Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paint Party Friday (Week 46)

"Just do You"
8 x 10 Altered FedEx folder

I was rummaging through my box of unfinished projects (yes, a whole box. Please tell me I'm not alone in this ;) this morning when I came across a colorful background I began nearly two years ago in a class with Traci Bautista. It was created on the back of a FedEx folder using several handmade papers that we cut and collaged to the front. I love the way she suggests and works with recycled materials as a substrate and I had so much fun playing with her tools and mark-making materials to create the handmade papers you see here. Having said that, I put it in "The Box" as soon as I got home and haven't thought about it since. . . .

Until now. When all of the sudden I saw it again and realized that it could be a perfect base for the "funky" face I've been wanting to paint for a while now. I scanned it so that you could view it in it's original form and went to work. Wanna see what I came up with?

Original background created in Traci's class

Varied eyes and one earring (pierced through the folder) that reads, "Wise"
Stars cut from handmade paper (from my stash) and outlined with crayons
Finished with decorative trim on the bottom and (pink!) wire for hanging

Isn't she quirky? Thank you for the base Traci - and for the colorful lesson - you are such an inspiration!

And thank you to Eva & Kristin for hosting such a great Paint Party.


See you there,
Kristin xo

53 comments:

sugar Creek said...

I love love love all these bright colors and her quirky eyes!!

Daniele Valois said...

I cannot wait to get this in the mail! :P

You know I love love lovity love her...and YOU!!!

Janet Ghio said...

I love the 2 different color eyes and the yellow ball fringe across the bottom.

Cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

Love the colors and the mismatched eyes, and that you made her into a wall hanging. She's so cool!

Renee! said...

Haha... I love her! One green eye and one blue... the crackle star and the yellow ball fringe=GENIUS!!!
Thanks for sharing... I love PPF too!
Renee
xoxo

Netty said...

wow a fabulous background Kristin and loving your Wise Girl who doesn't care a fig about being wise, just loves being herself. Brill. Happy PPF, Annette x

Alicia C said...

whoa, that is a FUN PIECE!

missy k said...

Funky!

I especially love that colourful background and I am in LOVE with the yellow trim :)

Karenx

missy k said...

ps I forgot to say - you are not alone! I for one have loads of unfinished projects... but one day.....

Kx

Ayala Art said...

You are not alone, but isn't it great to find old treasures??? Very nice bright work! Thanks for sharing

Mandy said...

This is fantastic...she is funky as..i love how her eyes are different..i love...love...love...i don't have ufos of art except those i am working on right now...but sewing, and knitting ufos galore...xxx

Anne said...

Wonderful, that you find found that background, it is awesome. Great job and love the yellow trim!
^____^~~*

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I have a huge box, or maybe two of unfinished things... this was worth the wait though... great meshing of the background with the funky face and I love seeing the detail shots... you had a great painting week

Carin said...

Kristin, this is such a fun piece! And well done on finishing something from your box of unfinished projects! I have one of those full of cross-stitches lol. She is really cool and quirky! Love it!

Jenny said...

Love Love Love Kristin... funky, quirky and gorgeous... your background is amazing and I just adore the different eyes...

Hugs
Jenny x

Ellie said...

Very funky lady! Love all the colours!

- T.W - said...

She's so cool, love that li'l smirk too!
The colors are amazing~

// -T.W-

Lesley Edmonds said...

Love it!! David Bowie has different colours in each eye :)

faye said...

What a fun and beautiful painting, Kristin. Love it.

laurie said...

love those eyes!!! wow,

Carolyn Dube said...

She is pure fun!!!!! Those colors are happiness! I have been loving Traci's online free workshops at Strathmore. She has such a free and fun style.

Diane said...

Awesomeness!!! LOVE it!!

Kathy said...

Wow.. love her! fun piece.. that background is amazing.. too cool the earring and trim ..
Kath
xx

La Abela said...

Your creativity is enviable, and yes, I also have, not a box, siino a loft learns projects unfinished.
Jajaja...Saludos

WrightStuff said...

Yay! It's great. We all have that pile of not-quite-finished-or-sure-what-I'm-going-to-do-with-this!

Christine said...

such a cute, fun piece!

Janelle said...

I love this painting. It is fun and quirky. Great job!

EVA said...

Yes I have unfinished paintings too - must get at them!

Your finished (Yay!!!) painting is wonderful - love the colours and her fun quirkiness

carlarey said...

Oh, I love this! She is just wonderful. Yay for digging out an unfinished piece and bringing it to such a great finale.

Jingle said...

This is fantastic!

brandi said...

~my stash is pictures upon pictures..waiting to be edited!!! a treasure you found and i am sure there is so much more waiting to come to be...a wonderful piece you created...wise is she in that she represents herself...unique...not afraid to be different...love it! much love light and blessings~

Nora CG said...

It looks that you had ton of fun with your piece, the colors are beautiful and bright and your girl too. Happy PPF!

Theresa said...

She is so fun & fantastically colorful! Don't use just love using trims like that, I sure do.
Happy PPF!

Tahnya Marie said...

She is awesome! I love her, she is very cool and funky! I love the vibe she gives. WONDERFUL work as usual Kristin!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love your color combinations and variety of textures!! :)

♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Julie said...

This is wonderful! I really love everything about this!

Joyce said...

Great colors. I love her SPLIT personality

SHERI C said...

The color and design of this piece is wonderful and that little added element of the earring just takes it to another superb level!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

Phoenix Peacock said...

this is way too spectacular. I'm loving everything about it!

Carol L McKenna said...

Dazzling and ever so creative! ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

Apni Avani said...

She sure is funky! Such an attractive piece.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Terrific! I too have a box of backgrounds that I need to work on! I'm taking Traci's class at Strathmore and I love how it's all just play play play! And with this piece you captured that carefree spirit too! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Gloria said...

What a great idea Kristin. Wow! I love everything about this piece. Her eyes are fascinating. It's fun they are of two colors. Great job!

Anne said...

the bright colours are so gorgeous!

Beadwright said...

OOhhhh I love this, especially the eyes. The colors are fabulous too.
Nicole/Beadwright

ger chouinard said...

Kristin: Love this piece ... GREAT lips on that girl ... she is a star! Like the absence of hair ... happy PPF into Sunday nite! ♥

Scarlett Clay said...

She is SO fun and funky :) I love the earring, too, that's a very cool little detail that makes this piece unique!

Scarlett

Melisa said...

What a fun piece! I love the bauble fringe. I'm so glad you pulled it out of the box and gave it life.

JKW said...

Very Very cool. My girlfriend had 2 different color eyes too. Blessings, Janet PPF

Heather Henry said...

Super groovy! I love the eyes and the quirkiness of this one. So cool. And no, you're not alone, I have stashes of unfinished projects, everywhere. It's just so fun to start new ones. :)

BlackPumpkin said...

She's amazing. Love the details!!

Piarom said...

yes she is beautiful quirky and I love her !!! The background is so lovely crazy too :-)

Cameron said...

She is Punkalicious! Thrilled for you that you got to take something out of the box and finish it!! Feels good, doesn't it?!