Saturday, May 31, 2008

Charms for the Raevn's Nest Art Retreat

I've signed up for a charm swap to be held at the Raevn's Nest Art Retreat I am attending in October. Here are 2 of the types of charms I've made so far. I haven't decided whether to make more of these or go with a different design.
I stamped on shrink plastic to make the piece at the bottom and then added some colored beads and a die bead to each charm using some red-colored wire.

Altered Tin in progress

This altered tin is still a work in progress. I sanded it, painted with white gesso, and then used a sponge to apply 3 colors of Golden Fluid Acrylics (iridescent gold, quinacridone burnt orange, and iridescent bronze). I needed to stay with colors that would work with orange because of the plastic handle on the tin. I'm not sure what will be next, but it needs more work.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Altered Puzzle Piece

I joined an 'altered puzzle piece' swap on CCSwaps and this is what I plan to send to my partner. I started with a blank gift card holder, painted it with acrylics and a sea sponge, and then applied a darker shade of paint to the puzzle piece. It may be hard to see, but I stamped a background image onto the puzzle piece before wrapping beaded wire and attaching various other embellishments. The item on the upper left off the puzzle piece is a glass leaf charm that I strung onto the beaded wire. I hope my partner will like the results.

Pea's Art Venture deco

This is the front page for Pea's "ART" deco book. I had used Aileen's Color Mists for the background. The colors spoke to me of Spring so I went with the nature theme. I hope Pea likes this because I know her preference for theme may have been more of the bold and/or bizzare!!! But I had already used some of my limited "arsty and bizzare" images on other projects for Pea so I went with this theme. Are you laughing Pea???
After stamping the 2 Stamp Zia panels I colored them with a water-filled brush and lyra water color crayons. I like the way it turned out. I can't remember who makes the verse I used. The diamond images that border the panes came with some other stamps I had ordered...just extras.

Here is the back page ....

After stamping the 2 images I thought of framing them with the ribbon. Then in the other 2 spaces I stamped the words. The ribbon worked well with the color and the theme of the page.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Trish's altered egos deco book

I received another of the Altered Ego's deco books this week. This one belongs to Trish. Pea and Maggi have had it before me and only Adrienne is left to 'do her thing' after I am done. Both Pea and Maggi had been stamping images in black ink and then adding some white highlights with a gel pen. I LOVED how this book was evolving so I wanted to continue with the same scheme. The pages are envelopes and Trish gave us the option of gluing down the flap or working it into our design. I chose to work my design around the flap and make something to go into the envelope.
I happened to have some large playing cards, so to I decided to use one and alter it to blend in with the theme of 'playing'. It fits perfectly into the evelope on the right side of my page! The only thing that could have been more perfect was if my domino embellishment would have had a 5 and a 3 to match the stamped image, rather than a 6 and a 4.

Art Venture Deco's

Here we's another round robin of deco books!!!! This time the artists playing are members of the Art Ventures Group..... and there is one requirement - the word "ART" must appear somewhere on the page.
This is the front page I did in Denise Rand's book. She indicated that she loved the 'people and animal' theme that is being used for a Tall and Skinny chunky book on CCSwaps; and, she also likes a recent challenge issued by our List Mom, Trish, ... 'off with their heads'. So I decided to combine the 2 themes and I came up with this silly image for her.

This is the back of the page I did in Denise's book. I used a piece of background I had created with shaving cream and reinkers. Then I stamped over with one of my favorite 'artsy' stamps. I added just a little sparkle with some gel pens. Now it's on to another of the Art Ventures members. I hope Denise likes it!!