Wednesday, June 25, 2008

School's Out For the Summer...

...and that means I can now take time to play! Yippee! This is much more pleasant now that we installed a window air conditioner. It's supposed to be over 100 tomorrow! My "studio" stays nice and cool. Turn on the radio and I snip, clip, and mosaic away!

These two are just a couple in a series that I am doing for fun/learning curve. I'm playing with vitreous as well as broken china. They are quick, easy, and make me smile. The backing is some leftover tile backer board from the remodeling project I saved from the dump. I will probably do some house numbers using this too.

The following pics are of the birdhouse work in progress. I will likely grout it tomorrow with the same light dusky/dirty pink I used on the yellow/purple vitreous. I'm critical of this one. I am not overjoyed with the front but am not willing to rip it out and start over. I started there and I should know better. Always start on the back! Oh, well.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Interesting substrates

Here are just a few of the pieces I have brewing in my mind for the summer. Ultimately, I'd like to have a decent size body of work to start shopping around to local galleries and craft shows.

A couple of mannequins I picked up from Craig's List for a song. I've already started wrapping the male torso with plaster-infused cheesecloth.

I haven't decided if this little guy is going to be covered in tess yet. He is a resin sculpture that hides under the hot tub steps.

She's an odd little mannequin I found on ebay. I think I'm going to have to prime her face first because she is kind of creepy looking right now.

A yard sale birdhouse.

A friend's little childhood guitar.

Wig head.

Small outdoor table that needs redoing now that I know better what I am doing. Hopefully at least!

An odd little snail planter found at a yardsale.

In addition, I need to rip out and replace the big picnic table mosaic because the tess is delamination from the plywood. This time, I'm going to double layer hardibacker and do something completely different.