Considering my obsession with flowers, it's hard to imagine a better theme for my first entry to the Tigerprint Design Competition. This month's challenge is to create a floral design for wrapping paper, and the winning entry may be used for Marks and Spencer goods. Here are all the contenders; these are the two florals I entered. Fruity Floral, above, was inspired by a page I saw in a recent Martha Stewart Living magazine, and Piece of Matisse, below, was inspired by the loose style and colors of Henri Matisse's artwork.
I love the elegance of classical busts so I made one out of clay, except this bust is also a vase.
After I hollowed out the head I added braids with strategically placed holes. Flower stems can be slipped in the holes to make it look like the bust is wearing a flower crown...to take it from elegant to whimsical.
I glazed the inside of the fired bust with clear glaze and the outside with snow white glaze.
Once it was fired again I filled it with flowers for an unexpectedly pretty display!
Gold acrylic paint
Round picture frame
Dry bay leaves of increasing size (I used 16 in total--8 pairs of similarly sized leaves. Obviously the bigger the frame, the more leaves you will need)
Step 1: Paint the bay leaves gold. I did two coats per side.
Step 2: If your frame is varnished you may need to sand it a bit first. Then give it a couple coats of gold acrylic.
Step 3: Starting with the largest size, glue the pairs of leaves with a slight overlap on opposite sides of the frame to create the laurel crown shape.
Step 4: Continue gluing the leaves all the way around the frame.
My Born Again collageis an illustration of the very hopeful Isaiah 40:31. Here's the behind the scenes look at the creation process!
I made the mask out of papier mâché and painted it gold when it was dry.
The background of the collage is a canvas board I covered in tissue paper and painted with acrylic.
I cut out various butterfly shapes from plastic, cardstock, decorative paper, and magazine clippings, as well as the words in the quotation from cardstock painted metallic. I glued them on surrounding the mask.
Shadow boxes are great art and decor pieces. I love how I can gather various items that fit a theme and arrange them in a frame to create multidimensional, mixed media art. As you can see here, I used some spools of brightly colored thread, thimbles, pins, and a swatch of my Fabulous '50s fabric. I turned wire into clothes hangers and a spool into a dress form. I embroidered some tulle and crisscrossed thread around the objects. Anything goes!