Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. ET?

I meant for this wire armature, papier-mache figure (3 posts below) to be an "art doll" with a painted face, hair, body, etc. I guess it still is an "art doll", but my painting efforts failed. Finishing her then brought forth new ideas like sculpted used tea bags, some loose tea from those bags, glass eyes, and a piece of stiffened cheesecloth. My grand-daughter would say she's "freaky"!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Two More Sheets

Wanting to quickly make a homemade paper sheet for St. Patrick's Day, I added a three leaf clover to the top sheet. In the process one leaf laid itself on top of another, but the intention was there. It also has some other random inclusions like lavender buds and a first dandelion of spring. The bottom sheet is a recycled brown bag with some dried grass and ground tea from my tea bag art. Fun stuff!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tea Bag Art

I did this today while my papier mache figure is drying. I allowed the tea stains on the tea bag paper to give me the idea for what to paint. This 3"x5" image reminds me of early spring weeds popping up where I walk each day. The tiny dark specks are actual ground tea. The more reddish colors came from a Tangerine-Orange herbal bag, my new favorite tea!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Something New

I'm trying out some new things. This is an experiment in making an art doll with a wire and papier mache armature. The final step of painting it will either make it or break it. Either way, this is really fun, and I feel like I'm back in grade school!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This Still Works!

I'm filling in here with what I can still do until I get the whole story on my hands. Making paper is creative and fulfilling, and I really enjoy doing it! The tan sheet top left was made from a common grocery store brown bag. The others are from various pieces of junk mail infused with lavender buds, dried rosemary, a few spices, and early blooming weeds collected while walking. The red bits were added in the last few seconds of pulp-making so they would not entirely break up. All of these sheets will become either notecards or backing for some other kind of art (like used teabags)!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunny Days

While I experiment with different "hand-friendly" creative projects to post (most have gone in the trash :() I'm filling in with this kitty shot from today. It's a beautiful sunny day, still cold, but she's very warm inside the window.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Second Smaller Bowl

This is the smaller egg carton papier-mâché bowl (3" x 1-1/2"). I used the same process as with the large bowl below -- Gesso, used tea bags, Mod Podge, and black acrylic paint. Now I'm out of cardboard egg cartons, and there's nothing but styrofoam in my usual store. I must find some cardboards as these primitive-looking bowls have been fun to make!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Just Rocks

These two decorated rocks were the work of my daughter at least 20 years ago. They were heated in the oven, then she used Crayola crayons to decorate them. The colors melted and ran as the crayons touched the hot rocks. Once cooled, they looked like this. They have decorated a shelf in our bathroom for many years. The largest is about the size of an eggplant.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Finally Finished

This is the larger egg carton papier-mâché bowl a couple posts down. It's now laced with Gesso, used tea bags, Mod Podge and acrylic paints. Because someone commented below it looked "ancient", I painted something I hoped would look somewhat primitive. I'm not sure I like it a lot, but, oh well. It was a fun experiment that took some courage to show to all. Lol. I haven't done anything more with the smaller one yet. Please send suggestions, like don't do anything?!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Still Not Really Painting

I did use brushes again today but only to apply the used tea bags as background. I still haven't applied paint. Since we are going to be away over the holiday weekend, actual painting will have to wait until next week. This project has happened with no plan, so I hope I get a good idea by then!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sort Of Painting Each Day

Somehow, I mixed up the order of my blog posts. This post is really the next step in my papier-mâché bowl (pictured drying a couple posts down). Actually, I had enough medium left to make a second small bowl, and they are now rock hard. I don't know how I'll paint them yet, but Gesso had to come first. I applied two layers, then was so tired that I quit for today (feeling my years ;). I'm showing the Gesso drying so you'll know I'm still "painting" something each day!

Painting a Little Each Day

Very little. An acrylic chin on handmade paper. ;)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Not a Cake

This is an upside down papier-mâché bowl resting to dry on a real bowl being used as a form. It started as an empty cardboard egg carton ripped into small pieces soaked in water a few hours. Then the glop was kneaded into a more pulpy mixture with a bit of green food coloring and a few tbsp tacky glue. It may take days to dry and finally be ready for painting. We shall see!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In The Closet

Here is another old and faded piece that hangs in my sewing room closet. It was put together the same way as my Asian girl below. Pieces of fabric were cut and assembled with machine applique. My 6 year old daughter (now 31) had a scene in mind, and this 18"x18" piece came to be. Might this be considered painting with fabric?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Firmly Rooted

At the risk of not everyone feeling the impact of this photo, I post it here anyhow. As many of you have taught me, art is everywhere!