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Topic: Forest floor mini hanging shrine-- vintage girl, acorns, and trees!  (Read 1185 times)
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« on: December 06, 2008 04:02:33 PM »

So this is my new deal. Wanted to try something new but didn't want to buy anything new since money is tight. I recently gutted a few old books from the 60's and wanted to use the pages for something fun. Anyway, I call this one The Gloaming of the Forest Floor. The little lady is supposed to be a dryad or a little woodsy person with roots for feet. I know they look like tentacles  Cheesy. I wish I had a camera that could pick up all the details.

I built the box out of a small piece of wood for the back and watercolor paper for the sides since I would be adding lots of paint and glue I didn't want it to ripple or warp. The box is 5.5in x 3.75in and .75in deep. I then built up the insides with ripped book pages. I added acrylic paint in many layers and then pasted on pressed leaves from my backyard (dandelion, silver maple, clover). Then I added all the dimensional parts like the moss and the trees. The tree leaves are leaves from black fake flowers. I cut and shaped a few of them. The little lady is a vintage photo I printed out and pasted on card stock. I then used thin acrylic paint to color her.

Any question/comment/crits are more than welcome. Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008 04:11:53 PM »

This is really quite creative and very detailed. Awesome job on reusing the pages for your art work.

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008 07:44:07 PM »

I love these kinds of things. It looks great. I've found some small canvases probably on some sort of board at the dollar stores. Usually about 4x6" 2 or 3/$1. They might work for you too.
Thanks for the details too. I get annoyed when someone posts only a picture and no information.

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 07:53:17 PM »

Maybe if you added small leaves, flowers, or branches in the lady's hair, it might make her look more woodsy and less sea-witchy. But I think it looks wonderful, even if she looks part octopus.

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2008 11:21:37 PM »

Fun stuff. I like it a lot and really, it doesn't seem all too tentacle like.

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