Monday, October 29, 2007

Carved Pumpkins and more

Here's a piece just's nice to create something that isn't for a swap for a change. I painted a Masonite board with some Golden's paints then stamped into it while it was still wet with some interference paint and a foam stamp then once that was dry I stamped with a different stamp design using gold interference paint. I then added the other elements once it was dry.

For a friend

Herm and Ethel enjoying the high life while they share a pumpkin ale!
At least they left us some pumpkins in trade for the pumpkin ale.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Particularly Peculiar Title

While visiting Kari's blog I couldn't resist getting my own peculiar title, no need to curtsy.

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Reverend Countess Aileen the Sage of Chortling Chesterton
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

What's your peculiar title?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Crowns, Casts and Lunchboxes!

Many thanks to all of you who take the time to visit my blog and even leave a comment I appreciate it. I've had some email issues and haven't been able to respond to all comments, but I do thank you!

Here's some goodies to share now that my friends Kris and Christy have celebrated their birthdays. Below are the crowns I made for each of them...I have to admit I'm getting kind of addicted to making them! I started with a plastic princess crown and added springs of leaves and beads with the hot glue gun and covered the side pieces that fit on the head with ribbon, the trick is to keep layering until it's as full as you want.
(You should be able to enlarge each of the
pictures by clicking on them).
Christy's Crown
Kris' Crown

No Queen or Art Diva is complete without her crown!
Here's a classic case of "I knew I'd find a use for it one day" Syndrome that most of us collectors er...I mean Altered Artists suffer from. I picked up an old black lunch box about 4 years ago at an estate sale thinking what a great piece it would be to alter some day and up it went on my shelf waiting for just the right project which ended up being a purse for Kris for her birthday. I just love how it turned out. This was a collaborated effort with another friend who lined the inside and made a wonderful mermaid doll to go inside. After the outside was finished I sealed it with PYMII which worked great!

I must confess I've always had a secret desire to alter some body's cast and today I got to do just that! My sister let me add some bling to her basic black cast.
At least it adds a little fun to an otherwise boring cast :-)
I sealed it with PYMII.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

This weekend was a weekend of finishing up projects. There has been a lot of talk on several yahoo groups I'm on about whether or not people have more then one project going at a time and if that's okay. I always have several in various stages of completion and then I have some that I started a while back and set aside on my unfinished shelf until the right idea or piece comes to mind so I can finish the project. This is not for lack of trying to finish it, but because something just isn't coming together. I've learned to be patient and wait and not force it, and that given time it will happen usually when I'm in the middle of working on a different project. I started this particular shrine almost a year ago and finally the finishing touches came together...if I had finished it way back I would not have had the Vintage top hat charm that I used on the little fairy which I love, so I'm happy I waited. Now that doesn't mean I'm advocating waiting for forever its just that sometimes we get stuck and its okay to wait provided you DO go back and finish. I started this piece from a 6x6 chunky canvas and a block of wood. I painted both pieces with red first then screwed the block of wood to the canvas and added the legs and final to the top. Once I was completely done I sealed it with PYMII.

(You should be able to click the pictures to enlarge them)

My next finished pieces are two mini 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" canvases I painted for a swap I'm in. Now these weren't sitting on my unfinished shelf they were supplies I've had with an idea in mind . I painted them with acrylic paints and added the moss and bird in the opening. You can see from the one picture just how tiny they are.

Back side of canvases

I must admit I do love the feeling of completing something :-)
I might add that all the projects I posted were sealed with PYMII.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Yep, more drawing! I am really getting addicted to taking my sketch book with me whether it's in the car or sitting at the coffee house with hubby, I'm able to do some drawing. Here's my car art kit I bring with me:
  • Sketch Pad

  • Drawing pencils

  • Micron or Pitt Pens

  • Watercolor Pencils

  • Eraser (yes its okay to erase!)

I was just sharing with a friend how liberating it feels to be doing so much drawing, I feel so free! In saying this I realized that it was because I feel comfortable with my drawing, be it good or bad it doesn't matter. My whole purpose of sharing my drawings is to encourage other people to draw and hopefully get across to others that it's okay if its not perfect the point is to just keep at it. There was a time that I would have been too embarrassed to share any of my drawings out of fear that they weren't *good enough* or that they weren't perfect. They are far from perfect I'll be the first to admit that LOL, but the key here is that I'm enjoying it and that I can see a difference in myself the more I keep at it, so let my ranting encourage those of you who read my blog to put together your own travel drawing kit and JUST DRAW! :-)

I must confess the second gypsy is not my original design like the others are. Its an ME design from a flag I have hanging up although, I did draw my own variation of it.

My scanner is on the fritz so I used my digital camera and took pictures which is why they aren't the best quality pictures. Below is a Mermaid Fairy I painted using regular watercolors and gouache paints and a white sailor pen:

Listen to some fun Halloween themed music at Live365. I know I've mentioned 365 before, but its worth mentioning again. I love listening to it from my computer when I'm in my office/studio working. There's a plethora of music genres to choose from some I've never even heard of! You can check it out at the link below:

Friday, October 12, 2007

Martini Time!

I played Taxi driver today for my sister who had hand surgery recently which means that I had a lot of waiting time in between appointments, so I took my sketch book with me. Here's a martini I drew using a pen and watercolor pencils.

Yep, there's actually a Taxi Cab Martini see the recipe below::

2 oz. Whiskey of choice

2 oz. Orange juice

1 Tbsp. Lemon juice

Lemon twist for garnish

Combine whiskey and juices in mixing glass. Add ice and stir to chill. Strain into a Swank Martini Glass and garnish with a twist.


Monday, October 08, 2007

Herm & Ethel wish you a Happy Halloween!

Herm & Ethel are home for Halloween! The spent a little too much time on the beach!

They both wish you a Happy Halloween!

More Fairy Adoptions on the horizon, these Displaced Fairies are on their way to their new homes!

Mermaid Fairy Queen

Fairy Queen of the Beach
This little fairy is one doggone cute fairy! I wonder who she grew up to be?
If you want to order your own custom Fairy click the link below:

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fairies and Art Candy Tour!

Boy what a week, lots going on and not a whole lot of time for art. I have several Displaced Fairies( ) I've been working on here's one I just finished up for a friend.

Fairy Queen of Mirth and Magic

Come take a little Blog Journey with me and enjoy a few of my Altered Diva sistah's wonderful art candy. Don't forget to let them know how much you like their art while your visiting :-)

Monday, October 01, 2007

My attempt at drawing an ugly witch,
hey at least she has hairy moles LOL