I found out, from my dear blogging pal, (click—>) Tom, that July is World Watercolour Month. I didn’t know this, so I clicked the link in his blog which told me all about it. The link took me to a fabulous blog called Doodlewash(<—-click) and I thought:- if Tom could do this, (as much as he could) then perhaps I should have a go at this (as much as I could). Now I know I won’t be able to do a watercolour every day, but I will try as hard as possible to do one on as many days as I can.
I painted my first one late on Saturday evening, so July 1st. But … I didn’t get to post it till now, and here in the UK it’s now gone midnight, so I’m already behind in effect as far as my clock is concerned. But I know it’s still the 1st of July somewhere in the world so I’m going to pretend that I got this first one in on time. 😉
Auriculas are one of my most favourite flowers. You can grow them in hundreds of different colours, (I might be slightly exaggerating the amount of colours there) and they’re such adorable, friendly looking little things and I just love them. They’re Primulas, but with personality!
So anyhoo … I thought ‘d take the challenge, but I would take it one step further. I’d paint in ATC/ACEO size. 2.5″ x 3.5″. I’m nothing if not daft. I had Little Cobs with me all day Saturday, and once he’d gone home I thought I’d get into the craft room and paint. There I was, totally worn out, with two pots of water, trying to find my favourite little brushes, and …. let’s not forget …. the wonky eye! …. and I thought this was a great time to try to paint??. Did someone say mad?
A tiny bit of watercolour art sized at two and a half inches wide ….
… by three and a half inches tall.
Painted using Reeves Watercolours – which I’ve had since dirt was invented.
I used 5 different colours: Permanent Green Light; Sap Green; Colbolt Blue Hue; Medium Yellow; Chinese White (Zinc), and painted on 140lb Water Colour Paper.
I love putting my ATC/ACEO’s behind a mount, as the mount can bring everything together, and makes the painting more ‘tidy’ …. so I thought I’d try different colours to see which I liked best …. a Blue mount?…
… hmm.. the blue is quite nice. How about a creamy white ……
…. ah now that looks ‘clean’ and kind of smart. Hmm… what about a Green mount . . .
. . . oooOOOOooo! …. yes, I think I rather like the green frame around it. It kind of has a conversation going on with the leaves, while the flowers just do what they’re supposed to do: look pretty.
What about you? What do you think? Which mount do you prefer? … do tell!
I have to admit that this really was a bit of a challenge, as I couldn’t get any detail into the flowers, but (even with the wonky eye – which is on the mend by the way – thank you for all your good wishes and prayers) … I was kind of happy with what it turned out like. It’s SUCH a long time since I played with watercolours, and I’d forgotten how sweet they are.
Well… here where I am, (in the UK) it’s now half an hour into the new day of Sunday … so Happy Sunday!
May this new day bring you hope to your heart, and love into your life.
Please, whatever you’re doing today, . . . please be the reason someone else smiles today. It will take very little effort from you, and I promise you that it will be so very worth the effort. Make someone smile today.
These ATC’s which I’m about to share, weren’t actually what I was going to post about today, but the painting I was going to share has gone missing. I remember putting it somewhere safe, so that I could take photo’s of it once I’d finished making the card I was working on. Do you think I can remember where the safe place was? Not on your nelly!
So … filling in for the missing bit of art, are two ATC’s/ACEO’s which I painted a little while ago. I have photos, but didn’t realise until I looked at them to pop the photos on this post, how grainy and fuzzy they are. I asked Mr.C if he thought that the photo’s were good enough to post on the blog here, and he said ‘yes, ‘course they are!‘ … so we’ll blame him.
(Please note… I didn’t say it was his fault. I said we’ll blamehim. BIG difference.) 😀
These were ‘two of a kind’ ATC’s – both hand painted by me and meant to be together as a pair. You see … this first one is called: ‘Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’
Sorry the grainy images. I’m not sure what happened – maybe I shook the camera or possibly had it on the wrong setting … I have no idea.
The slightly wonky left hand side of the pot was intentional. The painting represents how the life of two people (the pears in this case), grow together, but they don’t crowd each other … and they make their home in a slightly wonky pot which tells the story of how life isn’t as perfect as we’d perhaps like it to be, but we make the best of what we have and what is just a ‘wonky’ pot to some, is a really pretty home of fabulousness to others.
Life isn’t perfect, and neither is the wonky pot. But it’s still fabulous – just like life in general when you think about it.
The second of these ATC/ACEO’s, – which is the other half of the pair of paintings, – is called: ‘Appley Ever After!’
This painting is of a round Topiary Tree, complete with 6 Apples . A family of Apples living ‘Appley Ever After‘.
It speaks for itself in the title … the ‘family’ of apples could be a couple and their four children, or just a couple with their parents and in-laws … there are more ways than one to make a family. But they all lived ‘Appley Ever After’!
I mounted and framed these two paintings and put them for sale … and was thrilled, from the top of my head down to my wriggly toes that they both sold within a couple of days! I wondered if the lady buyer was going to give them as a gift (maybe a wedding present, as they’d ‘fit the bill’ – so to speak) or if she was keeping them, and she told me she wanted to keep them and hang them in her own home. I felt so honoured.
At the top of this post I’ve made a white ‘card’ which gives you the measurement of an ATC/ACEO. This size doesn’t differ. You aren’t allowed to go above this size. Now I actually measured this out and made it exactly as you see in the photo … but I know that WordPress will re-size images sometimes, so if you get a rule or measuring tape, you’ll be able to judge if it’s showing up at the right size. If it isn’t … just look on your rule/measuring tap to actually be able to visualise how small an ATC really is.
I would love you to have a go at one. You don’t have to paint … you can do practically anything on a bit of card, paper, Watercolour paper, board, wood, …. anything!
Ok…. I’ve yacked long enough, so I’ll shut up and let you finish your coffee in peace.
Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee moment with me. 🙂
Sending squidges and love to you in your corner, from me in mine. ❤
Morning all, and a very Happy Monday! Something a little different from the norm today.
Some folks might already know exactly what an ATC or an ACEO is, but some may not, so I’ll give a short explaination to make sure that we’re all reading from the same hymn sheet and no one is at a disadvantage!
ATCs and ACEOs are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch works of art. The only real difference between the two is the commercial (for sale) intent of the art piece by the artist.
ACEO = Art Cards, Editions, and Originals are virtually the same as ATCs, EXCEPT they were created with the intent to be sold.
ATC = Artist Trading Cards were created with the intent to trade them only. (i.e. given as a swap with someone else, and no money changing hands).
While art is subjective, the quality of craftsmanship and materials used are important, so there are guidelines:
Examples of ‘Sub-par’ works are:
Collage elements falling off / poorly glued / glue showing
Cards of the wrong size (It’s a very strict size of 2.5″ x 3.5″)
Computer print outs which haven’t been made by the ATC maker, and poorly drawn over.
Cards created with little to no thought (i.e. a sticker or rubber stamped image on a plain piece of cardboard with little to no extra effort)
Scribbles on a plain piece of paper
Basically you should make what you would dearly love and want to receive.
Ok .. schools out.
I like to paint my ATC’s & ACEO’s – but have been known to make the odd fun art card which may have beads, images, book pages, musical manuscripts and all manner of other things attached to them. It’s just as the fancy takes me. However, these ATC’s / ACEO’s which I share today have all been painted, on water-colour card, pre-cut to the correct size.
This first one was inspired by the Lavender plants in my garden.
The mount in the photo (the surrounding green board) is from a selection of different coloured mounts I asked a framer to make for me, in the right size, with the ‘hole’ cut to the correct size to take the ATC/ACEO. The mounts are not a requirement for an Art Card – but personally, I really love having the mounts if I want to frame a card. The Art Cards themselves are so small, they could easily get lost inside a frame, so I love to use the mounts to draw the eye inwards to the art.
This next Art Card is again inspired by my garden (and again, the green mount has been washed out by the flash):
I have Bluebells in little groups of flowery hats for fairies, all over the garden. When in bloom they look like a fairy milliner has set out a selection of different sized Bluebell Hats, ready for any passing fairy to try on for size.
Of course .. there are some Bluebells which are of the larger size … and I should imagine that the Fairy Dress Designer is kept busy making beautiful skirts and frocks for those fairies who wish to be dressed by the best!
This next Art Card is something from the Fairy Gardens up and down the lands …. It’s official name is Taraxacum – or – to you and me: – a Dandelion Clock. But you and I know them as they really are: Fairies, or Fairy Wishes … which are meant to be picked and blown whilst making a wish!
Although it first appears to be painted simply in black and white, it has three different greens, two different whites, a very soft grey colour and black. It also has some cheeky dots of glitter dust. Well … it’s a Fairy Wish …. it would have been rude not to include glitter dust!
Information about Dandelion plants from that font of knowledge Wiki:
Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelion. They are native to Eurasia and North America, but the two commonplace species worldwide, T. officinale and T. erythrospermum, were imports from Europe that now propagate as wildflowers. Both species are edible in their entirety.
I’m teaching my Grandson, Little Cobs, this poem (which I loaned my Art Card to, as a background) and trying to get him to remember to say it before he blows a Dandelion Clock and makes a wish ….
And finally, in this set of four ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards – aka ACEO’s) is a little bunch of Delphiniums, tied up with a bow of green …
The spring green coloured bow is something which is allowed in an ATC/ACEO. It’s all part of the art.
If you’re interested in finding out more about ACEO’s/ATC’s, and perhaps making some yourself then there are lots of forums which are dedicated to this art form. One here: ATCs For All .com and I’ve also found another site which gives information which you might find helpful here: artpromotivate.com … but Google will be your bestest friend if you’d like to see more.
There are also a bucket-load of video’s on You Tube which you can watch – ranging from a couple of minutes to …. oh, well, how long is a piece of string?!!!
Some people take their Art Cards extremely seriously and will spend hours on them. Some make them for fun and to pass a bit of time doing something which has no stress. Other’s make them for no reason, and some folks make them, and swap them with other makers. Some people make and sell them … and some of these artists have quite a following and can command quite high prices for such a tiny piece of artwork. And then there’s me …. who makes them and will either keep them, send them to someone as a surprise, or I’ll use them on a handmade card … or even use them in scrap-booking.
Have a go! You don’t need to paint, you can glue, stick, draw, … anything! Just do have a go … and if you do … please blog your lovely artwork and let everyone see it. You might just be the person who inspires others to take up this fabulous little pastime, and you might also find out that you really like playing in this tiny frame!
Before I toddle off ….
May I take a moment to say HELLO to some new followers who no doubt will become friends with us all eventually. I won’t name names, but please feel welcome to comment on blog posts and introduce yourself. If you have a blog yourself you can bet your sweet bippy that people here will come and visit your blogs and you might even pick up some new followers yourself too!
Anyhoo … Happy Mondayand … have a truly wonderful week! Thank you so much for coming and joining me in having a coffee round the kitchen table. I love seeing you here.
Sending squidges and lots of Monday love to all. Be good to each other, and …may your God go with you. ~
Going through the moving of my sewing desk, along with numerous boxes of crafty stuff which I did last week, I came across a long forgotten little blackboard which I bought from one of those pound shops for … yes you guessed it, a £1. I can remember that I bought it with something in mind to do with it, however that ‘something’ long ago made its travelling plans and went on a walking holiday out of my right ear and never came back. So … seeing the blackboard again made me think that I really needed to do something with it. So I did!
Like the dope that I am … I forgot to take a photo of the blackboard in its original state, (DOH!) so I took a photo of the back of it so that you could see the plain wood and what colour it was.
It’s a soft wood, and quite light in weight, so not something that will pull a wall down if you hang it on a nail!
The front … I painted the frame in a deep wine red colour. It took the paint really well and dried pretty quickly, which I was glad about because I was eager to crack on with the project.
While waiting … I knew I wanted to put some flowers on the frame, so set about making some roses.
I cut out a variety of sizes of the same flower – one was to be a larger flower and I wanted two others to be slightly smaller.
Once the shapes were cut, I then popped them into a cardboard box which I’d lined with some cling-film (cling wrap), and I lay the ‘petals’ of each flower on it, and then spritzed them with some Cosmic Shimmer sprays, to turn the petals into the colours I wanted them to be.
While these were drying, I went back to the blackboard and did the ‘words of encouragement’ you see in the photo.
Once the rose petals were dry, I then shaped them into ‘cup’ shapes, and assembled them, shaping the petals as I went along. Once all assembled, I then spritzed them again, very lightly, where needed, to adjust each rose colour so that it looked like it had grown on the same bush as the others. (there’s method in my madness! lol). Finally, I added a tiny sprinkle, here and there, of chunky ice crystals (like glitter, but not) – just to give them a bit of sparkle.
I die cut some leaves, and a bit of deep ‘greenery’ filler and then built the floral decoration in the top left corner, making it sit upon a little soft cream coloured crocheted doily.
And that’s all there was to it!Ta Dahhhh!
May I just take this moment to say hello to some new followers. I won’t mention each person by name, but you know who you are. 🙂 Thank you for joining and coming to visit. Please feel free to chat away in a comment on any post you’d like to. Don’t feel shy. Everyone here is amazingly friendly and you’ll fit right in.
If you can’t work out where the comments section is … go to the top of the post you want to comment on and find the title of the post (eg: for this post the title is Never Stop Making Wishes) … just over to the right of the title is a pale grey speech bubble which will turn darker when you hover your cursor on it. Click that speech bubble and it will take you to the comments section and you’ll be able to read and write there. 😀
So anyhoo …. This is the last Monday in April…. so let’s make it a great day! Plaster a smile to your face and each time you catch yourself without your smile, paste it back there and try to keep it there. If nothing else it will make people wonder what you’re up to! lol
Have a truly lovely day my friends, and … be good to each other.
I still have the Christmas Crafting Box out next to me on the floor where I’m sitting at my desk… and since I was still in the ‘Christmas’ frame of mind from the last card I made, I began this card (above) on Friday afternoon, . . . but then Little Cobs (Grandson) came on Saturday, and, just like any fabulous grandchild does, he shares with me all the germs he’s caught during the week at school (he’s 5), and this week he shared the germs which gave him an ear infection – however they changed somewhere in the passing and gave me a temperature and made me feel like a wilted weed! I woke up at 3am gasping for breath and absolutely drenched. I have no idea what my temperature was but I’m pretty sure someone could have fried an egg on me had they tried!
Thankfully things are getting back to normal again, but I really think we should build a sheep dip at the front door so that we can dip him in antiseptic before he crosses the threshold in an attempt to remove all the germs he’s bringing with him!
Anyhoo … I’m supposed to be talking about this card so I’ll get on with it.
Made on a 7″x7″ white card, using some Red Corrugated card as a layer to bring the Christmas colour into the card.
I bought a pack of decorative papers last year, with Christmas images on them and hadn’t used them. There were 2 of each design in the pack. And it was this little girl, in her new blue bonnet which was so sweet that I chose her to theme this card around. I used both sheets of this design, layering one sheet onto the Christmas Red corrugated card, and then cutting into the second sheet in order to pick out some details and over-lay them using foam tabs, so giving depth to the card.
The large snowflakes are wooden ones, which I painted white, and while the paint was dry I gently sprinkled a little fine glitter over them so that they would have that more ‘frosty’ look. The Red/pink four petal flowers around the left side of the card, I actually picked up in a charity shop about a year ago. It looked as if someone was clearing some of their stash from their craft room and I found these flowers. Didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but at 75p for a large cellophane bag full of them, I decided to buy them because I knew I’d use them at some point. And … look! I am!
I added the blue ‘crystal’ centres to the flowers, in a nod to the colour of the bonnet which the little girl is wearing. I wanted a ‘conversation’ to be going on between the colours.
The little wooden frame is one from a selection by Docrafts, and the sequins are from my stash. To finish the card off, I added the little silver metal Christmas Stocking Charm (right top corner) with a Christmas Red Ribbon tied to it and … that, as they say, is all there was to it.
If I’ve missed anything or you want to know about something, please just ask away in a comment. I promise I’ll reply.
Well Halloween came and went, and I was rather happy when the day had drawn to a close, because we had out busiest Halloween night, EVER, and I only had three bags of sweets left, and had begun to panic.
I went through my whole supply of cellophane C5 size bags and had none left! I’d begun by making about 12 cellophane bags, each filled with either a sucking lolly or a (drumstick) chewy lolly, plus a pack of parma violets; a Roses chocolate; a humbug; a chocolate eclair; 2 chocolate Ghost; 2 chocolate eyeballs; and two chocolate coins. We thought, judging on previous years, that those 12 bags filled with assorted sweets would very likely be enough. Oh how wrong were we!
After just ten minutes I had to throw more bags together as fast as I could, but before I’d managed to finish the doorbell wrang again and I had to leave Mr. Cobs to seal the bags up, while I kept the little ones and their mummies and daddies talking at the door (admiring their costumes and having a conversation about how wonderful the Princess’s were, and how scary the ghosts and ghouls were), while Mr.Cobs quickly sealed the bags and scrambled out to the door to bring me more supplies. And that happened again, and again.
Sometimes there was just one little darling with a daddy or mummy, and sometimes there were five. On one visit, there were five little ones, three girls and two boys, and as I was talking to the little ghostly bride she was doing a familiar jiggle. I bent over and whispered in a stage whisper (so that mummy could hear what I was saying) … “Oh Beautiful Ghostly Bride … do you by any chance need a wee?”. “No, no I don’t.” …. “You don’t? Are you sure poppet?” … “Yes I’m sure….. Uhm . . . Actually …. I do!“ The jiggle had got ever-so more jiggly. Mummy stepped forward and said … “Oh dear, I think she does, yes”. So … not only did I have ghosts and ghouls at the front door on Halloween …. I even had a spook in my bathroom! And I noticed that the jiggle had gone by the time she collected her bag of sweets from me on the way out of the front door. lol. Bless her heart.
They were all so, so lovely and so very sweet. I couldn’t pick a favourite out of them all if I tried to. I just wanted to scoop them all up and squidge them … which I think was because I was missing Little Cobs – who was still suffering with his virus so sadly couldn’t go out Trick or Treating. Ah well … there’s always next year.
Aww anyhoo … HAPPY WEDNESDAY all! May your day bring with it some smiles, and a sense of peace with it. May any mail you receive from the postman/lady be of the happy type, and may you find a parking space, sat waiting just for you, if you happen to go out in your car today.
To be true to the art work,real Babushka’s are spelt just as I’ve just typed it: BABUSHKA, and not as in the Kate Bush song ‘Babooshka’. Or to give them their usual name that we mostly all know them as: Russian Dolls.
I had a set of Russian Dolls when I was about 8 or 9 years old. It had 8 nesting dolls altogether – each of them getting smaller and smaller, and I loved it. However, at some point in my life it went missing and I’ve thought about it off and on as the years passed. Then something really weird but totally wonderful happened last year.
Our neighbours went away on holiday,and when they go away we look after their cat for them. They’d gone to Russia. When they came back they called round with the gift of a set of genuine Russian nesting Dolls. I was absolutely beside myself with joy. My neighbours didn’t know about my lost dolls. I was in a state of total joy for days on end.
The set is so lovely and every now and again I take them apart and set them up as their individual dolls, just so I can look at them and enjoy them. Then I very carefully pack them all back into each other and pop them back where they ‘live’ on top of my grandmother clock – out-of-the-way of cats, dogs and Little Cobs!
Anyhooo... regular readers will remember that I did a make-over on a rather tired cup-mat last week, painting a Goose on it. Today is the turn of a Babushka, a Russian Doll, to grace a cup mat in the craft room.
Just like last weeks cup mat, this mat was rubbed down, painted with a coat of white Gesso, then two coats of black acrylic paint. I don’t normally draw a detailed drawing when I’m going to paint, I generally just go straight in with the paint. But I had to get the proportions of the big round body and smaller round head right, so I used a pencil to draw gently on top of the black acrylic and ‘place’ everything where I needed it to be. Once I’d painted her, and took the above photo, I decided that the colours weren’t quite as I wanted them to be, so I re-mixed some paints and painted her scarf and apron a slightly warmer colour.
If you compare the two pictures you can just about tell the difference in her scarf and apron.
So … you might be wondering why I haven’t shown you a photo of my Russian nesting dolls, the gift from my neighbours. Well I wouldn’t because these are different from the Russian lady dolls . . . . . .
They’re cats! Five beautiful, fabulous cats – and the biggest has just come back from a fishing trip where he caught a rather pretty fish. I’m certain that he caught it as a pet for them all. [I totally refuse to believe anything else]. The Dog in the photo, (on the left as you’re looking at it), is a sculpture, and he really does actually have two ears … it’s just that the one you can’t see is on the other side of his head and I didn’t notice when I took the photo that it wasn’t showing. I only realised that he looked like he had an ear missing when I was re-sizing the photo to post here, and by that time …. well … it was a case of ‘Oh sod it. I can’t be bothered to set it all up again’. LOL.
Soooo … Happy Monday! Got anything planned this week? Birthdays? Anniversary? Holiday anywhere? Visiting somewhere which you’re looking forward to? Someone coming to visit you? Or … going back to the theme of re-cycling or doing a make-over .. have you or are you planning to do a make-over on something? If you’ve done one and posted on your blog about it, then put a link to it, here in the comments below, so that we can all come and visit your blog! (Who knows, you may pick up one or two followers in the process!)
Have a truly lovely day today. I know that traditionally Monday can be Misery Monday because it’s the first day back at the daily grind … but look … it’s a Monday. A brand new day. What if this was going to be the very last Monday ever? Wouldn’t you make sure that you had a darn good, memorable last Monday? Go and have THAT darn good day! (Then come back and tell me about it!).
I have a couple of cup/mug coasters (mats) in my craftroom. One to the right of my computer (no-one can sit at a computer without a coffee or a tea to one side), and another on what I call my ‘work desk’ – where I do the majority of my crafty things. BUT … both of these mats are rather, umm… old and grubby looking. Bits of paint; spills – which although I’ve wiped up, have still stained; little bits pull off where I’ve sat some Sellotape (well-known brand of sticky tape in the UK – yes, I know that Sellotape is the name of .. erm .. something else in another country). Well look … why don’t I just face the shame and show you what one mat looked like. Are you ready? ……
When these were new, I absolutely adored them. I have some Cornishware storage pots and other bits and pieces in my kitchen, and my dining room (in our previous cottage) linked to the kitchen and was very English country cottagey in style so these mats fitted in perfectly.
But … years later . . . they really aren’t good for man nor beast, as you can see, hence the reason they’re in my craft room. However … I looked at them a couple of days ago and said [to no one in particular] … “those really need to be thrown away”.
A voice boomed over me like it came from out of the Heavens. “WHAT DOES?” (made me jump I can tell you!) … “Uh?” I swung around on my chair to see Mr. Cobs stood behind me.“Ohh… these. <picking up the cup mat> Look at these . . . they really have seen their day and I sadly think it’s time to go.” “No! Don’t throw them away … paint them! Paint something on them. Flowers or something. Paint something, like you used to!“.
Hmmm… Ok, I could see where he was going with this. “That’s a good idea, you clever chap. I shall do that very thing. But … would you rub them down for me?” (He knows I hate sandpaper. It makes my flesh recoil. <shudder>). So he did … and this was the result:
The top layer was actually a paper/card layer, so rubbing the top down wasn’t difficult, but it did leave ridges which were impossible to totally get rid of. Since the cup mats were only for me in my craft room I thought that I could get away with a few ridges. So I set to work with some paints. I first did two coats of Gesso – to help give it a ‘base’ to work on, and also to kind of help smooth out the ridges a little. Then I gave it a coat of good quality black acrylic.
If you look carefully at the above photo you can see some of the ridges. The coat of black paint was done in order to dull the next coat a little. Kind of ‘knock back’ the colour I was going to apply next – a deep blue colour which I’d hand mixed – and the black would ensure that the navy stayed ‘flat’ or kind of dull, in colour.
Once the navy was dry I could then begin a ‘picture’ of some description. …. Can you tell what it is yet?
Well I’m committed now so I’d better get on with it …
Now can you see what it is? 🙂 Yeah, it’s a Goose! But … the chest is a bit flat there, isn’t it? Aw, don’t worry … that bit is going to be hidden anyway so I won’t trouble myself about it.
This photo (above) I took with a flash, with the blind up, and two craft lamps on, so that you can see some of the details which I’ve added … like the shading under his/her chin, shading under the tummy and some detail to the feet.
I realised that I hadn’t shown you the colours of paints I’d used/be using on this project, so I took the opportunity of adding in the pots of colours while showing you that I’d changed his/her bow from looking like a Christmas red, into a tartan bow. (I didn’t want anyone to think he was the fatted goose which we were all going to feast on at Christmas! eeek!).
Surrounded by a vine, and four freshly laid eggs.
Finally … three LIGHT coats of a spray varnish and it’s finished. You can see from the background in this photo – that the ridges from the sanded paper were still there … but they really aren’t that noticeable anymore.
Want to know the funny thing about this? I am scared of geese (and horses, but we’ll talk about those another time) … and what’s more … they KNOW IT TOO! If ever I go anywhere where there are geese … they surround my car until they’ve discovered the door which I need to get out of and then they gather around the door and stand there LAUGHING AT ME. They know I’m scared silly, and they mock me with their gaggling honks and giggling laughs.
If I visit somewhere – a lake, a walk with a stream running along side … and there are geese … those little bu&&ers make it their ambition to get to me and chase me. Honking all the way.
And yet … here I am painting a goose on one of my cup mats. AM I CRAZY??? Obviously so.
When I’d finished painting this mug mat, I did have a little wonder to myself if perhaps this sort of thing would make a rather nice Christmas present for someone. You could buy some MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard – sorry folks outside the UK but I don’t know what you call this where you are) and if you’re handy with a saw (or have someone handy with a saw) you could cut the MDF to size and paint a set of four/six coasters for someone special.
OR … if you have a child at school … how about a personalised mug mat for the teacher, as a Christmas present? (or present for anyone at any time). Just a thought. 🙂
About 12’ish’ years ago I made myself a paper mache bird house for the corner of my bedroom. I painted it; crackle glazed the roof; hand painted vines around it; sealed it and then I wrapped a length of Ivy around it and secured it in place. I never got to hang that bird house because when my mother saw it, she loved it so much that she claimed it for her own bedroom!
So … I made another one. That one ‘walked’ too – this time to a friend. I made another, and kept it. But word had got out and by the time I’d finished … I must have ended up making around 20 or so of these darling bird houses. I even made myself a couple more … one for my conservatory and another for my living room –it hid the CCTV camera inside it!.
Then three years ago I moved home (down-sized) and decided that I would only bring one of those little bird houses with me. So I gave two away and chose the Geranium one I’d made, to keep ….. in fact … this one ….
Yes … that’s the one. Hanging on my door, right there. ↑People who have come to my cottage where I live now, and seen it, have always commented and admired it, – but one person – … my fabulous parcel delivery lady – (who has become a friend) – said she really liked it and was trying to work out how I’d made it. Here’s a close up …
… now – to be brutally honest… it’s a little tired looking now. I mean to say … it’s actually about twelve years old and has gone through many things in its little life, so it’s not as ‘freshly made’ and perky looking as it used to be – but I love it. I love it hanging on my front door during the early summer days, welcoming people as they arrive. (The front door is under cover and very well protected – & doesn’t get any rain on it – so I knew it would be pretty safe hanging there.)
After my parcel lady had said she liked it, I said, to Mr. Cobs, that I thought I still had “a bird house waiting for painting, ‘somewhere’ – but goodness knows where!” (I still have boxes in my loft that I haven’t unpacked from the house move 3 whole years ago!!! Please don’t judge me. – I never said I was brilliant or anything near it!).
After some searching, the wonderful Mr. Cobs found it! (give that man a medal, I hear you cry!). I decided that I’d make my parcel lady a bird house as a surprise. I got to work and, for the first time ever, I made a Roses bird house. But ... I couldn’t find a little bird for the perch. I searched… I checked out florists, craft supplies … everything I could think of, but no luck. So I decided to use the only thing I had – a little resin bird, in a gentle pinky colour, to match the roses. I gave the bird house to her a couple or so weeks ago, and thought that now the surprise was ‘out of the bag’, I could share it with you.
So, dear reader, I present to you …. The Roses Bird House for Tweety Pie (well, no, not quite. It was for my parcel lady to be precise – but you know what I mean! lol).
In the photo directly above, you can see the crackle glazed roof, and the little hanging loop over to the left, at the back (top) of the roof. However – if you make a loop of wire, for something to be hung on the wall etc – try to make sure that you ‘cushion’ the wire against something – (I used a leaf on this bird house) – so that the wire doesn’t damage any painted surface or wallpaper you have on the wall.
It was such a delight to do a ‘blast from the past’ crafty make again. It was as if time had rewound itself and I magically found myself back in time, twelve to fourteen years ago – and crafting in ways I’d forgotten I used to do. It was a really sweet, memorable time in my craft room, and I absolutely loved it. Memories of my mother; old friends who my heart misses; our girls when they were younger; teachers at the school where I used to help out; people I’ve known but have now sadly passed on; others who I’ve lost touched with – like ships that pass in the night. So many memories, and all so precious to my heart. It kind of almost felt like a friend who I hadn’t seen for years and years, had suddenly visited me out of the blue, and we’d sat together going over old times, laughing together, remembering together. Awww, just wonderful! ❤
I hope you like the bird house as much as I do. I was kind of sad to give it away. It had bought back such wonderful memories as I crafted with it and it had left me all warm and snuggly inside. But … it was for my lovely parcel lady – so I knew it was going to a great home.
Have you crafted with paper mache at all?Would you like to? You don’t have to actually make the paper mache item – there are hundreds of ready-made paper mache things which can be bought pretty cheaply at hobby stores. You get to use your imagination to decorate them and go mad with paint effects, papers, adornments, twiddly bits and crafty joy! If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a ‘go’. You never know … you might just find out that you love it. Oh … and if you have little ones on school summer holiday/break – this is something they’ll love to do! Paint, papers, glue … even coloured magazine pages would be great to stick to the ‘object’ using PVA glue.
Thank you so much for coming to spend a few minutes with me. I’m totally thrilled that you do. Please feel free to leave comments. I love hearing from you.
Oh, before I go … Since this post is about a Home for Tweety Pie, I really should bring him in on the post: