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-

Been Slacking a Bit…

on the posting… but I have been getting my Art on… though just a little less than before. It ebbs and flows doesn’t it?

I got this great piece done this weekend. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I wish I had made it as a canvas instead of a page in my 9X12 Sketch book- because I would so hang this on the wall or give it as a gift. (I have a few “Shoe People” in my life- You know who you are!- who might like this as well!)

So without further ado here it is… starting with the awesome Gelli Plate background! I love the way this turned out! I watched a few tutorials to learn some better techniques and I did this background one color at a time. LOVE my Gelli Plate!

Gelli Plate background and Washi Tape Border

Gelli Plate background and Washi Tape Border

Once I had the background done… I added the SHOE chipboard embellishment (Which I had already painted that awesome blue and added the bling- it was partly the inspiration for the background colors!) then I added all the little floral and bling touches! I found a quote I liked on the internet and the rest is history… or Art… 🙂

Final Version

Final Version

Here are a few close-up shots of the piece.

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Close-up shots

Close-up shots

As I was making the background- I used the excess paint on the Gelli plate, the bubble wrap and the other items I used to make it- to make a background in my awesome 5X7 journal. I can’t wait to make a page on this one now!

5X7 Journal page background

5X7 Journal page background

I also made an awesome card and matching journal page a few days ago. Will have to show you that soon- but I sent the card to a friend. So I need to wait until she gets it before I post! 🙂

ENJOY YOUR ART!!! What have you been working on? I know a bunch of you have been experimenting with your Gelli Plates too… Hope you are having fun!

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-

March Creative Dare!

There is this Facebook group that I just love being part of – Mixed Media Mondays! I have been part of the group for a while, and recently even started watching the videos (usually after Monday because evening is husband/family time.) But I love her spirit and fun and of course her work! I have learned so many new things and techniques in just a few weeks of really participating in the group! YAY!

Sooo every month she does a Creative Dare. This is the link to the Dare for March. http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/2013/03/march-creative-dare-1.html

I thought I would finally play along! I was totally working on another page- a 14X17 sketch pad background.. but it just was not “speaking to me.” SO I ended up in my smaller 9X11 pad and with THIS!

In Your Eyes- March Dare

In Your Eyes- March Dare

In Your Eyes- by Peter Gabriel was the song I walked down the aisle to in our wedding- just about 6 months ago. 🙂 <swoon!> It was the Vitamin String Quartet version- but still! This song!

The Girl (my step-daughter) was watching me cut out this face from a Macy’s ad! and was like… “uhm… whatcha doin’?” … I responded… “I’m doing art!” LOL I have been cutting all kind of things from catalogs and advertisements… swearing that one day they will be part of my art… and yep! This one worked!

Thanks Tracy for the group and for the inspiration to really get going on my own art again!

La-

PS You can link to the Facebook group from her blog/website and she can put you into the group if you want to be part of the fun!