Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Upcycled Mailing Package How To

Upcycled Mailing Package How To:

Who on your mailing list wouldn't want to get such a
fabulously fussed up package?!?
This how to is quick , easy and fun to do!

Supplies:
1 used shipping box
1 fabulous stamp or stencil
White paint or gesso
Favorite color paint
Matching glitter
Paint brush


First, paint the box/package white.  You can do one or two
coats.  I only use one so that the former life of the 
box shows just a little.
Sometimes, while the white paint is still wet, I draw into it
with the end of my brush.  I create hearts, flowers, swirls or
anything else I feel like drawing.  You can see a little of that 
in the top photo.


After that dries, I take one of my favorite paint colors and stamp or stencil away!
In this case I used Cobalt Teal and a stencil.  I don't worry about
how neat it looks... as you can see by the paint bottle, I'm a messy painter!
After I lift off the stencil, I lay a paper towel down over the work and then
lift it up again.  This creates yet another textural layer on my box.  I 
move the stencil around until I like how it looks, repeating the paper towel step.


Now, before the paint dries, I sprinkle glitter randomly over the wet paint.  Again, 
I don't try and make it "perfectly even"!  


The random patterns and layers all together make it more interesting!  Sometimes
I spray a quick coat of sealer over it but not always. 


You're now ready to pack it up and make someones day!
This little fussed up project is so easy and can be done in so many 
different ways.  Just by adding other colors, textures and markings you have
an original work of art... every time.
Not only does it make the receiver smile, but also all of the postal
handlers along the way!  
How do you recycle/upcycle your mailing packages?  I'd love to hear 
all about it... send pictures too!
And as always...
have a fabulous fussed up day!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blue Mondays

It was so cold when I woke up this morning!
At 19 degrees fahrenheit, the cold hard truth that
winter is on it's way has become shockingly apparent.
So this blue mondays post will be filled with...

blue snowflakes

blue snowflakes!

blue loop snowflakes

I love cookies... and these blue snowflake cookies are just in time for the holidays!

My own Oreo Truffles. Made with white chocolate, blue sugar and snowflakes of course!

Yum...the blue snowflake sprinkles on top of these oreo truffles are making my mouth water!
Snowflakes!

Now here's a great idea... a blue snowflake wreath.  All that's needed
is a wreath frame, felt snowflakes and a hot glue gun!
With the mercury dropping, I'll really need this
blue snowflake blanket to keep warm!

Speaking of staying warm... I think I'll stay inside today and make 
more of these polymer clay blue snowflake ornaments for the tree!

Do you have a favorite blue snowflake idea?  I'd love to hear form you...
until then, have a beautiful blue Monday!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blue Mondays

I can't believe it's Monday already!
I've been super busy getting ready for a show, the 
and have a lot of new items to show you!  
But that is another post...
this is all about the color blue!  Blue fabric to be exact..
because { drum roll please.........}

the fabric samples I ordered of my "Peace Series" mixed media
paintings came today!


It's hard to believe this is cotton fabric!  I can hardly wait
to start working with it.
Below is one of the original paintings...


and here are some more of the fabric samples...


  

I'd love to see this sofa with some of my new fabric on it. 

Blue Fabric Mix.

  A fabulous frame with a patchwork of 
fabulous blues!  


Mod Blue Daisy - a vintage 1960's Echo pure silk scarf

I LOVE the blue and the pattern in this vintage fabric
I found on Etsy!  That is my theme for today...
FABRIC!

Lingerie Travel Bag in Vintage Blue Fabric

Colored silk can be so vibrant!  This is another vintage
fabric with fabulous blues.

framed fabric in blue

Here's a clever idea!  Frame square of your favorite
fabric... this looks like blue bandanas!  Love the 
rug also...

blue damask fabric

This swatch is stretched a bit but still looks fabulous.  A blue 
and white damask always looks fresh and classic.

in love with this blue fabric

I love this fabric also.

What do you think?  Do you  like how my fabric came out 
as much as I do?  I welcome your comments!


Happy Blue Monday!




Monday, November 7, 2011

Blue Mondays

I love clouds...

blue on blue

and blue skies and water... 

blue blue blue

reflecting one another all day long.

blue blue blue

I love how the puffy white clouds race across the sky...

Blue, Blue, Blue

or just linger in the air...

Blue Sky

rising high in the morning,

sky is soo blue!

dissolving in the afternoon. 

#blue #sky #ocean

Dancing on the water...

Sky Blue Pink

Changing colors with the setting sun.

All of these inspire me to paint...
do they inspire you?
Have an awesome Monday!




Sunday, November 6, 2011

Art and Artists I LOVE!

Today I want to share the artist Mindy Lacefield and her fabulous art!

I've followed her on Etsy, called Tim's Sally,  for quite a while and in the process, found her blog.  

She's sold over 2000 items on etsy and has everything from original paintings,
prints, t-shirts, magnets, ornaments, digital art and much more!



She's a mixed media artist who uses texture, bright colors and whimsey to 
bring her subjects to life.  I love her paint strokes and innocent charm each 
painting holds.  I'd really love to take one of her 
workshops, which you can get on her website or at
a retreat, such as artfest.

Birthday Girl.........5x7 print

She's even written and illustrated a book

Hinkles Hunch........soft cover book

Really looks like a cute book... and very inspirational since 
putting a book together has long been on my to do list!

Dewdrop - mixed media art print by Mindy Lacefield

Tell me what you like best about her work!

Spring Sing - mixed media art print by Mindy Lacefield

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fabulous Gift Ideas

Fussed Up and Fabulous
Well the weekend is finally here!  With a crispness in the air
and the gift giving season right around the corner, I've 
been on the lookout for fun flirty and fabulous
gift ideas.
Of course, all of these ideas are going to take something
old, fuss it up, give it new life and be made extra thoughtful
by catering to the special someone who will receive it!

need

Here is a cute one...
almost everyone I know could use more shelf space.  
So taking a small outdated shelf, painting it up and adding
a few hooks is a great gift idea.  You can, and should,  match
your paint color to the decor of your gift recipient!  
Thrift stores always have ugly little 
shelves ripe for the picking!
Of course, I'd also add some ultra fine glitter to 
catch the light even on a cloudy day!

Want!

Here's another great idea...  any old pillow can be recovered
with a theme!  For example, if your person loves all things French
then recover it with a French print fabric.  The same applies to music lovers,
food lovers, and on and on... you get the idea.  Most fabric stores will
sell themed prints but you can always go on a treasure hunt
to find what you're looking for.  Don't forget about "repurposing"
for your fabric... I've seen t-shirts, towels, and other items with
fabulous prints that would look great on a pillow.
Fuss it up even more with fancy tassel trim, paint or sparkly buttons!

Love these!

This last idea is simple but can make a huge impact!  Go to 
the thrift store and grab up a few old silver spoons... or even 
a knife, fork and spoon... giving one of each.  Paint and embellish the utensils
with glass paint, ribbons, wire and anything else
from your leftover art/craft projects and most importantly...
add an encouraging word, saying or scripture verse.
This fabulous and personal wall art is small enough to be hung
anywhere and will cheer up the fortunate owner every single day!
Have a great weekend and don't forget to really
enjoy this gift giving season by making it personal!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hoola Hoop Rug!

Hoola Hoop Rug!

Fabulous Idea...


I found this idea while on Pinterest today 

and LOVE it!  Although I no longer have a 

hoola hoop and already recycle 

my t-shirts (with paint!)...




I certainly want to make a cute little 
t-shirt rug for Betty Boop!  I know she'd 
like it! Hope you enjoy this...
it's originally from                

Disney's FamilyFun.com.



Hoola Hoop Rug

Hula Hoop Rug by Nicole Blasenak Shapiro From FamilyFun Magazine
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What does it take to transform a pile of old T-shirts into spectacular works of woven art? Just a spare hula hoop or embroidery hoop and the techniques we'll show you here. The oversize looms and easy-to-use loops of T-shirt fabric make these projects particularly appealing to beginning weavers. Learn the basic hoop weaving technique by crafting a colorful accent rug to brighten up a room. And if you want to take the weaving a little further, check out our basket and chair pad weaves

Before you begin, some terms you need to know: the warp is the material you string on the hoop, the weft is the material you weave with.


Materials
  • Scissors
  • About a dozen T-shirts
  • 33-inch hula hoop
Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours
Instructions
  1. null For the warp, cut 1-inch-wide loops from the bodies of one or two tees (we found a boy's large worked best on our 33-inch hoop), removing the hem and stopping at the sleeves. Ideally these loops should all be the same color; we used two colors for clarity in our photographs. You'll need a total of 11 loops. For the weft, cut at least 50 loops from the remaining shirts. Save the unused sleeves for the basket project.
  2. null Stretch one warp loop over the hula hoop, as shown.
  3. Step 3 Add and secure a second loop, perpendicular to the first.
  4. null Repeat, filling in the spaces, until all 11 loops are in place.
  5. null Push together two warp loops at the top of the hula hoop, as shown. This creates an odd number of warp spokes in your wheel, which allows the overunder pattern of the weft to alternate with each new row.
  6. Step 6 Secure the first weft loop to the center of one of the warp spokes (we chose the doubled spoke from step 5) by wrapping it around the warp and then looping it back through itself.
  7. null Begin weaving the weft over and under the warp spokes, forming a tight spiral. For now, treat both parts of each warp spoke as a single unit, weaving over or under the two together. As you work, push the weft material toward the center of the hoop and keep it just snug. If you pull the weft tight, the rug will develop lumps or bends. When you reach the end of the piece of weft, add a new loop by threading it through the end of the first and back through itself.
  8. null When your rug is about 8 inches across, begin treating each warp spoke as two individual strips instead of a single unit, weaving over or under each strand instead of going over or under the doubled spoke. This increases the number of warp spokes, improving the structure of the project. When you get to the two warp spokes that you pushed together at the top of the loom, separate them. Treat one of the spokes as two individual strips, but continue to treat the other as a single spoke. This maintains the odd number of warp spokes.
  9. null When the rug is the size you want, but no closer than 8 inches from the edge of the hula hoop, snip open your weft loop.
  10. null Tie the ends around a warp spoke, and tuck the ends into the rug.
  11. null Cut the warp spokes off the hoop one at a time.
  12. null Tie the ends in pairs, then trim them to make a fringe or tuck them back into the rug.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mixed Media Painting... SOLD!


A few months ago I did a collaborative project called
Project Code Blue, with two other artists.... Abigail Livingood and
Angela Meijer.  It was the brilliance of Abigail that gave us
the theme, the fearlessness of Angela that dared us to 
push ourselves...
and my sense of adventure that got us together in the first place.


The challenge was to create mixed media art that could  somehow,  just by looking at it,  reach out and pull you back from the edge... 
whatever your edge, or "code blue" moment might be.  We created pieces that fit as pages into a beautiful handmade box, printed a small book of our work and showed it all at the Historic Valley Junction Spring Gallery Night 2011.  


Going one step further, I decided to create four 36" x 36" mixed media acrylic paintings 
that I titled "After the Blues".  This was my attempt to express, in a very bright and bold way, the joy and happiness that can be found on the other side of the blues.   These paintings are also a result of pushing through my own artistic inhibitions.  While I blogged privately about most of this, 
I publicly expressed a little bit  here.


In the end, I love how these paintings came out and am inspired by them daily.  The best part about 
doing a series like this is the process in which they unfold and how they evolve into having a life of their own!  I'm pleasantly surprised each time I look at them and discover something new.  I've also taken many pictures of all the color and texture variations and use those in other projects.



All of the photos in this post are of the same painting I refer to as "Great is the Lord"... because of the sheet music collaged into the piece.  I've used parts of this for prints, cards, journals, 
jewelry and much more.


It always gets a great response and I'm happy to tell you it has been sold!  Happy for many reasons but a little sad too.  Something happens when you pour your heart and soul into a painting.  Each one is completely original...  and each one carries everything you put into it.   The attachment grows as the painting does.  But as an artist, letting go is just another part of the process.


So with a bright sunny day on my side, I take the painting out for one last photo shoot before I deliver it.
As always, I discover new favorite spots, colors and textures.  Markings and drips previously unnoticed  appear in the bright sunshine.  Along with the new discoveries comes new ideas for new paintings. 


 Thus the creative cycle continues 
in the life of this happy artist! 



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