It is almost Wednesday again and I am NOT missing the desk snooping again this week! I have been doing many artsy things..trying to catch up after falling behind on all my artsy things list...but I have not been blogging them. BAD SHEL..BAD! So I have a cute project to show you today as you all peruse the world seeing what everyone has on their desks. Don't know what I am talking about? Click HERE to check out the blog hop :)
So... it all started in a google hangout with my friends and fellow Kraaft Shaak Design Team compatriots. (speaking of the Kraaft Shaak Design Team...shameless plug here...Don't forget to stop by my blog this Saturday the 18th of April and check my first ever DT post!) Anyway..we were discussing how to price our art..This led to Sylvia saying she is very proud to have a 'Heather' and a 'Shel' in her home. She meant our art. However, this led to giggling about her having tiny Heathers and Shels sitting on her mantle And that led to me thinking about this cute project that Monica D was showing in Creating and Sharing Mixed Media. She called them Art Blocks, but to me they seemed like wooden Artist Trading Cards which are 2 /12" X 3 1/2" inch works of art for swapping. However, Monica made them into these ADORABLE little people. So I said..we (the Design Team) need to create these of all of us so we can have someone to talk to on those middle of the night studio sessions. If you are still following me...that is what lead to this! A Little me...
It also led to this. Me setting aside the painting I was working on to make a little me AND a mess :)
So, to start with I printed a photo of myself... SELFIE... and attached it to a round wood finding that is 2" X 2" using matte gel medium. Once it was dry, I sanded the edge smooth with a sanding block and set it aside.
Next the body. I used a wooden finding measuring 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" with small holes drilled in the top corners. (found at Michael's craft store) I decorated it in my favorite painting style...intuitive mixed media..my 'core' if you will... at the moment. I started with some favorite colors of acrylic paints and painted them in color blocks on both sides of the wooden block.
Then I used a stencil from Crafter's Workshop and a cosmetic sponge to make some designs on both sides. Once that was dry I used my Archival ink pad to do some stamping over the painted wood.
Then I sketched one of my most favorite images...the tree. I added a hanging heart as well. Then I used a wash of purple and white acrylic to paint the negative space making the image come forward. Finally I finished my body painting (you know what I mean) using my favorite white and black Posca paint pens.
Now for the legs/feet. I used 1/2" wooden beads and painted them with black gesso. Then I painted some white stripes..not very well..by having the beads the ends of paintbrushes and 'twirling' them while holding a brush dipped in white up close. After I glued these on to my wooden body, I realised they were not stable enough. So I found some chip board circles in a drawer and painted them black and glued those to the bottom of the 'leg beads'.
To finish up my little me...I glued the pieces together using E6000 glue. Then I made some arms using some plastic pony beads on wire with a square wood bead at the end for hands. I glued a tiny clothes pen to one hand so she could hold something. Then I added some fibers for hair and a crown made of paper, sequins and beads (because I'm a Princess of course :)
I hope you enjoyed my Little Me project. Leave me a comment :)