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 theme...like 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!

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Soul Listens

Hi everyone!

New art journal page to share with you today, lots of layering on this background, I just kept adding to it. lol This page actually all started with a baggie of odds and ends an artist friend of mine sent me a while back. She included this sticker sheet of crosses, the backing of which became part of my background.


I used a couple of napkins, under and over the sticker backing, also adding back in some of the crosses. Punchinella stenciling, Dylusions ink sprays on the background, it's all there. lol I also Mod Podged on some very very thin writing paper to help cover up the edges of the sticker backing. Washi tape, a sticky beaded strip and chipboard "hinges" (which I inked and crackled) made a door sort of edging.


I added a little decor around my picture and phrase, done and done! :D This one was a fun one to create and I'm very proud of it. :D


Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Middle Aged Action Hero

Hi everyone!

I have another page from my art journal to share with you. :) And HELLO, I am so obsessed with this art journal. lol I just love creating new pages in it, here's the newest one:


This one was a lot of layering and a lot of walking away. >.< I'd add something but was never satisfied. lol I started by inking the page with Dylusions ink sprays, then stenciling the background with punchinella and chalk ink. The next thing I added was the vintage cigar ad but it wasn't doing it for me. I added the, "I hope you choke" partially out of frustration and partially because it made me laugh. :P

The rest was a napkin, a playing card, a cigar band, a small type ad, photo corners and some fussy cutting...all piled on there. lol

Thanks for taking a peek, have a great day! :D

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Essence of Joy

Hi everyone!

I'm in the weeds right now trying to get ready to leave for Blythe Con this week! But before all that, I wanted to share a wall hanging I made for a friend. I started with one of those $1 paper type canvases, it had a picture of Tinkerbell on it. lol I wanted to just paint and ink over her but she is one tough broad and did NOT want to be covered up. lol Soooo I went to the napkins and Mod Podged that all over her fairy face.


Speaking of which, how come Tinkerbell lives in a place called Pixie Hollow, uses pixie dust but everyone calls her a fairy? I always thought of a pixie and a fairy as two different things but Tinkerbell seems to use them interchangeably and it bugs me for some reason.

Hmmm...

ANYWAY, she got covered up with paint and napkins. :P

See Tinkerbell's face and arm? lol

I was using a doll picture on the canvas so I went with orange and green to play off the colors in the picture. Doesn't make sense when I type it but in the end, I think those colors worked well together. lol


I used some black and white washi tape to offset my color combo. lol I also stenciled in some white chalk ink circles to break up the background a little bit. The "essence of joy" was one of my little magazine cutouts (I keep a bunch in a box for creative emergencies. ;) lol) And of course, I had to add some washi tape around the edges to finish things off:


My friend loved it (yay!) and I had so much fun making something for her to enjoy. :D

Have a great day!
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