Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shabby Wren Collage

It's not very often that I do collage.  Wait.  That's not exactly the truth.  

Shabby Wren Close Up 1

Let me clarify.
It's not very often that I do collage and don't do any painting or sketching or doodling along with it.

Shabby Wren Close Up 2

When I got the opportunity to take part in a "Shabby Chic" ATC Swap, I jumped in with both feet. 

Shabby Wren Close Up 3

I made a decision not to paint or doodle or draw.  I would only use papers and textural elements.

Shabby Wren ATC by Tori Beveridge 2014
Shabby Wren ATC by Tori Beveridge

And so... this sweet little atc was made only with layers of paper glued down, lace, thread, a button and feathers from my chickens, who are molting right now.  (There are feathers everywhere!!! I'm saving the prettiest to use in my crafting)  I did use a little distress ink on the lace and the edges.

I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lives Entwined - Mixed Media

We all have those people that our lives are forever entwined with.  You always connect with them.  It doesn't matter how much time has passed since you last spoke or last saw each other. 

Lives Entwined Close Up 1

They make you feel like everything will be right with the world.    

Lives Entwined Close Up 2

They make you smile.

Lives Entwined Close Up 3

They might be a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend.  There is always that part of you and them, that remains connected, entwined and grounded with each other.

Lives Entwined by Tori Beveridge 2014 Photo
Photo of Lives Entwined by Tori Beveridge

I loved doing this piece.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Micah Carmichael

This week, I'm happy to introduce you to another very talented Enchanted Visions Artist, 

Micah Carmichael

Enchanted Visions Artist Micah Carmichael
Enchanted Visions Artist Micah Carmichael

Who is, "Micah Carmichael"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

Micah is a mother, artist, student, and general jack of all trades. I'm presently re enrolled in college to become an RN , so as you can imagine, my time to produce art has sadly been reduced.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

 I heard about Enchanted visions when I first started joining fantasy art groups on Facebook. I decided to join because i loved the work and really admired some of the other artists who have their artwork on display. I consider it an honor to have my artwork posted amongst theirs.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

A Dark Undercurrent by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
A Dark Undercurrent by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

A Dark Undercurrent- This piece is a fairy, of course, that has a sweet face, but an empty look to her eyes. i like to think she has secrets, as we all do, however, her secrets, may be darker than most.

Circe by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
Circe by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

Circe- Very enchanting and alluring. I tried to convey that look by her pose and the flow of her hair. I try to leave most of these things open for interpretation because I often like to hear what messages others receive from my artwork.

Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael
Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Micah Carmichael

Lady of the forest- I gave her a more modern look. She has a delicate look to her but, the piercing kinda gives her an edge. She is surrounded by leaves and is in her element where she feels most at home.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

I do not sell my artwork on that site, however I probably should. I just have not gotten the opportunity to do so, but I will in the future.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

The only challenge I face is the deadline. I rarely seem to make them. For me it is about the anticipation of the next theme and seeing what others create. I prefer to take my time and work through past themes. In that way I don't feel pressured to create or force myself into a piece I do not really connect with.

Is your art hanging or displayed in your home.  If so, where and how?  If not, why not?  What type of art (besides your own) hangs on your walls?

I have my artwork hanging in my living room as well as pieces from Maria Gonzales and even art prints from Amy Brown. I tend to hang Asian inspired artwork as well as owls, and fantasy.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

My art space is presently in the living room as I gave the den to my youngest for her room. I utilize a desk, computer, ipad , reference books and natural light. Its rather messy right now as it doubles for an area to do my homework in.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

1.   funny
2.   quirky
3.   creative
4.   resilient
5.   intuitive
6.   smart
7.   tolerant
8.   empathetic
9.   dreamer
10. believer

Thank you so much Micah for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.


Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Micah's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Micah's art, you can find her at the following links:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Loose Journal Page

This is a loose art journal page, because I wanted to do something a little larger than my journal allows.  I've been doing quite a few small pieces lately and I wanted to stretch.  I reached for a 9 x12 piece of mixed media paper.

I didn't know what I was going to do, except that I wanted to do a face, and also to use some of my under papers.

A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up 3

I worked with gesso, gel medium, Faber Castell Gel Sticks, white acrylic and black ink, along with the collaged papers, which honestly, you really can't see too well now.

A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up 2

The little bird was an afterthought and was cut from the under papers, along with the houses and the stripes on her dress.

A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge Close up1

I painted over the background more than once and added little doodles, because it needed something, but I wasn't sure what.

A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge
A Little Bird Told Me by Tori Beveridge

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Creating With Crudoodles - Carling The Little Witch

I had so much fun working with my free Crudoodle Digital Stamp, Little BooDoo last Saturday, that I thought I'd do it again today.  This week I used my Carling The Little Witch.

Creating with Crudoodles Free Digital Stamps - Carling The Little Witch

I did another mixed media piece, using Faber Castell gel sticks, colored pencils, gel medium, collaged papers, washi tape and Pitt artist pens.

Who Was She by Tori Beveridge
Who Was She by Tori Beveridge 

If you would like to use Carling The Little Witch to create with, you can find and download her on her original post HERE

I know so many of you could make her look simply adorable, with your wonderful coloring and beautiful artistic skills.  If you do make anything with Carling The Little Witch, be sure to let me know and I'll feature what you made.

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