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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Birds & The Bees Shadow Box Collage on: March 14, 2016 01:00:38 PM
I've had a block for a while and this is the first thing I've made in months.  Whew.



It's a wooden cigar box, painted haphazardly with green acrylic and then the inside was covered with various ephemera, commercially produced papers, etc. 



I also made a bee hive texture with gel medium and spray inks, then covered areas of the collage with gold metallic and clear encaustic wax.  Some metal embellishments, moss, sticks from my hydrangea, tiny beads, and hopefully the result is an interesting piece with natural elements.

I left the paint pretty rough with some areas of the box coming through.



Upside down.  Oops.


Nestled in with some of my other stuff.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Found Sculptures: Portable Protection Shrine & A New Friend on: October 26, 2015 12:47:53 PM
I recently took a Found Sculpture class and *loved* it.  These are two of the projects we completed.  The first was a wearable found sculpture.  I started with a sardine tin and used broken jewelry pieces, an iron spike, wire, bottle caps, and part of a steamer basket to create a protection shrine that can be worn as a necklace or on a belt.  It's inspired by a sci-fi book (A Canticle for Leibowitz) which is about a futuristic religious order that makes relics out of everyday items from contemporary culture.



The steamer basket "shield" lifts up to reveal a golden cross and the Latin word for "safe" or "protected."


The second project is a face.  We made faces to construct a family "photo" at the end of the class.  I made the family pet.  The steamer basket segments appear again, this time riveted to some kind of metal flower holder?  A wooden checker, watch face, finger cymbal, and more jewelry finish up the features of the face.

HALLO I AM FRIEND


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gothic Tombstones on: October 26, 2015 12:39:38 PM
I made a set of tombstones for Halloween!  These are prefab tombstone blanks (paper? cardboard?) from JoAnn that I painted and embellished with a variety of findings.  Several of the ornamental pieces are paper clay molds.







4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Curious Cabinet of Curiosities on: October 11, 2015 10:53:35 AM
My version of an Apothecary Cabinet done with miniature bits and bobs.  Many of the paper goods, bottles, and labels came from Alpha Stamps.  The cabinet itself is part of a Melissa & Doug toy that I picked up at a thrift shop.  It was originally bright green with stars and hearts all over.  The jar of eyeballs is paper clay balls in yellow-ish resin.



5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of the Waters Shrine, Frida Shrine, Octopus Treasures Box on: August 17, 2015 06:57:02 AM
Instead of making three different posts I'm putting all of these together.  This is what I've been working on lately.

Our Lady of the Waters Shrine (thrift store cigar box, old spoon, findings, paper clay)



Face detail


Top detail


Message in a bottle


Octopus Treasures Box
Small wooden box, painted black all over.  Embellished with metal bits and paper clay octopus.
(I didn't show the inside; it's boring)



Frida Shrine
Frida is my #1 inspiration for art and life.  I just saw some of her pieces at a special exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts; my first time seeing her actual work in person.



6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Our Lady of Galaxies Shrine on: April 30, 2015 04:51:15 PM
I've started a making little art dolls and some of them are going into shrines.  This is Our Lady of Galaxies.  She goes Above and Beyond.






The shrine is a painted tray from the local thrift store covered with sparkly paper and (obligatory) glitter glue.  Above and Beyond embellishment is a little lapel pin I got in a $1 bag of random junk from a local shop.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Chalkboard Potluck Food Tags on: March 05, 2015 06:14:49 AM
Long time no craft.

This is what I've been doing lately.  These are prefab chalkboard clothespin thingies.  I arted on them with chalk markers and gel pens.





I have a lot of potlucks and know a lot of people with various allergies or dietary restrictions.  So this is an easy way to say "this is safe to eat" without having to hover over the food table.

I have more sets planned but I need to study up on some different lettering styles first. 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Heart in Hand Shrine on: July 26, 2014 04:43:41 PM
This is a jewelry box covered in wordy washi tape and mounted to a resin frame I found at Michael's.  Inside is a porcelain doll arm, mini spool, bakers twine, buttons, and dresden trim.


9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ape Vigoda or Turning In-Jokes into Hoopla on: June 07, 2014 07:46:16 PM
I have to explain.

My wife and I host this yard games event called Big Fun ('cause we're Fats) a couple of times each month.  One of the things we bring is Trac Ball, and the last time we met up we were goofing off with the Trac Ball Rackets at the end of the evening.  My pal Shane happened to get a shot of this happening and posted it on Facebook.  No one could figure out who the person was in the photo, and my wife and I kept trying to figure out who was there that we didn't know.


From left to right: Me, AV, Wife (photo credit or blame to Shane)

We finally realized it is our friend A, just from a really weird angle and with a Trac Ball Racket over her face.  We cracked up about it and shared it with A, who had also hilariously not been able to recognize herself and had been wondering who the "weird ape lookin' guy" was in the picture.  So we made up a whole backstory for this non-existent guy who is something of a creep and who is named Ape Vigoda.

So of course I had to stitch it.  If you people are still reading this, you are awesome.

I put the photo into Paint.NET and followed some really long instructions online to turn it into a coloring book image, then traced with a Sulky iron-on pen and transferred to fabric.  Stitched it up with black and olive green, the covered the back with a deeper green to hide my messy stiching.   Grin

Ta da!  Ape Vigoda, Con Creeper and Yard Game Meetup Crasher



10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Current Events Hoop: #YesAllWomen on: June 04, 2014 07:41:08 AM
My first attempt at satin stitch lettering.  A bit messy but I like it.

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