Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A MoonBud on the Moon's Art Bush

Hi meet my grandson, he is 4 years old going on 18. He came over to visit me and wanted to make a pixie (a boy fairy) is how it was explained to me.

I printed one out and he colored it with his new colored pencils and here it is. I promised him he would be able to see it on the Internet and everyone knows that Grandma's keep their promises especially this one.

Clay always collects little things for me to use, because I make a lot of stuffs. Last week a string "accidentally" fell off of my throw in the living room and he brought it to show me, hiding it behind him. His mother tried to grab it and said throw it out! He protested loudly "no mommy! grandma can use this in her art!" I will probably use that string in my fabric paper somehow just to please him. He gave me a black plastic skeleton from his toy box the other day too, because he just knows I will use it to make something!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Can you take another Button Fairy???

Well I just couldn't help myself I had to make another fairy. This is a maddening disease indeed! What is it about making things that puts us on a tear to start making certain things over and over?

My sister sent me something called Textiva, it is Angelina in the Raw so to speak. This cellophane stuff is what they spin that great fiber Angelina out of. She sent it after seeing my button fairy with the knee hi wings and thought I would be able to fashion great wings out of it. This is my first try, and to say it was easy is not doing it justice. Way easier than one would think. I can think of a few other ways to make wings out of this stuff so you may be seeing MORE button fairies! Just what we need a bazillion button fairies flying around. Perhaps it will be a button dragonfly! See what I mean?

She is a real "air head"

This time for her head I used air dry clay, and instead of a full head she has half a head and lays a bit flatter to the wall. Baby blue feathers and styrofoam berries adorn her head, oh and a jewel here and there. The look on her puss is kind of like a "yeah sure you will" look, one that I sport often enough to recognize especially when talking to certain members of my family or even looking in the mirror when I just happen to be talking to myself.

The top button is abalone shell and looks like it may have been on a coat? No idea these buttons as the others came out of my dear (mil) Esther's collection.

*NOTE* The previous fairy needed a name and there were so many wonderful names to pick from I printed out all the names and my grandson and I put them in a bag and he drew the name Rainbowshimmer - thank you Melissa the Altered Diva!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Button Fairy / Rainbowshimmer

Here is my button fairy. She needs a name if I keep her, any ideas?

Her head is made from polymer clay. I never did this before to clay so I am happy with the results, I know she isn't as beautiful as Sherrie Goshons but I tried.

The buttons are old, old, old from my mother in law.

The hair is some trim I bought that looks like boa, acts like boa but it is on a ribbon, then I added pretty flowers and rhinestones.

The wings are wire and knee hi that were dyed with posh impressions ink, sprayed with krylon and glitter glued with hologram gallery glass paint.

Please leave a comment and let me know you were here, and be honest in your comments please. You never know I may get a generous streak.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

FREEBIE! From My Private Collection

These are a few of the postcards from my private collection. They belonged to my Grandmother. Please use them for personal use only, not for resale. Save them to your own computer by right clicking.

I am Sooooooooooo LAZZzzzzy Today!

It is a gloomy day here in Florida, raining and cloudy, no sunshine whine whine. I need my daily dose of sun to brighten my attitude otherwise I start to stink! well attitude wise that is.

I went to BIG Lots today, to get something or other that I really needed(yeah right)and I found the clearance items in the Christmas junque' and I found a really cool little box in the shape of a house. I paid fifty cents for it. I also got a little tin of flowers, with no middles (for lack of the correct word). People use them in scrapbooking and making faries ect. I will most likely add some to my fabric paper after I dye them the color I want. They are pastel and I am not a pastel person, although I do like it sometimes.

I am thinking I will make my house with my ABC's from Belinda's swap that I joined last December. Then I think maybe I will put a handle on it, and do this and that! I know... I have serious crafting issues but it makes me happy, and you never know it could make you happy if you signed up for the pay it forward from a previous post. I like to make things and then I do not know what to do with them, happens all the time.

I shelled a bag of almonds today too. I am going to make almond paste, yummie! I was inspecting the shells and pulling the fishnetty membrane from the shell and my hubby who thinks I am on drugs! asked me what the H-double crooked letter am I doing? I showed him my prize, and he said oh something for your art? He is an old dog but he is learning his tricks nicely, it only took 26 years of training! Just kidding, I can't help but to smart off every now and again!

Just to tell you how fast my pea brain thinks (about crafting) I just posted something to someone about the Button Fairy and link to the pattern by Sherry Goshen and thought I may do a trade ....buttons for ? I will think on that for a short while.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Celebrating My Creative Self

In January LTMMA started some new workshops. One of them is based on Mary Todd Beam's book called "Celebrate Your Creative Self", and graciously being taught to us by Cindy. I don't think it would be kosher if I stated in here exactally what we do in the lessons but I can show you the end results. Here is my first lesson with the end result.

This is the finished for now end result as well. I added some of Amy's Magic Foil to decrease the white, I also outlined it with metallic black paint. What is it about white that makes me unconfortable? I think I relate it to being silent, something of which I am not lol. Not at all sure how I will finish this but I am thinking mosaic tile, thinking I will attach it to a board that has been weathered, or peeled paint effect applied and mosaic tile to frame. Still thinking, not to mention I have alot of these things that are unfinished with BIG plans.
I don't know why the second scan is so much lighter but the actual piece is darker like the first one and what appears black is really a deep magenta. I may have used two differnt programs to make the photo web friendly. Sometimes one works and the other doesn't.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pay It Forward

The very artistic Melissa from http://alterediva.blogspot.com/ has invited everyone to take part in this Pay It Forward.

I too think this is a great idea and am willing to play!

I will send a handmade gift/thingy/ something to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this ‘Pay It Forward’ exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! And truthfully, it will most probably be later rather than sooner! The only thing you have to do in return is ‘Pay It Forward’ by making the same promise on your blog with a link back to me. So basically, if you comment, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make! Be sure to include your email. Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work.

You must post this on your blog to be eligible.

I recieved my invite to play from Melissa of http://alterediva.blogspot.com/

Seven Deadly Sins ATC's

These are the ATC's I drew for a swap called the Seven Deadly Sins. You may notice that Lust is missing. One word Censorship.

Art Dolls Gone Wild

These are some Art Dolls I have created in the past. I love making them but they take alot of determination on my part, and that is something of mine that is compromised at the moment. I have a few others that are not shown here I will try to get them on at a latter date.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Fabric Paper Experiment

This is going to be my first post in over a year. Life hands you many obstacles and sometimes to hurdle them you have to move on and sometimes it takes a while.

This is yesterdays experiment and it is finally dry! Gosh the waiting is the hardest part isn't it? For this I took a piece of cheapo muslin and put it on plastic. Painted it with watery glue and started throwing this and that into it pushing it down, squishing this way and that. Then I squirted some inks and mushed it a bit more. Really it is not rocket science and a whole lot more fun. I set it outside to dry in the sun, but it didn't dry so I ended up bringing it back in and put it in my room and forgot about it until this morning.

One thing....wear gloves, or even plastic baggies if you try this. I didn't and now I have green and blue hands! Wonder how long it will take to wear off.

I decided that it isn't done so I will if I have time today, continue on with this piece. I have so much to do so not sure about today. I want to try and get all my photos in one place of past works so I can share for those who want to see, but it takes a lot of computer time so we will see.

Thanks for looking and I hope to offer some freebies in the near future. Please post a comment and let me know you were here.