Beaded Curtain Project

I love shiny things! Glitter…tinsel…shiny glass ornaments…crystal and glass beads…stained glass windows…mirrors…diamond-paned windows…Moroccan lanterns…OK…any kind of glass lanterns…I love them all!  Light, bright, airy and happy! I have a general plan for what I’d like to do with our craft room and bringing in more light and sparkle is a must. It’s a dark room on the east side of our house. It only gets light in the early morning hours and while there are 4 windows, one set looks out onto our carport. Right now, it’s dark and the wooden walls and single overhead light are doing nothing to help. I plan to create some Roman shades in light-colored fabric for the windows and hang a beaded curtain over each one. This way, when the shades are up, there will be lots of color and shine…I hope. I’ve also got a small collection of candle lanterns I want to hang up and a lamp set I want to purchase. So far, this is what I’ve got. Thanks to my daughters and my future DiL, I’ve got a total of 21 strands ready to hang.

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— My bunch of bead strands —

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Hearts of Gold Art Challenge

I have two artistic offerings for this challenge. I started the mixed media work yesterday  but it wasn’t complete in time for the challenge. So I also created a digital artwork in Gimp using the fractal tool. I much prefer the mixed media piece to the digital art. I’m just learning how to use the fractal tool, so I’m not even remotely proficient. As such, I guess I should feel better about the end result… Somehow, I just don’t, but I know I’ll improve in time. Which one do you prefer and why? If you feel so inclined, I find comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks in advance!

"Angel Hearts" - mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles - For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

“Angel Hearts” – mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles – For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

"Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B" - digital art by Melody Kittles - For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

“Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B” – digital art by Melody Kittles – For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

 

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

Gears In Place!

I finally got the gears for the  mask in place. I think I’m going to stop with this for the mask decoration. I still have thing to do to finish the canvas before adding the mask to it but progress is progress, no matter how small, as Dr. Seuss says. I’m keeping it short tonight. I hope you enjoy this photo I took while we were out at the Eunice Farmer’s Market. After this post, I won’t post any more photos of #7 until it’s complete. But I will continue to blog if I see or do something I wish to share.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I'm so excited that it's all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it's glowing red.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I’m so excited that it’s all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it’s glowing red.

On a completely different note, can you see owls in the frame? I was looking at it from a reverse perspective and I can see owls! But the frame is called ‘droid’ and I thought that would be appropriate for this mask with a robotic eye. 🙂 I hope you enjoy the photo. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions!

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” ~ Laurie Nataro

 

Mask Series #7: Update

As promised, here’s an update of what I’ve done lately on Mask Series #7 mixed media art project. It’s not much but this part took a good bit of time to paint and dry and figure out. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo. The mask has one dragon eye and one mechanical eye. I purposely edited it with a mysterious and creepy feel. It seemed to go well with those mismatched eyes. I’m really liking it, though! And still having fun!

Here are the eyes of the mask I'm working on for this artwork. I backed the eye holes with black/gold mesh fabric. Then I painted two glass flat-backed floral marbles with fingernail polish. Then I affixed them to the mesh fabric with Fabri-tac. It's an experiment right now. I'm not sure how well the Fabri-tac will hold. I'll test it out for a while. I might even bring this one back home after displaying it for a while. I'm really enjoying those mismatched eyes!

Here are the eyes of the mask I’m working on for this artwork. I backed the eye holes with black/gold mesh fabric. Then I painted two glass flat-backed floral marbles with fingernail polish. Then I affixed them to the mesh fabric with Fabri-tac. It’s an experiment right now. I’m not sure how well the Fabri-tac will hold. I’ll test it out for a while. I might even bring this one back home after displaying it for a while. I’m really enjoying those mismatched eyes!

For the creation of the eyes, I used a wooden tooth pick and fingernail polish in these colors: black, red metallic, gold metallic, ice blue metallic, turquoise blue metallic, and white. I used the white to seal the backs of the marbles. I also find the white really makes the colors more opaque and vibrant. More to come! I hope I will be able to spend a little more time on it tomorrow. Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below!

“Well daylight struck a chord with my
photo-receptors
Night greeted me with a sea of stars
Our eyes all flashed blues and greens
through the night”

~ taken from the song “Automatonic Electronic Harmonics” written by David Michael Bennet, performed by Steam Powered Giraffee

And there’s your completely blatant clue as to where this project is heading. But I promise you, it will definitely be an odd take on the genre. 🙂

Fun With Glass

Our girls started painting flat-backed glass marbles again recently. It’s really a lot of fun! You can use glass paint…but we don’t have any. So we use fingernail polish. We actually bought the larger marbles per Starshine’s request. She was looking for fun things she could make to sell at our table when we sit at the Farmer’s Market and remembered how fun it was to paint the marbles. I’d done some Nine Men’s Morris travel game sets for a few friends about 3 years ago. They were meant to be used only when we were with each other, so the travel games were made with only one set of player pieces.

Anyway, back to the events of the last couple of days… Starshine’s idea was to create stones with letters on them. Here are the stones she’s painted so far. I have a weird sense of ‘just because it should be like this’, so I kind of chuckled when my brain put these in ‘order’ as “A, B, C, D, E, K, G”…Hmmm…

These are Starshine's Letter Marbles. In order from top to bottom, left to right: C, G, E, K, B, A, C, D.

These are Starshine’s Letter Marbles. In order from top to bottom, left to right: C, G, E, K, B, A, C, D.

Magiba was not going to be left out of the fun. She decided to make stones for John and me. Starshine helped her with John’s but mine was completely done by Magiba.

These are the marbles Magiba painted with Starshine's help. Starshine painted the camera for Magiba. But Magiba painted the coffee mug herself. The camera is for John and the coffee mug for me.

These are the marbles Magiba painted with Starshine’s help. Starshine painted the camera for Magiba. Magiba painted the coffee mug herself. The camera is for John, because he’s the photographer, and the coffee mug for me, because…COFFEE.

These are the smaller marbles I painted last night and throughout the day today. I have a purpose for mine, other than the fact that they look pretty nifty on their own. And I painted two others with finer details. Pictures of those will be posted later. They're not complete yet.

These are the smaller marbles I painted last night and throughout the day today. I have a purpose for mine, other than the fact that they look pretty nifty on their own. And I painted two others with finer details. Pictures of those will be posted later. They’re not complete yet.

I hope you enjoy the photos of our marbles. At least we know where they are! That’s something to rejoice about, eh?

The 7th work in the Mask series is coming along well. I’m pleased with my progress so far. I have a couple of concerns with structural integrity on this piece so we’ll just continue on and see what happens. No guts, no glory!

“If every year is a marble, how many marbles do you have left? How many sunrises, how many opportunities to rise to the full stature of your being?” ~ Joy Page

Fabulous Friday 58

I must confess, I’ve been in a slump lately. My creative well has been running dry. I have ideas…but I can’t seem to put them together in a pleasing format. It’s a bit discouraging but I’m going to keep pressing on. And just to keep you in the know, there will be some drastic changes to the blog reflecting the drastic changes we are making as a family and in the direction we are taking with our businesses. Yes. Businesses. As in more than one. More on that in future posts…on to the fabulosity! (For those who had to think about that word, /thank you/! I did make that word up but don’t you think it /should/ exist?)

This Fabulous Friday post will be a bit different than previous posts. I’m going proactive with this post and sharing things I’ve researched that I think my family might enjoy. As I’ve mentioned on several occasions, we function on a very strict and tight budget. Even our fun stuff has to be done through thrifty or frugal means and with careful planning. It’s not a bad thing, though. We often get to do and see cool things no one else even realizes exists! Here are three cool places/things to do that I’d like for our family to check out in the upcoming months. Maybe these will inspire you to make a trip to our state or even look around in your own state for fun, frugal activities available to the public.

When looking for free things to do, always check big cities. They have more business, usually have more tourists, and are usually looking for ways to encourage more people to come check out what they have to offer. I did an internet search for ‘free things to do in LA’, which is always terrible…because we do not live anywhere close to Los Angeles! I then searched for free things to do in Louisiana, which pulled up several options. I found some in a city that’s pretty close to home for us.

Jennings, La. offers several free things to do and see and I’m leaning towards viewing the alligators at ‘Chateau de Cocodries’. This isn’t the only attraction, though! I thought we might bring a picnic lunch and chill out at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. And there are several other things of interest in the city that would make a day trip worth while. You can check them out for yourself at this webpage!

Then I remembered that New Orleans is close enough to us for a day trip. We’d actually been tossing this idea around for a while but since we didn’t know exactly what we wanted to do once we got there, we hadn’t really made any plans. As it happens, there are enough free and frugal activities available in New Orleans to keep us day-tripping for a while! These are two I thought might interest our readers.

I love music. If I could only pick one art to focus on, it would definitely be music. Something going on next weekend that our readers might enjoy is the Satchmo Summerfest. If you are close enough and you have the means to get there, I bet this will be a fantastic event to attend. And best of all, it’s free to get in!

And since this page is dedicated to the arts, I’m going to suggest visiting Studio Inferno, where you can witness glass blowing in action. There are at least 3 places in New Orleans in which you can see glass blowers working on their art. They all have their nifty aspects. This one appealed to me the most because it seemed a bit more earthy and less classical. Perhaps it was the page presentation? I’m not sure, but this is the one I hope we will visit first. The other two options are Rosetree Glass Studio (looks like a super classy joint and I hope they don’t shoot me for phrasing it that way!) and Glassworks. Glassworks would be my second choice, since they offer the option of being able to do glass blowing and creating to the folks who come in. Nothing is said about the cost for this on the information page but I’m sure they’d be more than happy to inform you when you call them at the number provided there.

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.”  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.”  ~William Inge

The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”  ~Dorothy Parker

I hope you’ll enjoy this happy little jazz ditty from Good ‘Ol Satchmo, himself. If you don’t know him yet (where have you been?!), then please allow me to introduce you! 🙂