Friday, November 17, 2017

WEAR SOMETHING BOLD AND GAUDY

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TODAY
EVEN IF IT IS....

Driving a different direction to work
Drink a different tea or drink your coffee black
Speak to someone you don't know
Part your hair on the other side
Send someone a Love note
Wear two different colored socks
Do an art project with a medium that scares you
Wear something bold and gaudy
Step out of your comfort zone
Try juggling...and then pat yourself on the back for the things you CAN do
Wear red lipstick
Find a bag (preferably a paper one with handles), go on a walk and fill it
with treasures ~*
Discover things about yourself that you didn't know

"The idea is to turn even familiar actions into everyday celebrations, to make vivid the common, to separate every moment from the next, as experimental films do, so that spontaneity is allowed to break the dead hand of habit". ~Samuel A. Eisenstein



Some days you just want to put on your favorite tunes and dance wildly ~ or just open the windows, let the sun shine in and quietly sip tea....
.....today I will dance wildly*

Keep a photo on your laptop or phone that makes you smile when you  open it up or maybe a crazy selfie that makes you laugh! Always make time for yourself no matter what it is that makes you happy and don't forget to laugh.

Just find a photo of someone you admire
Make a thought bubble with words of encouragement and glue it on or just add words to the picture.
 Hang it in a prominent place, put it on the fridge or somewhere you see it everyday and know that you are Loved no matter what happens.

Start everyday with a "Hello Beautiful" compliment in the mirror before you forge out into the world and end everyday with "How did I get so Lucky"!

Everyday, I take it all in, it fills me up! Every day  is a blank new canvas and you are the artist.
Today I am Celebrating all my Beautiful friends and all their amazing unique qualities that they bring to my world inspiring me to walk through new doors, saying yes to new adventures and to really see and Celebrate the person who looks back at me in the mirror everyday!
If you are here, today I Celebrate You! 
How did I get so Lucky!
Kim

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GUARDIAN OF THE GENTLE



Going junking is one of my favorite things to do. I don't start out looking for anything. I am always just on the hunt for interesting items that inspire me. Most of the time I have no idea what I will do with them and sometimes I see an item and I know exactly what I will do with it. That was case with this vintage bird cage. When I saw it, I couldn't pass it up. It was weathered, obviously old and very strange in the fact that for a bird cage it had no door. The bottom has a wooden latch that opens on a hinge for cleaning out I imagine, but all the same, I knew I would create something with it. With some cleaning up, sanding, repainting, and re-working other items in my magic boxes, I think this Guardian Angel turned out just like I imagined. 

She is the Guardian of the Gentle. She watches over those who do not fend well for themselves and protects them from harm and evil.



I love creating with intention and setting out to do planned projects always excite me, but gathering supplies and letting my muse flow free is such a rewarding experience, not knowing the direction or where the journey will take me.



 If you are like me and have "magic boxes" full of things that fascinate you, I hope you will take time for yourself to explore the possibilities and see where your muse takes you!

I also found this wire cage, so I rusted it up and added some "Bee's" to it, then I couldn't resist inserting a little handmade bird nest. It goes along nicely with my Guardian Angel.

 You can find both of these items in my Etsy Shop now with a BIG SALE of 50% off all items! WHOOHOO! I am making room for a studio remodel.
 Thanks for popping in, leave me a comment, even just to say Hi, I was here! :)  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I will be back after Turkey and a nice long nap on the couch!
 
 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"MOMMA CALLS US ANGELS"



 Three little Kittens lost their Mittens, but they didn't lose their way. It's November and time for my Post for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I couldn't resist these adorable feline faces from Retro Cafe and I've had them in my stash for some time. My intention when starting this month's project was to make these three Articulated 3-D Angels - Love, Light and Peace. All three are listed in the supplies at the bottom. I love the way the angels stand, giving multiple sides to work with. Then I began looking at faces to use and that's when it all changed. 

These angels are very easy to assemble and paint and offer lots of possibilities. For this project, begin by giving all the pieces a light coating of white gesso.
 Then assemble the base by inserting the two pieces together. Paint your base with a base coat of paint. Once dry, go through your paper stash and or scaps and literally just tear strips of paper and glue on to your base front and back.



 Attach your arms. For these kittens, I replaced the upper arm with Tim Holtz Metal Word Bands. Attach the hand and arm piece first with the brad included, then attach the metal word band to the shoulder with the brad included. Clip brads with wire cutters to shorten after you have attached them and then flatten them down on the back side.

Before attaching the face and or bird cut outs, glue them to a thicker backing and cut them out. I just use the backing that actually comes in the cut outs with the birds and faces, which works perfect making the cutout a little sturdier. 
Glue the face to the body. Next, take the small paper doilies, fold each in half and sew across the top of them making a little apron. Use Tim Holtz distress pads to distress the edges. Glue the paper apron on the body with some glue in the middle and attaching on the back.  Next add any other embellishments you like to the body and glue on your bird.



I added stamped words to each side of the middle stand or skirt in front. For the last steps,  I painted the wings ivory, stamped the back side of the wings, rubbed gold on the edges and glued them to the back side of the body. I did the same thing with the crown and glued it to the back side of the head. Without a lot of fuss, I made all three of these kittens in one evening.

I hope you have enjoyed these little kittens that "Momma calls Angels". You can find all the supplies to make your own 3-D Articulated Angels over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery. See the supply list below!

Love, Light and Peace,
Kim

SUPPLIES

Artist Papers or Paper Scraps
Acrylic Paint
Gold Paint
Wood Bingo Tiles
Tim Holtz Metal Word Bands
Small Alpha Rubber Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad
Glue Stick

Monday, October 30, 2017

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS HIDDEN SHRINES

So my artist friend, Tina Walker, posted an artist collaboration on Facebook. I love collaborating with other artists and especially when the theme is a Dia de los Muertos collaboration, one of my favorite themes.
I found this Dia de los Muertos Mask large stencil over at Stencil Girl by artist Andrea Matus deMeng. I've never really played much with the large stencils but I fell in love with this one right away and thought I would give it shot. After perusing the site and reading some great tips by the artist, I proceeded to get my girl onto a 12" by 12" wood birch panel and then a funny thing happened... I had a change of plan.(It actually happens a lot).  Not long ago I ordered some 4"X4" wooden birch panels with a different venture in mind and that hasn't happened yet, so I completely changed direction and went for the "Why not" plan. The worst that could happen is that it wouldn't work and I would be back to the 12" by 12" panel.
I ended up using 9- 4"X4" wood panels in rows of three. Once I got the stencil on the top completed and painted on all squares (and trust me, there was a lot of lip biting there), I gave the sides some paint using fluid acrylics and let everything dry. 
 
 (You can even change her face around, which was pretty entertaining)

I couldn't wait to flip all the pieces over and start on the backs which would become the hidden shrines. I loved alternating all the colors, being messy and  neat all at the same time. I found it so intriguing that behind this Dia de los Muertos painting there were 9 individual shrines hidden that no one could see unless I chose to turn one over or all of them.






I love that they can be separated, hung, or stacked together in various formations. Great for wall art, but I first envisioned shelf art since they stack and then I fell in love with them laying flat on my coffee table and moving the different blocks around..a pretty cool conversation piece. It took everything I had not to complete the insides of the individual shrines. 









However, I knew if I were purchasing this piece, that would be the draw of my heart to be able to create and personalize the inside of each Shrine and make it my own, or you can leave it as it is.

Thank you Tina Walker for such an amazing collaboration and inspiration by some very talented artists and friends. This is a short list of some who blogged about it. Be sure to give them a visit.
Tina Walker 
Terefunken Ru Ba 
Tracy Krueger
Peggy Gatto
Melissa Johnson

If you are reading this, then Thank YOU for being here and be sure to check out Stencil Girl if haven't already. You can find this Dia de los Muertos Shrine of 9 in my Etsy Shop.
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