Saturday, August 29, 2009

now it's finished

I know you've seen this before...
but it wasn't completely finished
and I had to leave it to go out of town.
I've put it in a frame I've made out of old barnwood
and added a few more details...
The one remaining constant is my
crappy photography!

The theme of the piece is centered around the quote.
 I used Ranger Crackle paint around the edges.
My first experience
with this was pretty darn frustrating...
but thanks to the incredibly talented Alicia and her expert advice...
I think I've got the hang of it. I seems self explanatory
but I have little patience with paint.
I'd rather handsew tiny details for a hour...
The edges of the frame are covered in aged text
from a old book.

more details...a handle from an old trunk
and bindings from an old book
Old newspaper headlines and clippings
and a bit of the frame...

Friday, August 28, 2009

feed your creative muse

 My son's self portrait in the sand
which i just found in my photos!
It was a great summer!
More unabashed bragging about..
the amazingly talented KC Willis who has announced her
2009 and 2010 Studio Retreats workshop schedule.
 Here's the deal...
sign up now for one of her workshops, pay in full and
you'll get 20% off and a free night at the hotel in Longmont, CO.
where her adorable, brand, spanking new studio is located. 
Blog about this yourself, let KC know and you could win
$300 worth of art from Lipstick Ranch!
is offering a free photoshop course
Just sign up on their site
the session starts next week.
I signed up not realizing class times
are listed in Pacific time zones
which means living on the East coast
I'll be picking up my kids at school during most of the class
oh well...I'll get the cliff notes version.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

An Exciting Arrival!

Ready for Halloween?
Look who came in the mail today!
The incredibly talented MarZel from
created this amazing, scary Mad Hatter Doll for the
Dark Artists Guild Blog Treasure Hunt Grand Prize
and I was the lucky contest winner!
At first I thought it was the ink I ordered from Dell...
as she packaged him in a Dell box...
so I didn't open it right away!
Then when I opened it up and saw the pretty packaging...
I was momentarily perplexed until I heard the grumblings...
Thank you MarZel...
He is a welcome addition to the family!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Scavenger Hunt


what's in the bags?
only my partner will know when she receives them!
Mixed Media Art is sponsoring a scavenger hunt challenge.
first you find specified items for yourself
then mail your partner a list of goodies...
including vintage buttons, fiber, fabric, trim,
pages of text and an image
then we have four weeks to create...
fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Love Notes

Fabric collage
with driftwood,
found objects and vintage lace.