This little birdie appeared on my desk quite by accident. I had a piece of paper which I had been cleaning my stamps on and I used the other side to cut out a bird shape for another project. I folded the paper in half and the stamp impressions showed through the cut out bird shape. The colours were perfect so I cut out this little bird, adhered it to a blank card and added a beak and some legs and there he is.........Serendipity..........
For those of you who haven't visited since last Wednesday and would like to see the finished mixed media piece I was working on here it is finished at last.
Mixed Media on card
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Thank you to all who left such lovely comments last week. They mean a lot.
I am a little worried that I may be boring some of my regular visitors as I have featured this WIP in my last few posts. However, I wanted to offer something up for this Paint Party Friday so I thought I would show some pics of how it has progressed since my last post.
I felt it needed something in the top corner and I was toying with the idea of a bird but I thought I would try this stamp.
I didn't like it so I covered it up with a torn piece of scrapbook paper.
I applied a few layers of paint and some stamping and then added the bird.
I am a little disappointed in it but I am too scared of over working it so I think it will have to do. Perhaps I will keep starring at it a little longer and then decide.
I promise that the next time you see this piece it will be finished.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on a piece of mail art for a blog friend. I couldn't share it at the time as I didn't want to spoil the surprise. Now that it has safely arrived at its destination I can now let you take a look.
I used a piece of cardboard and adhered a piece of scrim using matt medium. I then applied some gesso and modelling paste. For this little 'cutie' I used charcoal pencil and acrylics.
I have a fallen in love with this little one. I'm glad she has gone to a good home.
I don't know where this week has gone but it's Paint Party time again.
It has been a hectic week but I did find some time to play around with my mouldable stamps. For those of you who haven't visited here since last Friday and are interested to see what I did this week with the stamps you can have a look here.
I made this little piece from one of the stamps and a lovely tiny autumn leaf I found.
Then I used it to make a stamp.
I also used the same textured background on a stamp the add texture to this mixed media piece I am currently working on.
I hope you will stop by again and see how it turns out.
Thanks to everyone who has left such lovely comments recently, they are always greatly appreciated.
I'm late today. I've been sitting in A&E all day with my Hubby. All the tests came back fine so that's good. So it's now 5pm and I'm sitting here with a late lunch of peanut butter (crunchy) sandwiches and a hot cup of cofee sharing my desk and whats on it with you.
This is how it looked first thing this morning, before the trip to A&E.
I am currently working on small mixed media piece.
Here is a close up showing how I used one of my moldable stamps to create some texture.
If you look very carefully in the bottom right hand corner you can see where I got the impression for the stamp from. I have found that you can get some of your best impressions from lightly textured surfaces.
If you haven't seen these moldable stamps before and you would like to know what I am talking about. You can see on my previous post here.
Well I'm off to get my second cup of coffee and check out some other work desks. If you would like to see what others have been up to this Wednesday then click on the WOYWW badge in the side-bar and take a look.
Following on from my last post I have been creating some more stamps from moldable foam.
The one on the left was made from sequin waste and the one on the right was from a hair dryer.
With these stamps, together with the little bird stamp that I made a while ago, I made this little print.
Some things make better stamps than others. This household plastic peg turned out well.
But when I pressed the heated stamp onto a group of beads with a ridged pattern on them and saw the imprint they made, I thought 'ooh! what a lovely pattern they look like seed pods'. But the print came out like this.
I was forgetting that only the surface of the foam stamp would print and all that lovely texture was to deeply embedded into the foam. Lesson learned. Lol! But it is still rather interesting.
I have used Tim |Holtz Distress Inks here but you can use acrylic paint. But a word of advise. Have some baby wipes at hand and clean them well before you re-heat them or you will not be able to remove the paint.
Yes it is Paint Party Friday again......so soon after last week.
I have been working on a piece of mail art over the past few days which I can't share with you at the moment as the blog friend it is intended for may see it and it will spoil the surprise. But today I have been having a play with some moldable foam stamps.
If you haven't come across them before they are blocks of foam which when heated with a heat tool can be pressed into a textured surface which results in some truly individual stamps.
Now like a lot of things I buy they hung around for a while before I actually got around to trying them. At first I wasn't too impressed and I put them aside. But I had tried to draw a pattern onto them but it just dragged the surface. Now I realize the correct way is to impress the pattern into it and now I am loving them.
Once you have used them you just heat them up and the surface returns to its original state ready to impress a new pattern into it and 'hey presto' you have a new stamp.
I have only got as far as 'mark making' with them because I wanted to at least have something to show you today but can't wait to get started on a project.
This was a leaf shape which is what I had originally drawn on as mentioned earlier and because it was scraped into it, it stayed visible after I heated it again and then I impressed some coiled wire over it. (But when the pattern is impressed into it it does disappear when heated again.)
Here are a couple of more prints.
For those of you that visited last Friday you may remember an untitled mixed media piece featured in that post. Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments. Some of you even had suggestions for a title but the lovely Mo of 'Twinkletoes2day blogspot came up with the perfect one.
I've not joined in with WOYWW for a while owing to my blog break. Fortunately or unfortunately for WOYWW my desk has just had an overhaul so doesn't have a thing on it today but here is the latest piece I have been working on.
Charcoal pencil and paper on card
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In my last post I said I was taking some time out from blogging for a couple of weeks. Well, it has been a whole month so I thought I would pop by and say hello.
I was hoping to take the time to take stock and make plans of how to take my art to the next step. Maybe go down the route of offering my work for sale. I had plans to revamp my blog and maybe open an etsy shop but unfortunately, as sometimes happens, 'life' got in the way.
Having said that, I have found time to complete a couple of pieces one of which I would like to share today.
mixed media on 5' 'x 8'' card
I am still working on a title but I am sure one will come to me soon.
So it is back to the 'metaphorical drawing board' for me.