Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This and That

Took a little walk in the yard yesterday, saw that my Daphne bush is about to burst open and perfume the air. How nice to have something bloom this bleak time of year. Recently we bought and planted a Witch Hazel shrub, that is also supposed to bloom I'm February. As you can see I also found that the Hellebores, or Lenten Roses are waking up! In the picture here, I practically had to stand on my head to get a good close up. They nod downward, so it's hard to see the delicate detail unless you can hold it up. They too bloom this time of year. We haven't had much of a Winter though, so I won't complain! They say we may get snow Friday. We'll see!

The last picture is a bracelet I made for a customer, I'm taking it to her Friday, I hope she likes it! This one is a random array of beads where, all the beads are different except for the two Swarovski cubes that are alike. That's about it for now, have a good night, see you soon!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

More New Art

Top Border- Nayski
S Border- Nancy Baumiller

Here is a new collage I made yesterday, and the first thing that came to my mind to journal about was about the first sunny day we have had in so long I can't remember!  Going to be nice all weekend!  This collage is created on card stock.  I first used my Neo II water crayons to paint the background.  I draw all over the page in the colors I like, then smear them around with a baby wipe.  It's fun to see the colors meld together,  just be sure you use complimentary colors, because if you don't, the combo may not be desirable.  Not too much worry if it isn't because I cover up most of it anyhow!  Ohhh I try to be more subtle and simple...letting my layers show, and I guess I have realized I'm powerless over it all.  Most of these borders I have cut from a paper I got along time ago at a gift shop, and I have loved it, wish I could get more of it!  The bottom blue and yellow border is from some wrapping paper I have.  The crazy outfit came from a magazine.  After I finish the background colors, I get a black mat and trace the inside of the opening with a pencil.  I do this because when I sell them, I always sell my prints matted.  By using this guideline, I make sure to attach the border just outside of the opening.  If you collage to the edge of the card stock, you will lose certain images when you mat the print.  Once I have done that I just start gluing on pieces of selected papers for my borders.  Then I come up with some sort if central image, it can be anything really...then I doodle and journal or glue on words or both!  I love the process....it's hard to stop!  I wish I could do it all day, every day...I am trying to do more even if I can't complete an entire piece at once, I can work on several backgrounds, and sometimes I work with several at a time. Pulling out some borders and deciding which background looks best on which, and glue them down.  That way when I have time again, I have already started them.  I usually use dot glue runners to glue down my images.  It's quick and makes them stick good. Only thing I hate about them is I run out of refills quick!  I have also used Gel Medium, and glue sticks.  Well time for some breakfast and more coffee!  ( I love our new Keurig)!  Enjoy your weekend and see ya soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Art

Credits to:
Heart, bottom right corner- Nancy Baumiller
Girl with Umbrella- Suzee Que
Fairy- Land of Nod Studios

Here is a new collage I made yesterday!  I used a piece of scrapbook paper, that I randomly painted, then tore pieces of other papers and glued them onto the background.  I then journaled in the background and hated the way the writing looked.  No matter how much I tried to move on from it, I was never going to like it.  I had drawn lines and written between them...the lines were crooked, so the writing was crooked, and rarely do I like my writing in art journaling.  I need lots of practice!  Anyways, I went back over the journaling with more torn paper, paint and doodles, and once I put new words in, I was happy with it. That is the best thing about collaging, there really are no real mistakes, and if you don't like something, just cover it up!  Alrighty, now I need to get other things done around here.  I have been camped out on the couch with my art and there is stuff EVERYWHERE!  My husband is so sweet, he doesn't say a word!  But, it's getting to me, so I will clean so I can do it alll over again!  Have an artful day!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wow, so sorry I've been absent for so long. I guess I have just been a little overwhelmed lately. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I know we did! Now that I've had a little time, I will show you a few things I have been doing. Now, I do not understand this new format thing on blogger...how to write in between pictures. I am writing this post from my iPad from the Blogger app, so it is different than the way I did it before. Sooo.. as you can see I got into my beads one day and made two bracelets for two friends. Oh, I really loved making them, and look forward to creating some new pieces. These were made of a combination of sterling and crystal beads.

Shhhh... don't tell, but the last group of pictures are of a Valentine box I have made for a gift. Got one more to do, and then I will show you that one. I just bought a cardboard box at Hobby Lobby. The first thing I did was turn the box top over and trace around it onto scrapbook paper. I cut it out and adhered it with Liquiex Matte Medium. I wish it adhered a little better, but I got it to work. Then I drew out a corner shape, cut out four of those, and glued them down. I decided not to collage the entire box, so I picked several colors and sporadically brushed colors all around the sides of the box. I used a combo of matte colors and metallic, because I love the combination. I traced around the bottom to cut out a paper for the bottom of the box, out of the corner paper I used, and glued it onto the bottom. I used bubble wrap painted with some mattes and metallics and tapped those on the bottom and sides going over the paint, to give a more layered look. Then I cut out shapes for the sides, and doodled all over the box with sharpie and glitter pens. Oh how I love my Sakura glitter pens! I also outlined the shapes and corners with them to make them more defined and sparkly! I painted the rim around the top of the box with a gold paint, then also inside the box top to give it some elegance, then doodled all over it. Lastly, I glued a pretty metal embellishment onto the top of the box. I bought it also at Hobby Lobby, by Explorer Traditions (in the beading aisle, by the Vintaj). You should check out this line! Of course I love Vintaj too! Whew! Sounds way more involved than it really was. Today I will start the second one, and it's a rainy day in Georgia, so what could be more fun? Hope you all have a good day, and hope you can carve out some art time! 😃