Category Archives: Altered art

Down by the Steampunk Sea

Down by the Steampunk Sea

Making this piece was so liberating. After experiencing a horrible, no good, really bad day, all I wanted to do was crawl under the bedcovers, but knew that I had too many upcoming projects I needed to work on. 

Instead of retreating  from the world, I pulled out some some sea-themed chipboard pieces because the waterways always soothe my soul. To keep things simpler, I decided to limit my palette to only two colors beyond black and white. 

I found this decision liberating as my project came together lickety-split–which for me, the world’s slowest artist, is nothing short of miraculous.

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

I have to admit, the art I am sharing with you this week tickles my funny bone. Perhaps some think art should not have levity, but I disagree. I believe art needs to bring some of the elements that humans most need in their lives: beauty, inspiration, insight, a glimpse of God, relaxation and humor.

Of course you know I’m picking the funny route.

So for this piece I turned a miniature tin into a wooden crate containing fish that someone ordered for their dinner party. 

Except the fish, wearing hats, drinking martinis and blowing party horns, might not be what was expected. Even the clown fish are a little different.

The tin contains an accordion fold paper with five panels.

I create a mixed media scene on both sides of each of the five panels. 

To learn how to make this, please visit the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog.

But wait–there’s more! To entice you to visit my shop, I am offering an entire sheet of colorful high resolution fish as a free download. Just place it into the shopping cart and download it for free. I hope you take a minutes to check out my other offerings as well.

Great Stuff

  • Little Crowns – Coming soon to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!
  • Altoid Tin – Coming soon!
  • Altoid Tin Accordion Insert – Coming Soon!
  • Paper Calliope’s Something’s Fishy
  • Paper Calliope’s Fish Crate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ink in assorted colors
  • Rubber stamps
  • Black pen
  • White cardstock
  • Vintage book pages
  • Circle punches
  • Greens
  • Beacon Zip Glue
  • Beacon Fabri-Tac
  • Matte Medium

I’m building my dreams

I’m building my dreams

Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For me, that is what this year has been all about. I have been reaching outside of my comfort zone to build the foundation for achieving my dreams.

Actually, I have been going beyond more than just one comfort zone. I have been trying a lot of new things–from starting art product lines, to growing friendships and alliances in the art industry, to expanding the kinds of art I make to opening up about last year’s health scare.

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Stitching together some mixed media spools

Stitching together some mixed media spools

I am lucky enough to own a massive bucket of vintage wooden spools. I had been trying to come up with some new ways to use them when I happened to see a picture of artist Cat Kerr’s beautiful mixed media tape dispensers.

That’s it! I thought to myself. I can make some mixed media spools.

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She’s got a ticket to ride

She’s got a ticket to ride

What does your creative process look like? For me, some vintage Silver Star tickets sitting on my desk reminded me of the old Beatles song. That inspired me to search through my stash to find the perfect saucy woman. 

A lingerie model from a 1940s magazine and several elements from Gypsy Soul, including a silver star,  set me on the path to create this mixed media / altered art wagon. 

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Pop! goes the mixed media box

Pop! goes the mixed media box
Pop! goes the mixed media box

I recently broke free of a life-long soda pop addiction. Apparently I was hooked on soda pop before I was two years old. While my parents were good parents, I wondered why they would give their baby unhealthy soda, or “pop” as we call it in Minnesota. 

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Stop by the Winter Woods at Night

Stop by the Winter Woods at Night

A lifetime ago I was and English Major. Truth be told, I was not a particularly great at it. My true academic love at the time was journalism, and I did not have the temperament to analyze and discuss poems and fiction hour after hour after hour. 

Still, I always loved the written word–before, during and after my time in college. Something about Robert Frosts’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” has always appealed to me. It’s tone is what inspired my piece “Winter Woods at Night.” 

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Dressed to a T

Dressed to a T
Dressed to a T

Ready. Set. Lights! It is time for a little Steampunk Fashion show.

I wanted to share my latest mixed media piece, “Dressed to a T.” It combines Steampunk, Mixed Media and some fun play on words.

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Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve

Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve
Miniature Santa heads up the chimney on Christmas Eve

 

It is late Christmas Eve and miniature Santa is heading up the chimney. Read the rest of this entry