Friday, January 1, 2016

Exquisite Gown Series Continues...

Hello Friends!
  Here today to share the next gown with you. This photo came to me via Kathy Mosher, a Facebook Friend, and I was delighted to add it to the Exquisite Gown Series. Thank you Kathy for the inspiration!


The sketch from Thirst For Creativity helped make the page come alive. I used the jewel feature on the far right on the sketch attached to the circle element to add the detailed miniature clothes hanger that holds a tule and embroidered gown wrap which also helps form the horizontal element on the sketch. It's a pretty little feature, I think.

I don't have a small brick stencil so I used a Prima small brick stamp on top of a layer of light molding paste which was first applied on the paper. When you try this technique, make sure you allow the molding paste to set just a little bit before you apply your stamped image.  Otherwise, you may end up with a chunky application and lose your image.

This is a simple looking layout, and yet there are some very small elegant details in the photo that I tried to replicate to add some drama.

Here's the Thirst For Creativity Sketch #33 and you still have time to play the challenge. 

Thank you for dropping by and letting me share this gown with you too.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Enchanting Lilac Gown to add to the Exquisite Gown Series

I don't often get long periods of time to create, and when they do come around, it's such a treat to 
pull out a piece of mixed media paper and start filling up my tray of  paints, stamps, ribbons, laces and whatever inspires me at the moment.  Here's a lovely gown with beautiful textures on the coat and skirt. The photo looked so shabby elegant and inspired me to add her to the Exquisite Gown Series.  By the way. How many items is considered a collection or series?  Is three enough? long as I'm feeling the inspiration, I'll make a few more. ;)

Before I start to work, I gather all my supplies on a tray and then I work out some techniques, stamps, and tests colors.  My intent was to choose the best of what was on the sample page, and then start again on a new piece of paper. In this case, I used my sample page as my background.You can see all the juxtapositions of textures, patterns, stamping and colors. Looks busy, but kind of interesting. 

Thanks for looking. I hope you come back to visit the next gown.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Exquisite Gown for Thirst for Creativity Sketch Challenge

 Another exquisite gown to add to the series.
The sketch from Thirst for Creativity
was the perfect showcase for this peachy gorgeous
and elegant gown to add to the Exquisite Gown Collection. 
So, off I went digging
through collected treasures to work
with this piece and decided that the perfect
element would be a piece of chipboard.
Here I have tried to mirror the texture on the right
hand side of the exquisite gown.  

The texture on the chipboard was created by
adding a small intricate lace image
on top of colors of the dress and
then heat set with a white embossing powder.
Some more close ups.

This piece of art was created on a 9 x 12 mixed media paper from Canson.
Thirst for Creativity Sketch No. 32 is currently ongoing until December 5, 2015.  You can find the challenge here.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope I have inspired you to create a series of your own.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Exquisite Gown Series (one of many I hope) inspired by Scrap Around the World Challenge

You know when you have that one photo that you have used before on a creation but didn't quite like the end result? This is that photo for me.  So, here's my chance to make it right...well, maybe. ;) Isn't that dress lovely? I adore this color combination of blue, blue gray, and white featured in this months inspiration board at Scrap Around the World. My take on the board focuses on the photo of those little tiny blue gray houses sitting on what looks to be a gray textured and pattern quilt. The warm glow emanating from the windows add a touch of warmth to this chilly cool palette.

My creation was created on a 9 x 12 paper from a mixed media Canson tablet.

I don't normally create with a photo that is not family related, but when I saw this palette, I had to work with that photo. The luxurious and exquisite fabric so rich and ornate prompted me to think about creating a collection of similar photos with these types of gowns. I haven't felt this inspired to create in ages (thank you Tiphanie from Scrap Around The World for igniting my creative muse again.) I started another Exquisite Gown page just after finishing this one.

I am entering this page in the Scrap Around the World challenge.
 Scrap Around the World Inspiration Board:

Thank you for dropping by...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumnal Face

No spring, nor summer beauty
has such grace
as I have seen in one
Fall is here!
And, now as it was
when I was a child, if I
find a little cluster of crunchy
fall leaves in my walking path,
my heart beats a little
faster, I pick up the walking pace
and stomp my feet on
the cluster of leaves just
to hear that sound.

Scrapki Wyzwaniowo has a wonderful fall challenge us us! Check their blog out, and you will
find an abundance of rich, colorful, and innovative art projects to stir your mojo and get to
creating something for the season.

The small leaves were created with a
Sizziz die-cut, and a leaf punch, with lots
of applications of shimmering H2O's.

I took this photo of my 10 year-old niece
during a fall day a number of years ago.  She
is my autumnal face. :)


Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Family Treasure

Every family has
a family treasure.
This little one is ours.

I wasn't really sure
where this idea of
using dusty pink and gray colors
was going to take me as
I lay down the
first foundation
of stencil and stamp work.
And, because of that uncertainty, 
it came to mind
that I was either going to 
love it or hate it, there 
was not going to be a middle ground for me.
Turns out fortunately for me,
that I love it. 

I have a hoard of old paper lines that I have not used and the Prima Rondell collection was one of them.  I was pleased that the papers and patterns were going to help me layer patterns and colors, and to tame down that garish pink stencil work that looked so striking alone next to the white paper.

Some close up of the cluster work. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I can't drive by a beach and not get out and get my feet wet....

A photo to remind me that I was once young and carefree.
To this day, I cannot drive by a beach and
not get out and get
my feet wet.
Still enjoying working with
 my Canson Mixed Media Tablet.
Organized all my brads, pearls and embellies
this weekend. Loving the feeling and
inspiration of organizing my supplies which
then inspire me to create with them.

Below is a close up of some stencil and stamping to help create some interest around the photo.
The papers are Prima's Cigar Rose Secrets.
Below is a little happy accident when I dropped some aqua mist over a red drop. Love it when that happens!

A close up of the sewn beads around a sweet little cluster:

Thank you for stopping by.