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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Unfathomable Love

I’m a music person. I don’t really collect the music of certain bands as much as I collect certain songs that speak to me in some way, either technically or emotionally. There are certain songs that lodge within my innermost being and will not be removed. Maybe, I am a strange person after all. While I was at work earlier this week, “Jose Cuervo” kept running through my head. It’s not technically fantastic, nor or the lyrics anything special but my elementary school self truly enjoyed that song. I haven’t heard it song for years  but the chorus kept repeating while I kept pinning fringe strips on country Mardi Gras costumes. When I told my husband about it, he had a good chuckle over it. 🙂 This is a recurring thing, though, random songs just popping into my mind at odd times.

This morning, before my eyes were even open, a different song was running through my head. I knew I had to hear it again! After I got out of bed, had my coffee, did my morning reading and wrote in my journal, I pulled it up on YouTube. “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Stewart Townsend has made a huge impression on me. I first heard it during this past summer at a church we were visiting and it found a comfy section of my mind to make its home in. All it took was hearing it once for me to love the message it carried. What a magnificent blessing! To wake to such empowering and humbling lyrics and know I am LOVED this much.

As I listened to the song once more, cried uncontrollable tears while pondering the lyrics and what they meant to me, one phrase stood out above the others and it stood out in a personal way: “to make a wretch His treasure.” He made this wretch His treasure. Me. This meant so much much to me that I decided to do something I’d been putting on the back burner for a long time.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a work of text art. By now, I have a fair collection of various artworks I’ve created over the last 2 years. I decided to use some of my photography and digital art pieces to create this. I’m pleased with how it turned out. I hope it inspires you to create something equally as important to you!

Wretch Treasure

“Unfathomable Love” – digital artwork by Melody Kittles, not for sale. A free download for personal use only is available at my deviantArt gallery page. Just click here. All the necessary credits for the song it’s based on are embedded in the artwork.

To check out the lyrics of the song, please visit the artist’s website by clicking here.

 

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Gilded Blessings

I’ve been fighting a nasty cold all week. I’m only just getting my voice back after 4 days without it. I sound like a squeaky hinge. But I have been working on more art and this is my latest. It took a total of two days work. It’s done in layers and the first layer had to dry before I could finish it with the details.

"Gilded Blessings" - Mixed Media artwork by Melody Kittles - watercolor, acrylic, ink - For more info, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Gilded Blessings” – Mixed Media artwork by Melody Kittles – watercolor, acrylic, ink – For more info, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

I Made It!

I feel terrible today. Don’t you just hate colds? They seem to hang on. I started working on a mixed media piece yesterday but couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Just too worn out and blech. I did finish it today, though. I used mixed media paper (7 x 10), drawing pens, brush pens, and watercolors. This is a very simple practice work I used to try to get used to my watercolor paint. I really enjoyed the results. To see more information about it, of if you’d like to purchase a print, please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page.

"I Made It!" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“I Made It!” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

 

Web Of Life

This is the first drawing I worked on while on Thanksgiving break. I really had a lot of fun creating this one! It’s another mixed media piece, the drawing done on sketchbook paper with micron pens, an HB pencil, a ruler and a compass, then photographed and edited in Gimp. I added the color that way since we’re away from home for a little bit and I don’t have any paints with me. I will be creating a different color effect in acrylics on this piece and “The Mechanic” when I return home, though it may be some time before they are done. When complete, I’ll share the final result with my readers here. To order a print (no downloads please!!), click here to go to my gallery or click the photo to go to the artwork page. All artwork prints are on sale (25% off) for Black Friday only! Support your local artists, artisans and small business owners this year while you shop for Christmas gifts!

"Web of Life" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

Cee’s Weekly Oddball Challenge: Mystery Valves and a Fractaleaf

I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I tried to edit a photo yesterday and it just was not happening. Have you ever had one of those days where things just don’t click, no matter how hard you try? I guess yesterday was one of those kinds of days for me, creatively. Otherwise, I had a pretty awesome day.

I’ve had this photo for about a week or two and wanted to do something with it in Gimp. I snapped it with my cell while John was doing the “Taking Over” photo shoot. (Oh! John is also selling a few prints through deviantART now, so do check out what he has available there! They’d make really nice Christmas gifts!) I started last night and…ugh…we won’t go into the details. But here’s the end result. I finished it up this morning without too much trouble. And as a bonus, I found the fractal tool in Gimp and tried it out on the leaf photo I used to paint the leaf for the art challenge ‘autumn’ topic. It’s not anything fancy but it definitely fits the ‘oddball’ theme for Cee’s Oddball Challenge. These are my first two attempts at photomanipulation. I hope you enjoy them! For more info on either of them, just click the photos to check them out on my deviantART pages for each. You can download a copy for personal use only or purchase a print if either one strikes your fancy. 🙂

"Mystery Valves" - by Melody Kittles - Click here to go to my  deviantART page for this photo.

“Mystery Valves” – by Melody Kittles – Click here to go to my deviantART page for this photo.

"Fractaleaf" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Fractaleaf” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

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Of Things To Come

Today’s art challenge was ‘shadows’ and we were given two basic guidlines. 1. Use one color to build up layers. 2. No outlines. This is my submission for that challenge and while I don’t know if it fit the guidelines well or not, I’m still happy with the end result. I debated using blue or black but I’ve been working with those colors so much lately, I wanted to try something different. I went with red…which is not a particularly great color to me but that meant it was more of a challenge, too, I guess.

"Of Things To Come" - acrylic painting by Melody Kittles - Please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can find out more information there. Please do not download copies of this photo as I plan to upload a better photo in future to offer for sale or digital download. Thanks!

“Of Things To Come” – acrylic painting by Melody Kittles – Please click on the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can find out more information there. Please do not download copies of this photo as I plan to upload a better photo in future to offer for sale or digital download. Thanks!

 

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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

 

Just A Quick Note

I may not be able to post regularly in the upcoming weeks. I have a lot on my plate that needs to get done. I’m still working on my steampunk coat, 4 sets of pajamas, a birthday party today, and more!

The new art gallery in our town is finally open. Yea! If you’re in the area, do stop by Niche Art Gallery and The Eunice Community Art House. The grand opening was held last night and we had a wonderful turn out. It was great to see people coming out in the chilly autumn weather to support local artists and artisans.

Before we went to the grand opening, John wanted to stop at a little fair and get some photos of the lights. You can see his blog post on that here. While he was photographing the lights, I was photographing him. I hope you like the photo! I used Pixlr Express to edit this photo and used the stylize tool to make it look like a painting. The photo came out very clear but the painting effect was truly nifty, in my opinion. This photo isn’t for sale or download but you can click on it to visit my deviantART page. You can check out my work there, and if you are so inclined, perhaps purchase an art print for yourself or a loved one. Christmas is coming soon and I know I’m not ready for it.

"Watching Him Work" - This photo is not for sale or download. Please click it to see my deviantART page where you can purchase prints of other artwork and photography I've done.

“Watching Him Work” – This photo is not for sale or download. Please click it to see my deviantART page where you can purchase prints of other artwork and photography I’ve done.

 

Experimenting With Digital Art

As you may know by reading a previous post, I just started experimenting with Gimp. This short post tonight is to show my first attempt at digital art. I had fun so I’ll work on it some more. I wonder if I will still love it after working with it over time or if I’ll get tired of it. I guess we’ll see!

"A Pleasant Distraction" - I'm really happy with the way my first attempt at digital art came out. Please click the photo for more info, to download a digital copy for personal use only, or to purchase a print.

“A Pleasant Distraction” – I’m really happy with the way my first attempt at digital art came out. Please click the photo for more info, to download a digital copy for personal use only, or to purchase a print.

There are days when I have so much fun creating things, I don’t care whether anyone else things they’re good or not. And then there are days when I think, “Why in the world am I sharing this terribly awful piece of work? No one’s going to like it!” It’s a terrible roller coaster ride. But I really am having fun and I’ll continue creating things as long as it’s fun for me. I’ll also continue to share the things I create, too, whether I or anyone else likes them or not. As similar as we are, we humans are not cookie cutters and tastes differ. You never know which work will speak to whom!