Sunday, September 6, 2009

Painting and altering

I have had a really incredible week this past one - first, being named to the Harlee-Quinnz design team; second, being selected for the SIS Catwalk for my layout Cherry Garcia; and third, winning the Lotuspaperie contest. I am feeling very inspired lately and I know that a big part of it is being part of the TAAFOMFT design team - just seeing their creations and chatting with all of them through email is really energizing me. On Friday I went for an eye exam and was told I didn't need new reading glasses - Yay! I have had this pair since 1997!!!!! The Rx sunglasses literally fell apart last year and I glued them with hot glue but then they fell apart again so now I found some little clip-on ones to wear. (I am really cheap!!!!) Yesterday I went to get my pineapple painting mounted and framed as I was invited to show it in a gallery show. Yay! I couldn't believe how expensive mounting and framing is - I am going to get a book from the library on the subject and figure out how I can do most of it myself in the future. Then yesterday I decided to work on some challenges -

for Scrap Mojo (what's in a name) and Point Blank (bright color slapped with blue, ribbons or buttons, bling 8 1/2 x 11 - Become new you.) This project and the one below are the ultimate in recycling. Sometime a year or so ago I saw a cool project on Keisha Campbell's blog where she covered a canvas with ribbons and then attached photos on top. I used a piece of heavy chipboard, added ribbons, and used colored clips to attach photos of my succulent garden. Anyway, yesterday I ripped off all the ribbons and reattached them with Mod Podge to a blank clipboard. Then I painted with acrylics on the chipboard - after the paint dried, I added some torn pages from an address book, a couple of photos with paper clips, cut out a bird from an old card and added a bling eye, distressed some old Heidi Swapp chipboard alphas, added a button and bling for an "O", and finally did some stamping and rub ons. I put down all the name changes that I have gone through - growing up in the southern US, I had to have a special family nickname - Dolly for the story about the tin soldier and the sugar dolly (my favorite), then Mary Chris in grade school because there were 6 girls named Mary in my class, Mary in high school (so boring!), Christina in my working life - had to sound more sophisticated LOL!, and now Chris - totally relaxed, no preconceived ideas. And there you have it!
Here is the Altered clipboard for Candy Shopped Designs. As I said I Mod Podged all the ribbons on to secure them and to create a hard surface. Then I added the flower and epoxy sticker, and some tied ribbons on the clip part. I put a nail in the wall by my design board to be sure I use this clipboard for keeping notes.
I am almost finished with a layout for the Striptease challenge on Candy Shoppe Designs and I received a very very cool present on Friday that I am going to photograph and show you this week. As I said, I had a great week!!!!!
We are having boiled shrimp and a huge salad for dinner tonight with peaches for dessert, and tomorrow for the holiday, barbequed ribs - YUM! Lately all I do is think about food. LOL! I will be glad when the TAAFOMFT What is your favorite food challenge is over - that reminds me, have you done your layout yet???????
Have a great holiday!!!!!!
thanks for reading and ttfn


Jeanet said...

Wow..Chris,this is your LO for PBP..all that paint and your names and I love the X's!Beautiful!Oooh nd that clipboard is so very beautiful!Love it!
You are really on a roll!!

twistedsoda said...

wow, sis catwalk, another design team, that rockin Xpress LO and that wicked cool altered clipboard. I would say you are far beyond just a roll! (hearts)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OK.......wait JUST one minute....we aren't EVEN talking about FAVE THINGS challenge this time...and U gotta make me hungry AGAIN by telling me about your yummy dinner!?!?!?!?!?!?! LOL!!!! I soooooooooooooooo need to join U for dinner one night...U always have YUMMY FOOD!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the LO and I love love love love love what U did with that clipboard!!!! I bought a clipboard a few months ago....with ALL intentions to alter it so I can use it to keep all my DT stuff organized ....but alas....the clipboard is still sitting on the shelf mocking me! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Marit said...

Hi Chris, I like that name the most from all the others you were called... I agree - so relaxed! You made a wonderful LO with it! Love how you explain everything you did! (PS, can you believe the "word verification" I have to type is SUPPER...???!!!)

deana said...

That "express yourself" LO is amazing! I feel so boring now, to have had the same name my whole life! Talk about constantly reiventing yourself... I ♥ that!

So excited for you with your new DT & that you had such an amazing week... you SO DERSERVE good things in life! :-)

Hugs ♥...

jacque4u2c said...

WOW GIRL!!! This is just so wonderful!!!! I can see how you felt inspired you really gave me a lift too! Just stunning! Congrats!!!!

Amber said...


First off, your l.o. is really wonderful.

Second, I wanted to 'Thank you' for your response on my blog.
I wanted to answer your question back "is it acrylic or watercolor?"
All my paintings are done in acrylic. I love acrylic paint.
I love the control I have with acrylic. I would like to use oils, but I don't have the patience for it to dry. ha! I would love to paint with watercolor but I am honestly horrible. I have a lot of respect for you.. Your watercolor paintings are amazing. I love how your pineapple turned out.. I hope you don't mind me returning a response to you blog.. I am new to all this blogging and wanted to make sure I answered you.. It means a lot to me to hear the opinion of another artist.

Thank you again

Sandy said...

Congrats on all the great news! I really love your altered clipboard---especially how you did the flower and sticker on the clip! :)

Good luck and thanks for playing along!

Raspberry Dazzle (C.S.D)

Jen said...

Love your clipboard! It's so beautiful!!!

elina said...

wow!!! your clipboard is amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Whoa, awesome clipboard!

Simona said...

Hey, so cool, love it!
Simona - Scrapmojo

LisaL79 said...

what a beautiful job of the got mojo challenge Chris.... also i LOVE what you have done with that clipboard!

sarah said...

you are sooooo on a roll!!!! congrats on EVERYTHING!! and great take on those challenges. i've got my fingers crossed for you on those challenges..

and i agree being on TAAFOMT has definitely boosted my mojo.


Marie said...

Wow congrats on all the great stuff! I am lovin all ur paint on that page and the colors! Wonderful job! Thanks so much for playing along with us.


Candy Shoppe Designs said...

I love your use of ribbons. So colorful and bright!

Jen Matott (SweetTart) said...

You are on a roll girl!!! LOVE that layout and the clipboard is so sweet with all the ribbons! Great idea!

Jen (SweetTart)

Melissa said...

beautiful mojo layout!!! THanks SO much for playing along!!

Melissa - ScrapMojo

Crystal said...

wow very cool