Sunday, October 18, 2009

Crowabout Week 56 "A Horse is a horse, is a horse..."

The element page from crowabout for Week 56 was all western images, complete with a gun-tottin cowgirl. While I liked the cowgirl and the words "WANTED" and could see making a wanted poster, I kept reading the words "A Horse is a Horse, is a Horse.." and then I remembered the tune. Those were the words to the theme song for the TV show "Mr. Ed" back in the '60s.

I enlarged the photo of the kids in their vintage western clothes and used the horses and words from the Week 56 page. I added dimensional cowboy boots, a longhorn steer, and other paper designs.

Crowabout is so much fun. Each week a new page of elements is posted, and each artist makes a collage from them, using at least 3 of the elements. Next week it's about circus performers, so I'm getting ready to start my design. Why not join us?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Melange Team art video - October 5, 2009

Here is our new Melange Team video of art created by our team members.

Come back each week to see another set of creations! The member's name is under each piece. Visit their Etsy shops to see these listings.

Watch for my Halloween piece - MidwestieLady

My Crowabout Entry for Week 55 - Oct 9, 2009

Well, I took the plunge and entered the weekly Crowabout challenge. First you pick up a full sheet of elements from Nancy B. at Crowabout on Flickr - she posts a new one each Saturday. Then you create your own collage using at least three of Nancy's designs or elements from her sheet, and post it back on Flickr on your own page, then add it to the Crowabout collection.

I loved the Week 55 element sheet with the photo of a dog and two cats with their heads wrapped up, a Victorian lady in a long dark dress, hearts, words and other small colorful elements.

This is my creation named "Next?"

The three fuzzy friends wait outside the orange door of The Bow Wow Meow Clinic. The nurse finally appears and asks "Next?" to choose who goes through the Cat Dog door.

I chose an 8" x 8" canvas board and based it in black acrylic. I used mostly Nancy's photos and elements. I added orange scrapbook paper for the clinic door, papers for the pointy sign on the left, stickers for the word "next?" and wooden beads on the clinic and for the door knob.

What fun it was to make this collage! It certainly did take me outside the box of my usual painting and drawing. This kind of collage where you are given the designs and photos is almost like creating a drawing from puzzle pieces.

Try it yourself! I'll bet you will like it too.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Halloween Fun

I like everything about Halloween - the colors, the witches, the jack-o-lanterns with their scary faces, the candy corn and of course, all the costumes.

I'm creating Halloween mixed media art and adding some humor. Below is one of my new pieces.
"They hide in plain sight. They only wear their hats on Halloween. The rest of the year, they meet for tea."

This is an 8" x 8" canvas board based in orange acrylic. Black netting covers the black felt hats kept in hiding all year. Crocheted lace covers one corner of the print of a vintage photo. A tiny cat and a bat accent the scene. Printed fabric is the base on the right side of the piece.

Check out my Etsy store for more Halloween humor: