Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Little Black Dress Canvas

Hello Makers!

Today I bring you a Little Black Dress canvas creation for our Feb challenge at Colorful Creations.

Someone once said that every woman needs to have that little black dress in her closet...you know, for that special occasion, so here is mine...No really, the thought of me wearing a little black dress for real does not sound fun, but making this cute little Black Dress canvas piece was.

Play along with us at Colorful Creations 

The Challenge For February is we would like for you to create a project of your choice (layout, card, mixed media, off the page, etc...) using only the colors BLACK, WHITE plus ONE OTHER COLOR.  Sounds like fun doesn't it!

How it's made

I used an 8x8 canvas. I started out by stenciling the canvas, then painted with it with black gesso. I then added two more stenciling layers; the first being, the white flowers, then the gold swirl. I then added a little bit of German Silver Gilders Paste throughout the piece. The wooden birdcage has been painted with gesso and gold metallic paint. The two chipboard pieces; the filigree and clock, have been painted with black gesso and antique gold paint The flowers have been sprayed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Pirate's Plunder Moon Shadow Mist.

To make the dress, I first sculpted the dressform using Premo Polymer Clay. Once the clay was baked, I needed to get the dressform made into a cast. I did this by paper mache-ing the dressform. After the dress cast was made, I painted it black, then made a little dress with fabric, by using a simple stitch.

My Little Black Dress Canvas

 First stenciled layer

The clay dressform and the paper mache cast

Friday, January 27, 2017

Soar-Altered Frame-Lindy's Stamp Gang Jan Color Challenge

Hello Makers!

I am excited about Lindy's Stamp Gang January Color Challenge. The colors are nice light and dark neutrals with silver and gold type colors. The palette conjured so many ideas for me, so much so, that I created a couple of projects until I settled on the one I wanted to submit. Really, I had fun playing with the January's sprays and embossing powders. So for my submission, I made a birdcage with birds on a frame.  I like the meaning of birdcages; to me it says, allow yourself to be free, and soar towards your dreams.

How it's made

Only colors used on this project were Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays color set for January as well as the embossing powders. The substrate is a paper mache frame, which I wrapped with book paper, then stenciled the bricks, and flowers; and painted the entire piece with gesso.  Then came the fun part, spraying the frame. The birdcage is made of watercolor paper, which sprayed with Pirate's Plunder Gold then embossed with Starbright Gold Green Embossing Powder. The birds are made using a mold and paper clay. I sprayed the birds and embossed with Silver Moon Mistletoe and Starbright Gold and Green powders. The words were stamped then embossed. The flowers are made of paper and have been treated with Pirate's Plunder Gold spray.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colorful Creations Design Team

Hello Makers!

I am so happy to announce that I will be joining the Colorful Creations Design team, my first ever. Please check out the Colorful Creations Blog for challenges and the chance to win cool prizes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Becoming - Mixed Media Canvas & Burlap

Do you ever live in you head, or let others live in your head for free? I do both. I stay stuck with ideas, thoughts, desires and don't act them. At least, that's what 2016 felt like to me, one big state of stuck-ness. This year I am going to change this. Self help gurus, the Buddha in his teachings, stated that if you think of yourself realizing, feeling your thoughts in the present state; you set into intentions and put that energy out into the universe;  not in those exact words, but you get the point. The idea is that one will be motivated to take actions (big or small) everyday towards your goals and for me, hopefully, I can get out of my head. So the word that defines this state of mind for me is "Becoming"....which is defined as the process of coming to be something or of passing into a state. Even Aristotle wrote about becoming as "any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality".

To pay homage to becoming the new me. I created this mixed media canvas. I really like the geared/steampunk butterfly chipboard; for me, it gave so much meaning to this piece, it signifies change and action (the gears). Adding to the concept of "change", the butterfly has a copper patina color, something that happens to copper over time, it changes. The zipper is the opening into the blue yonder to realize your dreams. The clock signifies time, for me, the time is now.

How it's made

I started by painting a 9"x12" canvas with  matte yellow-bronze acrylic paint and gesso, it's a color that best matched the burlap, since the burlap is a little see-through. I used a 12"x12" Canvas Corp #canvascorp burlap. I started by cutting the opening, then glued the zipper and lace. I then stenciled both the blue paper and burlap. On the blue paper I added drywall tape and on top of the tape, I added another layer of stenciled paisley swirl shapes with Golden Molding paste. To the paste I added Titan Buff acrylic paint. I then glued the blue background paper and burlap onto the canvas. The whole piece has been embellished with vintage lace from antique and thrift stores.

The butterfly and words have been treated with with Modern Master metal paint and patina acid for a realistic copper patina look. I could of painted this effect, but wanted to try this product out. The result is very random and one has no control on how it comes out, which makes for a cool effect. The butterfly is a chipboard from Creative Embellishment.

The gears on top of the chipboard gears butterfly, the gears and the pocket watch on the burlap are from 7 gypsies #7gypsies.   All the metal on the burlap was painted with black gesso and Tattered Angels High Impact copper paint  #tatteredangels, as well as bronze wax paste. I have embedded teeny tiny watch gears and parts in the pocket watch. I used mica sheet as the glass cover on the pocket watch, which I sandwich between the watch and chipboard.  All the flowers are from Petaloo. Hope you enjoy my "Becoming" Canvas project 

I am entering this project to the following Challenges:

Canvas Corp - Word of the Year 2017 January Challenge #ccbchallenge
Creative Embellishments - January Challenge
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #32 - Put a Stencil on It
Frilly and Funkie - What are you going achieve in 2017 January Challenge
Country View - Anything Goes January Challenge
Mixed Media Place - January Challenge

Friday, January 6, 2017

Colorful Creations Design Team Call

Hello Makers!

Just wanted to help spread the word that Colorful Creations is having a Design Team Call. No previous DT experience needed to apply.  Call will be open until January 15th. The first challenge will go live February 1st and it's a 3-month term  This is an open call, when means that the call can be closed at any time we feel all slots have been filled. To get details please visit the Colorful Creations Design Team Call page.

Shabby Chic Caged Heart - Creative Artiste Challenge #22

Hello Makers!
I am entering my Shabby Chic Cage Love Shadowbox to the Creative Artiste Challenge #22. I totally love hearts and birdcages as a theme in art. I think they classic and can be used in just about any genre. Really quick, what this piece means to me. The heart trapped in a birdcage represents love and humanity...we all have love in us, some of us express it and some do not. Well, today I send love to all.

How it's made

The Shadowbox measures 6" x 6" and it's made out wood. The box has been painted with gesso, teal acrylic paint, mica powders and metallic paint. The box's background is made using lace and teeny tiny paper flowers. The box holding the cage is made of cardboard. The sides of the smaller box have been stenciled and painted. I used a Graphic 45 metal door knob embellishment.

The cage is made using 18 gauge dead soft jewelry wire; I used four pieces, which I bent in half making eight sections. The base of the cage is made of Polymer Clay. I drilled holes in the clay to run the wire through. I hung the cage onto the box by running wire on the topside of box. I twisted the wire so as to tighten up the other pieces of wire. On the topside, I taped down the wire, so it does not stick out. I did not want the wire show either, so I covered with texture paste and painted over it. I glued the cage base on the back side onto the smaller box; so that it won't move.

The heart is made of Polymer Clay and painted with red acrylic paint. Because it's hard to stand up a heart in a cage, I used lace to prop up the heart and around the lace I wrapped 3 mm pearls; for added interest.

Across the bottom of the box is a wired laced piece, which is made by running one long piece of 24 gauge dead soft jewelry wire through the lace in a zigzag manner. I have also, weaved 8 mm pearls into the lace. I used eye hooks to attach the wired lace. I hope you enjoyed my Caged Heart project.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sandee and Amelie Steampunk Challenge-January 2017

Happy New Year Makers!
 I ended 2016 with a creative challenge and now I am starting my 2017 with challenge. Come on is there anything to life, other than art...yeah that's what I thought. I am participating in SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge for January 2017. The theme is to write new post on your blog featuring three favorite steampunk or industrial style projects made in 2016. So here we go.

This is my Face The Light Assemblage Piece posted in Oct 2016 on my blog.

This is a coins Altered Bottle piece I posted  in Jun 2016 on my blog.

This is my Steampunk Christmas Tree I submitted for another challenge for Dec 2016