happy birthday Frida!

my first ever Frida-inspired art  piece

my first ever Frida-inspired art piece

today Frida Kahlo would have celebrated her 107th birthday. although she passed away in 1954, she continues to be a huge source of artistic inspiration to many.

i love Frida’s art work. she portrayed beauty alongside tragedy, joy alongside sadness, and her pieces are full of raw emotion you can’t help but also feel if you really look at her work.

above is my newest art piece, simply titled “Frida”. it is my first ever Frida-inspired piece – but i really enjoyed making it so it definitely won’t be my last!

til next time…

working on: hand painted and decoupaged wood boxes…

boxes WIP:june 2014i love painting on wood. it provides a smooth surface for paint, and can take LOTS of it. and wood boxes? FUNCTIONAL art! :)

i came upon these boxes in my storage area, one already base coated in a beautiful turquoise, so i decided to finish them up…(forgive the photos; i mentioned previously that my digital camera stopped working, and i’ve been relying on my iPhone for photos.)boxes WIP:june 2014-2this 1987 Webster’s dictionary has been with me for years (obviously – 1987!). i love to write, and during my college years and several years after that, i wrote short stories and poetry. this dictionary helped me out, so i thought it would be cool to repurpose and upcycle it into my present-time creative work…boxes WIP:june 2014-4i love to fold and tear my papers, rather than always rely on scissors. it gives paper nice imperfect edges, and old paper is awesome for tearing this way!boxes WIP:june 2014-6Hard Coat Mod Podge from Plaid is the BEST for decoupaging, collaging, etc. i don’t remember when i first used it, but it’s what i always use now for these kinds of projects. it doesn’t have the tacky feeling that the regular mod podge leaves behind, and you can build up lots of coats for a more durable seal. works great on wood…boxes WIP:june 2014-8this box ate up lots of paint! it needed a few coats of paint, and there were drawers and crevices to deal with…(i’m using one of my FAVORITE colors: Americana Acrylics from DecoArt in Calypso Blue. LOVE!)boxes WIP:june 2014-9

the colors on the flower in this photo are NOT true to life! this was taken late at night with the only light source being a table lamp…boxes WIP:june 2014-10boxes WIP:june 2014-11 i always paint the inside of my boxes, but this wood looked so pretty that i decided to just seal it as is and let the beautiful natural wood color show.

as soon as the boxes are finished, i’ll be posting them to either my Etsy shop or our website at www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com – stay tuned!

’til next time…

LOTS of new items added to my Etsy supply shop…!

as an artist who likes to try out any creative medium i can get my hands on, i have lots of art & craft supplies. LOTS. so i opened a second Etsy shop (Susie’s This & That) to destash these extra supplies. i’ve used several of these items in my mixed media and assemblage art pieces – the miniatures especially are perfect for Dia de los Muertos shrines, altars, and art pieces.

the shop (which i opened in february of 2012) has really taken off! it keeps me busy; i wish my Etsy art shop and our website were as busy, but i’m grateful for any and all sales coming in…

here are some of the items from my supply shop. several i just added over the weekend – some of which have already SOLD OUT! :)

variety of heart milagros from Mexico...

variety of heart milagros from Mexico…

miniature bottles...

miniature bottles…

miniature clay moons (imported from Mexico)...

miniature clay moons (imported from Mexico)…

gorgeously detailed clay suns (SOLD OUT!)...

gorgeously detailed clay suns (SOLD OUT!)…

star milagros from Mexico...

star milagros from Mexico…

gorgeous Virgen de Guadalupe clay tiles (from Mexico)...

gorgeous Virgen de Guadalupe clay tiles (from Mexico)…

FIMO clay...

FIMO clay…

set of 12: miniature food & drink items...

set of 12: miniature food & drink items…

a set of miniature paper roses (more sizes & colors in shop)...

a set of miniature paper roses (more sizes & colors in shop)…

miniature clay skulls...

miniature clay skulls…

sugar skull puzzle cubes...

sugar skull puzzle cubes…

hand milagros (or charms), imported from Mexico...

hand milagros (or charms), imported from Mexico…

black floral Raschel stretch lace trim...

black floral Raschel stretch lace trim…

miniature wood guitars...

miniature wood guitars…

there are SO many more items in my supply shop, you’ll just have to go see for yourselves!

’til next time…

 

instagram pics…

some recent images i shared on my instagram account…

new mixed media piece: "Flower Heart", available in my Etsy shop

new mixed media piece: “Flower Heart”, available in my Etsy shop

new paper mache hearts added to our website www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

new paper mache hearts added to our website http://www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com

items available in Lawrence's Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/LawrenceAguilar

items available in Lawrence’s Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/LawrenceAguilar

one of my favorite instagram pages! makeblackoutpoetry

one of my favorite instagram pages! makeblackoutpoetry

was having one of those days...then my sister Lulu shows up with this. <3

was having one of those days…then my sister Lulu shows up with this. <3

source unknown (if any one knows the source of this, please let me know!)

source unknown (if any one knows the source of this, please let me know!)

Saturday date night: Home Depot! (love these zinnias!)

Saturday date night: Home Depot! :) (love these zinnias!)

page from my sketchbook...

page from my sketchbook…

that’s all for now! don’t forget to check into my Etsy shops – i’ve been adding items to both stores!

Etsy art shop: Susie Carranza Studio

Etsy supply shop: Susie’s This & That – LOTS of new miniatures being added to the shop!

’til next time!

 

check out my husband’s new Etsy shop!

hey again…

after the experience we had a few weeks back (remember my last blog post? opportunity knocked – we answered!) i think my husband was inspired to get back to creating more work – and he decided to open HIS own Etsy shop!

his shop opened this week; he only has a few pieces, but each one is unique, mixed media in style, and if i say so myself – very cool.

here are some pieces created by Lawrence. let me know what you think – and then head over to his Etsy shop, Art by Lawrence Aguilar. it’s still in the very beginning stages, but we’re working on it…and remember, Lawrence also has work available at our website Arte de Nuestro Corazon.

who knows, one of you reading this may be his first Etsy customer! ;)

’til next time…

angel shrine, Lawrence Aguilar"La Dona" by Lawrence AguilarDOD mixed media cross, Lawrence Aguilarmosaic cross by Lawrence Aguilarmosaic cross by Lawrence Aguilar"El Jefito", Lawrence Aguilar"El Jefe Musico", Lawrence Aguilar

 

opportunity knocked – we answered!

two weeks ago i saw an instagram post about a television show that was looking for artists to participate in an episode for their upcoming season. (we had to sign a privacy clause, so i can’t say much right now…)

much to my husband Lawrence’s surprise, i mentioned the post to him, as well as the fact that our nephew, David, had tagged me in a Facebook post about this opportunity. i figured – this post came to me twice, who was i to ignore it? we decided to pursue it; what did we have to lose?

i sent in the necessary photos of art pieces for both of us. that was followed by an email asking for some more information and photos of our booth set-up for art shows.

i was cooking dinner when the phone call came: they wanted us for the show! more information was shared, and the necessary paperwork was completed and faxed back to the appropriate people.

last week was a whirlwind of being on set: early mornings, loooong days, watching the behind the scenes action of filming a TV show, interacting with a very cool and helpful crew, meeting awesomely talented artists, making new friends…and getting lots of exposure for our artwork!

did i mention that Lawrence was surprised? i’m not the type to jump into new things – far from it. it felt really good when, driving home after our last day of being on set, he took my hand and said, “did i tell you i’m really proud of you for doing this?”

it was a good week… <3

til next time…

papel picado

papel picado

 

i’m still here!

canvas stack WIP

okay, so i’m not great at this blogging thing – yet. i just realized that it’s been over a month since i’ve posted here. i’ll try to do better! i won’t bore you with the details of internet problems and a non-working camera. i’ve gotten accustomed to taking all my photos on my iPhone, and it’s really convenient – i just need to work on taking and editing better photos…

just wanted to share some of what i’ve been up to. i HAVE been painting A LOT lately – finally! i’m getting back into the groove and loving it. the top photo shows a stack of canvases with finished backgrounds (most from my gelli printing sessions) that were just waiting to be finished. i’m working my way through the stack one by one…

forever: mixed media original

this 8″ X 10″ mixed media original is one of my new favorites! titled “forever”, it’s a gelli printed canvas with acrylic paints, recycled papers (love to reuse and recycle!), and hand drawn touches. it will be available in my Etsy shop later today!

Love knows no boundaries: mixed media original

“Love knows no boundaries”, another 8″ X 10″ mixed media original, started with a map of the Pismo beach (California) as the background, then layers of texture with acrylic paints, Sharpies, and recycled papers (hearts are cut out from gelli prints). (this one is available in my Etsy shop now.)

heart with wings: original canvas

stay tuned for more new artwork! :)

i’ve also been destashing supplies i’m no longer using (again!). i’ve been giving a lot of thought to this art business i think i’m in, and i’m come to the realization that i need to FOCUS. i want to try SO many creative things, i want to do it ALL – painting, drawing, beading, hand stitching, collaging – you name it, i wanna do it. which is fine, but if i want to sell my work successfully i think i need to focus on my strengths.

so – my Etsy supply shop is getting filled with items i’m no longer using: stamps, ribbons, paintable items, miniatures…you need to see for yourself!

Etsy supply shop_destashing

newest items added to my Etsy supply shop

Etsy supply shop collage

Etsy supply shop collage (from Instagram)

that’s all for now…hope your May is off to a great start!

’til next time…

 

perfect for Spring – hand painted canvas bags in my Etsy shop!

do you ever shop at Blitsy? it’s an online marketplace with awesome deals on art and craft supplies. you need to be a member to shop Blitsy, but it’s free to join. then you receive daily sales emails – but you need to be quick, because the items are available for a limited time only (unless they sell out first, which happens often!)

a while back, i ordered some canvas tote bags and burlap pillowcases from Blitsy. last month i FINALLY got around to painting a couple of the bags (pillowcases to come later!) -

spray painting canvas tote WIPi spray painted the background one of my favorite colors: a bright turquoise blue…

sketchbook and canvas tote WIPi wanted to recreate a recent page from my sketchbook, minus the words (those will be appearing in a later canvas piece)…

canvas tote/red fabric marker WIP

using my fabric markers (Tsukineko Fabrico Dual Markers – also purchased from Blitsy!), i drew some big whimsical flowers. painting came next! it was my first time using Jacquard Textile Colors and i loved the result – the colors are really rich and saturated…

worktable: Jacquard Textile colorscanvas tote/red flower WIPred and orange Jacquard textile colorsgreen and white Jacquard textile colorssketchbook and canvas tote WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPcanvas tote/purple and blue WIPthese bags, along with a canvas messenger bag, are now available in my Etsy shop – only three bags currently available, each one unique, hand painted, and perfect for Spring!

hand painted canvas tote/red, purple, yellowhand painted canvas tote/purple & blue plaid, sunflowerhand painted messenger bag/orange, yellow, redhand painted bags/collagehand painted bags/text’til next time…

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creative? make sure to check out my other Etsy shop – Susie’s This & That – where i have lots of art & craft supplies: milagros, jewelry supplies, stamps, clay, ribbons, paintable items, paper flowers, embellishments, LOTS of miniatures, and so much more!

 

art-filled day…

my husband and i took advantage of the beautiful sunny weather a few weeks ago and set up a painting area outside. we set up our canopy and our 6-foot table underneath and carried LOTS of art supplies outside.

i love when lawrence and i get to do artwork together; he works a ‘regular’ job during the week, so these times are rare…

acrylic paints in boxgelli plates

i was excited to use my ROUND (!) gelli plate for the first time! i told myself today was just about playing, so i wasn’t worried about finished products, just going with the flow.

lawrence worked on creating mosaic crosses…

lawrence creating mosaic crossescreating a mosaic cross(sorry for the inconsistency in the photos – some were from our digital camera, some from my iPhone.)

using round gelli plate for first time!

i had to get a picture with my new round gelli plate BEFORE i covered it in paint!

first use of round gelli plate

my first print with the round gelli plate! remember, i was just playing with it, so i of course started with my favorite color (Americana’s Calypso Blue from DecoArt), then added a darker blue and got a cool, water-looking print.

first round gelli prints

i used one of my favorite stencils, the random text box stencil from Retro Cafe Gallery on the round gelli plate. i made some prints on white cardstock, some on old (rectangular) gelli prints. i was pretty happy with the results…

first round gelli prints

i’m thinking i’ll use these in future mixed media projects (stay tuned!)…

gelli print

i also made some prints with my rectangular gelli print, this time using blues and orange (i LOVE this color combo!).

i’ve been wanting to make prints with large doilies, and today was the day…

doily gelli prints

next time i’ll use brighter colors for more vivid prints. i do love how i ended up with a half-painted doily – that will definitely be used in a future project too!

i tried out my set of alphabet metal stamping set on a piece of wood, just to see how it looked -

using metal stamps on wood piecebut i had to stop and take photos of my paper mache skulls while the natural light was still right.

paper mache skulls(these are all available at our website www.ArtedeNuestroCorazon.com, at $18 each.)

painting area outside(my mom checking out what lawrence is doing)

it was a good day. it was a beautiful day to be outside, i got lots of gelli prints ready for future pieces, lawrence created two beautiful mosaic crosses – all in all, a good day.

til next time…

 

 

around here…

here in California we’re FINALLY enjoying some rain!!!  it’s funny how dramatic newscasters here are – other parts of the world are dealing with terrible weather, especially snow storms. here, as soon as ANY rain is in the forecast it’s “STORM WATCH!”

i’m embarrassed for us sometimes (lots of times)…

anyway, just wanted to share some of what’s been going on around here…

morning coffee 2.25.14

i’m a big fan of coffee (favorite: Nescafe!). i have lots of “good morning” pics on my instagram and facebook pages showing my first cup of coffee for the day…

spraypainted tote bag, WIP

one of my latest projects is a new collection of tote bags. i’m enjoying making my own fabric spray paints (love this blue!); can’t wait to see how they turn out! (stay tuned…)

sketchbook page 2.24.14

latest sketchbook page. julie balzer is one of my favorite artists, and she came out recently with a line of face stencils. this was my first time using my stencil. i loved it (although i did feel like i was cheating somehow by not drawing the face myself)!

Etsy supply shop/new itemsand finally – i’ve been adding LOTS of new items to my Etsy supply shop – so many new cool supplies for all my fellow creatives out there!

’til next time…