I am, and always have been FOREVER a BELIEVER of do-it-yourself (when possible) and even a believer of the IMPOSSIBLERead More
On my recent trip to Europe I saw many frescos, mosaics and murals. I am drawn to the beauty that they hold, whether it be the color, texture or composition.Read More
If you follow Instagram, you'll know there are quite a few challenges ongoing at any given month. My daughter asked if I would do a MerMay challenge with her this May. "Bring it on", I said and I have been art journaling the month long.Read More
This FUSE Collaboration with RubberMoon has been particularly Inspiring and Invigorating. Each and Every Piece holds within it the Creative Energies of Artists United in the blending of their talents.Read More
“She was beautifully out of place. Sometimes I believe she intended to be. Like the moon during the day.”Read More
Art can be very personal-so when another creator sends you a piece to finish, they are actually sending you a little piece of themselvesRead More
I hope you're having fun as the Collaboration between the Relics and Artifacts Ambassadors and the Design Team from RubberMoon combine their artistc flair to bring you unique takes on both companies.Read More
The combination of the Artists from Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon has produced some beautiful Creations and today is no exception. Here is Darlene Madden.Read More
The artists of Relics & Artifacts have joined with the artists of RubberMoon Stamps for a unique collaboration called Fuse. Today’s installment features Relics & Artifacts Ambassador, Heather Thompson.Read More
Visual artists seldom get to collaborate with others to create a piece of Art so we're presenting a series of pieces created by two or more artists.Read More
I hope you are all enjoying our month collaboration with Canvas Corp Brands. When I received my package I did a very happy dance. You may not know this, but I love to draw and getting a whole notebook with blank pages is like Christmas for me and with a super size too!!! So, inspired by summer, the beach, and sunsets here's my piece!
I wanted you all to see how gorgeous the High Impact Paint, Glimmer Glaze, and Glimmer Mist work with the Relics & Artifacts. And what's more summery than sea shells, right? The Coquille set works on mixed media projects, jewelry and even scrapbook layouts.
Milagros has prepared a Snapguide tutorial so you can create your own beach inspired journal of your own.
Don't forget we are having a giveaway at the end of the month. Here's the information.
Having young children at home and the fact that they STILL think Momma is fun and "the best Momma in the world," my art is highly influenced by them. It tends to reflect on what we are actually doing around the house or in the gardens or what we seem to be watching at that given time. Also seeing that my daughter, Olivia, and I share an art room together she gives me her honest, heart warming opinion on EVERYTHING.
I mean, when she doesn't like something, she will usually give you a better way of doing it in her eyes. So when it came to the "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" piece, we were talking about how we wanted it to look and we had the movie up on the screen. Olivia was pointing out details in the walls and torches and things evolved from there until it was time to make the torches.
So with Apoxie Sculpt® in hand, (she gets to mix it up for me and then play with the left overs because I can never measure the perfect amount) I struggled, and then struggled some more, and then mom duties where calling and I had to make supper. She asked if she could help. I thought, "Why not? Let's see what the girl's got."
I was happy to see I wasn't the only one that struggled. She would manipulate and twist and turn and with much delight, the torches were done, and not by me! As proud as Olivia was of her handiwork, I said, "Well we better put them where they belong."
So to give credit where credit is due, Olivia, the little scutlper that she is, did in fact, make the beautiful torches. With some expert "Olivia guidance" of color choices, this "Best Momma in the World" finished the paint details that made the whole project seamlessly come together.
A collaboration of the minds, our rendition of "Mirror Mirror on the Wall" was completed and Olivia is one proud artist.
*Inspiration from Walt Disney's 1959 "Snow White", the main villain, "Evil Queen"
Relics & Artifacts® Facia Familiaris
Relics & Artifacts® Dresden Star Chain Gold
Relics & Artifacts® Ostensorium
DecoArt Media Gesso
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Quinacridone Gold, Dioxazine Purple, Primary Cyan, Metallic Silver, Burnt Umber, Paynes Grey, Primary Yellow, Cadmium Orange Hue, Carbon Black Metallic Gold
Amazing Casting Resin
Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder
Antique Iron Frame with mirror (from Italy)
I get enjoyment from many different aspects of Creating.
Sometimes I have a plan and do quick sketches to get my ideas down on paper and while I have dozens of sketchbooks filled with project drawings and ideas, it would take me years to actually make all the pieces I've designed and want to create.
I love collecting, gathering and sorting through my antique materials.
Taking time to try out different arrangements until I find the perfect piece and placement, you know it's the piece that looks as though it were made to go in that spot!
The golden seed beads and bouillon trims you see here came off of a 1920's Flapper dress and all of the set stones are actually "paste" stones from the 1700's. Paste is a term they used for a certain kind of highly refractive lead glass that was hand cut, faceted and then polished to resemble real gem stones.
The large center stone is also early paste. These stones are getting harder to find all the time.
In order to get just the right look on the flames I've layered several different tones of yellow from mustard to butter, sun to sunset, all topped with little highlights of metallic gold.
When I'm hunting for antique pieces it's the details that make all the difference for me. The thing I go crazy for on these stones is the setting, look closely, each setting has a little dot of round metal that holds the stone securely, isn't it beautiful?! And just so unique.
When the last bit of embellishment has been applied another aspect of being a maker is ready to happen. Photographing the finished piece is a much fun for me as making it was. It's an expedition, traveling around the object, camera in hand, peering through the lens just waiting for the right angle to reveal itself.
And lastly the satisfaction I get when actually wearing a piece I made from beginning to end. The sense of pride and accomplishment means so much to me, its especially gratifying in times of unrest in the world.
I never take for granted the act of creation. Makers are the journey takers, the adventures, the wanders and the experimenters. Thats who we are, we explore, we observe, we absorb, we interpret, we express and we contribute.
E6000 Adhesive/Tacky Glue
Acrylic Paints Yellow Tones/Gold/Brick Red
2016 was a year of many adventures! One of them was the development of a stencil line based on my art journal entries with The Crafter's Workshop. At the recent Creativation show in Phoenix, they were finally revealed and of course I needed to see how well they paired with Relics & Artifacts®!
I thought Flora was the perfect pairing and after adding it in her hair, I decided to add some strands of Bohemian Jewels. They added the perfect flow to her hair! When you see her up close she glows with the foil! To be able to show part of her shine, I had to put her on an angle as foil tends to catch the light. I prepared for you a Snapguide tutorial so you can see the process of altering the Relics and the use of the brand new Transfer Gel by Deco Foil.
Since our challenge for you this month is #RA50ShadesofRed, I paired her with reds and pinks and I can't wait for you to see the paint I used on the Flora!
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, AWAKES." - Carl JungRead More
Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember getting ready for church with Grandma and how she just loved this brooch of the Blessed Mary. It was rich in blues and golds and just made me feel something. It made my Grandma look regal and rich in my opinion. It was one of her most prized pieces.Read More
Living in Arkansas now, I rarely get to the coast. I grew up inland from San Francisco and my grandmother lived in the city so we would go visit her on a very regular basis. She would take us down to Fisherman’s Wharf for sourdough and clam chowder. We would have fish 'n' chips and watch the seals on the lower piers. The sounds and smells of the pacific were always just so fresh and wonderful and very much a part of my childhood.Read More
At the very top my son's Christmas wish list was something that actually caught me by surprise. He wanted a cross necklace. Of course, being the dutiful mom and trying to make that wish come true, I began my tireless search for a cross necklace.Read More
Eligius, as a boy, had quite the flair for designing and creating splendid jewelry. He was apprenticed to a goldsmith who was also the master of France's Royal Mint. After his apprenticeship, Eligius took advantage of his master's royal connections. He traveled to Paris where he offered his services to King Clotaire II.Read More