Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tim Holtz Challenge

One of my favorite designers, Tim Holtz has challenged us to create something using the Tattered Floral die for Spring.  You can join in on the fun if you follow the link below.
To begin with, I used all four of the flowers in my creation
The Blue flower is created by using the largest flower (2) along with the circular flower (2) as well.  The center is done with the smallest one & a bit of flower fluff (shaved styrofoam ball, dyed using reinkers).  I colored the flower with a bit of reinker, water and perfect pearls.


I love the way this flower turned out.  I used 3 of the largest flower & 3 of the circular flower.  I colored the flower with a bit of reinker, water, & perfect pearls, and a bit of walnut stain distress ink on the edges.  A bit of twisting & scrunching gave this flower its shape. 

For the Rose, I used the circular flower that I shaped into cones. 

The carnation was a few of the circular ones that I misted with water & balled up until they were dried & then glued them together.

 These flowers are created using the spikey or daisy shaped flower.  The black eyed susan used 2 that I shaped.  The middle is a felt sticker & its dyed using reinker, water & perfect pearls.
The Purple flower was created the same way but I used 3 daisy shapes along with 3 of the smallest ones. 
The small violets are created using the tiny template and layered a bit.
The 3 petals in the corner of the eye were left over from cutting that I just inked up and attached.
Now that you have seen all the flower creations, let me show you the finished project......
I wanted to create something that represented Spring.  Hence the Nature Mask.
I used a paper mache mask, added a bit of green paint to it & covered it in moss then attached my tattered flowers. 
As I live in Michigan & we are covered in that yucky white stuff called SNOW. 
I had to bundle up to get this pic, hope you like it! 
I can't wait til Spring comes & I can place it on a path in the park where it can bring more joy to others. 
Don't forget to enter the challenge!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Beginning of a Journal....

I am a firm believer that what you put out in the world comes back ten times fold to you.  As I look around and see a bit of negativity entering my thoughts and life, I decided that it was the perfect time to begin a journal of all my favorite quotes.  When finished, I plan to place this on my desk at work opened to the page I need most.
For my journal I am using watercolor paper.  I love the thickness and texture it brings.  I used Distress Ink in peeled paint and worn lipstick on the page, a few flicks of water added the white spots.  The butterflies are a Cheery Lynn die cut out of glossy paper and colored with alcohol inks.  The flower is from my stash. 
As with any art that I create it has a meaning behind it.  The quote says it all "Be the Change you want to see in the world."  The flower is a bit worn and weathered, as our spirit sometimes gets, but the butterflies represent beauty, change and new beginnings.  Although their life span may be short, where ever they go.... they bring happiness.
Please check back as I have more pages that I am working on and look forward to sharing with you.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Steampunk Christmas

I'm sorry its been awhile but here is the video of my Steampunk Christmas Album.