Friday, June 30, 2017

Key to Nowhere - Canvas

Hello Makers!

Do you know where you keys are? Me neither. I never know where my keys, cell phone and scissors ever are located at any one point.

Speaking of keys, when I was making this canvas, I wanted to use keys. I love using keys in my art, but I mostly use it to fill in white space. This time I wanted to make it my focus...and started thinking what keys represent, so much there to explore. In my case, I was exploring that I lose them all the time. Is that a thing? Lol, it is now.

How it's made

I used an 8x8 canvas. I first decoupage it using book paper, then glued the tag, corrugated cardboard and metal numbers. I then added texture paper, and sand texture paste. The embellishments (gears, arrows, key) were painted separately, using rust metal paint oxidation method. I painted the canvas using several layers of acrylic paint, starting from the lightest to darkest color, listed by order; Gesso, Titanium White (in between layers), Buff, Red Iron Oxide (looks like rust), Teal, then a tiny bit of Payne's Gray. I hope you like my canvas.

I am submitting this canvas to the Vintage Journey "Canvas" June Challenge

Mixed Media and Art June Challenge

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.

Remember to play along in our hop challenge to win the wonderful prize from our sponsors, Let’s Get Sketchy and Crafty Chic Designs!

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