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Whimsical Steampunk

Whimsical Steampunk

It’s been busy around here as usual but this time with aspects of my commitment to art other than creating art to sell. I’m back in gear and working intently on a “two makes one” piece of art – two 12″ x 24″ canvases that hang together to form one design. When on the wall, the piece will measure 25″ x 24″.

This two piece design is actually in its second life. I had the first set of two well on the way with a background covered in an intricate one-of-a-kind texture and many of the embellishments adhered to the canvas when I put a hole in the canvas. Eeek – ouch – that has never happened to me before! I was using my gourd carver to adjust that “oh so special” texture and wham! The burr went right through the canvas. Problem? I couldn’t recreate the background on a new second canvas that matched the remaining undamaged original. And I won’t use a patched canvas on a piece I’m selling. So, I removed all those embellishments (I had some great found objects expertly adhered) and ended up cutting the second canvas to pieces as I salvaged nearly every piece. Gah.

The face of tim

For a brighter art tale, I’ve discovered the glory of deeper canvases for smaller works. Creating these smaller works on gallery wrapped canvases are such a delight. Measuring 7.0″ x 5.0″ x 2.25″, it’s a terrific shape to display in multiple spaces. It works well in a wall arrangement and is especially effective in your smaller spaces – a smaller wall, a nook, or that skinny wall.

Now for the official description of this newest work…

A BIT OF WHIMSEY MIXED with a lot of steampunk makes this Assemblage Canvas creation especially eye-catching. And it reminds us that “Reality has limits. Imagination is boundless.”

Measuring 7.0″ by 5.0″ with a depth of 2.25″, the background is textured with stenciled modeling paste and finished off with a number of paints, spritzes, and metallic wax. On a gallery wrapped canvas, its deeper dimension makes for a wonderful wall display.

On a gallery wrapped canvas, its deeper dimension makes for a wonderful wall display.

Dimensions: 7.0″ x 5.0″ Depth 2.25″

$59.95

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop

All art sold at Art Creations by Vicky is the work of artist Vicky Hensley and one of a kind. 

Crowned clock
“reality has limits, imagination is boundless”
Steampunk delux
Gears speak steampunk
Love creating the steampunk vibe
7.0″ x 5.0″ x 2.25″ means this works great in a wall arrangement or those smaller places

Hope you are enjoying the change of seasons – even if winter is hanging on a little too long or your spring is already stormy. (Prayers for Alabama and Georgia).

Vicky

Class Coming Soon – Three-Dimensional Art on Canvas

Class Coming Soon – Three-Dimensional Art on Canvas

I’m teaching a class, Three-Dimensional Art on Canvas, on March 3rd. I usually refer to my art as Assemblage Art on Canvas but, not all understand that terminology… therefore, the change to Three-Dimensional. You will choose from the two designs here and we will provide you a complete kit for you to use as you create!

And now for the official announcement we are sharing on social media…

A side view of Choice One

On March 3rd, join us for a hands-on class creating three-dimensional wall art utilizing found objects. Each participant will choose from the pictured two designs upon registration. A complete kit to create your chosen design will be provided at class. We’ll concentrate first on layering our backgrounds and then build our design. We will also provide your choice of inspirational tags to include in your design. All supplies and tools are provided in this four-hour class. Class size is limited to ten. There are five available kits of each design so register early to reserve your choice. Beginners to experienced Mixed Media artists will enjoy creating with us!

Cost: $60.00 (includes $40 for the class and $20 for your kit and supplies)

Another view of Choice Two

Register now – Paypal your payment here and include your selection – Choice 1 or Choice 2.

Sunday, March 3rd 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: 429 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, Ok.

Instructor: Assemblage artist Vicky Hensley of Art Creations by Vicky

Vicky Hensley has been artsy all her life and now creates primarily in two mediums that are distinctly separate yet cross into one another – Assemblage Art on Canvas and Mixed Media. She often refers to her art as Three-Dimensional Canvas art. Fascinated with blending “found objects” and other mediums into one art piece, she started creating her Assemblage Wall Art in 2009. You can discover more about Vicky’s work at Art Creations by Vicky.

Message me for more details. Hope to see you there!

Vicky

A Creative Mess

A Creative Mess

There’s no way around it. When I’m designing Assemblage Wall Art, things on my worktable are a mess. It’s an organized mess but I’m sure there are those who would argue that it just looks messy.

This art form requires not just one palette knife but several – same with tweezers, palettes, paint brushes of varying sizes and types, and the tools of the trade – wire cutters, measuring tape, metal cutters, scissors (at least two depending on purpose), bottle sprayer, box cutter, level, adhesives (definitely more than one), dimensional paste, and paint – not just a blue, yellow, green, red and so on but sets of paint – one metallic – one brighter – one or two your usual paint choice – and another that reflects light differently depending on position. And that’s only the beginning!

My husband built this worktable with shelving for me 27 years ago. It’s seen a lot of use. I now have three worktables in my studio but this is by far my favorite.

Then you have your canvas and your design elements. I must have choices as I design. So, that means lots of little pieces laying out to inspire me as I choose each addition. And then, metal paint and metallic waxes in case I want to age or highlight a particular piece.

And then there are the special lights, craft mat, jars for water, wet wipes, paper towels – well, you get the picture.

And I savor it all. This is MY place – my space for creating – my place to escape – my world.

Happy Creating!

Vicky

Crowned Whimsey

Crowned Whimsey

My newest – a combination of violet highlighted with blue and bronze spritzes. It’s the first time for me to use this color combination but it won’t be my last. Now for the official description.

This whimsical Assemblage piece features a crowned vintage heart surrounded by various leaves, filigrees, buttons, berries, and found objects. Its quote tag adds to the fun with “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.

On a 7.0″ by 5.0″ gallery wrapped canvas, its depth is 2.25″. Its background is textured with stenciled modeling paste and finished off with a number of paints, spritzes, and waxes. The basic background color is violet and the spritzes add a bit of blue and bronze.

Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this Assemblage Art piece is ready for framing. It will also display nicely on an easel.

Dimensions: 7” x 5” x 2.25″

$59.95

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop

All art sold at Art Creations by Vicky is the work of artist Vicky Hensley and one of a kind. 

Gallery wrapped means the canvas in 1.5″ deep rather than the usual .75″
Embellishments overlap and lay on top of others to create design dept
Berries are painted and then highlighted to coordinate with the overall color scheme.
A crowned heart – such a lovely sentiment
With an overall depth of 2.25″, this makes an impressive wall hanging.
Old Clocks – Creative Treasures

Old Clocks – Creative Treasures

A dozen old clocks well past their prime equal an Assemblage artist treasure trove. Last week, my junking buddy, Liz, and I discovered one heck of an estate sale (well, she discovered – I eagerly accompanied her). The sale was actually just around the corner from me and hit my “impressive sale” meter. Upon entering, it appeared to be a beautiful estate sale and then you reach the bedrooms and the garage… holy moly – clocks everywhere! Old clocks – clock parts – clock faces – clock hands – sitting in boxes everywhere. I’m estimating at least 200 really old beyond-their-prime clocks.

Since an old alarm clock is a wonderful thing to behold when disassembled, I saw tons of assemblage art potential everywhere I looked. And affordable!

Just a few treasures from the inside of a clock.

My main consideration when choosing my batch of clocks was the face. I wanted old worn faces – they make the very best focal points for the 3D collages I create and call Assemblage Art.

And then inside the case! More treasure in the form of gears, springs, and other mechanical pieces that will work perfectly in a 3D collage.

You find the best assemblage pieces in the most unlikely places. As you are wandering a flea market or estate sale, imagine how that everyday item could work… disassembled in many pieces.

Wishing you creative adventures!

Vicky

Three New Mini Canvases

Three New Mini Canvases

January is proving to be a busy time in my art studio. Primarily I’m turning out larger canvases for my second art line I’m introducing in March. But I can’t stay away from my original found object art so another area of the studio is dedicated to creating the assemblage wall art that you have seen from me for years.

Within the last week, I’ve listed three new mini canvases – all measuring 4″ x 4″ – at my Etsy shop. Below you will find links to a full description of each.

Fairy Tale Discoveries

Looking as though it stepped from a fairy tale, this dreamy version of a deer appearing from a vine-filled forest is part of my Mini Assemblage Art on Canvas line. Its word tag, Discoveries, refers to that which we have yet to see and learn. 

$44.95

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A Raven on a Heart – Imaginings

When I create, I do so with symbolism in mind. I’ve used several here starting with the bird that symbolizes freedom and perspective sitting atop a heart which tells us of deep and stable love. The word tag adds imagination – our capacity for creative expression – with, “Possibility begins with imagination.”

$49.95

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Mystically Authentic

Named “Mystically Authentic”, this taste of 3D wall art is part of my Mini Assemblage Art on Canvas line. It’s an original 3D collage measuring 4″ x 4″ x 1.25″. Before painting with blues and greens, the entire canvas was textured with a climbing rose dimensional paste pattern. 

The building that forms the focal point is actually a vintage chess piece that has been cut in half to allow attachment to the canvas. Other items used to form this design include several metal filigrees, word tag, and a charm. 

$44.95

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Even if you don’t consider yourself artistic, you can live creatively. I encourage you to do so!

Vicky

A Whimsical Blue

A Whimsical Blue

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Blue – done just right! This 3D collage leans toward a more traditional assemblage art look with a splash of steampunk and a good dose of whimsical. 

The quote charm sets the mood with a favorite quote from Alice in Wonderland, “…sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” The whimsey continues with a Leaning Tower of Pisa (which is actually half of a vintage chess piece) and a winged heart.

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The details – notice the Leaning Tower of Pisa? It’s a vintage chess piece. See the colorful tiny flowers lower center? That part of a vintage bracelet. And that lower right round rhinestone design? It’s part of a vintage necklace.

On a 12.0″ x 9.0″ gallery wrapped canvas, the depth of this piece is 2.50″. The background has multiple coats and spritzes of paint with stenciled textured designs. Multiple layers of embellishments are then added to complete this 3D collage. 

Look closely and you will see approximately 80 embellishments – both vintage and new. There are around 30 vintage elements which include the Tower of Pisa, necklace section, four types of bracelet links, buttons, beaded leaf, a length of a faux alligator watch band, 1980s jewelry makings, earring, metal flowers, wreath, and a portion of a beaded collar.

Newer embellishments include cabochons, various metal leaves, beads, buttons, frame, several filigreed designs, and winged heart. 

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Three dimensional… how I love it!

Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this is ready for framing. This piece will also display nicely on a large table easel.

Dimensions: 12.0″ x 9.0″ x 2.50″

$99.95

Available for purchase at my Etsy shop.

All Assemblage Art pieces sold at Art Creations by Vicky are original works from artist Vicky Hensley and one of a kind.

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Turning the artwork to the right, you start to see the three dimensional aspect.
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A quote from Alice in Wonderland
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And turning it to the left…

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Notice the vintage metal flower – painted to compliment the pitheece’s color scheme
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The upper wreath is a vintage brooch. Originally it was black but I brightened it up a bit with medium dark silver.
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A closer look at that vintage wreath brooch

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I absolutely love this blue background with hints of purple!
What Inspires…

What Inspires…

Along with art, I’ve decided to start posting things that inspire the art. Let’s start with a worn but well-used birdhouse at the cabin. What a beautiful winter day it was for photography!

2018 – A Year of Creating

2018 – A Year of Creating

Three 2018 Sales – Three Clocks, The Lovely Blues, and Curiouser and Curiouser

Looking back on 2018, I see delight, discoveries, triumph, growth, and creativeness. A sense of wonder fills me as I take a deeper look at all that has occurred – age allows reflection and deeper understanding – all with a sense of awe and gratitude.

My sister shared her word for 2019 on Facebook recently, spurring others to share theirs as well. Hers was delight – a perfect word for a sister who is always stretching and personally moving into new endeavors – new hobbies – new relationships.

It took me only a few minutes to decide on my word for 2019 – WONDER. I’m in a stage of life where I’m exploring things more deeply and I’m fascinated with what I discover.

Bird on a Branch and A Lady’s Moon – Sold in 2018

My Assemblage Art will be taking a new turn in 2019. Creating found object collages will remain my main line; each resembles a puzzle as it slowly reveals its final form and I find that sheer fun. My larger line of Assemblage Art will be introduced in the first quarter of 2019. I’ll probably refer to it more as 3D Collage to put a slightly different spin on these larger art pieces.

I continue to learn new processes – the end of 2018 was filled with learning at least a half dozen new techniques. I’ll be implementing much of it in my larger art line.

I’ll soon be teaching my first Assemblage Art class in Tulsa. Let me know if you are interested. I simply love teaching others about art.

Wings Surround Me, Tree of Hearts, and Found Objects Galore – all 2018 sales

AND, the grandest happening of all planned for 2019? I’ve enrolled in TWO classes in Eureka Springs School of the Arts. I have eagerly awaited the chance to participate in this school. In July, I’ll be attending a 5 day Papier-Mache course – can’t wait! And in August, I’ll return for a 4 day Polymer Clay Mosaics class – anticipation is great! You’ll be hearing more about these events as the year progresses.

Now for a brief look back at some of my SOLD artworks from 2018. Looking back, I see I sold more than I recalled so I won’t be listing all of the sold work – rather just a taste. You’ll find these works sprinkled throughout this post and beneath.

Top – A Collage of Found Objects, left Elegance with a Touch of Steampunk, right Industrial Steampunk with a Bit of Heart
Left to right: Heart of Spring, A Vertical Pair, and The Long and Narrow Collage
Left to right: Heart Hill, Imagination, and A Raven’s Dream

2019 promises to be a year of immense creativeness! My hope is that you will find even more ways to be creative in the coming year.

Vicky

3D Collage Art in Blue

3D Collage Art in Blue

Listed just yesterday, this 8″ x 8″ x 1.75″ assemblage canvas is the perfect size for gift giving. Generally, I don’t make a push for Holiday sales – I consider December much like any other month for original art sales. However, if purchased within the next week, most items would be received before Christmas.

I did it – I made a Christmas pitch!

And now for the latest addition to Art Creations by Vicky. More to come this week…

 

3D Collage Art – Original Canvas Wall Art

A striking traditional collage, this Assemblage Canvas claims beauty with a bit of whimsey. Measuring 8.0″ by 8.0″ with a depth of 1.75″, the background is textured with stenciled modeling paste and finished off with a number of paints, spritzes, and metallic waxes. Embellishments are then adhered to the canvas to form a three-dimensional design.

A side view allows you to see the depth of these 3D collages.

You’ll find around 35 embellishments in this piece of Assemblage art. Older elements (found objects) include various bracelet links, earring, hors-d’oeuvre fork, necklace link, buttons, 1980s jewelry makings, metal leaves, key, chain segment, and a large bead. Newer elements include round pendant, filigreed metal designs and bead, bracelet links, wings, moon, heart, and various other metal embellishments.

Hangers are attached and, while I prefer the no-frame look, this Assemblage Art piece is ready for framing. It will also display nicely on an easel.

Dimensions: 8.0″ x 8.0″ Depth 1.75″

$64.95

Available for purchase at Etsy

Checkout at Etsy is easy – you can do so as a guest – no need to join.

All art sold at Art Creations by Vicky is the work of artist Vicky Hensley and one of a kind.