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 theย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚