Monday, June 26, 2017

Industrial Journey-Travel Assemblage

Hello Makers!

This month's challenge theme at the Canvas Corp Brands (CCB) #ccbchallenge is "Urban Travel" and got inspired by the moodboard. Then I started thinking about the places people go to get away from it all; the beach, the country, the mountains, or other urban cities. Been to at least one of each and I find them all fascinating. Heck, I find that staying home and doing art is is a nice retreat within itself.

I made this 8x10 assemblage piece, I call "Journey". The buildings are made of corrugated cardboard and CCB Architextures Juque Pack-Garage. Architextures are stickers with vintage images. The Garage pack I used contain images of facades of industrial, grungy buildings. I blended the image with the cardboard using molding and sand texture paste to make it look like one piece and then painted with acrylic paint. For the windows I used gears, where I used Gilders paste.

I am submitting to the following challenges:

My Journey Assemblage 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Love Never Rust-Assemblage

Hello Makers!

Love. Such a complicated topic.There are tons of song, movies, paintings, poems, books on the topic, it never ends...I tell ya. Unless humanity and even animals stop feeling love, it will continue til to the end of time. Yet, me and and countless other dreamers will never stop creating stuff around love and hearts. So when I saw the Challenge on Words and Paintery for this month; the theme is "Old Love Never Rust and the colors are green/blue patina and rust"....well to say the least, I was smitten and inspired. It involved love (hearts, yeah) and patina and rust (crazy love there). I decided to create an assemblage piece.

I sculpted the heart using Makin's Clay® No Bake Polymer clay; I cut the center out and used black paper for the base. I used a cigar box for the substrate. Used cardboard, chipboard and metal gears, and metal arrow. The green patina and rust is metal paint and oxidation solution from Modern Masters.

I added gears inside the heart as well as outside; symbolizing the work required in any type love relationship. The arrow is the cupid's arrow (love struck). The patina and time and change everlasting. But through it all, love prevails. Sheesh! enough romanticism Iris, onto the challenge.

                                  I am submitting this project to the following challenges:

I am also submitting this project for a spot on the 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Makin's Clay DT Project - Steampunk Pencil Holder

Hello Makers!

Father's Day is around the corner; a day to honor our dads. Make him a gift, that is not only easy to make; it's inexpensive, functional, can be used at home or the office and most of all, it's pretty cool. Make him a Steampunk/Industrial Pen & Pencil Holder using a tin can and Makin's Clay®. To learn how it's made and learn more about Makin's Clay®, visit the  Makin's Clay®  Blog.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Colorful Creations DT Blog Hop

Welcome to the Colorful Creation’s 'I Love Summer' Blog Hop. You should have come from Indiana's Blog. If you have stumbled across this by chance and want to play along then you can head back to the Colorful Creations site to start at the beginning and to start collecting your challenge words. On each DT member’s blog, you will find a unique word that corresponds only the DT member, whose blog you are visiting.  The goal is to visit each member’s blog and collect each word to complete the quote.  Once you have completed the quote, please leave it in the comment section of the Colorful Creations Blog Hop post.

Iris' unique word is "THE"


My make is a collage painting, I call 'Laundry Day'. It's a bright summer day and clothes are hanging outside to dry. I have childhood memories growing up in the Southwest; I used to run around between the laundry hanging on the clothesline, as if playing tag with the clothes...silly I know, but it was fun.

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Thank you so much for visiting with me on the hop, next up on is Tania Ridgwell, Tania's Creative Space blog.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts-Time Watchers

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Sandra Evertson, Relics and Artifacts is holding her annual Relics and Artifacts Talent Search #RATalentSearch. The goal is to make a project using the Resin Blanks; the winner gets published in Where Women Create, a Stampington Magazine. I decided to submit a project. I enjoy making assemblage work in the first place, so the competition is a plus.

I decided to make a clock with the Visage Resin Blanks. They are faces and I find them fascinating. I like the idea of art that one can peek through; it's as if the artifacts are holding a secrets. I also like to make up a story and add meaning to my art. So here it goes; the little guys in the clock are ancient gods whose mission is to watch time; they ensure that the natural order of things...well stay in order. They make sure that no one messes with time and space continuum or else chaos may ensue. The blue patina and bronze was inspired by bronze statues of Greek and Roman gods.  If you see another meaning; that's cool too. I just hope you like my Time Watchers Clock.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Steampunk Keepsake Box

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One of my favorite genres is Steampunk or as others prefer to call it, Vintage Industrial. I like both labels. I like to make Assemblages, bottles and keepsake boxes. It's fun making art in this genre because there are no rules (well almost); there is no right or wrong way and it's liberating because you don't feel the fear of messing up (well, when compared to say....watercoloring). If anything, you just want grunge things up. What I also like about Steampunk is the spirit of recycling or if you prefer "upcyling", using discarded objects and giving it a new life. As the matter of fact, you are not a cool kid if you don't make your Steampunk projects from discarded objects, so I hear...just teasing.

I decided to make a Steampunk keepsake box from a cigar box that I got my local tobacco shop for free. I used cardboard to make the sheet metal. The cardboard is part of the packaging from all the crafting goodies I order online. Also used a blown out car fuse (the faux power apparatus), clock face, and plumbing hardware (clock face cover). The gears are made of chipboard and metal.  I made the rivets and screws from dimension paint and polymer clay, for the exception of a few screws; they are brads. I have also painted the inside with acrylic paint. Because the lid was too heavy it was causing the box to tip over. So I needed some kind of lid holder. I tried using a couple different metal box lid holders (they look like arms) from the hardware store, but they were too big for the box. I ended up using a necklace chain and real screws as the lid holder; worked like a charm. Hope you like my Steampunk keepsake box.

I am submitting this project to several challenges


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ruler Necklaces-Makin's Clay

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Wanted to share my latest make using Makin's Clay®. So earlier this month I had made small canvas for Mother's Day called "Mother's Rule" using stamped Makin's Clay®.  I had leftover rulers, so I decided to make necklaces out of them. Visit the Makin's Clay Blog to view how this project was made, or see images on my blog.

How it's Made

To see how the rulers are made, visit the Makin's Clay blog. I drilled holes into the ruler and set the eyelets, using a regular hardware drill bits. However, I did it manually, no need for power drill; polymer clay in general is soft enough to manually drill trough it. Plus, I'm a little afraid of power tools. The eyelets' opening is 1/8 inch and 2 mm in depth. By adding eyelet it strengthen the hole and keeps the clay from breaking. Plus it makes the pendant aesthetically pleasing. I added the jump rings and 1.5 mm and 2 mm leather cords. I made one of pendants, kind of fancy, by adding wire wrapping.

To make the spiral wrapping, I took a pen apart and used the inside thingy that houses the ink (not sure what it's called), it was the perfect size though. I wrapped the wire in a spiral motion around the ink holder thingy, in essence, I used it as a mandrel. I then fastened the wire to the ruler by wrapping around twice and tucking the tail in back of the ruler. I used silver, round spacers and glass beads for embellishments. Hope you enjoy my little ruler necklaces.