You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' ~~~Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

SMEARED AND SMUDGED 3rd ANNUAL BLOG HOP!!

We're Blog Hopping Again!




We've got a really Cool Theme:
It's all about Hiding something in your Art Work !!
   I am really looking forward to participating
in this Smeared and Smudged Blog Hop!
 It's a great way to meet new members,
a chance to check out their blog sites,
and  see all of the  projects they have created!  
The artists in this group are extremely talented
and always come up with so many amazing ideas!
You can't help but be inspired as you go
from blog to blog to see what's next! 

 The added plus is getting to see 
 new stamp collections or techniques
 that maybe you haven't seen before! 
I love  those really neat details
that gives any altered art piece 
 that extra OOOMph!!!


I decided to make my project
  with a Steampunk theme!


A really cool site dedicated to all things Steampunk!


 The whole Steampunk /Weird Science/Vintage Style
has it's own special appeal that takes 
any mixed-media project to a
 whole new level of how to alter art!  


I love those rusty, grungy, metal embellishments!

Image courtesy of Wikipedia


And have you seen the brass goggles
that people are wearing?
I don't think I'll go buy a pair for myself
but I love how they look on everyone else!! 
                                                    
                               Image courtesy of Wikipedia                               



Steampunk has really hit  the
fashion world  and taken it by storm!
The perfect Steampunk "Look"




Love the jacket!



Too Cool!!




Love the striped tights!!



Look at the back!!
This one is my favorite!!

Images and clothes can be found on this web site:

Victorian and vintage clothes  have become
 more popular since the mechanical/fantasy
style concentrates mainly on  the 
great  jewelry accessories that look
so awesome with the clothes!

Music has even taken on the theme!


“They say you can’t please everybody… sounds like a challenge to me!”
- Captain John Sprocket

Picture and quote from:

 Steampunk is so unique,
so different with all of it's quirky appeal, 
but still keeps that vintage style that I love so much!
Of course it comes from an era when man began
to see the impossible become possible! 


IMAGINE...
suddenly, their world was filled with so many
new inventions tht created a lifestlye that
was completely  different from anything
they had ever seen before!

 It must have been a very exciting time
to be alive and see men flying airplanes
and  driving motor cars  for the first time! 
Talking on the telephone must have
seemed so unreal at the time!

Imagine sending your voice out into
the airand someone hears you
and sends their voice back!

 Those days were filled with
such wonder and excitement!
What a   crazy/cool time to live in!

By now, I guess you're asking yourself the question,
"So enough about Steampunk!
Where is the art  project she worked on?"

You Found It!!

It's here,
HIDDEN 
at the bottom of my post!!
                                            






Did you find the hidden part?


***The Vintage Steampunk Image is courtesy of
Moonlight Journey's Collage Sheets!***

I have to do a little bit of bragging,
(hope you don't mind) 
because I  just became a
new member of their Design Team!

I have been using their collage sheets for almost a
year now and couldn't be more pleased with the quality
and the technical creativity that goes into every sheet! 
I'm so excited  now to have the chance to use
those same sheets to create designs for their team! 
It's gonna be a lot of fun!

If you'd like to visit the site to look at
the collage sheets or to see the
Design Team's Art Work,
please use the link below!

They are in the Halloween mode right now so
the sheets  they are creating  are definitely
what everyone will need to get an early jump 
on their Spooky Halloween  Art Projects!
They have the best Gothic sheets on the web!

In order to keep a Halloween blog year round,
 I knew I would have to find a site that
would have everything I needed to keep my
blog looking it's "gruesome-gothic" best!! 

Here is the link:

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Thanks so much for dropping by to visit!
 If you feel inspired to get
Smeared and Smudged,  
grab some ink, paper, rubber stamps,
and old metal gears, get prepared to get grungy,
 and  make some Steampunk Art today!


HEY  VISITORS!!

You're welcome to hop over
to the Smeared and Smudged
blog links listed below and say "Hello"! 
I'm sure they would love to have
 you look at their art work!

I think you'll find some really cool
and interesting projects that might
inspire you to get out your inks
and do some smudging too!  

Hey, you might  like their art so much
you' ll want to join our group too! 


MEMBER LIST



Have a great Blog Hoppin' Day!

Bewitch me with your comments!!!!

Bewitch me with your comments!!!!

Life Is A Witch And Then You Fly!

Life Is A Witch And Then You Fly!

The Poem "Dark Rosaleen"

O my Dark Rosaleen, Do no sigh, do not weep! The priests are on the ocean green, they march along the Deep. There's wine from the royal Pope upon the ocean green; and Spanish ale shall give you hope, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! Shall glad your heart, shall give you hope, Shall give you health, and help, and hope, My Dark Rosaleen. Over hills and through dales have I roamed for your sake; all yesterday I sailed with sails on river and on lake. The Erne at its highest flood I dashed across unseen, For there was lightning in my blood, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! Oh! there was lightning in my blood, Red lightning lightened through my blood, My Dark Rosaleen! All day long in unrest to and fro do I move, The very soul within my breast Is wasted for you,love! The heart in my bosom faints to think of you, my Queen, My life of life, my saint of saints, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! To hear your sweet and sad complaints, My life, my love, my saint of saints, My Dark Rosaleen! Woe and pain, pain and woe, are my lot night and noon, To see your bright face clouded so, like to the mournful moon. But yet will I rear your throne again in golden sheen;'Tis you shall reign, shall reign alone, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! 'Tis you shall have the golden throne,'Tis you shall reign, and reign alone, My Dark Rosaleen! Over dews, over sands will I fly for your weal; your holy delicate white hands shall girdle me with steel. At home in your emerald bowers,from morning's dawn till e'en, you'll pray for me, my flower of flowers, My Dark Rosaleen! My fond Rosaleen! You'll think of me through Daylight's hours, My virgin flower, my flower of flowers, My Dark Rosaleen! I could scale the blue air, I could plough the high hills, Oh, I could kneel all night in prayer, to heal your many ills! And one beamy smile for you would float like light between my toils and me, my own, my true, My Dark Rosaleen! My fond Rosaleen! Would give me life and soul anew, A second life, a soul anew, My Dark Rosaleen! O! the Erne shall run red with redundance of blood, The earth shall rock beneath our tread, and flames wrap hill and wood, and gun-peal, a slogan cry, wake many a glen serene, ere you shall fade, ere you shall die, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! The Judgment Hour must first be nigh,ere you can fade, ere you can die, My Dark Rosaleen!