Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mini Pyrotechnics

This grouping is a collection of 12x12 inch mixed media and acrylic paintings. They are sample sized, for those who like the style and process but can't commit or invest in a larger piece. You get all the flavor but a much smaller price tag! They are all resined and framed in modern black float frames. "Electric Garden #1-9 are part of my Pyrotechnics Series.  You can read more about them here.
I love all the options small pieces allow for. You can create a large grouping for a dramatic, modern look. Or pair one or two in an existing group of photos and other small pieces for a more eclectic look. Each of  these pieces have a selection of small doilies, ranging in color collections- rainbow, warms and cools. The doilies are arranged on either black, grey or brown neutral grounds. Just like fireworks exploding in the night sky! These are all going to be added to my website asap. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing. I think four of them are already SOLD!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Feather Cuff Tutorial

I feel a little late to the party, but here in the mid west trends find us a bit later. Ha! Right now I am loving the feather trend. I was at a graduation party this weekend where I was surround by super cute feather hair extensions, and found myself with a bit of "feather envy." I whipped this little guy up it a matter of minutes with stuff I had around the house.

Easy Breezy Feather Cuff
Feathers, Glue Gun, Cuff, Ribbon, Scissors

Measure the ribbon to be just larger then the circumference of the cuff. Make sure your ribbon is not wider then your cuff. Glue the feathers directly to the top half of the ribbon. I trimmed my feathers to be similar in size.  Glue the ribbon feather side to the cuff inside, hiding all the bottoms of your feathers and giving you a clean finished look inside your cuff.
Easy, breezy, and in less then 15 minutes you have trendy feather cuff ready to wear out and about. If you can't find a cuff in the color you want think about spray painting it. Mine was originally orange but I used a metallic spray paint, and it really looks like silver. Summer is my favorite time for bracelets. Short sleeves and tank tops give you the perfect stage for sporting arm candy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shoe Redo Tutorial

I have a bad habit, like most ladies, of buying lots and lots of shoes. My problem is that I ruin them as quick as I get them. There is nothing worse then spilling on a new pair of leather shoes the first time you wear them.
I loved these shoes so much I couldn't bare to throw them out, so they sat in the back of my closet, so sad and so stained. Until one day, I thought what could I do to bring these beauties back to life. My first thought  was to paint them, but I thought that the contrast of paint and leather would cheapen them. Also the front detail was stain free so I wanted to do something that would highlight the ruffle. I decided that fabric would be the best solution for my desired results.

So I present to you my fabric covered shoe tutorial!
The basic concept in this fabric covered shoe is decoupage. What you need-
Shoes (either damaged or in need of any update, the less complicated the better)
Scrap fabric to create a template for your pattern pieces
Marker to trace pattern pieces
Fabric, any cotton. Mine is decor weight by Anna Maria Horner
Mod Modge and a paint brush
Fabric Glue
Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over one section of the shoe. Cut a piece of the scrap fabric larger then that section and smooth it over, making sure there are no air bubbles. Trace out the basic shape and peal it off. Next cut out the shape you traced. Now use this piece as a template to cut from the real fabric adding .5 inches on all sides to aid in hiding the raw edges.
  Cover section generously with fabric glue and smooth fabric making sure there are no air bubbles. Tuck under the bottom edge and rap other edges around into the shoe. Cover completely with Mod Podge. This will create a protective coating to prevent the fabric from getting dirty too quickly. Repeat for the remainder of sections on both shoes. 
The final result is a pair of cute, saved from the trash shoes, that get to have another day in the sun. One tip I will pass along that I learned the hard way. DO NOT MOD PODGE THE INSIDE OF THE SHOES. It harden the fabric making it sharp and scratchy. If you would like a cleaner look inside the shoe, apply a ribbon with fabric glue over the raw edge. It is softer on your toes!

Friday, June 10, 2011

What I have been up to...

I have been very distracted, and very inspired for the past two months and all this has amounted to a new body of work. Maybe you remember these? They were taken during the first stage of development.
After many....many... many long days, weeks, and months I have finally finished a group of paintings that I am really proud of. Here are three new pieces from my "Pyrotechnics" series. These paintings are named and inspired by fireworks and nostalgia. These is an explosion of color in this series as well as an optical illusion of moment in the forms. I image these pieces could be sold separately or they are very dramatic all together in one trio.
Boomer Ladycrackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Headbomb Crackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Whooping Crackers 20x20 acrylic and mixed media
Here are three more paintings from the "Pyrotechnics" series. These mixed media and acrylic paintings are a combination of vintage and made doilies as well as very fine glitter. Did you know that every firework was named and designed to explode into different abstract flowers? 
The painted forms in these pieces give hints to specific floral forms with out trying to be exact representations. I love how the shapes and colors of the doilies are reminiscent of the abstraction of fireworks. The glitter becomes a literal translation of the idea.
Dynabomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Electronic Bomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
Supercharged Thunderbomb 20x20 acrylic and mixed media on canvas
It was a lot of hard work but it was worth it. I am really excited by this new body of work. Something finally clicked, once that Michigan Winter was gone and the sun came out so did my inspiration. What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts, even if they are just about how much you love fireworks!