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Friday, 4 April 2014

"Spring is sprung..the Grass is ris...I wonder where the birdies is?"

Today I am sharing some of the "Birdie" art I have been making for Soul Food...and they are all on pieces of wood...I like working on comes already textured lol
 Lesson 22 with Jennifer DeDonato
 I love how the wood grain shows through the paper layers...
the mottoes read
"The First Morning"...."The Time of Waiting"..."The Country Bird Comes to Town",
all chapter headings torn from an old paperback book :D
 Next up is Lesson 25 with Heather Santos.
This one incorporates the lyrics to an old folk song I love
"It's a bright sun a-shining, and the Lark is on the wing..."
 While I added my own words to this cutie Hootie for Lesson 26 with Melanie Underwood...
"When I am in my garden...I don't give two hoots!"
 Actually just realised he is on canvas lol
 Am getting to quite enjoy "whimsical" art, not something I do very often.
 And my latest gift has arrived at his new home...
This is Lenny, a Sea Sprite/beach comber dude that has gone to live with my friend Jeanette
Making surprise pressies really stifles your blogging lol, terrified of forgetting and sharing too soon.
Hope your all enjoying your chosen talent this Spring...yes it is Spring...I have 3 ponds full of frog spawn and tadpoles already :D
Enjoy :D XXX

Friday, 28 March 2014

She's such a doll!!

Last week I gave away a wickedy witch doll of OZ
..and this week "Morag" arrived in her new home in AUS lol
I am really enjoying making dolls at the moment.
 2 of the Soul Food classes involved doll making in differing techniques.
Lesson 19 with Mystele Kirkeeng involved making a folk art doll from clay...
 I added a motto on her back,,,and a fellow student loved her so much she flew to Arizona to make her happy :D
 Lesson 21 with Susana Tavares was making a painted cloth doll, including painting the fabric design for her dress....
 and though lesson 24 with Aimee Wheaton wasn't technically a doll, it involved layers of fabric and fibres, and a beautiful face :D 
(yes Stef...loads of glitter on her dress)

For the sake of balance I better share some masculine items next time :D
Enjoy ::D XXX

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Choosing hat has spoken!

Well what else could I use to draw the name of the lucky winner of a witch from lol
 ...and the winner of my Hues of Oz Give away is....

 (and just so you know...I put a bowl inside the hat to make sure none of the 22 names got lost in the folds)
 So Congratulations soon as I get your details I will post her to you  :D

Thank you for all the lovely comments, and playing along :D
Enjoy :D XXX

Friday, 21 March 2014

Forget- Me- Not.....Aaaahahahahahaha.......

Time to join Oma Linda as she celebrates 75 years of "The Wizard of Oz".
I have really enjoyed making my celebration piece this year, so may I present 
Elphaba...aka The Wicked Witch of the West, a very green Goddess lol
I think I may have been a bard in a past life lol, as I can not pass up the opportunity to add a little ditty to go with this give in memory of the Wickedest Witch of them all I give you....

Forget me? NOT!

My sister's treasures, red and sweet
Sit now upon YOUR stinky feet!
I cackled gladly as you'd fail,
With "Bag of Straw", "Fur Rug" and "Pail".

My Minions screeching as you fled
With nightmares swirling in your head.
I hated you with passions deep.
Stood over you while you did sleep.

You screamed fake sorrow at my cries,
As I melted right before your eyes.
Forget me not my "Pretty" one....
I may be dead.....but never gone!

I followed the basic  body pattern in Fiona McDonald's "Knitted Fairies" book and winged it :D
(I just LOVE creators who encourage imagination in others!)

 and tried to recreate her original costume from THE film :D
She is 15 inches in length (not including hat)
And I am giving her away!!!!
To be in with a chance to win this one of a kind, hand knitted creation (lol...sounds soooo professional)
all you need to do is leave "I'll get you my pretty!" in the comments section.

(I should also say she would not be suitable for very small children as she has a dowel spine, felt features and stringy bits)

Hope you will have time to pop over and cheer Oma on ...and maybe even join in with your favourite colour from the Land of Oz...mine is Green...did you guess lol
And being an impatient mare...I will draw a name and announce the winner on the evening of Monday 24th.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Meanwhile...back in class...

Lesson 17 for Soul Food was by Ayala Arts and included a texturing technique using gel medium and cling wrap.
Had to have another re-purposed a small canvas to produce this vintage look portrait :D

Am finding some of my older canvases a tad in "lacking texture"
 So instead of hoarding, I am re using them to create background base layers for other works...

 The dark background adds depth automatically to anything you paint over it...

 and a thin layer of colour will blend it nicely.

A few highlights before the glaze goes on...

 Gloss gel + clingwrap =...

more depth of colour...

and an old cracked glass effect.

an added bonus was that the cling wrap pulled a few flakes of paint off, revealing the dark base layer, which added even more to the "ageing" of the image.
A real fun technique...thank you Ayala :D
Enjoy XXX

Sunday, 16 March 2014

And the year rushes on....

On the 21st of this month I will be joining Oma Linda as she continues to celebrates the fabulous world that is OZ
I first joined her 2 years ago when I shared my love for the Tin Man...

Last year I wrote an altered reality for Glinda's early years (when she wasn't quite so good)

and this year...I will be celebrating the colour that most brings Oz to my mind...

 For this celebration I will be giving away the item I am making....
(guess who)
I love green...and with the blog party being on the Spring Equinox it would have been rude to focus on any other colour lol
So watch for my post on the 21st for a chance to win this "one off" handmade doll.
Enjoy :D XXX

Thursday, 6 March 2014

It's MARCH!!!!...Already????

Can't believe I forgot to show you the finished doll lol. February is a beautiful but very annoying month....I have regularly "missed" my own Birthday because I don't realise it is March already!
Well here she is...flying amongst the metal poppies (where else would a steampunk faerie flit?)
 Being sensibly minded...all Steampunk Faeries have removable wings...
 and now I am on to another gift. This one will be a "Dark Faerie"....
 But I am also making a very special doll for my Hues of Oz Project...
 I will be giving her away as part of the Back to Oz blog party :D
And as it is my birthday...and I remembered lol....
I bought(with hubbies cash) this awesome old bureau for my books, and to write at...
 AND I won these gorgeous original artworks by Steve Allender the most talented artist I have had the pleasure to not meet. An awesomely witty cartoonist and superb master of Impressionism 
*but I is in love with Lefty*
So all in all I am having a lovely day
Enjoy :D XXX
p.s.......I has frog spawn too...YAY!