Sunday, May 13, 2007
Latest beaded doll
I recently participated in a swap within one of the online beading groups to which I belong. The guidelines were to alter an Altoids tin and create a beaded doll small enough to fit into the tin. It was a fun project. I have not done much in the way of altered art such as tins, so it was a project that took me (willingly and happily) outside my normal zone for creating.
I started with the tin, I sanded and painted it first on the outside. I found some tissue paper that had bits of flowers and leaves within the paper. Once the paint was dry on the tin, I made a mixture of glue and water and washed that over the tissue paper on the inside and bottom side of the tin.
Once that was dry, I worked on the front of the tin - adding a little glitter as well as some cut out's that looked 'Springy' to me and a little mushroom bird.
The doll was the easiest part for me... right in my comfort zone :-) I decided to make her a magnet so she wouldn't bounce around in the tin. I had so much fun with this little creation.
Materials on doll include Japanese & Czech seed beads, metal dragonfly bead, swarovski butterly bead, paper 'wings', polymer clay face by Kristie Lou at Sculpted Windows
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman