Whimsy

More Wooden Peeps

So, Omni Gel is the miracle product Laura Robberts promised it would be.

Can you hear the choir singing that one long “laaaaaa” note!

Anyway, I didn’t anticipate making so many more wooden people. I figured I’d print out a bunch of faces and bodies, and maybe one or two transfers would actually work out.

Wrong – they all did.

And they all were really good.

Omni Gel is da bomb.

Here they are pre legs. And the embelishments are just in the idea stage at the moment. So are the heads for the matter – because I can’t decide if I like blue girl and the red girl the way the are or like this:

I don’t know. It’ll come to me tomorrow. I have ideas swirling around for legs. And, I think the funky one might get arms as well.

We shall see. The frenzy is over, and I don’t feel rushed.

I did feel rushed to make these however –

because the deadline is Monday, although my Facebook swap group is pretty lax about deadlines. I like to meet them, though. Anyway, these are bigger than ATC’s – these mixed media row houses. Well, there aren’t too many medias mixed in there – some collage, some ink, some chalk. I had this grand idea that I was going to make bird houses – use the corrogated side of cardboard for shingles, and this pretty cool vaseline resist technique to make the “wood” look worn – but, I was really tired after the wooden people, and I decided to just do something easy peasy. The images are from Hidden Vintage Studio’s new set May Flowers – you may recognize some of the heads on the wooden peeps.

Have to reuse when you’re on a budget.

Finished!

No injuries, and only one broken drill bit.  And, they’re done!

 

Lookie – I bent wire, I made paper beads, I drilled holes.  

Amazing.

To be completely finished, done, finito, they need hangers on the back of their heads, so they can be hung on the wall.

But, since I broke the drill bit, I’ll have to wait until I replace it.

This was a three day project – longer than birthing!  But, had I had more images, and more wood sawed, I could easily have mass produced a dozen at a time.

Anyway, if you’re at all interested in making these dolls – the class was great.  The instructions are simple.  Honestly, I had no skills in sawing, drilling, bending wire, none of that stuff whatsoever, and I ended up with two finished dolls on the first try.

And now I’m going to make more!

 

 

Why Not Whimsy

I don’t know if you noticed, but I learned, oh, only two of the 21 Secrets, remember, that art journaling workshop that started ages ago? There’s still plenty of time to catch up on the other 19, but I popped in on a few other classes, and well, it just wasn’t for me.  The only class I really liked was Tamara Laporte’s Collage, Art and Soul.  So, after taking that class, I joined her ning community – Willowing – and watched from the sidelines.  Owls ended this week, and I decided to jump on the Whimsy Wagon, and expand my whimsical repetoire beyond the cutey patootie owl. Originally, all of Tam’s old classes were only available on DVD – and, I don’t know, if I can’t download it, I kind of shrug my shoulders – I’m so spoiled.  So, when she made all over her old classes available as online downloads, snap!  Now, I can just cuddle up with my iPad, and watch her indepth, lengthy, tip filled videos.

I started watching on my lunch hour – and I doodled while I watched:

And when I got home, I pulled out my Full Tilt Boogie book, and painted along to Tam’s sing songie voice.

 

Not a bad first try, eh?

 

Another Owl-volution

Killing time, waiting for my husband to come home so that we can leave for the beach.

Background in Artrage:

Stenciled in Stencils

Painted the stencils in Artrage:

Added a sheet music overlay and origami paper.

Brought the whole thing into Sketchbook pro – added the paint splater, the the tiny white polka dots.

Wasn’t so happy, so I brought it back into Artrage, and redid the owl:

 

And now there’s only 1 more hour ’til hubby gets home.