Eat Your Veggies
I felt a bit ambitious taking on the task of sculpting an artichoke head in cloth. She's 99% cotton batting, with Paperclay facial features and lots of paint. Click HERE if you wanna see more of her. I've been having fun experimenting with the sculptural possibilities of painted cotton batting. It's quite forgiving, and surprisingly easy to work with. I think I'll tackle a pineapple next! Not this week though. This week I'm preoccupied with Snow White and her 7 little friends.
Through the Looking Glass
Where would Alice be
without her colorful compainions?
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb
(or is that Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee?)
The White Rabbit, forever running late
And of course, the Great Decapitator herself,
The Queen of Hearts.
(I've made a fair number of Heartly Queens
over the years as well, but that's for another post.)
Who acts as your muse?
We're in a Book!
And here's our Frida Kahlo doll that was included.
We're on page 101, which is cool cuz we live just off Highway 101. It's a nice picture too, but I'm afraid of violating some sort of copyrite laws by showing it.
Birds on the Brain
For more pictures of her you can click here.
Remember that conjoined pair from last week?
Well I liked them so much I had to make a lino block out of them. Haven't done one of those since I was a kid (which was longer ago than it feels). I actually made three blocks, one for the conjoined cuteness, and one for each arm.
I printed it on fabric and made a little softie. Aren't they sweet? I think they need something to hold though. That'll be a project for next week.
I had so much fun playing with the carving tools,
that I made another one too--
A bird (of course) with a button-jointed wing.
How have you stepped outta the box lately?
And now for something completely different. . .
Bunnies Bunnies Bunnies!
Easter always makes me think of white patent leather shoes, and that horrible plastic Easter basket grass, and those plastic eggs that break in half to reveal half-melted jelly beans, and the smell of vinegar in mugs full of Paas egg dye.
Even though my kids are getting big now (12 & 15) they still insist upon the yearly Easter egg hunt. And of course, I put Easter baskets together every year; although I must admit the baskets have gotten smaller and smaller over the years. (How many black jelly beans must I find tucked in odd corners and half-eaten chocolate bunnies toss out before I get the hint?)
Cheater Quilt Step-by-Step
Next I painted everything with its base color.
After painting I lightly sand everything and stain with a dark umber. After that dries, I sand again, giving this nice textural quality to everything. After painting in some details and shading, I add all the stitching and buttons and whatnot to liven up the piece.
Wolfie and Red go through the same sanding, staining, and sanding process. Then I paint their wee little features on.
Now you make one!