Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Falltime Faeries-A Peek-a-Boo-Project

Toadstool and Mushrooms have a litany of symbolic meaning, they are thought to be signs of faeries, gnomes, and other wee folk. They are associated with the moon and in the language of flowers mean suspicion. In literature, they are a symbol of immortality and eccentricity. In China they symbolize life, happiness and rebirth. These are the inspiration for this instillation.
Supplies:  GSLC-Art Nouveau Frame 1GSLC-Art Nouveau-Frame 2,GSLC-Art Nouveau Frame 4,GSLC-Garden Fairies Small, Images of Magical Mushrooms, Elongated Wooden Frame, Deli Wrap, Seth Apter Izink Dye Sprays in Tea, Spring Green, and Honey, TH Distress Spray Stain Carved Pumpkin, Hairspray, Nutmeg, Chili Powder, Matte Medium, Paintbrush, Golden Green Gold Acrylic Paint, Weldbond, Weighted Ziploc Bag, Embossing Ink with Roller Applicator, Allure Ammo Camo, Weather Wood, and Mercury Rising Embossing Powders, Heating Tool, TH Distress Stain Bundled Sage, Golden Van Dyke Brown Hue,
1.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts have four of these Art Nouveau Frames, I chose 1, 2, and 4 for this artwork.
2.  I spent hours on Pinterest looking for Images of Magical Mushrooms, I settled on these three and place the extra into my “Assundries” Folder on my Pinterest Page.
3.  Adjust them to size so that the three of them can be the backdrop for the GSLC Art Nouveau Frames.
4.  Prepare Elongated Wooden Frame spraying with Seth Apter Izink Dye Sprays in Tea, Spring Green, and Honey, TH Distress Spray Stain Carved Pumpkin.
5.  While still wet sprinkle with Nutmeg and Chili Powder. Allow to dry fully.
6.  Once dry, seal entire frame with Matte Medium.
7.  Add patina and interest by dry brushing on Golden Green Gold Acrylic Paint.
8.  Once dry, cut and glue down three magical mushroom images.
9.  Press Images down using a piece of Deli Paper.
10.                Press into place with a weighted Ziploc bag, I fill mine with unused kitty litter.
11.                Prepare GSLC Art Nouveau Frames using Embossing Ink with a roller applicator.
12.                Sprinkle with Allure Ammo Camo and then Allure Weather Wood Embossing Powders, Curing Each time with a Heating Tool.
13.                To fill in any gaps I added TH Distress Stain of Bundled Sage.
14.                Then I did a quick dry brush technique using Golden Van Dye Brown Hue Acrylic Paint.
15.                Prepare GSLC Fairies using Embossing Ink with a roller applicator.
16.                Then sprinkle with Allure Mercury Rising Embossing Powders and Curing with a Heating Tool.
17.                Assemble your piece using Weldbond to adhere the GSLC Nouveau Frames and Fairies to the Magical Mushroom Prints.
18.                Hold into place with a weighted Ziploc bag as described above.
19.                Once fully dry, seal everything using a paintbrush and Matte Medium.

Some Final Thoughts.
Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies have fascinated me since I first found them on Pinterest many years ago. They were first published in 1923. The drawings portray Botanically Accurate Flora and Fauna along with enchanting fairy images based on real children from Cicely’s sister’s nursery school. Visit This Site to view The Fairies of The Autumn Archives. If you click on each image it shows you the accompanied poem or verse dedicated to the individual Flower Fairy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Autumnal Animals Assemblage-A Peek-a-Boo-Project

Walks in Autumn Woodlands are some of my favorites and I often imagine the childhood song “The Teddy Bears Picnic” as I stroll along. These are the inspirations for this instillation. Just like a walk in the woods discovering what lies around each bend was the progression of this project. It had many twists and turns, come along for my meandering imaginations.
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Chunky ATC Blanks, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fold Up Box Oval , Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-ATC Ticket Journal, Images Collected from Pinterest and Personal Photographs, Editing Program, Power Point App, Printer, Scissors, Weldbond, Scrap of Pictorial Paper I used TH  Abandoned Halloween Paper, Sandpaper Block, Black Sharpie Matte Medium, TH Distress Stain Gathered Twig, Paintbrush, Ferro Texture Paint Celtic and Copper, Small Plastic Spatula, TH Distress Sprays-Antique Linen and Carved Pumpkin, TH Distress Oxide Sprays-Amber, Marmalade, Pistachio, Cheap Hair Spray, Washi Tape, UHU Glue Stick, Miniature Leaf Punch, Random Magazine Images,
1.    I’ve always wanted to have my own line of Scrapbook Papers. This begins a long-involved process that I hope one day will materialize. For this project I looked through Pinterest for images of woodland Animals, Mushrooms, and Tapestries.
2.     Once I found what I was looking for, hours later…I used Microsoft Word and Power Point to remove image backgrounds, shrink and layer them into the pieces I used for the fronts of these Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Chunky ATC Blanks.
3.    I cut out prepared layered images and glued them to the front of the GSLC Chunky ATCs.
4.    Once dried I traced and cut out pieces of TH Abandoned Paper for the back of the GSLC ATCs.
5.     Sand Edges with a Sandpaper Block.
6.    Use a Black Sharpie of the edges of the GSLC ATCs.
7.    Seal GSLC ATCs with a glaze made of Matte Medium and TH Gathered Twig Distress Stain.
8.    Once dry I realized I wanted something to hold my super cool GSLC ATCs.
9.    Going through my stash I settled on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fold Up Box Oval.
10.                     Randomly use a small plastic spatula to apply Ferro Texture Paint in Celtic and Copper.
11.                   Once Dry Spray with TH Distress Sprays-I used Antique Linen and Carved Pumpkin, following by TH Distress Oxide Sprays- I used Amber, Marmalade, and Pistachio.

12.                   Seal everything in with hairspray.
13.                   Assemble Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Fold Up Box Oval using Weldbond to hold into place. Box with Matte Medium.
14.                   Now I realized I needed more items to fill my box so once again I went through my stash and found a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-ATC Ticket Journal.
15.                    I wanted to keep the look somewhat rustic, so I did not add any medium to the journal. I searched through my photographs and settled on a few of my fall favorites. Once I resized them, I made photocopies.
16.                   I wanted to reinforce the GSLC ATC Ticket Journal, so I added some strips of washi tape securing with a UHU Gluestick.
17.                   I then used the UHU Gluestick to add my prepared and cut out photographs.
18.                   To keep with the woodland animal theme, I used UHU Glue to add bits of another washi tape I had.
19.                   Last layer was to add autumn leaves made using a miniature leaf punch and random magazine images.
20.                   I added them using Weldbond and sealing with Matte Medium. 

Some Final Thoughts.

“If you go down in the woods today, you’re in for a sure surprise…see them gaily gad about, they love to play and shout. They never have any cares…Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic”
Another favorite musical of ours is “Into the Woods” So many wonderful songs and profound truths.
“The way is dark, the light is dim, the chances look small the choices look grim, but everything you learn there, will help when you return there. The light is getting dimmer… I think I see a glimmer. Into the woods—you have to grope, but that’s the way you learn to cope. Into the wood to find there’s hope of getting through the journey.”

I think it is time for me to re-watch it now.