Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Art Life


I'll openly admit...I like to work fast...
and when I dont,when I get stuck,
I want to throw something against the wall 
and eat a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream!

I suppose I feel this way because Art,
is the one thing in my life that I now feel(because it wasn't always like this)
completely confident about. 
I trust my choices and follow my instincts and if someone doesn't like it,
I'm completely ok with it.

That doesn't mean that I don't ask for advice,
that I don't like learning new things.
It simply means that when I create,
I create for me 
and no one else.

So when I cant complete something,it's frustrating
 because I see it in my head
but my hands cant translate what I want.

But I'm learning...
that not everything happens,the way I want it to happen.
Especially when it comes to art.

I'm learning to walk away.
I'm learning to not get so stuck on an idea.
I'm learning it's ok to re-work and re-work and re-work.
Even if it takes me a month, or two.

This Art Life,is a blessed life.
It teaches more than I ever expected,more than I ever hoped for.
It goes up and it goes down
just like every other corner of our lives.
But this process of becoming
it screams loud
and it screams clear 
that  like every journey,
this is a journey
 worth taking.

Of course,walking the line,
doesn't stop me from wanting a gallon of Rocky Road ice cream.




Retro Cafe products I used in this video tutorial:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6361/Large-Exquisite-Antiquity-Shrine-Kit.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3659/Steampunk-Gears-II.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5817/Primitive-Angel-Art-Doll-Kit-Style-3.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3339/Star-Mix-Cut-Outs--48-Pieces.ht
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6422/Ornate-Flourish-Cut-Outs-Style-4--Set-of-2.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6222/Mini-Printed-Wood-Butterfly-Buttons--Set-of-6.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_2307/Stickles-Glitter-Glue--Silver.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5282/33-Santos-Art-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts--Set-II.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_1493/Butterfly-Cut-Outs.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6165/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology--Small-Talk-Word-Stickers.htm
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5052/117-Bird-Word-Collage-Paper-Cuts--Classic-White.htm

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brass Love

I get into this fix,every once in a while...it's a iity bitty love affair with brass...yes the metal...haahaa..

Perhaps it's the shine that first catches my attention,but that never lasts...because I love to torch and add patina to brass to give it an old vintage feel...

Here's are some of the goodies I created with the lovely stash I picked up from Retro Cafe Arts! Many of my jeweler friends were surprised to hear that RCA also had a nice selection of brass...



Brass,Masonite and soooooo much more! 



To get more info on these pieces,you can visit my Etsy Jewelry Shop


If you want to make your own,be sure to stop by Retro Cafe Art...just a warning...working with brass...may be addictive...heehee. 

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, May 18, 2015

There you are...


As I was putting away my Mother's Day cards,I started crying all over again after reading this letter my 13 year son wrote me.
Touched me to the core.




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Itty Bitty Things

I'm on a Retro Cafe Art high! I love using these products and I always always find myself inspired!! 
Here's one of my new pieces...I think I used at least 10 RCA items. Things like two different shadowboxes,gears,candle sticks,butterfly,egg,Sandra Everton's resin pieces,key and much more! A girl can get lost with so many yummy things to work with! ( :


Today,I have a new tutorial for you using what else...RCA Designs!
They're itty bitty assemblages and I think their super sweet and fun to make!


First I glued and assembled the Mini-Ornate-Framed-Shrine,then covered them in delicious UmWowStudio cardstock.I also inked the edges.


I painted a spool black,added some metallic luster and wrapped a cord around it.



I then added some Iced Enamel embossing powder on the frames and then covered them in Amazing Clear Cast


Next I took some more itty bittyies and covered them in paper.Here I used houses and angels.


and instead of using these as the wings,I turned them into clouds.

 
then I added some words ,added a tiny number and all I had left to do was assemble.





Retro Cafe Art items used in this tutorial:
Before I go...
I'm thrilled to share that my Retro Cafe piece called "In my Heart I know the Way" is on the cover of the new issue of Somerset Studio. I think you would have had a nice chuckle if you saw me when I found out...just about fell off my chair! Pretty darn exciting.Pretty darn thankful.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Inside Me


So while working on these ATC's a thought ran over and over in my mind...ATC's have been around for a very long time and I have always loved creating them...but I dont want mine to look like the ATC's of the past...and I dont want mine to look like any that are out now...that almost controlling creative feeling shouts out..."I wanted to offer something new"...perhaps a new texture,or a new thickness...or maybe a new medium...sky's the limit right?

So,I say,reach.
Be original...
and always,always, think outside the box.


I painted the Retro Cafe frames in Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paint and let it dry completely.


Next I glued on the collage sheet to the back and sealed the image three times


I mixed up two equal parts of Clear Cast and added it to the center and to the frame


I then dropped in some metal watch gears and let the resin cure 24hrs.


Next I added a rub-on word


and mounted the frame to a chipboard blank ATC board for added thickness


I painted the light bulb black with a sharpie and glued the pieces together


Glued the bulb in place and added one final layer of resin along with confetti stars.


Covered the sides in black Dresden Trim.


Retro Cafe Products used in this tutorial

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Student and Teacher

The was so thrilled to be able to take a workshop with Midge and Tracy at Art More Place.

We learned all sorts of fabric application techniques!


Here I am having a great time getting my hands dirty!!


and by the end of the class...we all felt like this...pure happiness in the creative process.


Last night I finished one of the project I hoped to make with the yardage I created....my first ever apron...and I love it! 


Here I am giving another class at AMP...We made these fun Mary Oliver inspired soldered pendants



My favorite part was getting to meet some online friends...


what a blessing.


Thankful for this creative life.



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Derby Car Collaboration

Amazing artist and friend,Tina Walker recently asked if anyone would be interested in doing a Derby Car makeover...I just thought it was a wonderful fun new idea so I jumped at the chance. 

When I was 17, I spent the summer as a camp counselor in upstate New York.I was part of the "design team" for the camp and one of tasks we had to accomplish, was to make a Batman Car out of the cafeteria salad bar....heehee...yes, it was quite a challenge,but tons and tons of fun.My Derby car is inspired by that Batman car...smooth and slick and ready to roll.


I first painted the car this yummy Seaglass color.My original plan was to use the rectangle piece,but later decided against it.


I then covered it in sparkly black and glitter cardstock...


Then using a circle punch I cut out some circles and added some embossing powder design and rub ons...



Next I used some Dylusions Sprays to create a vibrant sunrise color and cut out more circles and stars and glued them on to my design. I also added text and dimensional dots.


Lastly, I cut out some wings,glues them on and assembled the car.



Here's a peak at some of the other amazing cars...What a fun collaboration!! 






"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,