Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rediscovering Vintage Journals

Just a note to tell you how thrilled I was to have 2 of my new-found and uncompleted Art Journals published in the July/Aug issue of
Somerset Studio.

Years ago I made several journals of different sizes and shapes. Some I sold, and others were given as gifts. 

This one is a Barnes and Noble kraft-colored journal refill. It was only partly
decorated before I put it in a box with the other journal and placed them on a 
shelf.....years later I found them and decided to finish them.

Old and new elements are used to embellish the covers and backs. The Vintaj 
Brass pieces on the cover here and the Finnabair stars are always my favorite additions. The hand-dyed ribbon with luscious layers of colors from rich purple to brilliant orange is tied over the gold and black metallic trim. 


This small Zutter-made book also uses the linen-like papers with stamped images and a couple of Vinaj brass pieces. 

I've used white and black pen dots for a decade and added more to this one when I found the basic start. 

The trim and brass key was used to divide the two papers, and the black gems creates a little more contrast.


Sadly I didn't photograph this little book before I sent it off, so this is a picture
of the spread in the magazine.

All the products and instructions are in the magazine with many more pictures.

I hope you enjoy all the wonderful Artist's creations that were so brilliantly
displayed in this great publication. On newstands for you July 1st.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Friday, June 1, 2018

Turning a Project Around

Hi everyone!

This post is all about taking a project that you've put lots of time and effort into, only to see it ruined by a blotch of paint, a blob of glue, or other "can't fix this" misstep along the way. 

This started out on a 4x8" stretched canvas with lots of scrap papers, tissue paper, and stenciling for a background. It also was running the opposite direction with a stunning vintage lady on the right side where the metal turn is now. 

I had applied soft matte gel and then decided to spray some blue around her base. Well, long story short, it ruined the image of the lady and would not budge. That having been said, I ripped her off!!!

And the canvas then sat on my desk for weeks......usually I don't give up that easily, there's always a way to cover a mistake up, but in this instance, I pushed it aside. Rather gave up on it for a bit.


But then weeks later I decided to "turn this piece around."  Literally.  I added more tissue paper, some script and number stamps, a new vintage image, and we were off to the races!!!

I dug into my metal ephemera stash from picking my brother-in-laws garage years ago. I used this antique brass plate, and added a turn with a tiny number. Both pieces have Metallique Waxes on the high points to make them shine.

(If anyone knows the significance of the numbers on the plates that were nailed to a cabinet with many drawers, please let me know. We found no rhyme or reason to them.)


I wanted bright colors to offset the sepia-toned photo, so the butterflies took center stage. The Art Stones with various Metallique and Impasto paints got surrounded with a mixture of Micro Beads and Glass Glitter.

Shading brought the piece some dimension, and white splatters broke up the background just a bit.


I guess the lesson here is ~ never give up. Much like all events in life, there's usually a better day coming. Things will look different tomorrow. Hopefully you can take something that didn't quite work, and "turn it around" to create a whole new situation that makes you happy.

That's what I did here. That's what I hope you can do in your situations when life gives you lemons ~ you can make lemonade.

Be well and be good to each other.

Your Friend in ART,
Linda


Other Products Used: Butterfly Paper Cuts, Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Dolls, PaperArtsy Mini Stamps, Black Archival Ink, Tissue Papers, Washi Tape, Tom Bow Markers.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Relieving Stress by Creating ART

 Stress.....we all have it. Sometimes it's our job, or our kids, the weather, bills, our health...but at the end of the day, we ALL have stress.

How we deal with it is another thing. Lots of people use their creative abilities as a way through it all. Some play music, or draw, paint or decorate a space. Most of us just want to curl up in a ball and hide, or sleep, but working with what generally makes you happy is a much better solution. 


This project took a long time for me to finish. It started with an unfinished wooden box from Hobby Lobby and paper clay elements that I painted with black gesso.

I really loved how the clay dried with cracks and the texture of the pine box was slightly rough. It adds character and age to the unit.


I proceeded to add Opal Magics and Metallique Paints on the paper clay mould embellishments and the rest of the box.

This is a look at the first layer of paint. A dry-brush method is best on the black gesso when using these paints.

And then it sat there....for weeks, perhaps months. I knew it needed something, but I just didn't know what.  


There are lots and lots of layers and colors of paint here. Way too numerous to list. I'd be lying if I thought I could actually remember them anyway, but just know, the Opal Magics went on first so they really popped on the black gesso, and the brighter, more intense Metalliques were added last.

 A bit of German Dresden trim was lightly painted and used around the top. 


More layers of color were brushed on. It seemed like a never-ending battle to get the right colors to take the spotlight.

A few Mini Stars were thrown in to cover the ends of the Dresden on the front and back.


I added Magical Pond Sparks paint in the centers of the Lotus Flowers with 2 different sizes of Art Stones.

The Heart Key has oranges and reds, like the Lotus, in several layers of color and intensity.


It's all put together with 3D Matte Gel, Soft Gel and Heavy Body Gel.

I've been in the garden a lot since Springtime is here and Summer is fast approaching. You have to strike while the iron is hot to get those seeds planted and annuals in the ground. Now that that is done, I can spend more time in the Studio.

Today I'm also on the Finnabair blog with this Spotlight project and more insight into creating to relieve stress. So click on the link and check it out.


Hope you're inspired to create and share your inspirations and fears.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda