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20 December 2008 @ 09:11 am
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11 October 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Oh my gosh, I've been tagged!  This has taken me by surprise, I never knew there was such a thing.  I was tagged by Jennifer of Trial and Error.  She is a long time "crafty/artsy" gal and her blog is mostly mixed media.  She is a talented and entertaining artist so check out her blog.

The "Rules" for being tagged:

    * link to the person who tagged you

    * list 6 random things about yourself

    * tag 6 new people

    * let each tagged person know by posting a comment on their blog

    * link to the 6 people you've tagged

    * and let the person who tagged you know that you posted

Here are my six random facts!  No laughing!

1. I was Treasurer of my Senior class in high school and I never saw a penny.

2. I dream in vivid color.  I love to dream and hate waking up.

3. I've jumped out of an airplane...with a parachute.  I'd do it again if I had the $$ to spare!

4. I was in the National Enquirer back in the early 70's for finding a wedding ring that belonged to my best friend's mother (10 yrs after it was lost)...it was embedded in the street and was bent in the shape of a footprint.

5. I can talk about poop, urine, blood and guts while eating without missing a bite.

6. I started painting when I was 14 with oils.  I was quickly known as "The Outhouse Kid".  One of my favorite subjects to paint!

I'm tagging these 6 people, in no particular order:

    * ANg - Where life and art meet

    * Dana Driscoll of Artistic Journeys: Whimsical

    * Anke of The Artist in Me...

    * Tracy of PurpleRealm

    * Burgundybelle - an artist I met here at livejournal - awesome art!

    *Greer better known as: Eggstudio

I hope you all enjoy their blogs as much as I do!

27 September 2008 @ 09:00 pm
Really, I'm not addicted to Mermaids...I just happened to be in an ATC swap at ATCsforALL.com and I wanted to get them done this weekend.  I used what I have learned in the suziblu class, just not as many layers.  I can't decide if it was because they are so small or if I was too chicken to add all those layers.  I like them as they are so I was afraid to go any further.  I guess they are done when I say they're done!  :)  These were made on very thin basswood.  The outlines are burned into the wood.  I used color pencils, acrylics, oil pastels, glitter glaze, stamps, gems and coated them in beeswax.  I really enjoyed doing these today.  It was a nice distraction from my constant sinus headache.  Fall weather is great...I hate the ragweed...ugh.

The Imagine one is my favorite.  You can't tell but the teal blue is very shimmery.  I used a paint by Stewart Gill called Alcamey.  Awesome stuff!


My poor sassy mermaid looks angry.  I burned in a wisp of hair and it really gave her a different expression.  C'est la vie!  Live and learn.


26 September 2008 @ 05:13 pm
I finally finished my girl and named it "Heart of Mine".  It isn't perfect, but it is mine and I'm thrilled that I finished my first "real" layered piece.  I have a long ways to go to feel comfortable with layering but I have taken the first steps and I hope to conquer that beast before long.  I typically like to work on organized art, carefully planned out, safe and contained.  This class on layering is NONE of that!  LOL  I feel like a kid again, just slapping paint on the board and haphazardly ripping and gluing items down.  Yikes!  I'm outta control....and it feels GOOD!  And I haven't even mentioned how fun the mixed media aspect of the process is for me.  On this piece alone I have used: color pencils, watercolor pencils, water-soluble oil pastels, acrylic paints, glaze, texture medium, inks, tiny beads, stencil paint, tissue paper, wood, beeswax, acrylic accent, glitter, gold leaf, mica powder....and I'm sure I'm forgetting something!  And now that I see the image here it is way too blurry.  I'll have to try to get a better picture and replace this one.

The second piece I completed was a mermaid.  I didn't plan her location very well so she sits (swims?) too far to the left.  I don't care, I still like her and if need be I can shave off the side....the beauty of working on wood!   First is a close up of her face so you can see the acrylic accent (kind of like diamond glaze) on her eyes.  It gives them a more 3D look and I really like how it makes them shine.

And here she is in full (sorry about the glare):

07 September 2008 @ 07:26 pm
I started my larger picture for Les Petite Doll workshop.  I am waiting for the next video on layering before I continue on this one any further.  I still haven't done any more to the ATCs from last time.  I should work on those while this one dries between layers.  I don't know yet where I am going with this one.  I hope it comes to me soon....LOL  Until next time...

01 September 2008 @ 07:31 pm

I signed up for an online mixed media art class with Suzi Blu.  I am hoping I will be able to learn how to layer which is a big weakness of mine.  I have a hard time understanding the concept of covering up what I just made with another layer.  The class moves slowly and will build up on the process.  First step is to learn how to make the faces of these pretty little girls.  I have been practicing on ATC sized basswood.  I drew the images, burned the outlines, used color pencil, watercolor pencil and lastly I have painted over with acrylic paint and a satin acrylic glazing medium.  All that and all I have done is the hair and faces!  LOL  I'm not really done with them either, I have to go back over the faces for more shading.  I am enjoying the class and I'll post my progress as I go.  Here are the 3 ATC's I have started in the class:

02 August 2008 @ 06:12 pm

This has been a busy summer and I can't quite seem to get into the grove.  I thought I better update before folks think I have dropped off the planet.  Here are a couple ATCs I did for a watercolor swap that I had to drop out of.  I wasn't able to hit the deadline that was the first of August.   The scan for the lighthouse isn't so great.  The colors don't look right.  Of course, I could use that excuse for any creation that is not to my liking....LOL  I'll try not to be gone so long this time.  I do have some ideas in the works, I just need to get them executed.  Time, I just need more time...

09 June 2008 @ 07:43 pm

Donna, over at atcsforall.com, was instrumental in figuring out the woven paper art.  I wove the shapes from her instructions and added some copper wire, turquoise bead and ovalite beads to complete the pins.

The next one has a stamp that I applied after the woven rectangle was finished:

I had been feeling pretty museless lately but things are starting to turn around.  I went on an "art retreat" with my DFW ATC group last weekend and it really helped me get moving again.  I had such a good time!  There were 8 of us and each one had their own way of working their talent into some fabulous works of art.  We laughed, we created, we ate, and we created some more!  No time for resting, in fact, on Sunday we created for 20 hours!  It was so nice not hearing "Are you going to do that all night?"  "Are you going to spend any time with me?"  LOL  I have pics of the event and I'll post them next time.  We are already planning our next sleepover in January 2009.  I hope I can wait that long...

18 May 2008 @ 07:01 pm
I need to get caught up on my swaps and this weekend I got a few tied up.  Here is one of my ATC Art Dolls.  She is quite a character...  She is very modest as you can see.  I didn't pose her, she just flopped her hands there when I scanned her.  LOL  The legs and head pivot around to fold up on the card.

This one is just one I did while playing around with my new set of Twinkling H2Os.  I hate to think that I have found a new addiction.  I fear I will decide I need to collect ALL of the colors...OIY!  The paint is very twinkly and the gold looks just like my Krylon gold paint pen.  I used the Krylon pen on the outer border.

Now, just a few more to catch up on....

11 May 2008 @ 03:48 pm

A break from art to honor and thank my wonderfully creative mother for encouraging me since I was a youth.  Here is a picture of her (in the middle) with my siblings and I (I am the one to her right).  The second picture is how she sees us to this day....LOL

I LOVE YOU MOM!  Happy Mother's Day!