Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I heart the back, too!
Visit Tejae's blog for much beauty and inspiration. Her encased hearts are stunning. I am wearing my broken and mended heart on a ball chain. It falls right over my heart and has a comfortable weight to help me to remember: that what was once broken, can mend. Thank you, Tejae!
My new charm was just the beginning of a great day for me. To celebrate my daughters 14th birthday, we went to Mulberry Tea Room in Medford. We had the Queen's High Tea. Everyone received thier own pot of tea. I chose Rosy Earl Grey and it was very good. I tend to like black teas much more than flavored or citrus teas. Here is my girl with Aunt Robin:
Closing my day now with art. Finished gel mediuming all the hooks on to the fatbook pages and ATC's. Here they are drying:
Next up, 12" x 12" canvas, don't know where it's heading, but love the colors:
Broke out my Stewart Gill paints for this one. Broke the bank and bought a set of 16 at Art and Soul last year. Texture on canvas by Golden Molding Paste. I think I'll cut ATC's out of black matt board for more trades for Virginia. I got some cool shell shaped corners from Bonnies Best Art Tools that I'm dying to use and are in keeping with the A and S theme this year, "By the Sea".
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Pay no attention to my messy workspace!! Now it's time to embellish!
Stamped "ART" using my Divas D'este stamp onto HP Premium Photo Paper Glossy. Got some laminating sheets at Wal-mart. Laminated, cut out, carefully!, and punched tiny hole in top. Was able to fit about 90 on one sheet. Next step: Fashioning the fish hooks. Are you starting to get where I'm going with this????
Added some beads, crazy red fibers and twist, twist, twist. Back to the pages! Embellished edges with red ink (let dry) over ink edges with blue to add depth.
Heavy Gel mediumed those hooks on:
Gotta finish off the backs too! Added signatures:
Here is one "Art Bait" ATC and one Fatbook page front and back. They are all different, these are just a sampling! I have all the hooks made and only have gel mediuming left to do. The due date is April 1, but I self imposed a March 1 due date on myself, because, well, I know myself really well!!!!
This has been great fun! Now that this committment is almost complete, I'm looking forward to participating with my new group, Altered Arts Obsession, that I was graciously accepted to join! The group is working on altering egg shapes, which is really intimidating to me! I'm very new to assemblage art and am counting on my classes at Art and Soul to help me get my learn on!!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I'm making a piece for my bff Tracey. I started with glossy cardstock, and went wild with alcohol inks. Repeat. On the second piece of cardstock I overstamped the ink with a fish stamp, whose origins are unknown to me. Like a lot of my supplies! I tore pieces of paper that Tracey brought me from London and adhered bits here and there. Then I stamped the words on the bottom of each piece, cut them out and gel mediumed them on top the other piece:
I got the idea for the compostion from a Somerset Studio magazine. I think it was "Inspirations", but I'm not positive. If I come across it I will credit the artist for her technique. I have hundreds of Somerset Studio mags, so that may take a while! Next step: added a wrapped chenille stem, a technique from Sherrill Kahn's book Creative Embellishments. We are working out of this book in my arttechniquesATCs yahoo group.
I'm going to adhere it somewhere towards the top:
Next step: adding wire bead's to the chenille stem, another technique from Creative Embellishments.
Wrapped wire around knitting needle, add beads, consult book for more info! Next step: adding beads to wrapped chenille stems.
Placement will be something like this:
Next step is to cut black mat board and mount. Add a copper wire for hanging. I'll post a photo when Discover, Travel, Journey is complete. This is my homage to Tracey and Frank's marriage, truly happy and filled with travels, journey's and discoveries. We should all be so lucky!