Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Paper Princesses

Here is our group while celebrating Margaret's birthday.
From left back, Kasha, me, Marilena, Gaye and Judy with Marlene and Margaret seated.

Birthday Art for Princess Margaret

The birthday art project for Margaret was to decorate a large shipping tag in bird theme, mainly on one side and decorate two small metal hanging birds. The colour scheme was pale pink, sage green, with some black, cream and burgandy.

I kept one bird quite plain only adding some foil to highlight some areas and some beads to hang from below. The other birds is covered in a serviette, then painted over with a transparent gold glaze and some more beads as trim.

April AOTM for Debbi

This month I decided to alter an old coaster for Debbi Baker. The gorgeous Tim Holtz tree stamp was perfect for this project.
A few bird images and a cute girl from Lisa's Altered Art were glued over a base of various vintage papers followed by a coat of lacquer. I hope Debbi finds the coaster handy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday class with DJ

DJ is an amazing artist and teacher and the class on the Monday was thoroughly enjoyable. This is a different style for me, but have found it has opened up another avenue for creation and expression. I'm keen to practice more of DJ's style of painting and hope one day to be able to take more classes with her. Thank you DJ for your generosity and inspiration.

This painted girl was a different style to that shown on Sunday and involved a layered paper background on which to paint on first in a painterly effect. This was mounted to an old book cover that I covered with various pieces of fabric and lace, then glued to another book cover belonging to a 1963 Atlas. The black lace was a scrap I bought from my Aunt a week earlier while at her garage sale. The three crochet flowers were from one of her hankerchiefs I also purchased and cut up.

Painted Lady

Finally, I've managed to complete the Face Painting project from the Sunday class with DJ Pettit held in Melbourne at the Creative Soul Retreat in March. Having never painted before, I was amazed how DJ was able to teach us her technique and translate that to each of us resulting in a lovely painted face. From the photo I took of DJ's final mounted picture, I was determined to complete mine and managed with what little fabric bits I have here to obtain a similar look. I'm quite happy with the result. The photo here makes her face look a little patchy of white marks, but in fact, she looks better than this shows.

Thank you card for Jacky

This is a quick Thank You card made for Jacky who showed unexpected kindness for which I am most grateful. On arrival at Melbourne airport in March, Jacky was there to greet us and took us around to a wonderful shop before delivering us to the Creative Soul Retreat. Included with the card were a few bits and pieces I thought Jacky would enjoy using in her papercraft projects.