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I 'm wife, a mother , a daughter, a sister,a friend,a crazy faerie loving, art creating, born in England living in the states, blond hair blue eyed, tea drinking, mixed media, atc swapper, digital artist, blogger ,Facebook, reader, writer, old movie watcher, paper addicted, high heel lover, dog owner,cupcake eater, creatively eccentric.. party hat wearer. Welcome to my blog. Where I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Hugs Wendy

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Jump in

 I’ve been thinking about jumping into teaching my own classes. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and although I’ve dipped my toe in with tutorials


at Relics and Artifacts. I never actually charged for them. 


It’s a bit scary, will people want to take them? 

Lots of big questions.

I’ve been working on some samples.

This being one of them. 


Would you pay to learn how to do this ? 







Monday, July 5, 2021

Take your wings and fly

 Take your wings and fly


Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts


Art Foamies Ex Voto heart

Equinox project kit 

Santa Fe set

Diesden trim sol


Inspiration from Patti Euler altered Art Foamies class.


Oculus


 Despite my middle finger incapacitation. I managed to take part in the very first , not to be the last. 

Live tutorial from Jennifer Pipe

My brilliant fellow muse.


My project seems to take on a life of its own.


I had to get help from B last night to mix the Apoxie sculpt and add the wings and crown piece. But I painted it myself. 

Who knew, I was ambidextrous.

Oculus

Fun project and tutorial. If you like to join in for the next one, we would love to see you. 


At Facebook Relics and Artifacts tribe.

Also thank you to Sandra Evertson and David Evertson


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/rustic-retablo


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/dresden-trim-halo-gold


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/apoxie-sculpt-1-lb-white


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/antique-german-glass-eyes


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/sol


https://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/oculus


Heart in hand

 Latest Assemblage






I was busy all Saturday figuring out how to do this framed heart.


It took some thought on how to construct  but I’m happy how it turn out. 

Lots of paint layers.

Add the hinges was a labor of love , I hit my finger Several times and swear words were uttered. But I love this heart and the wooden hands.


The heart isn’t in the store was it’s a gift with purchase but you could use any of the other hearts Sandra Evertson has listed. 

The glass eye is from R&A a left over from Jennifer’s last class added to the heart with black Apoxse sculpt, which is back in store.

The hands are also R&A.

The frame was from my stash.

I used acrylic paints and Verde copper to highlight.

The glass heart inside is also from my stash.

I used gold embossing powder to add the words the stamp used is from Art Foamies.

The quote is from a vintage bible. 

https://www.sandraevertson.com/wood/heart-in-hand


https://www.sandraevertson.com/things-we-love/apoxie-sculpt-1-lb-white


https://www.sandraevertson.com/antiquities/antique-german-glass-eyes


Hope you try something like this. There’s lots of beautiful heart blanks to choice from.


Hugs wendy

Monday, May 31, 2021

Celestial Collaboration.




By wendy Aspinall and Kristen Powers 


What happen when two artist people decide together to have an Art collaboration.


Magic is what happens. Pure magical genius. 


We decided on a theme celestial. 



We also decided on a size and I just so happened to have a couple of surface boards and A Relics and Artifacts moon face. Although I didn’t show that to Kristen because I had an idea of what I wanted to do.


Kristen owns and operates the rubber stamp company Rubbermoon and she has the a sister company called art foamies , that happens to be having a first birthday and tag on her site of Rubbermoon is the moon and the maker and she  also  calls her hubby Mr.Moon. 


So first I needed a fairytale. And so I give you The Moon and The Maker. My inspiration for my part of this artful collaboration.


In a land far, far away there once lived an evil king who thought to be happy he would need to have in his possession everything that would be joy to others. 

One day he heard of a Maker who could turn just paint and canvas into such amazing artwork that brought joy to all. So that night the king stole the Maker away, placed her in tallest tower and told her she would paint only for him. He would expect only the best that she could produce.

 

Each day the Maker would toil over her easel to create a piece of art that when the King saw it he would be so moved to joy he would set her free.

 

But Alas, each night when he arrived he would declare yes it was a beautiful work of art but it had not brought joy to him so she would not be let free.

 

Days passed into weeks, weeks into months and on the eve of her two years of being locked in the tallest tower she called out to Mr. Moon to help her. She asked him to give her inspiration to create a painting that would at last appease the evil king.

 

Mr. Moon was so moved by the Makers plea that that night while she was sleeping, he shone his inspirational moon rays on to her. 

 

Next morning the Maker awoke with such a clear vision of what she wanted to create, her fingers flew across the canvas, and the paints flowed from her paintbrush. 

 

Later that evening when the evil King arrived, he was so struck with the stunning magnificence of the painting the Maker had created.

 

He smiled, joy filled his cold and evil heart and then without warning, because evil deeds should always be punished, the evil king fell down and died.  

 

The Maker walked out of the tallest tower a free woman.


What I didn’t realize when I wrote this story that it paralleled an fairy tale Kristen had placed on her company Web site when she took over the rubber stamp company and why she had named it Rubbermoon.


Supplies used 

The moon face from the http://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/equinox

http://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/apoxie-sculpt-1-lb-white

6x6 clay board

Chipboard star cutouts 

Acrylic paints

Wax 








Now when we swapped Kristen manage to turn my part in a masterpiece, she lighted the paint which I had so much trouble with , I think I painted, it three times. Finally settling on a mixture of blues,purple and magenta. I wanted it to look like a Galaxy sky. 











Kristen  also she painted the nose holes on the moon face and toned down the purple Hue , which seems like a small touch but my goodness ,it made such a big difference to the over whole look of the piece.

Then swapped I send her mine and a few days day a parcel arrived with her part.


And I was over joyed would be an overstatement. Kristen had stamped and painted and molded a tiny shrine, complete with an all seeing eye above. Her instructions were to please lighter it up. Mmm ! lighten it.


When I looked at the stamped image , Sandra’s (Bohemian,scene 1 ) I was reminded of a Asian temple hidden in a mass of flowers. And my inspiration was found. 


I cut and watercolored dye cut flowers and also made. Ore flowers using (Basque ) flower stamp. 

I Splattered gold and silver paint on the top of the board to make stars and I also hand drew a few stars myself. 

Then I glued down the flowers. Adding little tiny pieces of moss and lastly a few butterflies to Flutter between the all seeing eye and the shrine. My celestial garden is complete. 




Don’t breathe air , breathe life

Don’t breathe air ,breathe life
By Wendy Aspinall

Supplies used
Wooden plaque
 Sardines ArtFoamies by Red Tin Roof
 Paper clay
Acrylic paints
Gesso
Sharp knife
Sanding paper
Scrapbook paper
Glue
Copper paint
Drill and wire 18  gauge


I found fun quotation “Don’t breathe air , breathe life”  and as fish don’t breathe air but are full of life I wanted to incorporate two things together.
 I also love Red tin roofs sardine stamps. They are really fun and quirky.
So please,enjoy my Plaque project and I hope you’ll try this yourselves.


Roll out paper clay and using the backside of the Art Foamie as a template cut out four fish.
Don’t worry if the edges are rough. I sanded them when dry
Press into the clay with the Art Foamie with the sides with the details.
 Let dry on sheet of paper towel. This may take a few days.
Turn over half way though so the fish stay straight.


When completely dry, Sand off any rough edges until smooth. Be careful, the fish are fragile. add a coat of white gesso
Let dry.
Paint each fish a different color but add touches of the other colors to highlight the texture.
Add the brown and then copper. Paint in eyes with white and black acrylic.
Let dry.

Paint the edge of the wood plague in the same brown Acrylic, distressed the edges with the sandpaper.

Cut scrapbook to cover the back and front of the plaque.
Glue on

Drill two holes for wire hanger.














 



Glue on the fish and quote.
If you like to see the full post follow this link 

 

 https://rubbermoonarts.blogspot.com/2021/05/dont-breathe-air-breathe-life-by-wendy.html

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Stamp a day March

 ๐Ÿ€I invite you to join us on Sandra Evertson 's RELICS & ARTIFACTS Tribe group page. ๐Ÿ€Post any new art you create with Sandra's art stamps & ArtFoamies using this hashtag #rastampadaymarch. ๐Ÿ€Each entry is a chance to win a random prize from sandraevertson.com ๐Ÿ€Participate today & every day if you wish through out the month of MARCH.๐Ÿ€ Get out your Sandra stamps & play! ๐Ÿ€SO MUCH FUN! ๐Ÿ€Best wishes & good luck to you!๐Ÿ€

HUGS!  YOU ARE LOVED!๐Ÿ€ https://m.facebook.com/groups/1643194709242101/permalink/3024015367826688/

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Gallery show

 Oh my! I have some of my mix media pieces being shown in a local gallery.  I’ve not stopping dancing yet , I’m so happy. It’s a honor to be asked , I have six pieces. https://www.sugarhillarts.com/exhibitions


And to top it of one of my pieces it on their site, how cool is that ? 









Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Face a day February

 







If you not hear of this and I will admit I didn’t , there’s a challenge out in blog land to draw , paint or collage a face for each day in February. kea Pea at art foamies and Rubbermoon stamps got me on to it . 


And I’m hooked. I am not the great face drawer, I need to practice, 




And doing this every day is a great way for me to be disciplined enough to sit down and do a face every day.
#faceadayfeb2021

I can see this being something I do every year. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Blackbird






Blackbird by Wendy Aspinall 

 

Mixed media assemblage stretched canvas.

 

In the 1960’s Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics to this beautiful song, Blackbird.

Up until a few years ago it was just that, a nice song to me. I didn’t know the story that inspired Paul McCartney to put pen to paper. 

He has told the story many times after watching a news story in the UK about a group of nine African-American women who had to fight to go to a segregated high school.  

He and his fellow band members cared passionately about the civil rights movement. 

 



Now some 50 years later many of my fellow artistic friends care passionately about the civil rights movement. 

 

I can’t write a hit song but I can make a piece of art that I hope will get you thinking, talking and doing your bit to make this a better place for all the citizens of this beautiful country.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/apoxie-sculpt-1-lb-white






 






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