Friday, February 5, 2016

He makes my heart Happy

This is an essay my boy wrote to a question on an application for the High School he wants to go to. I was so moved after reading this. He makes my heart happy. 





"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,

Friday, January 15, 2016

Use your Wings


“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. 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.” 
― C. JoyBell 

This quote is one of my favorites,especially when Joybell speaks of the "Unfolding".This piece was inspired by the courage we need,(and boy do I need a lot) to loose sight of the shore. 

I then added texture to the outside of the house using  RCA diamond and circle stencils and texture paste.I then covered the house in Gesso.



I painted it and distressed it...


and finished it with flickering a watered down Gold Metallic Lustre.


I then added paper and ink to the inside of the house.



I created a nest on the top portion of the house filling it with eggs and trim and coconut fibers.I then  sealed the bottom layer,preparing it for resin.


I poured one layer of Amazing Clear Cast and let it cure for about an hour then added Mica chips and a sealed image of a girl.When fully cured I added a second layer of resin as well as sprinkling in some glitter and confetti stars. 


For more dimension I added assorted findings like flowers,trim and a sweet pocket watch with a vintage crochet button. 


I finished with some small scalloped Dresden Trim and toned it down with black watered down paint. 


I'm really happy with the way this piece came out. It's a small piece,but it's jam packed with artsy goodness! 




Retro Cafe Art 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, December 31, 2015

A brand new start.

2015 has been about loss,...and love. Gratitude and appreciation. Patience and prayer. Friendship and Growth. Family and Commitments.  It has been an ever evolving year, a year of transformation and continued rebirth and with each passing day the light I see becomes clearer and brighter and warmer. It's a process, I get that now,like a brick to the head,I get it.  


(this is my new mug from Kecia. It reads "Blessed" on the other side,but it was the angel that first caught my eye,I call her my Momma angel)


Every year I pick a word or a phrase that helps me to stay focused,helps me to find my way. And when I pick it,I put that word/phrase everywhere. On my fridge,in my car,in my wallet,in my art room...it's everywhere. 

My phrase for 2016 is .."Still Becoming"...
and I want to see it everywhere,so the first thing to change was my website banner and I used some delicious stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

I first stamped the images on to white card stock and then took pictures of each one.


I uploaded each image to Photoshop...


I then used the Magic Extractor tool to remove everything but the black image.


I then saved the files as Png's


and headed to the photo editing program Pic Monkey and created assorted banners in the Design Tool.


I ended up with one below and I really love the way it came out! 
I turned the banner into a Png File. You can see how it looks on my website here.

It's been so very long since I've scrapbooked,but lately,the urge to give it another try was a strong one. And I'm so glad it because Scrapbooking really isn't what it used to be. It's now full of texture and dimension and paint and so much more. Below I used a Flower stencil from Stencilgirl products and the wonderful butterfly Cut Outs from Retro Cafe Art. I added texture paste,color and just I LOVE the way it came out!  



Plus there are many new projects(both personal and art life)I have planned for 2016. 

In my heart I feel open to what ever comes.
I am willing to do the work.
I am ready for all the lessons. 

Open
willing
ready.
2016 here I come.



"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, December 7, 2015

Tis the Season

There is just something magical about this time of year. Perhaps its the youthful playfulness that fills the heart and brings you back to younger days. For me, ...I remember the days of endless Christmas music filling the house, and the white and happy lights of the Christmas tree, and especially holding the warm mug of hot cocoa after a cold wet day of playing in the snow. Such happy memories, they come back to me, like precious gifts.

"Tis the Season to be Jolly" 

First I added card stock to the inside and outside of the Hutch shrine. I then added a bead of glue along the inside and added glitter.


I then added multiple layers of glitter to the trees and after I put them in their notches,I covered the bottom of the trees in glue and thick glitter that looked like snow. 


I cut out a vintage image from collage sheet #DP239 and added some glitter detail


I then added Silver Dresden to the outside of the box 


and snowflake embellishments along with a Black Chipboard sticker.



Retro Cafe Art Items I 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,

Monday, October 19, 2015

Late to the party...is better,than not going at all.


I feel like I've arrived late to the party...I mean the "Day of the Dead" Party.
Last year,for the first time someone explained the festival of the "Day of the Dead" and I thought it was really quite beautiful.This doll,started off as a witch,but I was also working on some skull charms(made out of the skull collage sheet and layers of resin) at the time and I was inspired by them to transform my witch into a Frida/Day of the Dead Inspired doll.
I may be late to the party,but at least I showed up right.Heehee
To get more info on DOTD click here. 

I first painted this large angel with black spray paint. Using Deco Arts Crackle I applied it using the stencil and let dry.


I added some "witchy" black eyes and lips to the face cut out...


then added Deco Arts Fluid paint( I used Primary Magenta & Primary Yellow) to the crackle and glued on the face and bat wings for the collar.


This is when my idea took a new direction. Using a fine sharpie I tried to copy the skull resin charm I made.I glued on a flower crown and later added some of the fluid paints to the flower to help them match a bit more.


I made a simple skirt using some of the fabric I made in a recent class with Tracy Stillwell and Midge Baudouin at Art More Place. Melbourne Fl. 


Next, I added black spray paint to a small decorative frame and heart and used a pen to outline.





and did the same with the wings that came with angel.



I later decided to add some toole to the back of the head.
and then she said
I'm finished.


Retro Cafe Art 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,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pebeo Prisme Fantasy Paint

I love texture! I especially love texture that's easy to achieve...I'm lazy like that...heehee

When I first discovered Pebeo Fantasy paint I instantly fell in love with it...
I mean all you do is apply it and let it dry.As it dries it creates this yummy crater effect.Last year I used it on some chip board puzzle pieces(the pieces had to be sealed first so that the paint would not sink into the chipboard) and I loved the way they came out and was fortunate enough to get them published. The blue one always reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry Night. 


Recently I started working on some Tombstones for a swap with Retro Cafe. I made these about for different ways and I just wasn't happy with any of them. Then I thought about the Pebeo. So I turned my tombstones over and added one color of paint,then dropped in smaller drops of another color. Then I took a toothpick and gently swirled the paint around. I just loved the way the came out.


When they dried,I added a wonderfully wicked image of Mr Poe, some of his words and black chipboard cut outs.Then I sealed it completely with Modge Podge. Lastly, I covered all the pieces in Clear cast and sprinkled on star glitter and micro beads. 


Simple,but full of yummy texture! 


I loved the pebeo paint effect so much that I did again, but this time I used a Flaming Heart Shrine and made it the focal in a new journal.




Gotta love easy peasy texture.

Retro Cafe Products I used in this tutorial:
and my new favorite tool

"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,