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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weirdy Mail = Wonderful!

What is Weirdy Mail, you may ask?  Well,  its art, usually made in an unusual shape, that is mailed, as is, without box or envelope to cover it.  I belong to a group of artists through AFA who exchange altered envelopes and postcards once a month.  Once or twice a year, we have the choice to send something a little more interesting...hence, Weirdy Mail.

Here is something I created and mailed to my sweet friend, Melissa.  I've included some progress pics and descriptions too.  I love how it turned out!  It even exceeded my expectations.  I hope you enjoy it.



If you'd like more information or would just like to see me feature more things like this,  drop me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

The whole thing started with these awesome cardboard pieces that were packing material in a set of cookware.

I created a base for the box out of cardboard and glued pieces together to form a box with a lip for the cover to fit on to.

In order to have some pieces fit inside of others I cut a section out and used masking tape to hold them together for gluing.

The outside of the box was then covered with paper towels decoupaged with white glue.

The entire box was then given a coat of gesso.

Petals and leaf shapes were cut out of thinner cardboard recycled from soda and cereal boxes and then covered with paper towels and white glue.  The petals and leaves were also gessoed before painting.  I used Daler Rowney Acrylic Inks in Olive Green and Sap Green on the leaves and box.  Golden High Flow Acrylic in Alizarin Crimson Hue was used to paint the petals.  The petals and leaves were then edged with black Sharpie marker.  The center was made from a circle of cardboard, painted black, covered in large black seed beads and edged with a scrap of fringed yarn.

Another ring was covered and painted black for the mobile.



For the mobile, the flowers were constructed as one piece and painted just like the larger one.  Leaves were created and added to the back of each flower.  The centers are assorted black buttons.  The rings were crocheted around plastic rings and a pearl drop was added to the center of each one.

The basket-weave effect was created by putting a layer of molding paste on the side of the box and using sheet rock tape to impress the grid pattern into the wet paste.  After drying the sides were gessoed and painted with the rest of the box.

Curling the petals and leaves a bit before placing them on the box helps to create more 3D effect.  The petals were glued to the center piece, the leaves to the box top and the completed flower glued to the middle of the box top over the leaves.

Although most Weirdy Mail is sent as-is, I did pack it in a clear plastic bag just to be sure that all the pieces arrived together.

I hope you enjoyed this little look behind the scenes!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Back in the saddle and ready to ride!

So the big family project I've been consumed with for the last 6 months or so is done and I'm ready to get back to making art and moving forward toward a few of my goals.  I'm posting some of my recent work to my various social media accounts and finally getting to work on some things that have been on hold for far too long.  I'll be updating the blog with some recent news and fun projects, giving it a fresh new look as I look forward to new and exciting things.

Here are a couple of journal pages I did recently.  Its part of a project I've been looking forward to starting.  I'll post more about it soon.






Thanks to all who have stuck with me and to all who take the time to comment!  It means the world to me!  <3

Friday, September 2, 2016

Life Had Other Plans for My Year

So...last you heard from me I was picking myself up after losing my mom and looking forward to new challenges.  The next challenge for me ended up being the death of my dad, just 5 months after we lost Mom.  Truthfully, we didnt expect for him to stay here without her that long but it was another difficult loss.  I spent the next 2 months organizing and clearing out my parent's house.  When I came home I had to make room in my little apartment for all the things that came back with me.  The girls came home for the summer with all of their stuff and the piles just got higher.  Finally in July the girls moved into their own apartment closer to school and Phil and I officially became empty nesters.  I was able to move the pieces that I brought back from Mom and Dad's for my art room into the girls' old room and I finally had my very own studio.

Here is a video I took of the 99.5% finished room.

Nearly completed art room

It feels like Mom and Dad are at the very heart of my art space and that in itself is inspiring.  This room is filled with memories of them and that has me feeling a renewed peace and direction.  I'm finding that I am so much more productive now that I have a space of my own away from the distractions of housework and TV, etc. and so I'm participating in several challenges to help me get back into a routine of daily art making and art journaling.

The first of these projects is called the 100 Days Project and it challenges you to choose one creative task and do it every day for 100 days, documenting each day as you go along.  I chose to use this as motivation to art journal every single day.

Here is the link to my project.  100 Days Project

The second is the 29 Faces Project which happens twice a year in February and in September.  I've done this one several times before and it was always a favorite of Mom's so in her honor I will try my best to complete this one as well.

This is my first face for this go around.  It also counts as my art journaling for today.


I've also got Christmas presents to make, bears and pillows to make from my Dad's shirts for my sisters and the grandkids and great grands and Mom's cookbooks to go through and copy for everyone.  There just isnt enough time in the day to do all I want.  I hope to document most of it here but you can see how hit or miss that has been in the past.  Fingers crossed though.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A New Direction

The new direction I've been thinking about was prompted by several things.  The first and most significant was the loss of my mother in July.  There is really no way at all for me to explain how completely amazing and singularly incredible my mother was.  She was warm and funny and knowledgeable about so many things.  She was an expertly gifted chef, seamstress, gardener, crafter, teacher, to name just a few.  She was my best friend, greatest cheerleader, favorite person and my ultimate hero.  As a child raised during the Great Depression, she grew up in an atmosphere that fostered thrift, creativity and the necessity of making all that you can out of what you have and she excelled at this in every possible way.  She lived and modeled this throughout my life and beyond that...she taught me how fun and personally satisfying this way of life can be.

May 2015

The skills she taught me have served me well in my chosen career, as a wife, homemaker and mother of 4 on an extremely limited budget.  I know I'll never be able to do or do as well all of the things my mom made look so easy but I enjoy the challenge and I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of finding creative ways to make all that I can out of what I have.

Just before Mom died I started formulating an idea that I was very excited about and looked forward to sharing with her along the way.  She would have been an incredible resource and better than anyone else, would have understood the thrill of bringing it all together.  I never got the chance to tell her about it.  Her death took me away from home for a month and put the project on hold.  While it has moved forward some...it has a long way to go.  It will be a bittersweet journey and one that I will want to share with her at every turn.  Instead, I will share it here with all of you and hope that you will appreciate all that my incredible mom brought to my world.

I'll intersperse other projects and other ideas for making the most out of what you have, as well.  Hopefully you will find some useful ideas and inspiration mixed in with the failures, mistakes and comedic moments that are sure to come.

Thank you for visiting and welcome to My Creative Life!

31 Day Blog Writing Challenge

 


My poor, sad, neglected blog has been needing attention for quite a while so I've decided to take on a challenge ( 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge) created by one of my arty friends, Cheryl Sleboda, who I admire greatly.
Posting something here everyday will be a huge challenge for me, especially during the holiday season but I've had some ideas for either a new direction for this blog or a separate blog altogether and I'm hoping this challenge will keep me accountable and help me hone my ideas for the blog.

     Anyway...I hope some of you will follow along and enjoy this challenge with me.

Thanks, Cheryl!  You rock in so many ways!

Stay tuned!



Saturday, October 25, 2014

My first art demonstration video!!

I've wanted for a long time to be able to make videos like the ones I love watching on youtube.  To share techniques, teach others and eventually create online classes.  I built a set up for my camera and a space to work and did a little test video a few weeks ago.

Test Video


Its was so much fun and so ridiculously thrilling to see my work that way.  After finishing a few projects and a death in the family, I was finally able to work on my first full video.  I'm learning a lot of what to do and what not to do and hope that I can quickly reach the point where I can produce the quality videos that I'm aiming for.  I'm very pleased with what I've been able to do so far.

"Bloom"


I'm so excited to have reached this long time goal and I'm excited to see what's next!  Any feedback would be appreciated!  Enjoy!