Sunday, August 19, 2012

Technique Inspiration - cuz I'm to excited not to share

I saw an amazing technique on Flickr recently that had me all excited.  The artist and designer was Windy.  She described a technique in which you stamp into molton solder with a rubber stamp! What?! I know sounds crazy, but it was really amazing. I went with a small rubber stamp that I wasn't too attached to, just in case I melted the rubber. I did as Windy suggested and used a pipe bezel, which I soldered onto an etched brass design.  And of course added bling.  I curled the top of my etched piece, so I can string a small chain through the piece.

Spoons and Resin - Inspiration of the week!

What a spoon full of sugar, indeed!
Oh that Gilding the Lily, I tell you I wish I were closer to them! What delicious classes they have.  I just found this gorgeous bracelet in which they used a spoon, resin and rhinestones. OMG, too stinkin' cute! So, this is my inspiration for the week, I'm gonna give it a try!

I'm thinking I'll use some of the pictures of my little man, they have a very vintage feel to them.  The fabulous Shannon Cline was the photographer we used. Can't wait!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My grandmother, lovingly referred to as Gramita my whole life, has forever been a strong role model.  My early years of making sock dolls, sifting through heavenly shank button buckets, picnics in lush gardens, her AMAZING cooking and most poignant, watching her work wonders with tin.  Conchita Lopez, my Gramita, is a resident of Santa Fe NM.  Although I'm a Californian to the core, Santa Fe will always be my home away from home.  My Gramita is a well known resident of Santa Fe and has had her tin work available in Sante Fe her whole life. Visiting celebreties and residents have had her work proudly displayed in their homes, and it's said that she has some art at the Smithsonian.  Sadly, she has retired her shears...but her love of art lives on in many of her kids and grandchildren. 

I recently took a class at A Work of Heart, where Andrea picks a book and makes a book club mixed media class, which follows the artist's steps on how to re-create his/her techniques.  This particular book was Pam Carriker's Art at the Speed of Life.  Wow, what a book, and the techniques are dreamy! We created acrylic background on canvas panels, did a version of image transfer onto them and sealed them with Pam's magic sealant.  The sealant is a little stinky but boy are the results amazing! I've wanted to find a way to incorporate this precious picture of my Gramita as a little girl into a piece of art for quite some time now...quite the Spanish Flower, huh?!  Here's my finished project, complete in a gorgeous antique frame my Mom gave me for my birthday.  It's like it was all meant to be! Thank you Andrea for helping us work through the book, thank you Pam for your amazing shared techniques, thank you Mom for this beautiful gift and thank you Gramita for being such an amazing role model in my life...I love you so much!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bones in a Box

I'm so hooked! First the witch and now bones. I like them for different reasons, but I'm officially in love with combining shrink with shadowboxes. I'm gonna have to make one for every season. Teehee.

Matchbox Witchery

I'm sooo ready for Halloween. I love this holiday, I love the Fall. I was inspired by this sweet little shrinky I bought from Lisa Guerin. I found a fantastic Charlotte stamp & made her into a little witch & forever captured her in glass. But not before I made her matchbox spooktacular, so she would have a perfect little world to fly around in. I'll be adding her to the calendar at A Work of Heart. She's a new favorite... did I mention I love Halloween?! Lol.