Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Melange Challenge art - "Adventure" June 15

This week's word for the Melange Challenge is "adventure" - an exciting word! Growing up inthe 1950's, my idea of an adventure was getting in our car, taking a packed lunch and going for an all day drive. Sometimes we took our fishing poles and stopped to fish in some river we found. Other days we explored small towns in the middle of Iowa, driving slowly around their town squares and looking in the store windows. Other times we "drove into town" as we called it and watched the people walking around our own town square on Saturday night.

My 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" ACEO card reminds me of my childhood adventures. The base is watercolor paper; I've added a map, a stamped car image, stickers, a compass brad, the dictionary word "adventure" and a vintage Chrysler car key.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Melange Challenge for the word "FLY"

Instead of drawing or painting something for this challenge, I dug into my collection of costume jewelry. And the cow with wings spoke to me! When DO cows fly? Remembering from my early days, I loved "the cow jumped over the moon, and the cat ran away with the spoon." But maybe cows fly in the early mornings too as the clocks show.

The background on this 5" x 7" canvas is painted with acrylics. The moon has colored rhinestones on his hat, his black eye and below on the curly wire. The stars are brads. The clocks have metal findings and paper cutouts.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My first mixed-media collage for the Melange Challenge "Dance"

This is titled "My favorite dance partners!"

The photo in the middle is me at age 6, in 1947, in one of my tap dance outfits. The dancers around me are pictures I drew of my pets I have loved and enjoyed. All have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge, except the little guy at the bottom. That's Sterling Samson, my little Westie, my only pet right now.

I used acrylics, watercolors, gesso, gel medium, paper elements of watercolor paper and preprinted pieces. I added ribbon and brads, and am not sure if I'm finished. :-)