Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beach Beauty Doll Accessories

Back on July 2, 2017, I started making some accessories for my Ella doll. Throughout July I continued making a few small things to go with her beach outfit.
I made her this Sea Turtle Shanty belt from a link of turtle charms by Blue Moon Beads.
Teal and old gold have always caught my eye, and these looked great with the colors of Ella's bathing suit. Originally I made the belt to go on Lagoona Blue, but found the colors worked better for Ella.
Later in the month I had some leftover bits of stretch cord from stone bracelet making. This gave me an idea to make very tiny bracelets for the dolls. 

I used tiny plastic beads and flowers from one of my bead bins, struggled a bit to tie the ends together, but managed. The easiest way to slip them on an Ever After High doll is to pop off their hands and slip on the bracelet. 

though the bracelets are made with stretch cord, I found they don't really stretch well over the splayed fingers of the dolls, so popping off the hands or arms of the dolls and slipping them on that way works best.
I've had a piece of pretty pink lace with a flower sequin edge in my trim bin for years. It seemed like the perfect thing to turn into a lacy scarf for the dolls, so I folded the ends and hand tacked them down to make it scarf worthy.
The final accessory I made was a shell bag, created from part of a garlic bag and a bit of chartreuse colored yo-yo string.
I made it a draw string bag with two handles, sewed the top edged down with a bit of white thread, then plopped in some painted baby shells.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Watercolor Palette Pictures

Back on March 21, 2017, I had taken a picture of this watercolor palette, finding interest in the colors and natural splat textures. 
I had been working on some watercolor backgrounds at the time, ran out of green on one of my pans,
so I borrowed this one. The colors are all my favorite combos, in shades of the elements.

Ideas relating to that subject remained in memory, and while I looked back on this photo today, I saw an opportunity to use parts of the picture as backgrounds for small sketches.
After some selecting and editing, I assembled the 8 block collection of watercolor palette backdrops.
It was then a matter of playing with the textures, so I sketched out little characters in each block to represent the elements. From top left to bottom right- Fire, water, air, ice, stone, and earth.

I did other things with these blocks which you can find on the post- Elemental Palette.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Shattered Sight-collage

(Shattered Sight- May 13, 2017-measures 5.5x 8.5'')

Scrap collage created in the dragonfly journal. I had bits of blue paper in different sharp shapes left on my desk after multiple other projects, and as I played with them I thought of glass, and also found some scraps that looked like an eye with upper eyelid.

I found some other pictures to go with the theme, used flier images, paper scraps, a bit of security envelop, stenciling and marker, black pen, all built upon a sheet of used printer paper.

The theme of this odd collage is meant to represent a sharp awakening to something truthful, or possibly a representation of insomnia and disturbance to noises in the night. It could also represent crusty eyes and eye pains (like an advertisement for eye drops).

Time To Snack Spider-collage


 (Time To Snack- May 13, 2017- measures 8.5 x 9 cm.)

Organic meets mechanical in this mini collage. The idea of a strange looking spider came from a flier scrap with circles cut out of it. The scrap was used as texture for other projects and is of a cell phone with the time showing. This is where the name came from.

I made this picture to use up little bits lying around, like a white strip of paper, a black block of something the spider thinks looks yummy, and super tiny light gray pieces of paper became the fangs.

Most of the picture was drawn using jell pens, and I added a bit of sparkly jell pen to the webs, but the scan doesn't pick up on sparkle well. The colors of the metallic pens used for the spider are also a lot brighter in real life, as shown below in a photo version.

Easter Island Jelly Bean Man-collage

(Easter Island Jelly Bean- May 13, 2017- measures 8.5 x 11'')

During my shuffling through flier scraps on the desk, I couldn't quite decide on what to do with a blue arrow I made and some excess squares of gray and yellow. After a bit of playing and rearranging, I found a face within the shapes and created a drooling tiki man.

A few backgrounds of water and Starburst Jelly beans matched the colors of the face, and this inspired a concept for Easter Island themed jelly beans.

I think it would be fun to have an island themed bag of jelly beans in all the tasty tropical flavors like coconut, pineapple, kiwi. dragon fruit, banana, jack fruit, and whatever else.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Weight Of the World-collage

(Weight of the World- May 11, 2017- measures around 14 x 22 cm.)

Scrap collage made on tan sketch paper, accented with Le Plume marker using a Tim Holtz splat stencil and fantasy lettering stencil. Other paper textures include some security envelope, scrapbook paper, and small selections of fliers and box packaging.

I was going for an oceanic, map sort of theme, the idea coming to mind because I saw a scale for weighing while playing with paper scraps, and wanted to put something round on it.

There's a bit of a pun within the message. The weight of the world can have a double meaning, but in literal terms, who knows how heavy the planet is. Atlas is the mythical god in Grecian stories who's said to hold the world. Atlas also sounds similar to the word alas. Basically, Atlas would know the weight of the world, but alas who knows how much of a burden it is to hold. :P

Scifi Fitness Center-collage

(Scifi Fitness Center-May 11, 2017- measures 8.5 x 11'')

Sometimes a random collage will form at the table when I just don't know what to make, but find images I like the look of when they're together. 

I wasn't sure at first where I was going with the textures and backgrounds, but I saw a window with a city outside, and imagined there to be some kind of indoor cavern with a lookout tower overseeing this large gymnasium room full of fitness equipment (hence the name).


I wanted to further display the idea that came from the collage, which was more so of a concept than anything. A sci-fi fitness center seemed pretty cool when I thought about, so I sketched out the place in a quick digital warm up. 

The floor is polished stone, the window shows a city and the water, and in the back there's a large window showing the indoor rock cavern where mountain climbing and other extreme sports can take place. All of it can be overseen by the security tower with it's look out room, platform, and holographic screens that occasionally show news or advertisements.