So my Green Man is still feeling a bit autumnal! Regular visitors to my blog will know I have a bit of a penchant for Green Men - usually you only see their head - well they do have bodies!
I have had a bit of a rocky start to The Book of Ruination course I am doing with Andy Skinner - the technique he is teaching is great but I didn't know where I wanted to take it - my first attempt was on a wooden box where I did the base layer but then I became well and truly stuck at what to do next, so that was cast to one side and I cast my eyes around my stash in the garage to find something that inspired me
I picked up a few of these plastic torsos from my local scrapbox store for 50p each a while ago and like a lot of things in my stash they were put aside until 'the right time'
This I think was the right time!
The store also had some test-tubes for sale , which make a wonderful specimen vase for a single rose - though I will make something that can sit in there when I don't have any fresh flowers
The leaves on his left shoulder were some diecuts I picked up (again from the store) that had been cut in the most garish colours you can imagine - who cares when you are going to paint over them?
The autumn leaves were cut from old tomato paste tubes - as well as recycling I refuse to use my precious metal sheets on something that will be painted within an inch of its life.
And a lesson in never throwing anything out.. I found some skeleton leaves that I bought when I started making cards - never used them, kept them and hey presto they good great here.. you may be able to spy them on the right hand side
Now - HANDS UP who was thinking of making a rude comment about the 'broomstick' propping him up? Its actually our Heath Robinson welly boot holder outside the back door!
I may as well share a couple of snaps of the 'book' I started, it lives in hope of being added to but I doubt it ever will be - I'm a bit tired of skeletons, freaky, steampunk which I think this technique naturally does lean towards, after going off at a tangent and picking up a hook, my Rhino just made my heart sing and I realised that although I like most things I make a lot just wasn't making me smile and chuckle - we all need a chuckle a day !
But Arnold my Green Man makes me smile, so all is good in the world
Apart from these baby casts I did this week (how cute are baby hands?) I haven't picked up a paint pot for months, moved over to balls and hooks... now lets discover why shall we?
* Is it because there is lots of good stuff on TV that i don't want to miss?? No
* Is it because its nice to sit by the fire during this everlasting winter?? Partly but we do have central heating in other rooms!
* Is it because my son has taken over the studio/office with a sudden urge to do his homework ... ??? err that's a definite NO!!!
* Is it because I have been totally inspired by clever hookers?? Well I have but that's not the full reason
* Is it because my craft room has got into such a state that I couldn't even bear to go into the room, never mind tidy it up?? Ummmmm YES, that will be the reason! I have been so embarrassed about it I haven't even shared my room om WOYWW... and that's saying something because I have shared it before in a dreadful state
But Friday heralded the start of another Andy Skinner online course, to which I signed up for the day it was released months ago when maybe the room was usable (or maybe not!) The fact that I started my project sitting at the kitchen table last night and struggling to unearth the stash I needed, prompted me to buckle down today and sort the room out!
I can now sit at my desk.... whoopee!!! So watch this space, I'm on a Book of Ruination roll and will soon be Rocking My Book
These are the only two faux taxidermy ones on her site (lots more other lovely patterns though) and I want to make a stag and the once disparaging DD wants a unicorn, so I guess I will have to make up my own patterns!! (runs away slightly scared)
Now just waiting for Matt to make some plinths for my little beauties to be mounted onto
Here is the answer to my last 'Can you guess what it is yet' Its Roma the Rhino. I love faux taxidermy - rather realistic don't you think? Could almost be the real thing :p ....
The reason she is called Roma is because my Mum's best friend was called Roma, and I spent many a happy hour watching them both Crochet/Knit or stitch away, whilst patiently helping a ham-fisted small child (me) to make her wonky crochet square less wonky - so it's a bit of a tribute to her, although I doubt if she would like a Rhino being named after her, but she would like the finished article I'm sure.
Anyway back to Woolly Roma, I love her - even my teenage daughter who was very disparaging about me making a rhino to hang on the wall (all parents of teenage girls will know the 'oh Mum you are losing it' body language) came home and said 'Actually that is really cool' which is high praise from DD !
Her ears are a bit lopsided, which I was going to change, but OH rather likes them like that cos it makes her look 'quirky' er........ is she not already quirky LOL
I have now purchased the pattern for the Moose, so watch this space!
Now this is an interesting one, I bought the pattern fair and square over the internet as a PDF file (link below) someone has asked if they could have the pattern, to which I said no, I can't/won't pass it on - but gave her the link to buy her own, passing it on is stealing from the artist who created the pattern. BUT thinking about it, if I had it in a book, or purchased the paper pattern from my local wool shop, then I probably would lend it to someone without thinking twice. Its the same as telling people to sign up for Andy Skinner's online class if they want to learn the techniques I have learnt from him, but I have lent technique books to my arty pals - and borrowed them ... just thinking.. double standards or is it different??
Anyway I am rambling and you probably want to know where I got these fabulous patterns
Come on admit it, who said that in their best Rolf Harris voice?? If you didn't then why not??
Here is my lovely wooden bowl, made by my brother, filled with lots of luscious bits and pieces, bet you can guess what its going to be.. clue?? I am rather ahead of myself!
This project is totally inspired by Lucy of Attic24 but with a few different elements than she used.
One different bit is these lovely cute Owls. The pattern was kindly shared online by Bunny mummy - so easy and quick to do you wouldn't believe.
If you haven't guessed what they are all in aid of, this will give you the ultimate clue
Not sure this Daffodil is entirely suitable for this particular project, but I just happen to love Daff's so why not? But then I may just crochet a few more and make myself a vase of year round loveliness
and finally... a totally different WIP... now can you guess what this is yet???
Thank you for reading about my woolly gorgeousness - I am rather obsessed atm, but I really must get inky painty messy again soon.. Well I am soon starting another course with Sir Andy Skinner so I am sure I soon will be .. but in the meanwhile, where's my hook gone?
Hey its not a cushion.... Again this another project inspired by by Attic24, and I love it!
This project and taught me to love what I make. I have spent years being afraid to admit I actually like/love what I make. It's too easy to think people think you are being big headed - its taken me too long to admit to myself the fear of this is just as bad as being falsely modest about stuff. If you don't like your own stuff then why should you expect anyone else to like it?
So yes I do love this, the colours bring a little bit of joy to my heart.. well actually they bring a lot of joy to my heart and make me smile. I hope you are smiling today. This is the sort of thing my mum would have made and taught people to make, I am so grateful she gave me her creative gene and thankful she share her knowledge with me before she died.
Right.. whats next?? I haven't been inky/painty for ages now, wool seems to have taken over.. maybe its an excuse not to tidy up my craft room, wool can be manipulated next to the roaring fire, which is another bonus in the winter months!
No other word for me atm... I am getting a bit obsessed and its largely due to the wonderful legacy my mum left me.. she was rarely seen without a needle, a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook in her hand and the wonderful enthusiasm of another hooker I have recently come across via the internet Lucy aka Attic24
Here is another cushion , this time in a ripple stitch, lots of colour going on on my sofa atm!
Well that's enough rippling for a while - tomorrow I will post another project I have been working on and have just finished, too late now to take a photo, but it is luscious if I say so myself - and its not a cushion!
Well one Crocheted Cushion looks rather lonely on my sofa, so I had to make another.. problem is I have two sofas and now the other sofa looks rather forlorn.
Regular visitors to my blog will have realised I have a short attention span and get bored by repetition, so I couldn't make a regular granny square cushion, so each square is different. Some are of my own invention but others are from patterns posted on the wonderful Internet, crafty people are such wonderful sharers!
Oh dear - Us Brits have had a few cm's of snow and we have come to a complete standstill - so what better excuse to I need to curl up in front of the fire with my sore throat and earache and crochet away to my hearts content? I found this lovely pattern via www.ravelry.com which is a treasure trove if you like to knit/crochet.
I saw this idea and immediately thought what a lovely idea it was - basically throughout the year you pop in a short message with something that brought you joy that day - then on New's Year you open it and relive all those lovely memories - for instance yesterday I wrote about a fabulous walk we had with The Friday Friends and dogs which turned into a game of stuck in the mud.. literally!
You can use any receptacle but of course I had to alter a jar!
A little bit of the Jar left unpainted so we can see it filling up!
And if you are wondering how muddy it was..
And here is some more pure joy, my daughter, son, and baby nephew
and I haven't blogged since 2012! like everybody I was very busy before Christmas and now its back to normal and a new year of delicious creativeness.
I was kept busy before Christmas casting a lot of hands and feet - unfortunately in the rush to get orders out I didn't take many photos and the ones I did take weren't very good but you get the general impression (oh a pun!) I hope as they were handed over (oh another) on Christmas day they were well received and maybe I have my foot (and a third) in the door of a small business
also did a couple of Green Men as presents for people I love
For those of you who have seen my work desk in all its messy creative glory in the past- let me tell you, you have seen NOTHING! it is covered in clay plaster paint and Christmas detritus, completely unreachable until I have the energy to tidy it up, but that didn't stop my fingers twitching over the holidays, not wanting to move far from the fire, TV, jar of Stilton, Christmas cake and chocolates I decided to get my crochet hook out for a change and make myself a tea cosy. I had to laugh when my OH said 'thats rather weird' after all the other stuff he finds appearing out of my room, he chooses this to call weird!
I followed a pattern from Loani Prior's book 'Wild Tea Cosies' but it has my own twist on it
However Edward seems to prefer it as a hat!
Now off for a walk on the beach on this glorious sunny start to 2013, so I wish you all a very Happy Creative New Year.
The HAPPY part depends on you, so start with a smile and let go of all the baggage from last year and start fresh you'll do great.
to hold a little baby ..... OK so who is singing and who is too young to even know what song that is?
This is a cast taken of both my BIL and his baby Noah's hands.. what a lovely long lifeline my lovely nephew has.. I will remind him about how lovely and small his hands were when he is pushing old Aunty Nic around in her wheelchair
and dont worry he hasnt got huge feet in comparison, this is a friends little boy's foot
and one for the girls
As Miranda's mother would say 'this stuff I call plaster is such fun....'
Hi there, I am a 40 something stay at home mother to two adorable (sometimes) kids and wife to an adorable (sometimes) man. I try to run an organised home but get waylaid by an arty project, but hey when I'm dead people will remember that I was covered in paint rather than my house has a fine layer of dust. As long as we have clean clothes to wear,food to eat and clean toilets I feel I can be free to get messy with paint. Apart from my family I love my small circle of special friends and wide circle of acquaintances, I have no time for petty, silly, rude people. SOH - wicked, Legs - short, waistline - bit too big Red wine makes me feel suicidal so stick to Beer.. Roles in life? Mother, Wife Daughter, Sister, Friend, Mate, Cook, Cleaner, Dental Nurse, Pretend Artist, School Governor,Blogger... I love Daffodils, Bendicks Bittermints, Copper, bits of what other people may think of as Tat,0ur Trailer Tent, My lappy, Bargains, My Best mate, (before she sulks - all this is in no particular order!), laughing, my bed, getting up (yep i'm weird) McCoys Crisps, Roast Dinners, Imperial Leather soap, Hardware shops, Rod Stewart, James Stewart, Clarence Frogman Henry, Warm Socks, Coming Home.
But I have found someone totally copying some of my stuff (why they would want to heaven knows) and claiming it as their own inspiration... so while I find it a complete honour for people to gain a little inspiration from my tat, please be honest. We all get ideas from other artists, thats how the art world flourishes, but please note that all artwork, photos and text on this blog are mine. I am more than happy for you to take inspiration from my work, but please do not attempt to copy or reproduce it without crediting the original idea to me. Thank you
* CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS CHOCOLATE, SO IF SOMETHING DOESN'T MOVE - ALTER IT *
There is no must in Art because Art is free -Wassily Kandinsky
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You can't stand & wait for the storm to be over you've got to learn to dance in the rain'
That's not actually the name of the ATC, but I never got a return for this 1:1 swap...... perhaps the chap from Ireland didn't like it, perhaps he had personal problems that prevented him from making me an ATC, perhaps it got lost in the post, or perhaps he was just too rude and too lazy to make one!
Altered Jigsaw bit
Theme I was given was 'Shabby Chic' and pink..
Theme Nature..... the quote reads.. There are always flowers for those who choose to look Henry Matisse.
I just love this piccy of me and my mateys
A Laugh is just a smile that has burst
and the last
Zettiology meets Claude Monet
I was challenged to make an ATC with this quote by Claude Monet, 'Colour is my day long obsession, joy and torment'
My first ever ATC
Bit basic but I still like it, hope the owner is looking after it!
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
Loves... My family My friends My craft time Laughing
Hates Political correctness gone mad Liars People who think the world owes them a favour Bad grammar and loads of other stuff, getting to be a real Grumpy Old Woman
CRAFTY LIKES AND DISLIKES
CRAFTY LOVES UTEE... love it and use it in large quantities Metal.. Friendly plastic Shrink plastic Paint and ink in any shape or form My Crop-o-dile odd bits and pieces Paperarsty stamps Brilliance inks Tim Holtz (aka god) Distress Inks Debbie Moore's Metal magic Perfect Medium Glossy Accents Debbie Moore's Enamel embossing powder
CRAFTY DISLIKES while i think there is a place for most things at some time or other...I do dislike peel-offs with 99% of my being, but and this is a BIG but there is the odd and very odd occasion that they can be used without being too offensive (boy that hurt, it was almost an admission that i have used them) Book-a-trix... sorry but they do look like memorial stones and nothing anybody says will convince me otherwise. Decoupage..... I am sure the Victorians are turning in their graves Flowersoft... a friend summed this up perfectly...Devils Dandruff People who say/think ATC's are cardtoppers.... thats Dawn Bibby off my christmas card list Cute Penny Black Stamps Stick and Stamp pad and anything which is sold and just does not do the job!! Dufex Tilda stamps..... why half a face??
Miniature works of art created on cards have been around for centuries, largely used as business cards. The modern-day concept of ATCs was conceptualized by artist M.vanci stirnrmenn in 1996, an idea born of older sports themed trading cards, and became a movement that denounced the tradition of critiquing and appraising art, and embraced the process of one artist connecting with another and exchanging styles and techniques. ATC are art collectables but the one rule that makes an ATC derive from their origins: the dimensions of the ATC must be 2.5"x3.5", or 64x89mm. To this rule are appended a couple of conventions. First, an ATC mustn't be sold, only exchanged, as the whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting in person, by correspondence, online etc and exchanging their works, thus getting exposed to and experiencing many personal styles and techniques. Second, on the back of each ATC the artist writes part or all of the following information: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (i.e. if it's a one off original or part of a series).
ATC's are just such great fun, at first the size seems just too small, then after a while anything bigger seems quite alien! the fun is in the swapping!! For some stunning galleries check out http://www.squidoo.com/atcs
A FEW BITS AND BOBS
ATC size, I stuck bits of friendly plastic onto a piece of mountboard and then heated it, swirled it around, stamped into it (ink your stamp first with versamark or similar and don't worry it won't damage your stamp) added beads and hey presto
Friends are angels without wings
Altered jigsaw on an ATC for my friend Bess... decided to start writing on my work, however much I dislike my handwriting
paint on that acrylic paint and dry with your heat gun... fab effect! I love the way the paint has bubbled and looks like one of the faces has a hood on it's head
My first attempt at using Beeswax, an interesting technique but i'm not convinced yet,..... still got alot to learn, any experts out there??
learnt that mica and beeswax does not mix!
Altered Jigsaw Pieces
All on the same theme as they are RAK's for some people who are in a Jam swap with me
Altered mint tin
Alcohol inks, Utee, Microbeads...
Made for a friend, accordian album showing times we have shared
Front of the slide mailer
my first attempt at calligraphy.. well you have to try everything!
This one was cut along the spine and then rejoined with a piece of plasterboard tape (much cheaper than buyng Magic mesh!). The extra depth was needed to allow an false 'box' to be put in filled with bits and pieces) The theme the mailer was 'look and you shall see'
Double slider closed
Pull the tag at the side and both sides come out at the same time, great fun and easy to make. The instructions are on the Splitcoaststampers site, take a look its a fab site!
A pressie for my best mate.... (she knows who she is cos she has got the clock LOL) The 'numbers' tell her what she should be doing ie. Eating, getting up, going to bed and crafting, but as my son pointed out, most of them say 'crafting' Allsorts of paints, embossing powders and goodness know what else were thrown at this
A cuckoo angel........ read into that what you like!!
Slide mailer (front)
I love using metal in my work, here it is freestyle embossed and backed with a calendar from an old Pears Cyclopedia
Slide mailer (open)
made for a hosted swap, the 'person' is an inkblot image with added elements, the words are from a song written by my boss. The Rabbit is 'late late for a very important date'
whatever will you find. I love working with metal, as a child I used to fiddle with some pewter that my mum had, she played with loads of different stuff, must be where I get it from. I forgot all about it until I went on a Ten Seconds Studio course. Metal is such great fun, doodle, emboss, use stencils, whatever you fancy. Can be fiddly and takes patience but is very relaxing.