Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Journal page swap

So I've been working on some journal pages. approx 8.5 x 10.5 On some of them I've acutally done some personal journal work (I'm sure this is going to impress so many~ not~) and others just the normal bit of arty thought. Oh! how I wish I could letter better.
Typography is just not my thing

I've really enjoyed working on these, the bigger size has been lots of fun. I've used a thick board for my base. I painted them with acrylic before adding all the collage elements. They are two sided so while one side was drying I was off and running on a new page. Every element was outlined with a soft carbon pencil then smeared over with a highlighter. The highlighter kind of
smooshed the carbon and smeared it nicely. ~ I'm using very technical terms here so I hope you can keep up~ I used my Nexus ocher pen to scribble around all collage elements. It's very faint but just adds that little bit of depth. The bummer here is that I have used it all up and can't find a replacement. Pssttt.... on that.

These two pages have my drawings that I enlarged big because they were on the small side, nowhere near filling this kind of space. I then colorized myart with pastels I found in the back room. That's the joy of back rooms you never know what you will find.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Two new moo's

These are two little moo's that I kind of kept. Acutally I really kept them not kind of.

One of my favorite words to say to anyone is "you nut" so these little fellows make me snicker alot.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Moo Cards

Ok, so I had no idea what a moo card was till I joined a swap. So a moo card is 1 -1/8" x 2 3/4" in size. These are some moos I made.

Ok so I'm slow at this and had to do research on what a moo is and it turns out it's a big deal. Lots of folks are moo collectors and the real moo is a printed card produced in England.

You can get your own art printed on one of these little guys. And guess what I did? I went and got some printed. Whoo Hooo!!! They came in yesterday so here they are too.
The site was easy to navigate and I even found a discount code online. The site is http://www.moo.com/

The cards do not look cheap they are nice slick and crisp. Yeah, I'll be back for more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Crow Pages

I'm making Crow pages for roc's journal swap.
It's been fun but I get stuck on the journal bit.
any how they are done on water color paper, with acrylic paint and any odd bits of images or paper that i liked. Oh! and lots of doodling, my husband bought me some cool gel pens so i've been having way too much fun with them.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's been forever

It's been forever but I made a new ATC. I'm stuck in a stage where I just can't seem to work my tiny brain around an idea for a great card. I say Phssttt to that feeling.

Tile Bamboo Swap

I joined the tile bamboo swap at MAW and this is what I came up with. I rummaged thru my junk box and found all sorts of odd metal bits. The best find was the rectangle metal that was once a belt it made a great frame. Large paper clips, broken jewelry and some found beads that acutally may not have been found but pilfered from my mom's stash. Anything was game and I had a great time with this swap. Even kept two for myself. I need to learn to do this more, while doing a swap make one for me.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Joys of Solder

I’ve been having fun with my solder gun again. It comes in spurts and a lot of spurts happened when I received that groovy book from Mireya. I made a little domino fish necklace. It’s a smaller domino than usual I gave him a hinged body because I liked the idea of him whipping his tail about. I also did this with a mermaid which I’ve hung on my rear view mirror and I love the effect of it.

I also had the mad idea of how to display inchies that I have received from other artist. So low and behold they make great charms.

All I did was cut a piece of glass one inch and encased these little bits of delightful art and added a bit of other charms to it.
The little rinchies are made by roc, aren't they the cutest? And I have a little bottle cap charm that Tanya Mac made me.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My New Fav Book

Ok, so I had a B'Day a while back in Aug. and I got the coolest surprise from Mireya (folks also know her as Art4mysanity) an ATC shirine, what a cool thing that is. And the way cool thing is she sent me a book from my wish list
This book is so cool. It inspired me to go play with solder again. I'll put those up later. So here is a cyber hug to you Mireya!!!! Whoo Hooo!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What have I been doing? Oh yeah! I've been making more cards.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

In the ArtTrader

If you're interested. My how to solder tutorial is in the new ArtTrader magazine.
It's short and sweet with photos. Lots more wonderful articles in there as well.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Making Cards on a Holiday

Just a few more bird cards. I tried doing fish but I always go back to these dang blasted birdies.

Friday, June 27, 2008

How to make a glass marble necklace

Ok, so here is how I made it, I used clear flat glass marbles, silver tape from the hardware store and my solder kit. Which has every thing I need to solder.

Find images you like and glue to the back of the marble and trim. When dry apply the silver tape to cover the back of the marble.
Use your copper tape around the edges.

Solder like usual. If you need a tutorial on soldering go here to see how I do it. The silver tape gives it a nice back and you don't have to waste a lot of solder covering the back.

Make your chains out of 1.5 inch cut paper clips, Jumbo size. You will want to make sure your paper clips are weather proof. Drop them in water to make sure they will not rust. Connect your links with jump rings add your finished glass marbles and voila you have a necklace.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Matchbox art

Ok so I've been playing with matches. It's just a average small matchbox trasformed.
I put these little guys on on ebay and I sold the boxed female, how cool is that! But that little cat I called it "a shine to a kitty soul" did not sell. I really thought that one was the cutest.

Both boxes are covered with old book pages and sealed for proctection. The boxed female I used the whole matchbox I made it into a little shadow box.The kitty I just used the inside of the box. The kitty is in a bottle cap raised from the inside and pierced painted nails all the way around the box.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Working at a library has its perks

I checked out Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth. Love the book it has some wonderful techniques in it. So I've tried a couple.

This one actually looks very similar to the one she did in the book. Except I had to use what I had on hand so instead of canvas I used chipboard 5x7 painted with antique white acrylic paint not gesso. Covered it with tan tissue paper not a dress pattern. The red is a laser jet print of random art lines. In the book she used clear caulk the kind you use around the tub to do the transfer. I watered down some gel medium to a glue thickness covered the tissue let that dry then slapped some more gel medium on top and while still wet I put the laser jet print on top and smoothed down. When it dried I added water to the paper so I could remove the paper back so it would just leave the red image transfer. Glued my lady and words down. Took a scraper with antique white acrylic and made those lines on the side. Then edged it with dark Old English polish and buffed some on to the whole area.

Ok so with this one, using what is on hand. It is 5x3.5 chipboard painted with antique white acrylic paint. Watered down gel medium slapped on then an old book page put on the wet surface and burnished down. I did not add any gel medium to the top yet. When dry I got some sticky packing tape and burnished it down then pulled it off. This left the other side of the book page in reverse. Color washed it with water colors stamped the green vine. Glued down the lady and words and covered the whole thing with gel medium...ok so here is the cool part from the book. Smear some Vaseline on the parts you do not want covered up by paint then paint over the whole thing. When dry the paint peels off the Vaseline and you get a real cool worn paint look. Then the Old English furniture polish around the edges I didn't have any brunt sienna paint.
There are so many more techniques to try and the other great thing is that I don't have to pay overdue fines.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I have nothing to say today but I have been making lots of birds cards lately. It must be all the twittering in the trees. I swear I'm going to start making fish.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Family

I was trying a technique from the Somerset magazine. Painting over black and white Xerox copy. This is my parents, they look real happy but that only lasted for three years. They were married in Ethiopia. I have this in my art hovel so I can ponder on it. The nice thing about my parents is that they always stayed friends so when my mom sees this she won't freak. I love how the veil turned out in this, I used tissue paper a suggestion by my husband.

Ahhh.....here is where I'm going to let you in on family secrets....We have kept this fact silent for many years, for the sake of the grand parents (they were so old fashion, the grandmother still)My father passed away at the tender age of 45 he died a very proud and nobel gay man (and I don't mean he was happy all the time). My father the research scientist, his life work to study cancer. A very talented artist and my father....Charles Gschwind... look him up... bet you can't understand anything he wrote about.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My first swap

Ok, so I have my first swap going on at atcsforall and it's Butterdogs. I'm new to hosting so I can only have 12 players. That's a good thing since I don't want to mess anything up.
It's going great, the swap is filled and I've gotten two adorable sets of Butterdoggies already. Now I need to get my own going. I've been putting off making cards for too long now.

CArd update I've fiinished up my butter dogs.