Sunday, January 18, 2015

Work Your Art

Happy Sunday everybody!!  We just came back from a frigid camping trip.  It was so cold and I super happy to be home.  Anyway I just wanted to share a few pics from our trip and share some exciting news.

Our first night out the temperature dropped down to 29 and then dipped to 22 the second night.

This is my son competing in a scout obstacle course :D  Okay back on the art front, I'm very excited to share an interview that I did with Work Your Art.  I hope you'll stop back and check it out.  Alright guys, I'm super tired so I'm chillax for a bit.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos Sacred Heart Shrine

Hey there, I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I wanted to share one of the nichos I recently created.  Nichos are small shadow boxes usually made of wood or tin.  They originated as a take on the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting saints.   So nichos are little shrines or mixed media assemblage pieces.  I really love working on these little guys and sometimes create my own out of cardboard and found objects.

So back in November during el Dia De Los Muetos, my husband and I did a little shopping in between all the festivals/celebrations downtown and I found these awesome tin nichos.

These are authentic tin shrines from Mexico.  I knew right away that they were PERFECT for my art.

I bought them all and then they sat in stash til recently.  I finally got around to working on them and I'm loving these little treasures.

The outside is painted and then I drew the flowers.  Next I added bling and the inside features a copy of my original canvas entitled Bendita Mujer.

I've created two more that I'll be sharing soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by, letting me know if you have any questions about my process or the products I used.

Take Care!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Muertos Tag: Paper Wings Productions Anything Goes Linky Party

Happy Friday!  Today I'm playing along with my friends over at Paper Wings Productions.  This year they've added Linky Parties so we'll have a chance to share our Paper Wings Productions creations on their blog.  This month's theme is Anything Goes so I pulled out my favorite PWP stamps and got to work.

I've been trying to reorganize my studio lately and one thing that has become abundantly clear is that I really need to use up my scraps.  So almost everything I used is from my scraps stash.  This tag was in my drawer.  It was a failed PWP design team project but I thought you what, it'll work for a mixed media tag.  It already had the beautiful yellow and pink inks and stamped papel picado from the Dia De Los Muertos Hombre stamp set.

I grabbed the Liquitex Glass Beads just because I hadn't used them in awhile.  All I did was spread it over the tag with a pallet knife.  Then I added some fusible webbing that was left over from the Fall Nesting Components kit.  After all glass beads medium dried I started layering and completely forgot to take progress pics, sorry.

The next step was creating the heart. I used a Heidi Swapp stencil to guide me a bit.  I added three rows of the roses also found on the Dia De Los Muertos Hombre stamp set.  I actually embossed the roses with fine detail black embossing powder.  I wanted to continue with the textural feel of the tag.  I added a bit of color to the roses with Dylusions inks.  I applied the ink with a water brush.  Then I outlined the heart with Liquitex ink.

The honeycomb pattern is the sticker outline from one of the very first Paper Wings mixed media kits.

I used a mask to arrange the muertos close together and colored them in with Distress Markers.  I fussy cut them and then just slipped them in.

I also added some found jewelry, patterned paper scraps, leaves, roses and ribbon.

The heart up top is actually an earring, pretty cool right.  The stud is going through the hole in the tag and the chain is connected to the earring's backing.  Well thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll join the Paper Wings Linky Party too!  Here is the link:  Anything Goes Link Up Party.  One lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate so go get linked up!! 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope your year is off to a fantastic start.  I'd like to THANK YOU you all for an AWESOME 2014.  It was a truly AH-MAZING year filled with wonderful friendships and inspiration.

This year my goal is to create a minimum of three new canvases a month.  Much more than the 23 produced last year.  Are you setting a new goals for the new year?  Whatever you decide to do, do it with all your heart.  Follow your passions in 2015 and above all, stay true to yourself.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings :D

Thank you for stopping by, take care!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

She's a Dreamer

Hi everyone!   I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving.   I took some time off from my studio but I was itching to get back to painting.   I found a beautiful photo on Pinterest that inspired me to create this lovely lady.

In case you haven't noticed, I love gypsies, hippies and all free spirits so they're a favorite subject for me.  I even tell my kids that I was a gypsy in a past life, lol.

The majority of the background is a thin book text wrapping paper along with scraps of patterned papers.  Then as usual, I sketched out my focal image.

She came together nicely.  I kinda wonder if I should have left her color like this.  What do you think? Do you like this better than the darker/colorful hair in the finished piece?

No gypsy would be complete without beautiful jewelry.  So next I added tons of gold trim, bangles and necklaces.

With her done, I added warm tones to the background and beautiful flowers.  I was really loving the piece at this point but I really wanted to add a sentiment.

I found the perfect quote:
She's a Dreamer, a doer, a thinker.  She sees possibility Everywhere and in Everything.

So what do you think?!  I love her and I hope you do too!!

Here is a closer look at the background and the flowers.  You can see the book text wrapping paper and beautiful zentanglish stamped flowers/flourishes behind the painted flowers.

Close up look at her ;D

This canvas is 16x12".  I'll be adding it to my Etsy shop, LittleHoneyBeeStudio tomorrow.  Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed your visit!  Until next time!!

Update!  Original available for purchase HERE

Monday, November 17, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are staying warm.  Today I'm participating in a Creative Blog Hop! The hop was started to inspire those that take part, to meet new people and experience different styles of art along the way.  
I was invited to participate in this hop by my good friend Carrie Avery.  Please take the time to visit her blog, show her some love and enjoy her beautiful work.  Carrie is an amazing woman and I'm truly honored to call a friend.  She is the mastermind and owner of Paper Wings Production.   She has a beautiful vintage style with a french flair.  Her passion for creating and share her techniques shines through her work.  So if you're not familiar with Carrie or Paper Wings Production, you need to get familiar!!  Okay let's get to it!

What am I working on right now?
I'm working on new mixed media canvases.  This is what's on my table right now.  I'm thinking she's going to be a bohemian fairy but you never know.  The process may take me to a different place so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I'm not sure how much my work differs from other artist.  I just try and stay true to myself.  I base everything on my moods and life experiences.  So each piece is a part of my present, past or hopes for the future.  They all have hidden meanings to me and I hope that others will find personal connections to them as well.

Why do I create?
I create because I have to, it's who I am.  I've been creating as long as I can remember and I look at everything through wondrous eyes.  I find inspiration everywhere and wonder about what could be.  I simply love the creative process.

How does my creative process work?
My creative process is flexible.  Sometimes I start with a concept sketch in my art journal and other times I start with a background.  It just depends on how I'm feeling.  I don't focus on a process or technique, I just start and continue moving forward until I feel like it's done.  I enjoy the process of just doing, letting that flow state take over.  To me, that's the beauty of creating.

To keep up with me, visit my Facebook page, I post there on a regular basis and share works in progress along with things that inspire me.  If you're interested in seeing my current product line, visit my Etsy shop: LittleHoneyBeeStudio.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!  Have a beautiful day, hugs to you all!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Blessed - Mixed Media Collage

Hello sweet bloggie friends!  I'm back today with a new mixed media collage.  I'm giving my beautiful girls a bit of a rest so I created this cute little scene.

This is a 12x24", 1.5" deep canvas.  I covered the entire piece with newspaper print wrapping paper from Target's dollar section.  Then I added fluid acrylics to create the sky and grass.

I dug into the scraps of papers that I've hoarding saving for the houses.

I added fluid acrylics and Faber-Castell Big Brush markers to create depth.

I doodled windows, doors and trims.  I also stamped here and there.

I kept thinking "it takes a village" when I was working on this piece.  That's why I created a whole neighborhood but then I stamped "Blessed" and it changed directions a bit.  Now each of the houses represents a blessing like: love, family and happiness.

So there you have it, a row of blessed little houses. Thank you so much for spending a piece of your day with me.  Have a blessed day!!

Hugs, N.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cupcake Cutie - Burlap Canvas

Happy Monday!!  I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.  We had a great time.  I always love dressing up.  This year I was a gypsy, check it out:

I found the shirt and skirt at Goodwill.  The skirt was white but I dyed it with spray inks.  Everything else came from my closet, lol.  That's all jewelry that I actually wear just not all at the same time, lol.

My hubby is always such a good sport!

Here's my youngest :D

One of my older sons :D

Last but not least, one of my cute grand babies!

Okay, now back to some art!  I thought the other cupcake canvas needed a friend, lol.

I used molding paste again mixed with iridescent paint and sprinkled with glitter for the frosting.  The beautiful sequenced flower is from my stash.

I wanted this canvas to coordinate with the other cupcake canvas so I used the same K&Company Diecut pack.

I used Dylusions inks and acrylic paints for the background.  I'm loving these little cupcakes.  I think I'll make at least one more before this weekend's show in Robstown.  Stay tuned....

I've entered this little cutie in the DL.ART Thankful Thursday: Anything Goes November Linky Party.  Available for purchase here: LittleHoneyBeeStudio

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a beautiful day!!

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