Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Flying Clubhouse Art

The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
The Flying Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse and Flying Clubhouse Art
Hello! I've disappeared for awhile, but I'm back with a little post. I promise I'm not turning this space into an art blog - I still have a passion for second-hand fashion - but here's a small reflection of what's currently going on in my life.

The cupcake and Dashie mug are from my birthday earlier this month.The mug was a perfect gift from my sister. It's a little bigger than my other mugs - perfect size for my tea habit, and it also features Rainbow Dash. Enough said. :-D

After some hard work and planning, I opened a shop on Etsy for my art. This is new territory for me, although I've had experience selling vintage and second-hand on Ebay. Anyway, I'm not sure where this is going, but I've found painting to be incredibly fulfilling in my life so I'm excited about the future. My shop is called Flying Clubhouse Art, if you'd like to visit. I plan on creating more listings this week as soon as the varnish is dry. https://www.etsy.com/shop/flyingclubhouseart.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Recent Paintings

Coleus, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
Paper Valentine, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
Juniper, mixed collage on canvas, 11" x 14"
Raspberry, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Cloudscape II, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Sky Mirror, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
Fuchsia, mixed media collage on canvas, 12" x 12" x .75"
Yesterday was my birthday! Wheee!

I'm still recovering a little from some sort of mega-cold. I haven't been out much recently, mostly staying in and painting. I wanted to share my art from this past month. I shared Cloudscape II in the last post, but I present it here in its final version.

1. Coleus, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
2. Paper Valentine, mixed media on paper, 11" x 14"
3. Juniper, mixed collage on canvas, 11" x 14"
4. Raspberry, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
5. Cloudscape II, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
6. Sky Mirror, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20" x .75"
7. Fuchsia, mixed media collage on canvas, 12" x 12" x .75"

Happy February!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fleeting Snow

The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow
The Flying Clubhouse: Fleeting Snow #mixedmedia #painting #cloudscapeI'm loving the current bizarre spring-like weather, but not long ago we were blanketed in a beautiful snow. It prompted us to buy our first snow shovel, the handle of which served as a perch to a tufted titmouse (see first photo).

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts? We caught it at a local dollar theatre the other day and I fell in love. Steven liked it too - he's a proud Hufflepuff and could relate to Newt Scamander in many ways. :-) We have been spoiled with entertainment this month, also enjoying the new Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Lemony Snicket was the subject of one of our first conversations when Steven and I met at school. We were both fans of the books, and Steven ended up giving me a copy of The End early in our relationship.

I've been busy painting my little heart out - mostly abstracted cloudscapes with acrylic and metal leaf. I haven't had much time for blogging, but if you'd like to follow along with my painting adventures, I set up a new Instagram feed @annafranklinart

Monday, January 2, 2017

Roses

The Flying Clubhouse: Roses #outfit
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses | layered necklaces
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses
The Flying Clubhouse: Roses | painting
Happy New Year!

I posted a very similar outfit with this American Apparel dress not terribly long ago, but I wanted to highlight my favorite dress from 2016. I might have worn this to a party, but I didn't actually go out for New Years Eve. Steven and I had a great time staying in, playing video games and eating celebratory chocolate cake. 

It felt like the world went nuts in 2016, and it was hard on the soul. It taught us a lot, though. On a personal and practical level, 2016 was good to us. We're alive, we stayed healthy. I picked up painting again after a long hiatus. 

Despite all the darkness, I have high hopes for 2017 and I wish all the best for you in this New Year.

shoes: thrifted
vintage 70s clutch: etsy

Monday, December 26, 2016

Mermaid Colors and Homemade Gifts

I made a lot of homemade gifts this holiday season. Homemade gifts are not easy - they take time and you need a good idea. DIY projects can be stressful too. This year, however, I just happened upon two projects that were a delight to make. I made paintings for some people and colored bath salts for others. I just love painting with acrylics - if I get the chance to paint first thing in the morning, it's one of my favorite things.

The idea to make colored bath salts came from an earlier project, when I tried making bath bombs. My first batch of orange bath bombs were for testing and my own personal use. They were wonderful, except they turned the bath water the color of Mountain Dew soda. :-/ I decided yellow food coloring was something to avoid.

I thought I was ready to make bath bombs for gifts, using food coloring in pinks, purples, and greens instead. My next batch went horribly wrong, though, and the bath bombs refused to come out of their molds. I had used tea cups as molds the first try and the bath bombs came out easily, but not this time. I tried turning over the molds for 48 hours, putting them in hot water, chipping away at them, but it was no use. I still had some of the bath bomb ingredients and thought I could make colored bath salts instead. The bath salts went much better and you can make your own using the following simple recipe:

Mermaid Bath Salts Recipe:
2 parts lavender-scented epsom salts
1 part baking soda
A few drops of vanilla extract
A few drops of pink, purple, blue, and green food coloring

After you mix the first three ingredients in a glass bowl, you can divide the mixture into small plastic zip baggies and add different food colorings. All you need is a drop or two per baggie for light pastel colors. Squeeze and shake each baggie until the color is evenly mixed. Then, cut a corner off each baggie and pour the contents into a glass mason jar or a bottle. (If you have a funnel, this might be a good time to use it). Just make sure you have a lid or a cork to keep the bath salts fresh in their containers.

These container were some I already had. I pulled some old wine and soda bottles out of recycling and removed the labels in a sink with warm water and soap. (Some of the labels were stubborn and needed to soak a long time). For some reason I had kept all the corks from the wine bottles in a kitchen drawer. Most of them fit in the soda bottles, and I thought it made for a cute, message-in-a-bottle look, which is why I ended up call them 'mermaid bath salts.' I kept some of these bath salts for myself for testing. They're great in bathwater and in smaller amounts for a relaxing foot bath. How much you want to use really depends on your preference. I found that the vanilla scent almost disappeared when the bath salts dried, but reemerged in a pleasant way when poured into bath water.

Anyway, I hope your holidays have been lovely so far.