Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Brave Girls Club - Truth Cards

Hello!

Sorry it's been a few weeks since my last post.  Thanksgiving threw me off track, but I've been busy doing more abstract work!  I love doing large pieces (12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11) and then cutting them down to smaller sizes, and when I learned about the Brave Girls Club and their Truth Cards project, I just knew I had to contribute to this amazing effort.  Click HERE to see what they are up to and *please* join in!  They have a free "pdf" kit available for download.

Continuing with my love of the abstract, I created a couple of 12 x 12 master sheets by placing drips/drops of several colors of Golden's fluid acrylics all over the page, spraying generously with water, and then placing another 12 x 12 sheet on top and rubbing them together.  When I peeled away the top sheet, I got two gorgeous sheets of bright color!


I cut down each sheet to ATC size (2.5" x 3.5"), printed out all the pages of the quotes & sayings download from the Truth Cards kit and added sayings to each card with some white glue.


I outlined each text strip with a black ball-point pen...


... and then outlined each ATC card with a black Sharpie paint pen.  It gives a nice glossy black border that finishes the cards nicely.


I may add a few more embellishments to some of the cards, but I think some of them are just fine as is.  Perhaps some doodling around the edges or small embellishment to fill some blank space ....


I've got a BIG stack of ATC's ready to fill with more encouraging words to be sent off as Truth Cards, so you'll likely see more of these over time.  In fact I may just dedicate one day a week to this effort... Truth Card Tuesdays?  Hmmmm....


I hope you find a way to participate in the Truth Card project - I just love the idea that these simple, yet powerful, greetings may help someone who has experienced horrible trials in life.


Back soon with more... I'm back to watching the snow fall... so pretty!  Check my Facebook (Ellen Smith Vargo) for pix.

~ ellen.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I Challenge Thee... Re-visited!

Hello!

My apologies for late posting!  I was supposed to post this at midnight but I completely forgot!  But when you see the reason I've been distracted I think you'll understand!  And maybe even approve! :)

But first... Hels and I had another of our famous skype sessions last weekend, and we decided to re-visit a recipe we did about a year ago!  Here's our recipe:

* canvas 12 x 12
* stencils
* embossing paste (Wendy Vecchi)
* scraped paint technique
* Stabilo ALL pencil (a.k.a. the "magic" pencil)
* Words - not stamped
* tissue paper collage
* ink spray
* hand drawn border
* embellishments of choice

I started with Golden fluid acrylic paints and scraped them onto my canvas - blue tones at the top and green tones at the bottom, and then sprayed them with water to get them to blend and bleed and drip.


Then I added some tissue and deli paper collage elements, using some of my hand carved stamps, s stamp from Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair) as well as some brayer clean ups and gelli print papers.  I outlined each collage element with the Stabilo ALL pencil and blended with a Ranger detail water brush.


Up next was some ink spraying.  I used a large prima circles stencil and Dylusions ink spray to randomly spray some circle patterns across the canvas, filling in some empty spaces, and overlapping with the collage to incorporate the layers.



Then I mixed some of Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste with some tarnished bronze distress paint to get bronze embossing paste.  I scraped that mixture through a Prima dots stencil for this great dimensional look.


If you know me, then you know I love that "pop of red" in my art... so I put some red paint on my craft sheet, added some water, and then spritzed it onto my canvas with an old toothbrush.   I love the random spattered look.  I also added some red paint with my scraper in several areas.

My embellishment of choice was to add some Tim Holtz numbers rub-ons.  I love numbers, so I just added some in several places, and in different orientations.


Then it was time for my words... but no stamping... I pulled out my collection of chipboard letters and painted my selected words white so they would stand out on the canvas.   The words I chose represent my *artistic* voice.  I've been working hard on finding my own artistic voice, and it's definitely getting louder with time, which makes me happy!

The final touch was to add my hand drawn border.  I used a Viva pearl pen (black) to scribble two borders around the edges, waited for them to dry, and then filled in the gap with a Sharpie white paint pen.

I hope you liked our recipe re-do... we always have so much fun with our skypey art sessions!  Much more fun to craft with a friend!

NOW... the reason for my distraction and late posting.... my husband Jack went to work on Monday morning, as usual, but when he was outside he heard something crying (very loudly and very persistently!) from across the parking lot... after investigating... this is what he found... in a trash bag... in a dumpster (skip for my UK friends)....


Could there be anything cuter or more precious??? I think not!  We've named him THOR... which just makes me giggle!  He's a real cutie and is settling in very nicely.... here's a short video of his eating adventures - he's rather ravenous!  Full-face in the bowl approach - like a pie eating contest! LOL!  Enjoy!

video

Be sure to check out Hels' recipe HERE!  It's gorgeous as always!  Sorry I was late!

Hope all my US friends have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday tomorrow!  I'm picking up our fresh turkey this morning!

~ ellen.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Autumn Glow Abstract

Hello!

Back again to share another abstract series... I love the warm fall colors in this set, and the way that bright yellow-orange seems to "glow" from behind.

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 manila card stock
* 3" brayer
* assorted acrylic paints
* handmade collage papers
* hand-carved stamps
* found stamps (foam pieces, thread spools)
* white gel pen
* black Fude ball pen
 




Hope you have a great week. I'll be back with more!

~ ellen.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Abstract Layers

Hello again!

Yes, I've got another abstract series to share, but this one is a little bit different.  I started with the brayered background, but then did some brush painting on top as well.  I was trying for a specific, layered look... it didn't turn out exactly like I pictured in my head, but... nothing ventured, right?

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 card stock
* 3" brayer
* paint brushes
* hand made collage papers
* hand carved stamps
* found stamps
* white gel pen





Hope you have a great weekend!

~ ellen.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Earthy Abstract

Hello!

Time is just whizzing by!  I can't believe it's almost the end of October already...

Here's another in my abstract series obsession.  I like the earthy, natural color palette to this series.

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 card stock
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand-carved stamps
* found stamps (foam pieces, corrugated cardboard)
* white gel pen
* black Fude ball pen





There was a fourth piece to this set, but I gave it as a birthday gift before I could take a photo... oops!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween tomorrow!

~ ellen.

Monday, October 28, 2013

You Spin Me.... 'right round?

Hello!

Back again to share another set of abstracts... this set started as a 12 x 12 sheet of manila card stock that I cut down to four 6 x 6 pieces.

Supplies:

* 12 x 12 manila card stock
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand carved stamps
* found stamps (foam pieces, thread spool)
* white gel pen
* black Fude ball pen




Have a great week!

~ ellen.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Feeling Blue?

Hey,

Trying a monotone / tone-on-tone look... today it's the blues... although they do make me quite happy! LOL...

Supplies:

* 12" x 12" card stock
* 3" brayer
* assorted acrylic paints
* hand made collage papers
* hand carved stamps
* white gel pen
* black Fude Ball pen






You see a pattern emerging?  Uh-huh... I've found my happy zone... more to come!

~ ellen.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Abstract Paint & Collage

Hello!

Back again with another set of abstracts...

Supplies:

* 12" x 12" white card stock
* vintage book text
* Ranger Glue 'N' Seal-matte
* 3" brayer
* assorted acrylic paints
* Silks - acrylic glazes
* hand made collage papers
* hand carved stamps
* found stamps
* paint pens
* white gel pen
* black Fude Ball pen






Hope you enjoyed... back soon with more!

~ ellen.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Paint Nite - I'm Hooked!

Hello!

A few weeks ago, I went to an event in downtown Baltimore called "Paint Nite".  If you've never heard of it, you simply *must* check it out.  It is a nationwide (U.S.) opportunity to go to your favorite pub or other drinking establishment, and learn to paint while you're enjoying your favorite beverage or glass of wine... honestly... what could be better!?  Seriously, I can't stop talking about it and telling everyone I know that they *have* to try this!

I met up with 3 of my best-est local arty friends for dinner and an evening of painting!  Everyone is given the same supplies, and the same instruction from the teacher, but it is amazing how different everyone's results were.

Here's a couple of pix from the evening... "borrowed" from the Paint Nite Baltimore Facebook page.

Our motley crew... from the front: Connie Byrnes, Terry Quinn, Me, and Patti Parrish
And here's me and Patti... we always have the *best* time! Love her!
Here's my finished painting, which is proudly now hanging in my bathroom ...


And a few close ups...




Needless to say, I will be partaking in this new phenomenon again... soon!  In fact, I'm already signed up for another session at a restaurant/bar close to where I work!  And I'm meeting up with my best friend since we were 9 years old (who is, incidentally, the source of my blog name, 10:36 art - see sidebar for the story), as well as my sister and one of her BFF's! It will be a BFF double-painting-date. Life is good!

Take care 'til next time!

~ ellen.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Abstract Obsession

Hello and Happy Friday!

I'm back to share another set in my abstract obsession...

Supplies:

* white card stock 8 1/2" x 11"
* 3" brayer
* assortment of acrylic paints
* hand made collage papers (mostly brayer clean-ups)
* hand carved stamps
* paint brushes
* paint pens (white and black)
* white gel pen






More to come soon...

~ ellen

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

House Pix - Dining Room

Hello!

One of most exciting parts of this new house is the simple fact that we have a *dining room* !  Our other house was more of a cottage, with an eat-in kitchen, but no dining room.  So I've spent many, many months searching for the *exact* dining room furniture that I had in my mind.  After many an internet search and in store browsing, I finally found it!

Here is the before picture.  We found that iron gate at Home Goods and fell in love with it.  The square art on the right is an acrylic print of one of Jane Davies' works, which I got from fineartamerica.  Here's a link to Jane's prints - they are just stunning!  


And here's the "after" ! I love the weathered, rustic, mission-style of the table and chairs.


And here's the sideboard/buffet.  The top middle drawer is lined for silver, with an insert that fits the drawer perfectly.  The second middle drawer is also lined with a gorgeous velvet to protect fine pieces.


After another trip to Home Goods over the weekend, we've done some more decorating! Two framed prints, some faux topiary, and (I know it's too early for Christmas.. this was just for fun), a cool advent tree with a little drawer for each day from Dec 1 to Dec 24.


I love this stamped mosaic-look bowl.  It has a bright silver background with a gorgeous copper/brown pattern.


Here's a shot from the living room.  Over the sliding glass doors... the collection of "circles" is actually a grouping of metal bowls, mounted on an iron frame. As a lover and maker of pottery, this was RIGHT up my alley!


This isn't the dining room... but thought I'd share it anyway... This is taken from the far side of the living room.  Love my ginormous clock, and the chest of drawers was a great find at Joss and Main.  You'll notice a little framed abstract piece on the chest as well.... more to come on that soon.


Found this at Home Goods, too... I just LOVE that store! It's a cryin' shame that it's a mere 2 miles from my house now... yikes!  I'm not normally one for fairy tale fantasies, but when it comes to me and Jack... well... there's just really no doubt... this is us... I'm a lucky girl... :)


... and that seems a fitting place to finish... I will be back soon to share another abstract series.

~ ellen.