Mixed Media Bird collages

I found these two wood Easter plaques at Goodwill, but they had come from Target’s Dollar spot.

I like the using ‘box type’ design for making collages.  The sides of these were already colors and designs that I liked and could work with!

I had some pretty new paper napkins with bird eggs on them that I was itchin’ to play with, so I decided on a bird theme for these two plaques.

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A few layers of book pages, then the napkin, then a couple more book pages cut into ‘fancy shapes’, then a rectangle from a Chinese magazine and a bird illustration from a bird book.  A quote from a book and of COURSE, a crown!

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What do you think of my new photo backdrop?

With all the warm and dry weather we’ve been having I got a few ‘personal’ painting projects done.  One of which was this shelf and the table it sits on.  This ‘shelf’ is actually 1/2 of an old coffee table that was once a display shelf in my booth at Stars.

These are the pictures from ‘back when’ I used them as display shelves in my booth.   I’m now using the half coffee table as  a shelf atop halr of a dining table that is in my ‘office’ (which should be the dining room!)

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The lamp has always been in this spot.  I bought it to go with this collection of similarly shaped bottles; which used to be on a shelf in my living room.  I had hoped to figure out a way to display them all together in the living room; but I just couldn’t make it work.  So I settled for this set up; which I like just fine.

And the second collage; styled fairly similarly to the first one.

I extended the napkins over the edges, and they are sheer enough that the original side color and design show through.

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This is really my FAVORITE part of them!  hehe

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Since the pieces were rectangular in shape, I oriented them in different directions.

They are available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

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New ‘fauxzen Charlotte’ project

I’ve been trying to think of a new way to use my faux Frozen (fauxzen) Charlotte’s.  So, I decided to look back in my blog to see what all I had done with them in the past.  I honestly FORGET about some of the projects I’ve done, until I SEE them again!

Wow!!  A lot more than I thought I had done!  I’m not sure there IS anything NEW left to do with them!?!

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It was a pretty quick and simple project.  Vintage book pages background and wings; die cut crowns from metallic paper.  I tied some tea stained cheesecloth on the top and added some cute little charms.  Bam!

Prettied up trinket boxes

Cute little trinket box with magnetic closure makes for a quick and easy make-over.  (found the box at dollar store!)

I cut a piece of paper big enough to cover the existing image; but left the pretty border still visible.

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Then I glued a stamped piece of muslin on top of that; just a little off-center.

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I added a little scrap of matching paper to the underside of the lid.

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The sticky label on the bottom of this one just so happened to peel off perfectly; which is NOT usually the case.  IF it had not come off without damaging the bottom of the box, I would have glued another piece of paper to the bottom as well.

Just so happened to find another box at a different store, with the exact same design.  Went with a simpler design on this one.  Covered the whole top and front with vintage dictionary page; added a vintage post card image and a ‘paper’ key.

This one is a soap box that I saved.

This one had a very pretty design on the existing paper, so I just needed to partly cover it.  A piece of paper and a crown stamped on muslin, off-center.

A little piece of matching paper to cover the ‘non-removable’ label on the bottom of the box.

And a little piece on the underside of the lid ‘just for fun’ (this piece wasn’t really ‘necessary’ because it’s not covering anything  . . . I just thought it added a little interest!)

Mini mixed media easel collages

I did the ‘backgrounds’ on these a while ago, along with several others.  Set them aside for a while until I decided what MORE to do with them.

Assorted scrap papers, book pages, sheet music and pattern tissue papers.  No real ‘method’; just layer upon layer upon layer until it ‘feels’ right.

This is what the easels looked like when I bought them at Dollar Tree several years ago.

I decided they would make cute backgrounds for the Fimo fauxzen Charlotte’s that I make.  It’s really handy having the attached easel.

This first one I added just a ‘bust’; with kraft cardboard wings and cut one of my mini sheet music crowns in half to glue the flat side to the backing.

Some Monarch butterfly wings and a paper crown on this one.

Monarch butterfly wings #2; the other half of the previous sheet music crown and letters cut from a book.

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I’ve only taken this one to Stars; saving the rest for ?????

MORE banners

So, while I had all my banner making supplies spread out all over the living room; I found some MORE supplies to use up.

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These bigger, glitter-edged letters are pretty ‘fancy’ as is, so I opted for a simple vintage sheet music backing.  (after trying out a LOT of other design options!)  These cut-out  paper the letters are made from paper that looks like faded book pages.

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For these, and whenEVER possible, I do ‘hole punches’ for adding the hanging string to the banner.  MUCH less time-consuming than gluing string or ribbon to the back.

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I had three full sets of this particular lettering; with 2-3 of each letter; so after I used up all the D’s and M’s I had on these dream banners, I still had a LOT of letters left.  But not a lot of options for  words to spell, with some letters having been used up.  So I laid out all that I have left to see what other words I could spell.

 I had used up all the sheet music backings that I had pre-made, also; so I went with dictionary pages for the Paris banners.  (* I make the banner backings ahead of time and always have a stash of them on hand.  That way, when I’m in a creating mood I can get right to it; without as much ‘prep work’ before hand.  Plus I like to have ‘busy work’ to do while I am watching TV, and this kind of thing is perfect for that!)P1260790

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On this one, that I already took to Stars; I used tea stained sheet music for the backing.  (but I only had enough of the tea stained pages to do one banner)

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I sure hope ‘DREAM’ banners are popular because I now have a LOT of them.  NOW I just need to figure out what to do with all the left-over ‘odd’ letters . . . . Q – X – V = Z – J   . . . . .   Maybe for some altered art projects??

DREAM Banners

Believe it or not, I’m STILL using up some of the left-over supplies from back when we had our shop!  I donated a LOT of it before I moved last summer.  Sold quite a bit at a garage sale that I had after I moved last summer; and am continuing to ‘purge as I go’ in an attempt to make room to actually WORK in my craft room.

These “DREAM” scrapbook embellishment letters were my latest ‘victim’:

I had a LOT of them and really wanted to use the ALL up; and without needing to buy any new supplies to finish up with them.  (which is another challenge in and of itself; am I right, crafters???)

First I made the bigger ones, using up some burlap covered paper I had on hand; aqua paper doilies, dictionary page rosettes and scalloped edge die cuts.

When I ran out of the burlap paper, I made them using kraft card-stock for the backing.

When I ran out of the Kraft card-stock, but STILL had not used up all the letters;  I made some smaller sheet music backings; and used the same scallop edge die cut backings for the letters.  I COULD have made these as big as the burlap ones; and added the doily and rosette.  But I figured of they were going to be ‘different’ make them really DIFFERENT.

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I did package the bigger burlap banners, but they have to be folded up to do so.

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So, for displaying them in my booth at Stars, I hang one of them; and put the packages below.

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Trying my hand at some mixed media art

Mixed Media Angel Plaque

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Still ‘sorting and purging’ the craft supplies that I didn’t get rid of before I moved.

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Came across this ‘thrifted’ plaque (which originally had a simple abstract design) in a box of frames,  It was either ‘USE it or donate it’ time . . . . I decided to use it.

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I had NO IDEA what I was going to make of it when I first started.  I applied a page of sheet music; then layers of old clothing patterns, extending over the edges.

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I ‘tested’ some assorted papers and thought about making it a ‘vintage key collage’; but I’ve dome LOTS of those.  Forcing myself to do NEW things right now . . .  and I settled upon painting an angel.

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It took two coats of acrylic craft paint to cover the paper.  It’s been a while since I’ve painted eyes . . .and does it ever show!  sigh.  Then I outlined everything with a black Sharpie.

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I glued a piece of gold pipe cleaner for her halo; and some little gold metallic stars on her wings.  I thought about giving her a tiny ‘key charm’ necklace, but the chain didn’t look quite right; so I settled for painting a heart on her chest.

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Painting OVER the edges was new to me, so I only attempted it with the wings.

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Here you can better tell the size, fairly smallish at just 8″ x 8″; even though it’s not a very good ‘photo’.  The flash made a lot of glare and the lamp is reflecting in the glass in the lantern on the right, completely obstructing the ceramic bust.

SO, that was my new adventure for now.  I’m TYING to ‘ease my way’ into less ‘physical labor intensive’ projects.  I’m not getting in younger, after all!

Hard Cover Journals

Finally using up the last of this batch of hard cover journals.

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Plain ‘kraft’ covers with tea stained, lined pages.  I bought these WAAAAY back when we very first opened our shop in Hillsboro.  They were really popular back then and VERY hard to find.  I had to order them by the CASE of 50 from a wholesaler to get them.  I had completely forgotten that I even had a few left.  Came across them when I was packing to move last Spring.  Finally getting around to doing something with them!

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I only had 2 of them that had not been base coated with white paint.

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I just added some vintage book pages and key images to these two.

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These two have gone to my booth at Stars.

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Love how they look next to the old photos, and on this drop leaf table.  this just might be my new favorite color combo!  Kraft tan and aqua.

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The rest of them had been base coated black, then painted a creamy white.  I sanded them with my orbital sander before embellishing them.

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Remember this paper napkin design from the little trays  I did  a while back?

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The design covers the entire opened up napkin, so I could cover several journals with one napkin.

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I used Mod Podge to adhere the napkins to the journals.  A coat of Mod Podge to the cover; lay the image in place and smooth out as needed.  Let dry and apply a top coat of Mod Podge.  Pretty quick and easy.

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I ‘could have’ cut the image larger and extended over the edges of the front, but I kind of like the look of a bit of a border.

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I used this napkin for the rest of the journals.

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For some reason I was having a hard time removing the ‘second layer’ of the napkin on this design; to the point that I actually thought that maybe it WAS just a one-ply!

The journal on the right is the one WITH the second ply.  I finally figured that when I had cut the pieces to size using my paper cutter that it ‘sealed’ the edges of the two plys together.  I WAS able to remove that second ply on the rest of them.  Not sure it really makes that much of a difference though.  At least not with this color.

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I debating whether or not these are ‘done’ yet.  They might need a little quote of some kind added to the front??

Haven’t decided if these will go to Stars or my etsy shop.

Adding some GLITTERED crowns to my repertoire

I love glitter.  I loathe working with glitter.  I detest the ‘aftermath’ of working with glitter; IE the fact that it gets EVERYWHERE!   That being said, I NEEDED to make some glittered crowns to add to my offerings.

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I re-use the cardboard from old cereal boxes for my crowns.  On the sheet music crowns, I cover the printed side of the cardboard with the sheet music, which leaves the inside of the crown, plain.

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For the glittered crowns, since I have to glitter the plain side of the cardboard, I have to cover the printed side with ‘something’.  I used some old dictionary pages.  (not convinced that I will continue doing this.  I haven’t decided if it distracts from the look too much, or not).

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***   CUT YOUR CARDBOARD TO LENGTH.

***  COVER THE PRINTED SIDE WITH PAPER.

***  GLUE INTO A CIRCLE OF YOUR SELECTED SIZE WITH PAPER INSIDE; PLAIN PART OUTSIDE (for GLITTER crowns)

***  CUT YOUR CROWN POINTS.

*** BRUSH GLUE ONTO HALF OF THE OUTSIDE OF THE CROWN AND SPRINKLE ON YOUR GLITTER.  LET DRY.  GLITTER THE OTHER HALF.

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The glittered crowns are pretty enough left ‘as is’, without any embellishment; bit I like to add a little something.

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I used crepe paper rosettes on this first batch.

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Glittering the edges is pretty.  Gently brush glue along the very edges of your rosette.  Pour your glitter into a shallow container and gently ‘roll’ those glued edges in the glitter.  Let dry.

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Another way to embellish the rosette with glitter is to gently brush the glitter on the top of the folds and sprinkle with glitter.

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I have two sizes of these scalloped edge circle paper punches; and like to stack them to embellish my rosettes.  Adding glitter to the smaller ones was a hassle because I had to do it in two steps in order to cover the whole thing AND be able to hold it to apply the glue and glitter.  My solution?  Glue a little scrap piece of paper to the back to make a ‘tab’ to hold onto.  VOILA!  I can glue and glitter the entire front all at once.  Once dry, just snip the tab off.

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The two different styles of glittered rosettes side by side, with scalloped centers.

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If the crown fits . . . . wear it! (more…)

Published in: on March 23, 2016 at 10:13 pm  Comments (1)  

Head count

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My mannequin head collection started with these three vintage ones.  The one on the left, I covered with torn vintage dictionary pages, and mounted on the round wood base from a cheese board.

You can see how I made the tallest one in the center HERE.

The one on the right I actually left ‘as found’; just added a bit of spray varnish to prevent further ‘shedding’.

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I made this one last year from a NEW styro head that I bought at the craft store.  Not really caring for the look and feel of styrofoam, I covered with paper mache then sanded to smooth it out.  I glued a glass bowl to the bottom of this one and spray painted the whole thing a flat white.

The reason I ‘add things’ to the bases of these heads is to give them some ‘weight’  and a broader base,

so they don’t tip over too easily when used at a show or in my booth.

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Here is my latest addition to the collection.  Found this vintage head at an estate sale and it was a very WEIRD shaped face!?!  Very flat nose bridge and very BIG eye sockets . . .and NO mouth!  Looked like an alien head to me!!

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I covered this one with vintage sewing pattern pieces.  Just tore up an old pattern into small pieces and applied them with white glue.

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For the base on this one, I glued on a vintage wood bowl that I had painted black.

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Just a little bigger than the base of the head is a perfect fit.

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Modeling one of my newest crowns.

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And the gangs all here!  Displayed on the shelf above my bed until they are called to duty.

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And the all white one is now ‘on duty’ in my booth at Stars in this just added crown display.

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I’m ‘test marketing’ assorted sizes.  I’ve made small and full size ones before, just not displayed and sold them at the same time.

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Will be interesting to see which size sells better.

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The small ones, for just decorative use.

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Or the bigger ones that are actually wearable.

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Candle stands make cute displays for the smaller ones.

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Some are ‘bear’ size.

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‘Almost’ vintage cherub size.

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I wish I could find more of this vintage, WIDE, eyelet lace.  I tea stained it and stiffened it before adding the embellishments.

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Yes, this is what I use a lot of those crepe paper rosettes for.

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These crowns are now available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

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My favorite little model, PRICELESS!