Friday, September 30, 2011
I’m rather pleased with the way my project for today turned out. I totally thought “outside the box” on this one. lol I started out with my Creative Paperclay and a cannonball gourd. Yep, that’s the name of this particular gourd. First I covered the whole gourd with paperclay and let that dry overnight. I then made and attached all of the ghoulish paperclay features and let them dry also. I don’t think I had this much fun with clay since I was in grade school!
The eyes are actually brads, which I just bent the posts down and pushed them right into the clay. I next attached the head to a spindle (remember me mentioning that I bought a whole box full of them quite awhile back?) and a purchased wood base. I also inserted a dowel rod through the spindle.
It’s really hard to show in a picture what the features really looked like ‘cause the clay is white. After attaching these parts together I decided to add ears and an eyeball in the back of the head. Once this was done and dried, I went to work with the paint and embellishments!!! Woo Hoo what fun!! I painted all the details spray sealed him and gave him a collar made out of “Recollections” 12X12 Cardstock. I cut strips of the cardstock, sewed them with needle and thread and glued them to the spindle. Looking good isn’t he?
Well……. he does look pretty good but you know me, I just had to add a little more. So I put another collar under the first one made out of tulle. I made it the same way as the first. Then I used some “Recollections” border and cut the skull border and hung it from the dowel rod and cut out the labels individually and glued them around the bottom of the spindle. Here are pictures of the finished ghoul:
I really had a lot of fun making this ghoulish guy! I guess he does look kind of scary ‘cause when the dog saw him he growled and then barked at him. LOL Why don’t you buy some Creative Paperclay and make yourself some Halloween fun! You can use any type of ball to cover with the paperclay. A styrofoam ball works great too.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Last Friday and Saturday I had the great pleasure of teaching a gourd art class to twenty people total at the Hampton’s Greenhouse and Nursery. It was also the opening of the Hampton’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze! If you live in the vicinity of Marshfield, MO, you really need to get on over there and have yourself a great time! The majority of the class was made up of Master Gardeners from Marshfield and I also had two very special young people (aged 8 and 5), we also had one lady from Portland, OR. Here are a few pictures of the wonderful students and the marvelous Gourd Art they created.
Great wood burning and isn’t this farmer just too cute? He even ended up with wire rimmed glasses and a straw hat.
Here we have a wonderfully wood burned and waxed deer and a jolly happy Santa who was also waxed. Next pic is a birdhouse being created and an apple gourd.
These two guys made a cut out gourd with fall leaves and a wood burned box.
Does this first gourd remind you of Rapunzel and Tangled? Giving a little spray on the beginning of a snowman and the young man in the last picture is applying dye to a warty gourd to make a bowl.
How do you like this beautiful peacock? Wonderful job! New wax technique.
Cleaning out the inside of a gourd which will becoming a Halloween mask. Some wood burning on what is to become a goose!
Working on some very cute penguins and helping Michael clean out a gourd with a ball and a drill!
See what I mean? You can be so creative in so many different ways with gourds! I had a very happy feeling after we headed home, because I felt that everyone was happy with what they had ultimately created. It was so easy doing this class because we got to use one of the Hampton’s greenhouses to spread out and create in. Saturday it rained and poured but there were still people who came out to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Wow. I hope you enjoyed looking at these pictures. Wish you had been a the class cause you missed a fun and creative time!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
. I attended the most amazing event ever!! Who would have thought it? Anyway, last month "Craft Gossip" put out a call for Little Rock, AR bloggers or those who could drive to Little Rock for a Fork and Talk event which was going to be sponsored by EK Success Brands. Well let me tell you, IT WAS AWESOME! I submitted an application and received an invitation from the Design Team from Little Rock.
We all met up at Trio's Restaurant in Little Rock:
We had a wonderful selection of dishes to try on our menu. I was very impressed with my selection which was Quiche Lorraine and salad. Ummm, yummy.
There were 20 crafty bloggers who met at the “Fork and Talk”. I met a lot of women, who I'm hoping will become great friends. The creativity in the room was electrifying! All of the people at the luncheon had some sort of craft/art that they participated in everyday.
Can you guess how many buttons and bobs are in this jar? We played a few games of which this was one and I guessed the closest. Woo Hoo! I got to keep the jar with the stuff inside.
Working as a group, each group decorated a Dollar Store hat with stuff that was provided to us. The group I was in picked a Mardi Gras theme and our hat won! Another gift!
Scarlett. She is also the quilting guru for Craft Gossip, She is a very talented and friendly lady and I'm very glad that I was able to make her acquaintance. The four Craft Gossip Editors who planned, executed and attended this wonderful event were, Anne Weaver (Sewing Editor), Denise Felton (Needlework Editor), Stacie Hooder (Jewelry Making Editor), and Scarlett Burroughs (Quilting Editor). There were bloggers from all over and since I had traveled one of the longest distances I received……. you guessed it, another gift!
Here are some photos from this magnificent event:
When everything wound down and the wonderful day was about over, we received all of these FANTASTIC THINGS TO TAKE HOME WITH US! THANK YOU EK SUCCESS BRANDS!!