Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sandee and Amelie Steampunk Challenge

Hi Makers,
  Today is the last day of 2016 and just a few hours left until 2017, I wanted to end the year in more of a creative fashion. I decided to enter another creative challenge at the last minute. This is the SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge for December 2016. I just discovered this site, I would of entered sooner. At any it goes...I am entering my steampunk bottle.

How it's made

I started out with a wine bottle. I cut pieces of chipboard into various shapes and glued them unto the bottle. I did have to wet the chipboard so that it bends. I made the screws and rivets out of polymer clay, which I baked then glued to the bottle. For some of the rivets I used 3D paint by Viva; for this I had to lay down the bottle straight and let the paint dry for several hours or overnight. The stopper is made of using Apoxy clay, this clay air dries rock hard. I adhered metal gears to the Apoxy clay.  I then painted everything with black Gesso and Gilders paste. The clock is a metal clock charm, which I have sealed with Glossy Accent, to make it look like the glass on a clock.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Creative Embellishments Challenge-Gears Steampunk Tree

Hello Makers!
  Today I am sharing my Creative Embellishments Challenge creation for December 2016. I know it's pretty late to be making Christmas theme stuff or is it too early for Christmas 2017? I decided at the last minute to enter this challenge and thankfully the deadline is the last day of the month. I have been using Creative Embellishments fabulous chipboards for my Steampunk projects and let me tell you I totally love them. I have never entered a creative challenge, so here it goes...I decided to make a Steampunk tree using the chipboard gears.

How it's made

I used two gears of each size; 1.5", 1.25", and 1". The tree top is also a gear that I cut leaving only the center. I have also fastened to the center of the tree top, a screw brad.  I ran a 16 gauge deadsoft wire through the center and large hole beads in between the gears. The tree base is a nutlock from hardware store; feel it adds to the industrial look. I filled the nutlock with polymer clay and baked with the nutlock. The clay holds the wire in place. For stability, the wire has been shaped into a spiral shape at the bottom of the base. Everything was painted with black gesso and Gilders Metallic paste; Foundry Bronze, Bronze and German Silver.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Floating Teacup-Flowers Spilling Out-Altered Art

I like sculptural art that creates an illusion, that is surreal. In my mind and notes I've had several ideas to create such art. I have not executed some of those ideas because I have not been able to figure out the technique and best materials to use. However, as I create other art projects, get ideas though, I think. I will create them eventually. I did attempt one of those projects. I made this floating teacup with flowers spilling out of them. I did not have use my own teacups, I bought the cup and saucer from the Thrift Store.

How it's Made

I used 16 gauge galvanized steel wire. This wire is way stronger than the dead soft 16 gauge jewelry wire. I don't even think dead 16 gauge jewelry wire will hold up the teacup. The galvanized steel wire is very tough to bend; so, big, strong pliers is very necessary. Do not use jewelry pliers, it's not rated for this kind of wire; they are guaranteed to break. I know, I tried. The nice thing about this project is you don't have to do too much wire bending. I used one long wire, folded to three times.  You can also use spoon or fork; bend the ends and glue onto the ceramic. The ends are shaped at roughly 90 degree leaving about 4 inches. The extra wire is bent into a spiral type shape. This to provides more surface area for the glue to adhere to the ceramic. Also, it adds stability. I used Goop Plumbers glue. The cup and saucer needs to be propped in place with something and  dry overnight. I glued several rocks on the saucer to keep it from tipping over, the cup will cause this...what can I say, gravity. Of course the rocks are nicely cloaked by the flowers. Phew!That was the hard part, then comes the fun part, to embellish it.

To embellish the teacup and saucer start by covering the wire with either green flower tape or green tissue paper. Or just wrap with masking tape and paint it green. Then glue the leaves and flowers ensuring the wire is completely covered.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Flamed Winged Heart - Shadowbox

Today I am sharing my shabby chic (ish) Flamed Winged Heart shadowbox. These flamed hearts are from Prima Sandra Everston Relics. They have been very popular, it seems to me. I've seen people's art work using these heart published in art magazines, on the internet and Sandra's website is just awesome to visit, lot's of inspiration. What I like about this product line, you get a package of various "relics" and you assemble to your heart's desire...use the wings, don't use the wings. I am fond of teal, not so fond of pink, but they go together so well. If I were to do this project again, I would so go all steampunk on these hearts, I would use metallic paint, gears, rivets, faux screws.

How it's made

I prepped the heart, flame and wings with gesso, makes it easier for the paint to stick, then painted the heart with Golden Paint teal and Finnabair metallic teal. I also wrapped about 12 inches of 11o gold seed beads and glued in the back to the neck portion of the flame's neck (that's funny, the flame has a neck) get the point. The compass is made using various parts. I used a round filigree, chipboard letters and a metal arrow.

For the flowers, I started out with Finnabar and Recollections white paper flower and sprayed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays, then brushed them with Luminarte's Baby's Breath mica powder. I love the pale pink it gave the flowers, such a shabby chic color. I was trying get the same pale pink color effect on the rest of the piece, but it did not work, because of the surface, seems to only work paper surface. The clocks are made of chipboard and metal, which have been painted with bronze mica power using a glaze. The cute mini apothecary bottle, contains Finnabair Mica Flakes, to give a magical feeling to the piece, I think.  

The shadowbox has been stenciled and painted with Golden's teal, Finnabair metallic teal and Martha Stewart teal. I know sounds crazy. This is what happened I painted with Golden's teal because of its deep pigmentation abilities, it makes your piece pop, but it's also too dark of a teal. So on top of I added pale teal by Martha Stewart and I topped it off with Finnabair metallic teal because I wanted a little bit of shimmer. Inside the box, I used a small jewelry box to prop up the heart and added dimension. Since the box is hollow I filled with paper towel. On the outer edges of the jewelry box I added lace and swirly chipboard. Throughout the piece I have added gold mica flakes. Hope you enjoy this project.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Create Yourself - Mini Shadowbox

One is constantly creating themselves, one way or another. Sometimes, on purpose and at times, our circumstance forces us to create (or recreate) ourselves. I like the quote "Life is about creating yourself"; it's motivational and artistically...makes for a great visual. I like little sewing accouterments; vintage spools, scissors, zippers, dressforms, textile, etc. I don't why, I don't even sew, I just find them fun. Given my fondness of sewing accouterments and this quote...well inspired this mini shadowbox as well as my original Create Yourself shadowbox project, but it's bigger, 8 X 8 inches and 2.5 inches deep. This one is 6x6 inches is one inch deep.

How it's made

I used a 7 Gypsy shadowbox. I used real bobbins, thread, buttons, zipper, fabric, needle and lace. I also made use of my my sewing themes necklace charms; mini threads, thimble and scissors. I made the dressform out of polymer clay and it's embellished with Ice Resin enamels, thread, lace and pin. The little openings have been embellished with mulberry paper, Ice Resin Enamels and covered with Ice Resin from Ranger.  The accouterments in the bigger opening are all embedded in Ice Resin, except for the Apothecary bottle and dressform. This is one of those few projects where no paint was used.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Purse Shaped Paper Greeting Cards

I don't consider myself much of paper type crafter; one that uses paper as their main medium, that is, like stampers do. I do use paper once in while in my art though. So every year I make one of these purse cards, where I include gift card for my three sisters'  and aunts' birthdays, all who are out of state, so shipping is cheap. O decided to make several of these purse shaped greeting cards to have on hand, for when someone's birthday arises, specially if you out at the last minute. Or if you're invited to a birthday party and you don't know the person with the birthday, which happened to me twice already. I would of felt bad not giving that perfect stranger something. So my little purse was my little gift to two perfect strangers this year. I was told by one of them, when I went to her birthday the following year (of course, she no longer is a stranger to me), that she has my paper purse card in her office still...aaww, yes I was touched. These cards are blank on the inside; you know, to write a sentiment and include a gift card, if desired. I like them so much, that decided to include them in my Etsy shop as well.

How it's made

For this description, I will provide with a high level description since there are so many to describe and they are all unique; all were generally made in the same fashion though. I used various embellished designer card stock paper from the craft store. I used a template to trace the purse shape, then cut it with scissors. I embellished the cards with rhinestone stickers, pearl stickers, paper, lace, glossy accent (to add dimension), paper punched shapes. The straps are made of different ribbon types and have been fastened with glue. A tiny velcro, placed on the inside is the closure. Hope you enjoy looking at my little paper purses.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Face the Light - Assemblage

For my birthday this past summer, I spent it in the beautiful Virginia countryside. I stayed at a nice Bed and Breakfast, and visited a beautiful vineyard on top of the Blue Ridge mountains. This town also had this pretty good size Antique mall. Being an assemblage enthusiast, I had to peruse this Antique mall. I found several cool artifacts to make assemblage art. I found an antique door plates, knobs and faucet. The door plates and faucet inspired this assemblage piece.

This assemblage piece, was kind of like a statement. So this is what it means to me...see when we are born, we are expected to contribute society (work, pay taxes, have a family, follow norms). Were all expected to feed the machine (society), so that future generations will continue to survive after we are gone. The water drop shaped human faces are coming out of the faucet (being born). The faces attached to the light bulb, represent us feeding the machine. There is an apothecary bottle with mica flakes inside; this represents each of our contributions to society.

How it's made

The box is a cigar box, which has been stained and altered with Walnut Stain liquid and Inca Gold Guilder's paste. I used my found objects from the antique mall and resin pieces and metal embellishments from my stash. Everything has been altered with black, brown, raw umber, sienna and yellow acrylic paint. All these colors give a rust look by using a dry brush technique. I also used Inca Gold, German Silver and Copper Gilders paste. A lot of Assemblage artist usually don't paint on the found object (they like keeping it real). I felt compelled to alter my accouterments to give it an even vintage, metal look (I'm a little OCD this way). Everything is being held up with Apoxy Clay, strong glue and wire. The ruler is a real vintage ruler, not altered. The faces are made from Polymer clay, which have been painted with Silver and Inca Gold Gilders Paste. The apothecary bottle contains gold mica flakes.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wire Trees

I feel wired up today...wired about wire tree sculptures, that is. Okay that was a cheesy opening line, I must declare. In between making shadowboxes, altered bottles, collages, and altered clocks I like making wire trees. I like wire, because it's fun, interesting and so forgiving. I like making wire wrap jewelry pieces, trees sculptures and integrating into other mixed media art pieces. Today I won't show discuss how it's made in great detail because each piece is uniquely made, but will give the basic how a wire is made.

I like to 24 gauge gauge wire; I believe, using using a  thicker gauge will make it hard to bend the wire by hand. Start out by cutting a bunch of pieces of wire the same length and  and divide it half and twist, this makes the trunk. Leave about two inches untwisted, this will be the roots. . Then continue to split sections and twist, this makes the branches. Whatever size the wire is cut to, the tree will end up at half the length. For instance if all your wires are 12 inches, the tree will end up at around 6 inches, not including the roots and length includes the top of the branches. Do not use pliers to bend because it nicks the wire. The trees in these pictures are made using 24 gauge wire and uses around 72 to 112 individually cut pieces of wire. Always leave extra wire for the roots; it will be needed to attach to something, like wrapping on a rock or gluing to a surface.

This wire tree is part of shadowbox and  around 2.5 inches in height.

I used a handmade paper paper made of mango leaves for the stand. I like how the green contrast the copper tree. This tree is around 4 inches height. 

This is dramatic windblown tree measuring around 5 inches in height.

This an 1.5 inch tree inside a clay pendant and filled with resin. 

Chipped purple beads are used as leaves for this copper tree and wrapped on a rock and is around 3 inches in height. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Finnabair Weekend Class

I know this post is long over due. So in July I took a series of #Finnabair classes at The Queen's Ink in Savage Maryland. First, I must discuss The Queen's Ink, being that I only discovered this store in July, by word of mouth and have not blogged about it. It is truly and mixed media artist's paradise; whether you are scrapbooker, card maker, painter, or all around do mixed media crafting, you will love it. I mean everything about this store is awesome; the store is nice, the classes are fabulous (great artists), good product selection, the staff, and owner are super nice and very knowledgeable about everything in the store and all teach classes too.  Patty, the owner creates a nice, comfortable, relaxed environment and is forever supportive of everyone. I think it has become a refuge for a lot of us who got there to shop or take classes.

Now back to the Finnabair classes, she Signature Designer for Prima Marketing. I took all the classes offered on Sat and Sun. When you take a Finnabair class everything is provided by Prima #primamarketing. They give you a generous amount of supplies, lots of metal and resin embellishments goodies, canvas, clock, use of Prima paint, gels, mica powders, brushes and more. Long after the classes was over I still ended up using my supplies for other projects and of course ended up buying more supplies. I've been using other Prima products for three years now; the flowers have been my fave and I used them in my art. All of Prima and Finnabair products are simply stunning and fun to work with. I found Finn to be nice and patient will all us. Well enough of my love sick weekend with Prima and Finnabair. I will now show you the projects I created.

This is the altered clock. I call this piece Father Time, it's  the feeling it gives me. Love all the goodies we were given to make this.

This a book we altered using Rust Effects paint from Finnabair's Art ExtraVagance line. I carved out the pages and made into a keepsake box instead, I did this at home, you need to do this slowly and patiently. The pages have been glued and sealed together using Finnabair's Sculpting Medium (not used in class, but learned about this product during this weekend. It is used to stiffen fabric and had bought for this very reason. I tried several gels and glues. I found this to be the best product for gluing the pages; it's very strong and formed the pages similar to a cast for a sculpture consistency, without warping the pages.  

This is the Flaming Heart Triptych project. This is the piece that made fall in love with the Opal Magic Powders, specially the gold one. I literally use it on everything, it's how I finish my projects. Love that super fine shimmer, it's finer than regular mica powder. I tried in Resin on mulberry, love the effect in Resin.