So many elements go into this mixed media piece–layered background paper, mica stained glass windows, National Geographic background paper, an old dictionary page and even a tiny little noose.Read the rest of this entry
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.Read the rest of this entry
Remember those mixed up animal flip books from childhood? I had so much fun making an artistic version of that style of book that I just had to share with you.
Each animal page is actually a mixed media art page unto itself.
Making this piece was so liberating. After experiencing a horrible, no good, really bad day, all I wanted to do was crawl under the bedcovers, but knew that I had too many upcoming projects I needed to work on.
Instead of retreating from the world, I pulled out some some sea-themed chipboard pieces because the waterways always soothe my soul. To keep things simpler, I decided to limit my palette to only two colors beyond black and white.
I found this decision liberating as my project came together lickety-split–which for me, the world’s slowest artist, is nothing short of miraculous.Read the rest of this entry
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.
To learn how to make this, please visit the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog.
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!
- Altoid Tin – Coming soon!
- Altoid Tin Accordion Insert – Coming Soon!
- Paper Calliope’s Something’s Fishy
- Paper Calliope’s Fish Crate
- Acrylic paint
- Ink in assorted colors
- Rubber stamps
- Black pen
- White cardstock
- Vintage book pages
- Circle punches
- Beacon Zip Glue
- Beacon Fabri-Tac
- Matte Medium
Actually, I have been going beyond more than just one comfort zone. I have been trying a lot of new things–from starting art product lines, to growing friendships and alliances in the art industry, to expanding the kinds of art I make to opening up about last year’s health scare.Read the rest of this entry
Sometimes people need a little help in the romance department–that’s why I invented Love Potion No. 9.
Each glass-like jar contains a potion of cherubic magic. Just open the mason jar, dab a little love potion behind your ears and let the romance begin!
If you want to learn how to concoct your own love potion, visit the good folks at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts who have posted my tutorial online.
I wanted to share a piece I finished this weekend called “No Time for Love,” and show you a little behind-the-scenes action of what went into making it.Read the rest of this entry
I began this piece in a Paper Artsy class at Creativation. When I got frustrated with the direction it had taken, I took a break and only returned to it last weekend.Read the rest of this entry
As you probably know by now, I love to inject a little or snark into many of the pieces I create. I would describe this piece as snarky + mixed media–thus snixed media.
Okay, maybe snixed media shouldn’t be a “thing”. Regardless, did you notice the shady character waiting inside they doorway?Read the rest of this entry