Saturday, December 4, 2010

Last week I helped five of my grandchildren make ginger bread houses out of graham crackers. The candy on them was so loaded down that they could hardly stand up straight. I love my grandchildren. They are the joy of my life.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

FOUR ZENTANGLES what is a Zentangle

Look it up on Google. I would just be repeating what someone else put so elegantly.

Three More Girls ATCs Nov 30 2010

I like to make sets of nine because that is how many I can put on one clear plastic page. So I showed you six already and here are the last three.

Painted a Primitive- ElizaMay

I painted a Primitive. I have not ever done this before but it was enjoyable. I added a flower for her hair and two red buttons. I named her "ElizaMay" THis measures 8 1/2 X 11 X 2 .

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tiny Mermaids in Sardine cans......

It is difficult to see these because the pictures were taken with a smaller, less sophisticated
camera than that of my husband's so they are not really clear. I have already sent
these mermaids in to the Magazine so it will be a while before I can take better pictures. I got the idea to make these when my son brought me a small stuffed mermaid while on his trip to Hawaii. I put it in a sardine can and hung it on the wall. It is very cute but I thought I would make my own rendition of them. These did not take long. I like the use of embossing powder on the tails. It makes them look more shiny and fish like.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New ATCs for Nov 27, 2010

I just made more ATCs. TOO addicting. I am hooked!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New ATCs for Nov 18, 2010

Fairy Tree for Charity Auction

I made this for Charity for Auction. It will be donated to the CJC (Children's Justice Center) next October to be Auctioned. I made it from an old shelf that I bought at a yard sale for $1.00. Then I made all the funny little fairy rooms and added a front that looks like a tree. It was fun but a lot of work. The camera was having issues and so was the lighting. Hope that you can see some detail. I will give more info in 11 months when it is donated. I am hoping to get more pictures of the other fun Doll Houses that will be donated there.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Round Head Fairies ATCs

I made these ATCs Today. These are made
on old Library index cards that I cut and
then used chalk on them. The art work is
all original. I call these my Round Head
Fairy ATCs. Made Nov 4 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Five New Fairy ATCs

The background is hand painted nice water color paper. When I get some nice colors to work with, then I cut them into 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch pieces to make my ATCs. I use a special tool to round the corners and add a nice matching ink to the edges. The art work is my own original fairies. These are then embellished with jewels, tiny flowers, glitter, sequins, beads, brads etc. I sign and date them. The other side gives all the specifics about each piece.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These 2 pages are made on Oct 18, 2010 by my other Grandson, Quinn. He LOVES dinosaurs and he loves to label and instruct. He makes me laugh. These are also made right into my own art journal. I love this kind of fun!
A page from a travel journal when I went to Seattle, Washington a few years ago. I love the cat on the screen door. I like to get my travel journals ready before I leave by adding color with inks or chalks. I usually take a small bag of paints, inks, stamps, glue and things like this but most of the stuff is put in while I am on the trip because I like to hunt for fun paper-type treasures along the way. This is one of my most favorite trips with my honey. Seattle is SO beautiful.

Evan's Art in my Art Journal

I LOVE to have my Grandchildren do art in my Art Journals. This is a two page layout by Evan done just today, Oct 27, 2010

I love the monsters and Vehicles that he creates. He makes them with a black Gel pen and then colors them. He colored this art with crayons because we were at the Dentist's office and that is what the office had on hand. I like his colored pencils even better.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Super Heroes Made by Grandsons--Mary

Here are the two oldest Grandsons with their own Super Hero Paper dolls that they made with the help of Grandma...............Love 'em! The dolls were shown in pics below from a previous post a few days ago.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

gold Fairy---Mary

One of my most favorite Fairies. I used old letters with the original stamp, old jewelry, feathers to match the stamp, hand made paper and gold leafing type paint. Enjoyed making her.



Super Heroes Made by Grandsons--Mary

My Grandsons wanted to make some Super Heroes, named after themselves of course. The one to the left is made by my Grandson, Quinn.
He named his guy Super-Quinn. He wanted Rockets under the arms and rockets on the shoes and behind the shoes. He was a little sad that I did not get to the cape before he had to leave though. The next one blow, to the middle here, is made by my Grandson, Micah...... and yes, he named him Super-Micah. You guessed it. That is why the big M on his shirt.
Then the one below and to the right here is made by my Grandson, Evan..........and I bet you can not guess what he named it........ok you give up?...Super-Evan. I love the six-pack muscles on the chest. I drew the pieces onto a blank piece of paper and let them color the pieces and make the head the way they wanted. The boys got to choose the color of brads as well. Then I punched the holes for the joints and we assembled them together. Evan insisted on a cape and since he was the first to get done, I had enough time to make his. The other boys may have made a cape when they got home. But they all LOVED their Super Heroes and they really liked the way they moved. The boys are highly creative(like their Grandma) and so I am sure they will have hours of fun with them. Evan had already started making a bad guy to contend against. I so enjoyed making these with my Grandsons. .....Art can be sun times together.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Day of the Dead Skeletons-Mary

I am totally not into Halloween but thought these Day of the Dead Skeletons were a little fun. I am selling about 20 of them on ebay. If you want one, just send me an email. I am selling them for $5.50 each and signing them. The skeleton is my original art and the pieces are cut and glued to two layers of black cardstock and cut out again. Each skeleton has 10 tiny brads to make them posable.
I sell my fairies for $15.00 to $20.00 each depending on the size and how long they took me to complete.
I think they are a little funny but can not bring myself to make witches. I am making some mummies though.

My little grandson who loves to make things-Mary

Not sure how clear this is. It was taken with my camera phone. It is my grandson, Quinn with some of his Dinosaurs. He is in second grade. All of my grandchildren know how much I love their art. I will be showing more of their art in the near future.

Body Painting Fake Tatoos-Mary

My Son-in-law wanted me to paint a rose on his arm for fun. It was something we do for entertaiment sometimes. Her name is Megan. It comes right off with a shower.

I used the same color of paint to create a butterfly in the middle of Megan's back.
I will be adding more Fake body paint Tattoos as I create more.
My youngest son and my son-in-law want me to design real tattoos for them.

Come See My Garden---Mary

THIS IS ME. I made the entire thing with hand-
painted papers. I took four water color paper and decided on four or five colors that complemented each other and painted them.

I flicked colors with a tooth brush. On some of the papers, I used salt to give it a grainy look. Then, like all my creations,
I then designed a face that looked like me in my youth. I used heavy black mat board to mount everything. I made little bird houses and drew intricate designs on them with gel pens. The flowers are cut from various sections of the hand painted paper. Flowers are inked on the edges to enhance the colors. I glued buttons
for the centers. She a paint brush in her left hand and a garden spade in her right. The bird houses open like little books that are journaled a little bit about various stages of my life. Everyone on her, including the bird houses, the flowers, the chicken, leaves are all cut from the hand-painted papers. I created the wings, by first writing about a dream that I had many years ago that changed my life for the better. Then I cut them into a nice shape of angel wings. I made the dress open like doors to display more of my life in garden journaling. This was so enjoyable to make and it will be a nice heirloom to pass onto to my children and grandchildren. The arms are movable because I used nice matching brads at the shoulder and elbow areas. So Come see my garden.