I got super bored with my custom album work last night so i thought i would play in my studio some. Art journaling brings out some strange introspection for me. This one is called outsider. I wasnt going to post this since i usually put up happy happy joy joy stuff, but this is a blog about me and my life through art. The quote says "Shake off this sadness and come out of yourself a little". Its from a vintage version of Heidi I found. The picture is from a Free People catalogueOn a completely other note I made this tiny canvas with wax. It was a trial run of a few techniques i saw on youtube. Stamping in wax and painting over it with acrylic paint then melting it to get this crackle effect. The little frame is from House of 3!I made the whole thing, looked at all of its imperfections and aptly titled it beauty. I love it and plan on hanging it in my bathroom to remind myself that imperfection is beauty :) Im off to finish my album so i can deliver it tomorrow.....Hoepfully ill get some time to mess around in the studio some more!!!
I have a mountain of work to do.......so i decided to blog lol. Not really im totally done for the day my brain isnt working and its almost 4 am ;) Potd still going strong I have big plans for these pictures......mini album......cover and back with just the pics inside.....jump rings and ZERO embellishments........GASP........I want to see my life for what it is. crazy pics capturing simple things with one liners that make me smile. If i ever make it to the photo printing place Ill post pics......now off too bed
I love researching new techniques and teaching myself how to do them!! I thought I would start sharing some fun tutorials on mondays. First up is a crayon encaustic technique. This is super fun and easy. I bought a few things last night and started playing right away. This is part 1- The basics :) Supplies needed: Crayons A heating source- I used a electric skillet, but i have see people use an electric griddle and even a pan on the stove paint brushes- natural bristled cheap ones a muffin tin(the cheap kind) A quilting iron- I got mine at Joanns made by clover you can also use a low heat iron(not one u use on clothes though k!) Step 1 Heat your electric skillet to 200 degrees put a little water in the bottom so you dont scorch your muffin tinStep 2 Break your crayons into pieces. Take the paper off and drop them into the tinStep 3 When its melted you can brush it on with a paint brush. You can let the wax dry on the brushes so you can use them later! No clean up :) Just set the brush in the tin and when it heats up the wax will be read to use again and again!!! Same thing goes with the wax when it hardens you can take it out to reuse laterStep 4 If you have lumpy parts you want to smooth out. heat up the quilting iron and run it over the dried wax to remelt it. U can use the iron to make designs in the wax too.Another cool thing you can make with the crayons is wax cakes. Drop a few crayons into the tin and let them melt. Put the tin into the freezer to harden, then pop the cake out. Press the cake to the quilting iron to make drips on your paper. The drips come out swirly which is super cool!!!!Heres my semi finished piece! Hope you liked the tutorial. Part 2 next monday!!!!
Back on my normal sleep schedule thank God!!! The canvas above is really small.... 5 x 5 i think. Super quick and easy to make. Its now one of the first things u see when u walk into my house. Im gonna make some more this week using wax on top. Im messing around with ideas for a craft fair im doing here at the end of the month. The background is one we did in a mini class with RebbeccaGrawl and the house idea kinda came from jenStewart's class. I was inspired lol. I made 3 more of these last night too all in about an hour. Will post more later. Wanna see my Photos of the day????
I feel like my creative spirit is renewed.....not necessarily because of what we made, but more like the energy I felt the past week. Being around so many creative people empowered me. I knew i would be around creative souls at inspired, but i didnt realize how much i would honestly relate to the wonderful people i met. I met so many people that I really understood and for the first time ever in my life i feel like they got the real me and it was great. I wasnt anyone different for anyones sake. I was me i laughed and joke and complained and was messy and sprayed bbg on anyone i wanted and it was OK. This is gonna be a huge run on sentence post sorry grandma.
My new secret dream in life is to live in a commune of artists....a commune with electricity and toilets of course :) I think that would make me super happy. At the closing dinner Kelly Rae Roberts spoke and what she said touched me to my inner core. She talked about feeling out of place like something was missing in her life and she couldnt figure out what it was....the she discovered art and her life was at peace. Thats kinda how i have been feeling. I have had some kinda art in my life for just about forever. Mostly crafty stuff my grandma showed me. And looking back on those moments, thats when i felt at peace. Now when I'm in my studio with my lovely green painting dress on making a huge mess, I feel whole too. I still dont know where this creative ride will take me but im gonna embrace it and make it mine. Just for me. Im gonna make messes, wear blue eyeshadow, paint my nails hot pink, get an art degree, paint whether its pretty or not, take crazy pictures and thats that. Most of this I already do anyway but i really need to stop caring about what other people think i should do with my life and focus on what makes me happy.
Okim gonna unpack a little and make some stuff.....I might post again later today with some more pics from inspired. Cathy Z made a blog post into a lo and i think i see that happening with this one.....I need to keep this front and center in my mind......Have a wonderful day!!! GET MESSY FOR U :)