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Topic: Under the Sea ATB  (Read 1372 times)
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« on: January 24, 2014 11:53:58 AM »

If you haven't been eyeing the awesome ATB's being posted in the ATB Swap gallery, go there now! Some amazing work is being shared and there is more to come!

I hadn't heard of Artist Trading Blocks, which lead me to research them, then make a trial block to figure these things out. Well, along comes Wulf and mentions blocks not doing anything at all...so THAT got me wondering if I could make a block to play with. Hmmm.Lucky for me, I was partnered with the magnificent cackle who has a very inspiring Pinterest.

The front of the block began with a tissue paper background that I painted with acrylics, pastels, and ink. There's an articulated mermaid, seed beads, glitter, shells, ric-rac, meshy plastic-y net thing from my oranges, wool...



Cackle took a hilarious action shot!



The top is paper, a sponge, more shells, yadda yadda.



One of the sides is decorated with papers, ink, etc., etc., and a shell with a message in a bottle.


The back is a sputnik urchin:


You open the urchin flap to reveal an undersea scene:



and a Water Baby!



The final side has the frightened mermaid trying to escape from something tentacled:



Push the anchor up and OH GEEZ! it's a giant squid!



And because the flap wouldn't stay shut, I added a key to hold it in place.



Whew!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014 12:04:34 PM »

This is just fantastic! So many beautiful details, and lots of interactive fun. Wow, pottermouth, every time I see your work I think, "She really outdid herself this time!"
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014 12:53:05 PM »

O....M.....Geeee!  I keep trying to think of something witty and clever to say but my words would not be able to express the wonder I am feeling at the mo...I keep wanting to touch the computer monitor (and I don't have "THAT" kind of computer) to make all the things move.  What a marvelous thing Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014 01:59:57 PM »

Mine!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2014 05:05:02 AM »

This is oh-so-cool! I 'specially like the sandy base and how you used the key. Ingenious!
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014 05:16:41 AM »

This is absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2014 06:43:37 AM »

This is beautiful! I am blown away!
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2014 12:45:02 PM »

Stunning.  Abso-freakin'-loutely Stunning, with a capital S.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2014 07:56:12 AM »

I love this soooooooo much! I think it's absolutely brilliant Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2014 01:13:03 PM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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