“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.
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!
I started work on number 7 in my Mask series today. The paint for the background is done so I’ll share that with you. Again, it’s purposely edited this way so I don’t give away the surprise when it’s complete. I’m using lots of metallic colors for this one. I /love/ metal. I’d have more piercings if I didn’t spend all my fun money on supplies! One day I’ll balance that…maybe. 🙂
I used a frame that makes it look like the viewer is seeing things through a dirty window. It goes along with my theme, in a way. I’m really hoping to get a more industrial feel, leaning toward the Steampunk genre, with this project. Stay tuned for more photos! I’m not sure when I’ll get them up but it will certainly be in the near future.
And just because I can, here’s an appropriate little ditty to send you off with happy thoughts, or at the very least, a smile.
I’ve been working on this piece for almost a month. It just didn’t come together as easily, or as comfortably as the last two I shared here. There was this idea in my head of what it /needed/ to be…and I couldn’t achieve that with what I had on hand. So my idea needed to be altered. This halted the creative process for me for a little while. I don’t know how anyone else works but when my work doesn’t come together like I want it to, I sort of freeze it for a while…put it on hold. It’s not on purpose. It’s more like my mind just cannot comprehend why in the world I’d want to change a perfectly good idea. I really have to laugh at myself sometimes. It’s better to laugh than cry, right? So that’s when I realized that what I was trying to do was too plain, much too plain indeed. I needed this to look like a party, and not just any party. Mardi Gras in New Orleans! So while it isn’t one of my favorites, I do think I captured the feel of a party in New Orleans.
I used a large white canvas (18 x 18, which is quite large for me) which I painted black. I then painted some streamers and confetti. It wasn’t ‘party’ so much as ‘bon voyage at night’ so I had to amp that up with some paint splatters in brighter colors. I also added a few splatters of the glitter paint to give it a bit of sparkle. I coated the whole painting with Mod Podge to make it shiny and prep it for the vintage Mardi Gras post cards. The post cards I have are indeed vintage (1960s, if I had to make a rough guess) and I had no intention of giving them up. I copied the images onto cardstock and cut the edges with a pair of scrapbooking scissors, creating a reverse scallop. After adding the post cards, I affixed the masks to the piece. The feminine mask is decorated with purple sparkle mesh fabric (a selvedge edge from sequin dot fabric) which I hand-sewed to create a round psuedo-flower. I topped that with an antique gold filligree jewelry finding. The ivory fabric, shot through with pale gold scroll designs shows up very well against the black background. The masculine mask is done in the same fabric. I added some gold mesh fabric over one side and both eyes and affixed a gold braid trim angled over the center of the mask. The last step was to add the beads. I used E-6000 to do this because I needed to believe the beads wouldn’t fall off once the future owner gets the piece home. I figured the best bet was probably E-6000. It’s holding unbelievably well and standing up to a heat test, too. I’m stoked about that. It may not be my favorite piece in the Mask series, but I think it does convey the feel I was hoping to get across. Please enjoy these photos.
Thanks for stopping by today. I really enjoy making these. I’ve got two new canvases to create on and I bought some small burlap ‘canvases’ to play with. We’ll see what we will see!
Today’s quote has only a small tie-in to the pictures above. There /is/ singing during Mardi Gras. I’m sure of it. Because we don’t have parties in Louisiana without music. Could one have a real party without music?
Just a quick note to say that my last panel is in progress and almost complete. I only need to add a few more elements to finish it but I thought I’d still share a photo of the progress so far. I hope you enjoy checking it out!
If you’d like to know where I found the clip art, you can click here to go to The Graphics Fairy blog. I found the specialty ribbon at Cost Plus World Market. The pretty patterned gray card was found inside a Tazo tea box. The two smaller pictures that look similar to postal stamps are the pieces I cut from a larger piece of scrapbook paper. I used acrylic paints.