Monday, December 22, 2008

Out on the town

This is a dress form that I decorated for my mother for Christmas:

It started out as this, found at ImagineArt7's Etsy shop. First I painted it with Rose Pink Fantastix Ink. Next I glued on strips of orange patterned napkin to create the skirt. On top of that I added a strip of gray Lutrador and a pink ribbon. For the top, I used some scraps of silk fiber/paper I had laying around. I glued a green stone flower bead on the front as a "closure" for the shawl.


Here's what I made for my friend, Loretta for Christmas:
It's a 5" by 7" artist canvas that I added Mellow Moss and Ballet Blue Stampin' Up ink to and then embossed with clear and silver pearl embossing powder. I added some green beads with faux jewels to the corners. The sea turtle I found in a magazine and glued it onto lutrador and then on to some green tissue paper to tone down the green color a little. I painted some seaweed in the bottom right hand corner with Pearl Emerald Green Lumiere paint and added some stone beads to the bottom and some flower embellishments on top of that.


So, here's my finished project for my boyfriend:
In the background I have a 12" by 12" sheet of scrapbooking paper that looks like someone drove through mud. In the left hand corner is a picture of Kevin (my boyfriend) when he's off-roading in between some trees, to that picture I added some paper to extend the trees off the original picture. In the middle I have a piece of rubber that may have come off a tire, I painted that with some "mud" and attached another picture of Kevin on top of it. In the left hand bottom corner I have a jeep toy that I found in HummingbirdEyes's Etsy shop. Above that I have the Kevin's initials. In the bottom right corner I have a "license plate" that I bought at a scrapbooking store. I busted that up with a hammer, rubbed it with a metal file and painted it with "mud", I also "screwed" it on with metal brads from skybluepink. Above that I have the word "muddin", the letters are out of a chipboard set, that I painted black and then added the "mud" on top of. Everything has been painted/spattered with the "mud" for a cohesive look. It's all mounted on a 12" by 12" artist canvas I bought at Hobby Lobby.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas present

I'm making a scrapbook/canvas for my boyfriend, Kevin. He's really into offroading. That's a picture of him in the middle. I'm planning on making paper "trees" to put on the ones in the picture, making "mud" of brown and black paint to put on the license plate and the rubber "tire" under the truck in the corner.
Anyone got ideas for the other top corner? Or should I leave it as it is?

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Hello all,
I'm starting this blog as my art blog, following any art work I produce and what goes in my etsy shop.
I am 25 years old, have been doing art for a long time. I contribute my interest of ATC's from when I started with rubber stamping, from rubber stamping I went to a few classes in an art store downtown, that closed a few years later and then at a rubber stamping store in Ankeny, which also has closed. As of now, I don't know of any rubber stamping stores in the area, though I'd be intrigued to know of some. I got into more 3D and collage art through rubber stamping, and then into paper arts as well.
Most of my work right now is ATC's. I'm currently working on a scrapbook style piece for my boyfriend for Christmas (I'll post a picture when I get it done), and decorating a small 6 inch tall dress form for my mother for Christmas (also will post a picture of this).
When I was in high school I took 2D, 3D, 4D and a fibers art class, I really enjoyed the 2D class the best. One of the pieces I did for the fibers class where we made paper, I entered in the senior art show and won best in class for fibers.I have also done quite a bit of art work through my 4-H group when I was in elementary through the end of high school and received numerous ribbons for my work.
To start you all off here are some of my most recent Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) that I made for my collageatcs Yahoo! group, of which I am the hostess/owner of.
In this group, I send a packet of items to each of the members that choose to participate for a given month and they are required to use at least one item on every card they make. This past month, November, was an orange swap.
In this card I used part of a napkin, that has been affixed to a chipboard piece.
All of these cards also use the same napkin glued to other chipboard shapes.

Starting on the left and continuing clockwise: part of the napkin along with the polka dot ribbon, fish and the background, pumpkin sequin, orange foam and the "T".