Friday, May 15, 2015

IN THE BEGINNING... the POWER OF ONE was with Snap, Crackle and Pop!

was with SNAP, CRACKLE and POP!!!

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Howdy!  It's Joi.... surviving a really wet week here... flooding almost washed away one of the new baby calves - never a dull moment at the ranch! 

But here in my little studio creation began.

In the beginning... it was just the POWER OF ONE. 

And then creation began with a little SNAP and CRACKLE.... 
ending with a POP of new life! 

From beginning to end... it was an inspirational journey.  In the beginning...came the seed in my mind the popped up thru the crackled ground of my heart and exploded with a pop into an example of the magnificent, omnipresent POWER of ONE.  

And here is the story...  

I began by prepping the wooden #1 (created here at the ranch) with gesso. Then painted it with Pebeo Precious Gold Irridescent paint.
The goal was to use only one color scheme for the entire project. I chose gold.  Please know that although some of the pictures make it look like there is a greenish tint - there were only shades of light and dark gold colors used in the entire project.  

While waiting for that to dry I begin assembling what I hoped would look rather like a the solar system!  In my "found objects" I had a half metal strip, an old pierced hoop earring, a very long nail, a washer, wire and part of a metal lid.  Together this made "outer space"!  Just nailed the nail right into the wood - so easy!

All the metal for the solar system was painted with Adirondack Alcohol Ink. I used several different shades of golden colors.

Later towards the end of creating - I added the round believe word tag and the little crystal from an old necklace.  There was just something fun about how they could hang from the other pieces.

Then I begin adding some personality - a bit of paper with words on it as well as crackle paste.  Here are some pictures of the crackle up close but most of it got covered up in the end.   After the crackle was dry I went over it with various shades of gold distress paint.

Then using only one stencil and one stamp set on this project...I added the "sunshine" rays to help my little seedling grow and began stamping the letters for the side on grunge board with archival ink. I cut the letters out by hand but cheated a little on the center of the O and the D - just painted it white!!!

I used a big brush pen to color the letters and accented them with Wink of Stella pens for a bit of sparkle. I also used the same pens to accent the sunrays with some shining sparkle after stenciling them with walnut stain distress ink. 

Here is a picture with flash to show the Wink of Stella on the rays! 

Out came the Fiber Paste to which I added burnt umber acrylic paint to make 'mud'!  By then it was getting late and the mud was the exact color of chocolate ice cream. Seriously - it made my mouth water - now HOW silly is that???  I didn't stop to get some of the real stuff though (good girl)!

While the "chocolate" fiber paste was still wet, the seeds were planted.  Yes - they are real seeds and it was a tedious undertaking. 

While my luscious chocolate earth was receiving it's seedling additions (translation... drying!)...  I began fussy cutting out my seedling plant.  Originally I painted the little stem and two leaves onto the wood but of course - there was no dimension so added two more layers of fussy cut card stock stems and leaves. I just drew them by hand and used pitt pens to decorate the veins. Loved finger painting them with silks so their veins would show well and they would have a bit of shine as well as color variation.  I also attached the seedling with glossy accents so that helped with the shine too.

On to the back of the Power of One!  

TIMELESS... that's how I think of anything inspirational and spiritual - TIMELESS.  I painted the timeless die cut with rusty hinge distress ink - which to me is gold when dried and edged it with a black pit pen and white uni-ball pen.

Then began the fun part - the metal!!  I just used old watch findings and a big watch spring.  Around that I added some beads, some filigree metal balls, and even some black snaps.  I set the black beads in clear glass bead texture gel.

Why the snaps???  Ok so it's just a funny thing that came to mind one night as I was trying to go to sleep.  You see...
I had the crackle.... then when I was adding the seeds I inadvertently ran across some popcorn.   Sooooo don't you think I had to have the SNAP too?????  Hehehehehehhe!!! 

I also liked the little Idea-ology Small Talk sticker that says:
'always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder'.

At the very top and over the side... is a fussy cut picture of Michelangelo's Creation of Adam.  Just seems right for this piece.

The cheese cloth was sprayed with Gossamer Gold Lindy's Stamp Spray.  I added it because it just reminded me of how everything in our lives from beginning to end is intertwined.  

Added a couple of small rocks from the walking trail at the ranch and I think that completes this mixed media creation!

Thanks bunches for taking the time to stop by and read.  I just love being able to share with my creative and artistic family.


Thanks bunches for the opportunity to play in the following SUPER FINE challenges:

Artist Trading Post 
ATP Exchange - May Challenge

Found Objects: Rocks, Seeds, Popcorn

archival ink, ranger distress stain, ranger distress ink, glossy accents, idea-ology small talk stickers, golden fiber paste, and more! 


Mixed Media Place Creative Gym
Exercise 7 - The Power of One
1 Stencil, 1 Stamp, 1 Color by Gayle

I used: Colors of Gold, Crafters Workshop Sunburst Stencil, Stampers Anonymous Worn Text


The Funky Junkie Boutique
Frilly and Funky Challenge Blog
Snap, Crackle, Crackle by Pamellia

Click HERE: Frilly and Funky Challenge, Snap Crackle Crackle

I used Studio 490 Crackle Texture Paste. 
And in keeping with Pamellia's statement that "anything goes as long as it cracks my up"...
since I ran across some popcorn to add in with my seeds...
I decided to also add a SNAP - to complete the old adage...
Snap, Crackle (Crackle) and Pop!!!!  


2015 Topic #9 Words Challenge by Leandra

CLICK HERE: PaperArtsy Topic #9 Challenge: Words

I used lots of words!!  
Some are tissue paper, some are stamped and then fussy cut, some are on stickers, some are on metal and one is a die cut!  



butterfly said...

This is so fabulous, Joi - I adore the rich burnished tones, the amazing crackle textures and all those fabulous embellishments and found objects - a really special creation - WOW!
Alison xx

experiments in paper said...

Joi, I LOVE the detail of this piece, and that you kept to "the one" theme!! More power to you, girl!! And the popcorn - such fun but also what a great addition!! Also love how all of your elements symbolize something meaningful to you. Wonderful piece! And hope the little calf is ok. xx Lynn

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Stunning project! Love the texture and all the details!
Thanks for playing with our MMP Challenge!

Pascale B. Scrap said...

Great work! love all the textures and details! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Fantastic project! So much to look at! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

Pamellia said...

Holy jumpins' Joi, you really created something special here!! Your colours are so vintage and antiqued, I love how all your accent pieces look old and rustic! The sentiments are so perfect for the "1" theme and all your textures and added goodies are blowing my socks off!! Incredible!!

Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Snap, Crackle, Crackle' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Win Dinn, Artist said...

Well this is just delicious, Joi! I'm salivating just with the photos - can hardly imagine how it would appear in real life! Thanks for this fabulous post!

Ella Swan said...

Magnificent! I love it!!!

PaperArtsy said...

Flipping heck Joi, you sure are snapping, cracking on popping on this piece! Awesome! ~Leandra

Unknown said...

Wowser! that is fantastic - I LOVE IT! Its just wonderful!!!!! Cxxxxx

Jenny Marples said...

Oh my goodness Joi!!! For a start hats off to you for getting some fabulous photos (never easy with bigger 3D pieces) and then an even bigger round of applause for all the gorgeousness of texture and detail on this. LOVE the end result! Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

Kasia KrzymiƄska said...

That's gorgeous and so creative. Thank you for sharing whole step by step and beautiful final effect. Thank you for entering our challenge at Artist Trading Post blog. :)