here's an ATC I did for a swap in my Altered stART group, with a theme of 'Vintage Autumn'. Originally I was not considering a 'fairy' type of image, but when I came across this lovely girl on my Digital Collage Sheet page, she just looked like fall to me.

The background is patterned paper (MAMBI I think?) which has been gesso'd and then colored with oil pastels. I really enjoy those pastels, thanks so much to my friend Jillian for introducing me to them :) The pastels are so versatile and easy to work with, and produce color that is easy to control. I used a piece of dictionary page, colored with Tea Dye Distress Ink, behind the image (did you see the word AUTUMN there?). Originally she had a flower bouquet in her hand but I changed it to a beautiful coppery leaf, punched from a gorgeous piece of handmade paper ;) Then I punched a few more!! Along with an oak leaf punch with the remaining dictionary page. Her chair is a piece of chipboard which I painted brown and then overpainted with gold Daler Rowney Pearlescent acrylic. The card, as well as the main image, is outlined in green chalk ink.

Try to enjoy the changes - a difficult process but often worth the effort and investment.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

You Gotta Have Friends....

As the divine Miss M said in about 1972, I think!!

Here's a fun canvas for this week's paint theme over at Saturday's Workout. I made a 5" x 7" canvas board, painted with a couple of layers of acrylic. I oversprayed with bronze GlimmerMist and splattered black paint all over the place. I used an old background stamp of stars (Hero Arts) and stamped around with Daler Rowney Pearlescent Acrylic (I LOVE LOVE LOVE these paints!!). The picture is one that I printed awhile ago and I love it, have been waiting and waiting for the right moment to use it! The chandelier image is from the front of a notecard sent to me by a dear friend - I sanded it and then repainted some areas with my black paint. The ladies are collaged to a piece of patterned text paper from 7 Gypsies, then I added the black 'drips' with paint and used the pearlescent acrylics to highlight the ovals. The ladies are outlined in paint and the entire image outlined and doodled with my white Signo pen. I used that green pearlescent acrylic on my Friends definition stamp (Hero Arts) and stamped on pattern tissue. The green German Scrap is from Collagestuff.com.

So.....here's a big Sunday shout out to all my friends dropping by ~ YOU :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Halloween Tags

I have been busy making some Halloween tags!! The theme this week at Crazy Amigo Challenge is Halloween ;)

Enjoy these!! And 'Boo' to you!

P.S. These are available in my Etsy shop....

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Simple Pleasures

Here's an 8" x 10" mixed media canvas, done for a swap with the inspiration of Misty Mawn. Look here to see some of her stunning collage/mixed media art. If you visit Misty Mawn's blog you'll be in for a big treat as well!

I actually photographed all the steps here and then promptly deleted them from my camera before saving on my hard drive........ grrrrrr..........

Serenity NOW!! Okay then, the canvas started with acrylic paints done in layers with sanding in between. I used the Stampington Flourish Ledger stamp with black paint in between some of the other paint layers, then used a damp rag to distress and revive the image. This was a great way to do this , without disturbing the rest of the paint layers. The text page came from a great vintage book I scored at a garage sale, 'You and Your Shadow' by Bill Severn (copyright 1961). I added some Twinkling H2O's :) The woman was constructed from patterned paper from the beautiful Rue de Garance line from Sanylion, as well as socks and shoes from a paper doll image and a lovely face from a photo (source unknown). I made her wings from the lace collar she was wearing in the original photo; the sleeve cuffs were also made from this. I stamped the ledger again (behind her head) using Twinkling H2O's, and also used the same color for other elements here. All black edging and circling was done with charcoal pencil/stick. The text pieces are from the same book page as the house, as well as her slanted heart.

I'm really pleased with the way she turned out and am feeling more confident about my character constructions all the time.