Sunday, March 11, 2018

3 Monas for Spring

A good Sunday to you all! I'm happy you stopped by to see me. I have this wall hanging to share with you today. You can click on it to make it bigger.

Remember seeing the 3 Mona coasters HERE ? This is what I did with them. For a couple of weeks now I've been slowly but methodically Spring-cleaning, and I wanted some art for our family room that was fresh and new, like how I think of Spring. I'm a bit different in that I don't automatically go to the birds or flowers when I want to create or decorate for Spring. I'm more into lighter or pastel colors or just NEW. While I'm sure I'll create some Spring makes with birds and flowers, that is not what I wanted for our family room. It has a bit of a 40's postmodern art deco masculine look.

I stamped the 4x4 chipboard coasters with very old rubber from Ma Vinci Reliquary using Memento inks in the dew drop pads. Their small size and shape made it easy to use different colors on one stamp. Each coaster is a different stamp in the set. Then I adhered them to some of my mom's gross grain ribbon she'd gifted me.

I adhered coasters to the backs that I'd collaged with tissue squares and layered some stamped and crinkled tissue paper on top, then dry-painted it kiwi green in spots. This gives a more finished look when the backs are decorated, yet those little squares give it a look complementary to the fronts, I think. There's a lot of geometric shapes in the stamps on the front of the piece, so adding the squares complemented that.

I attached 2 yellow chunky metal flower brads (ok, I did use some flowers, ya got me haha) to the top and bottom of the ribbon. Here is a look at the back after shoring up the ribbon with card stock. The blue dots are hiding the brad prongs of the metal flowers.

I added black Victorian scrap bordering to each coaster, and then painted a mini popsicle stick hole-punched with my Cropadile to hold some braided fiber trim to hang my piece.

I love how it turned out, in part because I did it without consulting anything or anyone else. It was my first coaster wall hanging, too. Completely organic - just thought it out what step to take next. I've learned a lot in my almost 15 years in online art play, so I just trusted myself. This was good for me, and kind of representative of this new season in my life with my plans for change and renewal. A self-confidence builder / reinforce.

Honey loves it. He says Leonardo is smiling, isn't that sweet? And it actually looks fresh and crisp in our space and dresses it up a bit. With the pastel colors of the inks I used, it's a perfect addition to my other Spring decorations. And every bit of it was stamped using my inkpads like a brush to get the variegated colors on each stamp.

I'm linking this project up to the following challenges:

I also want to link up to A Vintage Journey's March Challenge - Treasure and send a great big Happy Birthday #4 to them. This challenge is about sharing one of our treasure troves and/or creating with some of it. The reason I chose coasters to work with is because they are one of my art supply treasure troves.

This is my storage drawer of just my 4"x4" coasters. There's about 100 there! At least they were on sale, right? I've had them several years and have treated them like I put them in a safety deposit box, lol. Well, I'm gonna use them more because they are very cool to work on. This challenge kind of struck a nerve with me because I have many troves to choose from. Buttons, ribbon, lace, paper, charms, bottle caps, hardware, stamps -- but just to be clear I am a collector...not a hoarder. Haha - riiiiight! 

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a fab week!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lots to Share Today

Happy Friday, Y'all! The sun is out in my part of the world and not too chilly. Come on, Spring, push through! Today I have 3 projects to share: an art journal glue book page, a Rolo and an ATC. Let's get started!

My page is for my Puns & Roses Glue Book and I started off with recycling a page from an old wall calendar for the background. Then I scanned that into PSE and sized my animals on it. Printed them out and fussy cut them. Images from Gecko Galz and Dezinaworld. (If you don't get the double entendre, here is a hint: Man is an animal.) There is still snow on the mountain, but it's melting and becoming Spring. Hope it doesn't take them as long as it's taking us, lol.

I am linking up my Animal Kingdoms journal page to:

Next up is my weekly ScriptureDex Rolo I do for TMTA. The challenge this week is Call. The German phrase directly translated to "Reach out and touch someone" so I went with that thought and chose Proverbs 27:9. Stamps used are from Artistic Outpost, Studio Calico, Cornish Heritage Farms, Stampers Anonymous, Technique Tuesday and Alpha Stamps. Tim Holtz Hearts stencils, distress and archival inks.

And here is the Rolo on the Dex. I'm linking this Rolo up with Think Monday Think ATC - Call .

My last share is an ATC I made using a background I'd already made with different colored markers. The arrested woman is a stamp from Technique Junkies called Mug Shot. I thought it was appropriate for now, since our local school districts begin that rite of Spring today at the end of the day. Spring Break is always part of Spring! The police line border is a stamp from Michelle Ward's Green Pepper Press. 

I am linking up my ATC to the following challenges:

Well, that's all for today. Thank you for visiting me and looking at my art! Hope you all have incredible weekends and find some time for art play, okay? 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring Showers ATC

Popping in to share this ATC. Painted acrylic background, Technique Junkies silhouette stamp Rain Dance, Artistic Outpost Play sentiment stamp from the Springtime set, and unknown makers on the Spring and Shower word stamps. I used Brilliance ink for all the stamping and had to heat set it on the painted background, but it's on there now. This was also a challenge to photograph in order to get all those colors. I painted this background a while back and am guessing I must have used my Lumiere paints. Anyway, I chose it for this piece for the progression of those colors. I could literally see where the girl would be stamped, and the background reminds me of those dark stormy spring thunderstorms here where the sky turns almost all colors in different spots at the same time. So frustrating to not be able to capture the background, but after about a half dozen shots, this is the best one. It is now hanging on my little metal tree.

Linking my Spring Shower ATC up with the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting me and my best wishes for a great Monday!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

New MARCH-ing Orders after my MonaFest

Progress shot of part of my Monafest in process...

And so in blows MARCH! Yes, already! Time doth FLY! I'm constantly amazed at how fast, way too fast for me, but I've not been consulted. ;-) 

It was bound to happen: in the same week that SPA challenged us to alter Mona, Think Monday Think ATC/Rolo asked us to use a Leonardo da Vinci theme. Here's the mixed media ScriptureDex Rolo I came up with, using another of the Ma Vinci stamps I showed you the last time, along with gesso, gelatos, stenciling, archival and distress inks and stamps. I attempted the Gelatos Swipe technique after seeing my dear friend Bethie create a beauty with it. And well, that technique is harder than I thought. You can barely see the Tim Holtz Harlequin-stenciled diamonds, but I went with it and then fell in love with the soft ambiguity of the look. Thought the message in Psalm 119:37 went well with those Mona eyes, too. So, I'm linking to Think Monday Think ATC - Leonardo da Vinci .

Here's the back. I wrote out the verse with my epic Platinum Carbon desk pen. I tried out the Gelatos Swipe technique on this back side first using Tim's Ringer stencil, distress-inked the edges and added some photo corner die cuts.

Right now, I'm making a wall hanging with those three 4"chipboard coaster Monas in my progress shot. I also spent some time cleaning up my Rolos, re-printing verses to adhere on the back the other way than I had them, correcting Psalms to Psalm (I grew up using the plural which isn't really technically correct and more of a colloquialism) and decorating a few bare backs.

I'll share all of it soon. For now, adios, sayonara and ciao for now! Thanks for visiting and have a great rest of the weekend! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Altering Mona

Hullo, blog folk! Popping in to share this 4x6 that I created on Fabriano 140# hot press wc paper. I call her Mona WarhoLisa!

This all began with a blog challenge to alter Mona Lisa over at Sunday Postcard Art. Turns out it fits a handful of other challenges / themes, too.
Long ago I'd bought a Mona rubber stamp set appropriately called Mona Fragged haha from Ma Vinci Reliquary and hardly ever used any of the stamps. I pulled them out and the long strip of Monas (top right) called to me. I inked it up with various colors of Memento dew drops - quite easy to do as long as you begin with the lightest color.

I added the teal coloring to the borders with alcohol marker and then thought, gee I sure wish I had a phrase stamp that was that long and just one line and referred somehow to the visual image here. I searched through all my phrase stamps and in the last case was the phrase "be the change you wish to see in the world". Wow, perfect! In fact, it gave meaning to the art piece for me. I love when that kind of serendipity happens, right?

Anyway, I've been reading about abstract art and all the mutations of meanings and definitions it has gone through. And I revisited Warhol, who is credited with making pop art, graphic art and photography legitimate art forms through the incarnation of making them avante garde. I made my Monas different colors in homage to Warhol's color technique, hence my naming her Mona WarhoLisa.

I am linking up this 4x6 Mona WarhoLisa card to the following challenges:

Sunday Post Card Art Challenge: Alter Mona - I have cloned and Warhol-ized her.

Moo Mania Challenge: Think of Spring - When I chose my Memento colors, I was thinkin' of Spring!

Fashionable Stamping Challenge #132: One for the Girls - Mona's a girl and the text is uplifting for all girls!

Thanks for coming to visit and for letting me share my art!