Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The next one is from Weezer's "No One Else":
I don't really stick to one "artistic style" but I guess a big portion of my work uses the same blond man from a cabinet card, transferring something over his face and adding words. I have come to love this man, and the man I use for most of my other cards, who I call Grumpy Guy in my head. My PhrenMen series uses the phrenology stamp and speaks to the "two faced-ness of man". or conflicting emotions in one man etc. I then added transferring shells over faces and now clowns and bones to my repertoire. The Blond Guy is under there. You just have to look real hard to find him. Kind of like real life. xoSusan
Sunday, June 28, 2009
And the last close up ATC uses a magazine page, glimmer mist, words from a book, cheap crayola watercolor markers:
Hey, I warned you in the title of my blog. Low Brow. Inspired by Pain. But Tempered With Humor. xoSusan
I really like this one. Old book page, purell transfers from Apollo transparency, and bling. I transfered on top of other transfers with very little wait time in between. No problems, nothing smeared. This is one of those times that practice results in a most satisfying ATC!!
I'm digging Purell big time. Almost as much as my white wine. Ok, well not that much. teehee.
The first one is scrapbook paper that I inked, purell transfered and beeswaxed. Another virgin foray into wax. Not so good. ah well. I got messy with the embossing powder too. But that just makes him More Hideous, right? There is also 7 Gypsies book tape on the bottom.
The second one is scrapbook paper, ink, chalk, purell transfer, rub-on. I just love this mans face. xoSusan
Friday, June 26, 2009
Scrapbook paper on baseball card, vintage guy, Purell transfer, Portfolio oil pastels, chalks and rub ons. I love how there just happened to be an A on the scrapbook paper. Yeah, sometimes it all works out like that. A is for Awful. teehee. xoSusan
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Am I a lucky girl or what? There is tissue, beeswax, twisted wire and texture on canvas. I love it! Thank you so much PB. We did a trade and I think PB got the short end of the trade!! She sent me lovely rub ons, black paper to bleach with, ATC papers, fibers, an adorable angel tag and Ann Baldwin's Text and Texture DVD!!! What a generous, big hearted gal! We are sisters from another mother!!
But her artwork made especially for me is my absolute favorite part of her care package. PB and I are sharing art techniques and laughter. But most of all, she is teaching me some very valuable Life Lessons (hint hint PB, teehee) by sharing her hard won wisdom with me. Check out her blog with her new forays into mixed media art, Barn Owl Studio. Tell her her kindred spirit sister from the East Coast sent you. xoSusan
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
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What a difference 9 months makes. First day of 9th grade vs. last day of 9th grade:
Sam with her 2 fav things, her boots and her phone:
Remember this pic of Gianna Elizabeth?
Gianna Turns 1!!! Look at that face! She is the smartest, cutest baby ever!!! Except maybe for Kiran over on Leslie's blog.
Life is Good, even when it's not. BTW Gianna is modeling a dress I brought her. Hilarious. I love her Mom like a daughter, but she happens to be my boss. Weird, I know.
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- WHATEVER EPHEMERA I FEEL LIKE THROWING IN THE ENVELOPE AT THE TIME!!!!
LEAVE A COMMENT AND BUDDY GUY WILL RANDOMLY PICK A WINNER TONIGHT AFTER DINNER BUT BEFORE "TRUEBLOOD" BECAUSE I LOVE THAT SHOW!!! TEEHEE.
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The store is huge with high ceilings, tall windows, hardwood floors and walls painted in Royal colors. The decor is awesome. Excuse the blurry shots, I was so excited, I was shaking. I can't think of ANYTHING that I use, covet, desire, would kill for, that this store does not carry. Can you imagine stumbling in from New Jersey, sweaty, lost, irritated and having hot flashes into this beautiful shop? It was like entering the gates of heaven.
Photos are taken with permission from The Queen, Patti. What the Queen says, goes, so be it.
I took photos, regrouped my senses on the couch, and shopped while Patti graciously called my hotel and found out Where in the Name of all that is Holy, they were located. I met Donna, who is hilarious, uber friendly, a talented artist, has a HOT husband, teehee, and best of all she walked me to the bathroom after my long drive. What's not to like???? While shopping, I bought the latest Somerset Studio magazine, which I couldn't wait to get, because my blogging buddy and magical artist Marsha, from Tumble Fish Studio, has artwork in it. I walked around the store showing everyone her page, going "This is my friend Marsha's work, isn't it amazing!!!!" Yeah I am living vicariously through you, Marsha!! Congratulations are in order again I see, because you are about to be published with Somerset Studios again. By the way, I see you have that piece back from them, you know the one with the two girl fairies with the eyeglasses and the Fleur de lis on their heads?? Since I'm an optician, and eyeglasses are my real job, I think you should earmark that one for ME. Yeah, I said it. I went there.
Saturday Morning at The Queen's Ink was the first workshop with Fred B. Mullett, "Dancing Rubber Fish". Fred is an organized, charismatic and generous teacher. We've all been to that workshop that is too unstructured, almost just studio time, where the teacher is disorganized, timid and doesn't share techniques freely. This was NOT the case with Fred. His teaching style is relaxed, organized, funny and approachable. I do believe that I DID end up being teachers pet, although I did have some stiff competition. teehee. I highly recommend attending his workshops. I am well on my way to becoming a better artist because of them. So the first workshop was "painting" with embossing powders. We also used watercolors, which was a first for me. Here are pics of my fish, showing each step and the completed fish at the end. There are 3.
Pleased with this one, but I painted outside the lines. I am a messy painter and gluer. Sigh. Here is fish 3:
Yeah, I over stamped on the fin too. Crap. But this one is my favorite. I copied Marie, who was sitting across from me, by adding the dots. Marie was hilarious!! and very talented, as was her daughter Erin. Talent runs in that family. I miss you Marie! I wish you lived closer! email me! I ended up buying this stamp at the shop, I became so enamoured of it. I am so thrilled Fred taught us how to do the eyes. Everyone else might have known how to do it, I did not. Remember, I am completely self taught. This was a wonderful class and I highly recommend it. We broke for lunch that Patti had delivered. Shopped and bonded some more! Here is the workshop:
Here is the pic of my misplaced over stamping, whose fault is all my own, It's NEVER the Positioner, It's ALWAYS the Operator, teehee:
And here are the Octopi:
You can see how I missed placing the stamp directly on top of the bleached area.
This photo shows the third stamp with the white detail. I ended up taking a wet brush and dabbing paint off the marker and filling in the bleached areas. These are terrible but they are a first attempt. And my daughter thinks they are cool. so there. teehee.
What a full first day! I stopped and got a to go dinner of Crab Macaroni and Cheese and headed to hotel to collapse and prepare to check out in the am. Sunday morning's class was " The Elegant Mess" and I loved it. We made paper. My favorite thing to do in the whole wide world, expect kissing maybe. teehee. Patti let Theresa and I pick through her ABUNDANT supply of Twinkling H2O's to use for class. It was my first experience with them and I am ADDICTED. They are amazing, so creamy, so rich in color, so glittery. HEAVEN. It was torture picking only 9 colors to play with. We made art cards and here are the pics:
Love that Teasel stamp. The above are Fred's products. So all in all I had a FANTASTIC time, I highly recommend the venue for classes, Fred as a teacher, the shop as a destination for all your art needs, even the ones you didn't know you had! Here is a pic of The Queen, Patti, with her Most Loyal Subject, Me:
I know, I know. I look nothing like that pic in the upper right hand corner of my blog. That pic took 75 takes and was 3 years, 3 chins, and 3 men ago. Get Over It. Lord knows I have. teehee. xoSusan