Mar 31, 2017

Stepping out of the box

For those of you who have been following my work will notice that I am pretty neutral when it comes to colors. I confess I'm not great with strong vivid colors. However, when a kind art sister Heather Tracy of Thicketworks helped buy some molds for me, I decided that since I'm trying out a new tool (yup, never used molds on my work before, but these Iron Orchid ones were just irresistible), I might as well step outside my neutral box a little to spice things up. And I didn't regret one bit of it!

Introducing my IMAGINARIUM series. 'Series' being the lack of a better word to use, mine is hardly a real series since I only have 2 pieces at the moment :)

My first try is on a box.

Imaginarium of the Weird & Wonderful : A Mixed Media Box

Just LOVED the 3D effect and the colors! OMG ... I never imagined I could pull something like this off.

And of course, what kind of a steampunk-time-traveling-rock&roll-alternate-universe box would it be without a tattered old journal ready to house all your deepest darkest secrets!

And then I got very excited and immediately started on another piece.

 Imaginarium of the Weird & Wonderful : A Journal

I love how much these IOD molds added to my work! They are such great tools to include in your arsenal of must-have arty stuff!

Somewhat reminds me of a carousel, only this one has no horses.

I am certainly looking forward to more colors in my future work. Now they don't feel so scary anymore. This stepping out of the box was certainly a good move. Being on a roll, I decided to return to my past in my next piece. Some shabby chic called out to me and yes, it has been years since I pulled off a shabby chic. So I guess this is also stepping out of the box in a different sense.

I called this journal 'French Romance'. The chalky destress feel, the old letter print, the mail stamp and pink romantic roses, a far cry from my Imaginarium series. And to think I made all of these within the same span of time. My brains must have been departmentalize big time!

Honestly it's been a long time since I painted roses. I use to do folk art and painting roses using the one stroke technique was my favourite thing to do. Thinking back at how many things I had painted roses on ... I'm feeling just a little queasy LOL!

Finally, I completed a commission too. Woah ... haven't I been productive! Doesn't always happen tho, maybe once a year I'm this productive!

The commission is another journal, and the brief was Old Norse Mythology.
And so,  Mjolnir, Book of Thor  was born.

That is the symbol of Thor's hammer with a touch of Celtic Knots design in it and flanking the Mjolnir are Odin's Battle Ravens.

And that, concludes my productive stint for the year HAHAHAHAHA!!!

I will leave you with this group selfie of the Imaginariums - A box, a book and a necklace.


  1. Replies
    1. Hello Susan!!! How have you been? It's been a long time :)
      Thank you for your kind words :)

  2. Hi Luthien .... I am so happy after enjoying your 3 awesome projects. Gosh you have created 3 master pieces. I LOVE the box, the book is exciting and the pendant is gorgeous. You used the most lovely color combos, and the different embellishment items are just the perfect ones and in an appropiate amount. The details are so amazing. I could study these pieces for a long while and still being able to find new details. So vintage, so exciting ! Love that you used items from IOD molds. They are so versatile.
    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous art with us. You are very talented. Hugs from Monica .... Spain
    PS : Can I ask you if the Thors hammer is a pendant to which you added wings ?? Or did you make it from a mold ?
    Just love that pendant !!!
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    1. Hello Monica :) Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful words on my pieces! You certainly made my day brighter :)
      The Thor's Hammer motif is sculpted from clay and it's free sculpting from a design I created just for this book. No mold was used. Part of the birds are also sculpted, the wings were added on a whim because I wanted some metal to offset the clay on the motif. It turned out pretty good :) Thank you for asking :)


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