Our church did a Trunk or Treat this year so my trusty Matrix received a make over to DAY OF THE DEAD!
I constructed the hat out of posterboard, an old pair of black pants (I couldn't find enough plain black fabric in my stash), and red pom pom trim. The mask was downloaded from the internet and hand colored (I grew short on time!). The rest of the outfit was straight from my closet.
I painted up some birdhouse gourds to keep me company and cut tissue paper garland for a festive look. I ran the lights from a Diehard battery charger. The candy bowls are missing in this pic, but were cut from the gourds and painted with shellac. I included a pic...we ate ALL the candy!
With a trip to the rainy Pacific Northwest looming, I wanted to make some quick items.
First was a wallet. I love these simple little wallets, but the one I have is falling apart and made of cotton, which would never dry if it got wet. So I made several of these for my sweetie and me.
Then I made gadget bags to protect my gadgets. One is for my phone and the other is for my book reader. All from left over ripstop and nylon camping fabric. Hence the green and brown. I made a bunch of camping bags several years ago.
I've always been a fan of Frida Kahlo, her life and paintings. What an amazing woman. So here's a Frida dotee from one of her paintings. It is hard to see, but there is a monkey on one shoulder, a cat on another and moths in her hair.
I bought this Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie jelly roll from Craftsy to make a baby quilt for my niece's baby. They don't know if it is a boy or a girl, but I figured bright colors always work. These days, all colors work, but I feel that too much pink could make a new boy's daddy nervous.
Now what? I love the fabric and those birds are just too much. I've added the red dot as the backing and another color. I may pull the brighter green or the brown, not sure yet.
So just basic three stripe blocks to showcase the birds and the patterns, or something more intricate. It's busy, so I don't want to get too fancy (and my quilting skills are at the very basic level. I may just look at this and enjoy the colors for a while!
I finished the ODU bag for my DIL. It's made out of her husbands old uniforms and I wanted to keep as much of the Coast Guard identity as possible. The fabric is very tough and when you have several layers, it gets tricky, even with the proper needle and my new Pfaff! The lining is batik, with pockets inside too.
My DIL and grandson would like bags made out of my son's old coast guard uniforms. He's an officer now and left me with his old ones. Very sturdy navy fabric. The bags sell for quite a bit on Etsy, custom made but still....
Here's the first bag, just a simple string backpack/book bag for my grandson. Took me a bit as I made it up as I went and the fabric is pretty tough to sew through on multi layer areas. These string backpacks are pretty simple, it was figuring out how to use the shirt to the best advantage. But it was a good way to get used to the fabric and the issues I may run into making the bigger bag for my DIL.
And the original shirt complete with sweat stains.
A friend of mine recently realized her dream of her own art studio, well almost her own, she has a co-artist sharing the space. But she also shares the space for anyone who will drop in and play. Bring your own project, or use the paints, pencils, pastels, markers, paper, scraps of paper, etc. to create.
To me art is play, the best kind of play: Creative, inspired, fun, liberating and awesome. Play should refresh you, relax you and open you up to the world. Yes, this is play.
I came rather unprepared after a long day at work to one of her impromptu studio evenings. A piece of heavy paper, glue, water and scraps of painted paper and i was on my way to the first layer of a collage/mixed media piece. What fun to have different papers to work with and no project in mind.
The finished work is now dry and laying there looking pretty wonderful. And I am planing the next step.
So I'd love to hear your thoughts on art and play and wonder and all that good stuff.