Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What to do with your favorite images..... Decoupage!

de·cou·page also dé·cou·page  (dk-päzh)
1. The technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper.
2. A creation produced by this technique.

Because I apparently will never have enough hobbies or ways to show my favorite photos and other art images I have started  painting and decoupaging  my photography images on trinket boxes. Decoupage is so simple and gives you wonderful and quick results. I have done 3 boxes so far. One as a custom order for a friend, one for myself with a Nightmare before Christmas image(not drawn by me but used with permission for personal use, never steal other peoples art and photography!) and the one I will show you today has one of my photos on it that has been manipulated with coral paint shop pro my editing software of choice. Decoupage is as easy as finding images you like and applying them to wood, glass, metal and other surfaces. Most likely you have everything you need in your home to do it. I like Mod Podge for the adhesive and sealer(it is what I use for collage and altered art), but I just picked up some Fast Finish Decoupage by Beacon which is suppose to dry faster and not be tacky so I will see how it works. On the Trinket box in the photo I used a photo safe acrylic sealer and not Mod Podge(Mod Podge is photo safe too) because I wanted a glossier finish and I only had matte Mod Podge in the house.

If you want to try Decoupage find some images you like. They can be from your own photos or images, cut outs from magazines, postcard or card, images from online. Always follow copyrights laws. As far as I know you can use most images for personal use as long as you do not take credit for the photo or artwork. But do not quote me on it as I am not copyright expert. 
Find and item to Decoupage there is no limit here. It could be a plate, box, terra cotta, paper mache frames, vase, wood, metal, desk, table anything. The only thing to keep in mind is not all adhesives are good for all surfaces and materials. 
I suggest pre arranging your cut out/s how you want them first then apply with your Fast Finish , Mod Podge or another adhesive, even white school glue should give good results. After all your cut outs are bonded in place allow to dry completely and apply sealer(Mod Podge, Fast Finish or one of your choice) according to the direction on the bottle. I prefer to do multiple coats of sealer allowing it dry completely between coats.

This is a simple Trinket Box using only one image. This one will be for sale in my shops soon, along with others featuring my photography and images.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I love it!

I found this painting while browsing where I just opened an account and just love it. I had to share this beautiful painting with you and of coarse a link to the artist gallery! I love the color and depth of the painting that is done with oils on canvas. It makes me want to reach out and touch it, like I could feel the water, leaves, damp moss and a soft breeze. I just love it! The color palette inspires me with is't coppery oranges and deep greens with light shining through


Friday, February 18, 2011


This picture is the boss Mira sleeping on the job !!!!!
This is my first full feature to help promote other artist and artisans. I am so happy to be featuring this very talented artisan and her shop! I hope you enjoy. If you are interested in being featured in the future please click the button at the top of the page.

Interview with Zoomgraphics
How long have you been doing your art/craft for?
Well,I started painting in 8 grade .After ,I took classes here and there and continue....

What inspires and influences your work?
Color,my trips ,my mood for the day...

Where can you artwork/pieces be found?
In my sister little shop ,Etsy (not much anymore),Artfire.

What do you do when your not creating?
I do illustrations on my computer for my cards, take pictures (never go out without my camera )and if I have time I paint...I got teddy bears on the side waiting to be finish....not enought time in the day....

What is your favorite piece(s) that you have created?
I think is the one I am doing right now,found a way to play with wire and it turn out not to bad.

Why did you create this piece(s)?
I bought a book about wire and I try to learn a new thing and my imagination went wild !!!!

What do you feel is special about your art/craft?
It is me,my imagination,my love for creating nice things....

Are there other forms of art and crafts you would like to learn? And why?
I don't know if I want to learn something new...maybe just take what I know a few levels higher. But, I bought a CD to learn Chinese maybe it will be a new art for me.....
Here are links to find Zoomgraphic online

Here are a few item available in Zoomgraphics Artfire shop

Autumn Semi Precious bracelet
Flowers and Beads Bracelet

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Give away and other news

I will be doing a give away on my Facebook fan page when I get to 100 fans.I will be giving away a pair of Celtic Knot Earrings and a 5x7 matted print from my photography(winners choice). The winner will have 3 days to reply or a new winner will be picked. Each of my fans will be entered once, if you are following my blogyou will be entered again, if you are a member of my site you will be entered again. So come by and like my page and join the fun!

Other then that I am very busy lately and looking forward to my bead order to com from Fire Mountain Gems. I do love to buy local and from small businesses but ever once on a while I just have to do a big order from them. I need to get busy so i am ready for The Big Thaw in April! 

Friday I will posting my first full Feature! Very Cool! I hope it will be the first of many.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines day is normally a day to shower affection upon your love or to find the courage to show someone special that your interested in them. While I am not big on the commercialization of holidays I am big on LOVE, caring and charity. So on this Valentines day I would like to share with you an artisan that has recently re-opened her shop to help raise money for a good cause Handmade By Bria. She is trying to trying to raise money for her cousin who needs a complete hysterectomy and can not afford the operation and can not find the resources to help make it possible. She has both beautiful handmade jewelry and jewelry making supplies for sale in her shop. Spread a little love, visit her shop, tweet it, share it! here are a few products from her shop.

Sidney Coast freshwater pearl necklace

Teal Tear Drops
 I wish all of you a very special, happy and safe Valentines day.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Altered Art

To me it means taking something not normally used for visual arts and transforming into some form of personal self expression. It is in no way I knew idea, but it was only 5 or 6 years ago that I stumbled across my first piece of altered art. It was a altered book that a fellow scrap booker had made. It was simple a child’s board book turned into a scrape book for her daughters 2nd birthday. It created an explosion of ideas in my mind and barely any of them scrap booking. I am not one for destroying a written work of art, having a great love for words and writings, but I could already see my emotions visually splattered out in the form of an altered book. So off I went to find a book that would suit my purpose. Checking second hand stores and I found a few.
I made pages and mini books dedicated to poems that deeply move me and stir my soul, I made some that simply were filled with raw emotions I felt at the time. When I altered books and pages it is purely for me, I never intend to sell them and rarely show them to anyone… until now. These are a few years old now but here are a few examples.
 These three are pages from my first altered book I did it has Emily Bronte's poem Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee There are more pages in this book. Have more I will post some other time that are more personal...... about my daily stresses and things like that.

I always see things I want to alter but time is so fleeting… isn’t it? Making Steampunk jewelry pieces helps me with this desire. To me it is the current altered art form I can relate to. Victorian style mixed with fantasy, science fiction and mechanical. Here is my most recent Steampunk piece.
The Time Keepers Amulet

Steampunked and Altered-A few of my favorites by other artisans
ReClain2Fame Is a great shop that sells sculptures using recycled materials(upcycling another love of mine), Altering junk into ART you just got to love it! Unkamen Gifts Is a wonderful shop selling a wide variety of jewelry items I love this Steampunk piece!

Chipper A Robot Dog
Altered Art Steampunk Necklace

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WooHoo I found my Booth Buddy for The Big Thaw! She owns the shop Am&a-Whimsical Arts and Crafts
 and she will be selling hand made hula hoops and healing comfrey salve, I am very excited now! So much planning and creating new product….. After all a bare table would be no good, lol.

I finally got out with my camera the other morning. It was a great morning for it to! There was a winter fog hovering around the river. The cloud itself was a great capture but it also created a sparkling thick frost on everything within the frost area! Here are a few of my favorite shots. All of these are avalible as prints as with all my photography for prices and more photography visit my site Kindred Images and Creations

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sharing is caring

Looking for someone to share my spot, if I get one! My application and check have been sent in. But the applications are pouring in(that’s what I’ve been told) for The Big Thaw in April and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get in. If I do it will be my first craft fair, very scaring and exciting. Since space is very limiting I would love to share! I think that it will increase the chances of getting in since it is a two for one deal and I would love to have someone there to chat and sell with. Sadly being the recluse I tend to be I do not have many crafty friends. Maybe this will be my chance to open up a bit to the local crafting community and friend a few local artisans.

Monday, February 7, 2011

This is a test this is only a test.....

It seems my laptop and I are having issues, so for a short time I will
only be online via my cell phone on mobile web. So here is my test
post hope it works. My post will be short and other artisan features
will be on hold until I can really get online.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Few collections

I do love putting together Collections and Treasurys on Artfire and Etsy. I wish Etsy treasury's were as easy to put together as the Artfire collection. Not that it is hard on Etsy but Artfire makes it way more simple and quicker. So here are a few Artfire collections I put together today one featuring members of the Blogger Unite Guild(which I am co-Master of, so if you are on artfire and love to blog come join us) and the other features members from the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers Guild!

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