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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mixed Media on Coaster Blanks & Autumn Plaque on: August 14, 2017 08:20:05 AM
Hello again!

Here are some projects I've done lately.  These are all made on 4x4 MDF coaster blanks purchased from JoAnn. 

Tons of molds, mod melts, gesso, and alcohol inks.

Butterflies are a thing. Laser cut wood embellishments, little figures from tinythingsarecute.com, vintage measuring tape.

More butterflies and glitter.  I used a chipboard circle frame on this one, plus rub-ons, bits of lace, mod molds, and various other things.

I love Autumn but hate revisionist history, so I made this from Sizzix dies, scrapbooking embellishments and Tim Holtz word stickers. And a substantial amount of embossing powder.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Scared Heart Mini Shadowbox on: August 07, 2017 08:44:04 AM

This was a fast project. The box is the top of a cardboard jewelry gift box, painted with acrylic and sprayed with alcohol inks, then glittered on the sides and back.  The heart is paperclay, sprayed with alcohol inks then rubbed with black acrylic and covered with mod podge hard coat and dimensional magic.

Pre-glitter and dimensional magic

I still need to spray it with a sealer to keep the glitter from falling off all over the place.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Holding Space Shadow Box on: April 01, 2017 01:07:50 PM
Hello!  I finished this project during the bleak winter days and we finally had enough natural sunlight to take a few photos. 

This is a cardboard organizer box covered in paper and filled with all manner of items.  Most of the items have something to do with being a place where hidden treasures or secrets are kept safe - nests, the hollow of a baby spoon, the shell shrine, the jar of wishes, the fuse box - all of them holding space for something sacred, significant, or fragile.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mr. Boo Plaque on: October 23, 2016 03:51:33 PM
I wanted to work with paper and die cuts this weekend.  Here's the result. 

Some angl-y shots to show all that sweet, sweet dimension.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ars Technica Shrine Necklace on: July 10, 2016 07:22:04 PM
A wearable shrine to technology & art.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birds & The Bees Shadow Box Collage on: March 14, 2016 01:00:38 PM
I've had a block for a while and this is the first thing I've made in months.  Whew.

It's a wooden cigar box, painted haphazardly with green acrylic and then the inside was covered with various ephemera, commercially produced papers, etc. 

I also made a bee hive texture with gel medium and spray inks, then covered areas of the collage with gold metallic and clear encaustic wax.  Some metal embellishments, moss, sticks from my hydrangea, tiny beads, and hopefully the result is an interesting piece with natural elements.

I left the paint pretty rough with some areas of the box coming through.

Upside down.  Oops.

Nestled in with some of my other stuff.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend on: October 26, 2015 12:47:53 PM
I recently took a Found Sculpture class and *loved* it.  These are two of the projects we completed.  The first was a wearable found sculpture.  I started with a sardine tin and used broken jewelry pieces, an iron spike, wire, bottle caps, and part of a steamer basket to create a protection shrine that can be worn as a necklace or on a belt.  It's inspired by a sci-fi book (A Canticle for Leibowitz) which is about a futuristic religious order that makes relics out of everyday items from contemporary culture.

The steamer basket "shield" lifts up to reveal a golden cross and the Latin word for "safe" or "protected."

The second project is a face.  We made faces to construct a family "photo" at the end of the class.  I made the family pet.  The steamer basket segments appear again, this time riveted to some kind of metal flower holder?  A wooden checker, watch face, finger cymbal, and more jewelry finish up the features of the face.


8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gothic Tombstones on: October 26, 2015 12:39:38 PM
I made a set of tombstones for Halloween!  These are prefab tombstone blanks (paper? cardboard?) from JoAnn that I painted and embellished with a variety of findings.  Several of the ornamental pieces are paper clay molds.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Curious Cabinet of Curiosities on: October 11, 2015 10:53:35 AM
My version of an Apothecary Cabinet done with miniature bits and bobs.  Many of the paper goods, bottles, and labels came from Alpha Stamps.  The cabinet itself is part of a Melissa & Doug toy that I picked up at a thrift shop.  It was originally bright green with stars and hearts all over.  The jar of eyeballs is paper clay balls in yellow-ish resin.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 06:57:02 AM
Instead of making three different posts I'm putting all of these together.  This is what I've been working on lately.

Our Lady of the Waters Shrine (thrift store cigar box, old spoon, findings, paper clay)

Face detail

Top detail

Message in a bottle

Octopus Treasures Box
Small wooden box, painted black all over.  Embellished with metal bits and paper clay octopus.
(I didn't show the inside; it's boring)

Frida Shrine
Frida is my #1 inspiration for art and life.  I just saw some of her pieces at a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts; my first time seeing her actual work in person.

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