Thursday, December 10, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Today was a busy day running errands, taking my kid to soccer, doing homework...you know how it is. But, I managed to get some quite time sitting on my front porch sipping tea and looking at this view. Fall is just ablaze surround my house. Life should never be so hectic that a view like this can't be enjoyed.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
If you notice, the Mad Hatter has a pretty cool cup of tea. It's only half a cup of tea, but I love that it's cut in half lengthwise (taken from the story!) and the tea doesn't fall out!! OK, so which one do you like better, the inks or the watercolors?
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 12:40 PM
Monday, November 2, 2009
Since I've been under the weather a bit lately, I decided to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and my laptop for some creative reading. I decided to go blog hopping. I didn't make it very far! When I got to "Mother Henna's" blog, I saw that she was participating in something called the "Art Every Day Month". I've been in a slump this past bit and have been pushing to find my muse. So, I knew this challenge wasn't for me. But the more I read and then checked out Leah's challenge, I thought, why not!!! The worse would be that I wouldn't get 30 projects done, but I knew that if I accepted this challenge, I'd get some creating done. Besides, her challenge isn't to create a complete project each day, it's to do Art each day! So with a light step and a song in my heart, I'm going to play in this challenge, and I hope that somewhere along the way, my muse will join me!!
This is a collage I started a while back and just sitting at my desk and clearing things out, I found all the pieces I wanted to add to it!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
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Friday, October 16, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Black and White isn't as easy as it would seem! While doing this and a few other ATCs in black and white, I really found it quite challenging not to add a touch of color. My work usually is full of colors, sometimes way too much, so this was out of my comfort zone. First I stamped the moon. Then I painted the tree and the leaves. Added the fairy on a toadstool. I had to darken quite a bit of the fairy, because she just seemed too transparent. To ground the toadstool and to hide the ugly base, I added grassblades and flowering stalks! This might be look like it lacks color, but in the end, I felt I'd actually added a new color to my palette.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 11:19 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I love distress inks and have a hard time passing up a challenge to use these inks. This card is done for a distress ink challenge hosted by Christie on Stamp-Shack. I used six different inks. Smooshed (that's a technical term! lol), them on my craft mat, sprayed them with water and wiped my card across them. Then I embossed the stamps with black embossing powder. The dragonfly seemed to blend too much into the background, so I added some green and purples to it using prismacolor pencils.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Have you ever taken a class from a teacher that you just couldn't get enough of. Well, that's how felt when I took a Tim Holtz class two years ago. He returned this past weekend to teach a few classes and I was lucky enough to take his "Nostalgic Metal Memoirs" class. He makes a class so much fun that you don't even realize that 5 hours have passes since you sat down and that you're holding a small piece of art in your hands! This class was a combination of book binding and metal class. The book is 4 x 4 and has 90 pages hand sewn into it. Then we worked with metal sheets which was embossed, sanded, distressed and colored with AI inks. The sheets were then used like wrapping paper to cover the top and bottom covers. Once corners, a decorative clasp and crown on the front were added, the journal was finished. It always amazes me how everyone starts off with the same kit, the same instruction and comes up with a totally different and unique piece when you take one of Tim Holtz class. Oh, and did I say, how much fun this was? Loads!!
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 12:34 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
These three were done for a "Whimsical Marie Antoinette" hand drawn/painted swap. I was pretty excited to do these. Not sure why. Not as if I watched the movie or knew much about the ill fated queen, but something made me want to do this swap. So I signed up for it. Now, here's the kicker! I joined on 4th of July. We went to our local fair grounds to watch the fireworks. We had about 3 hours of wait time and I drew all three of them fairly quickly before it got dark. As I said, I was pretty inspired. Not sure I've ever drawn so many cards so quickly before. Then we went home and packed for our trip to disneyworld starting the next day!! I thought I'd be back in time to color them and mail them out. Nope, didn't work out that way. By the time we got back, they were due in 4 days. So, I got them colored and priorty mailed them out! Hopefully, the hostess will have them in time.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Recently our local Naval Base had their air show. Which was spectacular. There were lots of acrobatics in the air, some on the runway, and lots of food vendors. The traffic coming into the base took 1.5 hrs, where normally it takes 15 mins. Needless to say, we missed closeups of a few of the attactions. But because most of them are aerial displays, we were able to watch much of it from the car!! My favorites and most likely everyone else's there too, are the Blue Angels. The Navy's premier acrobatic team. It's a six man/plane team, with #7 being the spare. It's simply amazing to watch these jets zoom by each other at high speed and miss each other. They flew straight up, in formation, upside down and sideways. It was skill and grace in the air. I loved it. Here's a little of what we saw. I look forward to when they will be back again.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 9:36 PM
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This was one of my favorite designs. I did this in so many colors (take a look at the sidebar), as ATCs, inchies, and as the journal page I painted. I think I could do this in my sleep now!! These are done on black paper with acrylics.
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Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I know I haven't posted much lately, but I've been quite busy. I'm going to an Artist get together mid June. This should be a fun get together. It's a lot like the shack-a-poolaza the girls at the stamp shack did earlier this year. But since I'd signed up for this one nearly a year ago, I couldn't do both. Perhaps next year...
The get together is mainly a bunch of artists on ATCsforAll. It'll be a combination live trade show/art classes/art making. Oh, and lets not forget the social aspect. That should take up the whole weekend! I'm not sure I'll get much art making. So, in anticipation of this, I've made some ATCs and some inchies in advance.
I'll preview a few here and add lots more while I'm gone, and especially when I return.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 11:01 AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Another set of inchies! These little pieces are more addictive than I thought. Though, trying to color those little eyes is a bit neurotic! I did these for a swap on ATCsforall. I've drawn nearly 30 faces, but so far, these are all I've colored in. I've used mostly acrylics for the faces, except for the blue haired fairy and the little imp on the bottom left. Those I colored with prismacolored pencils. For me, the pencils were harder to get the saturation I wanted and didn't give the smoothness of color that I liked. These little pieces of art are easy to draw when watching my little guy practise his soccer game. And since they're only 1" x 1", there isn't that much detailing needed in the background. My fav. is the little girl peeking over the fence. How about you? Which one strikes you the most?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I've finally taken the plunge and hosted my first swap "Flower Power" on the Stamp Shack. I have a lot of floral stamps and wanted to do some cards with them. When I saw no floral swap to join, I made my own up. I envisioned something along the lines of a physecadelic card that represented Flower Power to me. And I'm thrilled that what I envisioned, happened! I love the colors. I usually work in watercolors, but this is a first for me. Markers!! The colors are rich and vibrant.
I used 3 different stamps, all from the same set by K Marcella (clear stamps #137004). Made a collage of them and then colored with Bic Markers.
If any of you want to trade with me for a card very similar to this, let me know.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 4:10 PM
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Well, I don't think I'm hooked, but doing inchies has helped get rid of stress for me. We've had so much going on the last month and which will last for another few weeks, that I was finding I just was too tired to create. I was under pressure just to finish my committed swaps. Inchies are so small that I'm able to complete these fairly quickly. The top two are done with water colors. The flowers are acrylics and my favorite of all favorite, the faces are done using prisma pencils. I love the faces, so bear with me. You might be seeing more of them!!
I love my ATCs. I never think I'd actually make anything other than that. And then a swap comes along that is irresistable. Perhaps because of the medium or technique used. Or perhaps the host. In this case it was definitely the host. Pixeldog at ATCsforall. He was hosting a swap with inchies. An ATC is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. Inchies are, well, 1" x 1". My gosh, those are small!! I signed up for the swap, but waited pretty much till the end for one reason or another to do the swap. Mostly, because I was panicked and didn't have a clue what to do. One night, I started and this is what I came up with. His inchies required a number on them. Other than that, it was whatever I could create. There were 75 participants in it. Lol, he's got his work cut out for him sorting out the returns! So what do you think of my first venture into Inchies? They're all done in watercolors, except for the pink daisy. That's in acrylics.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This was an ATC done for the "Wings" swap on Stamp-Shack. The girl is an unmounted stamp that I've had for ages, and not sure who makes it. I had visualized her with some butterfly wings, but none of the butterflies I had would work for this girl. They were mostly too clunky! So, I went through my stamp drawers and found door hinges. I liked the scroll work look of them and they seem to match the design on her sleeves. I masked the girl off and stamped the wings. Then I added some stamped butterflies to give her something to interact with. Drew a pond under her and doodled a bit of flowers and grass to finish of the image. The background is colored with watercolors which I applied with very broad strokes. The fairy is colored with prisma pencils, mainly an orangish red and yellow.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This was another one of those free form, fun cards to make. It's for a snowflake swap at ATCsforall. I used a collage of stamps and added white dots to highlight certain areas. I'm really enjoying these stamped collages, and definitely plan to be doing more!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I received this award from Jennifer at Trial and Error. To participate in this one, I am to list 5 addictions and then pass the award onto 5 bloggers. First my addictions:
1) Taking photos...of my kids and anything else I see through my camera lense!
3) Coke or Pepsi, for some reason, it's the only sodas I'll drink
5) Indian Food
O.k. now for 5 bloggers:
1) Running on Ink
2) Sir Pumpkin
3) Land of the Lost Luggage
4) Thimbles, Bobblins, Paper and Ink
5) Far North Designs
I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 3:52 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I joined a partner swap for a 1/1 card. In this swap, we had to check our partner's profile and do a card based on what they were interested in. I picked "bird" out of his profile and did this red tailed hawk. I love how he turned out and wish I'd made one for myself too. Though, I do have to say, I wasn't totally original in this. I'd done a 8 1/2" version of this in a mini-class before, and was thrilled to be able to duplicate it without the instructor talking us through it. It's done with just two colors, brown and blue, except for the touch of color for his eyes. The hardest part then and now was drawing it free hand. The curve of that beak is a lot harder to do then it looks!! Well...at least for me.
Posted by Midnitecreations - Renu at 9:25 PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I used five different stamps to create this collaged image. The face stamp is by Queens Ink, the feather and the swirls are by Judikins, the two clear circle stamps are by Inkadinkado. As you can see, I only used a portions of the stamps. This is an ATC afterall, and the whole stamps just don't fit! I colored it with green and blue. Heavy handed in some areas and lighter in others.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009
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