The Romance Collection

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This is a new series of small artworks that I have made on repurposed VCR tapes.  All began with a poured acrylic painting, embellished with flowers, decorative papers, and other small items to give them sparkle and dimension.  They were all sealed with a coat of crystal resin to add depth.

I chose a romantic theme for this series – flowers and little objects that remind me of romantic events.  There’s a bit of sparkle and I think all of them are quite elegant.

I like the size of the work because they fit into almost any space – and they can conceal small mementos inside.  I really dream of living in a tiny house, so I’m inspired by the thought of giving my art a dual purpose – not only does it look lovely hanging on a wall, but the interior of the box can hold little things that are important to the owner.  I love that idea – it’s minimalism with a sentimental twist.

All of my small cases are available in my Etsy shop.

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A New Beginning

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I’m pretty excited – I just opened my Etsy shop today.   Originally, it was supposed to open in 2014, but life took a different twist and here I am three years later getting back to what I wanted to do.

Those three years in between were pretty chaotic, but even in that chaos – with all of that stress – art was my stability.  In those three years I found myself as an artist and learned some new skills that help me to be more creative.

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I have amassed a collection of materials to work with and have really come to rely on those quiet moments when I am creating as a way to bring balance to my life.  I have discovered that my tangible art is vastly different from my digital art – but when I look at my art as a whole, there’s more cohesion than I thought.

I have often stressed over the fact that I didn’t have a “signature” style.  Recently, I realized that the more art I created, the more similar those works became.  My signature developed organically – thorough the creation of new works – and I guess I spent a lot of time stressing when I didn’t have to.  I think that pattern will continue.  An organic narrowing of my aesthetic that will develop with time.  I’m excited to see where it goes next.

I also discovered that everything in life is better with a bit of glitter.  It’s hard to be unhappy or stressed when you’re sprinkling glitter on something.  I think I’m going to glitter everything – just because.

So stop by and visit my Etsy Shop!  I’ll know if you did because I set up the Google Analytics….just sayin’.

 

Using multiple techniques – Mixed Media Collage

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This is from a new collection that I’ve been working on.  These are not digital images, but rather mixed media collage pieces, all centered around a nature theme.  In the above shot, you can see the embellishments I added to the surface – including a paper butterfly that was inspired by a Lalique pin I saw.

All in all, there are at least 7 techniques used above – probably more, but after 7 it’s really a moot point.  These new collages have texture and are all finished with a clear coat of resin to give the surface some depth.  So I thought for a while I’d post about these little gems.

On the main substrate of the piece.

I used acrylic paint and Liquitex pouring medium to achieve the cream and white color of the base.  Next, I layered Liquitex gel medium over it using a stencil (this one is from Tim Holtz), then used Pebeo Vitrail in sand and white to flood over the dried stencil to get the deeper areas.  The Vitrail lightening medium is so easy to use over a textured piece.  It carries the color right into the recesses and by flooding the piece with a mixture of Vitrail paints thinned with lightening medium I can get a soft finish with nice color transitions.  My next step was to drop on some Pebeo Moon paint…but more on that later.

Then I went to work on a cardstock butterfly.  I layered Pebeo Moon and Fantasy paints over the surface (in pearl and gold) and let the effects mix together.  I love the way they swirl and change and give an enameled look to a piece.  Then came some embellishments (Recollections glitter and little bling gems) all held on with some glossy mod-podge.  You never want to use the matte mod-podge over a glitter – it takes away the sparkle.  I also let some white Vitrail flow over some little flowers I molded with PaperClay and a small mold I bought years ago.  These little flowers then got a gem glued to the center and the edges brushed with PearlEx powders.  That really added a little extra sparkle!

In the 1st photo, you can see some faint butterflies with glittery bodies.  Those were a photo-transfer using scrapbook paper and gloss gel.  Once the gel dries, you can soak it in water and rub off the paper – leaving a transparent “skin” with the image on it.  It’s great fun to do while watching TV.  I then assembled all of the elements – including some little gears and a big sparkly Bead Landing flower that came from my stash of jewelry supplies and then a coat of clear Gedeo resin – Voila!  A mixed media collage that took HOURS but was so entertaining to do.