Monday, March 12, 2018

Charlotte's Garden Nicho

Today,my project for Gwen's Artist Tribe is my use of a Going Global Mexican Nicho,which I have turned into a magical garden for my Frozen Charlotte.

Gwen carries a wide variety Mexican Nichos in her store;with shapes varying from a flaming heart,a hand,and also a Nicho shaped as a Well with a Bird! Have a look here in her online store.
Mine started out this way-beautiful as is,but I love my color!

For those of you unfamiliar with Nichos, I found this bit of information online at Wikipedia.
I chose the Materials part to share:
"Nichos are made of objects that can be easily purchased or scavenged in the home or community. The media are characteristically humble for a religious object, especially compared to the typically ornate icons of the Catholic Church. The shadow box itself is easily converted from a cigar box or other mass-produced wooden container, but can also be constructed from any lightweight wood, recycled tin, or glass. The colorful designs on the box and borders are created not only with paint, but also with sequins, glitter, chain, thread or rope, paper mache, and any small bric-a-brac. Other ornaments within nichos include milagro charms, beads, stones, nails, and other manufactured and found objects."

So now that you know a bit more about Nichos,on with the show!
My first step was to gesso the tin Nicho using black as my base.
While that was drying I started to choose my elements.

Chum got in on it as well,helping my pick out which Chiyogami Papers might work best. 
He loves Gwen's mixed media supplies as much as me! teeheehee

Here I pulled out a handful of my stash of treasured miniatures to use as well as a Frozen Charlotte doll.
Next out came my bags of Turkman Jewelry Parts and a Jewelry Curated Stash Pack from Gwen's store.

This is where the in process pictures stopped as I just started creating and could not stop!
I dry-brushed several layers of Paper Artsy colors,which I will share below,as well as Iridescent Gold and Iridescent Copper over the black gesso.

Once the paints were dry,Chum and picked our favorite Chiyogami Paper from the Exotic Japanese Paper Sampler and I aged it with a watered down coat of Quinachridone Gold.
After the paper was secured with Tacky Glue, using my awl,I punched in two holes behind the Sunburst.Through these holes I hung Gwen's Czech Butterfly Glass Beads which were strung with gold thread. A few other butterfly beads were glued to the back and sides,inside the Nicho.

Next I added a few tiles to the inside base,two were made for me by my sweet internet friend,Felicia Aaron (thank you💜)and the third is a G for garden. 
The tiles made Charlotte's walkway and also gave her a bit of height.
At this point,I added a few bisque flower pieces,a vintage plastic bird and the lovely yellow flower Czech Glass Beads,again from Gwen's online store!
Lastly added,along with Charlotte is her vintage aqua poodle dog! Charlotte's poodle was a vintage sweater pin and now has become her favorite friend,whom she calls Skyy.
door open for better photos

After the inside was complete,as lovely as it was,I decided the outside of Charlotte's Garden needed decor as well.

To the purple flowers,I added some Glossy accents to give them a bit of shine.
Using various sizes of wire and jump rings,I beaded together various Turkman jewellery parts,colorful beads and some of my favorite yellow flower Czech Glass Beads.


The I remembered that I still had two of these gorgeous peacocks from Gwen's store.
Surely one would be perfect for the top of the Nicho!
A bit of paint applied in layers and a coat of Glossy Accents and this beauty was glued on~Front & Center!
And that completes Charlotte's Garden Nicho
 Pretty magical,don't you think?

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you found a bit of inspiration and maybe also found a few things you need from Gwen's store! 
Chum and I going shopping again tomorrow!
peace & love
Jackie ")

Products from Gwen Lafleur's online store:

Global Mexican Nichos with Sunburst

Beautiful Butterfly Czech Glass Beads

Fabulous Florals Czech Glass Beads 

Going Global Turkman Jewelry Parts

Jewely Curated Stash Packs

Proud Peacock~Bronze Peacocks Findings

Exotic Orient Japanese Chiyogamy Paper Sampler

Other products used:
 Paper Artsy Fresco Paints in shades of
Glacier Ice 
Beach Hut
Spanish Mulberry
Here in the states you can purchase these from
Frantic Stamper 
Simon Says Stamp 

Golden Paints used Iridescent Gold (Fine) Iridescent Copper (Fine) Quinachridone Gold

Ranger Glossy Accents

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Finnabair's Heavy Black Gesso

Vintage stash items-my miniature collection

Playing along with-

Mixed Media World~Anything Goes

Paper Artsy~ Topic#4 Whimsy

More Mixed Media Challenge~Anything Goes with the option of Green
~Have green wallpaper inside the Nicho

That's Crafty~Spring Into Action

Sunday, March 4, 2018

more mail love

Good Sunday morning everyone!
Last post I promised a bit more mail love and so here it is!!

 Some of you,many of you,may be familiar with Lynne Moncreiff of Adorn.I have been an enthusiastic,(well maybe her #1-in my mind) fan of her and her art since i first discovered her. Lynne is a regularly published artist for most if not all of Stampington's magazines and her style is uniquely hers.Well this lovely,dear friend,has generously created and sent me some of her artwork.
All the way from Scotland!

In this wonderful package, Lynne also included a packet of tea,mmmm and a small bar of the most delicious dark chocolate I have eaten to this date! Yum! Simply Scrumptious I tell you!
On the backs of the artwork and tag, Lynne wrote to me beautiful words of encouragement and support of my artwork.
 This means the world dear Lynne, and I so very much appreciate you,my friend and our faraway relationship.
Thank you sweet Lynne! 💜💜

Up an assortment of colors, like I've never seen!
My childhood friend and neighbor Jennifer Gammon Murphy,and I grew up across the street from one another. Almost everyday we were outside playing kickball,ghost in the graveyard or Barbies and staying overnight at one another's houses! 
Now,as adults we still have much in common. Jen,has also grown into a hoarder/collector like me! LOL Only Jen actually sells the vintage things she buys!teehee 
Jen's successful company, LadyJaneVintage specializes in vintage clothing,and she does quite a business for set designers and the like!  I am so proud and happy of and for Jen!
anyway, Jen was out carousing the local thrift shops and saw some beautiful bags of material. After reading my numerous,love posts about Gwen's Irresistible Sari Scraps. Jen told me she had seen something I might have liked.
Well,didn't she go back to that store,and was lucky(for me)enough to find the bags still there?
 She sent off to me a package with 6 bags of various color and sizes of GORGEOUS Batik material
These are just a few of the pieces,I share,as there are so many more delicious colors and designs.

Jen sure does know how to make a heart happy and a girl jump for joy!

Thank you so much Jen for all the love~I am so happy we grew up together and still share such a close family connection!

That's it for this Sunday morning, I do hope your day is filled with sunshine and happiness!
Mine is sunny already and I have a very special friend visiting for the weekend, SherieWeiserEddy. ssshhhh she is still sleeping, but when she gets up, it's back out to the Art Barn for some heavy duty creating and fun!
Jackie ")

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sharing the love

This is long over due,but today I am sharing some special gifts I have received in the past few months

 I won these fabulous stencils from GioGioCraft
Gio has her own line of stencils and I was lucky enough to win her giveaway and choose my prize!

this is one of the pages I started using Gio's stencils
 My package from Gio,all the way from Italy!(top on my bucket/dream list) contained not only these stencils,but this handmade accessory bag with her own beautiful artwork on!swoon...
     and she also gifted me this gorgeous Midori journal!
 If you are a regular at Gio's blog or YouTube ,you will know she is famously talented for creating and designing Midori travel journals,which I am now the proud owner of one,as well as designing her own stencils,creating mini books,sharing tutorials and her Fantastic play with color!!Her fun way with colors is what drew me to her and kept me coming back!
Grazie Bella Gio!

 Then just before Christmas another package arrived,okay three different ones arrived.
 Over at Just Add Water Silly Jenn had a giveaway,a plentiful giveaway!

Part of the giveaway was Jenn's recently reviewed, fabulously cool work book ~ Tangle Starts by Alice Hendon of the Creator's Leaf
Alice generously sent me this book as part of Jenn's giveaway! Thank you Alice!

just look at this glorious color!!! my only issue with this book of journal pages is they are so pretty I hate to add to them! heeheehee 
Jenn graciously added the set of four pens shown in the photos to this giveaway.
Jenn had also recently shared how she used a Hahnemuehle postcard tin as a DIY palette.
So,also included in the giveaway were these Tangle Tile Tins from Hahnemuehle.

here is a little something I have started working on with my tiles.
Hahnemuehle was so generous and sent me four tins of tiles to play with.These are great for traveling with and tangling Zen time!
Thank you so much Hahnemuehle for your generosity~I am having so much fun with these!

Next up is my beautiful assemblage of beads,vintage and newer sent from my dear friend and Tribe Sister,Linda Edkins Wyatt
I have already started to use these lovelies on some of my recent projects~here

bags and bags and even tins and bins-oh my! teehee
It was difficult to photograph through the bags,so here are some of the beads sorted and rehoused.
 Thank you so much Linda!
I just love these beauties!!

 are you feeling the love yet?
 This beautiful tag was sent from my Tribe Sister Jill McDowell.
all my ooohhing and aaahhing over her recently made tag collection must have got to her...and she sent me off this gorgeous tag she created! I LOVE it Jill!
Seriously,I did drool a bit on my laptop.
 Jill's creativity just amazes me,thank you friend!
 And finally for today,I share with you this gorgeous wrapping of homemade yarn by another Tribe Sister,Lynda Shoup.
Lynda and I share the same love of hoarding recycling materials. But Lynda is so much more resourceful than I!
 Do you see those bits of aqua/teal in there? Those are scraps of Gwen's handmade Papers that Lynda just could not part with. So,(don't ask me how)but she was able to weave all of this goodness together into some of the most scrumptious yarn I have ever seen! 
 I just don't know if I can part with this beauty! It's softness is just divine!! 
Thank you so much Lynda~
such a special gift!

 So much love and sharing in one post!
I am happy to call these generous and talented artists,
my friends as well.
 The art community is really so giving~beyond sharing common interests we also our time,ideas,materials,inspiration,well everything! I am blessed and proud to be part of this wonderful art world,as you see,it is about the world,as in Gio's generous giveaway,all the way from Italy! Where else could you meet and connect with so many like minded creatives but here on the artists interweb!

Thank you my internet friends who are part of this community~I am blessed to have you in my life!
 A bit more love coming in another post this week- stay tuned!
Peace & Love
Jackie ")