Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Home Time

These ATC's are for my FINAL swap in the Art Techniques ATC group ~ final because the group is being dissolved as of April 1.... a little sad for me as I've enjoyed this group very much and participated in many great swaps there! I found this group thanks to Patty S. at Magpie's Nest.

The theme for this swap is "Home", a favorite word AND place for me!! All the houses on the cards are chipboard made by Maya Road, a really great set. I decorated all of them with a variety of decorative paper, stamped images, napkin tissue, stamped tissue, decorative tape, and hand colored paper. The images peering through the windows are from my collection: the photos are from a sheet from Inka Stamps, and the painted faces are both by Da Vinci. The Mona Lisa face I used is from a great set by Lisa Vollrath's Ten Two Studios, and the Lady with an Ermine in Cracow was part of an image challenge in the Flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/famous_works_atcs_/.
The backgrounds were laying around here. some days I just make backgrounds, do any of you do that? It's fun and low-commitment work, but still productive :) Two of the cards are painted in acrylic with interference paint; the other 2 are decorative paper stamped with flourishes, then given a gesso wash, then colored with oil pastels and inks.

All the found text is from a vintage book (a real beauty) of "Collected Works of Guy de Maupassant", I think this came from a garage or estate sale?? You should see the covers of this book ~ yummy indeed!
I love home, in all its connotations, manifestations, interpretations, and intentions. Always something new to see.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fight for Right Fish ~ Journal Page

I'm playing in the Collage Play with Crowabout Group this week and Nancy posted some wonderful elements for us to incorporate into our work!!

So I'm a little frustrated today with the politicians and the news media and the talking heads and the financial 'wizards' and the Governator and the sad state of things here in California and the country..... so I ended up with this page. I have more confidence and trust in my fishes at this point.

Monday, February 16, 2009

All for you.....

... is an ATC I made for the monthly challenge in the Art Techniques ATC group. Of course it's February and of course the theme is LOVE <3

I painted this recycled cardboard with gesso, then acrylic paint mixed with Iridescent Medium (I love that stuff). The sweet fairy girl is an image from Collagestuff.com ~ She just seems so authentic and sweet doesn't she? By the way if you have not visited Collagestuff.com you should - they have lots of wonderful things for art, very nice to do business with too ;) The stamped text behind her is from a set by Technique Tuesday, and the lower left corner is a doily stencil, all the ink is the Adirondack Pigment pad in Snowcap. The sequins and beads have been around awhile but seemed a perfect fit here.

Hope all of you are FULL with love for those around you.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Hearts....

.... good enough to EAT!!

Happy Love Fest everyone ;)

Here's the recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart (you KNOW they are yummy, and SO easy)

Brownie Hearts

1/2 pound butter, unsalted

2 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate

4 large eggs

2 t. vanilla extract

2 c. flour

1/2 t. salt

decorations - powdered sugar, colored sugar, any ol' sugar ;)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter bottom of 9 x 13 baking pan; line with wax paper.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and chocolate. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and continue at 10-second intervals until all chocolate is melted.

3. Beat the eggs and vanilla into the melted chocolate mixture. Beat in the flour and salt.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out nearly clean, 35-40 min. Cool completely.

5. Turn the brownies out onto a baking sheet, then flip over again onto another sheet. Cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter and decorate as you wish. Cut the leftover pieces and dust with confectioners sugar.

ENJOY to your heart's content!!

Like all hearts, some of these are broken, some are in pieces, some are whole.....

Hope you are all enjoying your Valentine's Day!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Journal Page

Got out the paints, paper scraps, magazine cut outs, stamps, inks, collage bits, and a beautiful image on transparency from Inka Stamps. Here's where I ended up. By the way I tried a new technique here, with paint and colorizing over one of the magazine images that I used it. I watched this video tutorial on YouTube and it was great ~ check it out if you like ;

Good Night all...........

Festive Woman with a Festive Ermine

There's a new group on Flickr which I joined. It's called 'Famous Works of Art ATC's', and the idea is that each week we are provided with a particular piece of art to use in an ATC, in whatever way we are inspired to do so.

The first challenge is based upon a painting by da Vinci, 'Lady with an ermine in Cracow'. I used a background which i had made a looooooong time ago - the colors and pattern worked well here. I also used a manila tag which I had colored up with oil pastel over gesso, I think? I stamped it with some different patterns, to put behind her as well as for the hats. I stitched around the edge with metallic green embroidery thread and outlined he hats with green glitter - the color is not right in the photo but I did the best I could with my ANCIENT camera ;) (I want a digital SLR SO BADLY, wah wah wah). The festive woman is outlined with a bright yellow crayon for that special 'glow' heheheheeee.

This is fun and I'll bet on seeing lots of art that will be new to me!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Altered Wood Frame

I have been yearning to make dimensional ATC's/mixed media pieces on wood blocks, but my husband has not helped me to cut the wood..... he's a busy guy! On a recent trip to (Jo Ann's or Michael's) I found these wood frames for $1, so I brought a few home. Here's the first one I played with!

I painted it with acrylics and then added the decorative tissue all around the perimeter. I used decorative paper for the front and back frames (K and Co, Autumn Leaves). The tissue 'overhang' was glued down over the edge. The inside of the frame openings was also covered in the same decorative tissue. The entire frame was sprayed with Patina Glimmermist. The picture insert is a freebie from Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist) which was resized to fit. The picture is backed with the same blue paper (from Autumn Leaves) that was used on the frame, with images stamped in Rose Chalk Ink (Hero Arts, Inkadinkadoo). The lace was a piece I had tea stained awhile ago, and I had just the right amount to go around the top. The chipboard flourish is from Maya Road, and was colored with the Rose ink, then sprayed with the Patina Glimmermist. Finally a few decorative jewels from Darice, and found text from a book I have that has the complete sonnets of Shakespeare.

This piece is on its way to a good home.........

But I have plans for the next one :)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Texture ATC Swap

This was fun!! I made 6 of these for a swap in Trish Bee's group, 'Creative Chaos'. For a long time I've wanted to play with molding paste, paint, stamping, stenciling, etc. Here was the perfect opportunity to do so ~ and I recently purchased a tube of the stuff during the big sale last month at Dick Blick Art Supplies :)

I used watercolor paper as the base and mixed the paste about 50/50 with soft matte gel medium. I don't have a palette knife but my chartreuse green plastic knife works pretty well for schmearing stuff around. I gesso'd the paper, applied the paste, and used several different foam stamps in it. I made 3 different pages and designs, am still playing with the other two! After everything dried I began painting the page with acrylics, 3 base colors plus mixes of them. I painted over the dry paint layer with interference violet and interference blue, then finished off some of the raised detail with glossy acrylic in red-purple. I love the colors and texture here, but these colors were outside my typical working palette.......

The paper was cut to ATC size (random cutting, I did it from the reverse side). I tried a couple of different upper layers and I DIDN'T LIKE THEM!!! Then I remembered this beautiful cupid stamp ( Gel-A-Tins set) and stamped on acetate. The cards are all edged in multicolor pearly microbeads - this looks right to me.

I'm in the mood for romance these days, having lots of dreams of travel to London and Paris, mostly with my wonderful husband, although there was that ONE dream with George Clooney heheheheheheeeeeee.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

One Year Blog - O - Versary Approaching!!

OOOH, I just checked my archive and can see my 1st anniversary approaching heheheheheeeeeeeeee.

Will be back with details on the celebration........

It will leave several of you FULL.

..... unhinged .......

Here's a journal page from today. I was working on something else but had some drying time to use up. As soon as I decided to do a journal page I felt better. Then my HEAD starts up with a zillion different images, colors, words, borders, stamps, themes, TOO MUCH INFO. Sometimes I just want to DO and be spontaneous with it. It is so difficult for me to just flow and shut down that inner chatter (mostly white noise actually).

So here's what I came up with, in less than 30 minutes.

Full release.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine, my ZETTI Valentine.....

Happy Super Sunday to all!! WOOT WOOT!

Actually I don't think the game will be all that interesting.... but certainly looking forward to seeing the Boss at halftime ;-)

Here are some zetti valentine ATC's I made for a swap in the Art Techniques group. I had never attempted zetti before, and this was really fun! I especially enjoyed how un-romantic my cards turned out to be, especially after just finishing that set of very romantic pages for the book collaboration (see prior post). The paper doll images are from a fantastic sheet purchased at phenomenon 1859 etsy shop. If you enjoy collage or other forms of mixed media/altered art/scrapbooking you should take a look there! She has OVER 500 digital collage sheets and the quality and service are fantastic!! In fact I think she's having a sale right now.....

The papers are from many sources, mostly I just dug them out of my small scrap pile (yes I have my scraps categorized by small, large, image styles, plain, etc). The numbers are stickers from a glittery set by Making Memories. I also used my Sharpies, Neo crayon, decorative edge scissors, and then there are those FISH..... Courtesy of another freebie snagged from Suzan Buckner's blog (Thrifty Collage Artist).

Here's an early valentine wish for all of you!!