Friday, August 17, 2012


Presenting the artistes de spoon...

I was so excited to be asked to participate in this anniversary bloghop.  Thank you! 
Since birds are so "in" now they seemed like a good subject.  I used 3 dollar store spoons
as a base, modeling paste to fluff out their little chests.  I am definitley not a nature painter, so the birdies are from the perspective of an altered artist.  I saw the words' robin' in this sheet of music, so, robins they were.  The heads are polymer clay, eyes are floral pins painted black.  The beaks are skewers dyed orange.  The little feet are Easter chicks, (sadly 3 of my children's chicks are footless.) I found a dead branch and posed the birdies on the twigs.  I thought since there was a trio of birds they may as well be a singing group so they were dubbed "The Lovin' Spoonfull."  Please visit all the other talented artists appearing in this hop!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 17



I do love anything royal, kings, queens, crowns, the whole regent thing.  In this week's challenge we were to uase Creative Co-ordinations Papers that I love.  I must not fail to thank Simon Says Stamp! and Studio L3 for sponsoring this challenge.   Although the picture does not do it justice the embossing folder I chose, after applying T!m's techniques looks like watered silk.  The turquoise and blue green look great together.  I used A lace On the Edge die as well as the old script one.  I also used T!m's crowns, Prima button and Robin's Nest Dewdrops.  You will also see Movers and Shapers dies used.  This was too much fun!!


Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 16

School Days


Even though I missed the deadline for this post due to other art commitments I wanted to say I am continuing the challenge.  I enjoyed selecting the colors to use from Tim Holtz's  vast array of embossing folders as well as all the colors in the Perfect Pearls set.  This Graphic 45 pic is such a sweet one of school days of yesteryear.  I spent extra time on the matting to offset the image.  I think the alphabet folder is just perfect.  I used 2 colors of Co-ordinations papers to make the alphabet.  The old watch is set on 12 p.m. as in "A diller , a dollar a 12 o'clock scholar".   I also added some of T!m's ephemera and an very old milk cap.  Hope you enjoy.  See you next week.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

leslie-rahye's Fairyland Blog Hop

Hello Blogger Friends. Thank you for stopping by the Hop, Fairyland that is.  This was a great pleasure for me to be invited to participate in this event.  I have always had a love for all things" fairy".  I started keeping a file of these wee folk as a child.  Still have and use it.  We are glad you will enjoy spending time with us and the "fey".   The base of my diaorama is a metal tile from Hobby Lobby, painted ecru.  I then added styrofoam and sheet moss, pinned it in place.  To accent the moss I included a scrapbook piece of log slices painted with Copics.

As you can see This is the base without the central piece. The small fairies are perched on a wooden spool cut in half, painted Halo Rose Gold, and trimmed in German tinsel painted the same color.

The large central piece was lots of fun to design.  I used a large ribbon spool, increased the thickess of top and bottom with chipboard. I then covered it with Graphic 45 Springtime paper, trimmed the base with Prima flowers and antique millinary flowers.  I thought the stem looked a little bare so I pulled out my stash of beads then added some bling.  Here and there you may see a dragonfly or butterfly peeking out.  The fairy dancing on top is a autumn flower fairy.  Again thanks so much to you for dropping by, and a big thanks to our hostess Leslie for hosting. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 15


Thanks again to  Studio L3 for facilitating this challenge.  I really liked this pic of the Navy plane I picked up at a antique store, just knew that someday I could use it with some of T!M's stuff since he loves the travel motif so much.  The riveted embossing folder is certainly a good background for anything metallic, masculine or steampunk.  I used an expresso brown acrylic  to highlight.  The rubber stamps are also from T!m Holtz as well as the map and soar ticket. A little tip I found out and will share, alcohol ink will remove the color from german tinsel.  This tinsel was originally red.  ai painted it with ginger ink and presto..... no more red.... a mahogany brown.  A little chemestry lesson for me.  Do  love, love  this technique, has sooo many possibilities.  Hope you too will "soar"  with creativity.  Til next week.   Joyce