Shrine of Sisters

I finally made use of the angel shrine from Retro Art Café this week! It’s been sitting on my desk for at least a couple of months just waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Then I saw what my Facebook-friend Cat Kerr made with a couple of Relics & Artifacts figures, and I finally knew what to do…

I had already painted the angel with a coat of gesso, so I started with a layer of Finnabair’s transparent crackle paste on the wings and on the frame part. Then let it dry over night. I’m still sort of figuring out how this medium works, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I think the key to the best crackles is to let it dry slowly. I’ve tried using a heat gun, but it just tend to bubble, and the cracks don’t get so defined.
Anyway… When they had dried I painted them with gold paint.

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After the gold paint had dried I used some sepia acrylic ink from Daler-Rowney to grunge it up a bit. I also took one of the faces from Relics & Artifacts I’ve got and gave it some sepia grunge love too. Doesn’t it look like it’s been laying in the dirt for hundreds of years, maybe thousand? I totally love this sepia!

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The frame I painted with Finnabair’s rust mica powder, and added some highlights to both frame and face with her teal mica powder. The little crown you can see in below pictures where also painted with gold, and had some touch-ups with the mica powders as well.

 

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Then I chose the embellishments I had in my trinket box, the flower I’ve bought from a shop on Etsy, Carman Treasures… they also have a lot of gorgeous beads and such for jewellery making. 😉
The photo is from one of Tim Holtz’s papers I cut out, can’t remember what paper pack though…

 

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And here it is,assembled and finished. I’ve glued everything down with matte media gel and 3D-gel, also from Finnabair. A shrine over sisterhood, in what shape it may come. I’ve got two amazing sisters, and this last year I’ve found a whole bunch of them via Facebook, my art sisters. <3

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Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my process, and hope this will inspire you to make your own shrine.

Til the next time! xox
Josefina

Summer 2015

Wow! What a spring and summer it’s been! I find out that I wont have a regular job after summer, I participate in an exhibition, I start up my Etsy-shop, we travel to England, we visit my mother in Gothenburg and I decide to participate in a market. The much needed vacation turned out more hectic than I thought at first. Let’s show some photos. :)shadow boxThis is the shadow box I participated with in an exhibition at a museum with a couple of hundred other crafters and artists. Great fun, and lots of amazing and fantastic works. Much inspiration. With my box I wanted to make something like out of a story. It has given me lots of further ideas I’d like to try.tackFor my closest co-workers I wanted to give each a little something before the vacation (and before my employment ended), as a thank you for all the support they have given me during my time with them. It ended up as three bug-in-a-boxes, each looking different from the other.minecon2015_panelThen for the BIG event this summer, at least for this family. Minecon 2015 in London! Together with 10 000 gamers from all over the world we got together for two days to indulge in everything Minecraft. We had a blast during some of the hottest days in London this year I think.

Loved the giant iron golems they had created!irongolem

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We also took a trip to Tunbridge Wells, south of London, to visit my sister and brother-in-law. First time in Tunbridge, and first time in their itty-bitty house. Pretty town, and they are always great to spend time with… even if they don’t like being photographed. 😛tunbridgeWhen coming back home it was just for me to start producing things to sell on the Crafty Älmhult Market. I hade some things, but they were already listed in my Etsy shop, so I had to make new things. Lot of gluing and painting. I had brought all the stuff to our summer house, so I could sit a couple of hours every day. Finally I had a pretty little stash that I felt could be enough. I made houses, both sizes, and a couple of bug-in-a-box.houses_base

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bugsinboxesI also started a 100 day project, but I realise now that I’m not doing it quite as it says on their homepage… and I definitely haven’t been able to keep it to one per day (insert slightly embarrassed emote here…). But I’m still at it, and almost caught up. I’ll start posting them to my IG feed this week. I made a small notebook of sorts, about A6 size, and doing a collage every day. For me it’s a great exercise in not over thinking it, and to actually finish a project I’ve started just for fun. I will finish this project!100dayprojectSpending time at our summer house is fantastic, especially if the weather allows us to be outdoors pretty much of the day. Lazy days, in between, my hectic production. LOLfoxglove

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We also made a trip to Gothenburg to visit my mother and to meet up with my other sister and her family. They also live in England (what’s up with that anyway!? :P), so a couple of days goofing around with cousins and winning the jackpot at one of the chocolate wheels! So his new lucky number is 12… can you blame him?goofy

 

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And to finish the summer vacation it was finally time for Crafty Älmhult Market! I had the chance to meet other crafters and artists, some were very experienced and others, like me, was doing this market thing for the first time. I had a great time! I sold one of my bugs, and considering that none of the sellers were selling much, I think that was pretty good.craftymarket2

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craftymarket1So… now what ..? I’ve got a lot of ideas, right now all seem possible. I’ll work on my Etsy shop, update shop policies, list more items and a lot that might not be visible at once, but hopefully will help future buyers. Talk about that, I’ve had my first buyer!! Yay!! Two items sold, and  it feel great!

… we don’t have to mention that it was a relative to me. It’s got to start somewhere right!?

This was a sort of quick, and maybe slightly muddled, summary of our summer.
Bring on the autumn and new adventures.

Love,
Josefina

 

 

Creative Gym – Exercise #5

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life and work somehow got in the way… I’ve gone up in time at work, and it’s a challenge to adjust to have less time to create.

I decided to join the Mixed Media Place’s Creative Gym this month and their exercise #5. The rules for this one is: combine black backround + all the colors of the rainbow.

My first try was a black background and layering loads of colours with different stencils… It didn’t work for me, so paint over with fresh black acrylic and start over. This gave me a more textured surface to work on, and that’s always a plus, right?

So, here’s my entry. I used a photo of my son from last year, he’s on his way to a party and having his smart outfit, and crooked smile, on. He loves orange, and pretty much all bright colours. I’ve used a couple of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, sequines, Finnabair’s beads, and different decorative elements as cutouts and paperclips. The golden stars I just cutout from gold foil paper.

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Really like how this exercise turned out. Hope you like it too. :)

Cheers,
Josefina

 

Book binding

This is going to be a pic heavy post. I would like to show my first book I’ve stitched together my self. Weeee! Loved making this, every picture is chosen because I like it and off course the book is in mainly green and blue. The book is rather small, something like 12,5 cm (or 5 inch).

It’s made in Coptic stitch and I watched all video tutorials of Laura Lein-Svencner before I started… and during. It’s great with You Tube! You can stop and pause at any time, I’ve used it much when teaching myself to crochet.

The covers are made out of old cardboard I had laying around, always saving good boxes to use… someday. I’m such a hoarder…
First there are two pics from my wip, and then there are pics of every page I’ve finished. I’ve used many different scraps of paper, some I know is from Basic Grey, but much are just stuff I’ve had for ages. The picture of the badger I’ve had since I were like 7 or something. Isn’t he pretty?
Ok, so here we go. Hope you like it. :)

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I still have a couple of pages left to fill, but I do love my little book. I haven’t made any journaling, but this feels like a sketchbook where I’ve tried to use different techniques and material. The page with the star in green and blue, I’ve used alcohol ink, never used it before. So, a great way to try new stuff.

Thanks for watching.
Love,
Jos

Do or do not

We love Star Wars in this family, but we like the old films the best. My husband and I use the saying Yoda has: ”Do, or do not. There is no try.” … or something like that…
I think it works on many things. Like don’t feel bad about the dishes waiting, decide to do them, or not to. They wont go away and when you’ve decided that you wont do them, you can find peace to create something instead. Art before chores might be my new saying. 😉

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The little house I see on my daily walks in a green space close to our home. It’s like a mini forest just around the corner.

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Remember, do or do not. Guilt is a negative feeling and leads to nothing creative. 😉

Love
Jos