Friday, February 29, 2008
More stuff. You can never have enough!
The two pronged thing hanging by the feather earring says Spirit Hollow. I don't remember where I collected it from, but it fits.
I like the way the nest turned out after I stabilized it with Gel Medium.
So here it is, 'A Leg Up'.
On to the next creation
I have heard from people all over the states and the UK and New Zealand and Holland and Australia. Wow!
Living where I do, this connection to other creative people is a godsend. It would be very artistically lonely without it.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This piece is all balck and white except for the woman. I did a light watercolor to her clothes. I wanted to honor the illustrations, not alter them because I think they are so cool.I printed up the top text and chalked the paper lightly to give it the aged look of the text on the bottom. The top says Turn Heads In Your and the bottom says Needlecraft Smart Frocks and the little piece is the year from the mag which is 1913. I trimmed the front with thin rick-rack. This is an image that just makes me think BFF. I am thinking of adding text that says' Friends Like You Never Go Out Of Fashion'. We'll see. It's a little piece 4x6 so it maybe would look too crowded. What do you think?
I got my hands on some great Needlecraft magazines from 1913-1916. I have 3 that I would be willing to trade for stuff if anyone is interested. They are full of wonderful old images and the ads are screaming out to be used in something fabulous.
Leave a comment if you want to do a trade.
I took everything off of the leg piece and started over. I wrapped the branch in 20g copper wire. Then I started rehangeing the flotsom and jetsom with fishing line and a couple of wooden beads and turqoise bits. I am liking it much much better. Pics will follow when I complete it.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
But then for some reason I decided to wrap the tree in tattered chiffon strips. That looked pretty cool. But then I decided to hang some of the stuff with strips too. And I'm not sure what happened, but it's kind of taken on a life of it's own.
I decided to step away from it for awhile when it started to look sort of halloweeny.
The whole creative process is so interesting isn't it? I don't sketch. I draw in my head. And when I am happy with the picture I start to create. Sometimes I have a picture in my head for weeks before I am happy with it. I re-do it and re-work things until it comes out just right.Usually works pretty good. This time...I'll keep you posted!
Friday, February 22, 2008
The idea is that you list people who inspire you and affect you in positive ways.
Then the people you list are supposed to make their lists.
Sort of paying it forward.
And I guess you are supposed to try to list people who haven't been listed before or something like that.
Anyway, I can't just do 10 like I am supposed to. Everyone on my link list is inspiring to me. I am VERY picky about artists I link.
So I will just say that you should check them all out. I peek at their blogs/sites everyday. The are ALL wonderful.
This is a work in progress. It will be titled 'A Leg Up'. The base is crackled ( I love crackling) the leg is from a china baby doll. It's a big one, about 9 in. or so. I mounted it to the base with Liquid Nails. Then I stuffed the bottom 2/3 inside the leg with cotton batting. Then I sprayed Great Stuff in and stuck in the branch.Actaully this is the second branch, the first one was too heavy. It fell over and the leg came off the base, chaos reigned!!
Oh and I stuck the branch thru a birds nest from my yard. Then I gessoed here and there on the branch and the nest. Then I gel mediumed the nest to make it more stable. Then i took tattered strips of white chiffon and wound them around with 32g copper wire. Then I stuck moss under the birds nest. Then I started hanging things with the strips and the wire. Just little pieces of flotsam and jetsam that I seem to have all around. They don't show up because of the stuff all over the worktable. When I finish I will post a better pic. Then I thought well, as long as I am in this workroom I will show my branch. It hangs from the ceiling, wrapped in white twinkle lights and hung with fairies and dragons and witches. This is only half of it. I love it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So that is the hard lesson learned, or should I say relearned. Never settle. Always do your best.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Then I gesso drybrushed some papers and also gesso'd some lace. Attached them with heavy gel medium. Than I rooted thru my naturals stash and found some I like and gesso'd them too. My sister Kate collects the most amazing naturals for me, thanks Kate!!
Then I put a piece of foam board on the back of each tintype and mpunted it all together. Then i did a light, wipe on and off coffee wash to the stampings, just to knock down some of the white.
I really like using canvas this way. Sort of a shallow shadow box effect.
Friday, February 15, 2008
This is the back cover. I used some textured paper that I colored with coffee, then I ran a double ribbon trim down the edge. The spine is some dictionary pages that I coffee'd. I made sure that all the dictionary pieces that I used throughout the book had relevance to the subject.
This is the last page I did even tho it is the first page in the book. It is the women of the west.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This is the first thing I did. I like the way the screendrapes almost like fabric. Here are my screen tips: Make sure you bend down the unfinished edges and bang them smooth with a rubber mallet. If you don't you will get nasty little metal slivers in your fingers.
Don't do this if you like your manicure, it will ruin it in a heartbeat.
You can paint on this stuff to give it depth and sew beads onto it.
We have very high winds here a lot. So they inspired a piece I am working on with screening. It will be a wall hanging titled'They Call The Wind Mariah'. Anybody but me remember that song?
The great thing about being a mixed media artist is you can use anything as your medium, and you can use it in anyway!
Monday, February 11, 2008
This is the first time I have tried making block pages. It's a little tricky to do but a fun effect. The hardest part for me was lining up the pages after they had been gel mediumed and getting the aligator clips in place.I did about 15 pages per block. And really give them a chance to dry, like overnight. And only do a couple at a time.
The idea is for each set of pages to have an Indian image on one side with a corresponding Pioneer image on the other.
This page is page is about families. I did the background with bubblewrap painting. The medallion on the left page is made from Veggie Leather. Fun stuff to use. The fabric squares on the right page are vintage. The strip down the middle is burlap. This page is the men. The left page is embellished with wild turkey feathers from a half a bird my dogs brought home from who knows where. The right page is done with dictionary pages and lace paper I dyed with instant coffee, my new favorite thing to do for aging.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I have to start with my friend Michael deMeng's book 'Secrets of Rusty Things.' This is an inspirational colorful look at Michaels way of creating. Well written and with a lot of pics and tips. My number one favorite.
Another art buddy is Suzanne Simanaitis. Her book 'Kaleidoscope' is pure eye candy. Lots of info and ideas and tips, this book makes you itchy to start creating.
'Metal Craft Discovery Workshop' by Linda and Opie O'Brien is chock full of info and techniques for working with different metals and ideas for creating patinas.
'The Altered Object' by Terry Taylor is a wonderful look at the different ways artists alter everyday objects. Beautifully done.
'Crafting Personal Shrines' by Carol Owen is a must for anyone wanting to try their hand at shrines. Templates and tips are all easily understood and hugely helpful. And the pics of finished shrines are gorgeous.
'Pretty Little Things' by Sally Jean Alexander is another eyecandy wonder. Makes you want to solder. Absolutely fab things.
And of course there's ANYTHING from Somerset. The magazine, workshop, gallery and press are all must haves. And speaking of mags Cloth, Paper, Scissore is also a must.
Since I live out in the boonies and the nearset bookshop is 45 mins. away and the size of a closet, I buy a lot of my books online. The best site I've found for new and used books and music and movies is Alibris. I get my books used for a fraction of the cost. I have been dealing with them for years and they are the best.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
These are a couple of my favorites. The one on top doesn't have a name. Nothing I come up with seems to fit. Maybe the little button boobies are distracting me? LOL!! If you think of a name please let me know in the comments section.
This is 'Mother Nature'. She is a 14 inch bendi doll. I cut into her head and sunk the sculpey face in. She has acorn boobs and black feather wings. There are some very cool copper face beads on the strip hanging from her left leg. I had to cut into her to sink the acorns too.
So there you go, keep playing with dolls, no matter how old you are. But maybe try looking at the in a different way.
I thought when I started this blog that one of the keys to good blogging is disciplined posting. So I have been trying to post every other day. But yesterday I was sick with the flu. So I am a day behind. But I am going to try to keep to a schedule. I am kind of random and chaotic in my work so I figure I should try to have some order somewhere.
Monday, February 4, 2008
She looked at me and said "But my dear I AM a warrior". And bought her.
I enjoy making these figures beacause even tho the face and hand charms and the general body shape are always the same, I never know where the wire will take me. So the details and the headdress are always different.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
This piece is titled'Flight'. Again I textured the background and used metallic craft paint. The feathers were mounted one by one. It is a little tricky working in feathers. You want to break the spines before you mount them. And you can only do a few at a time because you want to weigh them down to dry. I didn't win with either piece. I don't think they get me around here. But everyone had to pet the feathers on 'Flight'.
Oh yeah, I should tell you that the faces are styrofoam that I gessoed and painted.
So there's the art for the day.