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« on: August 04, 2006 03:48:23 PM »

The Mona Lisa...
Ahh, that woman with the enigmatic smile that inspired the world.  Well, she, along with this competition, inpsired me too!  My business is custom paintings for others, and I like to paint exactly what they want, so I thought I would see if I could follow along in the TEENSY shadow of the master.

Here we go:

Materials I used:
-4 wooden clothespins, cut apart with a tiny saw, mitered the corners, sanded it all and made my frame.
-Canvas.  Fabric or paper would have been easier, but I didn't want to cheat
-Staple gun.  Very hard to do...don't staple your fingers!
-Some teensy nails...again, authentic, but HARD to use..I split a few pieces of wood before I got them to hold the frame together.  (I used the thumbtack to 'drill'/pierce holes in the wood first!)
-And, paint, of course with some itty bitty brushes, and even a toothpick to paint with!
-The frame is made from polymer clay, baked and painted gold.

My basic materials:


Frame assembled:


First sketch of the lady:


My inspiration:


TA-DA!  Unfortunatley, my camera doesn't quite capture her...but you get the idea!  She is darker in color, and not 'pixelated' like the canvas looks.  Bad camera, BAD!  Tongue


AND, finished with her ruler for proof!  She is JUST under the 2" size!


BUT, she needed some bling (every girl does) so I researched what her frame looks like online...hard to do, cause she is behind glass.  I made the frame from baked and painted polymer clay (my 1st clay project!)


OH NO!!!! 

Someone else is trying to take credit for her!!!!! 
Back off Strawberry! 
Original Youth painted this one! 




Well ladies, that is our diva, the Mona Lisa!  I saw her in 1999 at the Louvre, and I hope she is as delightful to you in mini as she is in person!  OF course, my inspiration is from the original artist, Leonardo da Vinci.  I hope this is self-explanatory.


Hooray for my first Craftster competition!  It is also my first MINI painting! 

P.S.  IF you look VERY closely, I am almost POSITIVE she is wearing Rostitchery's infinity dress!  Look at the sleeves and the way her sashes are tied...looks familiar, right?  Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006 03:56:15 PM »

Very well done!  I love how you used the clothespins for stretcher bars...so ingenious!  And the painting came out great!
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006 03:59:21 PM »

Screams!!!!!!  AAAAhhhh!  No way...that's too cool!

Great job!!!  I can't even imagine you ever parting with it...but if you do...you know who wants it!!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006 04:56:49 PM »

The Mona Lisa...

P.S.  IF you look VERY closely, I am almost POSITIVE she is wearing Rostitchery's infinity dress!  Look at the sleeves and the way her sashes are tied...looks familiar, right?  Tongue

Sarah Z


Oh! Hahahahahahahahahahaha! That dress is EVERYWHERE!
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006 05:01:19 PM »

wow! great job!
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2006 05:14:19 PM »

It must've taken quite a lot of patience to get that frame right! I'm impressed
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006 05:54:26 PM »

Why does Strawberry Shortcake try to take credit for everything? It's bad enough we all smell boring and she smell so berry sweet!

BTW amazing teeny mona lisa! I wish we could all put our teensy stuff together.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006 05:58:19 PM »

Stretching your own mini canvas was a stroke of genius.  hats off to you.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2006 09:30:17 PM »

Why does Strawberry Shortcake try to take credit for everything? It's bad enough we all smell boring and she smell so berry sweet!

BTW amazing teeny mona lisa! I wish we could all put our teensy stuff together.

That is funny!  Yeah, she is a little TOO sweet and chipper and perfect all the time...it is a bit suspicious, isn't it? 
I will have to keep my eye on her!

Thanks for the compliment!  It's funny that you posted that while I emailed you saying how funny it would be to put EVERYONE's minis in a little scene: 
A doctor's office....little chairs all around (with gnomes and fairies in them, it seems), the little table with the maze on it in the kid's corner, the mona lisa on the wall... the table with a fish tank on it!!!  A book rack with the little abc book, journal, art book, garden book, etc...and a hatrack with the 2 tiny hats! 
PRECIOUS! 

I guess it would have to be a vet's office though, since we have kittens and caterpillars and beaded spiders running around too!
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2006 09:32:32 PM »

That would be great!!!  We could get Kappy to build us a whole vet's office!!  Haahahhahaha!
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