I am always trying to use my materials in my studio in a new way ( probably because i have so many materials in my studio this is necessary lol} so the other day I had this great idea; how about making a swirling frame for one of my pages in my 2014 art journal with hot glue and paint them with Viva Inka Metallic rubs ( got these at Joanne’s). So here are the pictures in this free tutorial that show you how to do this simple technique that I think turned out well.
First make your page and then heat up your glue gun. Make sure that you have a fresh sticlk of glue in and that it is really hot. Then draw swirls or whatever you want around the item you want to frame. If you run out of glue just put in a new stick and pick up where you left off.
Now comes the really fun part…after it dries take your metallic rubs, chose one and rub your finger in it and gently daub the rub on the top of the glue frame. I used Gold, steel blue and copper to make this frame. You can see the results . I love it and I plan to try some other hot glue and metallic rubs in my art journal. I will put them up as they are created. The saying in the photo was given to me by my husband He found it online ( sorry I do not know who wrote it) and said that it is me right down to my stained fingers.
I wrote a blog entry a couple of weeks ago called Life is fragile. It was about my friend who had stomach cancer being in hospice. Julie died last Friday evening. I cried. Such a loss of a gentle spirit and a stunning talent. Her husband made the announcement on Facebook and I was surprised to read all the comments from people all over the world who loved Julie and her work. It made me realize how we impact one another on a global scale now with the internet and social media. I wonder if Julie would have been surprised to see how many people took the time to write something beautiful and comforting to her family. I wonder if she would be surprised to see how deeply her presence and her work affected people she only knew through her Etsy shop or the internet.
Then I began to wonder how many people know about me and my work. Does my work leave a lasting impact on other people’s lives? I know that my work as a psychotherapist has impacted many people and I hope for the good. But does my artistic work also leave a footprint in the life of others? I suppose that seeing one of my photographs in my Etsy shop or on Facebook or Fickr sends a fleeting impression to the viewer’s mind about some remembered moment in their lives. And that is probably enough, to offer that moment of pleasure, wonder or reminiscence to a person that I know or that I have never met. We all seem to be influencing each other all the time with our shared experiences and images in this time of instant communication. The world is changing and becoming more inclusive. The stunning amount of comments about Julie on the internet is a concrete example of how we are all changing and becoming more connected in ways that I could not have imagined even 15 year ago.
Just got home from a wonderful 4 day weekend with my hubby to San Diego. SD is so beautiful and I love to be by the ocean. I feel refreshed by being in nature and my artistic side is filled with new ideas to create. But I came home with a major cold. Another gift from coming in contact with germs I am not normally acquainted with. lol So now I have to feel better to start those new creative ideas. But I can share with you a photograph that I took while we were at the Point Loma lighthouse. By the way, my great, great grandfather was the assistant lighthouse keeper there in 1865. He only stayed about a year because he met a saucy senorita in Old Town San Diego and married her. She came with a lot of land in Baja California so he became a rancher. Good thing or I would not be here now with a cold. lol
When I saw this card I held it with gentle hands. This card is over 100 years old and is extraordinary. This is an actual greeting card (not a postcard) that is handmade. I have never seen one before in this good of condition.
The vintage ribbon ties on the front and holds the two papers together in the center of the card. Someone had to hand tie that ribbon. The gold foil around the embossed windows is highlighted with little purple and white flowers. Amazingly, the windows are see through with a silk material that is stretch across the windows. You can see the light come through them.
The edges are scalloped and embossed. It was made in Germany around 1910. It can be scanned and used in your mixed media art; or art journals. It is an unique collectible piece of ephemera from the turn of the century. If you want to see it you can look here;