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-

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Mixed Media Monday- Monthly Dare

Can you believe it is only the middle of the month- but I have not only ONE but a couple of entries for this month’s Dare!? YAY! Here is a link to the Dare for August! (My birthday month! YAY!)  http://tracywburgos.typepad.com/treasure_the_momentlove_l/2013/08/august-2013-creative-dare-let-it-go.html 

Pick a quote (Ok so I used only a single word on one- but it seemed to fit and a song on the other! LOL) and do a piece in less than 90 minutes. Now full disclosure, it doesn’t usually take me much longer than that to do a piece in any of my regular journals for a normal painting.  (The 14X17 is a bit different but I haven’t broken that out in ages!) So that is why I already have two pieces to add to the entries! YAY! I might add at least two more before the end of the month- sure would be cool to win a prize! LOL However- it is so fun to just be creative and be inspired by the group of ladies in the MMM group- that I am thrilled with just completing the Dare!

I got my new Grumbacher Opaque Watercolors the other day- another recommendation from Tracy! And I love them! I played with them for the first time in this piece here. This song had been in my head for days- it was something I needed to hear for a few days- so I thought it would be proper to memorialize it on a journal page- AND play with my water colors while I was at it. I really wanted to see what working from a black background was like. I really need to play with it more to get it as dark as I would like… but it was a fun experiment and in the end I actually kind of like the way it came out! LOL

Fun on black background

Fun on black background

I love the way the gold and the champagne like color work together on the wings- and the white Signo pen outlining everything! I actually started the word Rejoice with silver then painted over it with gold once I did gold wings. Fun experiment!

I love the colors on this next one- (hmm now that I look at it- I can see a theme emerging here with these two pieces!) again- this was practicing with my new watercolor set. This was fun too!

Soar

Soar

Close up- I love the gold Signo pen too... not just the white one...

Close up- I love the gold Signo pen too… not just the white one…

These are the two I have completed for the Dare (So far!) As always- totally fun to create inspired by MMM and Tracy!!!

On the Table Tuesday

I spent a long time making this post yesterday and scheduled it for today… and it is gone! DANG IT!!

Here is what I have been working on… I am STILL loving painting and doodling with the watercolors! It is a ton of fun and very easy to just go with the flow when working on them. I got a new 24 color set of Grumbacher watercolors… so I played with them a bit this week too! YAY ME! New stuff is fun!!

I have been so blessed to have some flexibility in my schedule these days. This kind of schedule doesn’t happen for me often- so I wanted to be sure I took advantage of this time and did some creating! The other day I had a few hours in between appointments… so I took my time- brought my stuff and my iPad to my favorite local coffee shop. I drew flowers, watched Netflix and totally enjoyed my time!

Art & Me time!

Art & Me time!

This is the piece I started in that coffee shop and finished once I got home that afternoon and evening. I really love the way it came out and I love the Signo pens (Gold and White) for outlining. This is one of my new favorite pieces! I think I need to learn to do these watercolors on canvas or something so I can put them up on the shelf/wall.

Close up

Close up

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

These little guys were fun and quick to create. I wanted to play with the browns and tans that I don’t usually use.

Fun and quick...

Fun and quick…

I started this next one- then after painting just a few scales left it out on the table and didn’t work on it again for a few days. When I was working on it this time- I showed it to my husband- in progress- and he said… “Oh, why are you doing that fish again? You already did one like that in all browns and golds.” I DID? LOL I guess leaving it out on the table allowed him to fill in the colors in his imagination! LOL Thank you sweetie for the idea to add the tan and use gold for the tail and head! FUN! I love the outlining on this too- just gave it a little more dimension. Fun! I didn’t have any words or quotes to add- I didn’t think he needed anything else.

Here Fishy Fishy

Here Fishy Fishy

The other day when I posted- I promised to share the piece I had done that was NOT watercolor. So here it is! I LOVE IT! I painted the background with baby wipes a la Tracy W, and used acrylic paints. I used paint pens for the details. This was a lot of fun too and I think I might hang this one up in the house too!

This was fun to do...

This was fun to do…

 

Close-Up

Close-Up

So- this has been a very fulfilling and artsy month and a half.. and I am loving every minute of it!

What have you been working on?

La-

Just a Little Something…

So I have not been creative lately. Seriously missing the art in my life… but with vacation and other things it has been difficult to fit in. I will make sure I will do it soon.

In the meantime- since I usually post what’s on my table on Tuesdays… I was thinking I could post something I haven’t shown you yet.

Butterfly 1

Butterfly 1

This was one of my first attempts with the gelli plate. I used it on the background… and I LOVE the effect! It makes the background very nice- better than just straight painting it. (This is an 8X10 black canvas. It is also the first time I have used one of those.) After I painted it- I used a glue gun to outline the whole thing- and used silver metallic rub-ons on the glue to accent it.

This was a fun quick and relatively simple canvas. But it was fun to create and try new techniques. between the gelli plate and using the glue gun.. I really love the result. I just need to seal it with decoupage and I think it will make its way to my BFF who really loves butterflies!

Thanks for checking it out. Now to figure out how to fit in some art this week!! 🙂 Have a project that is SOOO waiting to be finished!

La-

What is on YOUR table this week??? Link it back to here in your comment- I’d love to see!

 

On the Table Tuesday…

So since the project on my table right now is… UBER COOL… and I want it to be finished before I show it off… LOL I decided I should FINALLY post the images of the finished On the Table Tuesday from weeks ago! The one that went through so many transformations and took so long!

On my Table April 2, 2013

On my Table April 2, 2013

This is how it started… I covered an 18X24 canvas with blue polka dot tissue paper and started trying to add “stuff” to it. But I was just not feeling it…

In progress...

In progress…

See… it was just not working! (Though I DO love my Sand Hill Crane cut out and need to figure out how I am going to use that someday!)

So I scrapped the whole idea and started again… using the lovely texture that the tissue paper created on the base and going a whole new direction!

How it started... Sort of...

How it started… Sort of…

Now there is something I could work with! (Most of the time I find I am just not a bright colors kind of girl… but that is not to say NEVER! <wink!>)

Middle- starting to take real shape..

Middle- starting to take real shape..

I cut out a heart from musical note paper- that already had a stamped style image on it. I used my awesome Gelli plate to add reds and yellows to it- and decoupaged it onto the canvas. Once that dried I covered the whole heart with clear gel to give it a thick raised feel and additional texture.

Still in Progress

Still in Progress

I added wings to it- by cutting out a paper design and tracing it onto the canvas to make the wings the same on both sides. I covered the wings first  with a layer of gesso, then I used modeling paste mixed both with suede and champagne paint color- allowed to dry then covered them both with Art Anthology Sorbet- Dimensional gel paint- to add sparkle and more texture and then outlined the wings with the Art Anthology Dimensional crystal- Blizzard. Love the way those products added such a nice touch to the overall image! I outlined the heart with split peas to make it distinct.

Then the finishing touches were in order!

Top Border

Top Border

Bottom Border

Bottom Border

I used my glue gun to create swirly accents on the bottom and top of the canvas to add borders. I painted flowers with a red paint/modeling paste mixture- then added the glue gun swirlies. To color them and the split peas I added for even more dimension- I rubbed on some copper metallic rub on. (Almost out of the copper! I need to figure out where I got this stuff and make sure I can get more!)

 

And Voila! FINALLY FINISHED! YAY! (Now to put up those shelfs so I can display my work in the living room!)

photo 2-1

FInished Project

Finished Project

I wish you could see how wonderfully shimmery the wings are with the Art Anthology Sorbet on them- they really just add sooo much to the whole piece!

This took me what felt like forever- but it was so much fun and so worth the effort of each layer and letting it all dry and working on it for so long. It was comforting to have it on the table each time I went there to work- knowing it was taking shape and becoming something.

 

So there it is! Finally here to show those of you who saw it all along and were wondering what had become of it!

Thanks for looking! What is on YOUR table this week?

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-