Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Me and WOYWW #306

Hello All :)

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 :)
<3 Shel


61 comments:

  1. Now that's a good one. Someone to talk to, really yourself. Lol. Looks like a lot of fun. C

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    1. Thanks :) You know I frequently talk to myself! But why are you still up is the real question.

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  2. glad your creative block is over and I love these Me-projects! Helen 5

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    1. Thank you so much Helen :) I will be stopping by to see your's soon!

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  3. love your mini me its cute!
    have a good week, Happy WOYWW
    Thanks for sharing
    Mrs C.x #2 this week :)
    http://craftroomdiary.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/woyww-march-14th-2015.html

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    1. Thanks Mrs C for coming by and checking out my mess :)

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  4. What a fab idea - I love the mini-you and I especially love the pattern on the body - the heart hanging on the tree is adorable.
    Hope you have a great week,
    Diana #28

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    1. Thanks Diana :) Hearts are a favorite of mine...they have such meaning to most of us.

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  5. Wow, Shel, you knocked this one out of the ball park! !! Mini-me is adorable and I must say you captured the essence of Shel... beautiful, colorful, whimsical, effervescent. ..

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    1. Thank you so much Sylvia :) Silly Shel has come out of the box..lol

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  6. Super. Love the process and mini me.

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    1. Thanks Peg :) You should make one too..I think Heather is making it required for all future DT members lol

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  7. Oh my! Thus is to cool for words! I live it everyone needs a mini !

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    1. Thank you :) Since I do talk to myself a lot..at least now I have a self to talk to lol

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  8. OH MY HECK! This made me smile so big! I believe this should be mandatory for all Design Team members and I think they should all send ME ONE!!! LOL
    I love this Shel - you are AWESOME!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Heather :) Yes, I agree...I need one of all the other DT team so I have someone to talk to in my studio!

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  9. Laughing uproariously here, Shel - this is just marvellous, and I can hardly wait to make one for myself!!!

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    1. Thanks Win :) I am glad I made you smile! I imagine yours will be very colorful..perhaps a color pig! LOL

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    2. Me too- I want to make me also- and a color piggie at that! heehee

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  10. This is just fabulous. I just love your mini-you!
    ~rose #43

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  11. She is so cute. I have never made anything like this and now I want to! You just put another thing on my artsy to-do list! I love the bright colors and the clothes pin to hold something. All the great details and how you made it sound "oh so easy" to put together. Since it's easy I think you need to make four MORE! So we can each have one - cause for the "girls to get together," we all need one right?

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    1. Thank you Dana :) It was pretty easy actually...and I know you will be making one soon! Yes, I do think everyone on the KSDT needs one of everyone else LOL

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  12. Oh my, your mini Shel is utterly adorable!

    Happy creating and happy woyww,

    Sandy #47

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  13. Very cute Shel. she will be able to sit on your desk and watch you craft she may even be able to offer help when needed. I love the colours on the painting on your desk too. Hoping you have a great crafty week. Happy woyww, Angela x 36 x

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    1. Thanks Angela :) When I do finish the painting I will share it..maybe next WOYWW :)

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  14. What a great little project! Love it! Thanks for showing what you did.
    I also like the canvas that is standing on your desk. Beautiful colors.
    Have a great week,
    Lisca#45

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    1. Thanks Lisca :) The colors I was going with for that canvas are from the color challenge on Kraafter's Kommunity this month. Hopefully I will get it done.

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  15. A super fun mini you, thanks for the inspiration... You'll soon find yourself making different "clothes" to swap on her :) happy woyww!
    Kristiina #15

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    1. Thanks Kristina :) Yes, I could see me making little clothes for her LOL

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  16. OOOOOOOOH.... I live this idea and ... ❤ what you did with it! I am sooo going to make bunch of these of people I love.... I ❤ YOU SHEL!! (can you hear me from Canada?😆)😁

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    1. :) Thanks Lynne! Yes, I do here you all the way here in Arizona :) I want to see your version when you make them!

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  17. You look marvelous. Love your space today.

    Happy WOYWW Thanks for sharing.
    Pat #64

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    1. Thanks Pat :) You look Mahhhhvelous too!

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  18. brilliant colourful & fun projects this week - thanks for sharing ! And thanks for visiting earlier Ali #18

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  19. busy looking desk and I love the wood block you! I have my SIL trained to save all his bits and pieces of wood for me cause I love making things with them. Might try to do something like this. Thanks for stopping by my desk and leaving a sweet comment. Vickie #8

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    1. Thanks for coming by Vickie :) Lucky you to have a wood donation person! I had to buy these at Michaels..lol

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  20. Such a cute project! Have a great time with your first reveal : D. Singing definitely helps with chores like washing. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier, #20

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    1. Thanks :) Yes, I was dancing around and singing last evening while vacuuming lol. I just never thought to do it while cleaning stamps!

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  21. OMGosh!! This is absolutely,totally adorable Shel!!
    Fabulous mini you and I can't stop giggling!!! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Jackie :) I think you should make one and share it in the community :)

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  22. Adorable! You always come up with new ideas! Great picture of you! I love your hair and your 'Princess' crown, of course. What a FUN painting on your flat, wooden body, too. Your little clothes pin could hold a little inspirational word or saying that you change out whenever you want a change. :)

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  23. How fun is this! We should all create our own!!

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    1. Yes Yukari! Let's make a whole tribe of art people to take over the world! :)

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    1. Thank you Roz :) A very fun project to do :)

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  25. OMG that is just too much fun love IT!!!

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  26. That is a super cute project!!!
    Puerto Galera is here in the Philippines and to get there, we had a drive for around 3 hours to Batangas and then we took an hour long boat ride. I think the Philippines is amazing for beaches!
    Thank you for visiting me.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@13

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    1. Oh I would love to visit the Philippines! Your photos looked just scruptious!

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  27. Oh, your "Little Me" is too cute! I think that's a great idea! When I run out of ideas and projects I wouldn't mind making one them too :)

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    1. Thank you Rosa :) Please make one and share it! :)

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  28. Hi Shel,

    Love the mini me -- oh I mean you. tee hee. Thanks for the directions too. I might have to give it a go. Also, love the painting so far. Great fun.

    Thank you for visiting me earlier. I'm slowly making the rounds.
    Happy Belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (4)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kay :) I hope you do make a little you...and show it off on your desk for us all to admire!

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  29. The little me is awesome Shel! I love them. I just saw Heather's and now came here to see your's, LOL, what a fantastic idea! They are really cool Shel.
    Big Hugs!!
    Reeah.

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    1. Thanks Reeah :) I thought it was the prefect answer to all of us being together even when we live apart..lol

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    1. It was so fun :) Make one and share..would love to see it!

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