Thursday, September 29, 2016

Art Journal Magazine

Welcome October, the beginning of my favorite time of year! Many heartfelt Thanks to Stampington and Company and Amber Demien, the Senior Managing Editor for Art Journal Magazine for such a beautiful layout of my work and for the privilege of being published along side so many talented creative souls. 



  Working in an art journal is one of my favorite past times. It is a great release and way to express myself in a very positive way. It's a very creative "awe" moment for me to complete a page in my art journal.


Every art journal is different for me. Some are very personal, much like keeping a diary of memories and moments and others focus strictly on visual and what motivates me at the time. Every art journal is an imprint of where I am in my life, that only I would know.


I hope to share more of my art journals, some are nature inspired, vintage inspired, simply visual and "early inspired", the ones that I look back in now and think  "wow, I can't believe I did that!" Each one, is a treasured journey of growth and discovery!




 Art Journal Magazine can be purchased at one of the larger book stores near you or ordered online at Stampington.com

Begin.. YOUR Journey!








Sunday, September 4, 2016

THE WARDROBE





Old wardrobes give me chills, they are old and dusty and smell of past lives. They are usually large and looming and certainly make their presence known in any room. They almost appear to be staring at you, and even so, there is something so mysterious and intriguing about them. It’s almost difficult to walk past one without that feeling of just wanting to open up the doors to see what’s inside.
  If you have a wardrobe, you don't need me to tell you this, when it’s very quiet you can hear whispers and voices coming from the inside. There are also little creature stirring about inside, 

I have seen them out of the corner of my eye. It's true. Sometimes, you even hear knocking and rustling around,... until you open it, then it is chillingly quiet again.

 I am sure there is a small door inside every old wardrobe that can only be seen by those curious enough to look for it and mad enough to go inside. Those who go in, rarely return . . . . the same. 
  Wardrobes, are they haunted, possessed? Do they just come alive on Hallows Eve?  Truth be told, it’s probably all just my over- sized imagination playing tricks on me….... Or is it? 



 I originally purchased this La Guardarropa Shrine Kit ( The Wardrobe) for a totally different purpose, but once I got it and starting thinking about Halloween, I knew I would have to place an order for another one.




I came across this antique door plate at the Vintage Market Days this Summer and I have been waiting for the perfect project to utilize it. I used the Finnabair Mechanical knobs over the holes at the top and bottom which just fit perfectly. When I started going through my stash, I found this dollar store ring that I wore with a past Halloween costume. That’s all it took to get the imagination ball rolling. The rest just all fell into place over at Retro Café Art Gallery, where the Halloween goodies are just “Spooky delightful.”

I started with the doors, adding a stencil and modeling paste. On one side, I added a pair of hands and a brass piece from my personal stash. Next I painted the door with a green acrylic paint. After both doors were dry, I used an antiquing medium to get inside the cracks and give it more of an aged appearance. That is easy to use, you just brush it on and wipe it off, maybe adding more or less until you get the look you are going after.





Some poor Soul's bone made a great wardrobe door pull.





 
 Once that was dry I added my coveted vintage door plate, but not before I glued in my eye ring and a little paper eye behind the key hole.



 Next, I assembled the entire wardrobe, adding spots of clear glue to all the slots as I was assembling them, everywhere except the doors. You want them to swing back and forth freely.

 Once the wardrobe was assembled and dry. I painted the outside and inside with black gesso. Then I added my selected papers to the outside and the inside doors and walls.



 











For the backside, I added words and a decorative scroll cut out that I painted orange with acrylic paint and then daubed it with Tim Holtz distress stain.



 











I  fell in love with the candelabras! I just painted them black, added some outlines with a Silver pen and painted the flames with acrylic paints. The top of the wardrobe was just perfect for the candelabras, a few more skulls and a roaming black cat!

The last steps were the most fun, adding all the spooky bits and bobs to the inside and on top of the wardrobe.To the Rose frame, I just added some guilders paste to bring out the rose design.  I had this little doll house door that I purchased to use on a journal cover and it was perfect for this project. I added one of the little skully creatures behind it and glued it to the inside lower wall. I mean people disappear, so there has to be a hidden door, right?
 Old Skelly was too tall to fit and his poor legs were brittle so I just cut them off. He'll probably use them as crutches to get around now! :)

 I just couldn’t pick a favorite of all these Halloween goodies, the bones, the cats, the bats, the furry spiders, the variety of skulls and skeletons, grumpy pumpkins, the candelabras and more. If you hurry on over, you can trick or treat and fill your bags at Retro Café Art Gallery and you even get Jelly Beans!













 















Acrylic paint
Modeling paste
Guilders Paste
Folk Art Antiquing Medium
Artist Papers – Teresa Collins World Traveler Pack
Doll house door
Vintage Door Plate
Finnabair Mechanicals – Mini Knobs
Dollar store ring

Thursday, August 25, 2016

TOMBSTONES


Baaaahaha! It’s that time of year again when Tombstones are beginning to pop up everywhere. You will begin to see more and more of them over at the Retro Café Art Gallery Inspiration Community page on Facebook. There is also a contest going on. Since I am member of the Design Team, I am not participating in the contest but I do love the Tombstones and look forward to making them each year.

Everyone is welcome to make and share, we would love to see your Tombstones!

These are the new tombstones I created for this
year.
 


I love the little Sugar Skulls and word cut outs are just perfect additions for the tombstones. They are easy to paint and apply.
 



 I added the black and orange metallic glitter for some ghoulish sparkle!

 

 This is one of my favorites I made, I guess I just love his "devilish" grin!






 
I love the Raven holding his skull treasure and the mini bat on his hat! 





I found two of these little iron gates at The Vintage Market Days this Summer and they fit perfectly on the stands by carving out two small holes and adding glue.
 
SUPPLIES

Acrylic Paint
Iron gate-my personal stash
 Last year I participated in a Tombstone Swap and these are the ones I created for 2015.

Below are the ones that I got back from my fabulously talented art sisters! Aren’t they just Boooo-tiful? Make no “bones” about it, they are very addictive!

                  "Rare Oddities" by Deb Moon

                   "Wicked" by Amy Nieman

                    "Treats for Halloween"
                  by Mary Jane Chadbourne
                         "Poe" by Cat Kerr


I hope you will Fly on over to Retro Café ArtGallery and get your SPOOK on! We would love for you to join us in the Graaave yard!