I really should call it an obsession--flea markets! I love searching for forgotten items from the past and using them again giving them a new life in my art.
When I find these (especially the vintage photos), I want to know more of their history, and who are these people in the photos?? Why did they end up in a flea market of all places?! I want to take them all when I see them, but unfortunately it would be way too many for me--so sad to see these vintage family photos tossed aside like this.
All of these collage fodder goodies pictured here are courtesy of the Brimfield Flea market that I went to a couple of weeks ago. Oh my goodness--22 fields of flea markets all in 1 place--over 4000 vendors. It's 6 days long, and we went for 3 days--not nearly enough time to see it all. If you like flea markets, and you live near Massachusetts, then go!
Here's the booth where I found a lot of these 'art supplies' in Brimfield--
....you can probably guess that this was one of my favorite booths...
And as an added bonus, it's only a couple of hours away from New York City. We spent a few days there and visited our son who lives right in Manhattan. He takes us everywhere--a great tour guide.
You can't go to NYC without experiencing Times Square--at least once :-)
So needless to say, we had a great week!
And when I got home, I was totally inspired by all of my finds--
--even though they're not the original, they come in great for that finishing touch--already pre-cut, and in different sizes too...
they were perfect for my latest box
And another find--
Before and after pic--I found 4 of these 9 x 9 wood boards at a booth (that's all he had). I really like them because of the raised center that they have--for $2.00 each, I would have bought whatever he had available, since wood is my favorite surface to work on.
And another one--
I got a lot to keep me busy for a while! I really love this time of year around here--the weather is warmer, which means garage sales and flea markets are starting up and going strong--makes me happy!
Poppies--one of my favorite flowers to paint!--especially blue ones! I started warming up with my background--
.....and then the poppies--
...and playing with my latest favorite supply--these fineline applicators--you fill them with whatever you want--I like to fill them with undiluted fluid acrylics. They'll leave a little texture on the surface that way--a nice effect.
I added more texture to this one also with molding paste through a stencil on the sun--
and one more painting which included some more poppies--
I'm really happy with these--they're coming with me in my upcoming shows. No more painting for a few days though--I'm taking a little vacation to Massachusetts--the Brimfield Flea market--if you know flea markets, then you'll know that this is a BIG one--I'm excited for this, and it's my first time there--hope to come back home with lots of goodies!
This is just a short post of my latest painting that was SO much fun to create. A few years ago I had found this wood board at a flea market. It's 20 x 20 with a 2 inch raised edge on 3 sides--not exactly sure what it was meant for, but for me, painting on it was the thing to do. My first step--
I painted the board with my background colors adding and taking away and a little stenciling. This is the warm-up part and the most forgiving, because if you're not happy with it--just cover it up with more paint. And then I added the row of paper houses across the bottom.
Next came my rooster--
.....the first layer...
and then some texture and more collage--
Some finishing details with some black paint to define the edges and add some shading--
And the completed piece--
This piece came together very easily for me--no struggling on this one--most likely because I enjoy painting on wood, and I love painting roosters! It's always better when you're able to do what you love most--whatever it is :-)
That's what's been taking up most of my time these days. Spring around here has been very rainy and gray most of the time--so I had to bring some color into my life--with lots of happy ones--thinking Spring in my house if it can't be outside.
This makes me happy! I'll show you a little bit of my process--
This is on a 10 x 29 birch cradle board. I cover the whole surface with my painted papers and whatever else I have at hand. This is where this one ended up--
Thoughts of Spring....
and here's another one in process
This one is on a 6 x 18 cradle board (one of my favorite sizes to work with). After I collaged all of the papers on to it I sketched my design on it, and then started painting--
...my sunflower girl--I liked her so much that I put her on a 6 x 6 canvas also--
Hi everyone--yes, I have another tutorial for you!
You can find all the steps for this over at the StencilGirl blog where I'm so happy to be the guest designer--it was as fun to make as it looks! Make sure to check out the StencilGirl shop too--if you've never been there before, you're in for a treat!
Hey everyone! I have a brand new step by step tutorial to share with you over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog. Here's what you can find there--
--lots of texture in this collage including some metal embossing and crackle paste--you can find it HERE. These collages are lots of fun to make--there's no rules and they always end up your own once you start experimenting and seeing what happens.
I love playing around on watercolor paper. It's fairly inexpensive and because of that I feel more free to experiment. These 2 pieces were on 5 x 7 pieces of 140lb watercolor paper.
I had 2 barnwood-type frames that I decided to paint to make them more cohesive with these paintings--
--instant art for your walls!--with not too much expense.
I kept going this time with a larger piece of paper--
I've had these barnwood frames for years in various sizes, and when I was playing around with the paper, the idea came to me to use the frames, but give them more of a whimsy style by painting them.
More watercolor paper play--
finished and framed it--
fun to do and lots less stress by doing it this way--try it yourself--get some frames when they're on sale--and these look great behind glass too!
And now is the time of the year for me to start thinking about art shows. I have some listed on my sidebar, with more coming. I've been taking my new art and putting them on 6 x 6 canvases and cradle boards--
these guys are the popular ones at the shows.......
I'm so excited to have a feature article in the March/April issue of Somerset Studio!
I started out with this magazine discovering it along with the world of mixed media 11 years ago--so happy that I've come this far, and now to have my art featured--I would never have believed this all those years ago.
This will be on sale in stores March 1. A BIG thank you to Somerset Studio for this and also for continuing to be a source of inspiration for me!