Crow’s Feet – Mixed Media with Photography

Several photo images were gathered to create “Crow’s Feet”. The inspiration came from one found at a local vintage store. As a collector, I’m always on the hunt for old photographs to use in my mixed media art. 

For this photo project I used Picmonkey, an online editing software. PicMonkey’s online service offers just the right amount of tools for creative play. It’s a great place to start if you’re at all interested in the altering your photos using digital editing.

“Crow’s Feet”

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The photo that started it all…

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I then searched for a dress and crow’s feet online.

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After editing these three photos together, it was printed and mounted onto black card stock. I painted around entire image with an off white craft paint. The shawl was painted white, and some decorative details were added with pencil and a white gel pen.

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The final step was to scan an upload it into PicMonkey again for the final edits; the text and the blooms in the left corner. 

Thanks for visiting. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about this process.

xo, cheryl

Published in Somerset Studio July/August 2016

Being published is such an exciting feeling, no matter how many times it happens. Whether it’s a full article or just a singular chosen piece, it’s still so gratifying to see your work in print. 

 “Winged Inspiration” a three page article, inspired by a paper dolls challenge, also includes easy following how to instructions. It’s being featured in Somerset Studio’s July/August issue

Available July 1 at news stands or craft stores near you. 

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https://stampington.com/whats-new-coming-soon/Somerset-Studio-Jul-Aug-2016

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Thanks so much for visiting.

xo, cheryl

ICAD 2016

IT’S SUMMERTIME…and time for Index-Card-A-Day 2016

The information below was taken from the ICAD website: follow links to find out more.

This year is the 6th Annual Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge The idea is simple; create something on index card every day for 61 days from  June 1 – July 31. 

This is not an art competition.
This is a creative challenge.
Can you create something on
an index card every day
for 61 days? I bet you can.

Learn everything you need to know in the ICAD FAQ. And yes, it’s gotta be an index card. That’s the point! Simple!

I’m drawn to this challenge more many reasons; it allows me to create more freely, try new techniques, different mediums and subject matter without the stress of trying to make it perfect. It’s about playing and giving my muse the freedom to run wild without restriction.

There is also a Facebook page for all those who partake so we can see, share and learn what others are doing. SO MUCH FUN!!

I couldn’t wait for this year to begin. Here are a few of my favorites so far…

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Follow the links above to find out more about this wonderful challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

xo, cheryl

Mixed Media Homes – Dixieland Spring Arts Festival

OMG! This is the first post of the 2016. I really need to tend to this blog more frequently. With that being said, I thought this might be a good time to reach out to the readers of my blog. You know who you are, the two or three people out there in the universe, who may see and possibly read this post. Forgive me for not being more diligent, but I wanted to announce, The Annual Dixieland Spring Art Festival is coming up on Saturday April, 16. 

dixieland show 2016This will be my second year in attendance. I really enjoyed it last year. The weather was perfect and the crowds were friendly and steady throughout the day. 

Here are a few images from my “Mini Homes” collection that will be available for sale. These have been so much fun to create. Each one is different and unique. 

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If you’re local I hope you’ll be able to attend the festival and support the local arts in your community and stop by and say “Hello”. The festival will also have food vendors and be offering kids activities. A great family day out! 

xo, cheryl

Somerset Life “Washi Tape Photo Mats”

Happy New Year!

2016 is starting off with a bang…some of my work is featured in two winter issues of Somerset magazine hitting the newsstands January 1.

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It’s so exciting to see ones work published in a magazine. Two mixed media pieces were selected for the Somerset Studio Laguna Teal color challenge, and in Somerset Life, an article “Vintage Photos Made Modern with Washi Tape.”

Below is the short video mentioned at the end of the article on how the washi tape was attached to the Bristol board mat. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this process. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy New Year! 

xo, cheryl

ICAD 2015

Having fun with ICAD this year. What is this you ask?

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Index-Card-a-Day Challenge is a 61 day creative challenge from

 June 1- July 31, 2015

“The challenge is about the DOING and not the
KEEPING or PRESERVING or ARCHIVING. 
It is the process of creating each day that matters.”

An annual creative challenge
Facilitated by Daisy Yellow
Buy a pack of index cards
♥ draw ♥ doodle ♥ write ♥ collage ♥
♥ paint ♥ haiku ♥ stamp ♥ stitch ♥
61 DAYS : 61 CARDS

Follow this link for more information.

Here are a few of my favorites so far…

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Thanks so much for visiting.

xo, cheryl

 

Mixed Media Art using Linnie Blooms canvas blanks.

I wanted to share a few projects created using canvas blanks by Linnie Blooms. I really enjoy these fun shaped canvas blanks, they can be incorporated so easily into many mixed media projects. 

Below are just a few before and after photos…

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This is the Sunflower blank with leaves.

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The 5″ x 5″ Square blank and the Bird blank.

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The Butterfly blanks.

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The 5″ x 11″ blank and small Pennants.

2013-08-13 20.10.39And two to my my favorite pieces using the Owl Blank and the Envelope blank.

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Front.

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Back.

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As you can see, the possibilities are endless. These fun shaped blanks can add so much texture and interest to any mixed media project. 

Please follow the link below to find out how, you too, can get canvas blanks and other great products being offered at Linnie Blooms: http://linnieblooms.com/

Thanks so much for stopping in and reading my post. :)

xo, cheryl

Soul Food 2015 – Lesson 5

This is the first lesson I’ve had time to do for Soul Food 2015.

It was taught by artist Heather Santos.

The images below show the progression of my project.

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Collage a blank 8″ x 10″ wooden cradle board with paper scraps using Mod Podge.


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Randomly add acrylic paint in shades of blue and green.

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Add marks using a pencil and rubber stamps. White was then added to bring it all together and tone it down.

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More white was added to tone it down even further.

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The bird and quote was added, as well as, some color I covered up in the last image. That’s the beauty of mixed media. I can keep adding layers until I’m happy. :)

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Then it was time for the word “FLY” and the crackle medium. Love crackle medium!

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The finished piece…I’m really digging the fine crackle look achieved by using One Step Crackle from DecoArt.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

xo, cheryl