Thursday, July 14, 2016

A hot mess

While most other aspects of my daily life tend to appear normal, my craft room often reflects the state of my brain. As you can see, that state is called Messachusetts. 

I am starting to stuff things into tubs with the intention of giving this place an overhaul. Furniture shall be moved, storage labeled, stuff I no longer use gotten rid of -- it's going to be epic! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Spinning a yarn

I really can't even tell you when I last used my drop spindle. But I found it this weekend with a half-finished round of yarn on it and decided it was past time to finish it up. Of course by now, the remaining fleece was out of control, so I ended up with three widths of yarn: thin, chunky and super-chunky-frizzy-like-my-hair-in-Florida. I'm loving the colors though. Reminds me of Florida water. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Rain Prayer Flag

I'm posting this one today because I'm considering doing another prayer flag swap over on ye olde Craftster. This is a flag that I created for my very first prayer flag swap, and I really loved playing with all these materials. I dare say it was my first foray into the mixed media world involving fabric. 

Prayer flags measure around 4 x 7 inches (I think, it's early.) The background here is a lovely fabric that I've had in my stash for ages -- then I went ahead and layered "stuff." The "stuff" includes raindrops made from painted-on fabric and metallic fabric, a painted dryer sheet, more painted-on fabric up at the top, scrabble letters, and bobbly stuff at the bottom. (Again, this has a name. It's all eluding me at the moment.) 

This is displayed on a random piece of birch wood that decorates our living room. Random is the key word there!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ephemera binders made with -- get this -- MORE ephemera

I just realized I have never posted these binders -- and they are two of my favorite projects. In an effort to start organizing my ephemera, I resurrected these old binders that my aunt gave me when she was cleaning out her office. But they were dusty and unremarkable when she gave them to me. So what to do? Using up some of the stash felt like the appropriate way to go.
To begin, I cleaned off the binders. Then, I chose scrapbook paper that would make a nice backgound. After that, it was a lot of gluing, sewing, stenciling, etc. And after the sheet of paper was complete, I adhered it to the binder using gel medium. Easy peasy, and it used up a lot of the stash.

Here are some close ups:

I really love how the stitching added some more texture. I also love the donut graphic. 

This is the inside divider on the green binder. 

I have a few more binders to cover, and certainly lots of ephemera to fill them up with. I've been using sheet protectors and the baseball card sheets to hold everything. So far, it's working out well! I'm getting organized and looking fancy while doing it. Win-win.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Paper Explosion

This post is kind of a mish-mosh of things -- but in general, I have a paper explosion going on in my craft room right now. (My husband might reply, "When don't you have a paper explosion going on?" Well played, sir. Well played.)

I've been working with layers, collage, molding pastes, inks, gelli plates... all that good stuff.  This is a 4x6 art piece that I made for a Craftster swap this month. The background uses sort of a paper mosaic technique, and it's layered with paints, gelatos, stenciled-on molding paste, paper bits, filigree -- all kinds of good stuff. I was really happy with the boldness of the green.

I am hosting a swap on Craftster that is finishing up -- we're swapping papers and ephemera, and it has been a blast. You fill up a medium flat-rate box and ship that puppy out. I had two partners, so while I thought I was purging a lot of stuff, I then received just as much back. But now it's all new and exciting. These are a couple of envelopes that I created to put some of that stuff in for the swap. I love these red envelopes! The stamps are hand carved (by me) and the edges are covered in fabric duck tape. (Which is fabulous, by the way!)

Then last night, I got my gelli on. I'm still not getting the types of prints that I really want, but I'm having fun and learning a lot. It's definitely a process. Here are a few shots of the state of my craft desk, along with some tags and prints I made. 

Not sure where these will end up, but I have ideas! I'm sure there will be many more paper explosions this week. I'll try to take pictures when it happens. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Alice In Wonderland Art Block

Are you familiar with art blocks? They are small blocks of wood that you decorate and make into something weird and fabulous. (You know, art.)  This was my attempt at creating an art block for a Craftster swap last year -- I was really thrilled with how it came out.

This was one of my first forays into pyrography, or wood burning. My partner's theme was Alice in Wonderland, and I adapted an old sketch created by Sir John Tenniel for the original book. (See some of his sketches here.) I added some paint into the scene to add interest.

My Cheshire Cat friend was made from paper clay. His eyes and mouth were painted in glow-in-the-dark paint, so when the lights go out, his creepy little face can still be seen. (That was pretty much impossible to photograph, so try to imagine it.)

Some side detail. I always enjoyed the "We're all mad here," quote. :)

And a view of the other side -- "I'm late for a very important date." The base of the block is supposed to represent Tweedledee and Tweedledum. I used wooden balls and wooden hearts to create the feet.

I have some wooden block scraps in our garage that I have thinking about. It may be time for a new art block!

Monday, February 29, 2016

I'd like to thank the Academy...

I nearly forgot to post this all the Oscars buzz -- but my Superhero sampler is a Craftster featured project right now! Wahoo!

The thumbnail is down there on the second row, third one from the left. If you want to see my post about the project, check it out here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine Gift Box

I made this box a few years (two Valentine's) ago, and at the time, it was a little "out there" for me. I'm not a cherub girl, and black and white was never something I'd use on the holy day of pink and red. But I was evidently feeling a little rebellious that day.

The top of the box is covered with one of my all-time favorite papers - the red part is velvety. (Velvety, I say! Fabulousness!) The black with white polka dots is some of my favorite washi tape.

Here's the base -- I love this paper too. I went around the edges with some ink to finish the look.

I discovered with this box that I really do like to incorporate black and white into as many holiday projects as possible. How about you? Do black and white make their way into your valentines?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Tray

I made this Valentine tray last year and loved how it came out! This is a bit more "scrapbooky" than I usual roll, but it was a great way to use up and display some of my favorite bits and bobs.

There are buttons, paper clay hearts, stamps, stickers, flowers and scrapbook papers involved. The big heart in the middle is an acrylic piece decorated with alcohol inks. The cherub at the top was white before I covered it with gold buffing stuff. He's stylin' now!

Mmm. Brains.

I'm posting this project in honor of the new season of The Walking Dead, which my husband adores. I like the story line, but as soon as the zombies show up out of the room. No thank you.

This is an altered matchbox that I made ages ago for a swap on Craftster. Not my usual style, but I really loved how it came out. May I present... My brain.

I used paper clay to sculpt the brain around the matchbox, and painted it with acrylics.

Part of the swap requires that you fill the box with tiny goodies. I have no idea what I included, but I'm sure it was equally creepy.

Kind of gross, huh? Sometimes gross is fun -- this was definitely fun!

4"x6" Artwork

Art doesn't have to be big. Art can be 4" by 6", if you really want.

I'm doing a new swap over on Craftster where you create a 4"x6" piece of art and then get a partner to send it to -- I had participated in this swap a few years ago and just found a photo of the piece I sent along.

I am beginning to realize how much I enjoy collage. This piece involved a little bit of everything: paper I had inked and embossed, origami paper, images, words, rick rack, markers.

You can see more of the texture here. I was really happy with the vintage look! Now I'm even more excited to work on the next one.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A deal, of sorts

Despite my hopes to use up supplies that I already own, I couldn't resist this find at Hobby Lobby. I heard through the grapevine (YouTube) that Faber-Castell sells "gelatos" for kids, and they are much cheaper than the adult version. 
These are the "gel sticks."

I took these out for a test drive, and they appear to me to be the exact same product as the gelatos -- at half the price.There are fewer color choices, but still plenty to work with. Wahoo!

If you have wanted to try out gelatos, this is a less expensive way to do so. Same materials, same results. I am a happy crafter.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy birthday tag

Wow! Did the holidays just happen? Is that what that whirlwind was? Somewhere in there was some merry making. And lots of food and family. A present or two, as well. Honestly, it's a bit of a blur.

My husband just celebrated his birthday, as have a few other friends. In that spirit, I thought I'd share a tag I had created and used for a coworker's gift.

The background was made from spray inks, and I stamped the happy birthday image. The balloons were filled in with gel pens, and the dots are gel pens too. The bottom strip is washi tape.

I have lots more tags at home to share, as well as a few mini books! Now to get some decent photos.