Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Heee'sssss Dooooone! Mad Hatter WIP

I'm so tickled with how this fella turned out! Look at those baby blues and that mad grin....heehee!
My husband says he hates to see this one go, but find a new home he must. We don't have the room for him and someone else out there is surely going to be able to find the perfect spot! See more about this Mad Hatter on ebay. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Why Not Wednesday...should we always share?

Yesterday a conversation was started on Facebook over the healthcare debate. I'm not here to post my feelings about it as we all have our reasons for feeling the way we do based on life's experiences, and our moral and ethical leanings. I made the mistake of sharing situations that are perpetuated over and over again in our community due to the demographic. I should have used a different choice of words such as "staying out of the limelight" or "not wanting to draw attention to themselves" as opposed to "staying out of trouble". Trouble for many in our community comes when INS does a sweep. Families are torn apart, and lives dramatically changed and yes, this is troublesome to them and all of us who know and love them. I have worked with children who aren't allowed to play outside at home because they live in fear of being sent back to their native country. It's heartbreaking to see how these people are used to further the greed of casino owners and will be dropped like a hot potato when the feds show up.
There are people though who delight in trying to make others look bad, when they themselves are merely pot stirrers who have nothing better to do. Wherever they go they eventually show their true colors by the trouble they like to start and this isn't the first time this person has done this, nor will it be the last. Why I let people like that bother me I don't know, but for any who may have been offended by what I said please know I'm truly sorry. I am very passionate about justice and freedom for all. I am also very passionate about injustice and prejudice on all levels. I take each person on their own merits, and would ask/expect that others do the same. If I say something that you don't agree with please contact me in private and lets talk. If I am wrong I'm not afraid to admit it and will share that. Thank you to the person who took the discussion down. There are some things that just can't be shared on the internet as they can be so misconstrued. Again my apologies for any hurt I may have caused.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Preview....hee hee!

Almost done....hubby says he looks like a lunatic, which is good right? Mad? Hatter? Oh yeah, the hat is almost ready....:-)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Madness WIP continues

The second of two hats I ended up creating for this fellow, this is the one I will use. It's created from fastmache, a product I've only used one other time. I had an empty Greek Goddess yogurt container that I used for the armature. It was interesting cutting the container out of the shaped hat after the paper mache set up, but it worked and I shouldn't have any cracks.

So, on to the hair. I have some lovely curly wool that I purchased from Gloria Lowell. She has a great selection if you are looking for different types and colors. Her wool is very clean and odor free so it's wonderful for doll hair. I had two packs of white but, I wanted an orange wool. I used food coloring and water with a bit of vinegar to dye the wool. I followed instructions I found on the internet and it worked! An interesting side note is that once the wool was placed in the hot dye water it soaked up all the dye, and left the water clear. Very cool!
Now I have this lovely orange wool that will be perfect for the Mad Hatter. Now that I know I can do this, I will be trying the dye technique on other creations. I hope to have the hair done tonight, and if the hat is dry, I will paint that tomorrow. A slow process but I think the results will be worth the wait.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Here's Lookin At You Kid.....WIP

The work continues and the face is almost done. I need to seal it and add a light antiquing. While that is drying I will move on to hat and hair. I was up at 5 this morning painting as I couldn't sleep.
I've decided to turn him into a make-do of sorts. I love this old bed spring, found at the old telegraph station site here in town. Who knows if perhaps one or our WWII vets slept on the bed this came from...

Friday, March 19, 2010

WIP an Alice figure?

A gourdeous fella don't you think? Okay, bad pun, but he is a gourd figure for our Alice Challenge with AHA.

This is only the beginning as he needs a body and other "stuff" to finish him off. Now that I'm home I can perhaps work on him some more. Stop back by to see how he evolves. Oh, wait, I need to get the medals done for the CROCK POT OLYMPICS we are having at church....oh yeah!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Why Not Wednesday...Friend Give Away Share

How Darling is this?! Why not share? Well I would like to be the only one in the hat for a chance to win this, but I know I won't be so I will share and hope for the best. I discovered Michelle's blog through Diane Knotts, another talented artist who's work I love. Some day I hope to be as talented and proficient as these two ladies, but for now, I will work hard to get there. Michelle has an etsy shop where she sells her work so there's more delightful pieces to see. Thank you Michelle, and here's hoping you will all take the opportunity to go see Michelle Palmer and her fabulous art.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Alice In Wonderland White Rabbit AHA Challenge Piece

The final unveiling of the White Rabbit! Ta daa! 

His head was created using air dry clay over a foam egg. The stand/base is a vintage textile spool attached to a wood base.
He has several elements that make up his whole. Stop by my ebay listing to learn more about him. A little side note I didn't add to his listing, did you know that the white rabbit Alice saw had pink eyes?

Friday, March 12, 2010

WIP Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit continues

Here is another teaser on the way to seeing the whole piece finished. I used stamps as well as  polymer clay to create the design and numbers for the clock face. There are card photos applied to the trunk of the piece. I was excited to be able to use the mesh ribbon I have for the collar. The unveiling will come later!

WIP Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit

Don't know what is happening with blogger but I will try and post here. I've been working on a white rabbit figure for our AHA Alice In Wonderland Challenge. It took me longer than I wanted because I was torn between making a cloth body for him or just moving ahead with my idea of using a vintage spool as the base. Here's what I gathered together to put this together. I started with a pink layer after gessoing the whole head. Scary huh?!

Then I dry brushed shades of buttermilk and white. I touched up the strokes with some maple syrup to give him some depth. I continued on with layering colors until he was the way I wanted him to be. Blogger is really not cooperating right now so I'm moving on rather waste time. Below you find the finished head. I will unveil more later today. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sneak Preview of the Spring Celebrate365 Issue!

Here is the Spring issue of Celebrate365 that I designed the cover for. To give credit where due, the graphic artist at the printer changed the ribbon color and put a backround of grass in the stamp frames, but other than that, the design was my concept.
I was tickled to be able to be a part of putting this together. Thanks Connie, for the opportunity! There are at least 3 of our very own American Holiday Artists featured on the cover, Lori Rudolph or Retro Rudolphs, Carrie Murtha of Snippets Pets, Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Design and David Everett of Chicken Lips Studios. You can find their links in my blog roll to see more of their fabulous work. I also have 2 pieces in the Easter portion of the publication. If you are interested in subscribing to this publication click on the Celebrate365 banner to the right to go directly to her site. There is a lot of eye candy in each issue, as well as informative articles for the ornament collector. You can find the contact info if you are interested in any of the featured ornaments as well. Here's to Spring and Celebrate365!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March PFATT Marketplace

Art for Spring. The bunny mixed media piece at the top is perfect for small spaces or places.
The bunny cup will hold treats.
The fresh fruit painting would be a wonderful addition to any kitchen or dining area.

American Holiday Artists Alice In Wonderland Challenge

That's right, in honor of the new Tim Burton movie our AHA artists are creating some magical wonders to add to your Alice collection. Stop by our blog, and search AHA on both etsy and ebay to see more of what is up for purchase or auction.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Halloween Gourd Jack O' Lantern

In an effort to make room for new creations I've been "catching up" on finishing creations started earlier in the year. This Jack took some time as he didn't seem to want to just be an ornament. So I searched and dug and I searched some more through the different elements in my studio and came up with a vintage oil can I purchased for another idea that never got past the thought stage. Next I had to scrounge up the time to put this all together as babies don't wait for creativity. When they are hungry, or wet or whatever, you just do babies. That's fine, it should be that way. I'm finally finished though and he can be found at my etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 1, 2010

What do Easter Bunnies and Santas have in common?

They are holiday art of course! I am in the process of creating several Santas for Reasons to Believe and so I will share as I get each one done. As a member of American Holiday Artists I spend a lot of time creating holiday art. The cute Easter Bunny trinket box is listed on ebay right now so check him out for more information.