"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

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?  Hmmm...as 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.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Laugh Out Loud"....don't you wish we do this more often?

At Tuesday Throwdown this week,
the challenge was
to create a card
without using printed papers.
I was only too delighted to work with my new
Canson mixed media tablet again!
Since I had not yet put away the products I had used
on a previous project ( I know, I know shame
on me for not tidying up immediately
after a project), this card came
together rather quickly.
Hmm..makes me think I should always
leave my work area a little messy.
Oh how I love the freedom of starting
from a blank piece of paper and wondering
where it will take me.
This journey took me to a place of
sweet pansies.
I use to collect them in all forms
and was lucky to find several
vintage post cards from the early 1900's from
a vintage shop years ago before
things like that became in demand and costly too.

Need some inspiration?
Visit Tuesday Throwdown here to checkout this weeks challenge
and every week
and see what they
have to offer to perk your creativity.
Thanks for visiting....

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fiber, Stencil and some Bling

has this lovely
mixed media sketch for their sketch challenge.
You can find the information for the sketch challenge here. 

Trying something new on
my new 
 Canson's 9 x 12
Mixed Media tablet.
I'm enjoying adding 
fibers instead of printed papers
to my recent projects, and there
are so many colors, and variety
of fibers out there in our 
fabric stores to choose from.

In this weeks mail, 
I received 
the wonderful gift of the
Kaisercraft "Arty" stamp
from my arty scrapping Muse.
This inspired me to 
create this page. I adore how the
texture stamp fills in the small spaces with
texture and interest. I'm already
thinking of other ways to use this stamp. 
Loving that Two Crafty Leaf chippy too. The surface
is the perfect size to add some crackle paste.

Close up of the wonderful fiber.
I wish I had some in every 
color of the 
Until next time.....


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of White

A fellow scrapping artists named
my recent posts
created with white backgrounds
and various colors as
"Fifty Shades of White."
I chuckled at that comment, and
found it endearing.
Here's another rendition of Fifty Shades of White
using inks, chalks and a stencil to
work in a subtle background.

A close up of a Blue Fern Studios bird chipboard treated with white crackle and a small script stamp.

A close up of the very small cluster work.
Thanks for dropping by. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

As I was organizing my stash of stamps,
I came across a little stash of odds and ends and
snips of fabric with metallic embroidery, beads and sequins.
The snips are small but are very inspiring.

Above is a close up of the inspiring fabric.

Oh, don't I wish a had a larger piece of the ornate fabric.
The above sketch from Scrap Club was the basis of my composition.  The sketch
challenge ended on May 19th.  Too late to enter this page, but never too late
to post on my blog.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Heaven Sent

The trilogy is complete with this last photo.
I love the control you get when using inks and a sponge applicator
over a stencil.  A layout can be completed quickly with just
some stamping and stencil work.

I used my new Fiskar feather punch to create the sweet little feathers above. I wanted something light and lacy to insert under the photo and achieved that with some velum paper, a flower punch, and some silver colored Liquid Pearls to trace around the shape of the petals.
I finally used my LaBlanche scissor stamp!  Here you can see it under the flowers on top of the stencil work placed on the photo. I adore the ornate portion of the scissors, and hope to use it in a different way on a future project.
All chipboard is from Blue Fern Studios.
Thank you for looking.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Second in a Trilogy -- "Even Angels Have Bad Hair Days"

You betcha!
Organizing those stamps really put me in the mood
to create again.

The stamping rendered a digi-like appearance.

Used the material from a cereal box to create the angel wing and then added
some tissue paper and glued it down to create texture and dimension.

I have more photo taken on the same day of this little Angel to create
a trilogy for this subject matter.....just hope the inspiration stays with me
to get the third one finished.
Thanks for visiting.

Angel on Duty

A creative slump
inspired me to
organize my collection of  stamps
which lead me
to create
Angel on Duty.

An old favorite Stampington Button & Lace Stamp
adds an interesting texture with some threaded details.

I had forgotten just how versatile this stamp is
and it's so exquisite too.
Here's a picture of the wood stamp and the item number is S7113, Buttons & Lace, in
case you'd like one of your own.

Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, April 11, 2015

And the work contines on the Women of Substance Art Journal....

For my new friends and followers that are not familiar with my first art journal journey, I decided to journal and tell the stories of the women in my family with some old vintage photos to share with my niece and future women in the family.  I refer to this art journal book as, “Women of Substance.”

Today, I have two more entries to share with you.  I’m so giddy about the near completion of this project because I’m eagerly looking forward to starting another book.  I can’t tell you the number of times that I have wanted to start other books during this process because of all the subject ideas I have in my head.

The “J” page was created with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powders of Angel Wings and Bronze applied with a petite branch and leaf stamp. The same colors were applied on the Blue Fern Studios perfume bottle chipboard. I once saw these colors incorporated in a luxurious printed floral fabric that I have kicked myself over for not purchasing years ago.  Those colors have stayed in my head and now I can release them. Lots of fussy cutting used on some Prima papers.  These last two pages in the book are more of a “flat” style because it’s becoming more difficult to close the book covers. This is something I will try and perfect on the next book.


The “Poppy” page:  A poppy printed napkin was printed on ink jet paper.  The matte gel worked really well in applying the paper to the page, and it also helped seal the colors to prevent them from bleeding too much.  A welcomed result. 

One more page to go, and then I will work on the cover of the book and be done!

It thrills me to know that a number of you have started your art journals too.  I  would like to stop by your blog to see what you have been doing, so let me know where I can find you in the comment section below.
Thank you for visiting.