Sunday, April 12, 2015

WHEN YOU ARE NOT MAKING PLANS

I am always on the search for old watercolor paint tins. Recently while strolling through shops on Etsy, I didn't find any watercolor tins that caught my eye but I did find these jewels from Melissa at SawDustGideon. Antique and rusty old items are in her blood. Her father owned an antique business in upstate New York. I wish I could meet the artist and see the works that came from these brushes.
 


Melissa offers a variety of old and unique treasures where I also found this:
I am not sure exactly what this lens was used for, but it is marked Bausch and Lomb Optical Co. and Patented Jan.6, 1891 (maybe 1897, hard to read), Rapid Rectilinear, Eastman Kodak Company. It looked really interesting for an art project or great steampunk piece. When I see a unique item that sparks my imagination and it's within my budget, I like to pick it up. I may not know what I am going to do with it at the time, but I know I will find a use for it on one of my vacation days.

By vacation days, I don't mean the days that I take off from work and actually go somewhere, I mean the days that I take a vacation from my  normal, from the world and just go to my studio without a plan. Those are the most refreshing days, the days that I am not committed to a commission, or a deadline. I love those "free" days like you had when you were a kid with nothing in mind, just exploring and going with  whatever comes to your mind at the time.

I sat down with this purchase from Melissa's shop,  and just starting playing with it and this is what happened. All of the pieces to make this came from bits and bobs from my stash piles. 




Do ever wish you had paid more attention to the recipe that Aunt Mary gave you when you where a child? Do you wish that you remembered why you pushed brother Billy down the hill? Do you wish you could re-visit your childhood memories or maybe just remember what you did last week or where you put something yesterday? 


 
Then by all means, you need my Memory Machine! You get 3 memories for 8 cents. Guaranteed to be the only one in the world and one of a kind. Whether it works or not is up to YOU. 



Its so important to have "Play" time, unscheduled time just for you to do whatever you enjoy, unplanned and maybe just seeking out something different , doing the un-normal and seeing what developes. It's good to be an explorer for your Soul, for your well being.
 As we get older, it;s good to have a Memory Machine, right? Who knows, maybe one day!
 

Play time must be over, I think I hear the whistle my dad used to blow,  awwwh, just five more minutes!!





Saturday, April 11, 2015

RE-PURPOSED VINTAGE TOYS

Discovering Artful Joy with re-purposed vintage toys. On one of my recent "seeking" ventures, a little block of wood caught my eye. You could see that it was old and it had wheels. "Old and wheels" always make me stop and take another look. As I was looking it over, I saw that the bottom of the piece had writing into the wood that says: Horse Shoe Toys Brand by American Wringer Company. I never heard of this company as it was way before my time, but I knew it was part of a vintage toy set, and it was only one part of the set, but it had character and wheels so I knew I had to buy it.

This piece had already sparked my imagination. I knew right away that it would be a fun one to re-purpose. After researching the company I found out that it was part of an antique pull toy from the 1800's made by the American Wringer Company that made wringer washing machines and salesman samples for them as well as Horse Shoe Toys, including this wooden train set.

 I took my new found treasure home, cleaned it up and sanded the rough edges. I just loved the vintage feel of this toy, the writing on the bottom, the wooden wheels and  the wonder of it's past.




 I decided to keep it a pull toy and gave it a whimsical "Zettiology" appearance using images acquired from one of Teesha Moore's Journals. I painted and created a collage on both sides, added a few vintage blocks that I also painted and applied collage work. Adding a vintage clock key embellishment and a vintage wood sewing spool topped with a ceramic doll head gave this piece just the look I was going for. Finishing it off with a red and white yarn tied with an original painted vintage key made it a new re-purposed pull toy and a fun mixed media art assemblage.






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Thursday, April 9, 2015

MERMAID DREAMS





It was time to make another Santos Cage Doll, this time I found this lovely Mermaid Cage Doll Kit at Retro Cafe. I mean who is not fascinated with mermaids? As I began to think about how I would construct and design my mermaid cage doll, I started to daydream about the life of a mermaid. I imagined that their world was full of Dreams and Visions and Hope much like my world. As I dream of mermaids and a whimsical life in the sea, I wondered did they dream of my world and living in a house like me?




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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HANDMADE PAPER ENVELOPES




  If a piece of paper has images, color, paint or print on it, it is not likely that I will throw it out, no matter what size it is. I love paper scraps. I love a good stash of paper supplies which will include images I have collected, pictures I have cut from magazines including words, scraps of paper I have saved when cleaning up, stamps from letters, anything paper item of interest that catches my eye, I cut it, I paint it, I always save it. I love to use these paper scraps for decorating the packages that I mail to customers who purchase from me. Decorating my packages is just as fun to me as  the art I make inside the package.
 


Today I was inspired to make these handmade envelopes from magazines. The inside center has a place to write your message or letter. They can be used like cards or addressed as an envelope and mailed like mail art. You would be surprised what you can do with small bits of paper and images.



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Saturday, April 4, 2015

FOR THE LOVE OF CLOTHESPINS & MORE

Time certainly flies when you are having fun. What have I been up to lately? The last I remember, I closed my eyes and wished real big that warmer weather would appear. I think I forgot to mention "without pollen". However, with the arrival of Spring, beauty unfolds everywhere and the air is filled with "pollen" and the sound of melodies.  The Magical Journal Journey's tour has begun again and each month I will be creating something special for each member in a theme of their choice and size of their choice. At the end of the journey, we all should have a nice wall college of our theme with something from each artist. 
 This is my 6 x 6 collage - for Lisa Wright for March.
 I have lots of exciting projects on my table to start and finish and re-purpose. I sometimes feel like a mad art-i-tist (similar to mad scientist)  creating like crazy. I think I prefer it that way. I like to see my table strewn with art bits and goodies that I am working on, and I love being surrounded by inspiration from my beautiful friends whose lovely works of art inspire me to walk to the edge and not be afraid of falling off.


Beautiful artwork by my super multi talented friend Deb Combs, who also  makes some awesome "SHE" Dolls. It's always a thrill to see what she is creating next.


 

 


















And then there is Nancy Baumiller, who created these wacky "still your heart" paper mache monsters for me, fashioned after vintage toys and on wheels no less. Her imagination is one that is hard to keep up with, I think she flies faster than me!

She also creates these whimsical cuties!

And Look at these, I received from Mel'odee Isaacs. She makes these clutches from her own artwork. I adore them and they are so versatile with many uses, so that means I will have to get MORE!

This stunning  heart piece is from my beautiful friend Kelli Jean May-Krenz. I am pretty sure this is her heart of gold on this canvas. She is getting ready for the May 2015 National Stationary Show in New York City! 

She will have a booth and I am sure she and Peal Buttons are about to bowl the world over with her crazy beautiful cards and prints and her lovely heart that she gives to everyone.



She will have a booth and I am sure she and Peal Buttons are about to bowl the world over with her crazy beautiful cards and prints and her lovely heart that she gives to everyone.

I could go on for days, I am so blessed in this art world of artists and friends and beautiful happenings everyday all about me, sometimes I find it hard to keep my feet on the floor.
My next post I will share more beautiful works from beautiful friends. I am also looking forward to some workshops this summer and warmer weather and "no pollen". In particular, these two workshops below and some fabulous others at Artful Gathering. If you have never taken a workshop at Artful Gathering, you are missing a wonderful opportunity to learn from some very talented artists and gathering new friends along the way. Hope to see you there!


  Last Summer I attended a workshop at Artful Gathering by Mary Jane Chadbourne, "The Imaginarium, Anthology of an Art Doll." She is a wonderful instructor and I was thrilled to see that she is offering another one this Summer 2015 called "TinyTopia and The Magic of Little Things", already signed up and can't wait.



Winnie Luthien Thye is also offering a workshop in Session One and Two. I would love to take either of these workshops. Her work is magical. Her jewelry and her books are nothing like you have ever seen. She will share her knowledge of jewelry and book making and you will walk away with much more. There are lots of great workshops offered and also DVD'S available for purchase.

At last there is a season for everything. And with summer comes clothespins. I grew up with a clothes line, not that we didn't have a dryer, my mom just liked sheets and linens hung on the line with the good smell of fresh air and sunshine. It's funny how a simple thing like a clothes line can bring back so many cherished  memories.


I am currently involved in a art swap in a Facebook Group, "The Imaginarium, Anthology of an Art Doll" hosted by Mary Jane Chadbourne with members from her class last Summer. We are making dolls from craft Jumbo Clothespins like the adorable ones below made by Julie Lee. These large clothespins are just great for holding papers, photos, cards etc. I just fell in love with these after seeing what Julie did with hers.


They make the most unique and usable gifts. Each person is paired with a partner and we each create in our own fashion a clothespin for the other.
Below is the one that my talented partner Ann Tyler created for me and the one that I created for her. I just love her creation and the saying on the back!

 


                                        Made by Ann Tyler
 
 
The clothespins are 6" tall. I lightly sand mine before painting and doing any collage work on them. The possibilities are endless as to what you can create with these.


                                    Made by me, for Ann Tyler


"Oh for the Love of clothespins", I couldn't make just one, so I created a total of six. They were so much fun, that I have ordered more clothespins and already have ideas in the works!  More inspiration, more projects on my table ..but that's just how I roll and I wouldn't have it any other way!



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