Saturday, July 23, 2016

Smile - More than words challenge

really was difficult for me -
to use their sketch (easy as it's a great sketch)

but having the word "smile" on the page 
took a lot of thought
I really was drawn to this photo of my son
at age 1 1/2 
we were at a holiday party and he was not sure he wanted to be there
who in the world was the big man
with the white beard and red suit?
I thought about how to meld that photo with "smile"
and after a long thought.....
it just came together
some vintage Bo Bunny paper and lots of varied embellishments
old Prima lace, some wired twine, some paint,
some buttons, some truly vintage ribbon (at the right bottom),
some buttons, a deconstructed flower, a ruler,
and various other items that just seemed to belong.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend
in this hot hot summer
and thank you all so much for the lovely comments

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hope -the thing with feathers

One of my favorite poems is Emily Dickinson's 
"hope - the thing with feathers"
and when I saw the Relics & Artifacts All Things Wings challenge
I knew that I wanted to build on that idea
I had found a little doll at a thrift store and
taken her apart
I made a paper mache heart for her body and added the Relics
&Artifacts heart
I added the head and appendages
but she was so heavy I was forced to adhere her to a canvas
lots of gesso - both white and gold
some acrylic paints
and other stuff for texture
I hot glued the words to wire from her hands
as I wanted them to float like feathers
What a joy this was
Hope you like it

Monday, July 18, 2016

Crafty with Kraft

And so it goes
more challenges
this time getting crafty with Kraft paper
the first layout is for the Kraftplus challenge blog
Kraft paper, sheet music, pastel pink,
feathers, heart
I used my trusty soffit as a stencil with modeling paste
and then added Claudine Hellmuth pink acrylic paint
vintage 7gypsies sheet music paper
Petaloo and Maya Road flowers
feathers and buttons

The 2nd layout is for the July
In this corner challenge
the bird is actually on the background paper
I cut around it and inserted my photo etc.
More pink (definitely in a pink mood right now)
ribbon, buttons, and a handmade
flower made from crepe paper and a fabric yo yo
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shrine to the Goddess Indigo - for Finnabair Inspired by Denim challenge

A Shrine for the Goddess Indigo
goddess of the warp and the weave
of the living and the dyeing
protector of blue jean babies and L A ladies

I had so much fun (and anguish) creating this little shrine
I was inspired by Finnabair's challenge
Inspired by denim
It's hard to see but the background is a piece of denim cloth
that I stamped with a Finnabair stamp
and then painted with rust paste and acrylic paint
I added lots of metal including 
a Finnabair mechanical heart
and layered on the top 
one of my favorite treasures
"The Face" by Diana Briegleb
lots of gel medium
and then beads
the frame is actually 2 small frames
that were given to me - no glass - just the frame
I hot glued them together
sanded them and added daubs of 
rust paste and acrylic paint
Hope you like it