Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Than Words - August Mini Challenge, and the word, "Best"

Hi everyone!

Before putting away all my scraps and supplies from my Friends art journal project, I used the scraps to create this tag for the August Mini Challenge at More Than Words. This months word is, "Best" and you have until the end of the month of August to post your mini project on Facebook at More Than Words to win a prize.

The foundation of the tag was created with a piece of Blue Fern Studios scrapbooking paper because it holds up to the many layers of mixed media work. Some book pages were then adhered to the paper and gesso was applied on top of the book paper lightly so some of the print shows through.  A light application of stamping, paint drops and small embellies were added to finish up the tag.

You can find the Challenge information here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Scented Pages - Cobalt

Remember those scented pages from catalogs and magazines?  They would tell a story about the fragrance in the most poetic prose, and they would include a little section on the page that would say something like, “Rub wrist here,” and it would release the fragrance.   I used to collect such pages and every day on my way out of the front door, I’d grab one and rub it on my wrists.
Some fragrances were so good, I’d buy them, and others…not so fragrant.

I kept a few of the pages and while I was tossing some away, I got the idea to preserve their fragrance and their story in an art journal.
Here’s my first Scented Page, entitled “Cobalt.” 

I’m really inspired to create more and hope at the end of this creative journey, my art journal book will be scented as well.

The prose on this particular scented page from a catalog read the following:

Late on a steamy afternoon
at the Grand Bazaar,
inside a bin of silk remnants,
she discovered a dusty glass bottle
with a stunning cobalt stopper. 
Without hesitation,
she uncorked the bottle.
The air filled instantly with spice
and sensuality, romance and mystery….


See you next time dear friends.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

EnVe Art = envelopes and art

A portmanteau is a combination of two words. Like "Bradgelina," or "Kimye."
EnVe Art is derived from the words, "envelope" and "art."

The challenge was to create on any color or size envelope of your choice,
and using a photo or idea from the Pre-Raphaelite period.

I chose Lady Lilith by Rossetti.

Here is a goldenrod colored 5.5 by 7.5 inch envelope.
Black gesso was slathered on the envelope, but just to enough
so that the goldenrod color would not disappear.
The photo was printed on computer paper and adhered to the envelope.
I extended Lady Lilith's gown using artist tissue paper and
added some depth using a watercolor pencil.
Some stamping was added to the photo and on the black
gesso so that it would look melded together.

This challenge was to create with Marie Antoinette.
The same size goldenrod colored envelope was covered with white gesso.

Actually, creating on envelopes is quite fun, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next challenge.

Thank you for stopping by, and let me know where I can find your Enve Art for inspiration.

More Than Words - August Challenge: The word, "Friends", and the creative challenge, "Circles"

Reuniting with friends some time ago,
reminded me of how happy and unencumbered we were in our 20’s. 
We traveled together, supported each other,
and could depend on one another. 
 My circle elements are in the shape of the photos
 and a design element on my art journal page.

Come on over to More Than Words
to find out how you
can win a fabulous prize
and share your work
with us.
See you there!



Friday, July 22, 2016

Mini Challenge at More Than Words this week- Use the word, "Fun" on a Card, Tag, or ATC

Hi all,
Before you clean up after you created some art this week,
how about using some of those leftover scraps on a card, tag or ATC
and submit it under the Mini Challenge at More Than Words (“MTW”).

Show us how you interpret the word “Fun” on a card, tag, or ATC.  
The prizes are awesome, the MTW people are Fun, and we’re waiting for you to join us too.  
The challenge runs through the end of this month,
and it is a Facebook challenge only so you must be a follower of MTW to enter.
  You can find the rules in more detail here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

More than Words - July Challenge: "Smile" and a "Sketch"

Hello everyone!
I'm excited to tell you that I'm on the More Than Words Design Team.
July, at More than Words,  challenges us with the word, "Smile" and an inspiring "Sketch."

With the new release of, “Alice through the Looking Glass,”
I can’t help but think of the Cheshire Cat.

When I was a kid,
his goofy smile would evoke a smile from me.
In the future, when I turn the pages in my art journal and find
this page, I’m sure he will make me smile then too.

July Challenge is here.

Have you thought of using fingernail charms in your art?  They're the perfect size for art journals, tags, and ATC work.  The fingernail charm chain was just the right size to add on the white rabbit's stop watch.

I'm breaking in my new art journal book with this challenge and the well-designed sketch. Some subtle stamping and diamond stencil work help me create a quasi-like Alice in Wonderland theme page in my style. 

Come on get your "Smile" on and join us this month at More Than Words.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another Gown to Share with You.

I'm adding another gown to the series.
 Oh how I wish I was in my early 20's, I'd certainly want this hanging on my laundry line.
 Isn't her bodice a beauty? 
Some Blue Fern Studios Chipboard added some of the crocheted lacy look to the art piece. 
I used the Prima, Finnabair stamps to press on top of a light application 
of molding paste to capture some of the distressed wall behind the gown. 

Some close-ups for your viewing pleasure:

Thank you for stopping by and sharing my new gown creation.