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Wow! Has it really been almost a year since I posted anything on my blog?!? I don’t know how anyone manages to blog on any kind of regular basis. With a full-time job and so many other things to do- i’m lucky to have time and energy to do any art, much less blog about it. Hopefully I can do better now since I find myself with a fair amount of extra time I used to devote to other things.

On to the show!

I got this book at my former place of work from a stack of free publications-this one being all about some of the best businesses in Charlotte. Stay tuned and you will see a page devoted to my new employer!
This is the cover:altered book 1altered book2Here is the first two pages that I have decided to work on.

I started with some gesso here and there, followed by random circles I painted on with Dr. Martin’s acrylic ink in Red Violet and Amsterdam acrylic paint in Greyish Blue.

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From there I basically just smeared , dripped and painted layers of paint and ink-with some washi tape and random rubber stamps. I finished it with some artistic scribbles with a black uniball pen.

All in all it’s not my favorite,but it was fun.

Thanks for playing!

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Texture Time

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I know, I know, I am a total blog slacker. I am just waayy too lazy!
But, hopefully this piece was worth the wait. I did something I haven’t done before on a canvas- mixed modeling paste with dimensional elements.
Another thing I need to do is take pictures of my process, but it is what it is today…:( I can tell you I started by mod podging some dress pattern paper to the canvas  and cover it with various coats of acrylic paint before using course modeling paste to attach different elements, such as, cardboard buttons and butterflies, hard acrylic letters and numbers, Jolees shutter elements, and a red glitter branch .In addition I used a Michelle Ward stencil an embossing pad along with Tim Holtz Distress powder to add even more texture and dimension.

Once the paste dried I spread a liberal amount of green glitter glue in various places, followed by burnt umber acrylic ink and glimmer mists. For the finishing touch around the edges, Amsterdam acrylic paint in greenish blue. All paint , paste, ink and glitter glue was applied with my fingers. My favorite tools!
I am super happy with the results, and my favorite art is just running my hands over it to feel all the textural happenings!
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Happy Anniversary!

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     Ok. So, it’s been……..a really long time since I posted anything. I haven’t done any art since December , due to a move and not having my art supplies with me for all this time. But, thanks to previously mentioned handsome man, I now have my supplies set up in a much smaller space in my new place.
    As soon as I could, I got to work. This piece I call , “Happy Anniversary”, because the base is made up of wrapping and tissue paper from the beautiful gifts my handsome man gave me for our recently celebrated, 2 year anniversary.
      Even tho I really like the colors and such, I need to start doing some new stuff and using new color combinations. I have seen that since I have been away from the mixed media art world, some of my favorite artists seem to have hit a wall with their art , while some are happily still evolving.  I hope to avoid the wall.
    Anyhoo, without any further ado , here it is. Hope the 2 people who are still following me, like it! Lol!

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    See ya next time!

Bad Apples Canvas

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Well, I’m in a mood tonight , but I wanted to post this canvas before I let time get away from me. Sitting on the porch watching fireflies and the grass grow. These are a few of my favorite things. Ok, that’s only two, so sue me.
    Anyway, on to the show.
This piece is my version of a faux finish with some foam stamped apples and acrylic ink bits. It’s really simple, but I like it. Hope you do to. Thanks for stopping by!

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Canvas love

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Lately I have been doing a little stretching, art wise. I began by making my honey a birthday canvas , rather than a birthday card, and  I had so much fun with that, I just kept going. It’s interesting how each medium I work with seems to inspire a different sort of artistic expression. Whether I am working on watercolor paper, my Donna Downey art journal or even Dyan Reavely’s art journal. Or even just scrapbooking. They all have a different feel.
   So, below are just a couple of canvases I have been working on lately. I have another one I did yesterday that I will post as soon as I am able.

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This one is my version of a piece I saw hanging at the doctor’s office the other day. I wanted to take a pic of that one, but I didn’t want to be weird (er than usual).

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This one started as pseudo scrapbook page in black and pink which I adhered to the canvas and immediately detested. So of course my only choice was to cover it with gesso, tissue paper and a bottom

layer of paint before something decent started to emerge. And yay!! I am really pleased with it now.
BTW , having a WordPress app on my phone is great, because I can blog in bed. Nice!
Hope you have a day full of good surprises.

Time Out For Some Real Talk

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   I normally do not talk about my personal life on here- I never thought I was that private a person, but I guess I am. Well, obviously I am because I was separated for 9 months before I told anyone except my closest friends and 1 sister,and I was dating HB (hot boyfriend) for several months before I told most people. I still haven’t told my father-prolly because no matter how hard I try, I am still not divorced (after 1 1/2 years of being separated) and I kinda think he will disapprove . I guess there is a still a “daddy’s little girl” in there after all.

  Of course let’s not get into some of the judging and harsh words I got when some people found out I am dating a man who isn’t a ‘born again Christian”- I was told I would go to hell basically for ‘fornicating”. Yep- she actually used that word. And then I shot her.

  Just kidding-I only grazed her. No seriously- she is a decent person, just misguided and didn’t quite know when to keep her opinions to herself.

 Personally, after being married to an abusive, cheating “christian” man and being treated badly by several others, including one demented pastor- I am pretty much over “christian” men. I think most of them are worse than the non-christian ones, because they are hypocrites and pretenders who try to convince women they are responsible for all the crap the men do. I drank that kool-aid until it almost poisoned me death. Not anymore.

     Ok-so next subject. Job hunting again at the age of 46 after having been a SAHM for 23 years. Ugh! Can I just tell you how scary that is? That voice in the back of my head telling me I’m too old and unskilled and never even finished college, so who on earth would hire me except Wal-Mart or Burger King? Well, thank God I didn’t listen to that voice because I  continued to apply for jobs that I wanted-even tho I wasn’t “qualified” and lo and behold, after months of looking- I applied for a prep cook job on Craigslist one morning and not even 2 hours later-the executive chef calls me and wants me to come in for a “trial run”! Whoo girl, you have never heard shouting like I was doing when I got off the phone. I didn’t even know what restaurant I was applying to because the ad didn’t say and Icouldn’t understand what the chef said(I did work it all out later tho-whew!) Anyhow- it’s this fancy fine dining place- and long story short- I did my trial run and he offered me the job! 

  Longer story short- I lost weight the first week because it was so hard and stressful I couldn’t eat. I almost quit several times, but how crazy would that be? I had to stay-for a million reasons- mainly money-but also because this is what I’ve wanted to do for the longest time and I cannot turn back now! It is still hard, but I’m getting the hang of things getting a little more comfortable every day. I really, really, really hate not feeling confident in what I am doing-so until that happens-anxiety continues-but chef and HB are really encouraging-so that helps.When the man I respect above all men (except my son) tells me he is proud of me- I feel like I can move mountains! (HB again).

  The greatest irony of this job is , now that I am cooking for a living- I don’t have the time to cook for my honey like I used to. Something I really love to do. ;( I would be sad about not having time to cook for my kids, but they don’t know how to eat food anyway,so it’s not a big deal. Oldest daughter is so picky, she usually doesn’t eat what I cook anyway-and youngest is picky enough to make me a little nuts. HB eats everything I give him-so that makes me happy!

  I don’t really know why I am telling you all this-but I just wanted to , so I did. So there! Real talk.

Balzer Designs Stencil

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For Mother’s Day, my daughters gave me a basket full of amazing art supplies,including a stencil by Julie Fei-Fan BalzerI don’t know the name but it has diamonds within diamonds. You can see it peeking through with a deep purple madder color. I am really loving my dylusions art journal. The manila pages seem to have just the right surface for the kind of work I do. I also used Donna Downey’s foam heart stamp filled in with Prismacolor pastels. I am pretty happy with how this page turned out.  Hope you enjoy it as well!

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