Saturday, October 21

Guest Interview

I am very honored today to be sharing a little bit about myself as an artist and my life, over at Nathalie Kalbach's blog today! Thanks so much for inviting me Nat!

I'd love for you to pop over, see what I've shared and leave a comment if you'd like.
Click HERE to see my Nice to Meet You Interview!

Thursday, October 19

Inspired by India at DecoArt today!

I wanted to invite you to pop over to the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today for my tutorial on creating the Inspired by India canvas. I love the bright colors I saw everywhere in India on my trip and the wonderful patterns and fabrics. 

Here I am learning Rangoli, which is painting with flowers, sand and/or rice, in bright vivid colors.

Stay tuned!
 I plan to do a post on the arts and crafts I saw and made in India by the end of the month.

Monday, October 16

It's a Dog's Life

Hello Monday, my friends! Our challenge this week is It's a Dog's Life, how fun is that!

It got me thinking of our dog Jasper, who loved to run after the cats and chase them, and as far as I know only caught up with one once - that was when we found the claw in his eyebrow...ouch!
 It's not all fun and games and laying around, but also think about all the working dogs out there like the sheep dogs and police dogs. I can see a lot of ways to interpret our challenge, and I am interested in your take on it, so please share with us!

We all have friends who have a rough day, so I made my card with that in mind.
It's a Ruff Day for this trio of plaid pups who were chasing the calico cat. The cat leaped up onto the hot air balloon and escaped from the pups. Oh boy, are they frustrated now!

I used my new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (I love this! The images stamp so well using it.) to stamp several plaid pups and a cat and the hot air balloon. I fussy cut the critters out.

Oranges and yellows for the hot air balloon...

Blues for the card...making it look like a sky.

By adding the antique linen, it began to look more like a sky with clouds.

Two pups went on the inside...

I stamped a few more details into the background with the star and circle, the ball of yarn dropping down to tease the pups, and the pennant.

Oh yes, these pups are having a Ruff Day!

Our very generous friends at Simon have a $50 voucher for one lucky participant, so be sure to share your creation!


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Be sure to head on back to see how our amazing team has interpreted It's a Dog's Life!

Sunday, October 15

Steampunk Kokopelli

Greetings Steampunk friends! 
This month I've created a home decor piece - a steampunk inspired Kokopelli.

We love to tent camp, and when our sons were born, we started them camping as babies, and now they are adults they love to camp on their own. I bring this up because we took several trips with them to the American Southwest and many of our favorite places were the Native American sites. We learned about Kokopelli, the flute player, who is known as  a fertility god, prankster, story teller and healer. You can read much more about him HERE.

When we came back home, my husband designed and cut these Kokopelli figures out of wood. We recently found the box of them, and I've had fun starting to alter some. Of course, I had to try one in a steampunk style!!

I began by painting the wood figure with black gesso to seal it and provide a base coat.

Then, I began to add layers of colors with DecoArt's Americana Premium acrylics and a sea sponge. I started with Burnt Sienna and dabbed it on with the sponge.

Next layer - Green Gold...

then, Quinacridone Gold Hue...
Now, I have the mottled background I wanted.

Once those layers dried, I got out Andy Skinner's Incognito stencil, and using the Copper paint and a sponge, I added the gears.

I wanted to tone it down a bit, so I first rubbed on the Green Gold Fluid Acrylic with my fingers.

Next, I rubbed on the Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylic...

and my final step with the paints was to lightly spray a mist of Carbon Black.

With the background completed with the paints, the fun began! I dug into my stash of gears and cogs and bits, and started to lay out my gear design. I thought it would be fun to add the key at the top, like he could be wound up.


I hope you've enjoyed my Kokopelli project! Please be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects from the DT and the awesome art our readers share with us. We would love for you to join us in the challenge!

If you are interested, here's the link to my Autumn/Harvest Kokopelli.

Much appreciation to our wonderful sponsors who keep the gears turning at SASPC!



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