Good friends Diane and Andree meet most weeks to spend a day crafting. They have done some amazing things. Yesterday I was invited to join them. They have been decorating wooden blocks ~ yesterday they did a little Halloween. These blocks are amazing. I on the other hand was perplexed - what to do? So I took the Tim Holtz Tattered floral die and the Stampin' Up flower punch to make flowers; I loved this idea because it's DIY and I was thinking ahead. These flowers will get used.
Toward the end of our time we took time to chill. I took a moment to show them how the punch worked. A little of this and that, and they made a flower too. I was impressed.
I may not be able to join them every week, but I plan on doing my best to get there several times a month. This play time was the best of all worlds ~ Friends, DIY, Flowers and Sharing ideas. Words of advice, take time to ENJOY!
This is a piece where everything fell into place. This was my first time using the flourishes for texture; absolutely elegant. The sprays were perfect together; a range of turquoise, green and gold. After applying the gesso, I sprayed the flowers multiple times, and pigments we're so perfect I had no reason to paint. As a person who doesn't like glitter, I am having to admit that I love Finnabair's glitter. The product comes in small vials with a top that allows you to sprinkle the glitter precisely where you want it.
I went away in the middle of doing this piece to spend a week with Jen. We had the baby shower. It was great fun. Everybody loved passing the cucumber and Jen received a great start in anticipation of the newest Bean sprout. All the celebrating was done in the sun room and this is the view that we had. Their new home is amazing. I was really excited because the farm has a very Scottish long haired steer.
Now I'm home working on this. I am a huge fan of "Pink Fresh". I love their strategic use of words like "document" that I can incorporate into my layout. Transitioning from girl to boy is slow going, but I have wonderful inspiration. The tag was based on something similar, but not the same done by Tammy Tutterow. I'm so thankful she was able to jump-start my creativity; such a talent that woman.
It's a good thing I have ways to spend my free time. I'm anxiously waiting for the "stuff" to show up so that I can open my store. Fingers are crossed that it gets here soon. I'm totally confused, but as always hopeful.
In the meantime I'm headed to a play date with friends tomorrow. I'll be hitting the pillow thinking about what I can I do to make the most out of this fun time. Gotta love retirement. I encourage everyone to go out and ENJOY!
Walked into my room this morning, and despite the mess, it felt like Christmas. I couldn't wait any longer for these
. . .One of the best things about ArtVenture 2017, and there were many, were these new waxes developed by Finnabair for Prima Marketing. They have been available in larger scrapbook stores for a bit, but I've been holding out. I changed my view when I bought hardware from Tractor Supply. Everyday stuff that looks outstanding on a mixed media piece.
I've shared this beautiful 6X6 mixed media piece before. Now I want to write about the elements used to create it. The central pieces that anchor the design are basic washers; I'm partial to the lock washers that remind me of a pigs tail. Simple stuff, extremely inexpensive; it can be bought in bulk for as little as $2.49 per pound at Tractor Supply.
What makes mixed media so fun is a combination of the common and unusual. As you begin to pull together elements, think out side the box and do what you ENJOY!
oLeft this sitting out in my studio last night knowing it would be my AM inspiration. I had so much fun yesterday playing with this Relics and Artifacts piece, along with some plaster casted pieces using IOD molds and Frank Garcia's Artisan Powders.
Knowing that I'm going to be out of town the next week, I didn't want to tackle anything too ambitious. I had casted the plaster a few weeks ago. I selected black, clay and rosewood Artisan Powders to color them with.
This is what I got, although the deep rich clay doesn't show as well as it does in life. The actual piece is a light terra cotta with deep brown highlights. I love this natural look and there are so many colors to choose from. Frank Garcia has moved on to turquoise, blue and magenta ~ rich colors. The secret in all this is to be patient and continue to blend the powders until what you see is what you want. Don't settle for anything less.
Laying down the powder is the beginning. In the top picture I spritzed the piece with gold spray. Not completely happy with what I got, I came back in spots with Metallique gold paint. I am absolutely in love with the work of Sandra Evertson and her "Ambassadors". I settled on Finnabair's glitter and some Prima bling to kick my little piece up a notch. One of these days I'll have the time to decorate Ambassador style.
While I was in studio, my good friends Diane and Andree were hunting for treasure. They brought me this door pull. It is the perfect starting point for my next piece. I'm not usually a big fan of door pulls because of the screws in the back; too often the height is wrong. Waking up to these two pieces was inspiring.
I want to draw some attention to the background. I departed from my usual circles, squares and diamonds to used a "coffee spill" stencil along with the flourishes. I scrapped monochromatic for a combination of blues, greens and gold. Anything that moves me outside the box is worth the effort. There is no right or wrong, there is no best or worst. It's all about evolution. . .ENJOY!
When you have a decision to make, too many options make it difficult. On the other hand, I've been in a 9X12 rut, not always creative. This little 6X6 cradle style canvas was begging to be used. There is a lot to be said for working on a smaller substrate - I had the canvas, I had all those cool washers, nuts and bolts, plus a bag of jewelry finds that I picked up last Tuesday. Add to that a couple of flowers. It was fun to do. Added benefit, I realized that this is the perfect answer for teaching this style of mixed media. It's a perfect size to practice design and technique. Can hardly wait for others to ENJOY!
The friends - Karol, Sandy, Gayl and Diane. . .
and here are the pounds of loot. I found the bag of metal odds and ends at an antique store in Pine, and then we stopped at Tractor Supply in Payson, where they sold hardware by the pound. It's a bit of a drive to Payson, but no more Home Depot for me; I'm hooked. Depending on the finish or metal this stuff can be purchased from $2.79 to $4.79 per pound. OUTSTANDING! More importantly they had these cool screw thingies that I've used before; they were from a cannabalized piece of Ikea furniture. I was out, and Tractor Supply had them. So excited.
This was one of those magic days spent with friends. Want to give a shout out to the Mogollon Moose. We had a fabulous lunch; chicken salad sandwich, the "Hen" version, Quinoa salad and for dessert we split a chocolate covered salted-carmel tart to die for. It was actually picked as this years best of the Rim dessert; no argument from the four of us.
Now I'm home, the two baby books are finished and I had to pull out the loot; what treasure. I am so excited to have time to work on some mixed media before traveling to Alabama next week. After doing 5 craft events, I know diversity is key. I need to move beyond canvas, and when I'm working on canvas I need to move beyond my comfort zone - the 9X12.
Recently I came across a 6X6 cradle style canvas that I'd smeared with texture paste. Here it is sprayed. Not sure what's going on with this thing, but it won't dry. Picked it up yet again and my hand looks as though I've been finger printed.
I don't care. . .I'm here to make it into something and I will ENJOY!
I feel as though I'm totally neglecting the blog; and I am. This week was devoted to behind the scenes preparation for opening the store; so excited, I'm almost there. By Friday I was feeling a creative void that led me to begin this canvas.
I've had the bones for this piece sitting around a bit. I bought the wonderful rusted vintage door plate from Karen Lackey owner of the Starshine Salon. Karen is a vendor at the Big Tin Cotton Gin, and she has a permanent spot at the Marketplace on Arizona Avenue. If I know she is selling I make a point of stopping by. I have found no one in the Phoenix area with her selection of small vintage metal ~ really cool stuff, and priced right.
At some point when I was creating to sell my art, I started prepping the canvas in advance. Not only did I gesso, but I applied paste, and in some cases metallic sprays, paying attention to designs I thought I'd like to work with. I no longer needed a heat gun to hurry the process. There is nothing like working on a thoroughly cured canvas. One of the most difficult things about being an artist is the quest for instant gratification; I want it and I want it now. The product doesn't work that way and too often it becomes a road-map for disaster.
I am loving the look of this piece; especially the way the pigment has collected in random bursts of color. Hope to return to the blog with a finished piece by the end of tomorrow. In the mean time everyone, it's the weekend - ENJOY!