Today I'm bringing you a tutorial from the Lia Griffith blog ... she always has the most beautiful handcrafts. They tend to be a bit labor intensive and time consuming - but the final result is always worth the time and effort!
She created this garland using the most amazing range of metallic papers in fresh, bright, vivid colors
which she just knew would fit this project perfectly. The simple flowers
and leaves are made using gold, mandarin, azalea, botanic and fairway sheets of paper from Paper-Papers – all glorious colors for this spring project. She made 15 of each flower
design, which, although she used her cutting machine, are all super simple
to cut by hand – you will find the SVG cut file and the PDF here. She also took a few leaves that were leftover from her paper boxwood wreath in Monday’s post. That’s the great thing about this garland, you can add or omit any parts of it and it will still look great.
To get a larger photo and read instructions more easily,
just click image and larger file will appear.
Perhaps try this project using shades of white for a classic backdrop at
a wedding ceremony, or bold patterned papers for a great children’s
party decoration. All the flowers are simply looped around the green
ribbon strand and glued into place. The leaves are then dotted in
between the blooms and glued into place. Pin it across your window,
drape it along your mantel or hang it vertically down each side of your
entrance way. Whatever you choose to do with you paper garland, happy
making and enjoy!
Our society discards a lot of electronics, as they are rendered obsolete
almost every day, but artists like Julie Alice Chappell, based in the
UK, are there to pick up the pieces and turn them into beautiful
In her case, she turns old computer circuit boards and electronics into
beautiful winged insects in a series called “Computer Component Bugs.”
“With all their tiny components, complex circuitry and bright
metallic colours I cannot help but compare them to the detailed patterns
we see when we look at nature up close,” Chappell wrote in an article on permaculture.co.uk. “I view the miniature circuit boards with the same curiosity and amazement as I view the natural world.“
Chappell is an environmentally minded artist as well – she says her work transforms “discarded
and often environmentally dangerous materials to create something new
and precious, keeping the art sympathetic to current environmental
issues whilst developing an original making process.“
If you like her work, check out her Etsy, where she sells her beautiful winged creations! I checked this morning, and it looks like she's sold out. But, keep the link around and check back!
Very interesting book...and quite touching, in a clean and non-cloying way.
I am familiar with the play, so I knew the basic plot line. I wish I had read the book first ... the play is SO powerful - and so theatrically charged with the larger-than-life stage puppets who play the horses - that the book seemed somewhat small to me. But, that's okay. It's really a small story - even though it's played against the world stage during intense and climatic moments.
It was a surprise to find the book is written in the first person - by the horse! Now, if I had known that, I might not have read it (it's just too cute an idea for me), and I would have been the real loser. Because it is completely believable and the way Joey (the war horse) reacts to people and other horses gives him a well-defined and completely rounded character. I truly care about this horse.
The writing is crisp and clean. No messy, paragraph-long descriptions of the battlegrounds or the lovely British countryside where the story begins and ends - yet, it is pitch perfect worded in a way that you can see every detail. The emotions of both people and horses are handled in the same efficient and heart felt way.
I highly recommend - to EVERYBODY! This isn't a war story, a horse story, a kid's story, a soldier's story - it a story of dignified loyalty and love that is rarely told as well.
Something a little new, different - and exciting! - today. I just discovered the work of Mitchell Grafton, and have been admiring it and now decided you should have the chance to applaud his work, too!
I know his style is a little out of my normal comfort zone box! Usually, I'm attracted to work that has been inspired by the past - or even assemblages and collages created with actual vintage pieces.
But, no question, Mr. Grafton's work is contemporary - even futuristic. Though, on several pieces, there appears to be some steampunk inspiration involved! I particularly like that his work is so refined, exacting and detailed - yet with a whimsey and sense of humor. All too often, I feel, amusing and or fantasy style art pieces are not given the care and sense of pride that more serious work strives towards exhibiting.
Mitchell Grafton is a full time ceramic artist making unique sculptural works of art in Panama City, Florida.
At age 19 he started working for Odell Pottery while getting an Architecture degree at Louisiana Tech. Bruce Odell was a three time winner of the Pottery Olympics in Wisconsin and taught Mitchell everything he knew about pottery and life for the next 7 years.
While at Odell Pottery, Mitchell became the head designer of lamp bases that were produced for Hart and Associates, an interior design manufacturing company.
After graduation Mitchell moved to Panama City, FL where he and a business partner started Round Tree Pottery. Mitchell designed, managed and handled the finances for Round Tree for the next 9 years. At its peak, Round Tree sold wholesale pottery to over 400 art galleries and gift shops around the country and owned a retail art gallery in Seaside, FL.
In 2009 Mitchell started his own art-pottery company, Grafton Pottery, in Panama City
...and now, let's see more of his delightful pieces!
You can contact Mr. Grafton through his blog or his Facebook page.
Folk Art Home Décor Chalk Paints – Java, Tuscan Red
Folk Art Home Décor Antique Wax
Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Gloss Medium
Martha Stewart Crafts Erasable Liquid Chalk
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paints – Magenta Rose, Sandcastle
Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreen Stencils (2 packages)
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paints – Arrowhead, Gray, Ink
Home Décor Stencils – Scroll Medallion
Decorative Tabs –Wedding, Faces
Black Corrugated Tape
Decorative Labels – Retro, Parcel Classic
Sticky note pads – Daisies, Owls
Punch – Honeycomb
Pull Flowers – Roses
Designer Cutting Dies – Party
Kraft/White Chipboard Pack
Stickers – Daisies, Owls, Butterflies, Duckies
I discovered Regal Roosts, a company which manufactures finely handcrafted birdhouses, furnishings, and accessories. I've always loved birdhouses - but usually gravitate towards the ornate, fanciful styles of the Victorian period. However, these have caught my fancy - hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did - I find them an absolute delight!
Kevin Hurst is an artisan whose hobby for building
birdhouses has become Regal Roosts, a collection of finely handcrafted
birdhouses, furnishings and accessories. His designs bring back the
architectural design elements of a bye gone era. Each piece in the
collection is designed and constructed with painstaking attention to
detail using the finest materials available.
They follow in the fine tradition of Old World Craftsmen by
meticulously hand finishing all of their pieces. This use of time-honored
techniques helps them achieve unique textures and well worn appearances of
aged and weathered antiques. Their range of distinctive finishes are hand
applied in multiple layers to give each piece a deeply, layered finish
that will endure for ages. These elements result in an exclusive
collection whereas each handcrafted piece is unique in itself as no two
pieces are exactly alike.
... and not only does Regal Roosts provide luxury aviary homes, but
they also do a marvelous job with feeding the birds, as well ...
See the top photo of proprietor, Mr. Hurst, to see him working on this
rooftop to get a really good idea of the scale of these pieces.
Yes! Life does sparkle and shimmer and glimmer and gleam! And I love it! Whether I'm making art, working with fabric, paper, ink and vintage findings - or working on a theatre piece - or sewing like an ecstatic dervish on a new art quilt - I'm always attracted to what shimmers just out of sight...the ghosts of sparkle and the rich dignity of decayed splendor.