Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time Flies By-A Peek-A-Boo Project

It may have seemed this past year that we have been stuck in slow motion and that circumstances will never change. The new year has not brought the turnaround we’re hoping for and we once again may be feeling we will never see the light at the end of the tunnel or find our way to a new normal but I am going to try my hardest to hold on to hope and try to lift my spirits. These are the inspirations for today's artwork. 
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Little Niche Pocket Watch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-2 Inch Cage with Solid Back, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Rose Border, Decorative Paper, Golden Acrylic Paint-Titan Green Pale, Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, Green Gold, Metallic Copper Lumiere Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Weldbond, Gold Leaf Rub'nBuff, Cardboard Scrap, Metallic Russet and Metallic Rust Lumiere Acrylic Paint, Neon Pink and Green Acrylic Paint.
1. Use a paintbrush to quickly add Metallic Copper Lumiere Acrylic Paint to the GSLC Little Niche Pocket Watch.
2. Once it dry add texture and patina with dry brush technique using Golden Acrylic Paint. I used Titan Green Pale, Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, and Green Gold.
3. Assemble GSLC Little Niche Pocket Watch and glue together with Weldbond.
4. Add included hanging portion so your creation can be displayed on a wall
5. Choose decorative papers to add wallpaper and borders to the back portion of GSLC Pocket Watch Niche.
6. Use Gold Leaf Rub'nBuff to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 2" Bird Cage.
7.Choose an image to glue to back of GSLC Cage-I chose a decorative hot air balloon.
8. Add a bit of cardboard to keep birdcage from directly glued to background.
9. Paint Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Rose Border with  Metallic Russet and Metallic Rust Lumiere Acrylic Paint.
10. Add detailing and patina with Neon Pink and Green Acrylic Paint.
11.Cut and glue GSLC Rose Border to front of GSLC Pocket Watch Niche.

Some Final Thoughts.

I have a collection of "show hats" we design a new one for each show season. They are often steampunk themed. I  have always loved Miley Cyrus, I think she is a very talented singer. I like how she can see any genre of music. I think her song "The Climb" is a wonderful anthem for us as we press on in hope.

 I can almost see it

That dream I'm dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head sayin'
"You'll never reach it"
Every step I'm takin'
Every move I make feels lost with no direction
My faith is shakin'

But I, I gotta keep tryin'
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments
That I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin'

And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on


There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb


There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Keep on movin'
Keep climbin'
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about — it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa, whoa, oh

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey Hey Goodbye-A Peek-A-Boo Project

To say I am happy to see 2020 fade into the sunset is  a huge understatement. Never in my life could I have imagined a year so full and angst and frustration. In my 32 years of teaching it was by far my most challenging year. We started out teaching virtually to a group of students we have never met face to face, they on their devices appearing as a colored lettered circle on my laptop Google Meet. We finally went to a hybrid model which was even worse than the original all virtual model as I was teaching a group of students socially distanced in my classroom 6 feet apart, while simultaneously I had another group of student learning virtually.

Ok I  missed out going to the sale of our family homestead, that had been our family for over 80 years.  I have not been back to Pennsylvania since last spring.  When I return my childhood home will no longer be ours. I have photographs and memories I'll need to process when I am able to go pay my last respects.

I had wounds on my feet that would not heal and I  could not enjoy a quiet early morning walk through my newly discovered older neighborhood from early in the pandemic. I would take walks through the narrow streets and alleyways seeking signs of life, beholding bits or beauty, and hunting for hints of hope.

All of our art shows were canceled and time in my studio making my creations came to a screeching halt in September. This project is one of my first attempts at being creative again.

I am still very weary from the journey as I still go into school to teach my students virtually from my classroom, trying to convey any sense of normalcy.  I have tried to stay positive and maintain balance and a sense of humor.  This is the long introduction, to my longest titled blog post to date and the inspiration for this cheeky banner.

Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Number Cards, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Corona Shapes, white acrylic paint, paintbrush, Infusion Walnut Stains-Rusty Car, Lemoncello, Slime, Emerald Green, Spray Bottle of Water, Heating Tool, Weldbond Glue, Thick Black Cardstock, Waxed Paper, Heavy Book, Scissors, Letter Pieces, Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch, Decorative Ribbon, Scotch Tape, Decorative Paper, Matte Gel Medium

1.    Gather your supplies, we will start with the GSLC Number Cards and white acrylic paint.

1. On a protective surface quickly  cover the GSLC Number Cards with white acrylic paint we are not aiming for perfection but want some of the chipboard to show through. Be sure to paint on both sides as this will help the chipboard to stay flat.

2. While paint is still wet sprinkle with Infusion Walnut Stains- I used Rusty Car, Lemoncello, Slime, and Emerald Green.

3. Spray gently with spray bottle. Can set with a heating tool if you so desire. I do because I am an impatient artist.
4. Use Weldbond to attach prepared GSLC Number Cards to Thick Black Cardstock.
5. Cover with waxed paper.
6. Allow to dry fully pressing down with heavy books.
7. While the GSLC Number Cards are drying using the same process described above to paint and patina your GSLC Corona Shapes. Do not cut out individual pieces but paint in its entirety. Once fully dry carefully remove desired pieces.
8. When GSLC Corona Shapes are dry cut them apart with scissors.
   9. Once all GSLC Number Cards are separated lay out the GSLC Corona Shape Pieces you want to use on each slide.
 10. Find Alphabet Paper set and choose the letters to spell the phrase of your choosing.
 11. Assemble cards using Weldbond to attach each piece, cover with waxed 
paper, allow to dry flat a fully being weighted down with heavy books.
 Next we will use Crop-A-Dile Eyelet and Snap Punch to punch holes into the top corners adding decorative eyelets in a variety of colors.
12. Use decorative ribbon to attach the completed GSLC Number Cards.
   I put ribbon through the front of the cards and taped down with scotch table
  13.As I did not want the scotch tape to show I cut pieces of decorative paper to 
seal in the tape and give the back of the cards a more finished appeal.   

Some Final Thoughts

There are many songs I could use to end this post, Over the Rhine-Don't Let The Bastards Get You Down, Simon & Garfunkel-Bridge Over Troubled Water, Tracy Chapman-Fast Car, Seal-Crazy among others. The title is taken from an oldie Steam-Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye. Any of these songs could adequately describe by salutations to 2020. May we find ourselves in a better brighter world soon.