Monday, June 13, 2011

Still Blue...but...In a Different Way

First  of  all...thank  you  all   for  all  of  your  caring  comments  and  support--what  a  world  of  difference  a  few  words  can  do---thank  you!!   I  feel  better  and  am  not  looking  forward  to  the  Dr.'s  visit  this  week  with  Leo,  because  I  know  the  outcome.   Actually,  the  Dr.  was  preparing  me  last  week  for  this,  but  I  wasn't  ready  to  listen,  but  now  I am  and  I'm  listening  to  Leo,  and  it's  time  for  me  to  finally  let  him  go.   This  is  going  to  be  a  hard  week.

Okay...enough.....I'm  tired  of  feeling  sad......I  want  to  talk  about  about  what  makes  me  happy....ALWAYS---art!

And  Kristin's  Summer  of  Color--this  came  at  the  right  time,  and  the  color  this  week  is  blue  (oddly  enough).   But  blue  is  also  a  very  soothing  color,  and  those  are  the  hues  I  chose  to  work  with.

So  I  started  out  with  this  cigar  box  from  my  local  tobacco  store,  which  by  some  strange  coincidence  also  started  out  as  blue--



and  here's  how  it  ended  up  when  I  finished--

 
....and   let  me  show  you  the  details..

....one  of  my  favorite  techniques  that  I  use  alot--Golden's  soft  molding  paste  over  a  stencil,  and  then  when  it  was  dry,  I  randomly  stamped  over  it.   It's  a  great  technique,  in  that  it  doesn't  have  to  be  perfect  and  you  still  can  get  a  lovely  result.

....lots  of  vintage  photos  that  I  transferred  with  gel  medium  and  also  Lazertran  decal  paper.

And  sometimes  I  like  to  use  personal  photos  in  my  artwork---just  adds  that  special  touch  to  the  piece.   This  photo  is  on  the  top  of  the  box,  and  it  most  definitely  has  special  meaning  to  me...

....my  Grandmother,  my  father,  and  my  Great  Aunt...

And  I'm  always  on  the  look-out  for  old  knobs,  handles,  whatever  I  can  find  for  the  top  and  bottom  of  my  boxes--

 
So  there  you  have  it...my  blue  piece  for  Kristin's  Summer  of  Color---please  go  visit  her  blog  where  you  can  find  many  more  blue  art.   I'm  always  amazed  at  what  everyone  creates  when  given  just  one  word  to  work  with.   This  is  what  makes  this  so  fun.   Thanks  Kristin!!

...and  BTW...you  can  still  participate  too--you  have  all  of  this  week  to  join  in!!

64 comments:

Lesley said...

Diane I am so glad you are taking part in The Summer of Colour too! This is wonderful. I just love the effect of the moulding paste. I haven't used that before and in fact I'm new to masks so learning lots at the moment.
A wonderful piece of art obviously meaning a lot to you.
I shall be thinking of you this week...a sad time indeed.
xx

Sarah said...

Wow, this is gorgeous. Love all the detail. Very clever.

I too am thinking of you at this sad time (((hugs))) xx

linda said...

Such a beautiful piece of art and such a wonderful keepsake.

Buffy said...

I'll be thinking about you this week,sending big hugs.
Your box is beautiful,love the shade of blue you used and all the vintage photos.

Mandy said...

wow..i am in awe..this box is amazing girl!!!i love the texture...the photos...wow!!!

Becca said...

Beautiful piece Diane! I love the colors you used.
I'll be thinking of you this week my friend. :-)

joanna said...

Your box is gorgeous Diane! love the moulding paste technique. My heart goes out to you for Leo.. I'm sorry you are going through this.
lots of hugs!

laurie said...

I have 3 cigar boxes just waiting for this idea,, thank you for inspiring me,, your is lovely, I hope mine come out half as good,,

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! I love this craft because you used my favorite colors as a medium. Blue may look so dull and doring but I see it as a calm and soothing color instead.

I was amazed that you were able to preserve that picture of your father and grandparents. Not everyone were to preserve those memories.

Juls said...

fabulous!! Love your altered box, every detail is just perfect!! Hugs Juls

Janet Ghio said...

Your box is so pretty. Will be thinking of you and Leo this week.

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane, I loved this when I saw it on FB and I love seeing the entire piece! It is simply gorgeous!! And those image transfers are so lovely!! I read an article in somerset studio about Lazertran transfers. I may have to try it!

Sending you a hug and the strength as you are going through this difficult time.

xo

Zondra Art said...

Amazing makeover, I lake it!
Have a nice day.

Nancy said...

Diane, I will thinking of you this week.....

The box is wonderful and I love the paste effect.....just the perfect color of blue.....

Carolyn Phillips said...

That is beautiful, I love the paste effect.

Bren said...

Will be thinking of you and Leo this week, never an easy time.
The box you've created is so beautiful full of haunting blues and wonderful memories. I love using the moulding paste over stencils in my abstracts as well

Jeanie Callaghan said...

This is a knockout! Wonderful work, gorgeous with so much detail. So glad you entered it.

Anesha said...

Wow, stunning box!!!

Karen said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing your techniques as well, I love hearing about & seeing how art is created. Looking forward to seeing your work this summer.

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

I love your box! The paste and stencil technique is very cool. Wishing you lots of strenght the coming week, I know how you must feel.
xoxo

LyndaG said...

I love this box. Its so beautiful. What a wonderful gift for some lucky person this would be!!! I'm curious. How did you attach the handle to the cigar box

Artist Terri Smith said...

Amazing Diane!!! When I Saw The Initial Photos Of This On FB I Couldn't Get Over How Gorgeous..Well Now That I've Seen More Views, I'm Even More Impressed! Truly A Sensational Piece! Kudos For Keeping The Faith And Staying Busy..I've Been Lifting Love For Both Your Babies. Hugs~

Kristin said...

Yeah, Okay I am totally going to copy you and try that molding paste over a stencil! I love that you always share what you do with us - thank you for that ;) This cigar box is just stunning and I love all the personal touches you brought to it.
I will be thinking of you this week and sending you love, xoox

Tina Eudora said...

Diane I love the artwork, it is fabulous as always!
I have thought and prayed for you and your sweeties today and my heart will be with you as you travel to the vet. There will be angels there!
Tina xo

NatashaMay said...

It's amazing, Diane! Love the handle. It fits perfectly with the box.

Joanna said...

Diane your box is amazing! Absolutely beautiful.

(You might want to amend your link on Twinkle Twinkle, it is coming up as dianesalter.blopsot.com, which directs people to a rather dodgy religious website. Just so you know).

x

Joanna said...

Sorry, just spotted you'd re-linked your post on Twinkle Twinkle, silly me!

x

Valavani said...

Έγινε πολύ όμορφο!!!!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Oh Diane, I am so sorry about Leo. Hugs to you.
On another note I absolutely LOVE your blue cigar box! The detail is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this and inspiring us all.
Hugs and many blessings to you.

Pam Tucker said...

What a wonderful transformation of the cigar box! It turned out beautifully.

I'm sorry for your sad news. Will be thinking of you this week.

kluless said...

Your techiques are so inspiring - they always make me want to run home and try them!
I'm sorry things are not turning out the way we all hoped for Leo. Rest easy knowing you did everything you could.

Lorraine said...

yet another marvellous creation..will have to try that molding paste technique good idea..sorry about Leo and hugs..but your making the right decision and he wont be in pain

~Rasz~ said...

Sending you lots of hugs and prayers this week. So sorry for what you are going through.

The box is gorgeous! I love cigar boxes and have a few laying around. I just couldn't figure out what to do with them. Your pics have given me inspiration. Thank you.

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane, this piece of blue is soo very fantastic beautiful- it took my heart right away, it is so special, and gorgeus, dear.
I will think of you, this week, Diane--blessings,-Dorthe

Sandi said...

Oh, oh! This is quite wonderful! I will be coming back for more! I love that I want to touch it!

Cinner said...

Diane I am loving your boxes. I am just a new follower for a short time. I am sorry for what you are going through. heartfelt hug being sent your way.

sharon said...

This box is so fantastic! Ilove the soothing cool look of it, and the raised parts with the stamp, and the photos are awesome! You always teach us something new!
Doing the right thing is hard sometimes, but we all know when our heart tells us what is right. I send my prayers for an easy transition for Leo and you. Hugs.

Serena said...

A beautiful makeover of the cigar box, Diane. Art will helping in your emotional healing too so always a good thing. I feel so sad for what you are going through with Leo. We're here for you and I will also be keeping Leo in my thoughts and prayers ~ xo

JessiVille said...

Wow! This lovely box is just amazing! I love all the technique with the molding paste etc. Just gorgeous! A real keepsake to treasure. Jessi

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
Oh gosh, another gorgeous creation by You!
Love how all the multi media effects just come together for you.
I wish we lived closer, so I could come play.
Thinking of you!
Creative hugs,
Anna

Cameron said...

I think it would be fun to just send you random things and see how you transform them! I bet you could breathe life into any old piece of nothing I could give you....and turn it into a treasure!

You amaze me with your talent and creative eye :D

Jenny said...

Love love love your cigar box... such gorgeous images that you have used... and the stenciled molding paste is awesome...

Jenny x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I couldn't wait to get here to see what was happening in Leo's world, but I got a different blue instead. Sorry I'm late, but I've had the computer off due to more storm threats.

I am glad you gave it that extra couple of weeks with Leo. It wasn't time before, but I see you believe it is, now. I promise, you will not be sorry you waited, and you can now more easily let him go.

Those vintage photos, Lazartran decal, and stenciling details make this the perfect piece. And did I mention that handle? Well, I should have!

Liette alias Pixelle said...

oh I am so sad for you...I understand very well your feeling of emptyness because I have had to take that kind of decision more than one time with my precious compagnion dogs in the past...and I know I will have to do again in the futur...offer you my sympathies...I also want to tell you how much you impress me with your boxes and art...I will watch you my dear...for sure....

laurie said...

thankyou for visiting this morning, have super Tuesday!

missy k said...

Hi Your box is amazing.... so much detail and depth.... I love it.

Hope your 'arting' helped lift your spirits during this sad time

Ella said...

This is gorgeous; I love the way you added heirloom photos to make it special! It is such a great photo~

Thanks for sharing the technique...I so want to run out the door and buy all these stuff!

You are so talented!

You and yours are in my thoughts~xXx

Betzie said...

You always make things that I love!
I'm so so sorry about your adorable sweet Bob...I know how that goes and it isn't fun. Lost our 11 yr. old dog to kidney disease last Dec., so

peggy gatto said...

what a treasure box!!!! your details make it very special.

Heather Henry said...

Gorgeous blue hue. I love what you did with the box, the vintage photos are fantastic.
I'm sorry to hear about your sad news.

Chrissy Foreman C said...

Oh my, look at all that delicious texture! beautiful work x

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; this box is stunning! I love the family photos incorporated, too. Great stencil technique with this to give it texture! Thoughts of you for your week. xxoo

Melisa said...

This is beautiful! I really love the handle!

PS - Sorry your 4 legged babies are still having such an awful time. I said a prayer for little Bob.

Emelie said...

My second visit, this box us so unique, very you but still different and beautiful.

thinking of you wishing for better things and it is not right to have to be sad in the summer, that is rather silly to say but I have always thought that.

I am a little sad also, also pet.

Nan said...

What a beautiful box. Thanks for sharing all the steps. The Lazartran looks like fun. :) Nan

creatingme said...

oh man, th is is incredible!!!

Theresa said...

bluetiful piece Ms. D! Always love all those artful details!

Sunny Lee said...

You are just so talented Diane~ Wow what a transform it is...Beautiful... Hope this beautiful art can cheer you up...~

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Such an absolutely gorgeous altered box, Diane! :) Thanks for sharing. I know it is hard to let go - but our animal friends can't always tell us in ways that we can understand how they are feeling. You are doing right by Leo - and I'm sure he knows it. :) Thinking of you both...

Jenny Blair said...

I can't believe this once began as a cigar box! So so beautiful...blue in a very good way :)
So sorry to head about your sad times. sending BIG hugs to you of the very warm and loving variety :)x

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Diane,
Your creation is totally exquisite, my friend! I LOVE your art!

I am so sorry to hear about Leo and also what your precious little dog has been going through...Gee, you've had so much going on with pets...it's heartbreaking. I will be thinking of you.
XO
Cindy

Chris said...

Diane this is sooooo beautiful...such wonderful eye candy and amazing detail. love it!!

[handmade+art] x2 said...

we send you our RESPECT!!!
we adore your wonderful,amazing and unique creations!!!
kisses X2

Tammie said...

your blue box is lovely

my heart leans towards yours as your feelings rise and flow

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