June 29, 2016

Summer Fun with Index Cards

The ICAD (Index-Card-a-Day) challenge over at Daisy Yellow is on again. Tammy challenges her readers to create something on an index card for 61 days in a row. I participate for the second time and use this as an opportunity to try new media, techniques and styles and to work with colors I usually avoid. Therefore you’ll get to see a wide variety and probably some creations you wouldn’t have expected. Well, even I was amazed by some of my ICADs and by how much I like the abstract ones. So far I haven’t followed any of the optional prompts this year. I often started without a specific plan and painted or collaged a background first, hoping I would come up with an idea afterwards. It somehow worked. :)
I’ve grouped my ICADs in terms of colors and themes for this post, so they are not in chronological order.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage
Acrylic paints, vintage book page, handpainted papers, stamps, white gel pen, black crayon.
ICAD Mixed Media Collage
  Acrylic paints, vintage book page, handpainted papers, stamps, white gel pen, black crayon, bingo card number.
I had some fun creating Lucy, the deer lady and the giraffe with and an ostrich head. You know that I like weird and quirky. :) Both heads as well as the giraffe body are parts of vintage images from The Graphics Fairy. I turned the second ICAD into a birthday card for a 12 year old girl.


ICAD Mixed Media Collage

Vintage book page, acrylic paints and clothes labels.


Vintage book page and ticket, handmade paper, acrylic paints, thread.

Handmade paper, acrylic paints, thread.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage
 Vintage book page and map, back of an envelope, handpainted papers, polyester organza melted with a heat gun.


ICAD Paper Quilt by Vintage with Laces
Acrylic paints, ink, thread.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Handpainted papers, acrylic paints, thread.

ICAD Mixed Media by Vintage with Laces
Acrylic paints, black crayon.

Fabric ICAD by Vintage with Laces
A piece of an old t-shirt that I used to clean my brushes, ripped into strips and sewn randomly together with a zigzag stitch directly onto the index card.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Vintage book pages and other papers, acrylic paints, black and white crayon, ink, stamp.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Vintage book pages, corrugated and other recycled papers, handpainted paper, acrylic paints, black crayon.
The corrugated papers and pieces of vintage book pages sewn together and then used left side up provide interesting textures.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Vintage sewing pattern, book page and other vintage papers, scissors image from The Graphics Fairy, stamp, black crayon, thread.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Vintage book pages, handwritten letter, used sandpaper, corrugated and other recycled papers, acrylic paints, black crayon, stamps, thread. Rubbing a black crayon over a textured background gives a nice effect. I used that technique on several cards.

ICAD Doodles by Vintage with Laces
Acrylic paints, markers, white gel pen.

ICAD Doodles by Vintage with Laces
Acrylic paints, white gel pen.

ICAD stamped with recycled materials by Vintage with Laces
Acrylic paints. Stamped with corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap and a bottle cap.

ICAD Doodles by Vintage with Laces
Markers only.

ICAD by Vintage with Laces
Just threads and a printed quote.

ICAD Mixed Media by Vintage with Laces
Watercolors, fabrics, threads.
My first attempt was a failure. I glued lots of different green littel rectangles onto and index card. Then I free machine stitched pokey lines to look like grass. After I had appliquéd the blossoms and machine stitched the stems and some vines it looked too busy. I cut out the flowers and glued them to a watercolor background with some curvy stitched lines. I’m still not too happy with it though.


Acrylic paints, corrugated paper, Japanese snippet.

Vintage book page, acrylic paints, white gel pen, black crayon.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Assorted used sandpaper, corrugated paper, parts of vintage book spines, bingo card number.

ICAD Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces
Crayons (melted with a heat gun, then rubbed with a paper towel) and a leftover piece of a vintage book page.
I like to thank Tammy for all the work she puts into the challenge. I enjoyed it so far and it is a great exercise but to be honest, I feel a bit exhausted. Just while I’m writing this, I have decided not to continue. We have high temperatures here and no A/C. These hot summer days and nights without enough sleep drain energy out of me. I rather like to spend that what’s left on my favorite subjects and create new fabric/fiber art and found object sculptures. I wouldn’t want to miss the challenge though. It’s good to leave the comfort zone for a while and try some new media and techniques.
My cards will show up at these great parties:
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at Kreativ K
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes

June 12, 2016

No Happy End

Only one week after I introduced you to Finn, the terrier mix we recently rescued, we had to put him to sleep. It started with little twitches in his left front leg. Two days later those had turned into severe cramps that compressed his whole body. Finn was in awful pain and cried heartbreakingly. It was a neurological disease and the vets said that there is no cure. We are very sad that we had to let him go but at least we could give him a loving home for some weeks. He was a cute and friendly little guy who had won our hearts in a short time. He made us laugh every day and we enjoyed having him around.


We miss you. Farewell, sweet Finn!

June 03, 2016

The Snail Siblings and their Stepbrother

Over the last few years I’ve taken apart several alarm clocks. You always find one of those metal spiral thingies inside, called alarm-clock springs. When I recently disassembled a clock, the spring had a gear attached to the middle. The whole piece reminded me of a snail and I just had to make a snail assemblage.

Assemblage Art: The Snail Siblings and their Stepbrother by Vintage with Laces

I love the rough texture of the wooden box. I made it out of an old strip of pallet wood. For the background I glued vintage book pages onto a piece of plywood and painted over with acrylic paints.


“The snail siblings were slightly irritated when they saw their stepbrother for the first time. It could have been worse though.”

I haven’t talked about it here before but over the last 3.5 years we’ve fostered several street dogs and their litters until they got adopted. In this country, it never takes long until you see a cat or dog who needs a home. In many cases they are in a very pitiable condition and need medical attention. It’s very often heart-breaking because you can’t help all of them. A few weeks ago we sat in the outdoor coffee shop of a large hardware store, when a little terrier mix puppy came by, begging for food. He was just bones and fur. A lot of hair was missing and his skin was red and flaky. The little guy must have lost his mother and siblings a while ago. We couldn’t help but take him home. One injection and 8 medical baths later, his fur and skin are almost back to normal.

Terrier Mix Finn
We named him Finn. He’s a funny little guy and already a good watch dog, barking at every single turtle or snail that approaches the house. Good thing he protects us from these dangerous and scary creatures! :)
 I snapped some pictures in the garden which is mostly a huge wildflower field with some fruit trees and grape vines.

Striped Shield Bug

 

Olive tree and yellow ginista


Queen Anne's Lace

This Queen Anne's lace grows in our neighbour's garden. It's such a pretty flower.

Orange and white cat Barney

Here's Barney sitting in a grape vine. I wish he would only climb into these but often enough he can be found very high up in one of the 20 feet high olive trees. It always freaks me out.

I hope you all have a wonderful and happy weekend. We have the  perfect weather at the moment with sunshine and 75° F/24° C. I love it.
The snails and their stepbrother will attend these great parties:
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at kreativ K