Monday, March 10, 2014

Blessed Hearts

My friend, Barb Owens, recently showed on her Ustream "Creating Faces" some wonderful little folk art dolls she created and calls her "Affirmation Dolls".  I fell in love with the idea and had to try it myself.

Blessed Hearts
Affirmation Doll

I had Crayola Air Dry Clay on hand for some time (a 2-1/2 pound tub for a $4.00 found at Target).  We had the baby powder already (bonus! lol).  I got the faces mold, Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack and the T.H. Idea-ology Chit Chat booklet from on line shopping at Hobby Lobby.

Her face was painted with Pearlescent Watercolours in flesh and rose tones.

Her dress is made of snippits of paper, woven together and adhered with double stick tape on the back to a cardstock.  On the front, I layed a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Gel to weld the weave.

Her feet and wings were hand drawn and created from more paper, double backed for strength and sandwiched in between the front and back of her dress. 

Wire wrapped in Pink Ribbon was used for her arms.

6 Strand Heavy Embroidery Floss was separated and used to make her hair which was painted yellow and gold with a combination of Pearlescent Watercolour paints.  Another unseparated strand was used for her dangle.

Her crown and the star in her hand were more Idea-ology items and a little opalescent sparkling gem was added at the top of the star ring to help hold in place.

Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet was daubed along all the edges of dress, wings, feet and arms and words.

A bit of lace to the bottom of her dress and the Idea-ology words "blessed" and "hearts" were added to the dress to finish my doll.

Barb did her little dolls very quickly which you will see if you watch the video.  Mine took about 3 days after the faces were dry.  I'm OLD and slow!   lol    Also, while I did get a few of the items which were necessary (like the face mold and word stickers) I determined to make do with supplies on hand for the rest of her and did some experimentation with items that I didn't end up using after all ... like the stained cheese cloth and the cream ribbon on the double stacked set shown in the lower right photo.   I didn't end up using the Lumiere Exciter Mini-Pack either and went with the Pearlescent Watercolours.

I SO enjoyed this process and have more doll faces I will be playing with again.  Thank you Barb for sharing what you love and do with me and others ... your creativity is amazing!

"Blessed Hearts"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Intermingling Thingies

The art aMUSEment group's 52 Cards keyword art challenge this week was "INTERMINGLE"

Say what?!?   Yes, I know what it means "to mix or mingle together" ... but its an intangible word!

Last week's was "KEY".  Now there's a good word for an art piece ... it has tangibility to it.  You can draw a key, hold a key, use a key, learn a key ... it has purpose and function.

I had to work at this one!  lol  

And so I did ...

This isn't a card, but a journal page consisting of different, yet similar, bits and tones intermingled and connected, all of it representing my life because I feel, as I grow older, that my life is becoming fused yet intermingled in momentary glimpses of a memory here and there.

"so many years 
in one yesterday"
This was done with the following materials:

Minds Eye "A Happy Heart" paper 6x6 pad
white tissue paper
white card stock for word tag
Studio 112 Die-cut border
Cloud9 Design Epoxy Word sticker
Prismacolour Watercolour Pencil - Carmine Red
T.H. Distress Ink - Vintage Victorian
Charcoal pencil
Decorative Corner punch
Heart and circle flat back sticker gems
Foamie dots
Scotch Glue Stick
Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Time Flies ...

even when you're not having fun.

How bizarre to realize my last post was on October 13, 2013 and titled "Time is Running Out!" ... and this one, so many months later, is "Time Flies!". 

Life took an unexpected, downward spill in October and shortly after my last post, I was pretty much out for the count in terms of social activity, creativity and really, life in general. 

I can't and won't go into all the details as its not really my story to tell ... but suffice it to say there are times I have questioned one of the gifts God has granted me and this time I not only questioned it but I harshly berated, cried and screamed at Him sometimes for it landed me smack in the start, middle and ongoing end to the story.

But I survived ... even if not fully intact in all areas.   

And so ... I'm back ... and even arting a little!

I am so blessed with an understanding husband and loving family, friends and acquaintances ... some who were prayer warriors during the worst of it ... and others who quietly started activity to lift, pull and drag me up and back to my chair and encourage me to once again find joy in their companionship and my art.  I cherish each and every one of you ... and praise God for that special gift of your love, friendship and devotion to me and each other.

I've not done much art as I lost my comfy computer chair when we rearranged our bedroom for papa's homecoming from Hospital in January after surgery on his abdominal aortic aneurism.  He's doing very well - thank you!  :-)   I can manage about a 30-45 minutes though in this chair and have enjoyed a little of the 52 Weeks Art Card journey started by my friend, Kelly Hoernig, with the art aMUSEment group!  An index sized card of art -- how easy and how fun, based on a key word given each week!  One can put as much or as little into it as desired but everyone can find time for a wee bit of fun in their busy lives each week and this fits the bill !! 

Key Word was POUCH - my angel sits in a pouch
Key word was KEY