Category Archives: Mixed Media

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I’m back from my blogging hiatus. I made a few little cosmetic changes and am happy to announce that I will be posting new projects that I am working on as well as ideas and pictures and all kinds of everyday Soul-Positive things….

For today I have exciting news!  Back in April the amazing Roben-Marie Smith asked if I would be interested in being a member of her Creative Design Team for her Paperbag Studios rubberstamp and mixed media product company. First I ran around in circles with my hands over my head screaming in the streets. Then I said “yes” before my brain could try and tell me all the reasons to say no.  Friends – this is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Roben-Marie represents all the qualities of the artist I would like to someday be.

So without further ado….please click on the picture below to check out my very first ever video tutorial and to read about my process in making this altered art tag.

 

 

DLP 2016 – The Unplanner Featured Member PAC

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I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer.  Slowly taking my time to enjoy my kids being home, the lack of schedule and dare I say, sleeping in a few days a week.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and shining like a star was an email from Sandi Keene of the Art to the 5th Academy asking me if I would be interested in being their “Featured Member” for July.  EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK.  Yes Sandi – yes please.  I tried playing it cool but Sandi, Rae and Lorraine are some of my all time favorites so I might have screamed a little and texted my bestie about this fabulousness.

The theme for the PAC this week is: Start with a Black Background

I had ordered the Unplanner Kit way back when I signed up for this project so I thought the black tags would be a great place to start.

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In my mind I was picturing a starry night with a little mixed media home set on a rolling hill of different variations of green.  My first step was to get my gelli plate out and load it up with every green I own.  I’m a HUGE fan of the gelli plate and use it in almost all of my projects and my art journal.

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Using a brayer I blended the greens on the gelli plate.  I cut a small wave out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a template for my grassy knoll.  After my hill was set I added midnight blue paint to my gelli plate and loosely stamped the “sky” portion of my PAC leaving some of the original black peeking through.  I then covered my grassy hill and used a splatter technique with white paint to make the tiny stars.

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As the background was drying I began to piece together my tiny house.  I had some scrap background pages laying around and used that as the larger part of my home.  I used a gelli plate on an old book page to make the windows and doors.  The roof was made from old manila shipping tags.

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I slanted the roof to add a little character.  Every week I create two PAC’s.  One to keep and one I send to my bestie who is also a member of DLP 2016.

Once the little house was dry, I glued it onto the background with a UHU glue stick.

I pictured bigger stars in the sky hanging from tiny strings.  I create a lot of projects with hearts.  Especially hearts made from under paper.  I really wanted my personal style to come through in the PAC so I cut tiny under paper hearts and glued them in the sky.

Finally I pulled out Rosie my antique Singer Sewing machine and began adding the final touches. The grassy hill received some zig zag texture.  I added a torn piece of a book page at the bottom.  The heart stars received their life line strings and I stitched all around the edges of my tag.  I hand drew scallops on all my hearts and added a few marks made from tiny bubble wrap.  The home also received some TLC by way of lines, edges, scallops and scribbles.

And last but certainly not least – I hand stamped the word “home” on a tiny piece of muslin and gave it a quick stitch to adhere it to the PAC.  Torn fabric as the tie and this little home is complete.

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Thank you so much for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” and I look forward to seeing what you create!  You can find me and lots of my projects on Instagram: soul_positive

xoxo

Exciting News: A Rebirth

 

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Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.

A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads.  I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared.  This excited me as well as frightened me do death.  I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go.  I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out?   How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion .  I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>

The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me.  Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether.  From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver.  I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway.  This left me scratching my head.  Is it wrong to make tags and sell them?  Would this be “selling out”?  Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials.  Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this?  Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker.  This is not always a bad thing.

So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes.  The biggest change is the name of the kindness project.  I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name.  Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”.  This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive.  I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process).  I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.

What is the mission of Soul-Positive?  The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago.  I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe.  I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life.  I want to love hard.  I want to be loved.  I want to make a difference.

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“Rosie” – Singer Featherweight

In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds.  See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention.  These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project.  These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process.  These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words.  The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine.  In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.

My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue.  I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others.  Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds.  If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know.  I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name.  If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey.  I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality.  You’ve encouraged me to dream big.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.

xoxo

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda…

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I recently began an art journal collaboration with one of my dear friends.  We work independently for one month following a list of prompts and then mail the journal to each other and again work independently in the other persons journal.  This is a wonderful project that really has my brain working overtime creatively and my soul searching through introspection.

The most recent prompt was “If I could do it all again would I change anything?” Hmmm…now this certainly brings up some feels.  I thought a lot about the struggles I’ve had in my life – some small…some not so small.  I know for a fact that I didn’t always handle adversity with an open heart or mind.  My patterns of denial, overwhelming sadness or straight up anger I’m sure didn’t contribute to any kind of internal resolution.  The road to becoming who I am today has been bumpy, winding and most often uphill. But this is my own private road and I’ve learned to navigate the curves.

What good is the coulda, shoulda, woulda game though? I am who I am because of personal growth.  All the bruises that I’ve accumulated along the way have gently molded my soul.  I really feel that 20/20 hindsight minimizes the journey.  If I had a magic wand and could change the past I’d take a pass.  For all the ugly that there has been – the stupid choices, the venom of anger, the sting of regret, the hollow of sadness…there has been immense joy.  The moments where my heart has exploded with love, the chills from feeling the feels, the warmth of pride.  I wouldn’t change one step of this journey.  This journey of growth although sometimes painful is also filled with pure love.  Changing any of the unpleasantness would take away from the hustle.  We are who we are because of the journey.  I worked hard to become this person and I want to feel every second of it.