Friday, May 14, 2010

Angels and insects

My creative juices are really flowing this week as I decided to return to playing with paint, paper, and fabric. I created the above canvas for Gecko Galz - the canvas was gessoed and then painted with ivory acrylic paint, then some gel medium, and then bronze acrylic paint. I took a cloth and wiped some of the bronze away. Then I used a Gecko Galz stamp to add some texture. The ephemera are all Gecko Galz as are the vintage buttons (so love them!!!!). I added a feather wing (cut from a Christmas ornament that I bought after Christmas, some alphas, and drawn legs. Then I covered some heavy chipboard with a piece of Gecko Galz Scents to Remember paper and adhered the smaller piece onto it. BTW, I won the Gecko Galz Mother's Day contest with my Mother's Day album - they are going to send me a goodie box filled with Ranger goodies - I am so excited!!!!!!
I created a fabric and lace brooch yesterday afternoon - I tore strips of cotton fabric and sewed them in a circle motion onto a piece of felt - then I hand-dyed the whole thing in some coffee. then I added the lace and the vintage cuff link. Do you think brooches or other jewelry pieces like this would sell on etsy? I have seen a few things similar but wasn't sure if they would sell.
And now for a few sneak peeks of some other things happening in my studio - above you saw the Angels, now a peek at the insects (beeswax to be precise)
and a new knitting project to begin (Jane Thornley's blade scarf) - if you like to knit, you should check out her website or her forums on Ravelry (don't tell me you aren't a member of Ravelry?!)
the top yarn is Blue Heron rayon metallic in the color of Leaf and the 2 other skeins are Knit One Crochet Too Tartelette - just love these yarns!!!!!

Hope you can join us at the ScrapGal crop tonight or at least drop by and say hi on the Chat. I have a challenge for both tonight and tomorrow night.

I will be back tomorrow as it's a big day! The new challenge for These are a few of my favorite things will be up, the new challenge for Candy Shoppe Designs will be up, and the new challenge for The Sampler Kit at Scrapbookingsuppliesrus will be up - I am exhausted just thinking about how many layouts I have created lately - but it's all good!

And, to save the best for last, I got a phone call from Julie T-W, my boss at TAAFOMFT, this morning. What a lovely and fantastic surprise - it is so cool to put a voice with her photos and fun ramblings! I've had a super day!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading


EverydayMe said...

that layout is amazing... and the brouche... wow... I love it... your work is so inspiring... I need to get back to 'art'... I've been missing it sooooo much... can't wait to see what your sneak peek will reveal... looks fabulous!!!

Happy Friday!!!
{{hugs}} Michelle

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!! Be still my ANGEL HEART!!! This is AMAZING CHRIS!! WOW WOW WOW!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all those angels and that brooch!! And I sooooooooooooooooo LOVED talking to U this MORNING!!!! U ROCK! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

deana said...

Those fabric brooches are beautiful... for jewelry & for scrapbooking! I think they would do well!

LOVE the canvas, too! LOVING all the buttons!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Gorgeous work Chris! Truly inspiring as usual! I have selected you for a Sunshine Award. You can visit my blog for more details! Thanks for being so fabulous!

Cynthia said...

The brooch is beyond beautiful Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the angels lay-out is amazing:) I have been craving to do some collage lately and getting my hands all dirty:) I might do some projects in Marits class real art form:) thanks for the inspo Chris!!!

ShoppingTamii said...

LOVE! so beautiful!

Sabr said...

wow love your canvas - the button angel is adorable! And I think those brooches would def sell on etsy - they are a common thing, but the vintage touches you add really make em unique and special. good luck!

{ kelly jo } said...

WOW- the brooch is so beautiful. I agree with the others- you should be selling these. You would do well!

Thanks for playing with us over at Paper Issues!

mojodawn said...

WOW Chris! I was awed when your page opened and that project popped up. I absolutely gushed with adoration! I am in love with feathers myself, they add such a dreamy, ethereal feel.
Gorgeous brooches too. WANT! :)