Original Art and High Resolution Digital Stamps, Designs & Illustration by Chris Stern / CS Designs
Below are some of my favorite art pieces
|Recycled and Altered Art Doll Book:|
I have had the idea for this book for some time and I really love that it it has turned out so close to what I envisioned. The foundation for the individual pages themselves are recycled from a child s board book and then cut in shapes to suit the overal theme of my book.
You will notice that a few of the back pages have been painted but contain few or no other creative elements,
You will notice that some of the back pages. have been painted but contain few or no other creative elements. This is because this continues to be a work in progress and I will continue to add more pages as time allows..
The charismatic faces used as the main focal points for each page as well as other elements such as some backgrounds and sentiments are designs from some of my original hand drawn digital stamp collections.
To have a look at my digital stamp designs and check out my Expressive Faces visit the CS Designs Digital Stamp Online Catalog.
To see more pages from my Altered Doll Book and a Peek inside please visit my Doodle Pieces Blog
A few pages from my Recycled Puzzle Book:
The piece on the right is a page from a Recycled Puzzle Piece Book I created for a Featured Guest Artist spot ot the Unruly PaperArts online magazine.
It was such a wonderful surprise to receive an invitation from Damie and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
All total I made 3 projects for the March issue and if you want to see the rest you can visit the Unruly PaperArts Artist Spotlight page. You can also see a bit bigger photo of some a couple of the Puzzle Piece book as well as one of the Steampunk Shadow frame on my Doodle Pieces. Hope you go check them out as there is a whole lot more to see on the Unruly PaperArts Ezine.
Trinket and Similar Boxes: Because I have so many elements which I use on a regular bases in my work I often purchase sectional plastic containers to store my more often used items. While these plastic containers are functional you really can't call them pretty or inspiring, so I often enjoy making my own personal ones which serve to brighten my work space.
The foundations for all the boxes above are made from either recycled soap or cereal boxes or a combination of both. 1.) The Happiness box on the far left was created from part of a Dove hand soap box, a piece of cereal box and left over mat board from framing. The outer box color ordinates with the contents inside and it is where I store the turquoise jewelry bits I use as embellishments on larger pieces. 2.) The middle box is made from a cereal box and houses my altered slide mounts which I often use as the main focal points on my art tags, hand made book cover and whatever else strikes my fancy. 3.) The Asian box on the right is again made from a recycled Dove box and Cereal box. I created this one as button box. The inside slides out like a matchbox and holds my small yellow, orange, red and green buttons. These little boxes are so much fun and I love making them. I sometimes also give them to others as gifts, not only do they serve to hold the gift that is being given, the boxes are a little treasure all on their own.
Above: Some of my altered art. From left to right: 1.) Steampunk Shadow Box. This one, really has to be my favorite shadow box of all time. It was entirely made from scratch. The foundation for my box was created from a cereal box, mat board and pages from an old book. I recycled a total of 16 items in this project including packing material, roofing tile and even a piece of metal pie plate which has been embossed. You can find my photos of this project as well as the entire list of items used through the following link. Steampunk Shadowbox the Ultimate Recycle. 2.) Asian Writing Set and Altered Domino Pendants. I have been wanting a writing set for one of my art desks for a very long time but never been able to find exactly what I what I wanted so decided to create my own. I created alot of pieces for this set including the scroll and wax seal and the Asian themed jewelry domino pendants seen in the photo above. There is so much more to this set, which includes envelopes made to look old and even a collection of postage stamps. You can read more about this set here Asian Writing Set 3.) Asian Spool Doll Sewing Shadow Frame. I love frames especially the ones that give you the ability to hold 3d art work and I created this one of one of the challenges on my Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge blog which challenges other artist to think outside the box. I created every element in this piece from the Asian Spool Doll to the stitched background, button and thread card, spools and even the wrapped flower in the corner which was made from an old book page. When I settle on a them, I never seem to limited to a single piece, and this one is one of those that contains so much more. You can see what else I created for this challenge which I decided to call Material Girl / Here.
Pieces of POE ... The three pieces below were inspired by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe. 1.) On the right a handmade puzzle book made from recycled puzzle pieces and various found objects. In the center is an assemblage artist block, made from a scrap piece of wood, chess pans for legs, embossed aluminum foil, old jewelry a piece of plastic skull ring left over from Halloween. It also includes designs from my Pieces of Poe digital stamp series. 3.) On the right is an art tag I created for a tutorial on oil pastels backgrounds which was a article in my online magazine Art With No Boundaries..
Original One of a Kind Art Tags
I love making art tags and I can never seem to get enough of them. There is something quite wonderful about opening a favorite book and finding something beautiful and inspiring inside keeping your place. I really like that such small pieces can not only be beautiful to look at but serve such an inspiration and wonderful purpose. For more Art Tags visit myTag Art Gallery.
Handmade Books from left to right: 1.) Steampunk Envelope Book, 2.) Pink and Gold Geisha Book, 3.) Recycled and hand stitched Journey Journal which has been covered with a recycled map of British Columbia, Canada ... Special note below about the Gentleman used on the cover of my Envelope Book.
Coming Soon!!! Digitally Enhanced and Restored Designs and Collage Sheets.
Besides my love of art, I am also an avid collector of old books, posters, postcards, matchbook covers, trade cards various ephemera and other rare, unusual, and beautiful things. I have been collecting since my early teens and early 20’s. and have amassed quite a large collection of vintage images & ephemera. Recently while going through one of my old trunks, I again realized the beauty of many of the things I have collected and have remained unseen in my basement for so many years. I have decided that these wonderful pieces need to be enjoyed, cleaned up, restored and given a new purpose. When I have a sufficient amount restored I will be using them in my own art and will also make them available other collage, mixed media and assemblage artists. If you are interested in these collections please visit this blog regularly for updates.
Meet Little Giz, a silly cat with a a charming personality and stylish outfits. The World of Giz digital stamp series is based on my daughter's big orange cat who is one of the world's silliest felines. I'm sure he thinks he is just a little person in disguise, and there is no end to his endearing antics.
My Oil Paintings ...
You can read more about me and see a few more of my paintings through my About the Artist
I have a collection of real Porcelain Harlequin Dolls which have a place in my art room. I have always loved the mystery and beauty of there expressions and decided to capture and incorporate this into my own art. I first created a series of Harlequin faces in the 1990's. At that time digital art was limited and the programs I use use today were not available. I originaly created these designs as pixel art which means that I drew them with my mouse one pixel at a time. Since then I have redrawn them but this time as high revolution designs which I think makes them even more lovely. They were are intentionally made in the shape of squares, circles and ovals to fit inside the shapes from my Spirelli Template Ready to Print Kit,
The World of Steampunk and Heavy Metal:
There is so much that I love and incorporate into my art, but I really have to say that for the past few years, I seem to been having a kind of love affair with assemblage art, in particular Steampunk. There is something quite satisfying about giving new life to 2nd hand, found or discarded objects. They say that one person's garbage is another person's treasure and there is very little that I do not consider a treasure. The piece on the right was build inside a sardine can. All the images in this piece are designs from my Steampunk series of digital stamps. The wheels for my little assemblage are vintage metal buttons from the Victorian era. I guess all artists have favorites from time to time and this one is another one of mine. Like most of my pieces the main designs have been colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with turpentine.
There is no room of my house that doesn't have some artist potential and the piece on the right is a mini wall hanging that was created from a smashed canning jar lid. The Gold rounds on each side with the word Clever engraved on them hold the wire from which the piece hangs and are made from the brass ends of my husbands shotgun shells. He gets to enjoy Trap & Clay bird shooting and I get the benefit of his spent shells, what can be better than that. My Altered and Smashed Steampunk hanging uses the Solitaire Round from my Steampunk Digital Stamp Series.
Like most of my work, I have colored Solitaire with Prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine for a softer effect.
I believe you.re never too old to play with Paper Dolls and above are a few I created. Many of my designs are meant to coordinate and mix with other series. If you would like to create your own paper art dolls, I have several templates which you can find through the Digital Stamp Catalog.
Last but not least: A girl can never have too much jewelry and what can be be better that a piece you created yourself. I made the button bracelet below to coincide with my Material Girl Sewing projects. The bracelet is made from various elements found around my sewing room as well as a small face I made out of handmade paper clay. I made the mold as well as the face. I don't really wear it alot of jewelry, so do not ware this piece often but it is such a fun piece that I always keep it in a prominent place on one of the shelves of my art room to be admired.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my art and will enjoy viewing the rest of my site. If you wold like to see more projects from me please be sure to visit my Doodle Pieces Blog. :)