Twistangled

I didn’t realize this post was left as a draft! Life has indeed been crazy as we finished up our school year and began our summer school session. And some of the circumstances left me in a slump during which I simply focused on the extremely important and urgent things I needed to do. So it’s a been a while since this event which happened in January. I hope you will still enjoy reading about it and the photo I was able to catch during the trip.

Our family visited San Antonio, TX last month. We’d gone there to witness the graduation of the USAF TACP Eagle 100 class. My husband is part of Eagle 23 class. It was nice to see some positive changes in how the TACP tech school is done. There’s a fantastic graduation ceremony for those who pass the course, as well as a question and answer session for spouses and parents to get a general view of what their loved ones will be living once they join the career field.

When the graduation service was over, we walked out of the building and I saw this beautiful sleeping tree. The sky was extremely clear and the branches stood out so perfectly against that crystalline sky. I snapped a couple of shots with my cell and created this photo-manipulation. I added an overlay I created by using the fisheye mode on my cell to snap a blurred macro shot of a makeup sponge covered in soft pastels. The overall effect was pretty surprising and I’m really happy with the result. I hope you enjoy it, too! If you like what you see, please share this post. If you’d like to purchase a print or photo gift with this print on it, these options are only available on deviantArt for now. I’ll be uploading to Society6 and Redbubble as soon as possible.

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Magical Night

Today’s art challenge was “Halloween”. I couldn’t get a photo of me in a costume and the one I took of our girls in costume didn’t come out so well as I’d hoped. So I had a little fun in Gimp. I hope you enjoy it and have a great Halloween!

For more information on "Magical Night", please click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only. Or if you prefer to help starving artists, you can purchase a print! :)

For more information on “Magical Night”, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only. Or if you prefer to help starving artists, you can purchase a print! 🙂

Today’s Art Challenge: Skyline

When I first heard about today’s art challenge, I cringed. We don’t get many opportunities to see a real city skyline. Then I realized it happened to coincide with a trip we needed to make to New Orleans, LA. I was so happy!

…And then I thought about it some more. The nifty thing about this art challenge group on facebook is that the artist has the freedom to choose the interpretation of the theme and the medium they wish to use. This is great for me because it means I’ll get to participate on more days than I would otherwise. I don’t always get to break out the paints. Neither do I always have the time to devote to a detailed pencil sketch.

So the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t have to do a traditional skyline and since when did I prefer traditional in most of my work or life choices? Not for many years now!

Here’s my contribution to the fb group for today’s challenge: “Skyline.”

I know the art challenge theme was singular but I chose to display multiple "skylines" in my interpretation of the theme. I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART gallery where you can view the photo, download a copy, or purchase a print, if you so choose! :)

I know the art challenge theme was singular but I chose to display multiple “skylines” in my interpretation of the theme. I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it. Clicking on the photo will take you to my deviantART gallery where you can view the photo, download a copy, or purchase a print, if you so choose! 🙂

This is not the first photo of ‘skylines’ I snapped. I also got the one below and I had a really hard time choosing between the two. John helped me choose the above photo for the challenge. So this one remains a second. Which one do you prefer? Feel free to leave a comment.

Second option for the 'skyline' challenge... I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it. If you click on the photo, it will take you to my deviantART gallery where you can view the photo, download a copy, or buy a print. Oh! And please don't be confused by the different title on this photo. It's not really titled at all. I just snapped this shot first, so I labeled it as such when I uploaded it to deviantART.

Second option for the ‘skyline’ challenge… I used my cell to snap the shot and Pixlr Express to edit it. If you click on the photo, it will take you to my deviantART gallery where you can view the photo, download a copy, or buy a print. Oh! And please don’t be confused by the different title on this photo. It’s not really titled at all. I just snapped this shot first, so I labeled it as such when I uploaded it to deviantART.

 

Current Project Done For Now

I finished the pencil doodle I started this morning. I have to say, I needed to take a few breaks to rest my hand! I haven’t done this much detail work since high school, many moons ago. But I’m truly happy with the result of my labor. I may ink it in and add a little color later but I’m done for today. I used my cell to snap this shot and edited it with Pixlr Express. I uploaded a similar photo to my deviantART account that I edited in Gimp. I’ll be linking this photo when I get back to my computer. I hope you enjoy the picture!

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This is my completed artwork for today’s art challenge “Growing”. Pencil doodle

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