This is one of a series I created last year after a wonderful Autumn day with my husband up at Heather Meadows near Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker. We make an annual trek the last "good" day before the snow flies (based on the weather predictions) Based on some of the photographs I took, the abstract painting includes "upcycled" lace, mesh, threads, and vintage lace. Acrylic with recycled/upcycled materials.
It brings back lovely memories every time I see it. :)
Discovering lovely strawberries first thing in the morning is one of the joys of summer gardening. We get a handful every other morning or so...
This year we're growing them in pots; we'll have a real bed of them next year. We're trying three varieties, however this ever-bearing Joe's Best Tri-Star is our favorite and the one we're letting "spread".
We're already looking forward to next year when we'll get more than a handful at a time. :)
This is the mostly completed journal page from the 40 word challenge. Die cut book page hearts in an altered book. Spray inks, 3D Paint, gel and Pitt Pens. Not sure I'm totally pleased with the haiku, but hey, this isn't rocket science, it's art so I'll let it go. :)
I really am dancing with transition... becoming a full time artist and owner of two Etsy shops (Vintage and Art) this past two weeks, rather than doing it all while also working for someone else. I'm re-learning the discipline and scheduling time for each thing I'm doing, while still allowing time to relax and enjoy my family and the summer weather.
In other news, I have started a junk mail/recycled paper journal from bits of heavier papers from the recycle bin, and masking tape. So far I have the papers taped together, and have applied a layer of gesso on the "cover". Much more coming on this project.
There is nothing more soothing than wandering along a beach enjoying the view and admiring the treasures as you go... an interesting shell, a crab scuttling back to the water, starfish clinging to the rocks. The rhythmic sound of the waves and the calling of the birds has a calming effect on my occasional stressed out soul.
I'm blessed to leave near the Puget Sound, where it's a quick drive to many beaches. And when ever, and where ever I go, I seem to find hearts...
Under my feet...
And above my head.
Can you find the hearts in these pictures?
I hope your day includes something to sooth your soul!
I had the idea to use an Altoid tin for some of the mixed media
hearts I've collected in trades recently. Here's where am I thus far.
Decorative paper attached to top and bottom; ribbon attached around the top rim. Bottom rim still needs something... I created the winged heart on the top of the box, from paint on heavy chipboard with metal wings attached. It symbolizes my heart winging to my friends.
These are some of the hearts that will be contained in the box.
For the beach walk treasures, I decided to use the round tin with
clear window peeking through. First I sanded and then painted the round tin
with Vintaj paint. It still needs another coat. I plan to put some paper or ribbon around
the bottom edge, and this photo is on one of the possible paper choices.
I'm also thinking of gluing some small sea shells and rocks (I've collected a lot of them!) on the top of the tin to surround the window...
These treasures will go inside the box when it's done
The tea box I started has become a disaster! The colors
aren't working out at all as envisioned. (Okay, it's bu** ugly!) And with the
combination of the gesso and paint, the lid no longer fits. *sigh*
Ah well, I can always gesso it and start
over. Of course, I'll have to figure out a different lid, or adjust the current
one. I don't even want to show you, it's so bad. LOL!
Eventually, however, I'll have a box to
contain the variety of inspirational tea tags I've saved from the gallons of
Yogi Tea I've had over the past year or two. My original idea for the tea tags (why I started saving them) was for a journal page. Which hasn't happened yet. I will figure out some way to display them.
Much more to come. Trying to do so much in
a week has become a challenge. The cool thing about Carla Sonheim's classes is
that you can access them forever, so I have all kinds of time to keep
perfecting my ideas.
Beginning of a Words of Heart journal spread for a local art group, part of a 40 word poetry challenge. The challenge is to find 40 words that call to you from a book page (or two) and then use them to create a work of poetry and art combined. For the journal spread, I layered die cut hearts over ink sprayed and stenciled altered book pages, and then picked the 40 words from the various words on the page. I'll share the finished page soon... another week to finish it before we gather again.
So... the owner of the store asked us to take some 3D stickers and see what we could come up with and then show and tell them at the weekly demo. O.o
Stickers! I don't actually use this type of stickers, however I do use various things as "embellishments" in some of my work. And then browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea that inspired me to make Steampunk-ish ornaments. Eureka!
I started with gear die cuts (Sizzix) I'd received from a friend some time ago. These were cut from old cereal and cracker boxes. Yay for recycling/repurposing!
I them painted them with the Viva 3D Stempel-Farbe Stamp Paint, in Walnut Brown Metallic. It made a cool vintage rough metal looking surface.
I layered the gears together and used some of the stickers to create the ornaments.
I haven't quite figured out how I will hang them, probably with a wire of some type. The ribbons I tried just didn't make me happy.
Oh, this the the Sticker package I used for two of the ornaments:
It was interesting seeing all the different ideas folks came up with to use the stickers. All my co-workers made things, and several of the demo regulars came with goodies as well. A show and tell fun!
I also worked on a journal spread this week, and will share that soon!