The joys of glitter, glue and old cataloges.

An industry buzz word being thrown about rather heavily lately is “Indie Crafting” : Art that is not standard or common, using everything including the kitchen sink and maybe even a good dash of recycling. Oddly enough most artists were already doing these things before it was trendy because we didn’t like doing cookie cutter art, were/are on a budget and honestly like nature.

Which brings me to a problem I have, I go to a lot of conventions and events, receive oodles of catalogs and paper, often when I don’t even ask for them. The ones I can I shred into animal bedding or for making homemade paper. But often there is a design or pattern I like, so I save the best for cutting up to apply to wood and in this case DIY Bangles. The people at DIY Bangles are very friendly and honestly listen to consumer requests, such as making bracelets in larger sizes, they also carry many shapes and cuts to the bracelets which makes them very easy to stain, wood burn and attach small objects to.

In this selection I have used acrylic paints, mica powder, glitter, wood burned, Pentel Arts pens and even used Washi paper scraps. All get many thin coats of Mod Podge as all purpose glue for paper and small objects or Diamond Glaze for anything I want to have a glass like finish (remember thin coats with a touch of water make it go on even smoother). Always let the first coat dry, be it paint, glue or glaze, before doing another coat, this way you make sure nothing moves, smears or gets wiped off.

This selection I have used acrylic paints, glitter, wood burned, Pentel Arts pens and cut panels from scrapbooking cataloges. Same coats of Mod Podge and Diamond Glaze as before. The key element is to really work with any paper you apply, carefully getting all the creases out and cutting small bits of the paper, like cutting darts in a gown, to make it fit better on the round curves.

The fun part is by using scraps, small treasures and saved items makes sure it will be a fun and different look every time you make one. 🙂

Until next time, safe travels!


Madness I tell you….

Well it has been a while since I posted, reconstructive surgery on your right shoulder for repeat dislocations will do that to you, but thankfully I am back on track and trying to restore my sanity (or is it lack there of?) via artwork.

I have been trying a lot of new products and even some old ones I never delved into before just for fun and ideally to also see if there is a better way to do things. Something else I have been enjoying is finding all of my art notebooks and sketch pads, I try to carry one around with me everywhere I go for spur of the moment ideas, good book titles to research and products to try. Sometimes I lose one in one of my stacks of research papers and books only to find them later, old ideas brought to life once again.

I was made to see how I could still do some artwork while my right arm was down for the count, I found out I could draw with my left hand, which was interesting and I got a tripod for my camera. I ended up taking waaay to many photos for future ideas and models. Some of my favorite subjects is bones of any sort, so of course that means I have to make a trip to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. I love the place, I could camp in the halls and be happy. The have some wonderful new exhibits while still maintaining the original and historic architecture, one of my favorite things they do this time of year is First Fridays. In essence once a month, the Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm, has two full service bars, live music (typically 2-3 bands), DJs, dancing, special lighting, a lecture by a famous scientists and behind the scenes tour of some of the NHM collections, all of this with the award winning NHM displays as backdrop. What is there not to love about this? If you are in the LA area anytime they have one I highly suggest attending and getting there early to save a seat for the lectures.

What I call “Scary big ass dog” aka Epicyon haydeni is a large extinct canid, native to North America, they guess their weight to be around 224 pounds and human chest height.

Smilodon fatalis, sabre-toothed cat or sabre-toothed tiger, lion-like in size but build is like a tiger, native to North America and western South America. I personally love these nasty buggers….

The first thing you see when you walk in the front public entrance.

Until next time, safe travels…..