June 30, 2009

"Flying Dreams" - Three Muses Challenge

"Flying Dreams"
ATC

The Three Muses Challenge theme this week is "Up, Up & Away!". For some inexplicable reason the thought of "If pigs could fly" popped into my mind. Rather than question the thought process, I decided to "go" with the creative flow. After all, anything is possible in one's imagination!

If pigs could fly, I surmised, they would surely have large comfy nests and colorful eggs. How funny would it be to see flocks of cute little piggies with their vibrant, multicolored wings flitting about and frolicking with the bluebirds!

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My Techniques

All of the images - from Nancy Baumiller's Crowabout group and Itkupilli - were sized in a photo editing program, printed and hand trimmed with scissors. After the images were attached to the yellow watercolored background, their colors were enhanced with a wash of watercolors followed by Prismacolor pencils. Highlights were created with white acrylic paint.

To further embellish the background, small circles were drawn with a black Pitt pen (and the help of a template), and were filled in with Prismacolors and white acrylic paint "dip dots". Shadows were added with a gray pencil, and the entire piece was edged with a copper metallic paint marker.

Have an imaginative day!


June 29, 2009

Crowabout Week #42

"Soar"
5"x7" Collage
(Click on this picture to see all of the details!)


When I was a child, nothing made me happier than receiving a new box of crayons. I loved seeing that beautiful rainbow of colors, so bright and expressive, all neatly nestled inside their trademarked yellow cardboard box. I loved thinking of the myriad colors buried deep inside of my soul just waiting to be expressed on a piece of paper or in a coloring book. Nirvana!

"Soar", created for this week's Crowabout Challenge, is a colorful tribute to my younger artistic days. It's a reminder to listen to the voice of my inner child and soar on the bright wings of color just for the pure enjoyment of it all.

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My Techniques

After gluing a piece of scrapbook paper to chipboard, all of the elements were manipulated (for size only) in a photo editing program, printed and hand trimmed with scissors. Most of the images are from Crowabout, including nine from this week's challenge. I created the crown from a snip of a vintage page, and the pink boots were found in web surfing expedition. The word, "play", was clipped from an old package.

All of the images, including the background, were color enhanced with a wash (or two or three!) of watercolor followed with more color from Prismacolor pencils. A white poster paint marker created the dots, and the finished piece was framed with a metallic silver marker.

Have a colorful day!

June 27, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art - " Yankee Doodle Dandy"

"Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Postcard
(Click on this picture to see the details!)

The theme for this week's Sunday Postcard Art is "The 4th of July". It was chosen as this week's theme to jump start the American festivities surrounding Independence Day. When I saw these adorable images from Etsy's Collage Anonymous, I couldn't resist and decided to take a walk on my sentimental side. This little guy is my idea of a quintessential "Yankee Doodle Dandy"! (And how adorable is his little furry friend?)

All of the images, with the exception of the hand painted striped border, are from Collage Anonymous. (Thanks, Donna!)



My Techniques


I began by covering a 4"x6" piece of gessoed chipboard with a thin coat of Golden's modeling paste. The modeling paste was maneuvered with an old plastic credit card to create texture. After the paste was dry, the background was "washed" several times with blue watercolors. To achieve color variance, some of the blue was "lifted" with a slightly damp paper towel.

All of the images were hand trimmed with scissors, glued to the background and enhanced with Prismacolor pencils and watercolors. The stars were stenciled with white acrylic paint and "shadowed" with Prismacolors and watercolors. Glitter glue added a bit of sparkle and shine to the stars, and silver marker was used to edge the perimeter.

Enjoy your creative freedom!

June 26, 2009

Friday "Freebies" & Thank You, Alberta!



Beauty & the Beach!
(Feel free to use these in your art!)

It's hard to believe that we're almost at the end of June. Summer is going by so quickly. Our weather here in the Northeastern part of the US has been frightful. We've experienced rain 20 out of 23 days! To say it's been dark and dreary is an understatement and everyone's craving sunshine.

Since this weekend promises gorgeous weather, I thought I'd post a few vintage beach beauties (from the public domain) for your artful pleasure. I love the "friends" pics - especially their wacky hats. Can you believe that bathing beauty #2 is holding a muff and wearing a fur scarf? What were they thinking?!?? (I must admit, however, that I do love her boots!)

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Thank You, Alberta!

When I first entered blogland at the beginning of the year, I discovered a fabulous world filled with camaraderie, support, creativity and friendship. One of the first people to "introduce" herself to me, was my sweet and wonderfully creative friend, Alberta (Amusing Muses).


Recently, I received an artistic "hug" from Alberta in the way of her awesome BBFF's (Best Blog Friends Forever) badge to post here on my blog. Alberta said that it's "a symbol of sisterhood" and "a token of gratitude to her friends for their steadfast encouragement, inspiration and humor". Thank YOU, Alberta, for your friendship and inspiration. I'm thrilled and proud to display this wonderful award! If you crave color and originality, click here to pay a visit to Alberta's blog, Amusing Muses.

Hope you have a fun-filled weekend!

June 24, 2009

"Wild Thing" & A Special Thank You

"Wild Thing"
4"x6" Collage

(Click on this picture to see the details!)

This week's theme for the Three Muses Challenge is "wild things". The first thought that popped into my mind was the song with the refrain, "Wild thing, I think I love you!" Needless to say, the entire time I worked on this piece that goofy song kept swirling in my head.

"Wild Thing" is a tribute to everyone who has just a "wee bit" of crazy trapped inside that's waiting to be released. Whether it's a passion for art, drama, dance, gardening or cooking, find the time to enjoy a bit of whatever brings your wild thing out today. And just as you begin the release, be sure to laugh and do a happy little celebratory dance, because life's just too darn short!

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My Techniques


Since I'm still trying to marry "analog" and "digital" art (for want of better terms), "Wild Thing" was an experiment using both methods and techniques.

Initially "Wild Thing" was composed digitally in a photo editing program. The background (thank you Stars to Blue - Flickr!) was recolored (hue and saturation), and the cutout of a dancer and the bit of lace from my collection were applied as a layer. Custom brushes - butterflies and faux writing - were digitally stamped; and the text was applied. The entire piece was saved as a jpeg file and printed.

After drymounting the picture to a piece of recycled chipboard, several flourishes were stamped with purple Stazon ink, and layers of green watercolor washes enhanced the background. My little dancer and her colorful costume were overcolored with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils. Shadows were applied with a gray Prismacolor pencil, and a copper marker was used to finish the perimeter.

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Thank you Ako & Luisa!

It's always a wonderful surprise and an unexpected treat to receive a sweet acknowledgment, and I've been doubly blessed and thrilled to receive this beautiful award twice!

A huge, heartfelt hug and "thank you" to Ako (ArtFanAko) and Luisa (Ponto Zero) for this special blog award! I am truly grateful for your generosity and for this lovely award given in the spirit of friendshi
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Wishing you a day filled with small pleasures!

June 22, 2009

Crowabout Week #41

"Beauty"
5"x7" Collage
(Click on this picture to see the details!)

When the collage sheet was issued for this week's Crowabout Challenge, the picture of the lady sitting in the beauty parlor jumped out of the page. To think of all the things I've put my hair through in the name of "Beauty"! At this point in my life, it's a wonder that I have any hair at all!

In the 60's we teased, sprayed, ironed and permed. I can remember wearing a "tin can tiara" of sorts. We actually saved soup and OJ cans to recycled into curlers. My Dad loved to quip, "How's the reception, Kid?"

We did the "flip", the "beehive" and the "french twist". Personally, I was once a blonde, then a brunette, got "frosted" and saved being a redhead for my later years. If you look at my family pictures, I changed my haircolor and "do" so many times, I could've been in the witness protection program!

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My Techniques

All of the images were resized in a photo editing program, printed, scissor trimmed and glued to a piece of recycled chipboard. Approximately seven of the current Crowabout images were used along with several from past challenges. Special thanks to ArtsyFartsyQueen for the red bottle.

Acrylic ink was used to enhance the blue in the window as well as her yellow cape. Additional color was added with Prismacolor pencils, watercolors and pan pastels. Shadowing was created with gray and black Prismacolor pencils. Dots were done with white and green Sharpie poster markers, and the entire piece was edged with a gold marker.

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Thank You, Melissa!

A very special, heartfelt "thank you" to Melissa McCobb Hubbell, publisher of the "Erraticus Zine". Melissa has included a wonderful article about Nancy Baumiller's Crowabout Group in this recent issue, and I was blessed to be one of the chosen artists. (Yay! I'm published!)


If you're interested in obtaining a copy of the "Erraticus Zine", click here. This zine is dedicated to mixed media and has been published since 2002. If you'd like to find out more about Crowabout, click here. Participation in this group is by invitation only, but you can drop by and leave a note for Nancy telling her that you'd like to play and that I sent you!

Wishing you a day filled with sunshine!

June 19, 2009

"Magic" & Friday "Freebies"

"Magic" - For Marsha
5"x7" Collage
(Click on each picture to see more detail!)

Back in March, my"Pay-It-Forward" giveaway stated that the winners would receive a lovely "surprise" from me by the end of the year. Even though there was no hint of what the prize would be and no formal pay date announced, the brave entrants posted their comments and hoped for the best! Kudos to them for their bravery and trust! Marsha from Tumblefish Studio was one of those brave souls!

"Magic" was created for you, Marsha, because everyone could use a little magic in their life. A little bird told me that you enjoy vintage magic goodies, and this collage is filled with vintage magic ephemera (all authentic) from the Library of Congress.


I added a bit of extra magic in this little thrinchie too in the hope that it brings a bit of extra luck! Congratulations, Marsha! (Huge Hugs!!!)

When you have a chance, you must stop by Marsha's blog. It's filled with awesome eye candy art, and the whitticisms and criticisms of every day life. Visiting TumbleFish Studio is one of the highlights of my day. (I truly think that Marsha is the "Erma Bombeck" of our little art community!) She's a wonderfully gifted and talented artist and writer, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. Matter of fact, once you've had a taste of TumbleFish, I think you'll return for more!

Thank for playing and for your patience and understanding, Marsha. But most of all, thank you, thank you for your wonderful friendship and generosity of spirit. I am truly blessed to call you "friend", and I couldn't ask for a better traveling companion on my creative journey.

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Friday "Freebies"

Keeping the "magic" theme, I thought you might enjoy a little vintage magic too! Feel free to use these in your personal artwork. All of the following images are from the Library of Congress and are in the public domain. Enjoy!




May your weekend be filled with magic!

June 17, 2009

"Miss Hattie" - Three Muses Challenge

"Miss Hattie"
Postcard

The theme for the Three Muses Challenge this week is "doors". My inspiration came from a beautiful picture of a revolving door and this vintage lady's large hat. What would happen, I asked, if "Miss Hattie" were invited to tea in a swank hotel and couldn't get through the doors?!? Imagine her embarrassment and disappointment!

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My Techniques

Both pictures were resized in a photo editing program and a watercolor filter was added digitally to the revolving door. After the background door and Miss Hattie were drymounted to a piece of recycled chipboard, they were further enhanced with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils.

Side scrolls were stamped with brown Stazon ink, and tiny dots were added with a white marking pen. The lacey effect at the top was fashioned with a piece of scrap paper put through a "doily" punch. Additional watercolors were used for highlights, and a gold marker was used to finish the edges.

Hope you're having an uneventful day!

June 16, 2009

Crowabout Week #40 & Thanks, Melissa!

"Lucky in Love"
5"x7" Collage

Choosing a theme for this week's Crowabout images posed a bit of a challenge. When I first saw the images, I fell in love with the playing card, and of all things . . . the fish tails! The question was: "How do I make these two disparate items work together?"

When I saw the gorgeous image of the bride in a FLICKR photo sharing group (thank you SuzeeQue!), everything fell into place. After all, June is the traditional wedding month! I managed to use the quirky fish tails for a unique headpiece and the playing cards for her bouquet along with six additional images.

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My Techniques

The substrate is a piece of recycled chipboard covered with a piece of scrapbook paper. The playing cards and tiny hearts for the bouquet were sized individually, then digitally cut and pasted onto the bouquet. A single heart from the playing card was enlarged and cropped in a photo editing program and digitally added to each of the little postcards that form the border along the top. Additionally, the fish tails were digitally recolored and resized. All of the images were printed and hand cut before being glued to the base.

Prismacolor pencils and watercolors were used to overcolor each element of this collage. I am a bit disappointed in this scan because the scanner didn't read all of the subtle color variations in the veil. (Bummer! It really is quite lovely in person and has a beautiful illusion of sheerness and shimmer.)

The baby's breath in the bouquet were created with a white poster paint marker, and the dip dots in the background with red acrylic paint followed by a white marker "dot". (When doing this techique, be sure to allow the first color of acrylic paint to dry completely before adding additional colors!)

Shadows were created with a gray Prismacolor marker and a charcoal pencil. A gold marker finished the borders.

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A Special "Thanks!


Approximately two weeks ago, I entered a giveway for a beautiful altered key pendant made by Melissa from Honey Girl Studio. Lady Luck was on my side, and (yay!) I won the pendant! It arrived yesterday and is even more beautiful "in person".

Melissa's work is absolutely delicious, and her blog is filled with lots of fun things. Stop by to investigate when you have an opportunity! Thank you, Melissa, for this special treasure and your generosity and kindness!

I hope that your day is filled with delightful surprises!

June 13, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art - "Enchanted"

"Enchanted"
Postcard

This week's theme at Sunday Postcard Art is "Over the Rainbow". I remember the initial thrill I experienced as a child when Dorothy stepped through the door and had her very first look at the color and wonder of Munchkinland. My heart still skips a beat or two when I think of that wonderful scene and the magic of it all! (It was, and still is, absolutely mesmerizing!)

My version of the "Over the Rainbow" theme features a lovely veiled lady standing in a magically colored garden. It's a serene place where roses, "happy little bluebirds" and butterflies abound. It's mysterious, magical and enchanted . . . just what I'd expect of a storybook land located somewhere over the rainbow!

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My Techniques

A garden background from ItKuPiLLI was printed in a 4"x6" size on Epson (matte) presentation paper. Before it was dry mounted to a piece of recycled chipboard, I divided the background picture into two pieces by cutting along the garden shrubbery located to the left of the picture. I drymounted the first half of the garden to the right side of the base, followed by the lady, and then drymounted the left half of the garden to create the illusion of depth and perspective. A mask was used to protect the image of the lady while faux writing was stamped on the background with deep purple Stazon ink.

The remainder of the collage pieces, with the exception of the veiled lady, are also from ItKuPiLLi. All were resized in a photo editing program, and a few were digitally recolored. The entire piece was "overcolored" with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils. A bit of shading and shadowing was added with a gray Prismacolor pencil, and a silver marker finishes the perimeter.

Wishing you an enchanting day!

June 12, 2009

Giveaway Winner & Friday "Freebies"


Congratulations, Sue (Sue the Iron)
! Your number, 46, was chosen by the random number generator to win my print, "Outside the Lines"! (Yay!) When you have an opportunity, please email your address so that I can send it off to you in England!

A huge, heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who participated in this giveaway and for all of your lovely comments and encouragement. You've certainly made this a very happy six-month anniversary celebration!

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Friday "Freebies"



Thought you might enjoy a few Ziegfeld Girls this week (from the public domain).
Some of their costumes were absolutely amazing. Look at that propeller on the first girl's hat and the knee-highs made to look like laced boots. Too funny! As for the second costume , I think it would've been considered shockingly risque!

Wishing you a weekend filled with small delights!

June 10, 2009

Crowabout Week #39 & Giveaway Last Call!

"A Fine Romance"
5"x7" Collage

My heroine has fallen in love with Mr. Crowabout, but he won't even give her a peck on the cheek! (What a cluck!) He isn't Gregory Peck, but he is devilishly charming! (Ok . . . I know it's all a bit corny, but I couldn't resist!)

Do you remember the old Fred Astaire movie, "Swing Time"? One of the "song and dance" routines featured the old standby, "A Fine Romance". For some inexplicable reason, that song played non-stop in my mind the entire time I worked on this piece!

"A Fine Romance" was created with eight of this week's Crowabout images along with a few from past challenges and three from Dover Publications (the little sailor, the bluebird and the butterfly). The vintage image of the couple from a photo sharing group (Thanks, Takeabreak!).

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My Techniques

The collage began with a piece of scrapbook paper drymounted to a piece of recycled chipboard. Individual elements were sized in a photo editing program, printed, glued and further enhanced with watercolors and Prismacolor pencils. Shadows were created lightly with a gray Prismacolor pencil, and the outlines were drawn using a fine black Pitt pen.

The "dip dots" in the background were done by dipping the handle end of a paint brush into a small puddle of pink acrylic paint. When they dried, a white dot was added in the center of each pink dot with a white marker. I used an "edging stamp" to cut out the lacy top and bottom edges from scrap paper. "Be" was stamped with dark brown Stazon ink, and the finished collage was edged with a dark purple marker for a finished look.

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Anniversary Giveaway
Last Call!


I'm celebrating my six month anniversary this month and saying a great big "thank you" to my friends, followers and occasional readers, by giving away a print of "Outside the Lines" to one lucky winner whose name will chosen randomly (Randomorg.com). The winner's name will be posted on Friday, June 12. You can see the print and the original post by clicking here.

This is your last chance to enter the drawing. Just leave a comment on this or any of my "giveaway" posts by midnight tonight. Please leave a link so I can notify you in the event you win. (The clock is ticking! Don't be a Cinderella!)

If you've been blurking (Definition: A "Blog Lurker", as my friend, Marsha, would say!), please don't be shy. I'd love to know that "you're there" and would love to hear your "voice". To everyone who's left a comment, thank you and good luck!

Have a fun-filled day!

June 8, 2009

"La Mona" & A New Challenge Site!

"La Mona"
Digital Collage

Three talented ladies I'm proud to call friends, Taluula, Ozstuff and Indybev, have joined together to create a wonderful, new challenge site named "The Three Muses". If you like an artistic challenge and crave creativity, this site is a must see! It doesn't matter if your artwork is done with traditional materials or if you've "gone digital". All methods of artistic madness and are accepted.

Their very first challenge is to create or alter something with the image of the Mona Lisa. As a way of stretching my artistic wings, I decided to go digital with this challenge by using ItKuPiLLi's beautiful collage sheets for inspiration. This was my first attempt at using a computer to create a piece of digital artwork. And although it was fun, I think I'll stick to my tried and true paper and glue methods, and save the digital stuff for braver souls than I!

Hugs, Congrats and Best Wishes to "The Three Muses" for much success, and sincere apologies to Leonardo DaVinci!

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Giveaway Reminder

I'm celebrating my six month anniversary this month and saying a great big "thank you" to my friends, followers and occasional readers, by giving away a print of "Outside the Lines" to one lucky winner whose name will chosen randomly (Randomorg.com). The winner's name will be posted this Friday, June 12. You can see the print and the original post by clicking here.

This is one of your last chances to enter the drawing. Just leave a comment here or on any of my "giveaway" posts between today and Wednesday, June 10. Please leave a link so I can notify you in the event you win.

If you've been blurking (Definition: A "Blog Lurker", as my friend, Marsha, would say!), please don't be shy. I'd love to know that "you're there" and would love to hear your "voice". To everyone who's left a comment, thank you and good luck!

Have a creative day!

June 6, 2009

Sunday Postcard Art - "Seaside Dandy"

"Seaside Dandy"
Postcard


The theme for this week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge is "Bathing Beauties". Granted, my version is not what one would picture as being a true "bathing beauty" in the initial sense of the description. Matter of fact, it's a bit of a surprise and totally out of the "female" beauty box! When I happened upon this dapper dude, I couldn't resist his charm. I'll admit . . .I can't resist a man with rakish good looks and a sense of humor! Here's my inspiration . . . . . .

For your creativity!
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

This piece began with a piece of striped scrap paper drymounted to a piece of recycled chipboard. Then the fun began! Sandpaper was used to scruff the background, then watercolors and Prismacolor pencils were used to enhance the stripes. Once again, I scruffed the backgriound and stamped a few scrolls along the sides with orange Stazon ink.

After hand coloring, cutting and attaching more images (quite a few from past Crowabout challenges and some from my collection), I stenciled white acrylic paint through plastic mesh (from fruit packaging) and added colored dots with blue and green markers. The edges were "trimmed" with blue marker.

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Giveaway Reminder!

This month I'm celebrating my six month anniversary and saying a great big "thank you" to my friends, followers and occasional readers, by giving away a print of "Outside the Lines" to one lucky winner whose name will chosen randomly (Randomorg.com). The winner's name will be posted next Friday, June 12. You can see the print and the original post by clicking here.

To be in the drawing, leave a comment on any of my posts between today and Wednesday, June 10. Just be sure that you leave a link so I can notify you in the event you win.

If you've been blurking (Definition: A "Blog Lurker", as my friend, Marsha, would say!), please don't be shy. I'd love to know that "you're there" and would love to hear your "voice". To everyone who's left a comment, thank you and good luck!

Have a dandy day!

June 5, 2009

A "Freebie" & A "Giveaway"

"Oswald Mosley & Bride"

Both Pictures are from the Library of Congress
Enjoy using them in your personal artwork!

"Prince Sieghard & Bride"

Since June is the traditional "Wedding Month", I thought you might enjoy a few vintage pictures of newly wedded couples. Dapper Mr. Mosley and his lovely bride are the quintessential bride and groom, while poor Prince Sieghard looks like he just bit into a lemon - or maybe he married one! I hope they bring a smile and some creativity into your world.

Save Instructions: Left click on each picture and it will open in a larger window. Now "right click" on "Save image as" and choose a place to save your picture. Enjoy!

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A Giveaway


"Outside the Lines"
8"x10" Print

Almost six months ago I threw caution to the winds and decided to create a blog. I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I put aside my fear and reservations and took that first big step. It's truly been an amazing adventure, full of new friends, creativity and discovery, and I'm enjoying the journey immensely!

As a way of celebrating my six month anniversary and saying a great big "thank you" to you, I'm giving away a print of "Outside the Lines" to one lucky winner whose name will chosen randomly (Randomorg.com). The winner's name will be posted next Friday, June 12. This is a print of my very first Crowabout piece. (It's also one of my all time favorites.)

To be eligible for the drawing, leave a comment on any of my posts between today and next Wednesday, June 10. Easy Peasey! Just be sure that you leave a link so I can notify you in the event you win.

If you've been blurking (Definition: A "Blog Lurker", as my friend, Marsha, would say!), please don't be shy. I'd love to know that "you're there" and would love to hear your "voice".

Have a fun-filled weekend!

June 3, 2009

Crowabout Week #38

"Happy Place"
5"x7" Collage

My first reaction when I saw this week's Crowabout images was: "Holy Cow! What'll I do with these?!?" Sometimes the creative concept presents itself to me in a jiffy, and other times it seems as though my Creative Muse seemingly runs away or worse, freaks out! Generally, if My Muse goes into hiding for a bit, I don't seem to mind. But, I do tend to worry when she throws a "hissy fit"!

This weeks images looked as though they were illustrations from vintage storybooks, so you would think that coming up with something creative and fun would be easy. "Not so fast!", said My Muse! After a few gut wrenching trys and failed concepts, I said to myself: "Self, you need to relax and find your happy place!" "BINGO"! The hissy fit was finished! Although this piece presented a tougher than usual challenge for me, I'm fairly pleased with the result.

All of the images are from Crowabout collage sheets (past and present), including eight from this week's sheet. Exceptions are the butterfly from Dover Publications, the scrap paper background and the handmade "Happy" text.

A photo editing program was used for sizing only, and all of the images were enhanced with Prismacolor pencils and watercolors. The polka dots were created with poster paint markers, outlines and "stitches" were done with Pitt pens, and the final piece was edged with a blue marker.

Have a very creative day!

June 1, 2009

"Hope" for June

"Hope"
4"x6" Collage &
Thrinchie

These pieces were created with images from a photo sharing group.
Special thanks to
ArtsyFartsyQueen
& Crowabout!


In March I posted a "Pay-It-Forward" give-away on this blog. The winners were announced in April, and the "First Place Winner" was June from Art Freebies, the gracious hostess of the Saturday SoArtful Challenge. June is a generous and multi-talented lady. And, might I say, she's very brave!

My give-away stated that the winners would receive a lovely "something" from me by the end of the year. Hmmmmm . . . a give away without even a hint of a prize and no formal date?!?! I must say, that required a certain amount of bravery and trust!

In honor of your trust, June, "Hope" and this little "thrinchie" magnet will be on their way to you soon. I'm honored and blessed to call you "friend". And, once again, I thank you for your patience. Congratulations!

If you haven't visited June's Art Freebies blog, you must make time to take a peek at all of the vintage images she generously provides free of charge. There's always a assortment of goodies to choose from. And, if you love a good challenge, you'll have to check out the Soartful Challenge too.

Have a day filled with wonderful surprises! :)