Steampunk art is fascinating...you can discover all kinds of mystery, strangeness and oddities therein. I decided to give it a go when AlphaStamps announced their Steampunk ATC swap (www.AlphaStamps.com) and joined in. There were 45 swappers at last count, so there should be some more than interesting art. Lynn Stevens (Trash to Treasure) is one of their guest designers. It took me a while, but I put together my first ATC. Thanks for looking and I don't mind opinions!
Ok, perhaps I should stay away from glitter, I do overdo. I stamped Tim Holtz' pen nibs on the tag. I sprayed Tattered Angels on my tag and crushed it up, then sprayed it again. Then I applied fine black glitter to some of the pens and larger sized gold glitter to others. I also added glitter around the edges in places, using gold and black. The black doesn't show up as glitter in the scan, tho.
My son was right...the unknown flower is a viburnum...it's called a viburnum snowball bush! Mystery solved! CORRECTION: It's not a snowball bush. After scanning the actual leaf arrangement (arrangement is probably an incorrect botanical term!!), he was able to tell it's a European Cranberry (Viburnum) bush that is most likely sterile...I'm going to watch the bush to see if it bears fruit. He was telling me they have some old grape vines at the University that he's yet to see fruit on because the birds love it so much. Not sure if this is the case here, but there are loads of birds in our yards and that could be why!!!
My next door neighbor has a green thumb a mile long. I've seen her bring home dead flowers from K-Mart's 25 cent table and resurrect them into their full glory. She has a bush in her yard that must be at least 15 feet high now that blooms every April with the most beautiful small snowball like blossoms. Each "snowball" can sit in the palm of your hand and has tight, perfectly white flowerettes. No fragrance tho. Trudi doesn't know the name of this bush, tho. It was just something she planted years ago. It drapes elegantly over the fence into my yard, which I consider a real gift. Today, I finally sent photos to my son, who just happens to be a horticulturalist at OK State University, in hopes that he can identify it. If not, I guess I can find the local co-op extension office in my county and see if they can identify it. Barry thought it might be a viburnum, but I don't think so. Whatever it is, it's glorious and I just wanted to share one photo with my blog friends!
Old seed catalog images are a favorite, but I haven't used them for a while until this challenge. I can't recall where I got these two images of Rose and her seed catalog, I've had the sheet for a while. Happily, I got to use it today. Happy Earth Day!
Here's a little card that I gessoed (and did bodily harm to myself with a large, full bottle of gesso!) then I painted with sapphire and pink acrylic paint. Dabbed some ink over sequin waste and used some more gesso (scraped off my leg!) Maya Road stamps...and Tim Holtz grunge stuff (sorry, meds are kicking in) and came up with my interpretation of this challenge. Thanks for looking!
I haven't been able to get a challenge done here for a while! And here ATCs were my first love when I started in on this mixed media business. Well, I had an idea for this challenge and just had to do more than let it stay an idea. Plus I got a pad of Tim Holtz' Vintage Shabby paper...it is to die for! I love every single page! So, here's my response to the challenge of "Triangle"!
I chose to feature a crown for my interpretation of Theme Thursday's challenge because I had this wonderful Hero Arts stamp I had just purchased. I used Prima specialty paper for the background, embossed it with Queen's Gold and used an image I just got from Diva D'Este. Funny, I ordered some transparencies from them a few days ago and they arrived today, too, so I'm ready to party hearty with Divas! Anyway, I had a neat piece from Flights of Fancy's boutique I ordered sometime ago (it was "lost" on my art table, I just unearthed it today - art friends, organization and I never, never agree!) Added two rusty tin corners and my little king of everything was ready to show!
Arrr, Matey! Map....I went one place and one place only for this challenge...to the perfect pirate! Jack Sparrow! Couldn't help it, Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors. Not hard on the eyes and one of the most versatile actors around. So, here's my answer to the Three Muses map challenge!
Here I am again...I found inspiration with Louisa May Alcott's wonderful quote "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." Has a personal meaning for me, too...and hopefully when faced with a few upcoming challenges, I'll be sailing my ship with a little more finesse! The ship in a storm is a painting by Aivazovsky Ivan Konstantinovich and it hangs in the Hermitage Museum. So, hopefully this tag makes the grade for this week's challenge.
I've missed the past few weeks here at Gothic Arches, but I knew I had to take some time out and participate this week. I crumbled up a tag and sprayed it liberally with Tattered Angels creme d'chocolate (I think that's the right name), glossed over it with some twinkling chalks, then used Tim Holtz' scroll stamp and MoonGlow embossing powder. The arch (which I just love...the whole sheet is glorious!) comes from WhymsicalMusings. The image of the woman with her bouquet of flowers was found somewhere a long time ago. It's probably a painting, but I'm not sure. So, thanks for stopping by and taking a look. You know I appreciate it!
"She often wished for prettier shoes when she tiptoed" is how my bunny person feels. I inked my card for the background, then ran some gesso over it in places. I used Paper Artsy stamps and pieces from various collage sheets to create my bunny person. Thanks for looking!
C for Circus...and Clown! Another Alteredairtifacts by Inka...her little clown is just so sweet. I've never been a big fan of clowns (have seen several discussions...others saying clowns kind of gave them chicken skin, too), but this little fellow is adorable. I'll take a whole boatload of clowns like him any day of the week. Well, maybe not a boatload...but you get my drift! Thanks for looking!
Born and raised a city girl (Chicago). Now I live 23 miles south of D.C. Have loved art all my life. Primarily self taught. Raised 3 sons solo and they are my pride and joy. I have a 7 yr old granddaughter and a 2 year old grandson. They are the apples of my eye, and I hope they will love art as I do.