theresa mARTin

mixed media art


A Tale of Two Scarabs – Luxor and Giza

Two Scarabs Top View theresa mARTin

Two Scarabs Top View

Two Scarabs Open

Two Scarabs Wings Open

Two Scarabs Back View

Two Scarabs Back View

Two Scarabs with Open Wings

Two Scarabs with Wings Up

Each month, as a member of Gale’s Design Team, I make artwork for the Paperwhimsy Inspire Blog. It’s a wonderful collaboration as Gale’s forms are always unique and interesting and they challenge me to try and make something unique and interesting in return.

When I received the curious insects, I searched online for images of scarabs and was taken with the jeweled scarabs I found. They became the inspiration for the beads and beetle wings which adorn these pieces.

At first I only had a vague idea about blinging them out in some way. Usually I glue the fiberboard pieces together and paint them before moving on and adding content. This time I wanted to push the idea of how to put them together as they came with several captivating pieces and I wanted to use them all in a distinctive way. After looking at them and rearranging them for a while, it came to me that it would be fun to hinge the wings so they would move and it was easy going after that.

The wings don’t lie completely flat because of the clock faces underneath, but the peek at what’s inside allows them to reveal part of their secret upfront, which I like about the pieces. While they are delicate, the wings can be moved and repositioned to reveal all.

To see the process photos and read about how I made the scarabs, visit HERE

To purchase the scarabs LUXOR or GIZA, please visit my etsy store HERE.

If you’d like to make your own you can purchase the forms by clicking on the respective photos below.





Quirky Embroidery Revisited



Digital Collage

I’m still playing around with Quirky Embroidery pieces. These are 8″ x 10″ embroidered pieces that are based on digital collages. The works are small and I’ve been toying with the idea  of making them into one or two large pieces. Here I’m placing them against a black back drop to see how they look. First I tried a white background, but the black makes the images pop in a dramatic way. Every time I lay them out together, I think I need two more pieces, or three more pieces so you see the way it’s going. I may not combine them for a long time until I’m amassed a greater collection of them. I may put them on a black background as individual pieces. I’m not sure. What do you think? Sometimes I question if I should even keep going with these, but I do.  

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