Sunday, August 28, 2011

SUNFLOWERS


The theme this week at Inspiration Avenue is Sunflowers. I don't think a bouquet is complete without a sunflower. They are big and bold and say things in a big way. So I titled my submission, "Coffee & Friends and Sunflowers".

In light of all the turbulent weather,droughts,heat,and busy back to school,...
I hope the "after" brings you all time for "Coffee, Friends and Sunflowers


Thank you for stopping by and if you roll over the title of this post, you will see a "field of sunflowers" at Inspiration Avenue!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

IT'S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN DO.....

WHEN YOU TURN OFF THE PHONE....Put the coffee on and shut the door and hang your sign out that says: "Don't come in or else". If you don't have a sign, get one..it works! (especially if you lock the door).

I managed to finish three art projects, finally and make my art submission at Inspiration Avenue on time this week.
I hope you are having a good weekend and I just wanted to share my new finished art assemblages.

CLAIM YOUR TIME....HANG YOUR SIGN!

NO.1
ART ANGEL


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NO.2
MY SECOND ART ANGEL ASSEMBLAGE


THE VINTAGE PHOTO IS MY HUSBAND'S GRANDMOTHER WHO REALLY WAS AN ANGEL!

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NO.3
LIFE IS ART



Thank you for stopping by, check out my Etsy shop for details on these Art Assemblages (you can roll over the title of this post), leave me a comment you were here and COME BACK! I love it when you stop to visit!
XO
Kim







ICEY

"Her stare is Icey Cold and Chilling...but it is only due to her broken heart"

The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "ICEY". This summer with all the high temperatures, I thought a lot about "ICEY" and the anticipation of winter. I also thought about people I met in passing this summer that had a cold, chilling, glance and did not even return a smile. Perhaps they were just hot, or maybe they had a broken heart....

Be sure to roll over the title of this post and see what's Chilling over at
Inspiration Avenue this week!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

SUN KISSED

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue is "SUN KISSED". The theme was to create something or "things" you love or appreciate about summer. This mixed media assemblage is my submission for this week.

"WHEN YOUR LIFE IS KISSED BY THE SUN"

The Inspiration for this theme actually came from a pile of items I cleaned out from some of my art bins. These were items that I have not used for some time. The last thing I came across was this big glowing gold jewel. It looked like a sun. That was the beginning of my assemblage and out of the pile it came. Next, I picked out a 4" x 3" used canvas that I purchased in a little box of junk at a yard sale one day that had one little thing I wanted in it. That canvas also came out of the pile and into the "use" pile.
After retrieving a few more items that I was about to toss out, I changed my mind and it all went back into the bin. What was I thinking?

A few more looks at that gold SUN looking jewel and this doll assemblage was born.

The first thing I did was make the head. I knew I wanted colorful ribbons and yard fibers for her hair, but how was I going to glue them on to a piece of card stock and still be able to add a face without a smooth surface? Again, I went back to my stock of useless stuff. I found one vintage cabinet photo card. The picture was ruined but I kept it because the back side had beautiful scroll writing. I cut 2, 2 inch pieces and layered the hair between them and glued all the yarn and ribbons down. After it was dry, I had a nice smooth surface to add a face and a cool looking back with writing from the cabinet photo. I braided a few strands of her hair and added a glass butterfly bead on another strand.

Next, I painted the canvas and added the words on the front and back side. I have never worked with copper tubing before but I found some in my husband's stash of
"guy stuff" in the garage. This was perfect for the arms and legs. After hammering and flattening the ends, I drilled a hole in each end and nailed the arms and legs to the small wood canvas frame. With needle nose pliers, I curled the feet and hands. If you notice, I used the back side of the canvas for the front and the front side for the back. This allowed me to put the "golden sun" jewel in the center of the body and left room for all the words on the back side. Lastly, I wasn't sure how to add the finished head. Back to the drawing board. I found a bag of very small wooden vintage scrabble tiles and spelled the word "SUN". I glued them on with the word "SUN" facing the back side, and it also gave support for me to glue the head onto the backside of the tiles for the front side of the canvas. She measures 6"tall and 3 1/2 inches wide, not including the arms and legs.

"WHEN YOUR LIFE IS KISSED BY THE SUN".........

"LIVE LIFE FULL OF .... BEACHES,SHELLS,BEACH BALLS,CAMPFIRES,SANDCASTLES, PORCH SWINGS, SAND PAILS, FIREFLIES, AND NAPS"

I hope you have enjoyed my submission this week and you can find it in my Etsy shop.
Be sure to roll over the title of this post and see what else is shinning over at Inspiration Avenue!

Just a reminder, go through your "stash" piles now and then and get inspired!
I also discovered that this frozen dinner container also makes a great vessel to mix paint in!







Wednesday, August 3, 2011

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

The challenge for this week at Inspiration Avenue is "The Forest for the Trees". There can be so many interpretations for this theme. Last week, I made a Paper House greeting card. This week's theme gave me not only a great idea for my second Paper House card but a different twist on this week's challenge. I hope you like it!

Every once in awhile, we lose our way.... and angels find us.


LOST & FOUND

Angels are often friends, family and sometimes strangers who are sent to cross our path..

The roof top is the card on the underside and the house is tied together on the side by a string that is attached and a button. I like to put designs inside the card as well,.... a hidden treat. You can put our own treats inside the house as an added gift.

Each Paper House card comes with a re-purposed envelope of my choosing for mailing...I promise it will be cute!

She couldn't see the forest for the trees, but she loved him anyway.

Paper House cards can be purchased in my Etsy shop. If you purchase this particular card in my shop, just say you saw it on Inspiration Avenue and the buyer will also receive the college for this theme challenge as well.

Thank you for stopping by and remember, "One must work, eat and play" so come on over and play..join us in the next challenge! Roll over the title of this post to see more challenge interpretations of this theme!