Sunday, January 22, 2012

Unseen Wonders

A quote and scripture that, when considered together, are intriguing:

"Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world." Francis P Church

Doctrine and Covenants 131:7-8:

There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes;

We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Mixed Media fun with kids

Lisa brought Dallin, Amanda, and Emily over to do some art.

We had fun!

The results!

"Smile" by Emily

"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden" by Amanda

"It is better to look up" by Dallin

"Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a super hero" by Lisa

and my little valentines girl:

Making mixed media robots

Our identical twin 3 year old grandsons love monsters (Henry) and robots (James).

Mommy Lisa painted monster faces for Henry and James's new 'big boy' bedroom - but Grandma (me) was slow getting the robots done.

I finally got to it Saturday night.

Here's the process:

Decoupage patterned paper on each 8x10 inch canvas.

Paint over the paper  with acrylic paints (don't worry about wrinkles - it adds to the vintage junkyard feel). Be sure to paint the edges.

Draw or print basic robot shapes

Use patterns to cut shapes out of patterned paper

Embellish with paint, stamps, more paper, old hardware, and other ephemera. I like to use Gorilla glue or E-6000 for gluing hardware parts to canvas or wood.

I've used bits of hardware, parts from broken iPhones (talk to an iPhone repair person and beg or parts), and even legos on my robots.

Go nuts!

Here are a few more robots I've made