Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Therapy

So  what  is  my  therapy?   Well,  I'll  tell  you.  Last  year  I  made  this  one  piece  that  was  one  of  my  favorites,  and  I'm  happy  to  say  that  it  went  home  with  a  very  appreciative  customer.   So  I  decided  to recreate  it.    I  started  out  with  one  of   my  favorite  surfaces--a  discarded  cupboard  door  that  I'm  sure  was  headed  for  the  trash  if  I  hadn't  rescued  it--

This  is  nice  and  long  and  skinny--about  9 x 30  inches--pretty  much  the  same  size  that  I  used  last  year.
And  then  I  did  some  metal  embossing--

This  is  my  version  of  doodling--very  therapeutic  to  me--


And  then  for  the  frame  work  of  the  door  I  had  this  great  gold  embossed  paper  that  I  purchased  from   paperarts.com  and  I  painted  it  with  a  green  metallic  paint  and  wiped  some  of  it  off.   It's  great  how  the  color  stays  in  the  embossed  parts  of  the  paper. 

When  I  seal  it  with  the  gloss  varnish,  it  has  the  appearance  of  stained  glass.   And  no  matter  how  many  times  I  do  these  doors,  I  can  never  get  over  the  transformation!
                                                            
 
 
And another  form  of  therapy  for  me,  I  found,  is  my  new  discovery--making  these  necklaces,  and  I'm  getting  a  little  creative--
 
Look at this--I made a double-stranded one! And I've found that there are many possibilities in just linking beads--
And  I've  barely  scratched  the  surface!




51 comments:

Lisa said...

Love it Diane! I too so enjoy painting on doors. Good therapy too if you ask me : )

Julia said...

Unos trabajos realmente preciosos.
Felicidades

Connie said...

The door is awesome. It is amazing how you transformed it. I love recycling.

Buffy said...

That door is just Beautiful! I just love taking something that someone was going to throw away and doing something with it. A new life. That metal embossing looks hard.

Janie Husband said...

awesome door art, diane....watch out the jewelry making will get you....they are beautiful.. ;-)

Emelie said...

Transformation is certainly the right word, your door transformed is just what it should be. You have a good knowledge of materials, how they work and what can be done with them, it all adds to the beauty of your work and how you put it together. I like the door a lot because it is a piece I would have out all year, that is unless I had a summer angel that was just as beautiful.:>)

Your jewelry is professional looking, your heart and mind is very healthy with all this great therapy.

Janet Ghio said...

Your door is beautiful and I love the peace sign with the hippie girl!! Can you seeme giving you the peace sign and saying "right on"!!

Joji said...

I love the door. I love your work period. I love the way you use different mediums. Ok I'm hooked. I need to get some of that embossed paper that looks like fun.

Janine said...

Love all of it!

Nelly said...

Wow, that door is stunning. I love the before and after shot. I am impressed with your "new" hobby, you are making some really great pieces. jings

Bren said...

That door piece is extraordinary, just richly beautiful, no wonder your customers are happy! I can see that jewellery making is a natural fit for you, beautiful pieces you're making.

Marlene said...

I love, love, love the door. You would never know how it started out life. Thanks for the link for paper, I am going to check it out. Your necklace is gorgeous, makes me want to get out my beads.

Joyce's Journey said...

You are amazing! I absolutely LOVE the door!! I can see why that would be good therapy. The necklaces are beautiful. I used to spend more time making jewelry, but have gotten away from it lately. I think I need to revisit it. You really do very nice work!!

Ansota said...

Hi Diane,
Your work is just stunning! Love the transformation of the door and your necklaces are awesome! I agree with it being therapy. I have two passions and that is art and crochet of all things and I am always 'playing' between the two of them. After I saw your stunning necklaces I decided to try my hand at it and would like to know what you think of them. I started a new blog named Endearments which I am dedicating to these two passions and I posted my first pendant on there. Would love to hear what you think of them. You will find the link on my Ansota's Art Journal Blog.
Have a great day and thanks for all the inspiration you so willingly share with all of us!

Terri Kahrs said...

Holy cow and a BIG wow!!! Your "Angel Door" is fabulous!!!! I sooo enjoy seeing your transformations. And just look at how wonderful your necklaces are too!!! Fabulous post today, Diane!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

kluless said...

That transformed door is simply amazing! I am imagining how incredible it would be to do that treatment on the doors of an actual piece of furniture. I love to rescue old furniture and seldom do it any more for lack of space but I would love to try a project like that.

Healing Woman said...

I agree with you. The transformation on the door is amazing. Also, don't you love it when you plunge into a new art series? It makes you excited to wake up in the morning and face the new project. Necklaces are coming along great.

Linda said...

You are so talented Diane, you can turn your hand to anything! Your door is fabulous....and I adore your necklaces. Bet you'll get lots of customers for those.....
X

rebeca trevino said...

Diane! the door is terrific! Who knew?

Tammie said...

everything you make is so lovely!

Marilyn Rock said...

Fantastic! The cupboard door is stunning! Your jewelry is lovely as well. There isn't anything you cannot do! xxoo

Zinnia said...

You are so talented Diane! I feel so inspired by your inventiveness and enthusiasm. How beautiful to be able to transform a door into something so artistic and special! oxoxo Zinnia

Dorthe said...

Diane, how fantastic,- to be able to transform, such a big piece of wood-door, to this very special- and beautifull angel painting,I love the effects you have created, --and your necklace-pieces are equal pretty,- ----you are a wonderfull art creator, dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

Ansota said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Endearments and for the positive feedback you left Diane and for the follow. I agree that Crochet is a hidden art all by itself and once you realize all the possibilities it opens up an entire new world of art.

Angela said...

I love the tranformation of door to piece of art, beautiful! So glad to have found your blog :-)

Emakesart said...

Oh my!! I LOVE this piece!! It's so beautiful!! And I love that you used an old cabinet door...that is genius!! I might have to borrow that idea from you! Thank you for the inspiration.

xoEsther

agnicy said...

I am new follower because I just love your work.Ag

wanda miller said...

i'm bringing over a sunset or sunrise for you...and then we could sit on your porch while i watched you do your magic...i would let you look up at the sky once in awhile, not letting you lose your momentum (not really)...and bring you what ever else you needed, food, tea...anything...mmmm...thank you for sharing. xoxo

Julia said...

Hi Diane,
Thanks for visiting me.
Wow, I just saw your latest post and love what you have done..the look of the textures you have used and the figure is amazingly beautiful!!.....and your jewellery is gorgeous...xx...julia

Sadie Inspired said...

Your cupboard door is gorgeous. I love it! Such a better place than a trashcan. :) I have been dying to make some jewelery too...looks like a ton of fun - and beautiful, of course!

Serena said...

WOW...what a fabulous transformation! You rock, girl!

Gloria said...

Oh wow Diane!! Just so grandioso!! Awesome, totally awesome. My goodness what creativity, I want to do that too. Tee Hee. That embossing sounds great too. You are just rocking. You go girl!! You should be proud of your accomplishments. Have a great week.

julie king said...

omg! love what you did to the cabinet door. it is strikingly lovely!!

Jeanne Nelson said...

I'm happy to see you transform another cupboard door, and it's another beautiful one! I love the embossed "frame" on it. Your jewelry is looking fabulous too!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Your cupboard door art is GORGEOUS! I love it so so so much. Wish I were nearby to see it in person. And your jewelry is so pretty. Theresa

Lynn said...

Amazing door transformation! Love all your art!

White Violet Art said...

Wow Diane, that door is amazing! I am totally in love with it! Great work!

ArtfulLee Designed said...

Your door is so beautiful. I love the thought of transforming something so plain into something so gorgeous.
Lee:)

Zorana said...

What a transformation! I love that you showed the door before painting it.... it's beautiful!

Lainey Parker said...

The door is amazing! So glad I popped over here to see it. Love the jewlery, especially the one with the art pendant!

Heavens2Betsy said...

The way you've transformed this door is absolutely exquisite and I love the surround you've give in. Penny

Theresa said...

You Go Girl! Loving all your creativity! Who knows what you'll be conquering next????

Susan HP said...

The door is just gorgeous! I love painting furniture as well, but have had nothing come out like this!
Also, just adore the necklace with the peace sign. LOVELY!

sharon said...

You are a master of transformation Diane! Your work is amazing!

"CREATIVE CARMELINA" said...

DIANE...GORGEOUS CREATIONS..FROM THE DOOR DO-OVER TO THE BEAD LINKING BLISS!

WELL DONE..THANKS FOR SHARING!

CIAO BELLA!

CREATIVE CARMELINA

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Oh wow Diane,
Absolutely fabulous!
Thanks for sharing this great piece of art!
Hugs,
Anna

Melissa said...

Hey Diane! Be warned.....the jewelry thing is very addictive! Your door is amazing! It's so beautiful and I never would have guessed you made it from a discarded door. Remember, you are on my list as a guest artist when I get the studio built this summer, don't forget!
Smiles-
Melissa

rachel awes said...

i love these
&
the message
that
ANYTHING
is
possible.
xox

Dianne said...

Your angels and your necklaces are just beautiful!

Heather said...

I am glad you found my blog! Come and visit anytime.

I love this angle!!! I love to see the tranformation of that door. It is Gorgeous!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can't believe how much I've missed on your blog. I'm trying to catch up after having been gone for nearly a week. Your form of therapy is awesome. You know how much I love upcycled/recycled things. You have made this into a wonderful piece anyone would want to own.

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