Hello mixed media lovers. This is a long post, but bare with me. I rarely share personal stuff, so I"m going to make up for some of that in this post, teehee. My daughter, Nicole, visited us (she's away at college in FL) back in June and we had a wonderful time crafting together. I treasure these times with her now that she is an adult and lives so far away. They grow up so fast, don't they.
She is a sweet, loving, funny, crazy, quirky, energetic young women who is passionate about changing the world by becoming a teacher, teaching in inner-city schools, and reaching children who need to know how much God loves them. And these qualities often shine through in her art as well.
I am so proud of the young women she is becoming and how she celebrates life with all that she has!
YOU go girl!!
YOU go girl!!
She is a full-time student and works part-time, so she doesn't get to create as much as she would like to. She loves arts and crafts but has never taken any classes. She loves to re-purpose things and we never knew what she would find at a second hand shop and bring home to turn into "art". She just see's things that inspire her and goes for it. Often she is inspired by a bible verse, song lyrics, meaningful quote, or something that is going on in her life. She loved the piece I created as a result of taking Roben-Marie Smith's online class back in April and wanted to give it a try. (You can check out my project HERE.) She created a couple of projects and wow! I was so proud. She has never taken mixed media classes, so it really does show you how awesome Roben's class is. I don't want to share all the step by step instructions, since Roben's class is still up for sale, but I will share a few photo's of Nicole as she was building her canvas.
Roben's class is "Art Journal Conversion" and you can read more about it HERE.
It involves lots of spray inks, stencils, gesso, modeling paste, doodling. All the things you have probably used before as a mixed media artist. What was different for me is the way Roben builds layer upon layer creating so much depth in the background. I love here style and loved the class. And it was a steal for $24.99. The only thing I didn't own, and had to add to my supply's was oil pastels. I got a set for about $10. You can check out Roben's blog and projects on her blog HERE.
She used the same techniques to alter a journal cover
Add because this post is all about my daughter and her art, I am going to share a few more pieces she has created over the years. Not always the best photo's (she took them herself) and often her idea of a good background was the grass in the backyard, teehee. I hope you see something that inspires you!
She likes to take models from magazines, adhere them in her art to use as a base, and then paint over them. This one makes me laugh, it says "How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being"
This is one of her cats.
" He who accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it" "I have a dream that for little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judges by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" MLK, Jr.
"But hold on to what you believe ... in the light ... when the darkness has robbed you of all your sight"
"I know my call despite my faults and despite my growing fears"
"Tonight I'm going to bury that horse in the ground"
I thought this one was an octopus at first, teehee. But it's a mouth with words coming out of it.
"There's nothing else we can do. We have to speak about the things we've seen and heard"
"For we can not but speak the things from which we have seen and heard" Acts 4:20
This is a series of 3 long canvases. Across the bottoms of the dresses "I'm tired of striving to be, who You already say that I am. I am Yours" "All I know is beautiful in me is You. Every good thing, every true thing. Beautiful in me is You". It's so wonderful and encouraging to know there are young adults out there who are not consumed with this world, and desire to serve God.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
If I do not love, I am nothing. 1Cor 13 1-3
Not just your art, but your life and who you are is an inspiration to me my sweet girl!
Live, laugh, love! Mom