Monday, May 2, 2011

Combining--Making It My Own

So  what  I'm  combining  are  different  styles  of  collaging  with  paper.   The  first  one  would  be  my  style  that  I've  always  been  drawn  to--patterns  and  shapes  with  a  definite  design  in  mind  before  I  even  start  which  would  be  this  house  that  I  did--



And  the  next  one  is  a  she-art  girl  which  is  what  Christy  taught  us  in  her  workshop--



I  will  never  get  tired  of  making  these  girls.   It's  like  making  AND  playing  with  paper  dolls  again!   Half  the  fun  is  wondering  what  kind  of  outfit  to  make  for  them,  and  with  what  kind  of  paper--endless  possibilities.

And  the  third  one  I  did  was  the  background  that  my  girl's  on.   It's    Jane's  version  that  she  teaches  in  her  Portraits  and  Papers  workshop--


very  random  collage---tearing  and  filling  in  the  space--basically  painting  with  papers.   I  love  all  of  these  techniques  and  combined  them  all  to  put  on  this  cupboard  door--


One  of  my  favorite  parts  of  these  doors  is  the  outside,  because  it's  an  instant  frame  for  your  artwork.   I  just  collaged  randomly  around  it  and  added  some  embellishments--



Love  using  these  doors  or  anything,  for  that  matter,   that  weren't  originally  made  for  art  pieces.   And  speaking  of  art  supplies,  I  was  able  to  go  to  garage  sales  on  Saturday.   The  weather  was  for  once  very  pleasant.   As  a  matter  of  fact,  it  was  our  only  nice  day  in  the  last  few  days--yesterday  and  today--yucky!

Here's  some  things  I  found  at  one  house--


All  this  for  just  6  dollars  and  25  cents--can't  beat  that!!

54 comments:

rachel awes said...

can our girls
be friends?
love all your
layers &
adventures.
beautiful, dear!
xox

NatashaMay said...

What a beautiful combination! That's what's it all about. Combining and making it your own. Awesome! :)

Buffy said...

I love how you always see your style come through when you make something! Beautiful cupboard door. Love the girl. And yes it is like playing paper dolls,only better because the possibilities of the clothes are endless. You got some great finds for six dollars,can't wait to see what you do with them!

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! Great bargain finds! I can't wait to see your next craft out of that fab materials.

Your work don't looks like a random one. For me, it looks beautiful and well planned. I love the inclusion of butterflies too.

Martha Lever said...

She is adorable! I too love making these she art girls. They really are so much fun. I LOVE this one on the door!!!

Healing Woman said...

Those are the very items I would have chosen at the garage sale Diane! Great finds.

I do love your collaged girl. Background is fascinating and she is just adorable. Great use for the cupboard doors and all still in keeping with your style of art.

Bren said...

I'm so collage challenged it was fun to see how you pull off such a beautiful piece. Great haul, I know you're going to have fun putting them to good creative use.

Janet Ghio said...

I just love your doors. Every time i see one I think I need to go to the Habitat resale shop and get one to try!! Love the good stuff you got at the garage sales.

jennifer said...

This is fabulous! I love the twirly butterflies. It's such a dreamy piece I could gaze at it for hours. x

Emelie said...

What always comes through so clear is the fun. So important in life I think. Your girls is so charming and her shoes and feet, I love them. Of course the dress also. I now it is important now as the seasons change to have a good amount of things for shows, I am glad to see things are turning out well. The nonspring is easier to take with a surround of artful things.

Love your finds at the sales, wonderful hand work to use as you wish and that jewelry I never stop liking it. Funny I do collect one of a kind salt and peppers, never buy two just if there is one.
I could have a saltORPepper rescue.

Janine said...

Wonderful, wonderful all of it!

joanna said...

Great work Diane! love the combination and the roof!!
xoxo

Lynn said...

I loved playing with and making paper dolls as a child.
Yours has such flair and motion to her swagger.
Your garage sale finds are beautiful too. Especially that first little star pin! OUUUUUUUUUUUU!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Diane,
Gosh, I'm swooning over it all!!! You are amazing and I love those finds--woo hoo!

XO
Cindy

tina kirk said...

3 techniques equals one beautiful piece of art! stunning!

Kristin said...

How fun (love that first button on the bottom left of the last picture!) - The piece is just beautiful - I love the little girl looking by the door in the first shot too. Really bright and colorful.
Thank you too for your sweet message the other day - I'm sorry for the delay in response, I have been gone all weekend, xoxo

Dorthe said...

Wonderful,Diane-
I love all the layerings-and the kind of pieces background- and I love how you dressed your girl.
Your finds are beautiful- and I would have to pay the 6 dollars for only one of the brooches,here
:( Hugs and smiles,Dorthe

kluless said...

You did a lot better with your $6 than I did with mine, for sure! These are great finds. Lace and bling, what's not to love??

Becca said...

I just love your girl Diane! You really added some dimension & style to her. I love Christy's workshop, but I don't think I've developed my "own" style yet, I think that means I need to keep practicing!

Cathy Bueti said...

Fabulous Diane!! Love your girl! And although it can be a challenge to make art our own after taking classes I do believe that you did just that!!

:)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love that you are able to combine all the techniques you have learned in your art classes. How wonderful for you. I'm totally impressed with your skills and ability to see beyond the original teachings. How awesome.

And of course, I also LOVE the things you got at the garage sales. Your finds are simply priceless!

Terri Kahrs said...

Wow, Diane! Your work just gets better and better! I have a feeling that you're going to make a TON of sales this year!

My self-imposed and much-needed blogging break is finished, and I'm so glad that I stopped by today. You've been a busy bee lately! Your steampunk altered shadowbox is fabulous, and your metal collage is superb. Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

I love how you use these doors to make such creative pieces. :)

Michele from Pipi La La said...

I love how you combined everything! I also love how I can pick your work out - I was scrolling through the reader and missed the top where it says whose blog it is and immedately knew it was yours. You have a very distinct style. :)

Holly Loves Art said...

It's an absolutely gorgeous piece! I adore paper dolls too! Love your finds - the pendants and brooch at the bottom of the picture are stunning... love everything! As always, thanks for sharing. I always enjoy coming here.
Hugs,
Holly

Rebecca Anthony said...

Love this Diane!! Your treasures are also so much fun!

Heather said...

You are so creative! I love everything you do. I love the idea of making art on a door. You are right instant frame!

Deb Harvey said...

Another great piece! I love how you combined everything...beautiful and very interesting!

Artzy Heart said...

Your mixed media is fabulous! Like you, I LOVED playing with paperdolls...my girl friend Jackie and I played with them well into jr. high, although by then lots of it was more cloths design.
I absolutely HAVE to try some mixed media as soon as school is out for the summer!!

soraya nulliah said...

Oh! I love love love this door! Are you going to hang it up in your home? And I wish I could have come flea market shopping with you! man-love that lace and ...they just don't make stuff like that anymore! I am going to find a flea market over here now:)
And I love the house frame you embellished in your previous post. thank so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas-just dripping with inspiration:)

Lesley said...

I just love what you have done here! The collage aspects particularly appeal and the girl has just the perfect outfit.
VERY fab finds at the garage sale.
Lesley x

priti.lisa said...

You are so talented, Diane. I can't stop looking at this newestwork of art...so many elements...it is wonderful!
It's been pretty nasty here too, bleh.
xox

Martina said...

So pretty, your collages! Love your she art girls - a fun project. Have a creative day!

Janie Husband said...

you always create such beautiful art out of found objects.....i love doing the "she art girls" also....as a matter of fact, i am so relaxed doing nothing but them and jane's class.....

Kelly Berkey said...

just gorgeous, diane. i love everything you create!! xo

Emakesart said...

Love how you combined them! And I'm amazed at your garage sale finds!! Score!!

xoE

Lorraine said...

I like the movement in this piece with the dress and your collection of lace and brooches is lovely..thanks for your great comment on my journal page..I think I will carry on drawing quick sketches of faces as like doing them and each one is improving

Annie said...

I love your mixed media style. Your girls are amazing.

Shelley Whiting said...

Love the way you used collage, and how you incorporated the frame. A very playful piece.

katrina said...

Hello Diane,

it's been a long time I haven't checked out and been in the blog world...but so happy to come accross your beautiful piece, what a work and colour, beautiful collage, very inspiring...
I'm in my last wks of pregnancy now, going to have a little girl soon!!

Diana said...

I love how you repurpose everything. I'm so into that. So many beautiful art pieces you make out of random objects. Love it. I'm loving what I learned at Jane's class, too. Thanks for posting it.

Marilyn Rock said...

I agree; the She Art is addictive and I am loving how you are applying all that you are learning to your own style and touches. Your cupboard door is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous to me! xxoo

Msartist said...

Happy May Diane! Lovely work. I am so wanting to hit the garage sales after seeing your treasures found.
xo Theresa

Tammie Lee said...

I would love to see someone hire you to do all their cupboards... that would be incredible! This is wonderful!

Marlene said...

Hi there, just discoved your blog. You're an amazing artist and I can't wait to enjoy everyone of your post. I love your girls!!!
xxx
Marlene

Renee Troy said...

Love your girls. Playful and funtastic! Great job!

Patience said...

Thanks for sharing your garage sale finds here -- I haven't been able to hit any myself locally yet, so I'm very happy to enjoy your lovely garage sale treasures vicariously...! :-)

Autumn Hathaway said...

Diane, the collage is so inspired, I love all the different elements. Yummy lace from garage sale...score!

Theresa said...

Just love seeing you put everything together D...Your Style + pieces of your classes = beautiful combination! I am so jealous of your yard sale finds I may have to give it another try around here;)

Dawn said...

Oh what lovely collage, lovely layers and what a wonderful idea to put it on a door (I assume you still use it) So you can see it often I really like that idea. Love your garage sale goodies that lace is dreamy

love Dawn xx

Gloria said...

I love that double frame idea. Looks great. Your girl is just awesome. You are really into everything, just awesome. Great work Diane, always inspiring. Have a great Mother's Day!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Diane, this is just AMAZING! I love her. You are right - it's kind of like playing with paper dolls. I have a background laid out for another one - just need to get her going! LOL Love your tag sale finds - great stuff. Enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! Theresa

Nicola said...

Wow this is a beautiful piece and so interesting to hear about the different styles and techniques you have used. I love your girl I think I should try something like this :0) it looks like so much fun :0)

laurie said...

oh how I love your work!I am a follower of your blog because I'm going cross eyed reading past posts!

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