I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week so far. I'm sorry for the lack of personal posts, but I've been busy crafting away on some really fun projects through Artist Class! I really enjoyed selecting which projects I wanted to do, and there was no pressure to have them completed by a deadline. Ahhhhh...how nice!
I wanted to share a few of my creations with you. I haven't had much experience with paper crafting, and the majority of the projects I completed involved lots of cutting and pasting. I previously showed you my vintage-style paper garland and my Victorian faerie cone. The next project I completed was the sweet little bouquet of flowers you see above. I bought the wonderful vase from Goodwill for only $.79, and I pasted a very sweet bird image onto the center. I then painted clear glitter onto the flowers on the image to give it a little extra sparkle!
The flowers were so fun to make. I had templates to use, so I went right to work cutting out various shapes of artist cardstock and also used some nice soft pre-cut flowers that I purchased from Michael's. I then poked a hole in the flowers with a needle and strung them onto cloth-covered floral wire and affixed each flower with a cute vintage-style button. Oh yes, I also precut some leaves from art cardstock and glued them to the backs of each flower. Viola! Instant bouquet!
This is a shabby-style collage piece that I created for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day. Wow - this was involved! I needed to first create an image transfer, which I had a lot of difficulty with before getting it just right (after approximately seven tries!). I figured at that point, everything else would be a piece of cake! Until I got to the part in the directions where I actually needed a sewing machine! I decided to improvise, and I whipped out my needle and thread and organically pieced together the backing quilt with muslin, canvas, lace and doilies. I stitched the photograph into place with embroidery thread, added a lovely shell pendant, and some stick-on jeweled flowers. My husband beaded up and attached the little hanger, and there you have it. I like the end results, but I am not sure I will venture into making one of these again!
I had a lot of fun creating this little family nest for my sister! It mostly involved glue, which is fine by me! And it was a fast project, which was even better! I purchased the pre-made birds nest and bird from Michael's, added the little hanging eggs and glued bits of silk flowers and leaves. I had some colorful feathers to line up the nest and glued a photo of my sister, her hubby and my cute little nephew right in the center. At the end you can see the little scrabble tiles spelling out "nest." I hope she likes it, as I think it came out really cute!
I did make a little something for my own mom, as well. However, it became too dark to take a really nice photograph of it. I promise I will share it with you soon. :) I very much enjoyed the projects offered by Artist Class, although there were some I did not get a chance to do. Artist Class will be offering summer courses, as well. Twelve more projects brought together from twelve different artists. I may just sign up for them!
I also recently signed up for mixed media art classes with Suzi Blu. I adore these classes so very much. Suzi herself is amazing...so vibrant and encouraging! I was thrilled to discover some of my friends already signed up for Suzi's classes! I do have an art background, which I shared with you awhile back. But this is completely different. I was never much one for color when I was younger. I preferred pencil drawing. But learning techniques with colored pencils has been more fun than I expected! Now, please don't laugh at my fair maiden here, for she is not yet finished. Well, her face is complete - but she is yet to have her vibrant green dress adorned and be placed onto a wonderful collaged background. I am most hopeful that the end piece will look good. Let's keep our fingers crossed! I do have high hopes for her!
I saw my first butterfly of the season this week! He's kind of hard to see among all the leaves here, and it's a bit fuzzy because I tried to enlarge it as much as I could. He was SO beautiful. He kept flitting about, and I was hopeful that he would land on me. But alas, he did not. When I was in the yard today, I spotted a swallowtail - this particular breed of butterfly truly seems to love our yard! They come every year. I had my camera with me, but he was way too high in the lilac bush for me to take a decent shot.
While walking the furry ones about the yard, I spotted our Iris in bloom. Isn't she lovely? And with this beautiful flower, I'd like to wish all Moms a very special and happy Mother's Day! I treasure my mom so much...she's my friend and confidante. When I am troubled, she is always there to lend an ear and offer the sage advice that moms always seem to know how to give. She helped shape the person that I was to become. And I treasure her so much for that!
Til next time,