Sunday, July 15, 2018

HAVE YOU SEEN THE SALE AT PAPERBAG STUDIO'S?

Things are moving fast over there! I am so sad that I missed out on the face stamps that are now SOLD OUT, but I was really happy to get some ART POP Stickers! This is what I did with some of mine. I had three mini wee journals 2" in size and the Art Pop stickers were perfect for the covers. I added  bits of paint and other details. The butterfly and pops of material came from Gwen LaFleur's shop. You will also go crazy in there as well. It was a fun day playing with these gals in the studio! You better POP over to Paperbags Studio soon before everything is sold out... and check out Gwen LaFleur's shop too!













Happy Creating!
Kim

Monday, June 25, 2018

I ADOPTED TARRA


 
I am a huge supporter of Animal Rights, every life is important and worth saving. I fell in love with Tarra and chose to adopt her and to help to support the life she deserves to live along with her other friends at the Elephant Sanctuary. My support is small in comparison to what an elephant needs on a daily basis. One elephant eats about 150 lbs. of food a day.The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is an amazing place. Tarra was the first Elephant to arrive there. She was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1974. When she was six months old, she was brought to the United States in a wooden crate via cargo plane. She was sold to a tire salesman in Southern California who kept her in a delivery truck. Shortly after Tarra’s arrival in the US, the Asian elephant was declared an endangered species, and all future importation of Asian elephants into America was halted. 
At two years old, Tarra was purchased by Carol Buckley. She was trained to perform, give rides and became know for roller skating and painting. Carol and Tarra traveled working in circuses, amusement parks, zoos, on TV and in movies for the next two decades.  In 1995, Carol Buckley partnered with Scott Blais to found The Elephant Sanctuary and Tarra  became the first resident.
In retirement, Tarra made new fans. The story and videos of her unlikely friendship with a stray dog named Bella at The Sanctuary was viewed all over the world. The duo were near-constant companions for eight years before Bella’s passing in 2011. 
Tarra has been at The Elephant Sanctuary for 21 years. She has welcomed many of the newly retired elephants, trumpeting and spinning excitedly as the transport trailer arrived at the barn with a new resident. Caregivers refer to Tarra as a social butterfly—an elephant that seeks out all the other elephants in the Asia habitat for visits and companionship. Although Tarra is most often seen with Shirley and Misty before her passing, she frequently spends time with Sissy and Winkie. It is common for Tarra to walk miles on any given day to visit other elephants or to explore on her own. Elecams have often recorded Tarra wading in the lake, sometimes stirring the water with one of many sticks that she carries with her during her travels. 
 
  At 41 years old, Tarra is one of the youngest Asian elephants at The Sanctuary. She has been at The Elephant Sanctuary over half of her life.  Her favorite food is watermelon!
Can you imagine a grocery bill that looks like this: 
 9 truckloads of hay (5,624 bales to be exact), 2,100 pounds of peanut butter, 1,500 crates of fresh fruits and vegetables,supplements and vitamin E, and that goes up everytime a new elephant arrives.

 In the right top corner of my blog is a button that says, "Buy Me A Watermelon". That is Tarra's favorite treat. Any "watermelon" purchased there goes directly to Tarra and her friends at the sanctuary once a month. You can also view them on the EleCam. Thank you for helping to preserve our planet, one elephant at a time.

https://www.elephants.com/elephants
This is where you can meet:
Billie
Debbie
Flora
Minnie
Ronnie
Shirley
Sissy
Sukari
Tange
and Tarra 


We owe these magnificent animals a life of protection and love.
Much Love,
Kim




Thursday, June 21, 2018

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER

Summer where I live has made her entrance with the normal hot and humid days for Central Arkansas this time of year. I've had the good fortune of starting off my Summer with being published in two of my favorite Magazines by Stampington and Company. I love the variety of days that Summer brings, random rain and thunder storms, (good for art days), picnics, park days, pool days, shopping sale days, 4th of July cook outs, gardening days, vacation days and just days to re-organize, maybe re-paint, alter some furniture and some days to just relax and do nothing but enjoy a day of gratitude for simply being here surrounded by so many blessings!


 I created these little sachets from Tea Bags using bits of paper, scraps, rubber stamps, ribbons, images, fabric, flowers, whatever I had in my stash. Each of them are filled with dried flowers and herbs for some sweet smelling goodness and then sewed across the top to close.
They make wonderful additions to any room, closets, drawers, and really nice to insert in gift bags for special occasions and cards to friends who might need a little lifting up!

 This little Journal was also handmade using dried tea bags for the book and pages. The technique and how to make one of your own  as well as the tea bag sachets can be found in the newest issue of Somerset Studio July/August 2018 publication.



                                                                       July/ August 2018
       My page on lettering in the new issue of Art Journaling

Many Thanks to Christen Hammons, editor of Somerset Studio and her amazing staff for my two articles in the new issue of SOMERSET STUDIO July/August and also the honor of being this issue's Cover Girl which was a big surprise! I also had the honor of one of my journal pages being published in the "Written Word" section of the new issue of ART JOURNALING Magazine. Both issues are always packed with amazing works by some very creative and talented artists!
Be sure to pick up one or both of these issues for some great reading (nice summer hammock or poolside days) and creative inspiration for a Summer Art Days of your own!
 
Happy Summer and Happy Creating and stay cool!
XO
Kim

Friday, May 25, 2018

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 Thank you for your support and friendship in this amazing art community. Like the photo says, "You are of  infinite worth."
Kim

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gelli Plate Transfers


I am always swept over the moon when I see beautiful pages that were made using a Gelli Plate, but I never felt the urge to rush out and buy one. I am a gatherer of projects and I know it got added to my long list of "must do's", but for some reason that particular subject kept popping up getting moved further to the top of my list. That's when I decided to look into what all you can actually do with a Gelli Plate. There are a lot of tutorials on YOU TUBE. You just have to scour through them and find the ones that really appeal to you, like the one I found on transfers. That alone made my decision to go purchase a Gelli Plate. I am now a proud owner of a large (9" X 12") Gelli Plate. Check out Gelli Arts

The first thing I did was to jump right in like I knew what I was doing. I found out quickly that even finding a well done tutorial on transfers, it still takes some practice to get the hang of it. There are a lot of factors involved that will have a bearing on the outcome of your transfer. Like anything else, practice, trial and error and once you get your own nuance down, you won't stop!

Here are some of the transfers I made using my large Gelli Plate and some things I learned along the way:
 Size Matters - I went with the large Gelli Plate because my interest was already peaked at making print transfers from the beginning. With the larger size Gelli Plate, you can make large or small prints. If you are wanting to make cards, or smaller scale prints, there are smaller Gelli Plates perfect for just that as well as round ones and there are Gelli Stencils to use on your Gelli Plate. I will probably get a round Gelli Plate as well once I move on from transfers (if ever) and start playing with making back ground papers. (Another whole world of possibilities ahead).
 Paper Matters - depending on what you are wanting to use your transfer for, try all types of paper. Good practice paper is plain ol' white copy paper, also great for using in journals and collage work. You will also need this for cleaning your brayer and you can also save those papers for background work, cutting out shapes etc. Otherwise, you can use any magazine pages, book pages or even junk mail to clean your brayer each time, maybe even envelopes, etc.. see where my mind is going with that?
Once I got my mojo going, I did make some large prints on
....... water color paper. A nicer, thicker paper that transfers really well and is great for prints...(Still working on being less messy for those).
      This is one where the face did not transfer well, but I   figure I can fill in the face on my own.

Paint Matters - most all the tutorials said that paint didn't matter and for the most part, I found that to be true. However, as you experiment and practice you will find the ones that work best for you. I found that my best image transfers were done using Golden Fluid Acrylics, they roll out a nice thin layer, which you need. Too much paint on your Gelli Plate will cause your transfer to smear and the image you are transferring to move around which also causes smearing. No matter what type of paint you use, you need a thin layer and that will just take some practice to get a feel of how much works best for you.
  The places that are white is where I had the paint too thin and it did not transfer. Again, I can add my own colors to the print.

Image Matters - The first tutorial I watched said you needed glossy images. I did not have any success with those. The transfers that worked the best for me were not glossy images but ones that had good contrast with light and dark colors. Practice, practice first. Don't use an image you love without some successful transfers first because once you use that image, it is gone.  A great resource I found is the public library. Our library has a book sale once a year. That is a great time to find some interesting images and books to use, some for practice and some images for keeps, as well as flea markets etc. You can pick up a lot of nice coffee table books at flea markets with great images.
 

Patience Matters - I only say this because no matter how many successful images you have, you never know how the next one will turn out. That is one of the things I love about the Gelli Plate, the amount of you paint use, the amount of pressure you put on applying your image, the type of paper you use, the type of image you use, all these things affect the outcome and most of the time I am always happily surprised at what transpires onto  my paper. 
 This is another example of too much paint and the face smeared but offers up another fun challenge to play with this print.
Sometimes, Small Things Matter - I am a huge fan of baby wipes when creating art but  I found that the baby wipes, at least the ones that I have, leave little lint hairs on the Gelli Plate that show up when doing transfers. This may not matter when you are creating backgrounds, but I switched to a wad of wet paper towels when cleaning my Gelli Plate between transfers. I also randomly clean off my brayer , I  was finding little specks of paint stuck to my brayer and anything stuck to your brayer will "lift off" the paint on your Gelli Plate.





 White spots where the paint was too thin can always be filled with colors of my choice.




On this print, I painted the roses right on the Gelli Plate with a brush, I didn't layer it with another color so not all of the paint picked up on the paper, which I sorta really love because now I get to play with this print even more.

  I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at transferring images using a Gelli Plate and mind you, I am just a wee beginner finding my way in this magical maze of Gelli Art. If you are a Gelli user and you have tips to share or a site you found to be helpful and inspiring( including your own) please do share here and leave a comment and or follow, I would love to follow you back. It would be greatly appreciated. I am definitely excited to move onto the next phase of making back ground papers... and more!

Happy Creating!
Kim











Tuesday, April 17, 2018

FORTUNE TELLERS

The makers of these beautiful vintage clocks never dreamed  that one day their beautiful creations would be altered, restored, given new life and transformed into a one of a kind piece of art.
                       Welcome to my Fortune Tellers

I have been asked over and over questions as to how they came about, what they are made of, what is the process etc., So, I decided to do a post answering some of those questions.
Recently I was invited to create some artwork for Quirks Art Gallery Grand Opening in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme of their opening is the Circus/Sideshow so I decided to make some Clown Bird Assemblages. As I creating these in my studio, across my work table directly in front of me sat a Vintage clock that I've had for a long while with the intentions of doing something with it... (my life story). The more I worked with the Clown Birds and gathered supplies to create with them, I became so inspired looking at that clock everyday that I knew I could incorporate it somehow into the Circus theme. And so, the Fortune tellers were born.








Some of the questions I have been asked, "where do you find the clocks?" To be quite honest, they are difficult to find,at least at any decent price because most of them still work and of course, I'm going to destroy them. You have to be on a quest for them. It's a treasure if you are lucky enough to find one in a flea market or perhaps a garage sale. With Estate sales and antique places, they generally are in good working condition and you will pay more for them.





"Are they expensive?" Yes, they are expensive if you purchase the ornate ones, which tend to be the oldest, and most of them come with all the workings. However, whether they work or not, the ornate ones, which are my absolute favorites, are generally the most expensive and the hardest to find, of course.

"What is your process?" My process for each one is entirely different. The first thing I do is disassemble the clocks from the clock bodies, then I fill in holes where screws or other cracks may have been. Next, I sand the rough edges and then I gesso the entire piece with two coats. It takes a lot of gesso, but it's worth it. The gesso also helps to get in the cracks and helps to stabilize the clock more, it also works as a great "grabber" for paint, embellishments and other sculpting work I may want to add. Underneath the finished piece, you would find at least 2-3 layers of different colors of paint. Lastly I finish it all with crackle to let those under layers shine through. After adding collage and embellishments, then it is time to make the Fortune Teller Doll that goes inside.
"Where do you find your faces for the Fortune Tellers?"
Like the clocks, I do a lot of searching. The faces are extremely hard to find. I like to keep the integrity of the antique clock by using as many vintage/antique items as I can. The faces I use are very old porcelain doll faces. The small ones are the hardest to find, as well as the hand porcelain arms/hands. 
"How many will you make?"  That is a good question, I don't know. After making one, I just fell in love with them. I realized when I was making the first one as I began to take apart pieces on it that the maker of this clock years ago was much like me. He or she was an assemblage artist and a clock maker. It made me feel very honored to have this beautiful clock body in my hands and to be working with it so many years later, giving it a new purpose and life, yet still displaying it's ornate beauty in a new way.
The Fortune Tellers are definitely one of a kind, and there will never be two alike. They not only display a beautiful work of art from the past, but also a remembrance of a time gone by for those who were lucky enough to go when  "The Circus was in town".
"Never Let a thought that makes you smile, pass you by"
Kim