Isn't it glorious? I love this beautiful little "fing"! It is very precious. I can hold it in my hand and no one would ever know. Like a talisman. That Tejae, she is amazing! I am so lucky! Need I say more? Of course I will. I met her online and then I met her in person at Artfest last year, where we traded charms and now she is my art buddy. She will begin teaching soon, she's just so good at working with polymer clay. It will be at the Artist's Nook in Colorado, October 13.
Tejae has inspired me as well in another area, collage and mixed media art on paper. Especially ATC's.
So on Friday morning my husband took the kids away for the weekend, kind of a "last gasp" summer outing for all of us. I didn't go. But the outing was for me as well, so I could get some much needed personal and creative time. Since sleep is not a priority, I loaded a whole #$%&*@! of stuff upstairs and covered the dining room table and every chair with it. That took 2 hours. I was playing, and no one was here to do any eating on that table. Sorry no photo of the table, but here is a photo of the view from the cabin. I know they had a good time.
I watched "Marie Antoinette" and ate my dinner on the sofa. OH, that was a sad movie! I couldn't live that lonely life, money and fancy clothes notwithstanding. Then, when I was good and ready I started to work. I made 47 ATC's! No I didn't sleep that night. I watched the sun come up and went to bed on Saturday morning. I got to sleep about 8 am and was wide awake by 11, 3 hours later. Damn that internal clock telling me I shouldn't be sleeping THEN! There was no more sleep to be had yesterday, and I went to bed at 1:30 last night. But I am doing fine today, and everyone is back safe and sound. I am back to being the reason (good and bad) for everything that happens in their lives.
Here is the grid I made with "flickr toys".
Isn't it great? Aren't I clever? That's what the computer screen said after I was done, so it was all worth it.
Click on each of these to see each whole original photo on flickr.
1. 6 ATC grid, 2. ATC 27, 3. ATC 23, 4. ATC 28, 5. ATC 29, 6. ATC 30, 7. ATC 26, 8. ATC 25, 9. ATC 24, 10. ATC 34, 11. ATC's 2, 12. ATC 31, 13. ATC 33, 14. ATC 32, 15. ATC 36, 16. ATC 37, 17. ATC's 3, 18. ATC 35, 19. ATC 3, 20. ATC 17, 21. ATC's 5, 22. ATC 8, 23. ATC 6, 24. ATC 9, 25. ATC 18, 26. ATC 11, 27. ATC 13, 28. ATC 5, 29. ATC 14, 30. ATC's 6, 31. ATC's 4, 32. ATC 19, 33. ATC 1, 34. ATC's 7, 35. ATC 7, 36. ATC 20
I am showing you some more finished work now.
Transfers on metal - part 2
see part 1 at post dated August 10th
These are my metal transfers all dimensional with the Golden GAC 800, and sealed with this great Resin Spray I got from Tap Plastics. It is a clear gloss finish sealer. You can also use Krylon UV-resistant Clear Acrylic spray. Actually, I like the resin spray better. Fewer coats and it is glossier.
I made sure the edges of the metal were sanded on both sides so they aren't sharp and haven't got little barbs. Remember the metal was from cookie tin bases? Then I made holes with one of those screw metal hole punches and added the tiny 1/16th eyelets. I even tried some pieces with a backing made from a patterned cookie tin cut out. That way the pendants are even stronger and thicker and even less likely to cut someone. Right now these are pendant components that I can use to make bigger pieces later. I'll have to come back and work on those again later.
Here is a flower that we have growing like a bush in our backyard. Does anyone know what it's called? I can't remember. Please help me if you know. I think it is so pretty. So I picked one and left it on my table and took pictures of it through its wilting and ageing, drying a little more each day. I love every stage. It ended up becoming dry as paper but kept the color it has in the last photo.
So this is what the screen said after I made this little grid.
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." — Kahlil Gibran