Dia De Los Muertos Artist Collaboration

Welcome! I was so excited to be a part of Tina Walker’s Dia De Los Muertos Artist Collaboration. For so long I have loved the bright colors and sense of history associated with Dia De Los Muertos.

“On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations. ”— Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature

“People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.” Source: Wikipedia

While out antiquing with my mom several months ago I found a gorgeous hand carved wooden shelf that reminded me of an altar. I bought it immediately, not knowing for sure what I would do with it. At the next store we went to, I found a metal frame that also spoke to me. An idea was beginning to take shape in my mind, and it all came together when Tina asked if anyone would be interested in a Day of the Dead artist collaboration. Of course I was in!

I painted the shelf and begin to alter it using paint, paint pens, gems, marigolds, and other things that inspired me.

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I hand painted plastic skulls from the Dollar Tree-talk about tedious work, but well worth the effort and time spent!

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Here are a few detail shots:

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Since I was so inspired by this theme, I went on to alter the tin frame I found. I used alcohol inks and gems, as well as some other items I found while antiquing in Pennsylvania. I also wanted to put a slightly different spin on the theme by creating an insert that was more mixed media and a little “dark”. I thought this created a fun twist to the traditional Dia De Los Muertos theme.

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I hope you enjoyed the projects. Thanks for checking them out!
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Around the World with 80 Artists!

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I wanted to share with you all that I will have an altered art piece published in the upcoming eBook: Around the World with 80 Artists! I will be joining 79 other artists from all over the globe, sharing a wide variety of art projects. For more information please check out our page. You can sign up for a FREE copy of this book at launch on Amazon on April 15th 2016 to celebrate World Creativity Week. Also, 20% of the proceeds from this project will go to The Malala Fund to help girls gain an education.
So make sure to visit the Creative Art Academy to sign up and get a preview of some amazing art!

Here is a sneak peek of my project:
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I hope you all will check out my project, as well as the many others included. Full tutorials and color photos will be presented in eBook format, as well as printable format.

Thanks for stopping by!

For the Love of Mixed Media Blog Hop

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Hello everyone! Welcome to our first “For the Love of Mixed Media” Blog Hop. I’m so glad you’re here πŸ™‚

Our theme for this hop is hearts. I decided to alter a paper mache heart. I had some lovely “Downton Abbey” tissue paper that I’ve been hoarding, and I used it to cover the heart completely. I added some fabric trim from my stash, and a broken Charlotte doll that I molded with Amazing Mold Putty and casted with Amazing Casting Resin. I also had some doily pieces that I cut into little wings and added behind my molded piece.

And here is my ornament!

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For more heart inspired projects, please visit my fellow artist’s blogs:
Christy Strickler: http://myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html

Robyn Crowningshield: http:///cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop/

Tina Walker: http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html

Katie Smith: http://www.punkprojects.com/2016/02/mixed-media-heart-journal.html

Beth Soler: http://scrappingwonders.com/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop/

Susan M. Brown: http://sbartist.blogspot.com/2016/02/cre8time-beauty-lies-within-for-love-of.html

Lulu Bea http://lulubeas.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/mixed-media-altered-art/

Altered Paper Mache Animal Collaboration

Hi everyone!! I was so excited to participate in another fun collaboration with a bunch of my fellow Facebook mixed media artist friends. This time, we all altered paper mache animals!

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My original intention was to create my animal from scratch; however, time got away from me (as it normally does this time of year) and I ended up ordering a pre-made animal instead. I opted for the always cool camel.

I love using bright and bold colors in my art, so I couldn’t wait to give my camel a glamorous makeover πŸ™‚ I started out by covering the whole body with a few layers of paper napkins from World Market and Mod Podge.

Then, I glued on some colorful bling and put a layer of gold glitter paint all over. I also painted the saddle in bright colors. Finally, I added a nice thick layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin over the entire body. I love how the resin turned the matte look of the paper into a glossy finish! It really made the colors pop and the glitter shine πŸ™‚

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I couldn’t stop with just my camel though…she needed a home! So I repurposed a box and turned it into a fun little desert getaway. Yes, my camel is glamping! You can find more details on this part of the project HERE.

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Follow our hop to see more fun altered paper mache products!

Laura Mooney

Michele Kosciolek

Tina Walker

Christy Strickler

Albion Gould

DeeDee Catron

Mitra Pratt

Mixed Media Paint Stick Swap

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Good morning everyone! I recently participated in another fun art swap with some of my artsy Facebook friends. You may remember a few months ago our Pinewood Derby Car Makeover project, well our next collaboration was to makeover paint sticks. You know, the free paint sticks you can grab at the paint counter at Lowe’s or Home Depot? This was such a fun and easy project, and the possibilities are endless for what you can do with these.

I loved these so much that I shared them as an inspiration post over at Amazing Casting Products! I used several of the Alumidust colors to paint in the stamping that I did on the sticks, and ended by coating them all in Amazing Clear Cast resin. They have a beautiful shine to them and the resin really makes the color pop.

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Click on the links below to see some more amazingly creative paint sticks!
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DeeDee
Michele
Sara
Susan
Tina

More collaborations are to come, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Pinewood Derby Car Make Over Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to my blog and the Pinewood Derby Car Make Over Blog Hop!
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A couple of months ago, my good friend Tina Walker got a group of ladies together to do a Pinewood Derby Car makeover. I was immediately on board!

I haven’t done a project like this in a while, but I was inspired to created something really girly and glamourous. The exact opposite of what you would expect a pinewood derby car to look like. So I went all out. This baby is covered in bright colors, ribbon, flowers, bling, and GLITTER (oh yes, I did!).

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To view the other awesome pinewood derby car makeovers, be sure the follow along by clicking HERE

Catching Up!

Good morning everyone! It’s been a while…..

In personal news, things around here have been pretty busy! One of my daughters is on the high school dance team and competition season has kept us pretty busy. DSC_2108
State Champs!!

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My favorite dancer!

In art news, I have been working on a few projects. I joined the Amazing Casting Products Creative Team and have produced a few pieces for them.

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Upcycled art journal made from mail order catalog

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Follow Your Heart mixed media canvas

(you can view the tutorial for the mixed media canvas HERE)

I created this art journal spread for an art journal swap with my good friend, Tina Walker.
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I’ve also received word that I will have four of my digital art journal pages published in Stampington’s Art Journal magazine in April, I will keep you posted on when that hits the shelves! πŸ™‚
In the meantime, I have a few other projects that I am working on including a brand new website!!! Hopefully that will be making it’s debut here pretty soon.

Have a beautiful day!!