Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Second on the 2nd: Angels

This post is from August, 2010, but the art and the photos were all taken in 2004.  I now give you my second look I called:

Angels from an old swap

Way back in 2004, before I'd ever heard the word "blog," I was in an angel swap. The hostess provided the pattern, which included two pieces: the body with wings, and the head and arms. The pattern fit on an 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper. Now I know those of you who don't live in the States have an "A" name for that size, but it's simply the size of a sheet of printer paper.

The hostess also stipulated that each angel must use a different and new technique, something each of us had never done or tried before. This was quite a challenge for me, because when I finally decide on a design for a swap, I like to make them all the same. That way, everyone gets the same design, and I don't have to
rack wrack my brain trying to come up with many designs. But those were her rules and I wanted to play. I'm working on several things at the moment, so I decided since these had never been shown on my blog before, you might like to see what I was making six years ago and the five new-to-me (in 2004) techniques I used to make them. Sorry, but for some reason, I cannot get them to enlarge.

I named this one the Sewing Angel. Materials included vintage lace, a hook and eye for the bodice, buttons for the halo, and buttons and snaps on the skirt on a blue cardstock background. The technique for this one was combining lace with paper.

I called this one Film Angel. Film strips were woven with green lace. The film holder was attached using green wire and everything was glued to a cream cardstock background. The technique was weaving the two very different materials together.

This one reminds me of one of my Project 2010 dresses. I called this one Flower Angel. I used various petals from carnations for the dress and wings, a petunia for the halo, a wooden flower in her hand, and a 3-d butterfly all on a red cardstock background. The technique for this was turning flower petals into a dress.

Although this is a lousy photo, this is the most difficult of all the angels I made. I called her the Pasta Angel. I started by embossing all the pasta with turquoise and gold embossing powder (EP). I then added each piece of pasta to the skirt, then added the word angel in alphabet pasta. The wings and halo were made using alphabet pasta that I laid down randomly and EPd onto the turquoise cardstock. I used four coats of UTEE on the head and hands, which I left unadorned. The technique I used for this one was embossing pasta, well actually, using pasta in a mixed media piece. I also blended the UTEE and EP to get the gold and turquoise colors to cover the pasta. I know it looks like I burned the wings, but it was just a bad photo and no pasta or cardstock was harmed burned during production.

I called this one my Music Angel. This view shows the bodice closed. Materials for this angel included sheet music and punched music notes that were embossed, then assembled on blue cardstock.

More punched musical notes were used to make the halo. The tiny doors in the bodice open to reveal vintage sheet music. A sheet of vintage music was aged with artist's linseed oil, the technique for this angel. Although I wasn't sure it would work, the linseed oil soaked into the sheet music and gave it a lovely aged appearance without making it greasy.

Each angel was named and signed using my handmade paper. The saying at the top was torn from wallpaper samples.  I've removed most of my e-mail address because it is not functional.

I realize these were taken with my old camera, but I have no way of retaking them.  I assure you, this turned out to be a rather worthless swap for me, because it seemed no one used new techniques except one other artist and me.  I ended up giving all the angels I received away except one which I keep in my kitchen because it has copper in it.  But at least you can see what techniques were new to me in 2004.

Now that I've brought you my second look, please share yours by linking below.  The rules are quite simple.  All you have to do is bring back a post that you are especially proud of, or one you shared before anyone knew your blog existed.  Then link below and Bleubeard and I, along with other Second on the 2nd friends, will be by to visit.  If you are new to Second on the 2nd, and your blog post permits only GOOGLE+ responses, I (and several others) can´t comment on your entry.  It's all in the way you set up your blog responses.

Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so it's best to post on the 2nd. 

12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful angels. Off to boot camp here! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Amazing angels Elizabeth!
Happy Wedensday!

My name is Erika. said...

Your angels are really neat. Pasta angel? That is really clever. I was looking at it and couldn't figure out what it was made from, and then you mentioned the pasta and I thought wow. How cool. They are all very interesting- you really tried some interesting materials. Glad you shared your creations with us today. Hugs-hope it is a great day!

Halle said...

These are really fun. I can't remember you posting these before so I'm glad you used this one today. They do remind me a bit of the dresses now that you say it.

Darla said...

Enjoyed your angels. You worked very hard to meet the swap challenge as stated and I'm sorry to hear others didn't follow through in the same way. Nonw the less, we were treated to a bunch of different angels and techniques today and so your hard work found a good audience.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic and the button one really captured me. You are so clever! xox

Nancy said...

I love angels- and these are fun. Of course the sewing angel speaks to me, but the pasta angel is so unique. Well done, and it is a challenge to do them all differently.

sheila 77 said...

Oh gosh, you were so creative with your angels (and still are, of course). The pasta angel is tremendous, even includes alphabet pasta, and flower angel is super, even has a butterfly. Film angel - who would think of that, it's brilliant. And no offence to the other angels, I like them too.
I wish you had an email address, Elizabeth, so that I could reply to your comments on my blog. So I'll just say thanks for your always very good comments, some of which make me smile and some of which make me go back to look at my own art again.

~*~Patty S said...

Really fun to see your lovely array of angels E!
That was quite a strict challenge ...
I never do well with too many rules myself ;-)
You must have delighted everyone that swapped with you.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth! I thought I would never get here! I loVe your angels , every single one of them and loved your brilliant ideas for making them! What a treat!! Hugs, Chrisxx

Meggymay said...

Love all your angels and the ideas you used making them.
Yvonne xx

Jeanie said...

This is especially fun for me because I haven't been reading you very long! I know what you mean about swaps -- they can be great fun or sometimes you feel like the lone wolf out there! It's fun to see the various techniques, too. Oh, the photos -- do you have picassa on your computer? I use it for editing/brightening up or bringing out the shadows in my photos. You might be able to "restore" the oldies!

I don't have your email for a direct reply to comments but thanks for coming by the Gypsy and celebrating my new camera romance! And yes, E6000 is almost indestructible. Which reminds me, I should try it on a door knob (on the closet!)