Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Sustainable Souls Project Jan. 2017


Welcome to the 1st month of the 2017 year long SUSTAINABLE SOULS PROJECT. This collaboration was created by Tina Walker with the assistance of 28+ artists. We will tackle different themes each month, create projects and share them via blogs, FB, Instagram. 

So here is my idea for the year as I'm in the process of packing my studio & home to move back to Buffalo, NY from NC. I found my very 1st art journal that I never finished so using this as my starting point and with very few supplies I will finish this journal using what I have. The following quote gave me the impetus to go forward.

"Start Where You Are

Use What You Have

Do What You Can:
....Arthur Ashe

It was fun to go back in time and look at my beginning pages in this art journal. I started this in 2009 with very little knowledge but wanted to expand my skills. I worked in the journal for a couple of years but put it aside as my skills expanded. While packing I found it and realized I needed to finish the pages left blank. 
Snippets of Pages

My first order of business was to create a collage for the journal cover and SSP with magazine cut-outs I've collected over the years. It's funny when one goes back and finds perfect images for the cover!

My 2nd order of business was to do a little research on sustainability and I stumbled across the work that the UN is involved in around the world. Fascinating, thought provoking and an eye-opener. I'm going to keep this journal and pages as catch-all for the info. I find through this year. I'm also on a mission to recycle and use up what supplies I have.

"Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. 
All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystems
 and precious resources, 
and each of us has a role to play in preserving them. 
If we are to go on living together on this earth, 
we must all be responsible for it." Kofi Annan

Here is the link to the UN website:

Here are the 17 GOALS developed for the UN Project. Plenty of great information and also teaching tools for each of the 17 Goals. 

"On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.There is also an APP that you can download from the app store on IOS & Android.
I thank you for stopping by, taking the time to view my art journal pages and maybe even check out the sources I found. I hope you also join me in this year long discovery! Keep up with all of the incredible artists involved and their projects here;

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Starting From the Same Place: Artist Collaboration

I'm really honored to be a part of this Artist Collaboration: Starting From the Same Place organized by the uber talented Tina Walker. The premise was simple...everyone who agreed to this collaboration received all the same materials that had to be used in the projects, we could add to it but couldn't subtract! Sounds easier than it turned out be. You can see all the products and materials we received in the photo below.
FIRST a big huge shout-out to these sponsors who graciously 
helped in this collaboration!

I added a few of my go-to products also:
Prima Art Stones Large & Mini
Vintage Glass Glitter
Lampwork Bead
Brass Mermaid
My starting point.

So with all of these wonderful products I created 

The background is a piece of handmade paper and I covered the wood frame with the fabric included.  It's hard to see but if you look close the 2nd piece of fabric was cut and applied at the bottom of the wood frame before I started to layer in all the pieces.  

Can you find the butterfly in this corner?

Relics & Artifacts Clam Shell resin blanks

Seashells & Coral

The project doesn't stop there. I've created a pocket to keep some of my personal photos from different beaches I've visited on the back of the wood frame.

The Stencil Girl stencil pattern was created by applying Art_C Wax Paste in Metallic Gold. I love the way it came out!

Thank you for stopping by! I encourage you to visit the different artists either through their blogs or on FaceBook. To see the different projects using the same products will be an interesting trip through various styles & original creative ideas.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to Use Sandra Everton's RELICS and ARTIFACTS in HOME DECOR

When I first discovered the Relics and Artifacts products created by Sandra Evertson I was just creating them as little jewels to be enjoyed. Some of my first ones were created with what I identify the most with...the ocean, sand, seashells, sea glass and broken coral. Many of these have been collected on my vacations to Dunedin, FL. and Sand Key Park. I also have a huge collection of broken and junk jewelry that I have rescued from my sisters antique store. 

I've had requests to buy them but I can't part with them. I tell myself that these gems are prototypes but the reality is they represent me. Now the problem was how to display them in my home. I searched the internet for a storage case, a shadow box and I stumbled upon exactly what I had in mind {oh how I love when that happens}. I found these fabulous glass and mirrored display boxes on clearance at pottery

Let me show you my little gems before when just completed and after in their permanent home.

Notice this one lonely Relics and Artifacts's waiting for the NEW releases of these incredible resin pieces created by Sandra Evertson. I can tell you that there are some SHELLS in that new release. 

Not every piece is done with the ocean fact many aren't but again I want them to be displayed so others can view them. So this is where it started.

And this is how I transformed it into a piece of home decor. I used a piece of vintage wallpaper that I painted and applied to a 5x7" birch panel that also had been prepared with paint. The door plaque and key came from my home in Buffalo, NY and I left it just as is with it's original patina. A few embellishments completed this piece. It is now displayed on a cabinet in my living room.

I encourage you, if you haven't already, go to Sandra Evertson's website to read about the background story, check out the R&A Ambassadors and the various designs that you can purchase. There is a fabulous FaceBook group that you can join where you will just be surrounded with the most beautiful pieces of art. You can also follow on Instagram

Thanks again for joining me and looking at what I've created. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Relics and Artifacts with Sandra Evertson

What would it take to get me back to blogging? I tried in 2015...FAIL! Not that I wasn't creating art but just had too much on my plate. So here I am again...JANUARY  March 2016...going to try again!

I discovered back in November a new product to me. Being the information seeker I am I jumped right in and did my research. My research led me to the Sandra Evertson website and her Relics and Artifacts resin products. The irony was that was the day the Ambassadors were being announced. Lo & Behold one of my favorite artists, the uber talented Louise Nelson, was named as an ambassador. The last time I saw Louise was at the 2013 Winter CHA were we were celebrating the fact that we were Design Team members for the Original Tattered Angels under the auspices of Wendy Senger.

Needless to say I immediately ordered some of the fabulous resin pieces from Sandra's website. I highly recommend that you make a trip there and you will see all the glorious designs and products. My words can't possibly do this justice. You will see some fabulous projects created by the talented Ambassadors. Also check out the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Tribe group on Facebook, relicsandartifacts on Instagram and on SnapGuide.

Sandra Everton Website
I want to share SOME of my first projects with you so you can see the versatility of these incredible resin pieces {photo heavy}:

So now that I've written this blogpost I am determined to contribute a couple times a month. Don't hold it against me if I don't. In my free time I really would rather be CREATING ART!

I can be found here:
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Thanks for stopping by!