I've got a bunch of wine bottles that I've collected (go figure since I don't even drink!) that I've been trying to figure out what to do with! And now I know, thanks to Mark Montano!
May is a time for flowers and green grass, outdoor playtime and warm temps. But it also threatens cold and rainy weather, like at today's Apple Blossom Festival in Harvard, MA. And unfortunately today was a cold, rainy and not very busy day. As we set up this morning, we had high hopes of it turning itself around (sort of like it did yesterday) so we could enjoy peeks of sunshine here and there. But no luck. It got colder as the day wore on (at least it seemed to) and by mid-noon time, my art items were starting to get drizzled on. So we pulled the plug and headed home.
Stuff like this happens... you can't win them all. And it's not the end of the world. Because as I walked around the rest of the festival, there were vendors sitting lonely without anyone in their booths as well. And once the band stops playing, then you know it's time to get off the ship!
C'est la vie... we're all packed up and will be ready for the next show! But I do think my booth looked darn cute!
It's that time of year again! I'll be setting up my art-filled booth at this years Harvard Apple Blossom Festival on Saturday, May 7th from 10-3.
Last year was my first time and it was a lot of fun, with all the different food vendors, family activities, crafters and tons and tons of Mother's Day gift ideas.
Here's what my booth looked like last year! This year I have more items and fun pieces that your mom will adore for Mother's Day. So stop by and check it out! Would love to see you!
This past week I began working on creating articulated art paper dolls using run-of-the-mill playing cards that I found at my local Dollar Tree. I had so much fun creating these little cuties that I wanted to share my process so you could make some of your own! These would be so cute to send to a relative or friend as a pick-me-up or birthday greeting. You could even attach a magnet to the back and hang her on your fridge for some art inspiration while you cook!
Here’s what you will need:
Playing cards (Check out the dollar store for a cheap package!)
Faber-Castell Gelatos® (your choice of colors)
Essential PITT Artist Pens (Black)
140# Watercolor Paper
Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (Neutral)
Texture Gems™ - Ice
Acrylic Craft Paints (Black and White)
Brass brads (I used Recollections brand that I found on Amazon)
Stencils (I used the Faber-Castell 201 Collection)
Gesso up both sides of your card. I like to heat dry mine because it adds a little “crackled” texture to it as it dries.
Using your choice of Faber-Castell Gelatos®, smear on the color and then blend with water. I used the following colors: Gelatos® Passion Fruit, Gelatos® Cherry, Gelatos® Watermelon, Gelatos® Lavender
Once dry, I added more layers using rubber stamps and Gelatos® Limoncello mixed with Whipped Spackle. I mixed up a chunk of the Gelatos® Limoncello with a bit of Whipped Spackle on my craft mat to make a spreadable-frosting texture (see below) and then using my palette knife, spread it over my chosen arrow stencil.
I love this step. Turning the Whipped Spackle into a fabulous color that’s the texture of frosting is fabulous! Just don’t eat it!! I also used black and white acrylic craft paint to make marks and add texture using a craft paint brush. Lots of layers make for lots of interest!
While your Whipped Spackle “frosting” is drying, start doodling some faces, legs, arms and little extra bits onto watercolor paper using your black PITT pen.
I used 140# paper because it has a nice thickness/weight and if I want to layer stuff on top of it, it doesn’t buckle.
When beginning my doodles, I always first start with pencil so I can erase anything that might not look that great. I wanted to think creatively with my doodles and just doodle the first thing that came to mind. So I started with the girls faces and went from there. Since I love flowers and birds, it seemed only natural to me to doodle some of those as well. Any of the bits and pieces that I don’t end up using on this project will go into my scrap box for another project. Never throw anything out!
Start coloring in your doodles! I used my Gelatos® in various colors for the hair, cheeks, hearts, arms and little extra bits. For the skin tone, I went right to my Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (Neutral) and built color up in layers. Once the skin tone was where I wanted it, I let it dry before adding on a smear to each cheek of Gelatos® Strawberry.
I love the vibrancy of the Gelatos® as well as the creamy texture when putting them onto the page. They’re super easy to mix and shade too. After I finished coloring in my doodles, I added some black highlights (veins on leaves, etc.) I also went over a few spots that I wanted to darken up a bit, such as the eye lashes.
Another favorite tool of mine is the Faber-Castell Texture Gems™ in “Ice”. I added some little dew dots to the leaves, polka dots to the bows and texture to the center of the flower and the bird wing. It dries clear and gives a water droplet effect, which is totally cool!
Add your brass brads. I used some small ones after poking a hole in my papers using my craft knife. Be careful to do it on a self-healing mat or a stack of newspaper so you don’t cut your fingers!
Finish up your card girl by adding little embellishments here and there. I found some butterfly wings online (Pinterest) and printed them out, cut them in half and glued them to her back.
Glitter is also a fun little addition to put on your card girl and it adds a little pizzazz! A little glitter in the hair never hurt!
Be creative. Be funky. Be completely unrealistic with your choices! And your articulated playing card doll will have a personality of her own, thanks to you!
I created another articulated altered playing card art doll that’s a bit different.
Honestly, I sort of got addicted to making these little cuties and now my 7 year old daughter is starting to make her own!
I hope you enjoyed learning about how to make an ordinary playing card into a fun articulated doll. You can make a bunch of these and use them as little greetings or gifts for teachers, neighbors. They’re cute to hang up on your inspiration board too!
I can't stop obsessing over Prince's death. It's just so sad. I practically fell off the playground bench when the news came over my phone. It's unimaginable. The most ridiculously talented guy who has been about my favorite artist since I can't even remember. And my 79-year old father... is devastated. Prince was one of his absolute favorites.
While in the car on the way home from the playground, my kids asked if we could listen to him. (Note: I've got the coolest kids ever) so we put on his "The Very Best of Prince" album and sang along to every song in sadness.
Have you seen this video of his? It put a smile on my face to see the playful side of him and just how fun he could be.
And the GREATEST Superbowl halftime show of all time: