What do you think...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Can go 3 months without buying a single ACEO ? lol I am sure going to try. They are so addictive. But I want to save up for other things! Wonder how long I will last. ha ha ha

Hmmm and this morning doesn't count as it was planned last night! lmao

I bought this gorgeous frog from Karen Anne of IrelandBrady. This is my very first card from her and I can't wait to add it to my collection as I love her work. She also has 5 more original frogs and a set of 6 limited addition prints, also you can also buy the limited addition prints separately as well.

I used to catch frogs as a kid - we used to call them squeakers but according to my mother they were baby bull frogs and these frogs really remind me of that. I can remember chasing them under logs, and in the leaves and other places. I even caught an adult bull fog once. That was the highlight of my summer! lol I also used to love to find tree frogs.

Karen Anne created this card in response to my "Long Legs" challenge on "the aceo challenge" blog. Do you need some inspiration, stop by and check it out here.
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Work In Progress: Beaded Aligators ACEO

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Buddies by alwaysartistic

Those of you who use Google Reader to read your blogs may have noticed I blogged about this ACEO when I was about 3/4 done. But then I finished it and then decided to do a Work In Progress post instead. No one had commented yet so I just unpublished the post.

I started out by taping the edges of my Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper down on all 4 sides to my plastic utility table. I then used scraps of paper and watercolor paints to stamp the back ground in various places. And I let it sit until it was completely dry, and then removed the tape and cut to ACEO size - 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches.

They were beaded right on to the ACEO instead of adding the alligators after. I thought it would be more fun and more challenging. I was right. 1 area on the back where I attached a leg looked like it might come undone if pulled on it too hard and so I added some paper in between the loop on the back to make it more sturdy.

Next I cut 2 slits in the background to start my 1st alligator. I tied a few knots at the back to make sure it doesn't come undone, and started beading.

I added the legs, I fastened down 1 top leg and 1 bottom leg leaving the other 2 alone.

Then I started the next one.

Added the eyes and continued...

Here is my sun conure Jessie helping me. He didn't try to go after the beads or anything just sat inside my shirt watching every move. lol

Here they are finished.

A close up!

More images that will be included when I list it.

Here I tried it in one of my plastic ACEO frames without the glass.

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Fun with watercolors...

Monday, July 12, 2010

I always love to experiment and try new things, and I couldn't sleep the last two nights so you can just guess what I was up to! lol

Kathy (tapestry316) issued a challenge in the July "7 Card Draw" thread to "Create several ACEOs to make one large painting or several small ones. You can pick however many you want to use" which got me thinking... and then I had read a post on using saran wrap at Marlene's (Lazyhawk) blog and I wanted to try it. You can view her post here.

I did a few like this over the last few days I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with the other backgrounds... For these paintings I measured out enough to paper to cover 2 or 3 ACEO's and taped the full pieces down onto my plastic utility table (if you need a good craft table these are awesome, paints wash off so nice and tape comes off too) and then I tried different ideas.

I made this one last night! I can't decide if I should add something to it or just leave it. But I like it how it looks so hopefully that's ok. It is kind of abstract I guess!

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I won an ACEO...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I won this ACEO from artist Lee Pierce today! Skyward measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is done in watercolors. To see more of her artwork, visit the links below...

Etsy Shop - Ebay Shop - Blog - Flickr

Thank you so much Lee!
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