These are match boxes. I buy them in Oaxaca Mexico. The actually come with matches in them. Though I have to throw them out before I try to bring the boxes home.
I got these two boxes in Corazon Zapoteca in Alcala street in Oaxaca. Both are approximately 2 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2 innhes.
La Sirena is one of the cards in the game of Loteria.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is everywhere in Mexico.
Two new/old gothic arches. I found these while I was purging the working projects piles. They aren’t much to look at being just a couple of experiments with background creation techniques.
The birds and flowers was based on a piece of paper towel that I had used as a wiper for water colors in another project. I added more color by dropping leftovers from the palette onto the towel and then let it run and dry without interference. Instead of cutting the background out with scissors I used a fine pointed brush and ran a bead of dark brown watercolor around the shape I wanted and when the towel was damp through both layers I pulled the it apart along the water line. It made a nice tonal background to which I added some wall paper cutouts and feather from my parrot.
The balloons was an experiment in using gesso in making backgrounds. I collaged paper and then stamped images on the background. When the inks had dried I put a thin layer of gesso over the entire surface. I put cutouts and a bit of string on the top.
Gesso does give an interesting texture to what goes on top if it. Also a good deal of “tooth” if you want to work with something like pastels or crayons. But I don’t think I’ll be using it much. It just makes everything too muted.
The borders are metallic pens that I had just bought. The red is a brush pen from Pentel. it takes a lot of coats to get a good coverage. (Red and green ones are commonly on sale around Xmas.) The gold is Krylon’s gold leafing pen. This one is worth hunting for. A few tips. Shake before using — a lot. Run a test line of about 4 inches on scrap paper to get the ink flowing well. You’ll get a very consistent line after that. Work in a well ventilated room — this thing stinks of it’s solvent. (Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether.)
The caption “Stolen Kisses Require an Accomplice” is by Texas Bix Bender. (A name I could vote for.)
I made a box for my friend Elise. She wanted something to keep her needlework supplies in — Something that she could leave on the living room coffee table.
This spine box is 9 x7 x 2 1⁄2. The box is made of Davey board and covered in an Italian paper. The spine and inner lid liner are book cloth and the bottom of the box is lined with cork paper.
All told it takes me about 6 hours to make a box like this if haven’t made one in that particular size before. If I’ve already worked out the cut dimensions (and remembered to write them down) I can build one of these in about 4 hours. That doesn’t count the drying times. Because I cut my PVA with methyl cellulose the drying time is about double that of straight PVA. I find it worth while to get a longer “open” time. It does slow down construction though as I have to wait at least an hour — better two for pieces to be dry enough to be handled.
Everybody is doing it. Even here in the “bubble.” Using those ugly green reusable grocery bags.
Heartwarming eco-points 8. Style points 0.
I won’t even mention what they chose to fill it with for this image. Yuck!
I made this one yesterday.
Heartwarming eco-points 8. Style points 6. Maybe.
It’s still better than some vaguely polyester green thing with a grocery store logo on it.
I made it using the Charlie Bag pattern from BurdasSyle. At BurdaStyle you can also find several how-tos about making this bag using a serger, making the lined version (2 ways), and a gallery of bags made by burdastyle fans. (There are a couple of stunners — like this one.
This is the first thing I’ve made from a BurdaStyle pattern. It was an interesting but ultimately simple process. I’ll write more about burdastyle and their “print at home” patterns soon. Right now the sun is out and it’s Friday afternoon and I have a date with a sports car of my acquaintance…
I’m a little behind in my reading and writing.
I found a scrap of paper on my desk this afternoon. It says:
I am not wearing my good girl shoes.
I remember laughing hysterically when I first read it but now can’t remember where.
Word clouds are a fun way of finding out what’s really on your (blog’s) mind. The Generator Blog pointed to Wordle this morning and I’ve been having fun making clouds for various blogs I read/write.
Here’s one based on ms. shoes:
I think I spend a little too much time writing about the chickens. Though I do like the idea that beads and danger get about equal play in my life.