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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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I have to explain this one. This started from a photo I took while in Blaye, France. I wanted to do this page in watercolor—I'm teaching myself watercolor and I'm not very good at it yet—but I really wanted to try. Well...I messed it up. So I decided to cover it up with collage bits. I grabbed the top pack of napkins in my basket, which happened to be roses and geraniums. Then I added the stamped text and a stamped a face that didn't come off very well so she's a little ghostly. Wrote the word France, and that's about it. It's a collage to cover the watercolor OOPS that became a collage OOPS. :)
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 9:13 PM
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
My book is getting kinda wonky. This looks odd because the right page is flat but the left page is wavy and bubbled. I cannot get it flat. I even tried ironing it. lol It doesn't look this distorted in person though. Maybe I need photography lessons. :) Now that I see a picture of it, I think I'll go back and spill some of the blue at the top over onto the left page to tie them together more. Other things I see....well, there's just no fixing them now. :}
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 10:22 AM
Thursday, August 29, 2013
This is a two-fer kind of day. :D As I mentioned before, we moved my parents out of the house they'd lived in for the last 50 years and into a duplex attached to mine. My dad had a gazillion bowling balls. Yep, I swear, a GAZILLION! So I kept a couple to play with and a few more to share. Dad donated about 17 balls to high school bowlers who don't have balls. This is my first one. It was mostly practice to figure the whole process out. I've been looking for something to set atop my bird feeder that got smashed by hail. I think this will do for now. So....here it is... my first bowling ball art. hahahaha
Now I'm thinking....thinking....thinking....what to put on the next one? Maybe mosaic glass...or pennies....
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 7:32 PM
It's been awhile. Life has been pretty busy lately...moving my parents from Missouri to Kansas to be closer to me, and all that entails. I haven't had much time for playing. I do have two new projects though. This is one. Not the best ever, but I'm not trying for the best ever...just to have fun creating something. :) I was inspired by a similar tree I saw on someone's Facebook page. Sorry, I can't remember the name. Nothing else at all about the page is remotely the same, but I liked the tree. My tree is not the same either, but has similar elements. I never know what to put on the page after I get the background done.
Tree of Life, Good Times, and Hope
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
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This page was started at the same time as the previous "grateful" page; just finished today.
This was an experimental page. First I just wrote random things. Then I stuck pieces of book pages down with Golden Soft Gel Medium, let it set a few minutes and then pulled the pages off. This left the print but not the paper (pretend it's not backwards to read). :) And, what the heck, I glued a couple pieces of book page here and there. I sprayed the page with Dylusions and blotted. I'm looking through my 'stuff' and spot a small sample bottle of Golden Coarse Pumice Gel so I thought I'd try that with a stencil. The pumice texture is gray, so I sprayed the page again with Dylusions spray, squirted it with water and let it run. Man that Coarse Pumice Gel really absorbs the colors well. After the spraying, I thought the sandy stenciled blobs looked a bit like leaves and maybe flowers, so I decided to paint a fairy girl underneath them. The bottom part of the picture is a little bit blurrier than the real thing.
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 6:22 PM
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I just doodled this background, then needed something to put on it. The girl started as a flesh colored oval with two brown spots for the eyes, then the nose...and mouth....and well, this is how she turned out. I didn't reference any picture, just started playing and a girl was born. lol (Note: In 'real' life the word "grateful" is more black than it appears in the picture. Wonder why?) It could be better, but what the heck. It's just doodling. :)
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 6:25 PM
Monday, July 1, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I'm trying to teach myself watercolor. We don't have any classes in our area. This is from a lesson in a book. I had several problems so it's not very good, but I'm posting it anyway because I don't have anything else to post. :) Maybe someday if I get better I'll have this to look back and say, "My how far you've come."
Posted by Diane Ridpath at 1:22 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
I decided to turn this old outdated end table into a shabby chic table with a French label on it.
Step 1: Paint the table
Now I think I like the darker version better. Should I stain it again? I think eventually I'll lose the label all together. lol I even kind of like the original creme color without the stain. No way am I spending four hours to paint it gain. Next time I'll figure out a way to do a rub-on or something. So what's the verdict? Do I stain it again...maybe with a little lighter stain? I used Burnt Umber the first time.
Step 2: Transfer the design
Step 3: Sand to distress
Step 4: Stain
I thought this stain was a little too dark and looked a little dirty. So.....
I went over it with the original ivory coat, watered down. I painted it on and then wiped it off with a damp paper towel. Here's the result: