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!

A Poppy For Remembrance

Yesterday was Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the United States of America. Yesterday’s art challenge was “Flanders Field” or “Remembrance”. Do you know, I had to go refresh my memory of the poem? It didn’t take long to form an idea for an artwork on the topic, though. I hope you will take some time and remember those who fought and died for your country.

"A Poppy For Remembrance" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles - For more info, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can read all the info there. No download or prints are available for this artwork. The photo came out much too blurry for that. I'll work on getting a better photo as soon as I'm able.

“A Poppy For Remembrance” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – For more info, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can read all the info there. No download or prints are available for this artwork. The photo came out much too blurry for that. I’ll work on getting a better photo as soon as I’m able.

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Scattered And Gathered

"Scattered And Gathered" - Mixed Media artwork by Melody Kittles - For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can also download a digital copy for personal use or purchase a print!

“Scattered And Gathered” – Mixed Media artwork by Melody Kittles – For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can also download a digital copy for personal use or purchase a print! (This photo is altered from the original artwork in dimension and also, just slightly in color. There are a couple of elements you can’t see or can only vaguely see.  I’ll hopefully have a better photo tomorrow.)

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Even The Heavens Cry Sometimes

Today’s art challenge was ‘rain’ and this is my mixed media submission. I hope you enjoy it! I used blue, black and silver acrylic paints and aqua sequin dot fabric to create this piece. For more information, click on the photo to go to my deviantART page for this work. No downloads or prints are available at this time. I have to upload a better scan of the artwork and then I’ll open it for downloads and/or prints.

"Even The Heaven's Cry Sometimes" - by Melody Kittles

“Even The Heaven’s Cry Sometimes” – by Melody Kittles

 

Omnia Et Nihil

I did manage to get a better photo of my artwork from yesterday’s “Lost In Space” challenge. Yea! While the photo doesn’t show the entire artwork, it does show it as if it was all a “square” painting. I had to crop the photo to the sides of the foam board, but the tulle for the black hole spills over the edges. I am offering the photo as a free download (for personal use only) or if you prefer, you can purchase a print. I took the first photo in our kitchen with terrible lighting. I did upload it to my gallery on deviantART because I was so excited about the result and I did need to upload it to the art challenge group. The best photo was taken today, outside, in bright sunlight. I changed my phone settings and tried several different ones before settling on this photo for my final one. This is also my first successful HDR shot.

I settled on the title “Omnia Et Nihil” which is Latin for “Everything and Nothing”. I hope you enjoy the photos!

"Omnia Et Nihil" - Click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Omnia Et Nihil” – Click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

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. 🙂

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

Current Mask Project and Current Chainmail Project: Complete!

I finished the mixed media mask art project I have been working on for 2 weeks. I came home from my part-time job and added the finishing touches and it’s ready to hang on a wall. I have tons of photos but I only edited a couple. I’ll share those with you today.

"An Evening And A Day" mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Completed on 8/11/14 ~

“An Evening And A Day” mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles ~ Completed on 8/11/14 ~

Supplies used: 1 11 x14 canvas; 2 embroidered fabric masks; the selvedge edge of some sequin fabric in the colors pink/sky blue/purple with green metallic thread/royal blue; acrylic paints in turquoise/white/ultramarine/dark blue/purple; scrap fabrics in white metallic gold jacquard/gold beaded sheer/red sparkle stretch knit; 4 sky charms; 5 chainmail scales in pale gold anodized aluminum; 8 clear crystals; 4 lengths of rainbow gimp braid; 1 large flat-backed glass pebble; fingernail polish in colors black/white/metallic ice blue; Mod Podge; E-6000 glue; 4 antique gold eyelets/eyelet setter, and Fabri-tac fabric glue.

Thanks again to Sew What Embroidery and Screen Printing of Branch, LA for the awesome job with the masks and for the scrap fabric! I love being able to incorporate items that would otherwise be thrown away into the stuff I create. I can’t always do that but it’s awesome when I can!

I’m so very pleased with how this artwork turned out! I was surprised with how well-pleased I felt. I almost always feel or wonder if there was something else that should’ve been added. Or I wonder if I did too much. Here are a couple of close-up photos with some description of each.

This close-up shows the lower mask, the sun, and the pink fabric clouds. The fabric the masks were created with is a purple stretch lace with purple hologram sequins scattered over it. This mask is embroidered in green and the upper mask is embroidered in white. I affixed all the mesh fabric clouds to the canvas with Mod Podge and glued down any stubborn bits with Fabri-tac. I also used Fabri-tac to affix the ties/charms/crystals/scales to the masks, and the masks to the canvas.

This close-up shows the lower mask, the sun, and the pink fabric clouds. The fabric the masks were created with is a purple stretch lace with purple hologram sequins scattered over it. This mask is embroidered in green and the upper mask is embroidered in white. I affixed all the mesh fabric clouds to the canvas with Mod Podge and glued down any stubborn bits with Fabri-tac. I also used Fabri-tac to affix the ties/charms/crystals/scales to the masks, and the masks to the canvas. You can kind of see the pink metallic thread running through the pink mesh fabric. No matter what I did with the edit, I couldn’t really bring that out very well.

 

I created this moon using a large, flat-backed glass pebble and some fingernail polish. Oh! I forgot to mention I used an old pencil with the eraser worn down to create the texture effect you see. Black was a second choice. I couldn't find my gunmetal grey nail polish. After I got the white/grey/black/ice blue blend I wanted, I let the pebble dry. I then coated the entire back with white. I set the pebble in place with E-6000.

I created this moon using a large, flat-backed glass pebble and some fingernail polish. Oh! I forgot to mention I used an old pencil with the eraser worn down to create the texture effect you see. Black was a second choice. I couldn’t find my gunmetal grey nail polish. After I got the white/grey/black/ice blue blend I wanted, I let the pebble dry. I then coated the entire back with white. I set the pebble in place with E-6000.

And just in case I didn’t feel accomplished enough, after finishing an art piece and storm spotting with my husband, I finally got my stainless steel orb completed. I’ve been trying to put this orb together for months. I bought some rings that were made with square wire to try them out. I really like the result! If I can do so, I’d love to make more of these to sell in my shop. This one is mine. I rarely make stuff specifically for me unless I have a valid excuse, like a special event. I hope you enjoy all the photos today! I had so much fun putting these things together and I love that I can share it all with my readers!

To create this orb, I used square, stainless steel 18 gauge 1/4" rings and a chrome plated ball bearing. It's a solid piece of work and will make a nice addition to my Steampunk attire. I will be selling these in anodized aluminum/bright aluminum blends in the near future at my Etsy store. I'll be sure to update you when they become available!

To create this orb, I used square, stainless steel 18 gauge 1/4″ rings and a chrome plated ball bearing. It’s a solid piece of work and will make a nice addition to my Steampunk attire. I apologize for my shaky hands! It didn’t look blurry on my phone. 😦  I will be selling these in anodized aluminum/bright aluminum blends in the near future at my Etsy store. I’ll be sure to update you when they become available!

Please feel free to leave comments or questions.

“There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

 

More Masked Projects!

I’ve started work on the largest of the mixed media art pieces I’ll be doing. The canvas is 18 x 18. I wanted to showcase three masks in Mardi Gras colors and work in a Mardi Gras background. I’m up to step three, which is decorating the masks. I want each one to be unique in more ways than the fabric and mask designs. Here are two pictures showing the work so far. The lighting in our kitchen is terrible but the photos came out clear enough to grasp the idea behind the project.

The first step was to paint the canvas black. They didn't have a black canvas in the size I wanted to use. The colors of paint I'm using are black, purple, pale antique gold, metallic green-gold, and white.

The first step was to paint the canvas black. They didn’t have a black canvas in the size I wanted to use. The colors of paint I’m using are black, purple, pale antique gold, metallic green-gold, and white.

I used the colorful paints to create a simple background of different confetti. Then I placed the masks on top to determine a pleasing placement. I also attempted to roughly plan out what I wanted to embellish the masks with. The only one that stayed the way it is in the picture is the green horned mask. I used brass beads to embellish it.

I used the colorful paints to create a simple background of different confetti. Then I placed the masks on top to determine a pleasing placement. I also attempted to roughly plan out what I wanted to embellish the masks with. The only one that stayed the way it is in the picture is the green horned mask. I used brass beads to embellish it.

All in all, the project is coming along nicely, though it will take time. I’m having to work on it around my work and family time schedule. I’ll keep updating you on the progress. I got the masks embroidered at Sew What Embroidery and Screenprinting based in Branch, LA. You can check them out by clicking here to get to their facebook page. The green one is embroidered in black and the fabric is a gold/green dragon brocade. The white one has pale gold embroidered scrolls on the fabric and it’s embroidered in pale gold. I’ll be using black and silver beads to embellish it. The purple one is a stretch lace fabric with hologram sequins on it. It’s embroidered in green. I’ll be using chain and metal scales to embellish it. I’m also going to use different kinds of fabrics and pictures to add to the background. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read!

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~Emily Dickinson

The Project Is Done!

My dress is sewn and trimmed. My jacket is sewn and trimmed. I could wear both as they are now…but I might add a bit of sparkle to them tomorrow. I’m so pleased they are done and came out so well!

May I never be complete.  May I never be content.  May I never be perfect.  Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete.”  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 5

Because of the doneness of my project and the exhaustion pervading my being because of it, I’m sharing music with you all tonight. If I wasn’t so completely worn out, I’d do a happy dance to this song. I hope you’ll enjoy it!