Nika in Wonderland

Found a new art journal blogger! I love sped-up videos of the process. And she actually uses those Heidi Swapp two-part stencils the way they’re supposed to be used.
art journal mixed media tutorial

Embroidery of Meredith Woolnough

Natural forms in open-work embroidery

Natural forms in open-work embroidery

Links, 2015mar28

Exhibition I wish I could go to

Exhibition I wish I could go to

Photography of Pat Swain

Photography of Pat Swain

Marker work of Minjae Lee

Marker work of Minjae Lee

2015 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery

2015 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery

Pochoire insects of E.A. Séguy

Pochoire insects of E.A. Séguy

Fiberglass mold graveyard

Fiberglass mold graveyard

Glass sculpture of Philippa Beveridge

Glass sculpture of Philippa Beveridge

Entire Western town for sale

Entire Western town for sale

 

This Terminator Genisys animated one-sheet freaked me out a little
Massive underground city in Turkey

Massive underground city in Turkey

Oldest wooden statue in the world. Older than the pyramids, y'all.

Oldest wooden statue in the world. Older than the pyramids, y’all.

Lighted fairy dress

Lighted fairy dress

Jenny Schukin

Revenge

Revenge

Mothbrain

Mothbrain

Infernal Conjuration

Infernal Conjuration

Arrival of Spring

Arrival of Spring

 

See more at her deviantArt page, facebook page, and Etsy shop.

Melt Art Suncatcher

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I have all these toilet paper tubes collected, and I was trying to think of something to do with them. I looked around my studio for stuff I maybe don’t use that often. And there it was: my Ranger Melting Pot.

I decided to make a suncatcher, and after a few test runs, I was on my way.

I used the roll as rings to mold the melted plastic. I just cut and straightened them. I had to glue down the occasional flappy bit.

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Next, I wanted to color my UTEE. After several failed experiments, I, uh, looked up how I was supposed to do it. Well then.

You put some UTEE in a cup, add a drop or two of alcohol ink, and mix until the color is distributed. You can’t put alcohol ink directly in to melted UTEE because, hello, flammable!

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I put everything on a silpat, which left neat cross-hatch pattern. I used a chopstick to hold my mold down while pouring.

suncatcher 02

Sorry, no pictures of me pouring. The Melting Pot is a very awkward tool, because it should be difficult to lift molten liquid. But I did get pretty colors.

suncatcher 03

I used scissors to trim any escaped UTEE, and then to trim the mold flush with the plastic.

suncatcher 04

suncatcher 05

Next, the outside of the ring got a coat of paint. I used Distress Paint, mostly because the dauber was handy for this project.

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See the cool pattern?

I used a hot wire knife to carefully poke holes in either end of the piece, and added jump rings.

suncatcher 07

suncatcher 08

Next, a little beadwork. This took the longest, because of course I had to choose tiny, tiny beads. A loop on the top, then just piece to piece, with about an inch in between each.

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For the hanger, I stained a chopstick (I love chopsticks) and whittled down the ends so they would fit these handmade beads from my pottery days.

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I cut a little groove in the chopstick where each string would go. I slid on each string, and added a dab of glue. I needn’t have bothered, because the glue didn’t stick. Didn’t matter, as the strings don’t move much.

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I added some ribbon with a loop tied in the top, and behold, pretty thing!

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I love the imperfect look of this, and especially the pattern from the silpat.

 

Rubis Firenos

Cry for the Moon

Cry for the Moon

Asian Fish O Ka Fee

Asian Fish O Ka Fee

The Winter Fox O Ka Fee

The Winter Fox O Ka Fee

Nature's Links O Ka Fee

Nature’s Links O Ka Fee

Tyto Alba O Ka Fee

Tyto Alba O Ka Fee

Flight

Flight

 

Rubis Firenos on deviantArt.

Merlin Tuttle’s Bats

Don't worry, the frog was fine

Don’t worry, the frog was fine

Amazing bat photos taken by a very patient man.

Via Art of Darkness.

Links, 19mar2015

The tasty installations of Pip and Pop

The tasty installations of Pip and Pop

Zoey's teeny beaded animals

Zoey’s teeny beaded animals

Iconic photos created in miniature

Iconic photos created in miniature

Shout out to my friend, Rhea, who does some lovely papercrafting.

Shout out to my friend, Rhea, who does some lovely papercrafting.

Expression through Abstraction. One of my fave art blogs.

Expression through Abstraction. One of my fave art blogs.

Tiny Bat Home

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Tiny bat makes home inside carnivorous plant. D’awwww!

Charm strings

Charm string from the Wellington County Museum in Ontario

Charm string from the Wellington County Museum in Ontario

In the latter half of the 19th Century, the fad amongst young ladies was to create a “charm string” or “memory string” of 1,000 buttons. There were two schools of thought: the first said that when you collected 1,000 buttons, your Prince Charming would appear. The other said that the Prince himself must string that last button, and if you collect it accidentally, you will be a spinster.

A find at the Costume Museum of Canada

A find at the Costume Museum of Canada

Charm strings were kept in the public rooms of the house, because the buttons were supposed to come from others–friends and family–or by trading. You couldn’t buy a charm string button.

Each button had to be unique, and shank buttons were much preferred.

""Give my button string to Sister, I'll not want it any more. E're the morrow sun is shining I'll be on the Golden Shore."

“”Give my button string to Sister,
I’ll not want it any more.
E’re the morrow sun is shining
I’ll be on the Golden Shore.”

Beginning the string with a large “touch button,” girls collected the most striking buttons they could find. Paperweight, colored glass, embossed metal, and myriad others.

Great Grandma's Charmstring

Great Grandma’s Charmstring

It is rare today to find an intact charm string. As is the way with things that require the continued attention of a teenager, most were not finished. Many have been removed from their strings to be collected or sold separately.

A charming collection begins

A charming collection begins

I already have my Prince Charming, so I consider myself free of the stricture against buying buttons. Here’s the beginning of my own charm string. It is a mix of Victorian and mid-20th Century moonglow, for which I have a weakness. With only 16 buttons, already it has a lovely heft. I’ll let you know if anything interesting happens when it’s finished.

Oh, and feel free to send me pretty buttons. Shank only, please.