Sunday, February 04, 2007

Inspiration and trades...


Hi folks! Hope you all had a nice weekend. It's Sunday night and I'm soon off to bed, but I thought I'd show you my initial creative impulse from Bonnie's Inspiration prompt. This truly shows inspiration in action, for me. I had recently recieved the new BrocadeHome catalog and loved all the ornate white frames in it. I had this gawdy black frame that I only used at Halloween and decided to spray paint it flat white. I went to Michael's for the spray paint and found these fabulous Basic Grey transparencies on clearance for 25 cents! I came home and looked through my piles of magazines and catalogs (they always provide the best inspiration!) and put this together. The picture of the chair has written on the bottom I walked inside and took my cues from the lines yet written. I think I like it...hmmm...ask me in the morning:)

I also wanted to ask your opinion on something. In less than 2 months (!!!) I will be attending ArtFest for the very first time. Saying I'm excited is an understatement. I have heard that trading is a big, big thing there. People bring charms, ATC's, or any other handmade little goodies to trade. A little bit of their art to pass along to another and get something in return. I am so into these whimsy toadstools lately (too much Pan's Labyrinth, I guess!) and feel in love with this little girl holding a couple of mushrooms on the vintage Valentine's card I recently found. I decided to combine these all together with some vintage ledger paper and made some little paper rosettes to trade. They remind me of award ribbons. Oh so fun! I have a pin on the back if people would want to hang them on something. I may add some vintage text, probably some real ribbon off the ends, or maybe even some glitter. I can't wait to get my hands on the new Basic Grey Stella Ruby line to make some more. What do you think? Is this something you'd want in a trade?

17 comments:

Lizzy said...

Ooooh! I love your piece for this week's prompt! That is so cool! How big is that frame? Very neat. Hope to get some time to make my piece soon!

Your ArtFest swap items sound lovely! And how fun, to put a pin behind them to attach to something. Very cute. And mushrooms are totally in.

Bonnie said...

Kari-great frame!I can't imagine it in black, it looks gorgeous in white! I love what you've done with it. The trade things you have are totally cool, if no one wants to trade them with you, send them to me. :)

She Who Flies said...

Oh I love this frame. So majestic! I can't picture it in any color but white :-) Love what you did with that prompt. It's a beautiful window onto what inspires you. Your trade goodies are perfect.

Robert said...

the trade items are really awesome... very nice piece of work... its such inspiring and creative..... i liked your blog pretty much... its so artistic....i would surely love to visit your blog again.... well u can too drop by My Blog sometimes... hope u will find it interesting...!!!

Tricia Scott said...

i love the white frame and what you put inside! i clicked on the link to the new basic grey papers and wow!---i need some of those!
oh...and the trade goodies are fabulous. you are so so so lucky to be going to artfest!

Zoe said...

Love it!

Hanna said...

yes, I would trade for that, specially if I could hang it on the wall in it was like a pocket. it looks like a little pocket for paper.

love the white frame too, so cool! I looove frames!

mosaic queen said...

The Frame is AWESOME!!! I've never been to Artfest, but I hope to get there next time. It's on my list of things I must do.

suzi finer said...

Refreshingly different!

Monica said...

I love the white frame an the collage you did in it. It looks fabulous! And for the girl holding the mushrooms rosette, what a wonderful idea! So delicate and beautiful!

MyMosaicMind said...

Your "inspire" artwork is beautiful. It's so YOU, and it looks great in your newly refurbished frame. :-) I love the BasicGrey transparencies -- what a great deal!

Beth said...

I would be thrilled to trade with you at artfest...if I was going. These are a great trade !!!! I think there will be EVERYTHING there, so anything you make or do will be perfect as your talents are wonderful !!!

jenny holiday said...

once again..knocking socks off!! : )

Looove it!! simple as that!! Love it!!

and ohh your little prize ribbon...I LOOOVE it!! I am a MANIAC for prize ribbons!! have been for years!! I almost fell off my chair when I saw the page in brocade home!! eye candy deeeluxx!!

Love it!!

xoxo Jenny

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Ah--HECK YEAH, the ribbon is so cute! Have fun at ArtFest!

Laurie G. (morningk) said...

I WOULD LOVE to receive this in trade, boo hoo I won't be at ArtFest! (If you'd consider making an extra, please email me and I would love to swap something for it (see my flickr "morningk" for things I make)- email is giberson@winfirst.com. That mushroom girl is Soooo sweet!!!

Have a blast at ArtFest!

Jeanne said...

I finally posted my first two pages of the Cabinet of Curiosity challenge. Better late than never!

http://jeanneszewczyk.blogspot.com/2007/02/cabinet-of-curiosity.html

Leau said...

Hey Kari, I'll be there, Artfest that is, and can't wait to trade with you. Love the pins! And the curiosity cabinet is soo cool. Look forward to meeting and trading SOON!!!! Leau in Albuquerque