that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

Hey, you! Christy here. I am just SO very glad you stopped by! There are at least a bazillion photos, adventures and projects for you to DIY - so grab a cupppa whatever your vice is, and stay a spell!

100 1" Collage Squares - An Inch-stravaganza!

100 1" Collage Squares - An Inch-stravaganza!

"Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee

Ever sign up for a swap, only to initially look it over..
and wonder what exactly you were thinking?
You dreadfully start working on it..
expecting to find it tedious..
can't wait for it to end..
only to find that ..

Surprise!! You LOVE it!

The creating process begins..
and before you know it, hours have passed..
and your inner inspiration genie has received a new life!

Well, that's exactly what this swap has done to me.. once I saw just how tiny 1" was.. I groaned, that is, until I began creating these darling pieces .. an addiction has been born! I've always love miniature anything, these are no exception.

Batch 3 of the 100 mixed-media inchies swap - © Christy Hydeck in Raleigh, North Carolina

"An inch in a man's nose is much." ~H. G. Bohn

Here's the scoop .. the swap is through Altered Art Obsession .. hosted by the ingenious TisJewel.. to create 100 ( yes, 100) Original, one of a kind .. 1" by 1" collaged squares.. they must be mixed media, each must contain one picture, and at least one word.. Whatcha think about that? Once she swaps 'em out, we will receive 100 squares back, and complete it by creating an accordion book, a 10" x 10" piece..or any other creative way to use them, keeping them all in tact and together.

"Art means to dare—and to have been right." ~ Ned Rorem

All of mine were created on 140lb watercolor paper, with hand painted backgrounds and have inked edges (as i've said many a time before a must for a finished look!).. I have all 100 cut, all contain images .. and now I'm in the process of adding embellishments, whimsical hand drawn elements, text, shadows and more.. I'm actually finishing these early for once - as I want them done before my upcoming surgery.

"No matter how substandard you feel your skill or talent may be, If you never produce your art, the world will always remain deprived of it." ~ Derek R. Audette

Here's a sneak peek at the first batches I have completed:

Batch 1 of 100 Completed Mixed-Media Inchies | © Christy Hydeck in Raleigh, North Carolina

So whatcha think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them! I'm also open to suggestions, on how to arrange them once I receive them!

-Chrysti

How to Make Inchies - 1" Pint Sized Mixed-Media Art

How to Make Inchies - 1" Pint Sized Mixed-Media Art

How to Store Art Markers, Pens, Pencils + More!

How to Store Art Markers, Pens, Pencils + More!