Friday, October 24, 2014

The Moon Sees Me

Hi everyone!

No Fab Five today as I wanted to share a new art journal page of mine that is also posted over at Gauche Alchemy. I headed up October's mixed media challenge and this is my project inspired by it:

My background was created with Dylusions inks, water and star stenciling with chalk inks. I painted a chipboard circle flourish with Art Anthology gelate in Black Leather Jacket and cut out an illustration of Audrey Heburn to become my "moon". She makes a pretty moon, doesn't she? :)

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Red Heart Crochet Along

Hi everyone!

Today is my birthday but more importantly, I finished a project! lol :P I decided to join the October Red Heart Crochet Along (or CAL) on Ravelry. The pattern was the Divine Hat pattern and I used Red Heart's Boutique Unforgettable yarn in Parrot. This line of yarn has some unbelievably beautiful colorways.

It took me no time at all to hook this up which was definitely a plus!

Super quick + colorful yarn = Finished hat that I'm not afraid to wear. lol Fun hooking times!

Not only did a I finish a project, but I also blogged over at my vintage blog, Circle 7-2099. I'm on fire! lol

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Toot!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's been a year and today Toot turns 6 years old. omg seriously. I started this blog when she was around 8 months old, I think, so yeah...time's a'flyin'!


1 Year Old

2 years old

Happy birthday to my favorite first child!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Under the Sea

Hi everyone!

So as I've mentioned before, Toot is taking ballet lessons and we've become quite the ballet family, by which I mean that I've become obsessed and my family very sweetly nod their heads as I go on and on and on...LOL. :P I thought I better educate myself on just what ballet is all about, it's history, the dancers, the choreographers, the ballets themselves, companies, etc. Of course, the allure for Toot is the future possibility of dancing "en pointe". She saw the older girls at the school in their pointe shoes and it was all over for her. lol

Pointe shoes have a short dance life and aren't "dance-able" for very long. Okay so what happens to all of those "dead" pointe shoes? I assumed that most dancers simply threw them away, which to a mixed media artist, is like a punch in the creative gut, am I right? lol So I started asking around the school and a couple of the older girls very sweetly gave me their "dead" pointe shoes...

That's right, time to upcycle, reuse, alter, whatever you want to call it! :D I started with one dead pointe shoe:

I decided to use the ballet, Ondine as my inspiration. (The story is about a water nymph that falls in love with a human.) So I wanted my shoe to reflect an underwater something that had been underwater for a long time and was rusty and all patina-ed (yes, it's a word) with sea life growing around.

I started by using a tutorial I found on the Art Anthology blog which uses a base of gauze (what a smart idea!) Only I didn't have the colors they listed so for the actual painting, I used a patina paint tutorial from Andy Skinner which I really loved. Actually, both tutorials are awesome so check them out!

Okay, so let's just skip to the good stuff! lol Here's my finished "Ondine" shoe:

Initially, I was going to use different styles of loose moss but that really would have been a complete mess. I got lucky and found some moss "ribbon" onto which I dabbed some of the bronze-y paint I had used on the shoe to make it blend a little more.

I used burlap ribbon, pearls and a couple of other strings and things for the "ties". And of course, had to add some seashells. :D

This was SO much fun to create! I offered it to Toot's ballet teacher who said she loved it so I'll count this one as a win. ;)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Frida Kahlo Inspired Canvas

Hi everyone!

We've started doing monthly challenges over at Gauche Alchemy and the inspiration this month is Frida Kahlo. (You can find the challenge and all the details HERE, there's still time to link up your project!)

I used a 5x5 canvas from a store's kids craft section, seriously, I know I say this a lot but that's the BEST place for smaller and wayyyyyyy cheap canvases. lol

I first collaged on some torn book pages, then painted over that with Art Anthology Sorbet. I also added some crackle accents. The quote was written on a simple journaling card and I got out my collection of Stickles for this one. lol I've missed using them! I added the Stickles to both the card and the cut out fabric skulls. And of course finished off the edges with washi tape. :)

I thought this quote was both witty and sad, but found it inspiring as well!

Thanks for looking and I hope you can play along!
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