Friday, November 21, 2014

We're All Ears - Nov 2014

This month Erin wanted to do something different so she:

Trying something new this month. I was not sure where I wanted to go with the We're All Ears inspiration for November, so I went to Google and typed in 'art inspiration november'. Oddly enough, I found a site I had never heard of called Art-Spire. New follower, here! 

I scrolled down and mention of a short film by students from Gobelins caught my eye. Gobelins, located in Paris, France, is 'a pioneer school in the fields of digital communication, interactive design and entertainment.' Clearly, their students are quite accomplished since this was a graduation film for some of them.

So I watched the roughly 3 minute film. And I was entranced. I wanted to see more. I could definitely see this as a full length animated feature some day. Where did this creature come from? What purpose is it there to serve? Who is this young girl? What magical land does she live in? What is the message that this film imparts? Watch this movie and see what questions it inspires in you. 

After I watched the movie I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  If you look at the stills below, I chose the bottom left corner shot to use as my November inspiration. 

I knew I wanted to do something with feathers.So I had to go online and do a little research as I have never worked with feathers before. Then I ordered some feathers dipped in silver.  I added Swarovski crystals and pearls along with silver and white chain.  I was looking for something flowing, white, glittery.  The feathers do flow when worn and the crystals and chain peek out from the flowing feathers when worn.

I made the earwires out of studded head pins, and the three circle triangle that holds the feathers and chain and crystals I made from 20 gauge wire. I also used a Swarovski connector to hang my feathers, crystals and chain on.

Not having a neck to pull it off, I had to rely on my mannequin to show my earrings.

Below are pictures of the earrings. I hope you enjoy them.  For more great earrings check out We're All Ears.

Monday, November 10, 2014

15th Blogger/Non-Blogger Design Challenge

For some reason, I was thinking this was the 14th, so I am a tad late. But below is my offering for the BNB Design Challenge.

The picture we had:

was of pirates. And when I think of pirates, I think of the orient and the exciting gold, jewels and silks they have.

So I had found a beautiful tin that just screamed these words to me. I knew I wanted to make it into a necklace so I contacted Tammy at TTE Designs and asked if I sent her the tin, if she could cut me out some rounds for a necklace.  She so graciously agreed for a small fee.  I was so happy!

When I got my "rounds" back I was so excited yet wasn't sure what to do. So they sat on my desk for a bit as we thought about what kind of design to do.  I tried black beads and they were too stark, then plain white one and they didn't work either. So I went to the local bead store and browsed around and found some cream beads with oriental art work.  They worked perfect!

So this is what I came up with.. I really love it and just might keep it for myself. And if you notice I have it on a cloth covered mannequin top that I have been wanting to get and couldn't afford...until I drove by a yard sale...and there she was. $20 later she was in my car and headed home. I love that I found it as I have wanted one to hang my necklaces on to photograph.

Hoped you enjoyed my little piece!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


This months personal photo challenge was Trees....and where I live in Florida I have an abundance of Trees.

The first collage is a pair of trees sitting on a small spit of land jutting into the lake.  I took the three shots getting closer each time with just the standard settings on my camera. I didn't do anything special except get closer. 

This collage of trees are trees that I found in my neighborhood. BUT I used picmonkey to play around with them. The first one was just a tree with moss, but I used picmonkey to enhance the moss and added in an overlay with bats.  The second one I used picmonkey and did a texture over lay with the paint selection.....I like how the colors came out on it.  The third one I was just playing around but truly loved how it came out. Again I used picmonkey using the texture, burst, multiply mode.  I think it really looks cool!. 

These two I didn't do to much to except to darken and highlight the background using Picassa.

And lastly, I had to throw this collage in. The pictures are of different barks from trees in my yard...I think they really are neat looking.  I didn't do anything to enhance them, just cropped them a bit.

Thanks for looking and I will see you back next month where our challenge will be Christmas Scenes!  For more great trees, check out the link.A Personal Photo Challenge.  Maybe you would like to is fun!