SWAT- Selfie

Hello! Happy June!

This month we begin with a Selfie challenge at SWAT! Creative Embellishments has a great prize for one of our participants, a $20 gift card! Link up to us with your selfie project and have some fun!

Henri Mattise

Vincent Van Gough
I decided to take a completely different spin on the selfie trend and go retro. Self-Portraits are the original selfies. Some of my favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gough, and Frida Kahlo. Their portraits are self-critical, emphasising the flaws perceived in themselves, which is an interesting contrast to today's selfies, which focus on looking perfect.

Frida Kahlo
Generally, I feel pretty imperfect, and I thought that a selfie is a great way to reflect on my life for the moment. I tried to include elements of things around me.

For mine, I used mixed media to create a selfie. I used Uniball pen to make the face, and acrylic paint for the colored background. To get the background, I did a couple of Gelli Plate prints, and then rinsed them off in the sink. The detail work is a mix of Uniball and Sensai pens. As I was finalizing this project, my youngest insisted on helping. First instinct is to tell her no, of course. However, I asked her what she wanted to do, and she said "draw".  She reminded me she also said please. I gave her a pen and she decorated the space around my head with hearts, and then connected the hearts with lines. Her details were a perfect fit, and I am proud to have a collaborative work created with my daughter.

Budgie working on the hearts
 My selfie ended up an image of how I see myself, and how she sees me, which is with a lot of love. I'm pretty lucky.

Share with us at SWAT! Have some fun, and reflect on yourself for a bit.


SWAT- Handmade Flowers

I hope for most of you, Spring is in full swing! Right now, in the Pacific Northwest, it has been warm, and the flowers are blooming. This week for SWAT, we are growing our own gardens, with handmade flowers!

I love seeing handmade flowers, and I am always amazed when I see intricate origami or assembled flowers. For this challenge, I decided to make roses, one of my favorite flowers.

These are a version of the popular spiral flowers, but I make a few adjustments. I used brown paper bag instead of cardstock, and ripped the edges of the spirals for a rougher edge. After gluing the flowers, I misted them. Finally I squished them to get more depth and variation in the petals.

For the base, I cut some black chipboard into a heart, and drew the lace detail. Then, I attached my flowers, leaves, and vintage buttons, and glued and dyed the ribbon.

For me, the thing about flowers is their imperfection makes them beautiful. Of course, we have a great prize up at SWAT if you play along, so start making your own garden!



SWAT Color Challenge.

It is time for another challenge at SWAT!!! This time, it is a color challenge, with my favorite palette, the printer's palette. Cyan, Magenta, Black and Yellow.

For the color, I used mists and stamped some images. I was going for a simple sentiment, so I didn't want to overly work the card.

Of course, I added a little sparkle, just because I love just a touch of glitter.

As always, SWAT has a great prize lined up if you play along and link up to the blog.

SWAT- FLOWER Challenge.

This week, SWAT has a fun challenge for you to try. The challenge is to make a layout that includes elements using the letters from the word "flower". Here is my go at the challenge.

F- Fussy Cutting
L- Lettering by hand
O- One photo
W- Washi
E- Enamel Dots
R- Ribbon

This is definitely a layout that didn't know what it wanted to be. I began with the lettering, which was part of a practice I was doing trying to improve my hand lettering skills. That sat about for several weeks, until I saw the yellow paper, and I knew that the two belonged together. Then, I fussy cut the yellow, green and white flowers, and arranged them around the circle. Again, the project sat because I was stuck. Then, I decided that my oldest on her first horseback ride was a good fit, so I added the photo, the background and the "in Life" to the original circle. At that point, I decided I had enough elements that fit the "FLOWER" theme that I decided to finish the layout. I added washi tape, enamel dots, and ribbon to round out the layout.

Of course Paper Secrets is still spronsoring this great prize pack for this month. To enter, upload your FLOWER creation to SWAT.