I needed some additional colors of wool for future mixed-media art projects so I did some experimenting.
Using my microwave, I dyed this wool fabric with a mixture of two packets of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade KOOL-AID® - and about 16 ounces of water and 4 ounces of vinegar. I used unsweetened KOOL-AID. It took a total of 7 - 8 minutes. I did check the wool about every two minutes. You'll know the process is done when the water looks clear.
The color is a little mottled because I used a small Pyrex dish for a 15" long x 11" wide piece of recycled wool. I do like the end result. What do you think?
Here's the back story on my mixed-media, Shadow Box art. I borrowed the French Frame Engravingto create an image on muslin cloth, using the Citra Solv Transfer technique. I then cut the fabric to make a cloth envelope.
I was inspired by another Graphics Fairy image that portrayed a paper envelope surrounded by birds. (I'm still looking for that image so I can link to it here.)
I glued vintage papers to the back of the shadow box, added a gessoed, large silk flower, a glittered blue spray and bird. I filled my envelope with silk flowers. I didn't glue these flowers in so that I can change the look of my art piece with a variety of ephemera.
Like many of you, I'm always juggling a variety of mixed-media art projects. Making the typical To Do Lists can be frustrating. I hopefully think I can finish all the tasks that I plan for a given day. But since my list was always too long, I usually did not meet my goal.
To remedy the situation, I thought of putting my To Do Lists on the backs of business cards. Why not use small cards to make shorter lists? But I decided business cards were too small for my writing style. Instead, I came up with the idea of using Artist Trading Cards (ATC) covered with decorative papers.
My ATC To Do Lists are a work-in-progress which I'm going to test out in the next few weeks. You can try working with them too!
I recently created these vintage-style, votive candle holders. I love the heavyweight feel of these glass votives. The glass is actually 1/4-inch thick.
The votives are covered in script ledger paper that is adorned with vintage eggs. I distressed the tops and bottoms of the votives to enhance the aged look. I added a double coating of glaze to protect the images.
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This past month, I really enjoyed working on my art submissions for PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Trinkets & Treasures) Marketplace. All the steps in the creating process seemed to fall into place. There were no last-minute frustrations, like rushing out to the shops for needed supplies - or pieces not working together. Here's a sneak peek:
I spotted this quotation in a magazine and it gave me the inspiration for this mixed-media canvas. The author of the quote, Uta Hagen (1919-2004), was a German-born American actress and drama teacher. I named the little girl, in the canvas, Miss Sparkly.
I began The Sweet Shop by first collaging, and distessing, a wooden frame. That set the tone for a girly-girl, sweet pink art work.
I got my inspiration for this needle-felted Teddie Bear from my own little Shih Tzu puppy named Teddi. All day long, he runs around our home carrying his toys from one room to the next. He always looks like he has such serious business to accomplish.
And we never know when that business will turn into mischief - like when he snags a ball of wool roving from my closet or a pencil from a nightstand. Tia, our seven year old Shih Tzu, just gives him a haughty look when he gets into trouble. She is very self-important - and wants everybody to think that she doesn't stoop to silly games. But she does!
To find out more details about these art pieces, please visit PFATT Marketplace. I'm also interested in any feedback you may have about my work. Enjoy your Sunday.
Are the day-to-day demands of life keeping you from making more art? Here’s how you can squeeze more art into your life by thinking in Minutes instead of Hours.
First, you need to prop your home with toys (i.e., art supplies) so that you’ll be prepared when you encounter some free minutes in your day.
These toys could include pens, markers, clay, assorted papers, glue, old magazines & catalogs, small notebooks, rubber stamps & ink pads, scissors and fabric scraps.
Put some small notebooks in every room of your house, e.g., kitchen, by your nightstand, office, patio, great room – wherever you spend most of your time. Think of these notebooks as mini sketch pads or repositories for artful ideas.
Purchase a couple of packages of air-dry clay. Take a few spare minutes, in your day, to play with the clay. You’re not going for a full-fledged sculpture. You just want to juice up your creativity.
Gather any nearby paper scraps (decorative type, magazine pages, junk mail) and begin gluing a background for your next collage piece. I find this task to be very relaxing for me, especially when I'm working with small paper scraps.
Grab some old business cards and doodle on the back of ten of these cards. Use pens or markers.
Choose a quotation and create a quick sketch to illustrate the main idea behind the quote.
Dig through your old rubber stamps, especially those that you haven’t used in a long time. Combine different stamps and inks to create a quick collage.
During the next few weeks, as you work on your art, add some more ideas to this list.
I recently purchased these two items at a local antique store. I probably paid too much money for them but I do like them. The first piece reminds me of a doll's dresser. I'm going to use it to hold my collection of micron pens.
The second piece is a toast holder, supposedly from the 1930's, and made in England. I'll use it as a holder for the paper files on my desk. After I shine it up of course.
Did you pick up any interesting collectibles over the holiday weekend?
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