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Posts tagged ‘mixed media’

Wine Birdhouse


CIMG0026 This week I decorated this adorable 5” high birdhouse with a wine themed decorative napkin, tissue paper colored with alcohol inks, and some embellishments.

When I started the process, I wasn’t sure how it would look but I love how it all came together. I will be launching a shop on Etsy this month and this birdhouse is going into the shop. I can’t wait to make other themed birdhouses and see how they turn out! I am linking up to the Creative Spirit Challenge on Cindy’s blog and also to Hodgepodge Friday.



Fall Harvest – Mixed-Media Art

I hope all of my US friends had a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend. It is Monday which means that Karen is hosting another Brag Monday over at The Graphics Fairy!

This summer was an especially hot & humid one for us in Georgia. Once the calendar page flipped over to September, I immediately began thinking about fall. There is so much I love about fall. Especially the colors, scents and crisp air. I always have trouble adjusting to the shorter amount of daylight as we approach fall but it is the only thing I don’t like about the season.


In honor of fall, I made this oversized tag (6.5 x 4 inches) titled, “Fall Harvest” The Apple of My Eye stamp is from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the image, cut it out and added microbeads for the apples. I then mounted the image on a piece of burlap with foam round adhesives to add some depth. The image of the woman is from The Graphics Fairy. I printed the image in black & white and then colored with chalk.

I am linking up to Brag Monday. Please go there and check out the other wonderful things people are making using Karen’s FREE images!

Butterfly Art

I’ve been wanting to participate in the Tag Tuesday Challenge that Louise hosts over at Kard Krazy for a few weeks now but it just hadn’t worked out up until now. While eating breakfast this morning, I hopped over to Kard Krazy to see what this week’s challenge is – Butterflies!

I was SO excited that the challenge was butterflies especially since I just finished a butterfly inspired tag this weekend. Here she is:


There are actually four butterfly images in this piece.  I did so much layering that it is difficult to find all four images. First, I cut out my tag using light purple cardstock. I stamped the background with French script in a darker purple and then added some gesso mixed with matte medium for some translucency. I cut out some images of butterflies that were on tissue paper with an Exacto knife and adhered them to the tag. Then I stamped the main image (I recall buying the stamp from Stampington & Company several years ago) in blue and added more gesso. I added glitter glue around one of the butterfly images, wrote the words “Imagine Dream Fly”, distressed the edges with some blue ink, and added some fibers to finish the tag off.

This is actually the first well layered, mixed-media tag I’ve done and I love how it turned out. I hope you enjoyed it to! Did anyone here find all four butterfly images?

Mixed Media Creation – Mermaid Goddess of the Sea


Ever since I’ve moved my art supplies back into the old office now art studio, I’ve been at my work table nearly every night “piddling” with various art stuff. I created this beautiful little (4.75”x5.50”) mixed media piece last night. I used masking tape on bristol vellum paper colored with water soluble pastels for the background. The mermaid was printed on transparency film & colored with markers. I elevated the image by using the foam glue dots. All images are courtesy of the wonderful, Graphics Fairy!

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Dress Up – August

It looks like I am a bit late to the party. Alice and Camilla have been hosting a “Dress Up” party each month during 2010 where participants post their artsy dress creation for that month. I only just found out about it because I am slowly dipping my toe into this blog world and recently expanded my blog reading horizons beyond mainly DIY Decorating blogs and I’ve been exploring the world of Altered Art & Artists blogs.

I’ve been interested in altered art for many years but for the past several years, I rarely broke out my art supplies and created.  Earlier this year, I decided to do a series of collages/paintings – one for each chakra/energy center of the body. I have done two more of the chakra mandala paintings that I have not had a chance to post about yet. I loved being able to experiment with different techniques for each of the paintings. Doing these paintings regularly has really inspired me. In fact, this past month, I finally began the process of converting our home office into my art studio. Sorry, I got a bit long winded. My point is, I’ve been interested in altered art for a LONG time and I am just now getting into it. I look forward to participating in various altered art themes along with other blogging altered artists. Here is my submission for August:

Aug Dress




When I think of August I think of hot & steamy days and nights. I also think of the colors red and orange. I used these colors along with some origami paper to make this dress. I cut a toothpick in half and painted both ends to look like hair sticks. See some other submissions for August at Alice and Camilla.