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Mermaid Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

This fun mermaid mixed media piece is entitled “The Siren”.  In Greek Mythology a siren is One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.  The definition of siren is A woman regarded as seductive and beautiful.  I think we all have a little siren within us ;)

I started with a beautiful fish paper (that I picked up at Stuff Store when we were in Lakefield) that I ripped into strips to try and mimic the idea of waves.

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 I then rubbed some blue paint on with my fingers in sections to make it look like water.  I also added three silvery medallions to the right with a vintage plastic doily.  My go-to stencil.

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 I then rubbed some white paint over the medallions so you could see the texture a little more.  I love using vintage book pages for my bodies.  I then top them with a light pink water colour or rub a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen over it.  For this one I used the Big Brush.

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The crazy ginger hair is an ode to our youngest.  I can also imagine her having a bit of an attitude, haha.  I added touches of white paint with a number stencil and some textured drawer liner.  I love using things I have around the house to create depth.

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For the tail I cut a template out of plain white paper then applied the chevron paper that was cut with a circle punch to create the look of scales.  I then trimmed it to the shape of the tail and applied it with medium.

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I hope someone loves having her as much as I did making her.

Flower Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

As I continue to work on my Goddess series, I thought I would do a post about each of the larger pieces so that when they find a home people can come to check out a little of how each girl was created.  I also help to inspire you a little as well :)

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My Delicate Flower mixed media girl likes to hide behind the beauty of her garden.  For the background, I started with this beautiful tissue like paper I found at Deserres.  (If you have never been, you should really check them out.  They have the most beautiful selection of papers and tons of art supplies.  Lots of projects for the little ones as well.)  I cut the paper up in sections as it is always easier to apply then one huge sheet.

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The flowers were then cut from scraps of paper I had in my stash from a Sizzix Flower Layers Die.  I inked the edges of the petals to further define them, then topped them with a little white pearl.

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Although shy, this girl definitely has some personality with this showy dress and headpiece.  Can’t forget to outline everything with a fluid black pen.

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What is a garden without a butterfly?  It is atop the outline left behind from using one of my go-to vintage plastic doilies that I love using as stencils.

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Some background stamps in black ink here and there and the piece is complete.

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Love her and how quickly she came together.  Maybe I should have had a little more contrast with the background?  What do you think?

Sunday Journal – Butterfly Art Journal Page

Time for Sunday Journal as it has been a while.  This one was dedicated to my girls and I decided to go with a butterfly art journal page.  As it goes with the whole “We give them wings so they can learn to fly”.  Or so we hope :) I started with this background.  I used my favourite plastic doily as a stencil in the bottom right corner with black paint.

I then used my Stampin Up! Medallion Stamp with pink ink and stamped it on vintage book paper.  I cut it out then podged it on.

I then took all of these beautiful sparkly butterflies…

and ran all of the black and white ones up the page, which are supposed to represent the average person or child (no offence to other children out there, haha).  Then chose a brightly coloured one to represent each of my girls because they are the light in our lives.

The pink one was for my little Amelia.  I put the first letter of their names next to each butterfly that represented them.  Ava was the green and Milah was the blue.

I stenciled the word “Daughters” across the back of the little insert.

I had to add a little washi tape in there as well, since I am all about the washi tape lately.

Voila, all done!!  I hope you are getting a little art time in amongst all the holiday chaos!  Christmas eve tomorrow. SO exciting!!

Sunday Journal – Clothesline Mixed Media

Crop & Create

What an action packed great weekend!!!  This might be a long one so you might want to grab a drink or something :).  I was at Crop & Create this weekend.  It was such a treat as events like that never come to Ottawa and I never have such long selfish uninterrupted time to myself to be creative.  We were pretty spoiled with goody bags, prizes all weekend, dessert buffets and even the tables had these beautiful sunflowers on them.

There were free make & takes all weekend long.  A couple were done by Jen from The Scrapbox (who also had a mini store set up in the crop room, dangerous).  Here is a pic of a few of them.  Christmas was definitely in the air with these little goodies.

I took some awesome classes (more on those this week), got a lot done and I had a great group of ladies at my table.  We even had adorable Sonia who came all the way from Washington, can you believe it?  We bonded over our mutual love of owls.  Love her glasses :)

To honour my grandma after she passed and to help with closure I had decided a while back to do a clothesline mixed media series.  She was one of those women who worked hard day and night and one of things I remembered about her is she would always hang her clothes out on the line.  Instead of using her dryer, she would step out on her back deck all year round and hang up her clothes to dry.  She told me she liked the smell.  I decided that was what I was going to work on this weekend in-between classes.  Mission accomplished as I finished all the canvases I had brought.

I will be selling these at the Curious Collective on Sunday October 14th, 2012, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Ottawa, from 11am to 4pm.  Along with others of course.

I used glass bead medium with one of my vintage plastic doilies on some of them.  Check out the awesome texture.  Once it dried, I rubbed a bit of brown paint over it.

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I saved the best for last, my art journal layout.  Which was the original purpose of this post, haha.  As I plan to sell the canvases (part of the letting go), I wanted to keep a little something for myself.  So, I thought the best way to do this was to make a similiar clothesline mixed media piece in my art journal so I would always have it.  Here it is with the tab on the right side which has a picture of her, held on with washi tape.  I started with a teal acrylic paint (my go-to sky colour) let it dry, then covered it with a 12 x 12 stencil over which I sprayed an iridescent mint green.

Here it is with the tab flipped over.  I added a fork, knife and spoon on this side as she was a great cook.  Her apple pie was my favourite and she would always try to make it for me when I would come to town for a visit.

My title is “Mimi” which is what all the grandkids and great grandkids called her.  Of which, she had many.  The letters we received in our goody bags and were from American Crafts.

Another awesome freebie that I added to the page was the darling little bird that was given to all of us from Stephanie over at My Little Bit of Whimsy.  LOVE it!!!

Now all I have left to do is write a little someting about my memories of her and I will have a keepsake forever.

Bridal Shower Canvas

So, last weekend I was asked to teach and prepare a Bridal Shower canvas by a maid of honour.  Since I just happened to also be a bridesmaid in this wedding, I was more than happy to do it.  It also meant I was close to the bride and knew she was a fan of blues and greens.  Which, when you are planning an art piece that is hopefully going to hang in her love nest, is quite helpful.  Since their original wedding theme was going to be love birds, I thought that would be a good place to start.

Here is the background I prepared for everyone.  I drew in pencil a basic outline for everyone to follow.

I then pulled out papers, paints and embroidery floss.

I think it helped the nervous ones that cosmos were being served.

Each person got a piece of the canvas to do with what they pleased (or almost what they pleased, haha).  It was funny cause the bride ended up adding an extra bird to her piece as she somehow missed some of the instructions.  As I always say, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.  In this case, it was entirely appropriate as the bride has a son who is a huge part of their lives.

So off they went.  They all worked hard and lovingly on their individual pieces.

Here I am with the bride.

Here is the piece once the guests were done with it.

I then took it home and added some finishing touches to it to make it a little more cohesive.

I added the word “LOVE” to it since that is what weddings are all about it, isn’t it?

Finally, the two love birds.

What a great way to spend an afternoon!!!

Mixed Media Sunday!!

Hi there, I was the hostess for a Bridal Bunch Brunch today and the entertainment was of course, me, haha!  I decided to have the girls do a painting so I decided it was Mixed Media Sunday instead of Scrappy Sunday.

I had them all bring their favourite shoes.  They were all pretty intrigued, I am sure, and I was very curious to see what they chose.

I started off by taking pictures of the shoes.  While I converted the pictures to black and white and printed them off, I had them look through magazines to cut out words/pictures of things that described how they felt when they wore their shoes or why they were their favourites.

First let me show you the bride to be’s “shoe”.

Pretty adorable.  Which she then turned into this finished piece…

Next, the maid of honour.  These were her “shoes”.

I LOVE these boots, this is what she came up with…

Then, a bridesmaid.  Her favourite shoes, which are very similar to a pair I now own.

So very cool, If I do say so myself.  This is her little gem…

The last bridesmaid I am showing for today.  These were the shoes she chose.

Amazing,   Then this is what she came up with…

I had a great time watching them all through the process and was truly impressed with all of the pieces.  I will be using this class as a sample at the Women In Business Show & Sale on Saturday.  It will be from 10am to 3pm at the Nepean Sportsplex if anyone wants to check it out.  I am pretty excited to see all the other vendors/businesses.

I will finish my piece this week but for now, I am off to get my doily sets up in my Etsy shop as promised.  Good night all!!!

Plastic Doilies as Stencils

I purchased another stash of vintage plastic doilies from e-bay.  I was pretty excited about all the different varieties I received.  A couple were useless for my art as all the portions in between the designs were covered in clear plastic.  I like to use the plastic doilies as stencils and am currently working on a canvas series using them.  I did get enough to make it worth my while so I am pretty excited.

Check out all the detail…

I was kind of excited to see how they would work so I pulled out my art journal, different paints and inks.  This first one had lots of blank space in the design so it would have worked with anything but I tried a spray.

Here is what it looked like once I pulled it up.  Love it!!!

The next one had a bit finer detail and I tried it with a paint dabber.

That didn’t work out so well, haha!

 I stuck with sprays for the finer ones.  Although, it would have worked fine if I had of taken a small brush and paint to it.

I got this really cool, extremely long one that I will be using in my sign but I tried it out here with some paint and my finger.

The last one I tried was to finish a painting I have been working on.  I wanted to add some texture to an urn and used an oval shaped one.

Here is how it turned out.  Not sure yet if I like it as I got a little impatient and didn’t fill it all in entirely.

I am going to share the wealth and put some sets together to sell in my shop.  Last time I put some up they sold in days.  They should be up by the weekend :)

Time For An Art Journal – Part 2

A while back I started making my own art journal so I would have a place to try new techniques.  The first part of making the journal can be found here.  I finally managed to get it finished.  I gathered all of my papers for the inside, which were comprised of vintage book pages, maps and watercolour/mixed media sheets.  The papers were different sizes and I put them in different directions to add some interest.

I punched four holes through the cover with my cropodile to use as a guide.  Then came the pages, a few at a time. I found two thick blue elastics (on my broccoli, good recycling :) and ran one through the top two holes, going from back to front so the loops were at the top.  I did the same for the bottom two holes.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did break one the first time pulling it through.  I got a little over zealous, haha.  I would also recommend running it through a few sheets at a time so they don’t tear.  I then took a cool looking paint brush  and slide it through the loops to hold it all together.  You could use anything though, such as a stick for a more rustic look or an antique utensil for a vintage feel.

 

To finish it off I took out my Ranger Melting Pot

I love encaustic so I wanted to try to get the look without all of the work.  Since this journal is just for me, I thought I would experiment.  So, I melted some soy wax chips and applied it to the surface.  I think I put on about three layers with each layer going in the opposite direction.  I love the cloudy look it gave to the cover and not to mention the texture it added.

But after a day or two, once it had completely dried, it cracked a bit :(

For this purpose, I really don’t mind but if you were working on something special, it would likely be an issue.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts.  I still love the way it turned out, flaws and all.  Nobody is perfect, so neither should our art be.

Collage Challenge – simply White

This week’s challenge over on Collage Obesession is simply WHITE.  Hrm, this was a difficult one for me in that I usually incorporate tons of elements to my pieces to add depth and texture.  I had to step out of my usual comfort zone.  Which is the point of all of this I guess, it is called a challenge right??  So, this is what I came up with…

I cheated a tiny bit as I added a touch of blue to my white for the background so not everything melded into one.

Check out all the lovely texture I created with one of my vintage doilies and some gesso…

Hope everyone is having a good week, half way to the weekend.  WOOO!!!

Time For An Art Journal

I am currently doing this fantastic on-line workshop given by Jeanne Oliver and in doing so I have finally been convinced that it’s time for an art journal.  Thought it might be a good place to practice some new techniques before committing an entire canvas to it.  Also, might be a good place for all of the ideas swimming around in my head.

I have combined a few of her techniques and thrown in some of my own.  This is what I have so far.  You will have to excuse the pictures as I wasn’t at home while I was working on this so I took them with my phone.  First, I cut the covers off an old book with an x-acto knife and modge podged (I am sure that is an official verb by now isn’t it?) some ephemera onto the front cover.  I even put an old map of Manhattan from a travel book.

I looked through some fashion magazines and found an image that appealed to me and took down the colour a bit with silver polish. Watered down white acrylic paint was applied to cover the ephemera.  I then needed to add some texture so I took out modelling paste (which is white) and added some teal ink to it and used one of my plastic doilies as a stencil to apply it.  I also took the end of a toilet paper roll and dipped it into the excess to make the circles on the upper left side.

I put colour back in by painting over the girl.  More texture was added with stamps, rub-ons and the felt butterfly.

I shall keep you posted on my progress.  I have some interesting ideas on how to bind it all together.  TO BE CONTINUED…

**UPDATE** See the completed journal here.