Thursday, May 21, 2015

Geisha Charm Lantern

Today I am sharing another upcycled project and this time using M-DHobby&Craft Aluminum Sheet. 
Yes,this is the same cool stuff I used a few posts ago on my springtime fairy atc.

 I started with a lantern I had that was already sporting the worn look I wanted. 
I measured one of the sides of the lantern,multiplied by4 then added a sminch more just in case. teehee
 Using tin snips and checking every so often,I cut my metal sheet(almost perfect)and gently wrapped it around the lantern,being careful not to bend too much;I wanted rounded sides and not hard edges.
 Next,I secured the metal together with a fine piece of wire molded into a latch.
 The next step was to add fine wire for hanging my Geisha's.
 These wires I attached to the inside of the lantern stack using E6000 and clamping overnight. 
(yup, had to pry a clamp off-be careful with that glue-strong doesn't cover it!) 
Each wire was carefully bent over and flipped up at the ends to resemble a hook.
 My Geisha cards were made by using the collage sheet Geishas from AlteredPages.
Also used were specialty Asian papers from AlteredPages. (links shown below)
 Basically, I collaged my Geishas and Asian papers,both front & back,and added gold sticker embellishments. Each card then received a matching grommet and was ready for hanging.
 The hanging charm pieces I used were from a vintage necklace that I have been hoarding for just the right project! 
The photo below,shows a bit of sway from the cards and charms as the gentle wind blew across them.The fine wire gives just enough...
 A few photos at dusk to show off the lantern when lit and it's glorious stained glass shadow effects that the light casts.
 and a couple of photos reflecting the nighttime ambiance the lantern gives.

 Materials used:
AlteredPages~Geisha Collage Sheet
Asian Joss Papers-AlteredPages
Asian Joss Leaf Papers-AlteredPages
Gold Opulence Stickers-AlteredPages
Metal Aluminum sheet from M-D Hobby&Craft
Tin Snips
found  lantern
vintage jewelry pieces

 I do hope you enjoyed my walk-through and have been inspired to upcycle something used or create something new!!  
Please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks so much for your visit! 
Jackie ")

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Naturally sweet Vintage Vignette

 A repurposed plain 3 photo frame turned into a vintage vignette of Nature's sweetness!

No step by step today,just photos of color and texture and lovely natural elements. The colors as well as the ladies ephemera I used helped to achieve the vintage look I was going for.
The vintage costume jewelry bee pin fit right in!! 

The quote is by Victor Hugo and went perfectly with my piece!  

My inspiration came from Nichola Battilana of Pixie Hill
Nichola made a gorgeous triptych which she also filmed on  YouTube , give it a look! ")

 For the oozing and dripping honey , I used Nichola's technique of mixing a wee bit of paint with Glossy Accents and a bit of water for more flow.

  The flowers are all from my gardens this spring and were dryed with Silica and the Bumble Bees were all found in Nature.
(NO critters were harmed during the creating of this piece!)


Weapons of choice in no particular order! teeheehee
DecoArt Paints
Americana Multi-Satin
Muted Gold
                                                         Media Fluid Acrylics
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
English Red Oxide 
Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Yellow Oxide 
DecoArt Decou Page-Matte 
Sizzix Thinlits- Mixed Media Die
 Chicken Wire Stencil

Ranger Glossy Accents

McDonald's coffee

Linking up with the following challenges:
 Artist Trading Post-May Challenge-Create with found natural objects
 Anything But Cute Challenge#1-May-Vintage Garden
Mixed Media World Challenge-Vintage
Stamps And Stencils-Three of a kind
A Vintage Journey-Spring Colours
Mixed Media Monthly-Challenge#12-May Flowers

I really did have lots of fun with this one- hope you are inspired to use a bit of nature in your artwork!!
Thanks so much for visiting-Happy May!! 
Jackie ")

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The art in the middle of the console,was created for me by my artist friend,Joseph Cuccurullo

 Our home has an eclectic mix vintage art as well as modern pieces and works of friends and our own.
Being the treasure seekers that we are, we keep a regular source of vintage art to change up our look every-now and again.

       Today's post is all about 
Living with Art
For those of you not familiar with
 Seth Apter,,
Seth has been showing a series of artist's homes and how they live with their art,whether it is their own or others. Today is my turn up on his blog. Make sure to go over to Seth's and check out the previous weeks-definitely some real cool artists spaces shared of their homes as well as vignettes of artwork.
    Thank you Seth,for putting together another outstanding series! 

  Let's take a tour of our home and see the art we live with each day!
my piece on the right


 Kitchen holds my collection of pottery from Mexico as well as my folks copper tea kettle

This fun piece I found at a yard sale and had to have!! LOL

   Computer Room
 I have been collecting vintage pottery since I was a young girl- before it was ever popular to collect,this is my scaled down collection,my favorites after having sold off most of it.
 Mini pieces of pottery as well as coral and some gems from Arkansas my husband gathered as a child.
 I love these vintage fruit pieces,as you can see below, the other two are in the first photo.

  Found this piece of art at a garage sale and had to have it!! 
Probably parlor art from the 60's or 70's.
 I just love the lines and composition-very modern!!
 Some of my favorite art. This cross stitch was done by my Dad when he was in the service.
And of course photos of my sons,parents and grandparents.

Next up,my studio,which houses some of my art...

 as well as some from others.

My collection of paper dolls include dolls from Darlene Campbell, Mary Jane Chadborne,Janet Ghio,JoAnn,Pupchick 

 Here are some tags and cards from all around the world internet artist friends.
Win Dinn&Denise-B.C.,Chel C-Arizonia,Dana-Washington, 
Ruth-Belgium,Judy-Massachusetts, Roni-Indiana,
Bev-Austraila and Trisha-Montana
Other pieces of my pottery collection include some from Utah and Louisiana.Some are Raku pieces,more contemporary pottery with gorgeous coloring!

And two of my most favorite and treasured pieces- the angel above,made by son Len in kindergarten
And the compilation of art below, made by youngest son Lindsey. I treasure these pieces the most.

The circular piece in the frame is a drawing of Sonic the Hedgehog-spinning. 
 Linds and I used to play together on the Sega Console,and yup, he always beat my score! 

Thanks so very much for joining me and I do hope you enjoyed the tour,because I enjoyed sharing with you! 
Till next time! 
Jackie ")

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Springtime Fairy ATC

  Hello Thursday and welcome AP blog followers!
  Time for my first post this month using our partner product-M-D Hobby&Craft -Aluminum Metal Sheets.

After cutting my sheet to size with tin snips,I painted the metal with DecoArt Americana Spa Blue acrylic paint and covered the edges with Washi tape.
 Next I  cut out a fairy and friend from AlteredPages collage sheet- Little Fairies-AP1554
 The graphic was fancy cut , then glued to black cardstock and the cutout again, leaving a bit of the black around the edges for dimension. Next I coated the fairy and friend with DecoArt DuraClear Gloss varnish.

My next step was to color my AlteredPages Flower Trim from green to a matching blue.

Time to audition my pieces

  My finished Springtime Fairy atc!
I love how the sun shines through the metal sheet and creates that neat design on the table!

 Products used: 
M-D Hobby&Craft-Aluminum Metal Sheet
AlteredPages Embellishments~Flower Trim
 AlteredPages Collage Sheet~ LittleFairies1554
Miniature mushrooms-RetroArtCafe
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint~Spa Blue
Prima Art Basics 3D Gloss gel
washi tape

Thanks for checking in
Jackie ")

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