I love making art journals, junk journals and other forms of books. However, embarking on one of these is always a huge time-consuming project…or at least it was until I discovered the joy of making tiny art journals.
It was easy to make a complete journal in an evening. What’s more, the finished project is just so much fun.
I have to admit, the art I am sharing with you this week tickles my funny bone. Perhaps some think art should not have levity, but I disagree. I believe art needs to bring some of the elements that humans most need in their lives: beauty, inspiration, insight, a glimpse of God, relaxation and humor.
Of course you know I’m picking the funny route.
So for this piece I turned a miniature tin into a wooden crate containing fish that someone ordered for their dinner party.
Except the fish, wearing hats, drinking martinis and blowing party horns, might not be what was expected. Even the clown fish are a little different.
The tin contains an accordion fold paper with five panels.
I create a mixed media scene on both sides of each of the five panels.
But wait–there’s more! To entice you to visit my shop, I am offering an entire sheet of colorful high resolution fish as a free download. Just place it into the shopping cart and download it for free. I hope you take a minutes to check out my other offerings as well.
Little Crowns – Coming soon to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!
I am lucky enough to own a massive bucket of vintage wooden spools. I had been trying to come up with some new ways to use them when I happened to see a picture of artist Cat Kerr’s beautiful mixed media tape dispensers.
That’s it! I thought to myself. I can make some mixed media spools.
There’s a good chance you have a lot of ephemera. I do too.
However, I have it stored away in so many different places and in so many
boxes, that I often can’t find it when I am in the middle of a project.
To combat this problem, I made a desktop ephemera storage box. While it certainly can’t hold all my ephemera, I can keep it filled with different odds and ends that I can use in upcoming projects.
Keeping some of your ephemera nearby is is especially helpful for those of you who like to make junk journals and art planners. What’s more, it makes for some fun eye candy.
What does your creative process look like? For me, some vintage
Silver Star tickets sitting on my desk reminded me of the old Beatles song.
That inspired me to search through my stash to find the perfect saucy
A lingerie model from a 1940s magazine and several elements from Gypsy Soul, including a silver star, set me on the path to create this mixed media / altered art wagon.