My Gallery Wall Tour

As a painter, maker, and a general lover of pretty things, I collect artwork. I use my craft room as a place where I can show off all of my favorite artists works, and all of my pretty things. Since the space is mine, I have the freedom to use the space however I want, so my craft room is a 100% representation of who I am.

I have a pretty full collection on my gallery wall, which will probably end up extending around my whole room eventually (let’s be honest). πŸ˜‰

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I love each and every item because it’s either by one of my favorite artists, has some special meaning, or both.

  1. This first piece is a print by an artist named Trisha Thompson Adams. She does a lot of really pretty nature inspired prints mostly using gouache which is one of my favorite art mediums. I found this print in a little shop in Galveston with my sister. Behind it is sheet of hand made paper that I didn’t have the heart to cut up… I originally intended to get a shadow box frame and place it in front of a black background to hang it as is, but I couldn’t find the appropriate type and size of frame. For now, I kind of like it here.

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2. This next one is actually a page from a calendar that I had a few years back. It’s by an artist called Katie Daisy. She also wrote the book that I have on display next to my doll. There’ll be a picture down below of it. The book is called “How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide”. She’s definitively in my top 3 favorite artists.

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3. This shadow box is one that I made. I made all of the dresses from paper. The dress in the middle is modeled after my wedding dress. I wore this gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress for my wedding. The dress I ended up wearing was not the one I pictured at all when I began planning my wedding, but when I saw it, I knew it was the one.😊

I did not save my wedding dress since it takes up so much space and I didn’t want to watch it turn yellow, but I still wanted a representation of it. That’s why I made this​ shadow box. (Also, sorry for the reflection in all of these pics. It’s pretty hard to take pics of things behind glass).

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4. This next item is my inspiration board. It is ever changing, and I keep things in it that inspire me at the moment.

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5. This picture and frame actually cost me only $2 total. Trader Joe’s was selling this gorgeous greeting card for $1 and since it’s a standard frame size, I knew I had to have it. I found the frame at Goodwill for $1 as well… I actually really like that it looks a bit banged up. Also the design and color really fit the print.

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6. The star garland that you see framing my gallery wall was on clearance at Anthropologie. I’d been wanting some pretty lights to hang, and these fit the bill. I like that the light is very subtle and not blinding and I love the color and texture of the stars they’re more earthy tones than most of the art I have which provides a nice balance.

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Although these next items aren’t technically on my wall, I’m still going to include them since I feel like they serve as pieces of my gallery wall.

7. This Crystal Sphere was purchased at Home Goods. I love the texture and the size of it. I also like that the base is the same material. It provides a nice bit of contrast against all the organic, floral, and kind of busy “prints”that I tend to gravitate towards. It just looks clean, simple, and pretty… Also it makes me feel like a fortune teller. πŸ˜‰

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8. The doll to it’s left was purchased at Anthropologie on clearance. I loved how peaceful she looks and I’ve been really into cloth dolls lately. (Yes, it’s a she) πŸ˜‰ She is by a doll maker named Alice Mary Lynch.

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Also, let’s just talk about that bow tie! πŸ™‚

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9. On this shelf, I have a foam head that I painted a few years ago. Right now, she’s displaying a headband that I bought (again) from Anthropologie (and again) on clearance. It’s actually a child’s headband, but it fits me. 😊 It’s also made by Alice Mary Lynch.

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10. On this shelf I have a seashell I found on a beach near Louisiana where I drove by self from mid south Texas on a whim/”mental breakdown”, a geode that my brother got me from his trip to the Grand canyon, and last is an antler that I found while hiking in the woods nearby in college.

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11. And last but not least, is this shelf where I keep the Totoro music box that my sister got me for Christmas a few years ago. I am super obsessed with Miyazaki’s movies. I love that he doesn’t rush the stories, and the art and the stories are beautiful. It was the perfect gift! The alpaca was purchased at comicpalooza. The Lion and Rose Quartz figures are 2 of my favorite characters from Steve & Universe.

Next is my Sailor Mercury pop figure. I loved Sailor Moon as a kid, and Sailor Mercury is my favorite sailor scout.

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Below that is a piece of amber on a chain that my sister’s boyfriend gave to me. It had a tiny extinct bee in it! You can shop his items here. He has some amazing specimens and has a great selection of Amber.

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Below that is a garland that I made using wood pieces that I cut and drilled, crystal beads, and embroidery thread.

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Anyway, that’s my gallery wall so far!

I went to Comicpalooza yesterday and picked up a new piece of artwork by Yoshi Yoshitani. I even got to meet her! She is super nice, and she makes some amazing pop art inspired by comic books, video games, and folk lore. She even has a tarot card collection coming out soon! i bought a small print from it, which you can see below. I intend to buy a nice frame for the mermaid print and hang it on my wall. I just love the colors and design of it. I think that this piece of her work would give my wall a breath (or kick) of fresh air! If you haven’t seen her work, go check it out!

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Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post. I haven’t written in a while and really miss it… Things have been very busy here. I hope you had a good weekend!

I’m an Artist, Not a Cam Girl.

I’ve been trying my hand at Livestreaming my art process lately. So far, I’ve been utilizing Twitch Creative since it’s really the only platform I’m familiar with.

I personally like streaming my work, but have been feeling a bit frustrated by this platform. I feel as though the people who watch and/or interact with me just expect me to giggle and be cute for them. I feel like  many of the people who’ve been interacting with me could care less about what I’m working on or saying.

I believe it’s a demographic issue – the site (Twitch) is very male dominated and was originally exclusively a gaming platform.

Just so you know what I do, I have been live streaming the process of creating my junk Journals to sell on my Etsy shop. I just recently began using the face cam and have it pretty small on one corner of my screen, with my work space taking up the whole screen aside from that. I was hoping that i’d get more interaction from viewers if I had the face cam on. It did work, but I haven’t been getting the interaction that I really wished for. 

Whenever people interact with me, they mainly focus on my looks. I don’t mind compliments, but I feel as though most of the people who interact with me only care about what I look like… They’re not interested in what I’m doing or saying… And then yesterday as I was streaming, one person has the gall to start sending me very vulgar personal messages (which pop up on my screen while I’m live streaming, making me flustered). I ended up blocking him.
When I got into bed, I felt really down. Even before this happened, I had been thinking about how much emphasis is put on looks. It’s incredibly frustrating as a woman to be judged on what is essentially the shell of who I am. A lot of times I feel like less than a person. Yesterday I really felt that way…

That being said, I wanted to see if anyone else might know of a live streaming service that caters more towards artists. 

I will likely continue streaming on Twitch otherwise, and will – hopefully – start having followers or watchers who actually care about what I’m doing and talking about that as opposed to just watching me like I’m a chunk of meat.

I’m contemplating the idea of not using a face cam at all.

 Maybe I just had a bad day yesterday.
I’ll try again today or tomorrow. If you read my blog, I assume that you are more than likely interested in me for me- as a person, or me as an artist and crafter…  I rarely post pictures of myself so I know that you guys and girls care about something that is much more genuine then just the way I look.

So if you do happen to watch people on twitch, I’d be happy if you subscribe or stop by to say hi. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how to get a link to my page, but my user name on twitch is themermaidcove. It would be nice to renew my excitement in Twitch because I feel like it’s such a cool thing to be able to share what I do and to watch people share what they do and to interact with them while they’re working. There’s something really special about that.

Work in Progress: Cinderella Junk Journal/Wedding Guestbook

I’m putting the finishing touches on this “Junk Journal”. I put the word “Junk Journal” in quotations because it reads more as a wedding scrapbook or guestbook than a traditional junk journal.

This one was inspired by a dress that I saw in a vintage store. It had this beautiful blue-gray ruched fabric over tan satin. It reminded me of Cinderella, and I had this idea in my head of making a Cinderella Themed Junk journal.

The cover is made of blue-gray tulle over gold satin fabric. I used a sewing machine to gather the tulle and stretch it over the gold satin. I covered the gathers with white beaded trim that I recycled from an old wedding dress that I used as a costume (see the finished dress on my blogpost called “Dresses Made of Flowers“. It’s the white one at the bottom).

I used a piece of rose embossed pearly scrapbooking paper for the spine and back and added a silver name frame to the front with a piece of pearly white cardstock behind it.

Below is a picture of the junk journal on my (grungy looking but clean) work mat.

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Because this journal looks so fancy, I believe I’m going to list it as a wedding guestbook as well as a junk journal… It would make a beautiful non-traditional wedding guestbook for wedding attendees to sign and leave little messages for the bride and groom.

Like most of my junk journals, it contains some white mixed media paper and many different colors, textures, and sizes of scrapbook paper and handmade paper.

Anyway, I hope to have more pictures later this week as well as a flip-through of it, and I’ll post on my blog when this little book goes up for sale on my shop! πŸ™‚

If your interested in seeing any of my other work, check my previous blog posts, or if you really like them, check out my etsy shop!

I hope that you all are having an amazing week. As always, let me know if you have any theme ideas for me to use for future journals. I have a ton, but I’m always looking for new ideas. πŸ™‚

My Hiccup in Getting Quality Art Prints

So, real-talk: I feel like I’ve hit my first snag since I’ve started selling on Etsy.

I was really wanting to have art prints made to sell on my site, but after doing some research, I realized that archival quality prints are not as inexpensive as I had thought and I’m not sure that I’m comfortable investing the amount of money that is needed to invest in order to get these made… Also the closest physical art print shop is about 20-30 miles away. (Yay for small towns πŸ˜‘)… I was originally intending on going to Office Depot to get the prints, but I didn’t realize until I called them that they only provide office quality prints… They don’t use archival quality ink and the image will not be exactly like the artwork.

To any of my artist counterparts: do you have any advice? Maybe I’m just missing an obvious solution. I just want to make sure that the quality is there in my art prints… If it won’t be, I’ll be holding off on selling art prints on my site.
Anyway, on a lighter Β more upbeat note, the picture below is a small portion of my art studio. I like to collect pretty things. 😊 The book on display is by a very talented illustrator – Katie Daisy. The doll is from anthropologie – by another talented artist named Alice Mary Lynch. The stones are labradorite, rose quartz, amethyst and regular quartz and the deer antler was found by me on a walk through the woods. 😊

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New Artwork – Falling Girl

Hey, everyone! Yesterday I finished a painting. It’s actually based off a picture I drew Β in 2009. I wanted to get prints of it made to put on my shop, but it was so pale, that I didn’t think it would print well… Plus I thought that it would translate really well into a watercolor/ceracolor medium.

This is one of the only drawings from the past that I actually still really like. I love that the fabric kind of mimics the look of waves that will be created when she falls into the water a millisecond later.

Here is the painting. It was done using watercolor, gouache, and ceracolors:

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Anyway, I plan on taking this image to have some prints made for my etsy shop, so if you’re interested, keep an eye on my shop! Here’s a link!

 

 

New journal – Peeking Cat

Hey, everyone! I’m excited to say that I completed another journal and listed it on my shop yesterday!

This is a Coptic stitch mini sized journal with all white unlined mixed media paper. The front and back are hardcover with a felt cat face and tail. I had so much fun playing with the felt and coming up with the design. 😊

If you like cats, I’d appreciate if you check it out. If it’s popular enough, I may end up making more of these with different colors and patterns of cats… I am also considering doing custom submissions for it as well!

My ragdoll kitten, snowball was an adequate prop, although he really didn’t want to cooperate. πŸ˜…

Here’s a picture of him. He’s my cuddly little polar bear!

Yeah, in case you can’t tell, I kind of love cats. 😍

Anyway, thanks for reading this short post. Shop the journal on my Etsy page!