Tuesday, January 30, 2007

My inner child

This collage was made before I made "A childs view" - it actually
inspired me to make another one, as I enjoyed making this so much.
Same as before - the face was already cut-out, so all I had to do was glue it to card, and draw & cut-out the body. I love these colours - they are so me - PINK & PURPLE & LIME GREEN. The leaves are stamped, and the flowers are punched with drawn flowers on top, and the stalks are also hand-drawn.

"My inner child" - the title says it all. I think that this is me - the me that is in my head. I don't let it out to play often enough, but I think that will change from now on. I love drawing, painting, and doodling - I especially love Sharpies - and my inner child is looking forward to playing more.

After I finished these last two collages I scanned them, and made reduced copies for small pictures and ATC's - and then I made this beaded & ribboned picture. I'm really happy with it - now I'm not sure whether to give it away, or to keep it !!!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Child's View

Now that I'm used to the size, I do enjoy creating collages - and this one was SO much fun to make. It came together very quickly - I already had the face cut out, so all I had to do was glue it to a piece of card, and draw & colour the body.

I decided to go with a black & white theme - and I called it "A Child's View". This is because my dh and I had just very recently discussed how children only see things as black & white - there are no grey areas for children. It either is - or it isn't... a child's view.

Scrapbooking papers were used for the background, and I hand-drew and cut out the flowers. I also used punched daisies for the centres of the flowers.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Inchies !!??!

I had fun making these ...
my first ever Inchies !!

They are all only 1" square, and all completely different. I was doing them for a swap, but ran out of time (too much going on over Christmas).

There were meant to be 100 (!!!) of them, and I was only able to make 16 (so far). I'm planning an "Inchies" swap for NZ-Mail Art, so I may keep these ones - probably frame them - and I'll do another lot - or two - for the swap.

Finding pictures & words small enough for these is the challenge - and it's fun to find tiny charms & rhinestones to add as well.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

King of the World

These are two ATC's that I started at WendyP Crafts last week.We had a playday afternoon, and Wendy showed us a background technique using acetate and ink pads. LOTS OF FUN !!! I did these two colours, and some gorgeous purple/pink ones.

When I got home, I got out my new alphabet stamps, and my Dymo labeler, and made these ATC's. The word "KING" has been stamped on scrap card with Versamark Watermark ink pad, embossed with Detail Gold embossing powder, and edged with gold pen.

The crowns were punched out of gold card - I love this punch, it's one that I use a lot. Both of these ATC's are available for trade - check out my "ATC's for trade" album here - Webshots.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Letters from Home

I made this collage today - actually, I started it last week, but I couldn't finish it till today cos I was waiting on some stamps for the finishing touches. The size is 8" x 10", which is quite intimidating for someone who's only done card and ATC size art.

But ... I'm very happy with it. The colours are new for me too - I don't usually work in muted vintage colours, but when inspiration hit me for this collage I knew that I couldn't do it in any other colours. I used Rangers Distress Inks for all the edges, and the stamping. The postage stamp surround, and the top postal mark are both from Montarga stamps. They are one of my favourite stamp companys, and the best thing about them is - they're based in New Zealand !!!

Fun ATC's

One of the groups that I belong to (and it's also one of my favorites) is Eclectic ATC's. I love the swaps that they do, they are challenging and fun. I particularly enjoyed this one - "Weird Faces" ... the one on the top left is one that I also did for ATC's Down Under (the theme for that one was "Things my mother said").

The one on the top right is one of my New Zealand ATC Art Dolls - the face is stamped, and the body is hand-drawn & cut out. The bottom one (the Blue face) is a scanned and reduced original drawing by me.

This swap's theme is "Anything but Paper" ... this was definitely a challenge. The top left is x-stitch on fabric, with a tiki attached.

The top right is a beaded bee stitched onto sequin waste, then attached with brads onto cork ... this was fun to do.

The bottom one is an image sandwiched between two pieces of acetate - I used silver thread to tie the acetate pieces together. I'm really happy with how this one turned out, and I'm going to use this technique again.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Welcome to Purplemajic Art

Hi all ... this is my very first post, on my very first blog. The reason that I started this blog is because I challenged myself to create or read/research art every day during 2007. I'm off to a good start, but since we ALL seem to start our New Years resolutions with a hiss and a bang, then fizzle out, I needed to do something to motivate me. This could be the way to do it, or it may fizzle out too!! Anyway, I have to give it a try, so bear with me, and I'll see what I can do.

I own 5 yahoo groups, and I'm active on all of them - I've posted links here for anyone that would like to have a look, and maybe join. I love ATC's, ATC & PAPER Art Dolls, and altered art - 3 of my groups are ATC groups, one is an Art Doll group, and one is a Mail Art (NZ only) group.

Here's a pic of my latest creation - an Altered CD, made for our first NZ Mail Art swap.