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Experience the 80’s: Here’s Your Chance!

"Time Stamp: Back to the 80's" (short story series by Brenna Pierson). Retro fiction.

It’s time for an 80’s-themed short story series! The first couple of parts are taking us to:

  • Jelly shoes and jelly bracelets
  • Patterned bedsheets
  • 80’s heartthrob posters
  • Record players
  • and more!

Read it here—and don’t forget to subscribe for future installments!

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A Mixed-Media Approach to “Four Seasons” Art: Winter

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In the last post, we talked about a new approach to the “Four Seasons” theme: a framed vignette inspired by printers’ trays. That post talked about the method behind the madness in the materials and process creating the autumn piece. Here, it’s all about winter. And as in the autumn post, photos follow of a few supplies used, and the remaining materials are listed at the bottom.

The Background

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comThe background was a piece of scrapbook paper from a paper pack and the right side was a piece of painted bristol board in a teal tone. Teal is a cool shade that seems like it would go with all the seasons, and certainly a blue hue works well with the idea of winter.

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comMartha Stewart stencils from Michael’s provided a Christmas tree for the left side, and Faber-Castell Gelatos in the pastel variety were used to fill it in.

Some very small stamps from Art-C, which also came from Michael’s, had stamps with “wish” and “joy” — and both seemed appropriate for winter, mainly for Christmas. These were applied with a light wash of FolkArt’s acrylic paint in Antique Copper.

Collage and Scrapbooking Pieces

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Again, the Art-C “Everyday” Ephemera Collage Pack had the perfect sayings on cardboard stock to use for winter and the Christmas season: “picture perfect,” “my happy place” and “believe.” A light wash of the Antique Copper and Desert Turquoise paints were brushed on as a border.

Metal Embellishments: Keys and Keyholes

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The chosen Tim Holtz Idea-ology key for winter was “memory,” again focusing more on Christmas (it’s difficult not to with a winter collage). E6000 glue affixed the metal pieces, with the keyhole going onto the scrapbook paper and the key being glued to a piece of Antique-Copper-painted washi tape.

(The key does make the frame heavier on one side when you hang it. See here for correcting a tilted frame.)

The finished product:

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View the autumn “Four Seasons” piece here, and stay tuned for spring and summer!

 

Main materials used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keys
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keyholes
• Art-C Ephemera Collage Pack: “Everyday”
• Art-C Stamp: “Wish” and “Joy”
Americana Acrylic Paint: “Desert Turquoise”
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: Metallic “Antique Copper”
4×6 frame from Michael’s

 

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A Mixed-Media Approach to “Four Seasons” Art: Autumn

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“The Four Seasons” has been a popular theme in art for decades. From traditional approaches showing trees during each season to landscapes to Alphonse Mucha figures, various subjects have been used to depict “The Four Seasons.”

In looking to do something different, it’s hard to come up with something interesting and not too close to what has already been done. Eventually, looking at printer tray crafts — and wanting to create one — led to a new approach: a collage much like the vignettes in printers’ tray crafts but held within frames.

And one of the best things about this project is that with all the mixed-media and scrapbooking options available, personalizing this is pretty much limitless.

For those interested, some photos follow of a few supplies used, and the remaining materials are listed at the bottom.

Since this project was started around the end of the year, it actually began with autumn.

The Background

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comOn one side, the background was a piece of scrapbook paper from a paper pack (which I got years ago and held onto) and the right side was a piece of bristol board painted with an Americana acrylic paint in the color Desert Turquoise (a teal shade seemed like it could go well in some way with all the seasons).

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comFor an autumn feel, a leaf was stenciled onto the teal portion on top of the acrylic paint with some Martha Stewart stencils from Michael’s and Faber-Castell Gelatos in the pastel variety.

Michael’s also had some cute tiny stamps from Art-C. One pack had a stamp with “live” on it, and with some metallic acrylic paint applied to it lightly, it made a nice addition.

Collage and Scrapbooking Pieces

Otherwise, it was mostly a matter of shopping for pieces for the collage and finding items that would work well together.

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

The Art-C “Everyday” Ephemera Collage Pack had great sayings printed on cardboard stock to use for this, and the chosen phrases for autumn were “Enjoy the little things,” “fun,” “smile” and “Make every moment count.”

(Incidentally, as a happy coincidence, the song “Smile” started playing on my Pandora while working on the “smile” part of the project.)

The cardboard sayings seemed a bit harsh on the background, so a mixture of the Desert Turquoise paint and FolkArt’s Metallic Antique Copper (which was also used for the frame) was mixed and washed over the pieces lightly as a unifying border.

Metal Embellishments: Keys and Keyholes

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

Tim Holtz had some Idea-ology pieces that were too cute to pass up: both keys and keyholes. These were fixed to the piece with e-6000 glue. It’s tough to see in the pictures, but the keys had words stamped on them, and the “heart” key seemed the right key for autumn, since the holidays start in autumn.

(The key does make the frame heavier on one side when you hang it. See here for correcting a tilted frame.)

To make the key stand out a bit, some white washi/masking tape was painted with the FolkArt Metallic Antique Copper and was just adhered to the background.

When put into the frame, the piece actually turned out really well!

"Creating a 'Four Seasons' Mixed-Media Collage: Autumn" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.com

The winter “Four Seasons” piece will follow shortly — and stay tuned for spring and summer!

 

Main materials used:
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keys
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keyholes
• Art-C Ephemera Collage Pack: “Everyday”
• Art-C Stamp: “Live”
Americana Acrylic Paint: “Desert Turquoise”
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: Metallic “Antique Copper”
4×6 frame from Michael’s

 

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Literary Holiday Food (in Theory)

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When the holidays come around, food is at the top of everyone’s list. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are loads of joyous seasonal foods that come around to make us all pig out. So what would be the festive foods of choice for some well-known literary characters?

Count Dracula: Red Velvet Cake

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Though Dracula’s holiday of choice is obviously Halloween, there’s no reason he can’t enjoy a good meal — or dessert associated with the other holidays that follow. Red velvet, with its blood-tinged look, would surely be Dracula’s holiday fave.

Orpheus: Kourabiethes

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Coming from Greece, Orpheus would no doubt choose these beautiful sugary cookies — a traditional Christmas favorite.

Scrooge: Turkey

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We all know that once Ebeneezer Scrooge takes his turn for the better at the end of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, he joyfully sends a boy to fetch a turkey for the his favorite family. Enough said.

Frodo: Pumpkin Bread

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A vegetable of the earth, pumpkin would seem to be a favorite for Frodo. And a breaded version would be easy for him to take on his long quest to Mordor.

Winnie the Pooh: Honey-Glazed Ham

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A bear must have his honey for Christmas — so why not enjoy on a nicely sliced ham loaf?

King Arthur: Perry

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The King of Camelot surely took part in the medieval festivities with perry, basically a pear version of apple cider.

Dorian Gray: Spiked Egg Nog

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A rich egg nog will do just fine for Dorian Gray for the holidays — but only if it is garnished with a bit of the best liquor there is.

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And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Panettone

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Being an age-old favorite in various countries, Panettone is the perfect choice for an expert archaeologist.

Anna Purgitt is featured in the short story, “Revvel’s Tomb.”

Check out other posts in the Literary Food Series.

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