Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It was two years ago, I believe, a friend of mine got married. Her and her husband-to-be were together for several years before tying the knot. I made them a mixed media assemblage piece on a 12x12 canvas panel incorporating all kinds of cool bits and pieces that I had and used their wedding colors of purple and cream as the main colors for the piece. I always had a love for mixed media, I was doing it before I even knew the term. I came across Finnabair in my internet wanderings and was greatly inspired. If you've never seen her work, please check it out! It's amazing! So drawing on her pieces as inspiration and my own love I did up this canvas panel commemorating the marriage.
During the ceremony they had done this sand deal, where my friend and her children poured sand in a vessel and her husband and his child poured sand in the vessel to symbolize two families coming together uniting as one. I thought it was wonderful symbolism. I had an idea to incorporate some of the sand, but someone accidentally threw it out after the ceremony, so I used some sand gotten off a beach somewhere in Florida. It still works right?! I did up this little vial with the sand in it to remember that union. I drew those little hearts on tissue paper with a micron pen then colored them in with a copic. Cut them out very carefully and used gel medium to glue them on the vial. The angel wings were a copy right free image I found online and just scaled them to the size I thought best for the vial. I thought it turned out really great. The heart in the background of that is molding paste I tinted purple and smeared on with a palette knife to give lots of texture. Because this piece is about lots of texture! Lesson I learned here: When tinting molding paste, it will dry to be much darker than originally tinted.
See that pinkish arrow in the middle of the canvas pointing down to the heart at the bottom? That was also done with molding paste pushed through a stencil. Lesson 2 about molding paste: it also shrinks as it dries. But the size still works. There are so many areas of goodness on this canvas.
I think one of my favorite things, besides the vial is the heart with their initials in it. I collaged various bits of purple paper down before inserting their initials on to pop up dots to give them more dimension. Then I hand glued each little star on there from a bottle of confetti I had. The heart is a piece of twine glued down with gel medium and painted purple. Love this section!
The seek part is pretty neat too, along with the saying on the piece of vellum I adhered to the panel.
So many little things going on, yet it is still cohesive. It really makes you look and contemplate what all is in there.  At least I learned a few things a long the way and really enjoyed the process of making it!

Monday, October 20, 2014

last of the fall flowers.....

Every once in a while you'll get a customer that just makes your day. We have a long time customer who brings us some cut flowers every other week or so in the summer until the fall weather comes and the flowers are gone. Sometimes it's big gorgeous sunflowers, sometimes hydrangeas, but most of the time he brings us dahlias. He grows all of these himself. The dahlias are the best, in my opinion, because they come in so many sizes, shapes and colors. It's always a treat when he comes in early in the morning with his fresh cut flowers ad we get to divy them up and place them on our desks. The last bunch was brought in a few weeks ago and I decided to try out the camera on my new phone. I thought they turned out pretty well, and here they are for everyone who cares to look. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I would like to share today the first mixed media canvas I did when I rediscovered my love of painting. It was a small 5x7 panel that I made for my littlest sister's birthday. I got into scrapbooking a few years back, and I kept thinking, why can't I put this stuff on a canvas, wouldn't that be so cool! And so one day I decided to do some internet searching and discovered I wasn't the only one thinking like this and that's what gave me the courage to start doing it myself! My sister had this thing for zebra stripes and she had some zebra and other animal prints in her bedroom so I made this with that in mind, but I wanted it to be a little more funkier. Like zebra stripes meets Andy Warholish kind of thing, if that makes any sense to you. I drew a zebra pattern in pencil, then measured off and drew 4 equal grids on the panel. Then came the fun part, PAINTING! I was so happy, full of joy, it was the first time I had picked up a paintbrush in YEARS! It felt amazing. Here is how it looked after all the painting, and before a coat of varnish.
I was pumped about how it was turning out, and decided to seal it with a coat of varnish. After that I stared at it for a few weeks. I felt it needed something. Like this by itself wasn't enough, it needed some sparkle, something feminine. It didn't quite feel like it was in sync with my sister. She gets distracted by shiny glittering things, which I admit, is easy and fun to do. So I cut a heart out of black glitter paper, which shed everywhere and decided to embelish the heart with some bright pink fibers and rhinestones. Once that was all done, my "hairy heart", was attached to the canvas with some pop up squares to give it more dimension.
Now, how on earth to make this hangable for her to display in a manner that would fit her and the rest of the decor? Ribbon was the answer, I just had to find the perfect ribbon! Sounds easy, but it wasn't. I just wasn't digging what I had, and didn't want to go buy more. Add to my already insane supplies! No Thanks! I went to my aunt and raided her stash. I didn't go empty handed-I like to have something to trade, so I feel less like a moocher.  I brought some stuff and we swapped ribbon for ribbon. Great solution, by the way, if you know someone who has lots of stashes. She had this nice wide black lacyish ribbon that I loved immediately. So I tied a nice little bow, secured it with some glue, then hot glued it to the back of the canvas to hang. Isn't it great?!
I loved it, and so did she! Now, you just got the timelasped version of all that. Since I'm a slow finisher and have things like a day job and family to keep myself preoccupied she did not end up getting the gift on her birthday. It was more like 6 months afterwards. I'm bad I know, but she still really really enjoyed that special gift made just for her with her style in mind. So yay for both of us!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Been awhile since I have been able to post anything. August was such a crazy month. Three lovely weddings to attend, and then a funeral. We suddenly lost a family member. It's 2 weeks today that she took her own life. I never would have thought her suicidal. She had such a beautiful smile, and always laughing at our family get togethers. You never know what is going in peoples lives and what they are thinking, what they are going through unless they let you in. Unfortunately, she did not let a lot of people in. It's still hard, I have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I will never see her again. It's not at all like it was when Dad passed from cancer a few years ago. At least then, we were aware of what was happening, aware that he had little time, and were able to say our goodbyes. When someone is taken out of your life suddenly and violently, there is a hole. A huge hole, and it's hard to cover that up. Life feels surreal. It's hard to not think "if only I had known a little bit more..." then maybe we could have helped her. Life keeps on going by, one day at a time.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hello out there!

My first post, how exciting! One of my goals for 2014 was to start a blog. I follow several already, and admire those people greatly. I have so many plans and ideas and things to share.
First off, a little about me. I'm married, have one child and live in a small town in the Midwest. I love to make art. I've always loved drawing and making stuff as a child. Along the way there were a few detours and now as an adult I'm getting back onto my dream path. But I do not live my life with regret. I see everything that happened has made me grow in some way and has allowed myself to really get to know the "real me". I look forward to sharing things that I have made. Some people will like it, some won't, but in the end, it comes down to what makes me happy.
A second thing you should know is that I'm horrible with grammar. I butcher the English language, on the daily. My typing is somewhat better than my speaking. If you catch something, feel free to giggle about it! Punctuation often eludes me, as well as spelling. I really do try though. Thank goodness for spell check!
I have a job relating to customer service. Sometimes I think I would love to go back to college and pursue my original path:becoming an art teacher! I did end up with a different teaching degree, but found out too late (like the semester right before graduating) that it was not for me. Horrible. Maybe art would be different because I love it so much!! Or just make a living off my art. Wouldn't that be nice. Ahh to dream!

Thanks for reading!!