Saturday, May 21, 2016

Artful Handbag

So, now I think I am a handbag designer. LOL. Lately, I have been obsessed with purses and handbags-making them.  What better way to feed your obsession than with Pinterest. Handbags are so personal to us girls. I think it is funny that we cradle them like a baby when it is raining-so they don't get wet. I also think it is funny that people spend thousands of dollars on designer handbags. I could never do that.....the most I have spent on a purse is about 400.00 for a Brighton purse-and that was a moment of weakness that I really needed something special. I could not do it alone-so I recruited my husband (via telephone) to give me his support on this purchase since I was emotionally spent during a work crisis.  But, I treat this object like a baby and I find myself protecting it from the rain.....any hardships that would hurt my baby. It is just weird......but satisfying. 

Every woman should have a purse/handbag that makes her feel and original. Lately, I have been looking at all the purses you all are carrying....and there are so many designs and sizes! I have this fantasy that I will be a handbag designer and make the perfect bag. Of course I will do a survey to find out what it is that you feel makes the perfect handbag.  Then, I will set out to make the perfect purse.....but only for the artsy girls. I can't make boring, "classic", one color shit.  I will find a way to figure out what the hippie girls, gypsy spirits, and creative souls want. That is the only way I can do it. 

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That brings me to my next point. I don't really have that much experience to create handbags on my I had to start with a pattern. I found a pattern to create tote bags and decided to just learn the basics so I could tweak on my own. I made two purses from this pattern by See and Sew. 

Love the tote, but I wanted something a little more original. I wanted to paint my own fabric.  I wanted to use leather or vinyl. I wanted to have something that mixed fabrics. So, I set out to paint some canvas with my designs. 

Then I had to figure out how to add the fabulous red vinyl material to this look.

I loved the look when I was done....and I was so happy that I did not follow all the rules. I started out learning all the rules of the I could break them like an artist! I am happy with my finished product. All a study in sewing, designing, and freedom of the creative process. Very happy with my results. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Clay Bunnies
I have not stopped creating or thinking about creating wonderful things. I seem to spend so much time at work that I can't get to my crafts. Art is where I go in my mind when everything else is kind of crazy. Lately, paper clay has been my art form. I have all kinds of pieces I have sculpted that need painting. I have ideas for more pieces in my head. I need to get my journals out to sketch out my ideas so as not to forget. Anyway, here are some little bunnies. I am liking blacks and whites, tans and browns lately.....lines, dots, patterns.  

We are so excited lately around the Chandler household as we are going to have our second grandchild. She is due Jan 15th. They are naming her Charlotte Rose! That is so beautiful to me. I can hardly wait to meet my little granddaughter. She is going to be born in Spain which starts her life out really cool don't you think? 

We had our one year anniversary of our move to Austin, TX. on December 24th this year. The year went so fast. It has been a great move. We love it here. I love the people, the big city and all it has to offer in terms of entertainment and activities. We do not regret our decision to move here in any way. 

My job is going great and I so love the people I work with.

The family is doing well and we can't complain about one thing! God is good. So there is your update about the long absent Funky Art Queen. 

Saturday, March 08, 2014

In The Mood For Clay

Since we moved to Austin, I have not been able to get my groove on with my crafts! I have dabbled a little in my journals and started a couple of acrylic paintings. I just don't have all my stuff organized! I may work on that today! I'm feeling like messing with some paper clay today. I started a new board on pinterest for clay art and so I have been getting all kinds of inspirations. So, maybe soon I will have something to show you!

We bought kayaks last week and we were really hoping to try them out today but it is raining! Poo! It just may be a weekend in the house! We will see.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mixed Media Collage Journal Entry

City Night Life! 
Lesley Chandler 10/15/13 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Journal Art Weekend

I spent most of the weekend on journal art. I have been thinking about why journaling is good.  What is the point? It occurred to me that if you need a point....then it is not art! So I'm settling into the idea that this is what IS my creative place right now.  So, I go there....and do what I feel.  I ordered some journal supplies today.....and I'm excited about that.   I'm also thinking about journal prompts....things that will inspire us to get into our journals today.....

Journal Prompts

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Journal Art Fun

 I have spent a lot of time playing in my art journals today.  Like I said before, it seems like I always go back to journal art.  I enjoy getting into the acrylic paints and looking at pictures and whatever I have saved up to add to journals. It may not be any real ART, but to is something I will love to look at later.

I love going back and looking at all of my art journals.  I have many MANY of them. Some of them are crazy-frightening entries.....but others are  happy and pleasing to my eyes.  

I journal when I am happy, and I journal when I am sad, angry, excited.....pissed! So, if anyone ever reads all of these journals.....they will see that I am a woman just like most.....struggling everyday with work life, family life, and life in general. I am trying to figure out who I am and what it is I am supposed to do in this life. The only thing that makes me different from most, is that I chose to document my feelings through creative journals.....that I am not afraid to leave evidence of my thoughts and feelings. 

This is actually the first one I completed today. I  used an old accounting book I bought an estate sale to make the tulips. I love when you can see through the subject. I use glaze to make the paint "see through". I think it creates mystery and an element of interest. 

I recently thought it would be a good idea to incorporate "evidence" of things not so great in our life-like court documents, divorce papers, mean notes, etc. into art. Wouldn't it be great to have this piece of art that is covertly a document that was a very troublesome event in one's life? You could show how that horrible thing was counted as a joy and was turned into something positive. You could really make lemonaide out of lemons through art. Just a thought......