Thursday, September 27, 2012

Look what I made today!

Today was an absolute artsy day for me.  In the morning I went to my watercolor class, abandoned the paintings I had been working on and started working out of the "realistic abstracts" book.  My work wasn't great, but it was a) transparent and layered, instead of being worked over until it looks horrible, and b) not detailed, which is a big thing to me.  I have a long way to go to be able to paint in that way, but I'll plug away at it.

Then, I left class early to go to my favorite place to play in San Jose, A Work of Heart.  I've done a lot of workshops there, but this one was a lot of fun.  It's a "mixed media shadowbox," or "Spooky Shadowbox," as I would like to call it.  Here it is:

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It's a small canvas turned backwards and painted black.  Then we made a boatload of polymer clay tiles, which we stamped and embossed and baked and painted black and then highlighted with white and silver.  We also did two kinds of image transfer, on the right, and in the middle something really cool -- you paint the area with elmer's-type glue, and then when it has a skin on it, you put white paint over it and it all cracks to a nice effect.  Finally, I chose a "scaredy cat," a little metal thing, and glued it into the shadowbox area so it protrudes from the hole.  I think it came out great!  We stamped cobwebs on the edges, too.  A very fun project.

My sister's coming to visit in October, and I've arranged for her, me and my daughter to all go down for a "Juicy Collage" workshop.  I'm hoping she'll like it, but shhhh . . . don't tell her.  (I don't think she reads my blog.)

Have a great day tomorrow!  It's Friday! 


Esther Joy said...

Very appropriate for the season!

I walk with a neighbor lady who has been taking painting lessons of one kind or another for 30 years. She says watercolors are her favorites. She has been featured in our area as the artist of the month.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

She must be good at it! Thanks for stopping by.

Lmkazmierczak said...

What a cool project! It will be displayed for years to come as that special Halloween decoration♫♪

Margaret said...

How fun! I would have loved to see the watercolor!

Gattina said...

I am also in a painting group each thursday morning and it is a lot of fun !

Claudia Willison said...

Awesome spooky shadowbox, great timing for it, too! I bet it was fun to make. Hope you'll have just as much fun with your sister.
p.s. when I did watercolor (a lifetime ago) I also had problems to let go of the details, maybe that is why I switched to photography - LOL

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Splendid Little Stars said...

What a cool shadowbox! This "playing" with art sounds like so much fun!

Annesphamily said...

This is such fun! I really enjoyed visiting you today! I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Lori said...

Hehe, I won't tell her!
Sounds like a fun place, I would love it!

Heather said...

I love the project. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Holy wow!

This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

I love the texture and drama of this!

I've never seen anything quite like this!

I want to play, too!

Thanks for sharing your superb artistry!

I really love this!