Carouse

"Carouse" mixed media upcycled/recycled artwork on 24x30" wood panel © Lynne Medsker

“Carouse” mixed media upcycled/recycled artwork on 24×30″ wood panel © Lynne Medsker

Here is the companion piece to “Carnival” that was posted earlier this week. Also an upcycled/recycled art piece it incorporated various plastic lids/caps along with some old beads and bicycle spokes.

These two pieces, plus “Fun” all three hung together at the recycled/upcycled art show held at ArtSplash Gallery last summer.

Trio of artwork hung together © Lynne Medsker

Trio of artwork hung together © Lynne Medsker

I think they’d look great in a kids room!

Lynne

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Visit, Help & Win!

I’m am enjoying being on the “Rural Routes to Main Streets” cultural trail that spans Hendricks and Morgan Counties in Indiana! (Click the link above to download the 2013 brochure and see all the details.)

The trail includes 24 “full time” sites as well as 8 “Second Saturday” sites. My studio is included in that eight and will be open for visitors the second Saturday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm.

blog, studio, free goodies

In January the first three visitors through the doors received a free piece of art from the selection shown above and created a “Make & Take” magnet. In February one lucky winner recieved a free two-hour art lesson and visitors designed their own “Make & Take” greeting cards using simple printmaking techniques.

For March 9th? Stop in a we will make some small “Make & Take” collage art pieces from old magazines.

collageI’ve already got some pieces cut & ready or you are welcome to leaf through some old magazines and select your own.

I’m collecting things for a few recycled art project!

lids

Bring in plastic lids (from water or pop bottles, detergent, milk jugs – any size, type, color – as long as they are plastic) and/or bring in some of your broken/unused jewelry (any pieces are fine but I’d be really excited to get pieces with beads on them) and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a custom draw piece of abstract art. You choose the colors you love and I’ll create it just for you!

Hope to see you there…

Lynne

Upcycled/Recycled

Not long ago I blogged about trying to help the “green” effort with materials in my studio and hinted that I’d been getting creative with some of those materials. Today I’m going to show you some of the items I’ve created and what they are made of!

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker

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finished pieces, ready to assemble

I love to explore something new and this idea had been bouncing around in my head a while until I couldn’t contain it any more.

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from recycled/upcycled materials? Oh, yeah. I made a few pair from plastic drinking bottles to see if it would work (and it did!) and the rest of this initial group were made by covering old packaging/shipping envelops with aluminum.

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shapes cut from packing envelope, ready to be covered with aluminum and colored

Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Since that time I am looking at every container that comes through the house as potential supplies. 🙂

materials waiting to be transformed

materials waiting to be transformed

I’ve got a nice pile of “almost ready” pieces for the next batch of earrings, including these painted book pages that are sandwiched between pieces of packaging plastic.

I’ve been wearing one pair and they are fabulously lightweight, which I love! And the compliments aren’t bad either. I’m thinking this may be a potential new class for me to teach, anyone interested?

Lynne

Industrial Art Duo – Workshop Saturday, November 10th!

We had such a great response (and some great fun) during the first of these workshops I’ve decided to squeeze one more in before the weather gets too cold! Here are all the details:

“Industrial Art Duo” ~ Two Exciting Projects, One Industrious Day!

miscellaneous metal parts

Don’t let the title (or the image!) scare you – I’ll be there to guide you through using any of the materials or equipment that may seem intimidating. I’ve also recruited my favorite collaborator, my husband Mark, to assist us with some of the work. Especially the welding!

work in progress 3 (c) lynne medsker

work in progress (c) lynne medsker

I’ve had several people mention how much fun it looked like it would be to create art using concrete as a textured underlayer (by the way – it IS fun) but I couldn’t figure out how to make that work in a one day class since there is a fairly long gap of time for the concrete to dry. Then it occured to me I could add a second project during that drying time that would keep us all busy.  Compared to just staring at the concrete as it dried it seems like a perfect solution. But what other project goes with concrete? Steel, of course!

student work, Industrial Duo Workshop, August 2012

student work, Industrial Duo Workshop, August 2012

We will start and finish the day working on our concrete creations! You can choose if you’d like to create that work on one large wood panel or several smaller ones. Then, using various tools (and most likely your fingers!) you’ll make marks, lines, texture – or even embed items – on the surface. Once you’ve satisfied your yearnings to texture concrete, it’s time for metal!  To begin that project you will select different pieces and layout the design for your metal wall sculpture (approximately 12″ x 18″) as the concrete dries. You’ll get instructions on how to prep the metal materials and then Mark will work his welding magic to construct it for you.  After it has cooled from the welding process it can be spray painted, wrapped in wire or further embellished in a variety of ways. Although we have quite a selection of parts and metal to choose from you are welcome to bring in any items you’d like to include in your sculpture and we will help you find a way to incorporate it. At some point there will be lunch and snack breaks as well, keeping you busy until your wood panel is ready for more attention. Finishing the concrete artwork includes sealing it and then covering it with layers of acrylic, adding, subtracting and blending until it makes you smile. That could be just one or two layer, or many, many more!

student work in progress, Industrial Art Duo workshop, August 2012

student work in progress, Industrial Art Duo workshop, August 2012

Gloves will be provided for the concrete work plus there are gloves and safety glasses available for you to use when working with the metal. Although not neccessarily needed for the concrete work you will need to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants and full cover shoes when working in the shop creating your sculpture. Most work will be done outdoors but we will have the studio and the shop nearby & warm if the day is chilly. Coffee, bottled water and afternoon snacks are provided, please pack a sack lunch for your noon meal. Detailed information and a release form will be emailed to you once you have signed up. Be prepared to get dirty and happy during this creative day!

Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more or less!)

Cost: $145 – includes all materials & instruction for creating two unique pieces of art (if you wish to bring a spouse, family member or friend to collaborate with the fee for creating both pieces is $175 per couple.)

Minimum 2 participants/Maximum 8 participants

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 7th!

I can’t wait to help you explore these mediums…it is going to be so much fun!

Lynne

P.S. To see more samples of mixed media and metal artwork, visit my website!

Reminder: Industrial Art Duo Class!

wall sculpture 28 © lynne medsker

wall sculpture #28, wood, concrete & misc. old parts © lynne medsker

If you are interested in the Industrial Art Duo class that I’ll be presenting this coming Saturday, this is your last chance to sign up! We currently have three openings available before the class is full. I will accept students until midnight this Wednesday, August 15th, then the class will be closed so that I can purchase/gather the materials. The weather forecast looks excellent so far and I’m excited about the fun group that has already signed up to participate!  Why don’t you join us for this creative day?

Lynne

Industrial Art Duo – Workshop Saturday, August 18th!

So I’ve been debating on a few new classes to offer the next month or two. This is the first and I am SO excited to announce it!!

“Industrial Art Duo” ~ Two Exciting Projects, One Industrious Day!

miscellaneous metal parts

Don’t let the title (or the image!) scare you – I’ll be there to guide you through using any of the materials or equipment that may seem intimidating. I’ve also recruited my favorite collaborator, my husband Mark, to assist us with some of the work. Especially the welding!

finished work, turquoise topography © lynne medsker

“turquoise topography” 1 & 2, commissioned artwork, mixed media on wood panels, 20×20″ each

I’ve had several people mention how much fun it looked like it would be to create art using concrete as a textured underlayer (by the way – it IS fun) but I couldn’t figure out how to make that work in a one day class since there is a fairly long gap of time for the concrete to dry. Then it occured to me I could add a second project during that drying time that would keep us all busy.  Compared to just staring at the concrete as it dried it seems like a perfect solution. But what other project goes with concrete? Steel, of course!

wall sculpture #23 12×25″, $295 © medsker metal art

We will start and finish the day working on our concrete creations! You can choose if you’d like to create that work on one large wood panel or several smaller ones. Then, using various tools (and most likely your fingers!) you’ll make marks, lines, texture – or even embed items – on the surface. Once you’ve satisfied your yearnings to texture concrete, it’s time for metal!  To begin that project you will select different pieces and layout the design for your metal wall sculpture (approximately 12″ x 18″) as the concrete dries. You’ll get instructions on how to prep the metal materials and then Mark will work his welding magic to construct it for you.  After it has cooled from the welding process it can be spray painted, wrapped in wire or further embellished in a variety of ways. Although we have quite a selection of parts and metal to choose from you are welcome to bring in any items you’d like to include in your sculpture and we will help you find a way to incorporate it. At some point there will be lunch and snack breaks as well, keeping you busy until your wood panel is ready for more attention. Finishing the concrete artwork includes sealing it and then covering it with layers of acrylic, adding, subtracting and blending until it makes you smile. That could be just one or two layer, or many, many more!

work in progress © lynne medsker

work in progress © lynne medsker

Gloves will be provided for the concrete work plus there are gloves and safety glasses available for you to use when working with the metal. Although not neccessarily needed for the concrete work you will need to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants and full cover shoes when working in the shop creating your sculpture. Most work will be done outdoors but we will have fans available to keep you cool. Bottled water and afternoon snacks are provided, please pack a sack lunch for your noon meal. Detailed information and a release form will be emailed to you once you have signed up. Be prepared to get dirty and happy during this creative day!

Date: Saturday, August 18th 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more or less!)

Cost: $145 – includes all materials & instruction for creating two unique pieces of art (if you wish to bring a spouse, family member or friend to collaborate with the fee for creating both pieces is $175 per couple.)

Minimum 2 participants/Maximum 8 participants

I can’t wait for this day…it is going to be so much fun! Now if I can just decide what fun to have with the other new class on my schedule….

Lynne

Me, happily working in the shop! Safety glasses over real glasses, such a great look! 🙂

Journal Creations

Although not quite as bad as catching up from March, these are images from an “open studio” class time in April. The project for that day was to create journals, using recycled materials for the cover. Specifically they all began as cereal boxes! Here are some “start to finish” photos of the journals in various stages.

beginning cover

folded box, adding textured paper

aluminum

folded box, aluminum layer added on top & embossed with design

journal cover

journal cover, adding colored ink

journal cover

journal cover, more layers of ink/color

journal cover

stamping on the colorful inks

finished journal #1

finished journal #1

journal cover 2

finished journal #2

detail, journal #3

detail, finished journal #3

finished journals, back side

back side of all finished journals

I love how all of these turned out differently. That’s one of my favorite things about being with creative souls…even with the same materials and techniques each of us is so different in our vision. Amazing!

Reminder: Recycled Journal Class!

Just to remind you that it’s only a few days until the next “Open Studio” workshop! Celebrate Earth Day a few days late and come on by to create a journal using recycled materials!

recycled journal image © lynne medsker

recycled journal © lynne medsker

For details on the day click HERE!

Wall Sculpture #35

What do you do when you have a client that is interested in your work but this piece is too big?

wall sculpture #30 © medsker metal art

And this piece is too small?

wall sculpture #23 © medsker metal art

And they really like aspects of both pieces?

You create a custom piece, just for them, of course!

commissioned artwork, wall sculpture #35 © medsker metal art

We’d love to create a piece for YOU, too!

More from Medsker Metal Art!

wall sculpture #27, $250 © medsker metal art

With the Deja Vu Show coming in two days I thought I would feature more metal and mixed media artwork that my husband, Mark, and I created recently!

wall sculpture #33, $250 © medsker metal art


"wall sculpture #34" $320 © medsker metal art


Sculpture #32 (wall or tabletop display) $190 © Medsker Metal Art

I still have a few other pieces in the studio that are “in progress” – hopefully they will make it to the show as well. 🙂 If you want to know more about our collaborative artwork visit our website at www.medskermetalart.com!
Lynne