Tuesday, March 20, 2018

April is A to Z Challenge Time

Here we go again. I've committed to the month long A to Z blog challenge for the 3rd year in a row.

Art is my passion & that is the category my posts fall into. My theme, in a nutshell, is anything that inspires my creative process, nature being the biggest contributor. Other artists I admire will play a big part this year. I hope you will follow along on this journey with me.

 A peek into what I've been up to in the studio & way beyond lately.

Found items I thought were lost. Love these old chess pieces from my childhood. 
Great prop fodder for photography

More paint, stencils, storage boxes. I still think the corners are important. These are sizes I can use in my studio, but will be for sale at shows I'm  in as well as on Etsy
Got a spot you need a artful container for? Just tell me your dimensions & colors.

March is an ATC month. Popped these in the mail yesterday.

A friend needs purple items for a gift. It's been great fun color mixing to get what I want.

               Took a trip far far away. French Polynesia. Our first cruise. More on that later...

Thanks for your interest! Stay tuned for daily posts in April. Love to get your comments. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

April Blog Challenge

The April A to Z Challenge is on once again on this year.
 I plan to participate for the third year in a row with a blog every day but Sundays all month.
Look for posts here & on Facebook to see what I come up with.

In the meantime I've been at work on more fabric storage vessels. See above & below. 
A number of these will be for my own studio organization. 
They will also appear in my Etsy shop. I can always make more! 

Larger fabric scraps used to make the inside panels. 

First layer of the backgrounds for the next box drying in the studio. 

More of the finished box in the first image.

I love the challenge of matching the corner imagery.

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Little Something

After the new paint job on the bedroom furniture this needed help. The above is jewelry box my husband has had forever. It just didn't look right. Old brown wood finish. I got permission to have at it with paint layers.

I wish I had taken a before picture, alas there is no before, just the steps below.

First layer was some left over latex paint we had from a former project. 

It took three layers to achieve the look I wanted. Glaze mixed with acrylic paint lets you add layers and partially wipe them off leaving a translucent effect. After the matte blue a dark brown layer was brushed on, made the grain stand out.

  Finally a layer of silver which had a bit of black added to darken. 
Special attention was given to the corners and edges where normal wear would occur.

The treatment was just what the old brown box needed to fit in with the new look of the furniture.