Thursday, February 19, 2015

Born to Fly

"Born to Fly" my new piece for Retro Cafe Art! 
When I first started this piece it was only the Shadowbox Heart,but after deciding to add the bird on the inside I knew I wanted the heart to represent "a woman's heart" and so I added the Cameo Steampunk and using one of my favorite gifts for Christmas this year...a bird wind chime,a gift from my 13 year old son,this piece came to life.


I assembled and glued the box,then added card stock with a glue stick.


I then inked up the edges with Ranger Ink Pad


I made a mold of the bird head using Mold putty.Then filled the mold with casting resin.Once cured,I painted the bird to match my design.


I added Gesso to the woman's bust then covered it in text tissue paper.Next I added Liquid Pearls to the Gears.


I added an image using a stamp and watermark ink to some of the small wood pieces.Then covered them in clear embossing powder and melted with a glue gun.Next I added Deco Arts Gold Metallic Lustre to highlight the design.


I glued the bust to the back of the heart.Added wreaths,the bird,Dresden trim,additional card stock and smaller wood bits to the design.


Next I added text to one side using word cut outs,and added more liquid pearls.


Lastly,I created a fabric wing for the other side of the heart using fabric scraps,button and brass arrow.


But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” 


Retro Cafe products used in this tutorial


Amazing Mold Product 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,

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Crown Jewels An Online Collaboration


So very exciting!! I'm thrilled to announce that registration is now open for "The Crowned Jewels"! An online Collaborative Event! I've never done anything like this so it's pretty wonderful to be involved,especially because there are seven instructors and each day there will be 1 new Crown themed project.How totally cool is that!! 
Here's my project for the event, she's called "The Spring Queen" and she has a little bit of everything going on...heehee..

Here's some more information on the event.
1. You must establish a free account in the Academy 
at www.terribrushacademy.com.  This is where the event will be hosted, and the only way for you to view each project.
2. On Feb.15, we will begin sending invitations to join the event, in the Academy, to the email address associated with your PayPal payment. If we need to use a different email address, you MUST include that information in the notes section of your payment. Alternatively, you can email academy@terribrushdesigns.com. 
3. The only features available to students on Feb 15 will be will be the supply lists (and links) as our event begins on Friday, March 13th. This will allow our attendee's to order/procure/purchase the necessary supplies prior to the event start.
4. On March 13th, at approximately 12am CST, the first project with instructions will be posted/made live. They will continue posting 1 project per day (at APPROXIMATELY 12am CST until we've gone through all of the projects. (There may or may not be a few bonus projects.) Each project will be located on its own tab within the event.
5. Each day, a discussion will be started in the event forum (message board) for the project released that day. The discussions will remain up and available for the duration of the event.

Now we thought it would be fun to do a studio tour before the workshop...be warned...I sound like a complete goober...

To register,just click the link below!! Hope to see you there!!
"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, February 12, 2015

M.O Heart Bezel Workshop

"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

This past Saturday I had my first Mary Oliver Heart Pendants class.It was a really fun day and I made some new friends...




I did some demo's...


and there was a lot of soldering going on...
(Jean)
(April)
Laura(all the way from Boston,she flew back after the class...wow)
(Debra)
(Arlene)
( Deb)
(and camera girl Sherri.)

and even a little bit of clowning around...


but at the end of the day we had some beautiful pieces of Jewelry and I am so thankful to all the ladies that came out to spend the day with me.



Here's to making every minute count,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eucalyptus Dyeing with Friends

This past week an Artsy sister Kim came to visit us at Art More Place and she gave us a "class" on how Eco-dyeing works.

I say "class" because it was really more just a wonderful gathering of friends...


we chatted and rolled...


and learned and laughed...


we steamed and snacked... 


and screamed like kids on Christmas morning when we opened up our dyed treasures.





What a wonderful time.Happy faces all around(l-r Deb,Barbara,Sherry,Kim,Sherri,and me behind the camera)




"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, January 18, 2015

In my Heart,I know the Way

Oh boy...I am so excited about this news...
I'm thrilled...overjoyed,...even giddy to announce that I am now on the 2015 Retro Cafe Design Team! 
This is a very big deal for me because I have been a fan of this store for years but one of my favorite things about this store,besides the obvious,they offer a yummy selection of wood products,is the option to choose different material for one design.For example,this heart flower design can be ordered in masonite,chipboard,black mat board or even stencil board.
How cool is that! 
It really opens up the world of design and I am thrilled to a part of it.

For my very first RC project tutorial I wanted to use the Sailboat Kit...I had it all planned out...I was going to add my text to the sails and I knew I wanted the boat part to look like a speckled egg...yes,I had plans...

But when I had a cabinet malfunction in my Art room some weeks ago,some of my pieces were damaged...whaaaaaa....


but thankfully I had another kit and decided to give it another go.This time around I had no plan,and just went with the flow of it.
So after assembling the boat,I covered it in paper and book text...


I then added a thin coat of gesso...
and added text tissue paper to the inside of the boat....


and as I continued to add paint layers an old, rustic,weather worn boat began to appear...



I next cut my phrase and added it to rim of the boat...but by this point I started realizing I didnt want to use the entire sailboat...I decided to turn this piece into a free standing unit...


I next used RC Articulated Mermaid Santos Cage but I didn't use all the pieces. I covered some of the pieces in Iced Enamels and glitter...


creating a mock compass...

and I assembled the mermaid, added a lovely face paper cut and then added tissue paper to the back of a acrylic heart...


Before attaching the body and tail,I added fabric scraps to the inside of the boat,as well as gluing some Masonite stars to the inside.I then added some gold Viva decor pen drops. 


Once the mermaid was glued on,I added additional fabric scraps(my version of water) to the outside.


 On her chest it reads,"In my heart, I know the way".
I love the way this one came out...so much so that I took a picture of her and added it to my Society6 page and ordered myself a phone cover...heehee... 

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,