I just got back from my vacation from South Padre Island Texas . I was thinking that it may rain or I may have some free time so I quickly filled up a gallon size baggie full of trim , buttons , needle , floss , a tin of watercolor paint , a small bottle of Golden , some pencils , a few photo's , postcard copies , an old magazine with lots of advertisements and one pad of watercolor paper and threw it in my suitcase . With in no time of arriving at our condo I had it out and allover the floor ! When the feeling moved me I played with my goodies .. I even thought to try a transfer on a smooth rock and it worked pretty well ! The inside of a clam shell worked also but needs some refining . It was nice to just play around when I felt like it with no interruptions or rushing to do something because of a household chore or kids demanding something !
The Sweet Little friend I made !Transfer in a clamshell with a little watercolor highlights .
Transfer on rock ... kinda looks like Freud !
My bag of goodies !
Unfinished ..... Transfer and collage
Unfinished Transfer and collage , circles from my wine bottle cork stamp !! Yummy wine !
Almost finished this one , needs a little tweaking , ran out of glue so I sewed trims onto the paper .The cow with the fancy hat is a transfer from one of my favorite postcards .
This weeks word prompt was " Flight " .... I made this sweet little piece rather quickly and at the last minute ! Little butterfly catching boy searching for his " lovely one " . Small 4 " x 6 " canvas panel , hand colored ( with colored pencils ) book pages of butterflies with copies of old Victorian trade cards . A little gesso for softening . I attached an optical lens ( thanks Pam Carricker ) for closer " viewing " of the butterfly " specimens " !
This is an idea that I had when I was experimenting with different ways to do collage transfers . I had a stack of very old clear glass slides that was sitting around and I thought I would try to transfer an image on them . I laser copied some old photos and applied Golden gel medium to the front with my fingers and then let it set up for an hour or two and the peeled off the paper . Rubbing off the paper with a wet finger GENTLY , on the first one of the family I rushed and starting to rub off parts of the image too . I thought it was ruined so I put it aside .....today I thought to pick it and see what would happen if I put a piece of paper behind it ........ I liked the way it looked so I glued it down with gel to the back of the glass . The second one I let set up and dry longer that the first , only because I was out of the house and I couldn't mess with it . This one I had only gelled part of the copy . I thought it would look neat with silver behind it like an old Daguerreotype so I painted some water color paper with silver paint , let it dry and then gelled it onto the glass . Kind of spooky image ..... almost like and image in a tarnished mirror . I plan on using the family one on an altered book front , edging it with some type of vintage trim .... we shall see what I do with the Soldier .
This weeks challenge was to use a favorite quote . I am using this quote as inspiration .
" NO MATTER HOW LITTLE MONEY AND HOW FEW POSSESSIONS YOU OWN, HAVING A DOG MAKES YOU RICH " by Louis Sabin .
I really couldn't think offhand of a favorite quote but when I saw this e on the back of a book I was looking at while I was also toying with a photograph I had just altered with a boy and a dog I thought VIOLA !
I took an old battered book , gessoed , painted and distressed it . I added torn pages from a 1920 magazine with advertisements for dog kennels . Pages from a childs storybook about a lost dog , an altered old photo were added . I copied the large image of the dog from another dog book and cutout . Vintage game pieces I painted became " balls " . Standing on top is a porcelain doggy perched on a dominoe .
Photographed on a shelf with my 2 FAVORITE dog planters .
I guess this is not what you would think of as archetype but it works for me . An old lonely KODAK camera , not the first camera made but it is one of the names that surely comes to mind when someone says camera ...
of course not anyone from the current generation would come to that thought !
I have been fascinated with old photographs especially Victorian era ones FOREVER ! I loved looking at them as a child and still seek them out when I am out at antique shops and flea markets . The ones I choose to alter are ones that speak to me and of course ones that are not valuable ! I hope that in 100 years someone finds a photo of me and adds a fun new setting for me ! These are some new ones I have been working on for Halloween . I have them listed at ETSY . Paint , sheet music , old papers and a little imagination and voila !
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Full time mom of two teenage boys .... need I say more ! I work and pay my bills working full time for a stamp dealer ... yes postage stamps ... amazing how much I have enjoyed this job of 4 years . In my not so much spare time I like to create "art" with all the " stuff" I find in all my jaunts to flea markets and yard sales . And oh yeah... I forgot ... I sell antiques and collectibles on Ebay too