Friday, August 24, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week 24

"Dreams of Long Ago"
Altered Tins

It's PPF and I'm at it again! 

I swear, It's been busy couple of weeks: on top of just getting back from our family vacation in time to take the little one to her first camp - Dinosaur Day Camp at the Natural History Museum - this girl decides that the last week of Summer is the perfect time to tear apart and redo her whole studio! What was I thinking!? I have literally years worth of junk (ok, collectables) spilling out of the room and lining the hall that leads to it . . . . I'll be lucky to be done by Christmas!

Anywho, I wanted to share with you the last thing I did before I left. And while it's not exactly painting, it does have paint poured all over it and so, yeah, here it is:


I actually used to do a lot of assemblages before I got the painting bug, so when my sweet husband (who's always on the lookout for cool things for me to use in my art ;) brought home a few rusted tins recently (they look like old bandaid containers), I couldn't wait to play with them . . .

"Dreams of Long Ago" started with a good cleaning with water then alcohol (so that any substance would stick to it) and a punch on either side of the top with a nail and hammer to make holes that I would eventually use to hang with wire. The next step was an experiment: I literally poured old (and therefore somewhat thick) aqua metallic paint over the surface and waited to see what happend. I wasn't sure if it would stick, but when I went to "test it", I accidentally made a mark in the acrylic skin - that I decided I loved! So I went on and made more "accidental" marks so that the paint had a somewhat distressed look to it. Once that dried, I added the Frozen Charlotte head and arm to the centers with E-6000. The tin was then heavily glittered on the bottom (in a rust color) and strung with pink wire on the top. A teardrop crystal was added to the side of one and vintage text and Swarovski crystals were added to the top of each tin. They were then filled with vintage love letters, a vintage picture of a happy couple and some soft satin ribbons for color and interest.


Thanks for taking the time to look! I'll see you at the Party . . . .

Kristin xo

35 comments:

sugar Creek said...

Love those! I just love the color aqua and the rust together! xx

Sandi McLean said...

These are both so sweet! Love how you created them and then filled them. I haven't "known" you to do the assemblages so it is interesting to see this side of your art. Hugs

Joanna said...

Wow, what an interesting effect you got with these tins. Your husband is so cool, finding you rusty tins for your artwork :)

x

craftattack said...

Your tins are great, just love'em! Good to see you back again! Hugs, Valerie

ArtSings1946 said...

I love assemblage and these are fabulous ... it's nice to see others love this are medium as well.

Happiness to all

Netty said...

Loving your gorgeous tins they are like mini time capsules, such a joy. Happy PPF, Annette x

Faye said...

Really cool tins, Kristin. You've given those old rusty things a new life. Love the color.

Christine said...

lovely re-purposing! pretty colour!

lydiapuenteharris said...

These are fantastic.loved how you altered them. :)

Lynn Cohen said...

These look like something I'd find in a Somerset Magazine! Nicely done. HPPF!

WrightStuff said...

What a sweet hubbie indeed! I love that he keeps his eye out for treasures for you to create. He's a keeper!

laurie said...

I think its wonderful that your hubby watches out for materials and inspiration for you, he IS a keeper, these look amazing!!

Tracey Fletcher King said...

These are just so fresh and bright, but still full of all sorts of wonderful... so glad you are back creating and sharing...xx

Terri Neggers said...

Those are wonderful! What a great idea, just pouring the paint, and I love that bright aqua blue against the rust - what a great contrast. And of course I just love Frozen Charlottes - so fantastic all around!

Gloria said...

Your tins are awesome. Treasures to keep. thanks.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh! Look at you making an old, rusty band-aid tin look FAB-u-lous! Of course I adore the turquoise. So pretty, pretty! xxoo

Natasha said...

I adore that colour turquoise with the rust. Stunning work. Love these tins.

missy k said...

They are perfect Kristin.... I love the colour of the blue paint with the pink wire and all the little 'bits and bobs' are so cute.

Good luck with your studio!!!

Hope you had happy holidays and that Kendra enjoys camp :)

Karenx

Anne said...

Adorable and sweet, intricate little works of art! Love the colors and details and the nostalgic mood! Happy PPF!

Jenny said...

Sounds like a busy and wonderful time Kristin... LOVE LOVE LOVE your gorgeous altered tins... the aqua is perfect...

Hugs
Jenny x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

What an endearing husband and look what you created ~ delightful mixed media art ~ Wow! ~ A Creative Harbor)

Gina Sismilich said...

Those tins are beautiful - I also love the aqua and the rust!

Daniele Valois said...

So very fabulous, and this last last pic is fantastic!!!

Caz said...

I do love that blue colour!!

JansArtyJunk said...

Oh I LOVE what you did with your rusty tins Kristin!!...I Adore frozen charlotte dolls...the colours are beautiful and all the embellies are just Fab!! Jan x

bohemiannie! art said...

I love assemblage and have tons of stuff to play with...but I usually go to my fabric, thread and sewing machine. This inspires me!

Jessica Sporn said...

Wow, these are so creative and whimsical. I love the contrast of the aqua and rust, and all that you added. I'm inspired to try something 3d now! Thanks for sharing these great pieces..

scarlett clay said...

Super cool, I love these! I have to warn you, though, that metallic aqua paint can be addicting! :) Love your work as always!!

Carin said...

Love those Kristin! Very cool! And I sympathise with the whole studio situation... I made a start on mine earlier in the summer and am working on it in fits and starts....if I'm lucky I'll be back in by next summer! So if you don't see me for a while I've been buried under an avalanche of art supplies! xoxo

denthe said...

What a great idea! Love the name you've given it, it fits those rusted tins perfectly.

Ritu Dua said...

These are awesomely lovely ! Love the magic created by the striking contrast of blue and rust !

Karen Smithey said...

These are terrific! Don't you love it when people know you well enough to bring you 'junk' (cool stuff)?

JKW said...

What a great hubby. I love new things to play with using my creativity. Good job, I love them. Blessings, Janet PPF

Terri Neggers said...

Kristin, thanks so much for the sweet comment on my last couple of posts yesterday - normally I get them as e-mails but I didn't get them for some reason, so just now saw them. You asked about where I get my "mystery hardware" - I'm always on the lookout. We have a huge outdoor antique show every month and sometimes I find stuff there, or there's a great salvage place in Berkeley I find good stuff at. It's perseverance and luck! And I'm so thrilled you like what I did with the globe - I was kind of insecure about it at first, but now I think I'm going to have a hard time selling it!

Ella said...

I love the colors and the sentiments you gathered! It is a great color combo...so clever of you!
Happy you shared...I love turquoise!
I am too trying to clean my space. I find it hard...there is magic lurking in the dust and junk. I mean collectibles ;D xo