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1  Re: 'Community' Tree - joint work project in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: November 21, 2015 11:13:47 AM
It took on a life of it's own, but I guess it was Autumn and leaves were falling Cheesy Everyone had a lot of fun 'printing' it!

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2  'Community' Tree - joint work project in Completed Projects by Phizzychick 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
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3  The Shrine of Two Sons in Completed Projects by Phizzychick 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...
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4  My favourite Autumnal Quote in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phizzychick 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.

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5  Life is a Cabaret in Completed Projects by Phizzychick 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

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6  G (and other things...) Altered Mini-Drawer in Completed Projects by Phizzychick 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

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7  The Book of Magical Things in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Phizzychick 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!
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8  Recycled Envelope Travel Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Phizzychick 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!
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9  Re: Community Craft Project in Completed Projects by Phizzychick on: April 22, 2015 03:33:16 AM
Thank you! We had our last official wokshop this week, but we're squeezing in one next month along with a little party to finish off some bits and celebrate what everyone's work.

We worked on some more areas. Just the signposts to add to 'the cross' now and some other bits n bobs.

Recent additions.

Hands to the clock face (the 2nd most photographed clock in England apparently!) & the calligraphy sin, sin, sin dex sin around the cardboard Roman city walls. Nearly every day in the town centre you see school kids or other groups marching behind a Roman centurion from the museum chanting that on their Roman tour Cheesy The teacher from the calligraphy class came in to see the progress so we accosted him to do the fancy writing for us Grin

'the cross' which will have signposts on next time, and the station with lots of clocks. Can't be late!

This is the area where the community centre is - Hoole - and a drawing Joseph did of the community centre. I created the round boots collage because there is a local cobbler where my much loved boots go to get patched up, and the old street photo.
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10  Community Craft Project in Completed Projects by Phizzychick 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!
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