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Topic: Magical Marsh Nymph *with Kokeshi doll dragonflies*  (Read 15057 times)
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« on: May 02, 2006 01:19:19 PM »

Hi everyone! This is my first challenge, and although I am sooooo intimidated by the amazing entries in this challenge so far, I was so excited I stayed up until 5 am working on my art just to get it posted before I went to bed.  So, a couple weeks ago, I was sifting through the decaying works of art in the back of a used furniture shop here in Japan, and I found this:

It was in a frame, but I removed it for the photo, whoops.  Also, terrible image quality...but no worries, because I saved the good photos for the final product:


I repainted the background a bright blue, added pink fabric flowers from kimono fabric, washed the glass and painted a sort of design overlay on top of it, featuring more lilypads and pink flowers. I left empty spaces in the design on the glass to showcase parts of the original artwork.  (That's a little turtle biting the nymph's tale by the way, framed by the big pink flower). For the Kokeshi dragonflies, I cut and folded origami paper into little kimonos, and added tiny painted heads and black hair, backed by green paper wings to match the lilypads. I attached two of the dragonflies to the original art, and the littlest one to the glass itself, because I like the kind of 3Dish foreground/background effect.

Here are a couple more detail shots, of a Kokeshi dragonfly and a kimono fabric flower:


Thanks so much for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006 01:23:05 PM »


i love the whole scene.  it's adorable!

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 01:38:26 PM »

I absolutely love this! The turtle biting it's tail is so adorable, and the background-foreground layering is wonderful! I think this might get my vote.

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006 02:05:56 PM »

That's adorable! And, also one of the weirdest pieces of thrifted art ever!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006 03:54:56 PM »

you certainly have my vote.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006 04:57:47 PM »

I agree this is such a weird piece but you really made it beautiful! Congrats on the creative success!

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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006 05:44:41 PM »

Thanks so much guys, for all the kind words! I'm beaming. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2006 01:24:54 AM »

Wow! What a wonderful transformation! I love the 3-d ness of it and I also love that you really maintained the original piece. It's just beautifully enhanced. Smiley Great job!

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2006 04:02:19 AM »

This is so cute..and a little weird..

I Love It!  Great job!

Everything you added came together really well.

I especially like how you painted on the glass to give it more layers of depth.  And the little dragonfly girls...

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2006 02:35:39 PM »

This is lovely! My first thought was, OH NO, I like the original, its funky. I thought you might have ruined it, but lo and behold you made it a million times better!! That just plain rocks. Grin

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