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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Something I made for my friend.

I started this piece when I was in Claudine Hellmuth"s class a year ago. I knew when I was putting it together as it evolved that this was meant for my friend Tristan.

I call it Bubble Gum Men and Lolly Pop Dreams!

I added some really neat retro adds about Singer Sewing Machines and some retro ladies as well. Then using another old magazine from WW2 I found some other very neat Men. I also added some men from ArtChix and other collage sales places.

One man imparticular is on the inside cover. He is circled in white because he was a Jewish man who pretended to be a Nazi so that he could escape alive. It worked and because he was such a good actor he was the only Jew at this particular place and time to survive a death camp. I added this because it was a neat picture and also because I personally love the Jewish people. I feel we should never forget how badly they were treated. So that history never need repeat.

Now my friend Tristan is a very well known quilter, which is another reason I thought he would love this piece. I too love to sew but compared to Tristan I am just a sewing Hack! I really admire his ability and creative tallent.

A funny thing is that Tristan recently repainted his studio which made it into a magazine in a similar color of green. Tristan I hope you like pink too, real men always like pink.

While I was working on this piece the pink naturally fell into place and made me think of one of my own favorite thing Bubble Gum! So I made the handsome man on the back blowing a giant bubble. Little known fact about me... when I was in Kindergarten I won a bubble gum blowing contest. What did I win, you ask???? Well a giant box of Bazooka Bubble Gum of coarse. Riding the little Kindergartner's bus home that day I blew a bubble bigger then my own face, and it popped all over my glasses. All the kids who were so jealous of me for winning the prized gum were laughing their heads off on the bus that day, whilst I hurriedly tried to peel the gum off of my glasses!

Something I must apologize for is Tristan like me has diabetes, and that's how I knew he too would like sugar so I stuffed the box full to go with my theme of Lolly Pops and Bubble gum! Tristan be sure to share so you don't eat it all and get sick.

Tristan and I have several things in common. We have both had similar surgeries, we both love sewing, and mixed media art, and we both love to sculpt. Though I haven't done too much of it lately.

During this dream box swap Tristan sent me the neatest Dia Del Morto piece of art that he made just for me. I love it, hope he loves my stuff too.

I don't buy a lot of art but once I did buy a Gypsy sculpture from Tristan and I gave it to my friend Caryl for her bday. She adores gypsies!

Tristan is special to me for many reasons, but one main reason is that he reminds me of my brother who passed away at age 28. My brother lived in Cal. when he died and he was into all kinds of musical instruments where Tristan does more theatre. They both have had long blond hair too. They both like doing nature things and studied Wiccan. Also they both are Christian.

Another thing about Tristan and my brother is they were both gay. I have struggled in my life to understand why someone might be or is gay because of my own Christian faith I have struggled. The things is it doesn''t matter at all to me because if Tristan is as much like my brother as I imagine he is then I would love and hug him if we ever meet.

I added funny men and handsome men and retro men to my box to show more of an exceptance for Tristan and my brothers choices. I played with it a bit and poked loving fun at it too. This is an honest piece. I think Tristan will completely understand it, and know it came right from the inside of my heart.

I asked Tristan to come up with some words that describe he and his friends and he did! So all the word or most of them came from his mind about his friends himself and people that he loves. I added Theatrical, and Tristan though that was funny. Coarse that was before he saw my piece sure hope he still likes it when he see what it was all about.

I had to add the brothers in arms because I was in the military and so were many gay people. This during a time when it wasn't allowed. I figured Tristan and my brother also felt the support and love when they are around people who think the same as them and maybe act as silly sometimes. Thus the man with the fish in his hands instead of a rifle.

Sometimes I take risks and I feel good about the things I make this is one of those times. I think my brother Drew would have loved my piece, and I hope Tristan does too!!! I have grown alot since my brother died 13 years ago. I have become more tollerant, more spiritual and real.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A spread I made for a dream book rr.

I chose to paint this particular image because I really do give flying lessons in my dreams. In my dreams I have been flying since I was five. First when I was young and began to dram about flying it was to get away from the scary monsters in my dreams. The lions or what have you would almost get my toes. However as time went on and I grew older in my wake life I was better able to control my dream world. So getting away from the scaries became easier and easier. I would soar higher and higher. I would visit places I have never even been like the diamond shores of Africa, I would soar quickly over sea and dale. It's an amazing experience to fly like this at night. Another challenge at first was where I got my power from~ I would have to flap like a bird, and sometimes my concentration wasn't strong enough and I would frightfully loose altitude. Skimming my feet along the ocean waves or practically being caught by witches on brooms. Not any more though I have become quite proficient in my dreams now. Flying high and at will where ever whenever I want. Becoming so good at this stunt which brings me immense joy and freedom at night so much so that some dream police or someone somewhere gave me the privilege to teach others how to fly too!!!
It's almost exactly like my painting. WE all go on top of a building and one by one I train others how not to be afraid. Where the power comes from is faith and not in body it's the freedom of the spirit that allows one to fly in her dreams. First when my hatching's take off they are fearful like I was. Always looking down trying to use my strength instead of their own. I teach them how to trust their faith look to God and let go, they begin to soar. It's a great time watching others gain this marvelous freedom. I love my night job!

The theme for this particular journal was dreams. I sure hope Cindy likes it. She said she did but then I added a few bobbles.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Some collaged ATC's!

This first ATC is titled "Lady of The Lake", because she is ghostly. This is A Freda Kahlo collage bit and she is framed inside a nice metal charm frame. Underneath which I have sewn A piece OF a crumbling very old book binding, worn leather. Underneath that are bits of ephemera one book page piece has Lady written upon is and another says "wont rust", kind of a fun irony! The back ground tree I believe is an ArtChix microscope slide collage piece and the Frieda is from Collage Stuff !

This next piece is a fun one I titled "Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Kitty", I had an extra doll head from my ArtChix collage and a really neat Crackerjacks paper surprise I put her inside of giving it a 3 dimensional appearance I added some postage and a love ticket, some German scrap and a blue bird along with other ephemera. And that silly Hello kitty sticker. I thought it was a perfect touch because the doll face seems to be peeking through a face window hence Hello!

Below is an ATC that was inspired by an orange popped balloon that my son Daniel had drawn a face upon. I sewed and glued it down to the paper and then added orange things and old book pages. Some old uncancelled stamps an ArChix lion centerpiece and some orange German scrap from Lisa Bush's site. On top of the balloon mans eyes I placed some glass eye balls to make it pop and it's very coolio. How many atcs have you seen with popped balloon faces? The words from the book have Plato and Frankly written on them so I decided to call this piece Plato Speaks Frankly. HEHEHHE If Plato could see it do you think he might be insulted the balloon is him!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My last Dream Box and a stamp board atc...

I made this Steam Punk box for my friend Cindy McMath. To me Steampunk is all about the industrial revolution and age of Heratio Alger. All about a time when there were still so many meaningful inventions and vehicals to discover. When in a time where poverty prevailed success could happen if you listened to the advice of a wise person.

I asked Cindy what her secret to success was and she said "Hard work and perseverance", I wanted my piece to be about travel and flight, about making it to high places! So I added the part about practice and jumping to spread our wings and fly!

I added gadgets and bobbles and some ArtChix bits and collage pieces. I also added a few other nifty items. Everything is very well anchored so should not fall apart. It took me a while to adhere everything. I think I even glued my fingers to this piece a couple of times! Metal glue works really well! Now my problem is reopening the glue tube!!!

The perpeller really goes around,The door opens, and the keys rattle around, so I guess there are three moveable parts. It's held together with brads and wires so I also paper macheed the back to make it pretty from behind as well.

Inside my piece I have a small CDC card of a man with a moustach with his hand on a pedistal. T attacthed a love hand which is open towards the typerwriter gal! That's like Cindy as she works a lot of the time! Hope she likes her pilot lover? Or perhaps she is the pilot lover! I took a ticket too and chopped it up throughout the inside window. Notice the pair of matchbox tires from one of the many cars my 6 yr older destroys! There are laods of gears and even a metal airplane. You can also see two corner pieces one on the outside of the glass and one on the inside. When the door is closed they sort of corner off the CDC. When opened they make a nice decoration and a descent for the eye to travel up through the inner window.

On the inside of the glass door itself I adhered a neat piece of vellum clear with a design of circles and two letters well one letter one part letter. Just to add interest to the piece! Sure hope Cindy likes it!

This last piece an ATC I made because my friend Phyllis Terrell sent me some stamp boards. I had wanted to try my hand at this technique but was feeling a bit intimidated. Apparently Phyllis did too so she sent me her boards and since I already had the tools I figured I had to try it at least one time. It's pretty tricky stuff, though I just love everything Phyllis makes. She likes my stuff too for some reason so maybe she'll make another trade with me when she see this one. I hope!!!!! I titled it "Kissing Birds"

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My Fairy Dream Box for Stacey!

I sure hope Stacey Edwards likes this dream box! She wanted fairy like and so this is what I concocted. I started by painting the entire Art Chix winged Dream box exterior and interior with a purple color. Next I painted the front exterior with Tim Holzt crackle paint. I wanted my fairy to be somewhat shabby chic. I love colors and glitz but nothing that makes me puke!!! I did add a sparkling purple embossing powder over black ink to her wings edges! Hard to see on the scan!
Next I made her legs. I rolled up some muslin cloth and glued it together with fabric tac, then painted them with white gesso. Next I painted black stocking stripes all around , up and down both legs. To finish off my legs I stuck a wire into the top down through the bottom strung it through the hole in my Art Chix fairy bootee and back up the leg, then both strands of wire through the bottom of the exterior into the interior of the dream box window, and through two- two hole buttons.
Next I chose an inchie fairy bit with a blue heart and red and yellow background to stick into the off center of my inner window, to make the hand in the inchie my fairies left hand! I then painted the background to match my inchie and when that was dry glued down buttons of childlike colors all the way around the inner edges!Lastly to finish off my dream box interior I looked through all my word collage sheets and found the saying that suited her best. I had to make it smaller to fit the window but it works really well!"She turned her scars into stars!" El perfecto for an old doll faced fairy!
My next step was to make a hand that would go around the outer lever that opens the dream box, I made the hand so it's covering that notch but also looks like she is holding the seven gypsies wand I bought from Lisa Bush! I made the hand and thumb separately out of polymer clay, so it when I glued them down the hand would appear to be holding her wand and purse. I put the purse through the wand showing purse side out then ut the wand through the hole in her hand inside the notch lever! Aren't I smart? Say yes! !The purse is also an ArtChix art bit! One that matches her shoes as no fairy would be seen mismatched... or would she?
Now onto her head! I used a little inchie doll head also from ArtChix, I think that is currently my favorite sheet by the way! I tried different faces but the one with the glasses seemed to suit her best. Maybe because she is the one who absolutely looks the most like me when I was a child. I attached this head to cardboard x 2 layers. then adhered her to the dream box. After which I attached hair and a crown. Then I sewed beads all through her locks! One onto the tip of her crown of coarse!
I thought I was finished but then realized she looked too leggy and half naked. So I made her a skirt by cutting thin strips of muslin to stay shabby chicish onto purple pieces of ribbon bits then onto the perfectly purple fairy glitzy fabric. I always add love when ever I used fabric as I am a very slow seamstress. I also gave her strips on her ankles and tiny bits of strips in her hair. Then I sewed 5-7 beads at the end of each tiny strip. Also onto her anklets! She is much better in person Stacey! Hope you'll love her.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I call this " My Dark Thoughts"

Because this week there were so many of them. My teens weren't easy, and someone I thought respected my gifts was even worse. Long story but here's what I created for it all. It's just an small acrylic but it says how I felt.

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