Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I was on roll today and actually made few pieces of art and a charm....two of which are not done so you'll have to wait on the pictures for those, but here's a card I did as a surprise for someone. I used a Vintage bingo card, image and Color Mists: http://www.outsidethemargins.com/colormists.html
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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Here's some Precious Metal Charms (PMC) charms I made last week during an Art Party with my Peeps! I stamped using part of Kristy's new For The Birds stamp sheet from http://www.timetostamp.com/ . After I antiqued them with Liver of Sulphur
Digital Scrap Art compliments of Traci SimsFrom left to right: My sister Kathleen, Myself, Lora, Bev and Kris.
It was Bev's much belated birthday celebration! Here is her cigar box shrine Kris and I collaborated on for some reason through all the commotion I did not get an inside picture taken darn it!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Funky Hand Pens
Metal Cutting Scissors
Crown & Face Charm
Metal charms, washers or beads
Modern Options Sophisticated Finish Patinas
Friday, June 15, 2007
I received these new 12 inch Torsos in and just couldn't resist creating with them! What fun they are and boy are they heavy duty! They are double sided sticky backed and have 6 pre-cut holes to use or cover over...technically they're meant to be used as an earring holder, but since when do I use anything the way it was intended ;-)
Here's how I basically created the two torsos:
12" Cardboard Torso
Deli Paper (scroll towards the bottom for deli paper)
Rub-ons, rubber stamps
Golden's Soft Matte Gel Medium (*optional)
Copper Washers and brads
Krylon Leafing Pen
Ribbon or Fibers
Color your deli paper with the color mists (see techniques and samples for ideas) don't forget to make enough paper for both sides. Once the deli paper is dry peel off the sticky back on one side of the torso and lay down your paper and smooth it out with your hand, then cut around it with an exacto knife (its okay if it gets a few wrinkles in it that's the beauty of deli paper). If you'd like it really smooth apply a thin layer of soft matte gel medium with your finger working it into the surface and allow to dry and repeat on the other side. Once dry edge the torso with the chalk inks then decorate with rub-ons or stamp as desired. Use the chalk inks over the surface of the torso after you've stamped to bring out more of the color or tone down the rub-ons. Edge the torso and stand with the Krylon leafing pen. Seal with PYMII then add brads, ribbons, wings as desired.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Here's a few pictures of my hot wheel assemblages from my Michael de Meng's class. What a fun class, I loved Michael as a teacher and highly recommend taking a workshop from him. Although there are many aspects of his class I already knew I still learned new things and it pushed me outside my usual comfort zone and I created pieces that aren't typical for me. Even though I love working with rust and grung, I did find I had a harder time with Michael's darker palette. Michael recommends using liquid nails to adhere objects but its not my preference I find that Liquid Nails takes way too long to set up and then when heated it gets goopy again. I have much better success and prefer the following adhesives because they do set up quickly are waterproof and I don't have to wait long: Bond 527 Adhesive, Quick Grip or Quick Hold Contact Adhesive, I can usually find at least one of these adhesives.
Here are a few more pictures of other people's pieces from the class:
Check out my sister's blog to see her Finished Cars:
There's seems to be a lot of mixed feelings regarding Michael's new book, I personally love it, but then I didn't have any preconceived expectations regarding it. Although Michael does explain how he does some of his art it is not a "how to" book. I found it refreshing, humorous, witty and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and understanding more how Michael approaches his art.
Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art.
Publisher: North Light Books (May 30, 2007)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
I have a friend who referrers to moments in life with our kids as "firsts" and "lasts" and last night for me was one of those "lasts moments" my youngest son graduated from 8th grade the last of my 3 sons to graduate junior high and who now is officially a high schooler, where has the time gone! In the grand scheme of things an 8th grade graduation doesn't seem that monumental to an adult, but for those 8th graders it is a big deal and its a last for them as they say goodbye to friendships they've had since kindergarten as they move on to different high schools. Its the closing of one door and the opening of another and the beginning of new adventures. Here's a couple of pictures of Morgan proudly wearing all his awards and medals he worked hard for and then another of him right before the big dance:
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I also added some rub-ons and used chalk inks around the edges...
I finished it off by adding some iridescent Angelina Fibers, a fairy, bird, and dried flowers and last but not least some wooden legs I colored with chalk inks.
This Fairy Box is for sale if your interested email me ($30.00)
Another person that I know makes it a habit to help others in need is my sister Kathleen, for some that may know her she may come across with a sometimes hard exterior but inside that facade she puts up she is a caring person. She's on the road a lot driving as a sales rep and the other day she encountered a gal that was broken down along side the road. The gal had sat there for quite awhile and nobody had stopped so she had finally decided to get out and "wave her hands" as she put it in her broken English and my sister stopped. She had a flat tire and I can't remember if she didn't have a cell phone or it wasn't' working but my sister called the tow company and explained where they were and then sat and waited with her until the tow truck driver came. This isn't out of the ordinary for my sister I have known her to do a good turn and help other people more times then I can count.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Well after looking at this piece with fresh eyes this morning I just wasn't' happy with it and felt it was missing something so I added my usual shading using a charcoal gray water soluble oil pastel then working it in with my finger (I first sealed the image with Microglaze from skycraft.com). I also added some white accents with a white sailor pen. Now I feel like it's done....this was one of those times that going back I think helped but I have had other times where I should have left well enough alone. (Scroll to the next post to see what it looked like before). Now that I'm happy with it I've sealed the complete card with PYMII (if you haven't used it I highly recommend reading about it and trying it out, its well worth the $!)
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Here's a picture of my son and hubby at the Scottish Highland games today, they thought they were stylin' wearing their high-top tennis shoes with their kilts LOL
If you want to see more pictures from the
Scottish Games check out my sister's site: