Happily I Collage Away!

I am still doing some watercolor doodling and fiddling- especially when I am out and about and will have time between appointments and I won’t be somewhere where I can connect to the net and do some work. I love it as a quick way to get my creative time in!

My real love though- is mixed media and collaging etc. I think I am better at this too and I truly enjoy it. So here is what I have been working on lately…

This first one is in my sketch pad. Do you watch Downtown Abby? I LOVE the Dowager Duchess character! This is one of her quotes. I fell in love with the quote first- then created the page around it. I looked all over online for an image to use and ended up with this paper doll cutout! Sweet! I used a gelli plate with some clock pieces stamps on it for the background. The plate is smaller than the pad so I used masking tape around the edges and covered it with paint using bubble wrap for texture. I used Sharpie paint pens to do the lettering and added little sparkling touches with Stickles.

Dowager Duchess Quote

Dowager Duchess Quote

I made this one for my husband who asked for a piece for his office. (I love that he loved my work enough to want some at his office!) It is an 11X14 canvas. I painted the background with a baby wipe then collaged scrapbook papers all around the edges. I added a few images of old-fashioned photographs with couples on them into the collaged papers… and tore one of the book papers into a heart and outlined it with dried peas. 🙂 The couple is a cutout I had from a class I took and I cut out various papers to fit the shape. Lastly- I added the quote. I love to print on watercolor paper and cut them out for these types of pieces. I think the weight and texture really works.

I am addicted...

I am addicted…

This last piece is not a collage like the others above. It is way brighter and way more fun! LOL It is an 8X10 piece of wood. Thought I would try something new. I cut out the pieces of the flower from fabric remnants around the house. (Bottom of the curtain in my step-sons room and one of my husband’s old shirts!) I like the quote. I think it fits the image. I like that some of the doodling that I have been doing with the water colors has come into play in my “regular art.”

Blossom!

Blossom!

Now that The Boy has moved away and started college, we have room in our spare room. I closed my health coaching office and I have extra furniture- it seems like a good match! The problem is- with all that stuff AND my art stuff/table, there still doesn’t seem to be enough room! LOL But for now- it works… so instead of having all my art stuff in the living room- I have been trying to keep it all in here and working on it. It’s not as much fun as working in the middle of the activity of the house- and we still have not worked on our books together in there yet- but I think it will work for us for a while! I need to put up the three canvases my BFF and I made when I first moved here- they will be in that big blank area on the wall right there!

New Art Space

New Art Space

So that is it for now… Hope you are enjoying your creative time!! Keep on, keepin’ on!

La-

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What a Lucky Girl!

So this past weekend- my husband gave me display shelves!! He is such a lover! I asked him if we could get shelves… he reminded me I wanted them until we finally got to Target to pick them up. Then when we were spending the day getting chores done-  he suggested we add putting up the shelves to the to-do list… YAY!

My Art Displayed!

My Art Displayed!

I love the way it looks. Our place is not that big- but this is perfect for the space and I will be able to rearrange the work as I need to and be able to keep the most current stuff displayed on the wall. I love that not only do I think that it looks perfect for the spot in our home, but that my husband loves to walk through the room and see my work displayed, as much as I do!

The problem was- I have one big piece; 20X24, and I didn’t want to leave that much room in the shelving. So I was kind of trying to figure out how to manage to display that piece (also knowing that I have 3 more blank canvases this size waiting to be worked on!) So I was talking to him about how we would figure this out… and he came up with the perfect solution! He removed this awesome clock I have in the kitchen/dining room (It looks good, but it stopped working!) and he put up my canvas. VOILA! Instant display space!

Big Canvas Display

Big Canvas Display

So now not only is my photography displayed throughout the house, but my painting and mixed media stuff is too! FUN! (Yes, both the large photographs in these pictures are my work as well.) I am so thrilled to have this taken care of and on display!

This past weekend, on a whim, I invited my girlfriend who was coming over with her man to spend some time on Sunday for dinner and pre-season football, to work on some art with me… maybe instead of watching football. I love football, but she is not a huge fan and I just thought for some reason she might enjoy doing some art. She is the most positive, loving and sweet gal… she just seemed like she needed ART in her life! LOL So we created together… I just love sharing my art and the freedom to play and enjoy the creative process with the people in my life. She loved it too! Look at her AMAZING piece!

J's amazing piece!

J’s amazing piece!

She left me a “love note” of my own before she went home that evening….

Love Note!

Love Note!

So, as you can see, like the title of this post says… I am a lucky girl! I have art in my life, my amazing husband and I have really great friends! SCORE!

La-

On the Table Tuesday…

Well- seems like I only blog on Tuesdays- but hey! At least I am blogging AND more importantly… creating!

This weekend was Art-A-Whirl in my neck of the woods. The country’s largest Art Crawl. Hundreds of artist’s open studios and galleries open to the public all weekend to promote and support the arts. The neighborhood (Actually a conglomerate of very closely knit neighborhoods) I live in is considered the Arts District of Minneapolis. It’s pretty cool. We got out with both the Big Kids at different times over the weekend to tour some of these warehouses with open studios and see a ton of amazing and some pretty crazy- art work. There is also awesome food trucks and great live music all weekend too!

I planned ahead of time to take advantage of the creative vibe that would be going on all weekend- and hoped to get at least two pieces done… and I did! YAY!

Trust...

Trust…

This is a canvas board and for a few projects I used it to wipe off my  paint brush and stencils etc. It made such a pretty background. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it- so it has been sitting on a shelf with my supplies. Lately- I have really been learning how to TRUST the Lord for managing my life and my dreams. It has been a really incredible journey and I felt like I wanted to kind of commemorate this time of my life in my art- so this piece was born. I had originally thought I would do a longer quote- but with only one pack of the letter stickers I wanted to use- and those being already open… LOL This was the phrase my husband helped me come up with to still convey the message- but use the letters I had on hand!

Side View- Trust

Side View- Trust

I cut out the butterflies from printed clip art. Then I covered them in Art Anthology Sorbet- a clear glittery paint. (You can’t really see the glitter in the photos.) As they dried- they curled naturally and I also kind of helped form them so they would have more dimension when I added them to the page. I added split peas for the bodies and painted them coordinating colors.

Trust- last view

Trust- last view

I knew I wasn’t going to be able to seal the whole thing with the butterflies on it- since they needed to pop off the page- so I started to decoupage the canvas with a nice glossy medium- but realized that some of the color I had used (the brown and some of the white) were “washes”… water with a little paint mixed in- so using brush strokes was smearing the color… so I ended up using a styrofoam brush to dab all the decoupage on to seal that color in carefully. Once it dried, I did it again with the brush. Then added the stickers and butterflies. I am really pleased with how this came out. It’s a little busy but it makes me happy!

The second piece I finished has kind of been in my head for a while- a train is the theme. When I saw this 10×20 linen colored canvas board I knew this was where I would put that train. (I have never done trains or even really objects like this- but this was what was coming up so I figured why not go with it!?)

Dream Train

Dream Train

It was important to me as part of this piece, that everything be text-based (after all what are dreams but visual words?!) So the background is pages of a book pulled out, cut and inked on the edges (I have two altered books I have done pages in and keep around for this exact type of purpose.) The wings are the same paper- with a Gelli Plate background on them. (THAT was fun! I have been watching videos and tutorials on using the Gelli Plate.) The scrapbook papers I used all have text on them as well. I wish I had made the “engine car” with more of a triangle on the front (the cow pusher thingy) so it looked less like a cab of an 18- wheeler and more like a train engine- but hey- it’s my first train! I love the pearl smoke! That worked out great! So glad I remembered that I had that sticker!

So there we have it! I think I am working on a large wings project next- this week in theory is a slow week at work- so if I can get motivated- then I will get started on that project… Right now? I really ought to be switching over my winter/summer closet! LOL

What’s on YOUR table today?

La-

On the Table Tuesday

So- today? On the Table? NADA! Absolutely nothing! Because I took the table down!! LOL

Where "the table" used to be! My REAL living room!

Where “the table” used to be! My REAL living room!

I was sitting at my desk yesterday yesterday-  I looked up and saw my table- and I swear for the first time- I think I saw what my husband sees… It just looked messy and not cool. So- I took it down. I will put it up on Saturday- (The country’s largest Art Crawl happens in my neighborhood this weekend- so there will be a LOT of art vibrations happening and I plan to take advantage of it!- Check it out here… http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl ) but it has been up for almost 6 months- so I figure I can allow our home to look a little neater for at least a few days!! 🙂

However- I won’t leave you missing out… I DID work on something this weekend… I actually FINISHED two projects! You know that ONE that has been hanging around forever- On the Table Tuesday for like a month? FINALLY DONE! (BUT I have a feeling I want to make just a few more quick changes to it! LOL) I will save that piece to give us something to “talk about” in another post this week.

So for today- I will show you the other piece I finished. I started it AND finished it all on Sunday! This piece came out of my head fast and furious. I started in church! I know, I know, I should have been paying attention to the sermon- but this darn Dragonfly was just buzzing around in there just trying to get out!

Dragonfly 11X14

Dragonfly 11X14

When we got home from church- I immediately went out to the art store. So exciting to have one right down the street! (My budget might not appreciate it much though!) I knew I needed some of that sparkly dark red and blue paper. To be honest- I was thinking of a little bit greener blue- but they didn’t have that color in the sparkly paper I was looking for… but this ended up being perfect- I had the blue golden paint that matches it almost exactly!

New Art Store!!!

New Art Store!!!

So- I painted the 11X14 canvas all blue. I used my Gelli Plate with white champagne, a slightly different shade of blue,  and some gold to give the background some contrast and kind of texture. Then I added the red border. The red is a little more glossy- its a nice contrast. I tried to use a dimensional paint to border the red border- but it was getting too thick so I wiped it off and ditched that idea.

Close Up

Close Up

Then I dug through all my old scrapbooking embellies and went to town looking for the perfect little round bits for the body! I think I found the perfect items!

Another angle

Another angle

Lastly I cut the wings out of the sparkly paper and glued the whole thing down! Super quick and easy! I usually like to seal my works with a layer of modge podge- but I worry that the layer would really diminish the prettiness of the shiny paper- so I figure I will just leave it as is.

So there it is! I totally enjoyed how quickly this piece came together! It was nice to finish a decent sized piece in one afternoon! Have some ideas for two new pieces- hopefully next weekend with all the art vibes going on- I can get those both done too! (One already has a completed background so it shouldn’t be too bad!)

So- what are you working on??

La-

On the Table Tuesday

Well hopefully you will not get tired of seeing this piece…. I promise it is ALMOST finished! LOL

Still in Progress

Still in Progress

I know it does’t look THAT different from the last time I showed it sitting here on my table… but it is! Before the wings were just a gesso outline- now they have had two layers of modeling paste to give them a little more texture (one layer with suede paint and one layer with a little more shimmery champagne color.) Then I used my brand new Art Anthology Sorbet- Dimensional gel paint- Splashed to add sparkle and more texture and outlined the wings with the Art Anthology Dimensional crystal- Blizzard.  I also added flowers at the top and the bottom. These flowers will anchor some swirly lines I plan to add to kind of frame the whole thing… and then I will finally be pretty much done! LOL We’ll see how many more weeks of “On the Table Tuesday” this piece hangs around!

Close up of Wings

Close up of Wings

I’m definitely enjoying the process- and for me that’s good enough for now! I definitely needed the process this weekend. Some things in my life are UBER stressful right now- and sitting down at the table layering modeling paste and glittery color is exactly what I needed (well that a run and a good snuggle from the husband!)

Speaking of the husband! Look what he put together for me this weekend!

Organizing!

Organizing!

As I mentioned in my post yesterday- I do believe his expectation was that once I filled these drawers that I would cart them off into the other room so that they would no longer be cluttering up the living room- except I am still working on something!! LOL (Next week I am having a Pampered Chef party- so I think I will be taking down the table and everything for that event. I might leave it all down for the whole weekend- to help him out a little!) You see that brown box under the table? (Still full of stuff?) ALL my paints and stuff like that was in there- it is now all in the drawers! Everything that is in that box was literally just sitting in the big chair that this table is blocking. No wonder it was all starting to make him crazy! Heck- it was starting to make ME crazy! I like having a new place to keep things organized. I just wish the drawers were big enough to hold my 12X12 templates. They are on top though- so they are at least neatly put  somewhere- not just laid on the bookshelves! (Like the art that is stashed there just above the table! We are going to buy a few shelves this week for me to use to display my work in the house.)

I bought a new smaller mini (5X7) art journal.. so this weekend while modeling paste and glittery Sorbet was drying- I worked on two quick pages- I like this size- made quick easy but nice pages. A little more personal for some reason- but as always- I enjoyed the process and really didn’t start with much in mind except the colors I wanted to use… 🙂

5X7 Journal Pages

5X7 Journal Pages

So these are also part of the “On the Table” this week because I just finished them! 🙂

What are you working on this week?

La-

On the Table Tuesday

And April Dare!

Every Monday night- great Mixed Media fun happens- brought to us by Tracy Weinzapfel http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/ Each month she has a DARE for us… I am getting mine in JUST under the wire! (It’s due by today!) I loved the idea of it- I just didn’t have as much art time recently as I liked- and you saw my On the Table from previous weeks- it was a BIG canvas (which is just temporarily off the table so I could work on this journal page!)

I am...

I am…

The DARE for April was to journal 5 Words that you want to be remembered by. I easily came up with 3- but asked my sweet husband for some ideas for the other two. (I had ideas, but narrowing them down was an issue- so I figured the ones he came up with that were the same as mine- were GOLD!)

I do like this size- I have a lot of fun and was able to make this in one evening- while my DH watched hockey playoffs! 🙂

Thanks Tracy and everyone on the Facebook page for the inspiration! There were sooo many amazing entries this month! They made me HAVE to get to the table tonight to do mine too!

On the Table Tuesday

I am sad to report that my “On the Table”… has not changed. LOL

On my Table April 2, 2013

On my Table April 2, 2013

I did however take all the items I had previously arranged on it- and removed them. Not feeling it. Maybe some of the little pieces will find their way back on- but my Sand Hill Crane will not be making its way back. I did see a video tutorial today that just might help me solve some of the overall painting “issues” I have- so if I have time to watch that soon- hopefully that will help!

It was just a busier weekend than usual- so there was really no time for art experiments.

I DID however buy some split peas- I am taking a class that the teacher uses split peas all the time to add texture… I am excited to try that too! My poor husband has put them back into the kitchen cabinet a couple of times. I finally had to break down and tell him they were for “art-ing not for eating!” (What exactly did he think I was going to cook with 1/2 cup of split peas anyway? LOL)

So- Hopefully NEXT Tuesday- my “On My Table” will have a different scene.

I have made other things- I will post those little cuties in the next few days.

La-

What is on YOUR table?