My featured project today over on the ICE Resin Creative Team Wednesday is a fun little jewelry box I found at my local Goodwill. A darling little silver filigree design, I gave it a new life with a bit of bling.
some very fine (and very shiny) silver glitter (I know! Glitter...my nemesis! You either love it or you hate it!!!)
two layers of words (the first layer of opaque words "Love Guides Us" and a second transparent layer of words "Passion")
By having two layers, I've created some depth and at first glance you see the word Passion, but upon a closer look, you can read Love Guides Us.
I am really a believer in both of these... I believe every solid relationship needs both and should be held closely and treasured to the fullest...just like this little jewelry box will hold treasures from my sweetheart!
Speaking of Love...an interesting thing happened yesterday...
My dear friend, and maid of honor 26+ years ago, Ginger, came into my office yesterday with a sentimental project in mind. Along with old black and white photos, in her hand she held her husband's Grandparents multi-page wedding booklet from the 1920's.
As I was leafing through the pages, yellowed with age and still tied with the original worn ribbon, I began reading the printed poetry and the beautifully handwritten words within. A few pages in, I noticed a poem Love Guides Us...It was the VERY same sentiment and illustration I had used for my jewelry box project.
However, I had sourced mine from a commercial clip art book I have. To say I was touched deeply by the fact that there in my hand was a REAL and VERY TRUE version from the 1920's would be an understatement! Wow! How often does that happen?
Now if only I could find some vintage love letters in my attic, I would be elated...Sadly, my house isn't vintage and I've already seen what was in that box way back in the attic...Oh well...
3. Just for fun...I wanted to see what else I could create and do with the resin.
I've played with resin-coated paper. I've created filled bezels. I've used it as an adhesive. I've even cast small dimensional pieces with it.
But...I wanted to go BIGGER!!!
Here is my first BIGGER experiment...
The clear, textured casting is approximately 7" x 9" on a larger multi-layered fabric base panel.
I've always been fascinated by the alpha exemplars featured in Somerset Studio magazine. I've wanted to attempt to make one, but I am not the best when it comes to drawing or creative lettering. But working with dimension, paint, texture...well, that I'm not afraid to experiment with.
My wonderful Phillip bought me a sewing machine for Christmas...a completely unexpected surprise! Not because he isn't ALWAYS surprising me, but a sewing machine wasn't even on my radar!!!
I had originally thought I'd be drilling holes and hand-sewing this piece together, but then I had a bright idea (of course, in hindsight..cause had it NOT worked, I might be regretting that bright idea right now...if my machine had been damaged..., but it worked...and now I'm elated!)
With my machine speed set to the lowest setting, I proceeded to sew the resin panel to my fabric...WOW!!! I am so going to be doing this again...!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
I really like the dimension, the texture, the look of the whole experiment... even my little fabric flower (first one I've ever made) turned out ok.
I guess you can say, I was truly, SEW Lost in a MOMENT....
I'm just a country girl, having the time of her life, treasure hunting daily, seeing the good in all things that others might consider worthless. I love creating mixed media artwork and home décor items using found objects...and I've just recently started dabbling in wearable art jewelry. Many of my fixed-up finds have been published in a number of magazines and have won accolades. But my life spent in Southern Oregon, with my family and friends, is the MOST important to me. Without their support and encouragement, I might just be another hoarder! LOL I'm enjoying meeting like-minded persons and sharing ideas, dreams, and experiences...and hope to have the studio open to the public someday soon.
Tina Schiefer works and lives in Southern Oregon, where she and her husband own and operate a themed fabrication company serving the entertainment industry, E.B. Effects and Design. She is the proud mother of three grown sons; is a themed media, assemblage artist using primarily found objects and cast-offs; and will soon be hosting and teaching mixed media, jewelry, and home décor related workshops in her new studio, The Rusty Monkey. She is enjoying meeting other artists with like minds and sharing the adventure! She was an ICE Resin Creative Team Member 2011-2012. Many of her creations can be seen in a variety of magazines such as Somerset Home, Somerset Gallery, Art Doll Quarterly, Somerset Memories, Mingle, Somerset Life, Belle Armoire Jewelry and Jewelry Affaire, and on the spring issue of Create & Decorate. Most recently, one of her assemblages, Folly - a parasol, won 2nd place in the Spellbinders Explore Beyond - Craft to Win contest.