Friday, November 30, 2007

Altered Wood Blocks

Here is a pic of the mood blocks! I finally finished them. There are 5 blocks in all.

  • Happy Mood-

  • Angry

  • Creative

  • PMS

  • Romantic

I'm sure I could have come up with several more moods but I did not want them crowded in the box and to tell you the truth....I was ready to move on to something else. Have a Most Happy Friday! Get ready for a creative and fun weekend. I know you are going to be making gifts, wrapping gifts, baking, shopping?(yuk) but you will be creating! So enjoy and don't forget to rest! HUGS!


Monday, November 26, 2007

Solderd Charms

I am so excited because I came up with this idea for "Visor Charms". I hung one of my soldered charm necklaces from my car mirror the other day and it occured to me that these would make great car charms. The chain should be a little shorter of course.

So, on the front I placed this wonderful picture of Jesus. On the back, there is a wonderful prayer for protection.
These charms are handmade. I created each one with art papers and gel medium and the soldering technique. I only use lead free stain glass soldering wire.
These would make great stocking stuffers!

These charms are available for only 10.00 a piece. Email me if you would like one!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

JuJu of Peace and Serenity

A new JuJu! This one is the JuJu of Peace and Serenity. I wanted to make a doll for a contest on EBSQ. So this is what I came up with.

With all this time off, I have had lots of creativity time. But, I'm getting a little cabin fever! It won't quit snowing! Hellooooooo, this is West Texas. It's not supposed to do this. Oh well, at least I got the time to put up my Christmas tree yesterday. I still have a few final touches to add but here is the (heehee)"upside down tree". Well, no one else in the family really liked my idea for the upside down tree. My husband and son are such traditionalists that I felt like it would be a bit disorienting for them. Plus, I could not find one for a reasonable price. So, a traditional tree it is but I did use a lot of hot pink and lime green ornaments. I still want to get a few more on there.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Eighties Series: JENNY 8675309

This piece is available now on ebay

I wanted to do a series of mixed media pieces inspired by 1980's music. That was my "back in the day"period. So, one of my favorite songs was by Tommy Tutone-867-5309. I imagined a bathroom wall with all this graffiti (like we often see in public bathrooms). I painted this on canvas board with multiple layers, textures, and colors. I used stencils, stamps, pencils and markers. Excuse the language as I was keeping it real.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Pics

Go and check out my Flickr updates to see our white Thanksgiving and some of the family gathering shots.

Thanksgiving Giving Thanks for Friends and Family

Happy Thanksgiving
Before I begin preparing my contributions for our Thanksgiving meal, I wanted to stop and say 'thank you' to all our friends and family. Relationships are a lovely balance of give and take. Today, this bird feeds his friend....tomorrow his friend may need to feed him. We are so blessed with friends and family. For that, I am thankful-so very thankful. I don't think we could manage without all of these fine people in our lives. So, I hope that you will take a moment today to be thankful for your friends and family.
Now, I want to leave you with this little part of Carrie Underwood's song "So Small". It has such a good message.
".......Cause sometimes that mountain you've been climbing
Is just a grain of sand
And what you've been out there searching for forever
Is in your hands
And when you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
seem so small"

Monday, November 19, 2007

Altered Bottles for Christmas

I wanted to show you these bottles. The little ones on front are actually vintage bottles. I cleaned the bottles as they were full of dirt. I dried them good and then set out to recycle them. I poured some watered down Mod Podge into the bottles and poured out the excess. Then I poured some snow/glitter inside and shook it up and poured out any glitter that did not adhere to inside of bottle. I stamped the outside of the bottles with snowflake stamp and embossed with gold/silver and a glittery white. I cut out some vintage looking pictures to add to the fronts of the little bottles and tied a little sparkly tie. I printed out the words "Spirit of Christmas" and adhered them to the bottle with gel medium. THEN....shew...I made some little lids for the tops with polymer clay. I just rolled up balls and used a pencil eraser to sculpt out the inside of the lid. I baked as per instructions on package of clay-oh, I used some of that Pearl Ex Pigments on the lids before I baked them. I love that stuff! It is a smooth/dry and fine powder. You just bake it on. After the lids cooled, I painted over them with some polymer clay glaze to give them a shine.

The bigger bottles, much easier. I purchased these bottles at Michaels (99 Cents). I also purchased some Christmas and Snow looking confetti at the same store. I stamped and embossed the outsides of the bottles poured in the confetti and made ball shaped lids for each one. Now all I need to do is make a tag for the big ones and get some pretty Christmas ribbon for them.
Now, if you are looking for some ideas for Christmas...You really must check out my shop on Etsy-see the link over there? These bottles might be there... I have not decided yet.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Call for Art

I need help. I want to enter some art in a "call for art" art show (it would be my first one) and they want the art to be presented to them as 'art slides'. Can someone please direct me as to a reputable company that can do this for me and make my photos art show ready? I have looked on the internet but I don't know who to trust.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mixed Media Collage

Inspired by an article by Kelly Rae Roberts in Cloth Paper Scissors-November-December 2007 issue.

"Patch it Together" pg. 72-77

I was instantly inspired by Kelly's article in this never ending source of inspiration magazine-Cloth Paper Scissors. I was pretty pleased with my outcomes but I am still not completely comfortable with painting with a brayer. I just need to do it some more.

This was a peace I created with the inspiration to do something with meaning. I feel like my art is often void of feeling and meaning. I took the time (on this piece) to think about what I was feeling and what I wanted to communicate.

What do you get from this painting? Does it say what I wanted it to? Let me know what it speaks to you. I will tell you what I was feeling at the time later.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Altered Wood Blocks

OK, let me first say, I am looking at my calendar and I realize I have not blogged all week. My apologies. I have been thinking of blogging but I had so much going on. Lets son returned home from college, my daughter had a wisdom tooth removed, I got some kind of stomach virus and was so very sick one day this week. It's been a long and weary week and yet....I made it! YAY!!! It is Saturday and I have had a very creative day so far. Actually, the creativity did not just kind of slowed down. So, that being explained.....Here is what I have been up to.

I call these "Mood Blocks". I just wanted to do something different in the altered block area. I have this little glass box that I am going to set several "Mood Blocks" in. The idea is that you would place the mood block that matches your current mood on top of the box. That way, no one has to guess your mood. This could be very handy for husbands, bosses and fellow employees. No more guessing. There is room in the box for several more moods....thank goodness because we have many don't we?! I'm thinking "Creative Mood", "Sad or Depressed", "Undecided", "Give me chocolate and no one gets hurt"....many moods that can be depicted on these blocks.
I'm also working on
  • crochet project mentioned in last blog
  • a little puppy scrapbook about Sebastian for my husband
  • I bought some chip board today to make a journal
  • I want to do a series of "80's Girl" paintings. I have a few ideas. I was inspired while listening to the 80's station on the satellite radio.

So, just in case you thought I was loafing....I am still clicking along. So much going on in my head. So many things to many things to many cool people to meet.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Crocheted Scarf and Embellished Mittens

I wanted to share this little scarf and mitten set that I created this weekend. The scarf is just a double crochet with fringe on both ends of the scarf. The mittens are just a plain set of black mittens I bought at Wally World and embellished with yarn stiching and some beads as you can see here:I mean, really, you can't just wear plain old mittens. You gotta fru-fru them up a bit Sister! It was really very simple and I had this bucket of beads that just beg for attention all the time. I know, I does not really get that cold here. But, there are days that are cold enough for a scarf and mittens. In fact, I use my mittens a lot in the winter because I am very cold natured. Now, I need a red set, a blue set, and oh yes, a pink set (oh with pearl beads, and a winter white set. Hmmm.....gotta get more yarn.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Altered Art Doll Collection

My daughter just noticed my little collection of Altered Art Dolls on my dresser the other day and she thought they were cool. I have been meaning to take a picture of this collection of mine for some time now. I finally took this pic this evening and wanted to share it with you. I made all but the Catrina (Day of the Dead) figure. I purchased that in El Paso on a fun trip with my sister. Happy Day of the Dead...coming soon! Happy Dia De Los Muertes! Day of the Dead!

Finished Mixed Media Piece

Thank you K.G. for your creative advice on ideas for this Unfinished Project!

At least I think it is finished...I'm already picking it to death this morning. I see some places I want to fill in and work a bit more on. I have not sprayed it with a protectant yet so I can continue to play a little more tonight. Anyway, here is the mostly finished project.