Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WOYWW

It's Wednesday again at WOYWW! I missed last Wednesday, the weeks are flying by as Summer is coming into full swing! I have been playing with Journals and basically just started to messy up my desk area again after cleaning up Monday. Check out Julia's place for more detective desk work, you'll probably find some pretty interesting things going on!

 This is how the journal cover has turned out. I was inspired to make this journal cover by a friend who told me that she felt like a "plain Jane" in her life and she didn't feel like she had anything to offer that would inspire anyone. I let her know right off the wonky bat that she inspires me to the moon and back and is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. I only wish I had her brain and compassion and the interesting facts that she knows,which is just about everything on the planet. So for my "plain Jane" friend as she calls herself, this was inspired by her. I left the background cover plain and when it is filled with all my colorful artwork and words, it will never be as interesting or as inspiring as this girl! We all have gifts to bring to the table and I am the lucky one to be called her friend!
The words on it say: "Awake with the nightingales on the fringes of Bohemia, in the still before the dawn. A dusting of flowers and sugar... Everyone knows that Plain Janes are the most unique, fascinating creatures on the face of the planet".
 
Happy Wednesday YA'LL!
 XO

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Hero of My Story

                      I am the Hero of My Story. 

 I like how that sounds. I never thought of myself as being a hero.The word "Hero" conjures up images of someone coming to my rescue. It never really occurred to me that the Hero might me.

We all have a story and its our story that makes us each unique and who we are today. We each have the ability to change our story, to re-write the script and to live a story worth telling. I added luggage to her dress because after all most of us carry some of it around even if no else can see it but us.

I think of all the stories in my family, good and bad and how they have touched my heart and helped to put together the lost pieces to my own story. My story is not an earth moving one, it certainly has it's moments and hills and valleys and places I would choose not to go again, but my story brought me to this very spot in my life where I stand today.
I still has many chapters to write, but for now, ...I am the Hero of my Story... that may not be how the story began but I get to choose the ending and that's how my story will end.
         "The Beginning is where the End gets Born"  *Catherynne Valente, Radiance
 
 I love this Articulated Art Doll Kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. The whole typewriter thing just called out to me. I can remember playing with my grandmother's typewriter and actually pecking out stories on it. I wish I had that typewriter today. There is just something about watching your story unfold by the click and sound of those keys.
 In the words of Maya Angelou, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

 
 Tell your story.
 "Your story is the ultimate art".
 


There are only a few pieces to this kit so it is easy peasy to assemble. The toothpick is to keep the holes where you attach the arms free from paint. (I learned that from experience) :)

The typewriter cut out comes with the kit and the paper on the typewriter cut out is blank. I used some rub off words to add to my paper. There wasn't the word HERO, so I made my own and pasted it in. The brown paper you see is something I save from every order. It comes as part of the packaging and is normally thrown away. I save it and use it for adding some backing to my collage cutouts, such as the wings shown here.
 Once the arms were added, I glued wings on the back side. Then I added her face and cut out some images from my stash to add to the top of her head. The word brave on her dress is a rub on word. They come in so handy. I love her glasses which can be ordered from Retro and you get a whole selection of different styles.

On the stand I added a quote that I found and just used black Washi tape and a white Signo pen to write it.
The back of the doll has some collage images added and some die cut typewriter keys on the stand. After finishing the doll and the shelf, I distressed the edges with some distress ink by Tim Holtz, I used Wild Honey and Vintage Photo - two of my favorites.
 The shelf was just a bonus piece I added to go with this kit for the picture. This was also a wooden piece of packaging that held little wooden Fable icons in each slot. I thought it looked like a great little bookshelf, so of course I saved it. I painted it, and added some cut out collage images and then glued the shelf on a wood block where I also added a quote. (When you purchase items, take a second look at the packaging).

On top of the shelf below is one of the wooden Fable icons that came in this box that says "Natural Beauty."






Thank you for visiting my post today. In honor of Mother's Day,and a two time cancer survivor,this post is for you Mom! You are my Hero!
                   Have Luggage?  Back Space! :)
 XO
Supplies
Wood block & some collage images from my personal stash

 
 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WOYWW

 What a fast week it has been and it's Wednesday again and time to see what's on your desk Wednesday! This is how I left my desk late last night. It was such a treat to get back to my journal pages. It's one of my favorite things to do when creating art for myself.
 I finally managed to clean up my floor, I even found some things I lost down there!
 
This doll was made for me by a friend and sits on my desk, at the bottom it says: "Just five more minutes", my mantra!

 Wishing everyone a happy hump day and pop over to Julia's place and take a peek inside some creative work spaces!
Happy Creating!

 

Friday, April 15, 2016

THE FOREST GUARDIAN

                  What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?" Geo.Elliot

This is my newest Santos Cage Doll,she stands a little over 17" tall. She has been a WIP for awhile. I just can't resist these making these when the inspiration shows itself.
She is a Guardian Angel of the Forest. (There are many)
                                  These are some the photos of her back side. I have added some flowers and forest finds from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

The Explore Life are words from Tim Holtz Remnant Rub Offs




Her wings are wood and have architectural wooden pieces added to her shoulders complimented with gold paint.

The leaf pieces below her neck are some of my rusty loved items in my stash and the little brass bee is a charm from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

She is holding a heart from Sandra Evertson's line of Relics and Artifacts. The flame has been replaced with a crystal. It is her desire as a Forest Guardian Angel to light the way for all those who journey there.

The words are also rub on words from Tim Holtz's line and can be found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.
I used a stamp and Brilliant Gold Stazon Ink to stamp her arms and cage pieces. Then I dotted the top base with a gold Pearl Pen.
 To her head I added dried moss and greenery.



"If I keep a green bough in  my heart,
the singing bird will come"
Chinese Proverb
I gave the eggs a few rub on words and added some dried moss and greenery to the nest. I hope you enjoyed the journey, you never have to go alone in the dark.
XO


Thursday, April 14, 2016

FAIRY TOPIARIES

I am a day late for WOYWW over at Julia's place. This has been on my desk and I finally got them finished this week and posted. Pop over to Julia's and see other interesting work spaces this week!
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And as the seasons come and go, here's something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature's things, you might just see a fairy's wing. ~Author Unknown
   When I saw these fairies over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I knew I had to have them.
I ordered the chipboard because I had other plans for them and then like all good plans, that changed and I decided to use them on some wooden chunky ATC blocks instead.




So I turned the blocks horizontal and decided I would try my hand at making Fairy Topiaries. 
 I first painted the fairies with white gesso to give them extra strength, although the chipboard is pretty sturdy. I also applied gesso to the little chipboard mushrooms that I ordered along with the fairies. 


Once those were dry, I applied Finnabair's Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paint to the fairies and to the mushrooms... makes sense that fairies need magic paint right? 

I made a sample so you can see how awesome these paints are. They turn before your eyes depending on what color you paint them on. 

I painted the wings of the fairies with black gesso as well as the script chipboard words
and then applied the Opal Magic paint to each one of the fairies covering the entire fairy and wings using a different paint with each fairy.
The Opal Magic Paints turned the wings and the script words a beautiful gold and gave a glowing illuminating color to each fairy. I used the colors shown on my sample. There are more Opal Magic colors available, so be sure to check them out. By my pictures you can't really see how they really glimmer and shine.






After, the fairies were dry, I took a rubber stamp with lettering and stamped each fairy. I also stamped words on the back of each block.

For the wooden chunky ATC blocks, I turned them horizontally and drilled a hole in the center of each one. I added my choice of background papers for the back and front and top of the block, and collaged the sides with images (the size used for dominoes and slides), then I glued on some gold Dresden foil trim all around the tops of the blocks.




Next,  I put in a dowel rod (with wood glue) in the drilled holes and cut it the length that I wanted it to be. Then I slipped on a wooden square one inch block with a pre-drilled hole, (you can find all these wooden pieces at a craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby) and I topped it with a wooden round ball with a pre-drilled hole in the center and secured it with glue.

I painted the block,dowel rod,and the ball black and used the Opal Magic Paint to stripe the dowel rod. On the blocks, I used a small nail file to distress the edges a bit.


Using the small one inch block on top of the chunky ATC block gives you a lot of options for placing your fairy and mushrooms or lettering. It also adds extra stability to the chipboards.






 I used the E6000 adhesive to glue the script words to the dowel rod and the one inch wooden square.  You can also use this glue for everything but I covet mine because I use it so much in my art, so I used the wood glue when when applying wood to wood.

 I always love the finishing process, like adding your  embellishments and images like the paper mini roses and the little birds nest.

I also adore these butterflies that I found at RCAG and they worked perfectly for adding to the topiaries.


The butterflies come with the cut outs so I only had to paint the back side. I used the Opal Magic Paints and then stamped words on the back of the butterflies,only to find out later that once I glued them on the dowel rods you couldn't see all the words. A minor detail, but I thought it still worked well and I liked that you could still make out the words.

 Once my fairies, script words and mushrooms were all glued n place, I took some of the Opal Magic Paint and went around the edges of the blocks just adding some gold color to finish them off.

The possibilities to create with these little fairies are endless. 


Thank you for stopping by and commenting....here's wishing you lots of Fairy fun! 
Fly, Be Brave and Inspire!

 
Supplies I used and where to find them
Chipboard Word Cut Outs:
Chunky ATC Wood Blocks
Wooden Dowel Rod
Small 1 inch wooden square 
Small round wooden ball with hole
Little Bunny Brads and the Dresden Foil trim I used from Retro Cafe Art Gallery
*Background papers,rubber stamp and images from my personal stash