Saturday, May 1, 2010

Put A Pretty Hat On

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Yeah it's more women in hats. You didn't think I ran out yet did you?

Friday, April 30, 2010

Gold Label Means Quality

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Here are some more beautiful frames all containing gold in them.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beautiful Frames

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Mistake is Only An Embellishment Opportunity!

So time for another musing from me.

I was reading on one of the groups I belong to that a fellow artist was unhappy with something she had created. She felt it was better to leave it black and white and she had added color to it. She wanted to do it over and see if she liked it better. Another artist commented that there are no do-overs and that she needs to work on the color more or embrace what she has done and move on.

So what do I think about that whole conversation? Well.... I see the merit in what was discussed and I am kind of on the same page when it comes to the idea that you should "keep working on it". But there is a better way and it's something that I continually try to teach in my class.

A mistake is only an embellishment opportunity. (Now, everyone, come on and say it along with me.)

Technically there are no real mistakes in art, they are only learning experiences. If you don't like what you did don't stop and do it over ... KEEP GOING! Cover it up with something and move on. There are many times in the process of doing a piece of art that I am not happy with it. But I keep going because I trust myself to make the right decisions and that in the end it will look pretty. Mind you I didn't say it will look like what I had envisioned in the first place but I usually end up liking what I do. Don't sweat that it didn't come out exactly like you saw in your head. IT NEVER WILL!!! That's why artists keep making art. We are chasing that elusive picture in our mind and trying to create it on a piece of paper.

Here's what you can do to help yourself with being an artist (Not a crafter.) Keep an art journal. No... you don't write in it.... you do art in it. Try and do something every day or if you are busy do it once a week. Keep the journal as a place to try new techniques and make your mistakes there instead of the on the "real" piece of art. Don't worry about showing the journal to anyone because that is not the point. It is your "scrap" piece of paper to make sure the color is right or the technique has been practiced. I don't keep a journal but I am making one to start doing this very thing in. With that said whenever I make something using a technique that is new to me I do a sample first before I ever start the "real" piece of art. Yes I still make "mistakes" on my real art but I'm a really good embellisher and I have the supplies to prove it.

Please leave a comment on what you think about this subject. I look forward to our next little conversation. LOL!!!

What's In My Drawer's? (It must be Wednesday)

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It feels like it's been so long since I posted something from my drawers since I was in Florida last week. Anyways this is a small wire cube unit that sits on the bottom shelf under my TV that houses all the rest of my unmounted red rubber stamps. They sit in the deep acrylic frames that you usually use to frame art but they work great for this because the backing sticks to the acrylic frame just like it would to an acrylic stamping block.


These are Alice in Wonderland images that I purchased because of a chunky book swap that I am in.


This sheet on top has not been cut out from the backing yet but it consists mainly of doll parts for making art dolls. The rest that are in the tray are butterflies and separate wings.


This tray holds all my clocks, key holes, doorknobs, keys and the rest of the wings I have. Once I get the other sheets completely cut out I will have to combine all my wings onto one tray. (The pink stamps are ones that I carved myself from an eraser block.)


More doll parts.


These are all my Marie Antoinette stamps that I had to purchase because of the Marie circle journal group I am in.



This sheet still has to be cut out too. It has all the rest of the butterflies, Marie Antoinette and doll parts on it. (They are mixed up because I try and place the stamps on the backing sheets so that none of it is wasted.)

Check The Label First

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

M Is For Monarch

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This is my card for the monthly Alphabetical swap I do on my Yahoo list. (Each month is another letter of the alphabet.) I should have had it done and sent off before I ever left for Florida but somehow I forgot all about it. Here are the details on how I did everything.

1. The background is painted with acrylic paint over the black mount board I used and the edges were sanded to let the black show through. I stamped a scrolled image with a Versamark pad and I then took a green mica powder and a soft brush and rubbed the powder into the stamped image. It impossible to photograph it but it gave it a nice subtle pattern in metallic. (The black dots around the edge are done with a black Glaze Pen.)

2. The butterfly is stamped on black paper and then embossed with black powder. I then colored it in with a white gel pen and Twinkling H2o in Ginger Peach. I then cut it out and gave it black wire antennae and mounted it on foam tape.

3. The plant is simply stamped with a Versamark pad and heat embossed with an opaque white powder.

4. The trim along the bottom was adhered with a strip of red liner tape. To keep the tape from showing through and sticking to other things I then took some fine black glitter and dumped it over the trim to fill in the open spaces. I then laid down a line of Diamond Glaze along the top of the trim and poured on some metallic orange micro beads.

5. The title is black paper that I spattered with gold paint and then cut out with one of my Quickutz alphabets.

Overdressed To Kill

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Can you believe that these women seriously leave the house looking like this?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Exotic Beauties From Another Land

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is the rest of the paper for this set. Next week will be the embellishments.

Come To The Cabaret

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These costumed cuties are all french cabaret dancers.