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,

16 comments:

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Cat, your project is so stunning and inspirational. I adore how you used the Sailboat and Mermaid in such a creative way. And of course I'm over the moon thrilled to have you on the Design Team. 2015 is going to be awesome!!! xoxo

Ri Pal said...

Congratulations Cat! I love your artwork! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

Judy Shea said...

Cat is amazing. This is beautiful. I hope you do something with the damaged boat.

Gigi Harlan said...

I love that sailboat kit and the way you decorated yours it is just gorgeous! I had forgotten about the Retro Cafe and was trying to think of the name so I could purchase more or their wonderful items. I am so glad you are a member of the design team, congrats!

Sunny Lee said...

Congratulations Cat !! And love this art!! very whimsical and vintage :)

Lynnita Knoch said...

Love the whimsy! Congrats!

Kass said...

Congratulations! I love looking at your ideas.

Linda M. Cain said...

Brillian idea!

~Linda

Threads of Inspiration said...

Congratulations! Your boat is fabulous. Also, the beautiful leather cuff and charm arrived in my mail box yesterday! Thank you so much, I know I will wear it often! I love the message...gives me permission to get a little wild! Susan

Dawn Gold said...

A beautiful creation Vat

Karen Mallory said...

Congratulations and I love your piece. I can see that broken boat crashed into some rocks near a beach with stranded lovers! LOL
hugs Karen

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

It's been so long since I've been able to spend time in Bloglandia - and I return to find the delightful and charming piece that I admired on the Retro Cafe Art page! It really is absolutely delightful and I love being able to see more images of it! You are a real inspiration and clever as all get out!

Caterina Giglio said...

You are so very clever!!

Lynne Suprock said...

Been meaning to post .....OMG how cute is this project?! Love Kristen and her Retro Cafe! Congrats Cat!

Gabriela Perdomo said...

The sea, and all that it entails, is so inspirational. There's just something magical about a ship. It can take you anywhere, it can really make you master of your destiny...Also, I have ot say that phone cover is amazing!

Theresa said...

saw your art on the cover of Somerset Studio and loved it!! Now I see it on your blog and love it even more!!!! FANTASTIC STUFF!!!