Art and Photography Mashup

I have several things to share with you today! I had an idea about two or three months ago and I was only able to complete it over the past weekend. I’d painted three background panels in three different styles for a mixed media project. I won’t share the photos of each of them because I really like how the collage photo came out. I’ll share that to save space, since I use the free version of WordPress and space is limited. I also have four photos I snapped and edited with Gimp for you to view. To find out more info about any of these items, please click on the photo you like here to be directed to my deviantArt page for each. (Info on the triptych is all on the same page at dA.) There, you’ll also be able to see which of them are available for purchase and in what form (print, canvas, art print, mug, magnet, cards, etc.) None of them are available to download.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"Dreamset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

“Dreamset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.

"Mystic Sunset" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

“Mystic Sunset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.

"Waking Dream" photo by Melody Kittles - If you'd like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

“Waking Dream” photo by Melody Kittles – If you’d like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

"One Crazy Day" photo by Melody Kittles - To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

“One Crazy Day” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, which I’ve had to sit on for a while. The absence of internet at our home has put a severe halt to how often I can share. I also have to choose which items seem the most important to share first. I’ve tried to upload my items in the order in which they were created but this set, I felt, needed to be grouped thus. I’ve been uploading current works as I complete them since we’re now able to go to the library on a somewhat regular basis. I thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my work and for your kind words and encouragement, which seem to come when I most need them. Thanks again!

Paintings!

I haven’t had much time to paint so far this year. I’ve only done three. I really like the first two, which are mixed media (ink/acrylics) done with a straw painting technique. The last one is a mixed media creation done in watercolors and acrylics. I’m happy enough with it but I still have a lot to learn about watercolors. I’m going to keep trying. I hope you enjoy these paintings of mine. If you do, please take a moment to leave a comment. I’ll be happy with constructive criticism, too. Also, if you really like what you see, please spread the word! These are up for sale at my deviantArt site. Thanks for reading!

"Inferno" - mixed media artwork by Melody R. Kittles - Please click the photo to visit my deviantArt site to read more about this piece and/or order your own print!

“Inferno” – mixed media artwork by Melody R. Kittles – Please click the photo to visit my deviantArt page to read more about this piece and/or order your own print!

"Dance" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - Please click the photo to learn more about this piece and/or order your own print at my deviantArt page.

“Dance” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Please click the photo to learn more about this piece and/or order your own print at my deviantArt page.

"Journey Together" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - To read more about this piece, and/or order your own print, click the photo to visit my deviantArt page.

“Journey Together” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, and/or order your own print, click the photo to visit my deviantArt page.

Farmer’s Market and New Artwork

I learned today, that it is indeed possible to pack up some paint, water, and tools and bring them along to the Farmer’s market. Just having to sit still while I know I could be doing something productive or fun is really tough. So I pulled out my travel watercolor kit, filled a plastic container with water, and “carefully” packed some acrylic paints, a straw, and a small palette in our market basket. (We have a huge basket that stays packed with our display things and the items we feel are appropriate to sell at the Farmer’s Market.) The paints arrived safely, I’m happy to say, as did everything else in the basket. And I was able to paint.

It’s been quite a while since I was able to do any straw painting so I decided to try doing that today. I like straw painting because while you /can/ control the flow of the paint to create fabulous and intricate pictures of exact things, it can also be a random, crazy, thought-provoking roller coaster ride. I like the second option better. I like to see what the paint, the paper, my own breath, will present to my imagination. What kind of story will my artwork tell me each time? I don’t always know!

I focused mostly on red and black but my favorite work has golden green and coppery brown added to it. I watered down my black and red to an ink-like consistency. I practiced with the different brushes on one of my 4 sheets of paper to see what kinds of lines and such I could create with them, as well as how much paint on the brush achieved what shade of color. Here are the results, in the order they were created. I’m happy with them! I hope you enjoy them, too. The last photo is of our table at today’s market.

For some reason, I worked in sets of three for this painting. Each section of black lines was created with three dots of paint. I had a lot of fun with the maned spirals. I think they might be baby dragons but I suppose that's up for interpretation!

For some reason, I worked in sets of three for this painting. Each section of black lines was created with three dots of paint. I had a lot of fun with the maned spirals. I think they might be baby dragons but I suppose that’s up for interpretation! Oh! And this photo is a scan of the original. The only adjustment was the ‘autofix’ option I clicked to smooth out the lines and show the red a little better.

Again, I used sets of three for the black. I didn't count the red streamers because my goal was to create a pleasant background for the focal points. I called this one "Lines Of Third Connection" because the three dots connected to each of the other sets of three. The lines are crazy, but they still connect. Again, this is a scan of the original, using only the auto-correct button to smooth out the harsher texture of the paper and bring out the vibrancy of the red.

Again, I used sets of three for the black. I didn’t count the red streamers because my goal was to create a pleasant background for the focal points. I called this one “Lines Of Third Connection” because the three dots connected to each of the other sets of three. The lines are crazy, but they still connect. Again, this is a scan of the original, using only the auto-correct button to smooth out the harsher texture of the paper and bring out the vibrancy of the red.

As the sun sets, the tree showers down a few leaf-kisses in farewell..."Golden Goodnight Kisses". I used the same black and red and the intensity alters with how much paint is on the brush and how many times you paint over the same area. The tree trunk was created with a good bit of paint and a straw. Yes. There is a bit of white shining through, here and there. I left it. I'm truly satisfied with this picture. It's one of my better ones. This is a scan of the original and I only used the auto-correct button to smooth out the harshness of the paper and bring out the color vibrancy a bit more.

As the sun sets, the tree showers down a few leaf-kisses in farewell…”Golden Goodnight Kisses”. I used the same black and red and the intensity alters with how much paint is on the brush and how many times you paint over the same area. The tree trunk was created with a good bit of paint and a straw. Yes. There is a bit of white shining through, here and there. I left it. I’m truly satisfied with this picture. It’s one of my better ones. This is a scan of the original and I only used the auto-correct button to smooth out the harshness of the paper and bring out the color vibrancy a bit more. This one is John‘s and my favorite of the three.

I use acrylics. I haven’t done much with watercolor, or the watercolor pencils that came in my portable kit. I needed to use a medium I knew very well today. I did use two watercolor brushes because I knew they’d be better for the ink-like consistency of my paint. My brushes: Royal brand, Round #2; Master’s Touch brand, 785 Round #8; Master’s Touch brand, 7520 Oval Wash 1/2″. This is the first time I’ve used the Master’s Touch brushes, though I’ve had the kit for about 2 years. I really liked them! (I don’t do the affiliate thing. Probably won’t ever do that because it seems like an extra hassle I don’t need.)

And here’s the photo of the table we set up today.

This is our small table set up for the Farmer's Market. I didn't put out much of my chainmail today. Most of our items were John's paracord items he's been experimenting with. We also had the girls' painted glass stones on our table and my three paintings as I completed them. You can get a better idea of the small size of the paintings in this picture. I took this picture with my cell and edited it in Pixlr Express, an Android app.

This is our small table set up for the Farmer’s Market. I didn’t put out much of my chainmail today. Most of our items were John’s paracord items he’s been experimenting with. We also had the girls’ painted glass stonesย  and charm bracelets on our table, and my three paintings as I completed them. You can get a better idea of the small size of the paintings in this picture. I took this picture with my cell and edited it in Pixlr Express, an Android app. (Magiba was ready to call it day.) I am loving my birthday present. I think this new phone will make it easier for me to present better photos online.

Of necessity, we had to limit our wares as we had to go straight to the theater for practice. We had to leave before the market closed, even, in order to get to practice on time. It all turned out well in the end. It’s my intention to blog about the nightgown I finished up today in tomorrow’s post, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments or ask questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron

 

Mask Series #7: Inside The Inner Workings

“Inside The Inner Workings” #7 of my mixed media Mask Series is finally complete! I used acrylic paints, flat-backed glass floral marbles, nail enamel paint, antique brass beads, copper wire, silver-tone metal findings, antique brass gears, zinc plated star washers, antique brass toggle clasps, silver-tone beads, antique silver eyelets, black/gold mesh fabric, copper stretch fabric, black with gold hologram dot fabric, black sequin fabric, white iridescent square printed fabric and put the elements together on an 11 x 14 canvas. The mask base is purple lace with hologram dot sequins scattered throughout. It’s embroidered in gold. I wanted to go for a Steampunk feel with this one. I feel like I got close but I’m not entirely certain. However, I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo! I have to thank John for herding cats so I could sign the artwork and then snap the shot. This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please contact me.

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, "Inside The Inner Workings," is complete!

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, “Inside The Inner Workings,” is complete!

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

Mask Series #7: The Work Continues

I spent a good bit of time on mixed media artwork #7 in my mask series today. It’s coming along quite nicely. This one is entirely more complex than the previous pieces. I hope that translates to something truly nifty that people will enjoy, maybe do a double-take on. And I realize that just because I put a lot of time and effort into something doesn’t mean I’ll come out with something deemed “good.” On the other hand, I’m sure having a lot of fun putting it all together. It probably doesn’t seem like it to my family, though, as I’ve had to go on several scavenger hunts today, looking for specific items that I know I had on hand but couldn’t find. Drove me nuts! I really need a craft/art/sewing room. And one day, I’m sure it’ll happen. So here’s part of what I worked on today. It may not seem like much but it took quite a bit of time and I held my breath a lot. I purposely edited this photo with the colors sort of washed out. I don’t want to spoil the viewing when the artwork is complete. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments. I love to talk…would talk the ears off a mule sometimes. I try to tone it down a bit in replies, though. Stay tuned for more on this project!

This is where I am so far in my work on the background. There's still a good bit to do. So far my adhesive is working very well, and that's saying something. I'm not the gentlest person around, even though I try. Painted marbles, shiny fabrics, reflective fabrics, and a bit of copper wire...so much more to come!

This is where I am so far in my work on the background. There’s still a good bit to do. So far my adhesive is working very well, and that’s saying something. I’m not the gentlest person around, even though I try. Painted marbles, shiny fabrics, reflective fabrics, and a bit of copper wire…so much more to come! Jewelry for your wall! At least, I hope that’s what this will look like when it’s done. ๐Ÿ™‚

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”ย  Benjamin Franklin

Mixed Media Mask Series #7: Started!

I started work on number 7 in my Mask series today. The paint for the background is done so I’ll share that with you. Again, it’s purposely edited this way so I don’t give away the surprise when it’s complete. I’m using lots of metallic colors for this one. I /love/ metal. I’d have more piercings if I didn’t spend all my fun money on supplies! One day I’ll balance that…maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

I used a frame that makes it look like the viewer is seeing things through a dirty window. It goes along with my theme, in a way. I’m really hoping to get a more industrial feel, leaning toward the Steampunk genre, with this project. Stay tuned for more photos! I’m not sure when I’ll get them up but it will certainly be in the near future.

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

And just because I can, here’s an appropriate little ditty to send you off with happy thoughts, or at the very least, a smile.

Mask In Space!

I have to laugh. While attempting to come up with a catchy title, I tried several before ending up with this one. I talked my way around to the one you see and immediately after typing it in, I thought back to The Muppet Show’s ‘Pigs in Space’ segment. Too funny! On with the project update!

I started working on my second panel yesterday and finished it up today. It’s not complex, which seems to be what I notice most about mixed media art projects I’ve viewed. In fact, it puts me in mind of a coloring book. I think this one would look pretty cute in a little one’s room.

I painted the panel a solid black. I fingerpainted some galaxies, dotted on some stars, and painted in a few simple details with a brush. I swept a coat of hologram glitter paint over the whole thing. I used acrylic paints because they cover surfaces well and dry quickly but I still had to wait a few minutes between layers of paint.

Once the panel was painted, I moved on to making the embellishments. Honestly, I would’ve liked to do more with this but a small panel and a large mask left me little place to put anything else. I searched through my scrapbooking scrap paper envelope and found a cute space themed paper. It was regular, thin scrapbooking paper, though of a good quality. I wanted to make sure that the pieces I added would last for quite some time, even if the panel was never put into a frame. I decided to use Mod Podge to back the scrapbook paper with some card stock. It worked pretty well but the paper had a tendency to curl at the edges. I’m thinking thin cardboard would work better in the future. I cut out one martian ship and one ringed planet. I stuck some dimensional stickers on the back of my space objects and tried to stick them onto the panel. The dimensional stickers didn’t stick to the paint so I dabbed a bit of Fabri-tac onto each sticker and placed the objects where I wanted them.

Once those were in place, it was time to embellish and place the mask. This mask needed very little embellishment. I chose a green hologram fabric to make a horned mask, embroidered in pale gold. I added some antique brass eyelets at the ribbon holes. Then I had a big decision to make. I knew I wanted the “ribbons” to extend from the top of the panel, as if the mask was flying through space. I thought I might use some shiny gold ribbon, threaded through with gold beading wire but it seemed like it wouldn’t be strong enough to stand upright when put together. I opted for a heavier gauge copper jewelry wire instead. I cut two lengths for each tie. I then had four lengths of copper wire. I loosely twisted two of them together, then did the same with the other two lengths of wire. I popped one end of each tie through each ribbon eyelet and curled the ends in random patterns to hold the wires in place. I flipped the mask over and dabbed a bit of Fabri-tac at each eyelet to make sure the wires wouldn’t turn or slip. I also tacked each of the ties to another place on the back of the mask for added stability. When the glue was dry, I flipped my mask over to the right side and used Fabri-tac to stick it to the panel. I used my pliers to make zigzags in the wire ties to give them a more geometric feel.

It may not look very complex but I do like how it turned out. It’s fun to look at and it makes me smile. Here are the photos I took of the finished panel.

While trying to figure out the setting for my panel, I wondered what I could use as a little complimentary decoration. Last year, the kids put together a little robot. I thought he'd look good beside the panel. The colors didn't come through so well no matter what I used to edit it so I just had fun with this picture.

While trying to figure out the setting for my panel, I wondered what I could use as a little complimentary decoration. Last year, the kids put together a little robot. I thought he’d look good beside the panel. The colors didn’t come through so well no matter what I used to edit it, so I just had fun with this picture.

The gold thread shows up a bit darker in this photo but the fabric of the mask shows really well. The yellow sun-looking spot in the mask's eye is actually a spiral galaxy. After I'd finished the whole panel, I wondered why I didn't try to add at least one more of those. Oh, well. I'm still satisfied.

The gold thread shows up a bit darker in this photo but the fabric of the mask shows really well. The yellow sun-looking spot in the mask’s eye is actually a spiral galaxy. The large white ‘star’, I’m calling a supernova. After I’d finished the whole panel, I wondered why I didn’t try to add at least one more shaped galaxy. Oh, well. I’m still satisfied.

So my second panel is done. I have one remaining panel and several masks to choose from but I now have my theme. Magiba is simply mad about Paris, so I thought I’d use a French country theme. I’ll sift and sort through my supplies and see what I can uncover. An art project and an adventure! Who knew?

There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light.” ~N.P. Willis

Trying A New Kind of Project

Since we started working on Steampunk garb for an upcoming event, I wanted to try my hand at making a few military-style medals. Here’s what I’ve done so far. One of these is complete. You’ll see a pin in the other, which means, of course, that it’s still a work in progress. I’ll tell you more about the photos in the captions. I hope you enjoy them!

I thought since we're attending a ball, our military persona should wear a dress uniform chain and several awesome medals. They're based on different styles of medals and military decorations I've seen in pictures and in real life.

I thought since we’re attending a ball, our military persona should wear a dress uniform chain and several awesome medals. They’re based on different styles of medals and military decorations I’ve seen in pictures and in real life.

This is a close-up shot of the overly large pendant I chose to use as the focal point of my dress uniform military decoration chain. In the photo above this one, you can see a few small metal scales I added to the end of each chain and at the point where the three chains will hook to one of the buttons on the jacket. In this photo, you can also see the different chains, 2 of which are brass double-cable chains and one of which is made of the two different kinds of star washers I could find. I made the star washer chain but not the other two. I added a pendant bail to the top of the focal pendant so I should be able to attach it much more easily to the jacket. I hope!

This is a close-up shot of the overly large pendant I chose to use as the focal point of my dress uniform military decoration chain. In the photo above this one, you can see a few small metal scales I added to the end of each chain and at the point where the three chains will hook to one of the buttons on the jacket. In this photo, you can also see the different chains, 2 of which are brass double-cable chains and one of which is made of the two different kinds of star washers I could find. I made the star washer chain but not the other two. I added a pendant bail to the top of the focal pendant so I should be able to attach it much more easily to the jacket. I hope!

I'm not entirely what possessed me but I created this medal which I've decided to call the "771st Elephant Brigade -Battle of the Broken Sabre." If I had time, I might write up a whole story to go along with it. One thing at a time, though...

I’m not entirely certain what possessed me but I created this medal which I’ve decided to call the “771st Elephant Brigade -Battle of the Broken Sabre.” If I had time, I might write up a whole story to go along with it. One thing at a time, though… I created it using some jacquard ribbon I used on a previous project, a gold-toned filigree square connector, 3 ‘rubies’ which are actually red glass beads, and an elephant charm. Notice his trunk is raised! I want to add something on the ribbon. The spacer I put there is just a placeholder for now.

Our son got in on the creative action today and started working on his derby.

Our son got in on the creative action today and started working on his derby.

Nojo started working on this derby hat today. I'm not sure if he's finished yet or not but I figured it wouldn't hurt to share a photo. He used copper chain, some clasps, and a computer part or two. Not to worry! He didn't used terribly modern bits.

Here’s a close-up of the hat. I’m not sure if he’s finished yet, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to share a photo. He used copper chain, some clasps, copper wire, and a computer part or two. Not to worry! He didn’t use terribly modern bits.

Sorry for the photo overload! I try to keep those down to a minimum for people who have slower internet speeds. I’m not sure when I’ll get another chance to post but I’m sure I’ll have more photos then. I hope you’ll stay with us!

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.” ~Robertson Davies, A Voice from the Attic