Mixed Media

Time for Art: Mixed Media Clock

Back in May when I found out that Finnabair would be teaching at Cafe Crop, I decided to learn more about her style of mixed media.  I looked at Finnabair’s blog and joined the Facebook group  Finnabair & Friends . I saw so many wonderful pieces of art and thought maybe I could create something to share.

I have had this clock base in my studio for several years with the plan to someday  decorate it for the studio. This just might be the perfect way to decorate it.  So I got started.  I attached items I found in my studio.  I had to keep the layers a simple in order for the hands of the clock to move.  Some of the items hold special meaning, others are just for fun. I love how the face came about. I added the circle and triangle paper clips because they were fun designs. They looked like a face so I added a mouth and a crown.   Then I added a layer of white gesso and started to add color, but couldn’t decide where to go. So I put it away to work on later.TIme4Art1Now it is August and I am working on some NUTS (nagging unfinished tasks). So I took out the clock and got to work.  I added gelatos to the background blending them with my fingers.  Some of the colors were at little to bold so I brushed on a little white gesso. I highlighted the clock numbers with gold mica powder.

Time4Art3I liked how it is looking but it felt like it was missing something.  I went home and added the clock hands and that was all it needed.



It looks perfect in the studio.


My Craft Corner

I have been working on reorganizing and cleaning my craft corner all winter.  I still have some things to go through (and some projects to finish), but while it is still clean I thought I would give you a tour.

My craft area is the corner (about 14 x 13′ ) of our “unfinished” basement. I painted the walls and added some color. Most of the furniture has been re-purposed through the years, but some were built with a specific purpose.

This is the right side of my craft studio.
Here is where I store all my fabric (in the drawers), idea books and many of my stamps.
This where I have my eclips and paper trimmer. My various twines are stored on the pegboard. The drawers hold my Stickles, paints, and alcohol inks.
This is my sewing station my dad built 20 years ago. He built it so I would have a place to sew for my daughter.



Along the back wall I have my punches, my original Sizzix dies, paper and other supplies.

Punches and dies
Paper and embellishments
Ribbons, inks, sprays, and paints


Here is where I spend most of my time. The base of my workbench is 2 kitchen cabinets with a solid wood door for the top. I usually stand when I am working.  At one end I made a set of pull-out drawers for my wood mounted stamps. The center holds the papers I use the most.


The drawers are acrylic box frames. I stamped the images on paper in the tray to make it easier to put them away.








At the end of the workbench is my die cutting station.


Thanks for checking out my space. I am off to work on another project.