I am a bad blogger :(

I mean to write more, I really do but it’s hard to type with glue on your fingers…

I have been creating!. Some highlights:

mermaid

Altered Barbie- for an Ocean themed exchange and the little Sea Serpent that went with her.

sea serpent

I made her while waiting for the mermaid’s tail to dry. The tail was made with layers of tissue paper and ink dyed baby wipes! torn into pieces and papier mache-d . It took a looong time to dry,but I was pretty pleased with the result.

Also made a lot of ATC’s my favorites being ones for a LGBTQIA swap:

rainbowrain

And of course I continue to journal and alter books and one day I will figure out how to photograph or scan them and share.

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Oh ho, the beads are calling again

I’ve been out of the beading bug for awhile- at least as much as I’m ever really out of the beading bug 😛

Then I went and signed up for a swap of gods and goddesses ‘art’. The theme is pretty open-any medium, any art as long as it involves gods and/or goddesses. So as I’m thinking of what to do my fingers started itching and I found myself reaching for the clay- beads cried to be made!

I played around a little- and then actually wound up using some already made pieces,that hadn’t quite clicked before.

I had this lovely goddess see:

goddess

and she was just crying for some gorgeous beads- she needed to be embelished,celebrated,shown off.

So I went to work. And voila!

necklace

My own,hand rolled beads,rhodonite,rose quartz,and more. Now she’s in a setting she deserves.

I wound up taking off the last section of beads on each side-because it was just too heavy a piece. The finished piece is still 24 inches long and hangs at throat chakra level.(I can edit in a pic later- my significant other has absconded with my camera!)

It’s hard to send jewelry to a stranger- taste is so very subjective-but I figure she could easily be framed in a shadowbox and hung on a wall if she is not her recipient’s style.

Recycle the world!

I have something of a passion for recycling. Especially when it comes to my art. Anything I can reuse is fair game, I repurpose old Barbies, everything from repaints to using them as armatures for whole new dolls/creations (I’ll probably post some soon 🙂

My latest project is tin cans- the kind that my sons endless supply of refried beans come in 🙂 (we have to eat Mexican at LEAST twice a week ).

I cannot bear to throw them away. It’s too easy to file down the sharp edge, then add a little gesso, some paint, or maybe collage, or maybe paint AND collage, a stamp here, a doodle there, a little antiquing gel, seal the whole thing with some Mod Podge or similar stuff and Voila!

tin cansAlso solves the problem of where to put my ever expanding collection of pencils and markers. Good for paintbrushes too,crochet hooks, knitting needles might take a larger can but that’s doable.

Someday soon I’m going to splurge on a safety can opener, the kind that removes the whole lid below the rim with no sharp edges. Then I can make containers with lids! The sky is the limit 😉