Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Bird - Mixed Media Hippie Art

Hi everyone!   I have a fun new piece to share with you that I just completed today.

I'm calling it "Free Bird".  (Let's see how many of you get it.) This is just a really fun canvas don't you think?!

For this canvas I set out to just play.  The base colors are new ones that I just bought and wanted to try out.  If you follow me on FB then you saw them.  They were a crimson and navy blue color.

I treated this canvas like an art journal page and just started to doodle.  I did my favorite tangle/mandala flowers and then added beautiful vibrant colors.

I really wanted this piece to be free.  Does that make sense?  You know, very organic.  At one point I thought, "what the heck am I doing, this is a hot mess" but I just kept at it til it made me happy.  I think that's really important when creating.  You have to trust yourself enough to let go and follow your instincts.  Especially when you think you've made a mistake or ruined your piece.

In the end it came together perfectly.  I love the vibrant colors, doodles and birds.  It totally reflects my mood when I started :D  I hope you love this one as much as I do!  I'll be adding the original and prints to Etsy soon so please keep an eye out for that.  Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

El Mariachi - Dia De Los Muertos Mixed Media Canvas

Hi friends!  I hope this finds you all well.  Today I have a new canvas to share with you.  I'm very excited about this piece because it's a first for me. Recently I was asked to do a custom piece featuring men and you all know I've only painted women right.  This piece is very important to me because it's for a family member so I wanted to get some practice in before starting their canvas.  I set out searching for images of men that inspired me and I found some great Dia De Los Muertos and mariachi photos to help me get started.  So here is my very first canvas featuring a man:

Meet "El Mariachi", this is a 30x24" canvas and it is for sale so if you're interest message me on FB or shoot me an email (

I started out by stretching my sketching muscles in my art journal.

Then I moved onto building the background.  I used all types of acrylic paints and Crafter's Workshop stencils with Dylusions spray inks to create layers.

Once I was happy with the background I transferred my sketch to the canvas.  I used a projector for this part but I think I would have better off just sketching it again.  It was kinda hard to see my projected image and I ended up having to make lots of corrections to my sketch.  So I think it might have just been easier to sketch it on.

With the sketch down, I slowly began painting my mariachi.

Here's a side by side progression of my mariachi.  It's fun see the photos next to each other.  You can really see what it took to get to the finished piece.

Can I tell, I love the way he turned out!  I think he's very handsome and mysterious all at the same time.

Here's a closer look at the detail on his sombrero.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this guys so don't shy.  Good or bad, either way I wanna know what you think so please share.

If you're interested in a print, I'll be adding them to Etsy very soon so keep an eye out for that.

Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day, Viva El Mariachi!!

Prints now available on Etsy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Muerta Linda Nicho - Dia De Los Muertos Shrine

Hi everyone, let's keep the shrines rolling!  I hope you're having a wonderful day.  I wanted to pop in and share another one of my new Dia De Los Muertos shrines.

For this shrine, I tried to experiment with different ways to create texture on metal.  The left side was my attempt at embossing on metal.

This shrine is adorned in roses, glitter and a Virgin Mary charm.

It also has a bit of bling and tinsel just for fun.

This beautiful little shrine is available for purchase over on Etsy.  Thank you so much for stopping by, have a beautiful day you guys!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hope - Mixed Media Assemblage - Dia De Los Muertos Nicho

Hey everyone!  I'm back to share another one of the nichos I've created recently.

I've been busy creating, posting to FB and Etsy but have fallen behind sharing here.  So I apologize for the blogging delay.

This beautiful little shrine reminds me of a cross between a mission and a window.

Hope just seemed to be perfect for this shrine.

I'm using Ranger's Patina line to paint my shrines.  The paint goes on great and I'm able to use acrylics on top of it with no problem.

Doodling just seemed like the way to go on this one.

I added some bling and jewelry findings from my stash to finish it off.  The beautiful broach up top is a vintage find from a local flea market.

This gorgeous shine is available for purchase on Etsy.  Thanks so much for stopping by & have a beautiful day!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monarchs Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are doing fab today.  I just wanted to pop in and share a canvas that I just created for a fundraiser.

I didn't have anything in my inventory that I thought would have a broad enough appeal for the auction so I created this beauty.

This is a large 18"x24" canvas that I upcycled.  It was actually a mass produced canvas for a children's room.

To repurpose, I applied several layers of gesso, then book text wrapping paper from the dollar section of Target.  After that I began adding color.  I only had 24hrs notice so I went for my favorite go to colors.

I was inspired by Lenny Kravitz' Fly Away so I wanted to create something with dragonflies but as I was searching through photos, I came across a beautiful pic of monarchs.

So at that point my vision changed to these lovely monarchs.

Here's a closer look at the finished butterflies.

I found the PERFECT quote: Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing... Camille Pissaro.

What a great artist quote right.  I absolutely LOVE it!

I'm super happy with the way this turned out.  I hope you like it too!  Thank you for stopping by :D

The original sold at the auction but you can get an art print here: Monarchs

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!! 

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