Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Makin's Clay Design Team

Hello Makers!

I bring you good news today. I am excited to be part of the Makin's Clay Design Team 2017-18. Makin's Clay is a no bake Polymer clay, it is air dry; great alternative to oven-bake type polymer clay. Follow Makin's Clay blog for upcoming designs from the team.





Monday, March 20, 2017

Beautiful Beginnings - Canvas

Hello Makers!

Happy First Day of Spring everyone! Today I bring you a Springy project, I call it 'Beautiful Beginnings', which, I will be submitting to two challenges.

This month's Canvas Corps Brands (CCB) March theme challenge is "Rebirth" #ccbchallenge, celebrating Spring. Over at More than Words, the March Challenge is "Beautiful and Butterfly". Taking these two themes together, made me think more about spring as well as getting warm, being that's still cool out east. So Spring is the season of rebirth, which not only gives us beautiful flowers and plants, but also that feeling of hope, pureness and renewal.

I was looking through the products on the CCB site. The soil illustration on the Mixed Media Origins Bloom Mistable paper caught my eye. It prompted a surreal like imagery in my mind. I imagined flowers and plants coming out of its carefully arranged opening to the outside world. So, I decided to attempt to create my Spring project with a little sense of surrealism using a zipper.

How it's Made

For my project I made a collage using fussy cut images from the Tattered Angel Mixed Media Origins Mistable Paper 'Blooms' and 'Harvest Moon' #tatteredangels and CCB Spring Showers Papers- 'Spring Garden', 'Spring Flowers Reverse on Ivory' and 'Butterflies on Ivory'.  To color my piece I used Glimmer Mists; 'It's Yellow'English Ivy' and 'Capri Blue'. For the soil I used Chalkboard Mist 'Decandence'. Wanted to add more of a soil like texture; with a palette knife I spreaded Golden Matte Medium Gel on the soil image. Additionally, I used several layers of Golden glaze with Decadence and 'It's Yellow' mists and because the Gel medium and glaze are clear, it allowed the illustration's soil cracks to show through, providing depth, which I like. On the 'Blooms' paper, I cut the opening for the zipper, then glued the paper down to the canvas, excluding the zipper's opening. The zipper was glued next, then glued down the the opening. Hope you enjoyed my project.

 Canvas Corp Brands Mood Board for March


More than Words Mood Board for March


My Beautiful Beginning Canvas










Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coral Flower Zipper Altered Bottle

Hello Makers!

For the month of March, Lindy's Stamp Gang the color challenge features beautiful corals, green and beige. I was so torn as to what I wanted to create because so many springy things came to mind, specially with the snow we've been having (at least in the east coast). So I created my very own spring flowers in a bottle, no message in it though. Unless, this piece speaks to you, lol! Hope you enjoy it.

How it's made

For this project I used all the colors from the Lindy's Stamp Gang March 2017 Spray Set. I started out by covering the entire bottle with white tissue paper and gluing the zipper. The top layer is wrapped in beautiful handmade paper (purchased from the art store), it's thicker and finer than the regular tissue and will stand up to the sprays really well. The bottle was colored with Merci Beaucoup Mint and Kissin' Kenickie Coral

The flowers are made of paper and were store bought. and used all the colors from March Spray Set.  The butterflies are made of paper; used copper wire for the antennas and dimension paint for the body and have been colored with Merci Beaucopu Mint, Cape Cod Coral and Clam Bake Beige sprays. The lace was colored with Cape Cod Coral. The stopper is a door knob that I got from the $1.50 bin at the craft store. The knob has a long screw. I screwed the knob into a cork and stuck it back into the bottle.



Lindy's Stamp Gang March Challenge Mood board





My Springy Altered Bottle






     


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Colorful Creations DT Monochromatic Challenge

Hello Makers!

Today I bring you my Design Team project for our 15 Mar Monochromatic Challenge at Colorful Creations, Laugh as Much as you Breath Mixed Media canvas. This piece was inspired by our theme. To me working in monochromatic colors brings a sense of emotion and the color gray came to mind. I believe gray can bring about a sad, somber, pensive and reflective feeling.

Join us on this challenge at Colorful Creations. All you have to do is select any color you want and stick to that color for your entire creation. Visit Colorful Creations site for more information and learn about the prize. 


Laugh as Much as you Breathe Canvas




Friday, March 10, 2017

Button and Wire Windblown Tree

Hello Makers!

Spring is about to spring...soonish (at least in the East Coast, that is); flowers bloom, birds come back, trees turn green. Well as it so happens, my tree has sprung too, except it sprouted green buttons and because it's so windy today, it has gotten a little windblown. 

Okay, hokie intro I know. My make today is a wire tree with green buttons for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 'button" theme for Mar. When I saw this I got excited because I have a lot of buttons of every color. My friend, who sews costumes, was destashing and gave me a ton of buttons, at the time, I had no idea what to do with them. I like making wire trees and have used beads as leaves see my wire tree blog post. So I thought I'd do the same with buttons. 

How it's made

To make a wire tree, recommend using dead soft, color coated jewelry/crafting wire; it's nice bendable wire. Recommend using 24 gauge; below 24 begins to get a little tough on your hands to bend and above 24 begins to gets brittle. The hardware store wire will be tougher even if the same gauge as it tends not be dead soft. For this project, I wanted a slightly thicker tree, so I used 22 gauge; bending manageable for my hands, however, I could not make a trees with 20 or below gauge, way too tough.

Begin by cutting individual wire pieces. Whatever size tree you desire, you will need to cut individual wire pieces twice the length. So for instance, if you want a 6-inch tree, the wires will need to be 12 inches, as is the case with my tree. Plan out how long you want your roots too. You will need roots to wrap around a base like a rock. In my case here, I wrapped them around a button. This measurement assumes from the beginning of the trunk to the top of the tree; does not include the roots. The thickness of the tree will be determine the amount number of individual wire pieces needed. For this tree I used 36 pieces. I have done trees using 72 pieces of 24 gauge wire. Recommend not using pliers, for it nicks the wire, just use your hands. In some rare instances you may need to, then use it carefully. 

Take all your wires, split them in half, then twist them together; this is your trunk. Leave untwisted wire for the roots. To make the branches, randomly take two sets wire pieces, vary the amount and twist them together, going about half or third of the end the wire, then stop. Take a branch and repeat this process throughout, always leaving some untwisted wires, this becomes part of branch and vary how far up you twist, as nature is random. To add a button, select one individual wire and insert into button holes and twist to secure it in place. If you want the windblown look simply twist all the wires toward one direction, also twist part of the trunk. 

For the roots, I twisted them around a small button; use this same process if wrapping it around a rock. I then used a covex button to the hide the roots. For the base, I used a huge coat button. I secured the tree to the buttons with a smaller gauge wire, 24 gauge by wrapping the wire in between roots, down to the through buttons, twisting then end and hiding the tails. Twisting the individual wire pieces to make the branches can get tedious and does not require a whole lot concentration, recommend watching television when doing this step. Really hope you enjoyed my little windblow tree. 

Mixed Media Monthly Mood Board


My Button Wire Tree








Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time Destruction - Mini Assemblage

Hello Makers!

Today I bring you chaos. I would like to share my wee-bit assemblage. This piece was inspired by life, lol! I got to thinking how we always feel we don't have enough for this and the other. Or we say, we are going to something when I...(make more money, get a new job, etc.) and that time never comes. Such is the journey that we are on together. Time is the only thing we could never get back, mass produce, touch it, or feel it. Thinking about all this....I don't know...one day I started to cut my watch faces (I tore apart several), I was saving for jewelry making, ha! ha!.  My portrayal of clock faces being torn apart, clock hands and gears being strewn about and wings (time flying away from us) is my representation of the frustration with time construct.

Okay, I am getting off my soap box (assemblage box, in this case). So I started this piece a while back. Recently, I was looking for challenges. The challenge themes for March on various art blogs, inspired me to finish this piece.

I was inspired by the Creative Embellishment flying theme for this month. I was also inspired by Emerald Green Creek theme, use Splatter on your project. Not crazy about splatter on my art pieces, never done it. I like how some people use it on their pieces though. Then I got to thinking that it adds to the chaos, time destruction theme I have going on, I like it. For this month, Vintage Journey is celebrating their third year. So the theme is "All Aboard", referencing life journey,  or other thoughts of journey. Were on this journey together, called life.

How it's made

I used a Tim Holtz Ideology Vignette Box, used the 3" X 2" box from the set.  I used brown and gray acrylic paint. I then used paint then wiping off type technique, adds to the cool aged effect.  I used Tim Holz wings. The gears are a combination of Tim Holtz, Creative Embellishments, and Finnabair; I like the variety together. The clock face and hands, tiny clock gears were bought on Etsy. The frame and base for the clock is made out of Polymer clay. All the embellishments were painted with black gesso paint, then treated with Gilders Paste Waxes; German Silver, Foundry Bronze, Silver, and Bronze. Used a high flow antique gold paint for the splatter.






I am submitting this project to the following challenges:

Creative Embellishments - Something that flies
Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge - Anything Goes
A Vintage Journey - All Aboard
Country View - Inspired by Tim Holtz
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste - Challenge #24-Anything Mixed Media Goes
Emerald Creek - Splatter Some Fun
Mixed Media World - Challenge #22 Any thing Mixed Goes



Monday, March 6, 2017

Steampunk Jewelry-Finnabair Mar Challenge

Hello Makers!

My posting today is unique because, this time, my make is jewelry. I like to dabble in jewelry making using found objects, stringing, beading and soldering. I don't do a whole lot of it because I am torn between working on Mixed Media projects and jewelry. Finnabair & Friends Open Studio Facebook has a challenge every month called Designer's Fave Challenge. For March, John Creighton Petersen, from Art New Wave is the Designer heading up the challenge and the theme is handmade jewelry. I made two pendants, one named 'Steampunk Bird' and the other named 'X Marks the Spot' using, both Finnabair Mechanicals, other hardware and clay.

Steampunk Bird Pendant


The idea behind this piece is that the nest and leaves are made of high tech metal with rivets, vice being made of natural twigs and leaves because in the post apocalyptic world  and there are no trees. The base is a Finnabair Mechanicals Filigree. The nest is a lamp check ring, found at my local hardware store. The bird and eggs is made using Polymer Clay. The little leaves are store bought findings. Everything was treated with Christi Friesen Swellegants. Copper Paint, and Tiffany Green were used on the nest and bird. The eggs were treated with Brass paint and Gold-Green/Verdigris Patina. The filigree (the base) was painted first with Finnabair Heavy Black Gesso, then treated with Swellegant Bronze paint and Gold-Green/Verdigris Patina. What I love about Swellegant is the matte, aged effect metal finish it creates.

X Marks the Spot Pendant

I used Finnabair Mechanicals and gears. No glue, findings, bails or tools was used for this piece, just the Mechanicals, leather cord, and weaving some X's and knots. The pendant was treated with Christi Friesen Swellegant, Brass paint and Tiffany Green Patina and tinge of copper wax on the high rise surface areas. However for this piece, I used way more Patina that I did for the bird pendant, so that is why you see more of the copper patina effect. Whereby, for the bird and nest, I used way more copper paint.


Steampunk Bird and X Marks the Spot Pendants



Steampunk Bird Pendant







X Marks the Spot Pendant





Thursday, March 2, 2017

Colorful Creations DT Color Combo w/Twist-Wear Your Crown

Hello Makers!

Today I bring my Design Team project for our 1 Mar challenge at Colorful Creations, Always Wear Your Invisible Crown Mixed Media. I like this quote, I find it motivational. To me it says simply says to have confidence in yourself.

Now that you're all motivated, why not play play along with us at Colorful Creations

For the March 1st Challenge take a look at the picture below as it has color combinations. You are to use the colors you see.  THE TWIST is that you also have to use some sort of ink on your layout whether it is from an ink pad, pen, marker paints you choose which medium just as long as we can see the color combination. Visit the Colorful Creations Site for more details on the challenge. Have fun being creative and using some bright bold colors!    



And Here is My Mixed Media Project