Monday, December 28, 2009

For Sale! "The Danseur"

Up for sale is one of my latest pieces called "The Danseur". This is a whimsical piece that I hope you love. I've decided to try it out this way since my shops right now are all on sale to get rid of the old art. This is new for me so hopefully it works!

A little about the piece: It's mixed media and has an image transfer of the dancer and lots of layers of paint. It was created for Carmen Torbus' Spill it Class. I just finished it and wanted someone to have it who loves it. It's on a hard canvas and will come wired and ready to hang. Will also come with a certificate of authenticity from EBSQ.

Size is: 6 x 12

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I'm on a roll!!

Well I guess taking a break from my art without the pressure of having to sell it has really opened up my creativity. Who knew? I'd like to show you the 2 pieces I created tonight! My hands are covered in paint and I'm having so much fun with it. I've rarely used a brush too! :)

Here they are!

"The Good Egg"

With the flash the colors are truer but you don't see the sparkle as much.

Taken with my iPhone you can see her sparkly outfit!

Little details

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Bride

Well I've finally finished up Carmen Torbus' class called Spill It and I was way behind. I got caught up the other day and finished my last canvas tonight. It was a great class and I would recommend it to anyone. We painted with our fingers!!!! I created 3 pieces for that class and had a blast doing it. I learned a lot as well. If you ever get the chance to take a class from her go for it!! This last piece I call "The Bride". Enjoy! I guess I have wedding on the brain. My sister-in-law in FL was just proposed to yesterday and I'm thrilled!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Created this for my niece Corlin's room.

I am enjoying my new found freedom with my creations lately. Now that I'm not stressed to keep up a shop it seems to have unleashed some more passion for creating! This is what I've done in the last few days. If you see something you like and would like to purchase it just holla! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!! Merry Christmas from me!

This was my 3rd attempt at an image transfer on this canvas. It finally came out so I finished it! Below is a detail of the bottom.

This is what I've been doing lately, exploring!!
Still need to add a few details to this but it's pretty much done.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Priority changes = BIG SALES for you!

I am offering 40% OFF everything in my ArtFire and Etsy shop, even sales items. I just want it gone and need to start fresh! 40% OFF until it's all gone!

Below is a little blurb. If you'd like to read more about why I'm doing this you can visit my new blog: Lo Mama Adventures. Thank you!

Starting today I am going to only create art for Bad Girls Project 52 (I'm on the design team for a year) and create art for fun and with Lorelei. If I sell a piece of art because someone likes it, then great! I'm not going to mass promote it on Twitter, here and Facebook it's such a waste of time and takes up too much of my time with little or no response. Life is too short to live it online trying to make your life grand. Yeah there are critics who will say you need something for you, you need a hobby. Yes that's right but I have a responsibility to my girl and there is always time for hobbies in the future. I'm not quitting all together I'm just changing my focus. I feel like there will be a blessing for her and for me in this. She needs me and I need her. I'm going to start exploring hobbies with her and nurturing her the way I should be. Just typing this is freeing and I know I'm making the right decision. Follow us on this journey if you like. This blog is where I'm going to post our grand adventures and times together. Her and I. Because of that I need less online activities to maintain. Life is too short people!! I hope you understand!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge #5 - ATC's

Hello all you Bad Girls!

Some of you may not know what an ATC is so here is some useful info for you! Taken straight from Wikipedia:

Artist Trading Cards
(or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards,[1] or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm X 9cm),[2] small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.[3] The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland.[4] Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold. To view more of the article, click here.

I have my own collection of ATC's I've been adding to for years. Some are framed and others are in an album. These are sooo fun and so addicting.

Art Tip: You know all those little bits of scraps and papers I told you to hang on to? Well they are perfect for little art pieces!! I save everything and use them in my ATC's.

Another cool tip is that your standard card from a card deck is the right size as well. Take an old card deck and glue your art right on top, paint on top or collage on top. I used to buy old decks from the antique shop for this purpose. Make sure they are the right size though.

OK onto my photos of this project! I chose the "Life" theme.

All 4!

"Life is Love"

"Life is Friends"

"Life is Mysterious"

"Life is Funny"

What I did on the backs of the cards.

Challenge #5 supply list

1. Strathmore ATC Canvas Paper - precut so it makes it easy
2. Scrapbooking paper of choice
3. Vintage image downloads - I purchased mine from French Kissed.
4. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass "Regal" in Creme de Rouge -(transparency) purchased from Wendy Rago's shoppe
5. Gold Pearl Ex Powder
6. Q-Tip for applying the Pearl Ex
7. Scotch Craft Stick (glue)
8. Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Peeled Paint" - green
9. Golden Fluid Acrylics, "Quinacridone Crimson"
10. General's Sketch & Wash Pencil - a must!
11. Peach colored pencil
12. Cricut Personal Cutter - not a must have but I used this to create the different shapes with the paper


These are really easy to create and make great gifts for people. The only rule in making ATC's is to make sure you have them the correct size at 2.5" x 3.5" and the rest is up to your creativity. I really had a hard time with this project which is so ironic. I was over thinking them and sometimes the most simplest design is the best! I chose the "Life" theme and wanted to show various aspects of life. "Life is Friends", "Life is Love", "Life is Funny" & "Life is Mysterious". When I knew what I was looking for I went on a hunt for the perfect vintage photos for this project. I found them and they just came together! First I took my ATC paper and applied a thin layer of acrylic paint with my fingers, next I cut the various shapes using my Cricut Cutter that I wanted in the scrapbook paper. Glued them down the way I wanted them, trimmed the images to fit the way I wanted, glued them and found my transparencies that I thought fit and glued them. Next I applied the Pearl Ex with the Q-Tip to add some glimmer I chose gold. I traced the main image with the Sketch & Wash Pencil to make it stand out, I also traced the flower, heart and other paper. I then colored in the cheeks on the images to make them rosy with the colored pencil. Last but not least I went around the edges with the Tim Holtz Distress ink to frame the images. To finish off the ATC's I added another piece of paper to the back to make it more stiff as well as to add color. I cut out another shape and titled, signed and dated each one. Have fun with this and happy ATC trading, they really are little treasures!


The winner of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Card to shop like a Bad Girl in the Bad Girl Shoppe! Be sure to leave a blog comment here first!

Three Rules to Follow:
  1. Follow the challenge guidelines exactly
  2. Post your project in the specific "Project 52" gallery with the title "Challenge #5 ATC's" before December 19 Midnight Pacific Time (see time converter)
  3. Link your layout to the Challenge #5 Thread in the Project 52 forum

Challenge 5 – ATCs (4 minimum, series/not, traditional size, foldable extensions)

  • ThemeLife &/or Death (funky and dark, light and bright, etc…)
  • Required material Transparencies (part/whole, printed/painted/inked, etc…)

Till next time!



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