And now I have to go pull the Snickerdoodles out of the oven! :-D
Monday, December 17, 2012
And now I have to go pull the Snickerdoodles out of the oven! :-D
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I am signed up for an ATC swap with the Bad Babies. They are not due until August but I am determined to not get behind on projects this year....so mine are done!!! WooHoo.
Up first, you might say this is Steampunkish....maybe not lol I did the background with alcohol inks and loved the metallic look so I added the watch parts.
The stamps both came from Tim Holtz (yes, I am totally hooked on his stuff right now!)
Now, off in another direction! I love this woman stamp! She is from Posh Impressions and one of my favorites. But I had no clue what I was going to do with her. But sticking with another of my 'resolutions' I dug through my drawer of old ads and found this one for hat patterns. Since my woman isn't wearing one, maybe she needs to make one?
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ok, I am the first to admit, I don't like the circus. It has always had an overall creepy vibe to me.
I am always up for a challenge. And this certainly was for me!
I have no 'circus' rubber stamps and yet this project seemed to be calling out for them. So, being the adventurous artist soul that I am, I began thinking....what stamp do I have that might work in a circus setting? When you have as many stamps as I do, this thinking takes a lot of time lol
I did finally remember that I have an elephant. He is not all fancy or anything, more like out on the Serengeti, but that was ok. And I wanted a tent! No tent stamp, gonna have to draw that. Hey, I could put the elephant in the tent! Wow, that takes up all of 1/4 of my page! lol
Ok, I need performers! So, I began digging through one of my 'people' boxes...not the Victorian/vintage one....the other one. :-)
Who pops up first but my poor overweight woman that for some reason I have put up on a high wire before...might as well put her up there again, she has experience! Digging deeper into the box, I found her a couple friends.
Now to put this whole side show together!
As I said, I drew the tent on watercolor paper. Then painted it with twinkling H2Os (it is the circus after all...we need some sparkle). I then stamped the elephant on the journal page, colored around here where the opening of the tent would be, sponged on a cloudy sky with chalks, and painted the grass and path before gluing on the tent.
I stamped all the people onto white card stock and using Twinkling H2Os, Staedtler water color pencils and Prismacolor pencils, I gave them life.
Placement was tricky due to the size of my people and the size of my page (only 5 x 8.5). I didn't quite know what to do with my dancing girls....then I decided they must be midgets (oops, "little people") so they could go in front of my high wire act!
exercizing woman: VivaLasVegaStamps, Woman with word clothing: Stampers Anonymous, Dog: Rubber Stamps of America, Dancing Girl: The Moon Rose Art Stamps, Elephant: ImaginAir, Grass: Posh Impressions, Curiosity definition and Admit One ticket: Curious Possibilities by Tim Holtz
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Since Tim Holtz put me into tag mode this week, I thought I would play around with them.
I stamped directly onto the leather and it took the ink beautifully! I then colored the boy's face with prismacolor pencils. Since it was a dark brown tag, he has a sort of ghostly look but I like it. I then highlighted the text with prismacolors as well.
With a fabric scrap glued to the left side, some vintage book page scrap and old buttons, this one is complete!
(stamp credits: boy = Paperbag Studios, compass = All Night Media)
Tags must be the in thing this month because no sooner had I completed the one above when one of the Bad Babies suggested a Christmas tag swap. Oh yeah! I am all for that one!!!
I grabbed some more leather tags and began playing.
I used my Zutter to punch the line of holes on the left and threaded in some old lace.
I stamped the children on glossy cardstock then aged them with Distress Inks.
(stamp credits: all stamps from Oxford Impressions)
Here I stamped Santa on matte white cardstock and colored him with prismacolor pencils. I then aged the image with Distress Inks.
I stamped a string of snowflakes with white acrylic paint directly onto the leather. Then I layered a bit of music from an old hymnal (a yard sale find from a couple years ago...50 cents!)
Add some dark red buttons, some poofy yarn saved from a gift and some rusty jingle bells and you have a fun new Christmas tag!
(stamp credits: Santa = Gumball Graphics, snowflakes = Inkadinkado)
But tags are not the only thing I did this week! I have been a busy girl! lol
My art journal prompt for this week was travel.....a real vacation you have taken or one you only dream about.
I dream about Paris!
(stamp credits: Eiffel Tower = Postmodern Design, all others from Oxford Impressions)
And finally, my friend Cris ( crispart.blogspot.com) turned me on to wrap bracelets. I saw them on her blog and just had to give it a try! :-)
I found a great tutorial at http://cupcakepeonie.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-beaded-wrap-bracelet-tutorial.html
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
The only art project I have done recently is for a Dark Shadows postcard swap at the Bad Babies yahoo group.
I have to say, I have not seen the movie yet. I love Johnny Depp but, I'm sorry, Jonathan Frid will always be the one and only Barnabas! I had to make sure he was part of this postcard. I also wanted to include other aspects of the show.
I mentally went round and round on this one and finally decided, the only way I could include everything I wanted was to go digital.
If you look closely you will find a howling wolf and a ghost....as well as the obvious vampire and drops of blood. :-0
I have a full moon and creepy cobwebs...the only thing missing that was part of my favorite storyline is the dollhouse...but since the dollhouse was an exact replica of Collinwood, maybe I did include it. ;-)
Friday, May 11, 2012
Time sort of gets away from me at times! :-) The weather has finally been looking (and acting) like spring. Which means more time piddling around outside and less time free for art.
But, today, I decided I needed to get into my art room and make something....anything! My original intention was to try something steampunkish. But, that has never been my style and try as I might, it morphed into something else that is more Me. lol
I haven't stamped anything in a really long time so it was really nice to grab some stamps and play!
The flower in the upper left is from Magenta, the clocks are from Non-Sequitor and the rest are all from Oxford Impressions.
The key is chipboard that I painted and then 'rusted' with alcohol inks.
Saturday, April 07, 2012
We headed over to the coast for 5 days. The weather was horrible! Torrential downpours, hail, snow, extremely high winds.....and we loved every minute of it!
While over there we dropped in at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio in Lincoln City. I love that place! The oportunity to create something in glass is too much for me to pass up. :-)
This year I made a paperweight. Unlike past visits, I was totally undecided about what colors I wanted to use until I physically walked through the door. I just couldn't make up my mind!!!
I finally decided on red, orange and black. When it sits on my end table, it glows like a burning ember. Very mesmerizing!
Here is a view from the side.
A view from the top.Once we got home, I had to really kick it in gear to get my Easter Bunny done BEFORE Easter! I completed him this morning. :-)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
So, of course, I started another. lol
No deadlines, no swaps, no criteria, just for me. :-)
I moved way outside my box on this page. I NEVER do bright colors lol. I tend to stick with muted and antique-looking color schemes. But I decided to use papers that I had gotten for free out of Somerset Studio and this was what was on the top of the stack. The background paper was bright yellow (hate the color yellow) and orange. I brushed some blue over it and then scratched some off so the yellow and orange would show through.
I saw an article on paper dolls someplace...heaven knows where. I have been cleaning out junk from the art room and flipping through magazines before I toss them out lol
So, here is my paper doll. :-) I cut her body from an old book page (I think it is French). Her clothes came from another of the Somerset papers. With turquoise tissue paper petticoats. :)
Now back to my normal colors lol
This background took me several days. I just kept layering with papers and paints until I finally liked it. I then stamped the hands at the bottom.
I like it so much, I took a pic before I continued (so I can use it in digital stuff later if I want)
I then added the flower and face. The face is stamped and colored with pencils, the petals are watercolor crayons. A new toy that I think I am going to be using a lot more!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
This one is a bit smaller at only 3 1/4" (plus balloon).
It is definitely harder to get details on the smaller projects (and the fuzzies get way out of control too! lol)
Since she is a baby (yes, it is a she lol) I decided she didn't need claws or teeth like my first dragon. I did however try something new and gave her little wings. :-)
Friday, February 24, 2012
There was the cleaning, painting, shopping (when you grow from a 2x2 desk to a huge, U-shaped desk you find out you NEED things! including the desk! lol)
Then helping (better known as watching) hubby build said new desk. haha
Then came the hardest task of all.....regaining my art desk. 1/3 of it has been doubling as part of my work station for 4 years and now I am finally able to clear it off and reorganize. Currently I have regained about 2/3 of my 10 foot long desk! Yay!
I was so happy that I took time out from cleaning and stashing and I fiddled around in my art journal...something I haven't had room or inclination to do for many many months. :-)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Since this is the year of the dragon, I was inspired to create my own "Chinese" dragon. Or maybe I should say....Ready for Chinese New Year dragon. lol
As you can see, I shied away from the typical fierce/scary dragon and went in a cute and fun direction.