Betsy is the Queen of re-purposing! She has a fort and a magic garage where junk goes in and treasure comes out. She has so many great ideas I don't even know how she finds time to sleep! If you are not familiar with her blog I recommend you pop on over and check it out. You can also learn about her creative process and meet some new friends on her blog tour post.
#1: What am I working on?
A Spring junking excursion netted me three Styrofoam wig heads. I didn't know what I would do with them at the time, which is often the case. I have learned to pay attention to the little tickle in the back of brain that tells me that if I buy it, the inspiration will come. They are still a work in progress but I have already found stands for two of them. Check back in a week or so to see the finished project.
I don't really know that it does! The thing about altered art or mixed media or whatever name you give it, is that no matter where the inspiration starts, it always ends somewhere that is uniquely your own. By using found objects and vintage treasures, your work is never exactly the same as something made by someone else.
This one is easy, I have no choice! A creative co-worker described it perfectly just a few days ago. Life's obligations have been getting in her way and she said her head is so filled with ideas and she just has to get them OUT before she bursts. I have no unique talents, just an insatiable need to make things. If I had nothing to work with except sticks and mud, I would still make something.
I wish I could tell you I have a magic spell that gets the muse to come out and play any time you want, but I don't. She is a fickle friend and I find I have to play according to her schedule or she takes her magic and goes home. When she comes calling I do my best to take the queue from her and follow her lead.
Next, I am pleased to introduce you to a couple of blogging buddies I invited along on the tour. They each have different and distinctive styles that are equally charming and inspiring to me.
Victorian Studio is an aficionado of everything Tim Holtz and shares my love of steampunk. She makes amazing videos about her creations!
I am Maureen from the blog "Victorian Studio" - a Canuck with a penchant for all things old English, Steampunk and rustic. I love to create in my studio (in the company of at least one of my three felines) learning new artistic techniques along the way. I enjoy sharing my creations online and discovering other bloggers from around the world who share similar preoccupations with antiques, vintage and crafting.Indulge Your Shelf shares my passion for lace and buttons. She loves all things Audrey, vintage Vera and robin's egg blue. I adore her lace books!
Laurie lives on the Colorado plains with her husband of 23 years and her son, who will be a high school Senior this Fall. She has a full time clerical job but would rather be writing, treasure hunting in thrift shops, and making art. She makes journals, collages and textile art from her stash of wonderful old stuff, and dabbles in jewelry, painting and anything else that strikes her fancy.
A big thank you to Betsy for inviting me along on the tour PLUS she inspired me to finally dip my toe in PicMonkey and try making photo collages. I am one lucky girl to have found this inspiring tribe of women!