Wednesday, February 23, 2011

nesting instinct




this is an old art piece 
from back in the days of making tons of atc's (artist trading cards)
these atc's are all paper pieced bird houses


I used:
stamping
decorative papers
sanding
inking
a little bit of vintage lace
and attached them all to an old piece of fence wood


it's been hanging in my kitchen for 3 yrs now
and today I decided that it needed
beeswax



take something.
do something to it.
do something else to it.
- jasper johns



some things are much happier with a bit of beeswax













* * *
looking forward to the season of birds
this is what we woke up to:

it's just a little wimpy bit of snow up here in western Washington
it's very pretty and just a little bit of a nuisance
but with our hills and lack of snow removal stuff, 
it's enough to close the schools
and put us all into hibernation

16 comments:

Steph said...

Oh Kimmie, I'm inspired to make little pieces of art now... love these ATCs...

*jean* said...

me too, love ATC that is...i LOVE this wooden shrine too! did you notice the worn off paint at the top looks like a heart?? i can imagine what you house must smell like, i love beeswax...i should use it more! ah, the snow...we just got a dumping but we still have business as usual...xo

Carola Zajdman said...

Love it !! the wood, the papers, the way you put all together. You´re reat Kimmie !!

La Dolce Vita said...

oh your piece turned out beautifully, love the textures Kim, and I heard about your snow, snow days are kinda nice, good to hibernate!!

ELK said...

small art on old wood is so very pretty Kimmie ...stay warm!!

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE the new masthead -- it's gorgeous.

Gayle said...

To me where the grass is brown and dead, and the dust is a blowin, your little bit of wimpy snow looks so, so beautiful....as do your bird houses, I think the wax has breathed new life into them and they may last another 3 years...at least.

Terri Kahrs said...

That DOES look like a little heart at the top of the piece! Mmmmm . . . .beeswax smells so good and gives everything that wonderful glow. Everything old is new again! Love the quote! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Halle said...

The coating of beeswax is a brilliant idea! Love the wood you used...all weathered and fantastic.

Jill said...

I've been using my pieces of weathered wood too. I asked my brother for more...said he'd bring me a pickup full! I think your bird houses are wonderful and the wax seems to be a great finish. I really like the quote too.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I adore those little houses. I can smell the beeswax as I scrolled down the page. It is addictive.

And your snow may be whimpy, but when you don't have the proper tools for ridding of it, it can really keep you indoors.

Teri said...

We're expecting the same thing here late today and all through the weekend. Enjoy the hibernation.

~*~Patty S said...

I can almost smell your beeswaxy creation Kimmie...wonderful with a perfect quote too

all this hibernation makes the coming of spring all the sweeter

heavy rains are headed our way

oxo

lynda Howells said...

LOVE WAX. I agree most things look good with a layer of wax.
I know snow is difficult but l do love it!xlynda

Yvonne said...

Love your piece and the beeswax was such a great idea. It really added a nice touch.

ooglebloops said...

I have several pieces of old fence post in varying states of decay, awaiting inspiration on my part!!! I love yours - the beeswax is a great touch.