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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 'Community' Tree - joint work project on: October 29, 2015 06:10:06 AM
I was asked to arrange some 1-year anniversary celebrations at work since we've been open 1 year next month. One of the things I suggested, and our manager loved, was an art piece that everyone could contribute to. After putting out some feelers to see what people would be happy doing I decided to keep it very basic, so all people have to do is stick their hand in paint and create some handprint leaves...easy! Cheesy

The canvas is 100 x 150cm. I painted the border and included some of the papers, stickers and snippits from work. Then painted the basic tree. Once everyone has added their prints, in one of 5 colours I've chosen, I'll touch up the painting as necessary.

And a few in-progress pics...

Sketching out the tree in paint

Adding some gesso to create some texture

Then painting in more detail again

Corner details

I can't wait to see everyones reaction to this, and to see what it looks like with the handprints when it's up in our company dining room! Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Shrine of Two Sons on: October 16, 2015 03:13:04 PM
When I picked up this wooden picture frame in a charity shop recently I was sure it would lie around gathering dust for a while in my collection of 'must have and do something with some day...' Roll Eyes So, I was surprised to find myself working on this pretty much straight away.

A lick of black paint and lots of layers of paper, and lots and lots of tinkering with bits and bobs...and the shrine was born Smiley

A plainer front to disguise all the fancyness inside Wink I love some of the textures to the paper/paint combo

The back

Loving my autumnal colours at the moment!

Here's how it started off...
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My favourite Autumnal Quote on: October 12, 2015 02:40:11 PM
I love this quote so much, so I wanted to create something to showcase it. Some days at the moment I'm not so mobile with a back problem so I took full advantage of a sofa day and spent many, many hours cutting these letters out of scrapbooking sheets with old labels and other things that I knew I'd never use unless for their lettering. There's always a few papers in every pack that seem too contrived for me Cheesy Lots of playing with arrangements for them, then I inked their edges (and most of my fingers in the process) before I glued them down.

I picked the wooden wheels and stick 'axl's' up from a charity shop recently in a box of craft supplies that someone had donated. Yay! Grin A few other bits n bobs and I was happy.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Life is a Cabaret on: September 15, 2015 05:10:28 AM
Or is it a circus? I know it's one of the two...either way it's meant to be fun! Grin

When I found this silver skull buckle in a shop I know it needed to be the feature in something fun. I'm really pleased with how this came out. A little macarbe, a little pretty, and all fun! Crazy, crazy fun... Cheesy

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / G (and other things...) Altered Mini-Drawer on: June 29, 2015 02:45:40 PM
Someone who comes to my altered book workshops brought me a metal 'G' that she had found in her garden. Her chickens had scratched it up out of the earth...clever chickens! Cheesy

I was determined to create something for myself around it and so this was born from a mini-drawer Smiley

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / The Book of Magical Things on: May 20, 2015 06:23:44 AM
A little book of magical things, or at least things I find a little bit magical Cheesy

This was something of a challenge to myself to see how I could transform some humble brown paper wrapping into a folded book of art. Hopefully I'll get to make some more of these, it was a great challenge to see how much detail I could include without going too crazy. Hopefully it's successfull...it's a fine line! Cheesy

Now to find more paper to fold!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Envelope Travel Journal on: April 28, 2015 03:32:13 AM
I made this using envelopes that have come through my door this month, ready for my travels to Spain. Why buy a book when so much paper is sent to you free? Cheesy

After opening all the envelopes out I set about splashing them with acrylic paint and alcohol inks. The alcohol inks I found were the best way of adding colour to the see-through envelope windows. The cover is some cardboard that was in a ringbinder folder I bought.

Then I stacked them together with the folds in the centre and stitched the spines together.

Then some tinkering with posca pens and I'm ready for my travels!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Community Craft Project on: April 14, 2015 04:02:22 PM
My local community centre in Hoole, Chester, recently won a large fund to renovate the centre and create a cafe for people to use for workshops and all sorts of events. When the University asked them if they could work with them to create some artwork for the new cafe space they agreed and they asked me, as a local artist, to help with the project. How could I resist? Grin

We've still got another week or two to finish it up but I'm so excited with how it's coming along! We've been working on it every Tuesday for 4 hours. The only brief was that it had to capture stories of the local Hoole & Chester area and it had to fit above the fireplace in the cafe.

Here's a current photo...

And how it all started. With a frame! (actually the inspiration started with part of a rabbit hutch I had and a lot of discussion and debate to get to this point Cheesy)

Making and adding the 'branches' for it.

Before covering them with papier mache

Then tearing map pages for the background. We covered them with white tissue to cover some of the map and to add texture.

Before sketching out some of the areas of Chester into oblong areas. Lots of discussion about whethere the areas were going to be accurate to their actual locations or not, and we decided on switching them around.

Hatching plans to rag rug the river

Rag rug river positioning

Glueing down, and starting to wrap 'branches'

Wrapping the stories around the 'branches'

Working on the little details, stories and photos that will bring the piece to life!

Defenition to the outside of the oval areas

Lots of details added to the zoo area

Zoo - top right, Hoole - (local area where the centre is) lower centre & City Centre - within the Roman cardboard walls Cheesy

And up to this week where we've been working on adding more details to the rest of the areas

Grosvenor Gardens (doily area)

And with me, for scale! Cheesy

It's been great to work with the community and the univesity to create this and I know the community centre is going to love having it on their wall in the new cafe!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Rib Cage Pen Pot on: April 01, 2015 07:23:04 AM
I love a good useful body part! Grin I loosely modelled this on a spine and rib cage from a study drawing I'd made. I had to put in an extra 'spine' down the front too to stop the ribs drooping. Nobody wants a droopy rib! Cheesy

I was really pleased with the spidery look it has!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Undead Inspired Trinket Box on: April 01, 2015 04:01:39 AM
Something to go with my new ring holder, a trinket box!

A plain unfinished wood box altered taking in some zombie inspiration, using lots of things I had to hand...blood ink, candle wax and an undead arm... Grin

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