Wednesday, March 25, 2009

This That and the Other

I've got a lot of things going at the same time, so here are some pics of these works in progress.
But first this is one of the many deer who live on our property. This little girl and 3 others were in the backyard eating birdseed off the ground. I shot this thru the screen so it's fuzzy. But still cute! This is a collage homage to John Lennon. The idea is to represent what was in his mind. So I cut the top of his head off and filled it with pics of things I think he always thought about. I'm not sure how the background will be yet.
This is my first attempt at Zetti. I am trying to work more in color this year. So I wanted to give Zetti a try. I didn't have any journal pages to do or other good paper to work on. So this is an artists board. And I found out that markers don't work too well on it. Neither do colored pencils. So I am doing it with craft paints. This is just the beginning. But the idea is a Prom Queen. You know, one of thoooose girls. The popular ones, the in crowd. I had penciled the whole thing in, but when I started painting , of course the paints covered everything up. So I am starting all over.

This is the body for the wire hair doll assemblage. She has teal colored arms with yellow nail polish to match her eyelashes. They will be mounted on the side of the purple ball. The head will be on top. I am thinking about giving her a jewel in her navel!
The black base and purple body are wooden things from the hardware store. I think they go on the top of staircase end posts.
Tomorrow I go to get the fabric to work on the St. Basils collage.
Things to do everywhere. YIPPEE!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Fabric Mosiac

This is my very loose idea of St. Basils cathedral on the Red Square in Russia. This came into my head while watching a dancing show. They had dancers from all over the world. There was a russian ballerina who was very graceful.

I've always been fascinated by the Cathedral. And I thought how pretty it could be to have a ballerina on point in black silouhette (how the heck do you spell that??)in front.

So this is going to be a 16x20 canvas. I am going to paint the background a solid color. The buildings will be made up of different fabrics adhered with matte gel medium. There will be the low fence in front made from textured packing paper/cardboard, then the square will be cobblestones probably made from torn coffee dyed dictionary pages.

That's the plan anyway. I am going to have the piece blown up and make 3 copies so I have plenty on hand for patterns.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Really Good Hair Day

So this is a new assemblage piece I've been working on. I took a rubber/plastic dolls head and poked holes in it. Then I made hair from 20g colored wire and connected it.

Here you can kind of see that on the ends of her curls are crystals and beads and glass leaves and stuff like that. After I painted her metallic teal, I thought she needed some make-up. Sp I gave her yellow eyelashes and rose lips.
I am rethinking how to assemble her and onto what because I REALLY underestimated how much her head would weigh after she got hair. I used 80 plus yards of wire!!

Here she is balancing on a bottle so I could take her pic to share.
I also took 2 arms and painted them the same teal. I may give them yellow nailpolish. Or not. That's what I've been up to this week.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Let's Do A Charm Swap

So on Feb 14 I posted about joining the charm swap in Cloth Paper Scissors. And I had such fun making them I thought I would do a little swap here.

So if you want to play here's what to do.

Make 5 charms no bigger than an inch and a half. Make sure they have a ring for attaching. Make them out of whatever you want as long as there are no sharp edges or pointy hurty things. Have each one tagged with your name and E addy and town and state or country.

Send them to me by April 15 with $5.oo s&h. I will swap them and mail them by April 23rd.

The first 5 who leave a comment will be in this swap. I've never hosted a swap and figured I better keep this one small.

When you leave a comment I will E you with my addy. So make sure you leave your E addy.

I think that covers everything. I hope some of you want to play.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Playing With Wax

I have been offline for a week while this blasted machine was in the shop. But I'm back and this is what I've been doing. I have always thought the wax/encaustic look was very cool. But I didn't want ti have all the mess of a heating source and dedicated brushes and all that.

Then my friend Rose told me about a tutorial on Yolis Sacred Journey blog that used an iron. You know, one of those little craft ones. Then she sent me one along with a block of wax and some crayons and I was hooked. Rose and I send things back and forth to each other and there is nothing more exciting than getting a Rose box in the mail. BTW she is Altered Rose in my links. She's great. Anyway, this is a collage I did and what makes it fun is that I waxed over lace and sead beads.The saying is, 'I may look totally harmless, but inside I'm completely badass'! I love it.

Then I decided to something with an Asian feel. So I made a gel medium transperancy and mounted it to an artist board. Then I waxed the whole thing. Then I used crayon to add color.

I was really surprised at how little crayon it takes to add color.

This is a bottle I waxed. I even coated the beads and the trim at the bottom. I added a tiny bit of crayon to make it look sort of like Vaseline Glass.

So that's what I've been up to, how about you?