Posts Tagged ‘swan’
This is what I was working on in my last post – little paper swans with movable wings! Oh, these were fun to make and very satisfying.
It has been years (literally) since I played with gouache paint and I was quickly reminded how tricky of a medium it can be. It doesn’t seem like it would be but I had gotten so used to painting with watercolor that applying paint in this fashion felt a little uncomfortable. But you know what they say about discomfort and growth!
Anyway, do they look familiar? I based the design off of my Leda the Swan (sewing pattern). I really love vintage-style soft things and characters and I tried to capture that in this paper birds with their thick lashes, simple design and sparkly-ness. (Isn’t glitter the best thing ever?) After I took these photos I punched holes at the top and added some gold thread so that I may hang them up.
They like to hang out (ha!) with Peter Rabbit, for now. I might need to make a flock of these, yes? That’s a distinct possibility. And once I got started making these swans, I thought such things might find themselves quite at home in le shop.
Hee hee, can’t you tell I had fun taking pictures of these?
A lovely Tuesday to you!
It’s rare that I get to share works in progress with you; I don’t usually think to snap pictures while creating new things. And in the past month or so, for one reason or another, I haven’t been up to a lot art-making. But recently I started to play around with some ideas I’ve been wanting to get to for a while and I think that creative spark has been reignited!
Oh, and thank you for the comments of kind words and things lately. I have been a little behind in my blog-reading and replies but I think of you often. Have a lovely mid-week!
Here’s another version with the capelet and GOLD sparkly crown!
In other shop news…
“Our Tree Dresses” 5×7 print. This matte paper is gorgeous, the colors come out so vibrant. (Although my lack of picture-taking skills don’t do it much justice in my opinion!)
My new friends are nestled comfortably in the studio.
Thanks for looking!
(Oh, and if you prefer Etsy, these items are posted there as well!)
I’m feeling a little giddy this morning because I finally finished up my little swan that I have been working on for AGES. And when I say that, I’m not exaggerating. For those of you that read my olde blog, do you remember this?:
I went back to the post to find the photo to show you and I reread it. I totally forgot that this original version was 2 YEARS in the making, and that post is dated almost 1 year ago, to the date. So, what, that makes this a 3-year craft project?!
Ha, I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit that it would take me that long to finish. But I’ve become aware that may happen; I mean, just the other day I was saying I won’t commit to any sewing project on this blog because I know that it might take forever to finish (if at all). But 3 years? Sheesh.
Anyhow, back to the felt-y one. Yay! I’m glad she’s done. I cut these pieces out a month ago and since I decided this new version was going to be stitched by hand, I figured that it would take me a long time to do it, so then I just didn’t feel like it. You know, it’s very satisfying to post a project on this blog. I feel like a little kid coming home from school, “Mom! Look what I made!”
Ok, it’s not 100% finished finished. (Scandal!) The crown is not stitched on yet, just kinda floats there for the picture. Oh, I’ve decided that I love making silver pipe cleaner crowns. Just bend bend bend. Maybe I need metallic gold pipe cleaners too. You know, for gold crowns. And the wee scarf was a last minute thing as I still like my scalloped capelet from the first one. But this scarfie is cute too. I love the vintage foil-backed buttons attaching the wings but wouldn’t covered buttons be sweet as well? And I’ve got some other ideas for the head dressing. Oh! Why don’t’ I just make felt critters all day?