Friday, November 21, 2014

Table Stamping

I did some table stamping today, revitalizing a collaboration from 2 years ago. This is a table my husband Steven made and then I stamped. The top finish had gotten quite scuffed because we use the table so much. I asked Steven to refinish it with coats of polyurethane to bring the sheen back. But first, I decided to add more stamped designs!  Here's what the table looked like prior to us working on it today, pretty simple.


Steven had to scuff it with some fine sandpaper before I could add more stamping. When he refinishes it these lines will all melt away . . . you need to scuff it up for the finishing clear coats to adhere properly.



Then I got my materials ready:  Bronze Glaze, a sponge and large foam stamps.


I started by adding a few images . . .



 A closer view:


And then, in typical Lenna fashion, I went a little wild! I wonder what Lightning thinks? (our kitten)



I decided I like the new look  :0 )




Steven will take it to the boat shop now to finish it, giving it a few coats of shiny sealant.
We are getting a new (larger) couch on Sunday and this will be just perfect for it! I did not take long to stamp it either. I am much happier with it now. Who says it's too late to re-create?!


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland is a wonderful place that Frieda took me to when I visited her in Scotland in September. She just knew I would like it . . .  and she was right! I have taken some of the photos I took and added them to my art journal as a way of keeping those memories alive.


Jupiter Artland is an estate outside of Edinburgh where the grounds have been turned into a public art display. You can use a map provided to discover the pieces. I kept my map and brought it home with me. When I went to create this spread I scanned the map onto a transparency sheet and used my xyron to attach it to the page.

The nails you see on this page were on a gate in the courtyard where we had lunch. 
They were also on the front gate of Jupiter Arland as we drove in and very impressive! 
I have added Silver Lumiere paint to the page and textured it with a fork. 


Frieda and I drove through the "Life Mounds" by Charles Jencks -there is a wonderful close up photo here on the Jupiter Artland website. I am not sure who made this wonderful bridge, but it was a treat to walk over it. The mounds of earth were something Frieda and I could walk up to the top of by following a circular path. At the top there would be a sculptural piece.






Frieda on top of one of the Life Mounds

The bridge from the top of one of the mounds

So very interesting and unusually beautiful. 


memories kept to savor and enjoy! 

And a big announcement! 
I am in the process of switching over to my new creativelenna website, the switch is in the works as of 11/7/2014. I am mapping my existing domain to the new site I have built at "squarespace.com" -click here for more info on building your own site. I cannot recommend this company highly enough! 

Anyway, there may still be some errors being shown during the transition, meaning you will not be able to reach my new site every time you try, but things should settle down & work correctly in another day or two. Please give it a try at creativelenna.com and see what you think. You can leave a comment there too, in the "Updates" section. I will be back with an update when everything is working perfectly too. Thanks! 

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