I completely forgot to tell you this story when it happened...
...and we visited some of the other exhibits.
As we wandered through the Egyptian section, we came through a darkened hall and there was a lighted case...
Here's a close up:
Don't they look just like Egyptian Frozen Charlottes? Well, not exactly, and I imagine that's kind of an insult to the art scholars among us. Plus, I think the guard thought we were crazy. (even though he was happy to let us take these pictures with our phones - no flash)
Anyway, they sure reminded me of Frozen Charlotte dolls.
I bet you've seen them all over altered-art-land, and loads of you have used them in assemblages and books. If you don't know about Frozen Charlottes, HERE is a a bit of info about the little dolls and the story.
Even Restoration Hardware is on the bandwagon. Even though they don't call them Charlottes.
Have you seen video of the recent Louis Vuitton fashion show? It begins with an actual train pulling into the room, between the 2 sides of the runway! I think there's some fun vintage inspiration here. The theme seems very steampunk to me, especially the sunglasses some of the models are wearing. And I love the baggage handlers!
So, if you haven't seen the video yet, take about 5 minutes to enjoy it HERE.
I'm bringing you another great handmade-gift tutorial, this time from my crafting buddy, Karla Nathan. And this one is only $6.00!!!
Karla's Cuff Bracelet Tutorial walks you though everything you need to know to decorate a cuff bracelet. Karla uses fabrics and lace bits, broken jewelry and velvet ribbon to decorate hers, and she'll show the easiest ways to do it. She has stunning results. I have seen her cuffs in person and seen the tutorial, both are fabulous.
She's also offering a few supply kits in her Boutique, if you'd like to grab everything at once - the cost of the kit includes the tutorial.
If you pick one up, tell her I said Hi!
I've been seeing a lot of great hand-made gift ideas out there this year and I thought I would share in case you're looking for inspiration. You can get really amazing results in a few easy steps when you know how, and some of the tutorials I've seen lately have really impressed me.
Today, these adorable Altered Ballet Slippers from Lisa at Tarnished and Tattered. These are so cool displayed on their own, but also wonderful as ornaments and included in assemblages and shadowboxes. What a great way to showcase a little ballerina's first dancing shoes.
Those of you trying to use up some treasures (like I am!) will have a field day decorating these - fabrics, lace, bits of old jewelry... I have Lisa's tutorial and it's really great. Clear photos, step by step instuctions and simple techniques. This is a very do-able project with impressive results, so you might want to check it out.
If you don't have any of the raw materials or you'd like to pick up some great embellishments for these, Lisa has been trying to keep her Etsy store stocked with kits. I think there's only one in there today, but I'm sure she'll have more in there soon.
I know that Lisa's kits are always filled with beautiful vintage goodness, you will be so impressed.
It's a little tutorial about the blended paper technique I use, especially on ATCs. I originally covered the technique in my Collage Coterie online class, which was held last year.
I spotted this picture on the Restoration Hardware site. Notice the wall art?
I love this idea - do you?
I was asked a while back about some of the patterned papers I use in my gluebook. Were they scrapbook paper that could be purchased somewhere? I keep meaning to do a blog post to respond, so here goes!
I use papers I've created with patterns from a variety of sources. Here are a few examples:
The following paper was copied from an end paper in an antique book. This is one of the papers included in my Collage Basics class.
This next one is created from a portion of one of my Antique Holy Cards, that's the original card on the right. I don't think this one is available anywhere yet, but the Holy Card it came from is HERE.
The one below was created from a portion of a page in an antique French Zoology book. See the strip of bees at the top of the page? This is also available in the Collage Basics class (even though it says Collage Club for some reason...)In case you think creating your own papers is hard, the 2nd and 3rd patterns were created using the software Microsoft Paint. It comes with Microsoft Windows, so if you have Windows you already have Paint. I demonstrate how I make these papers in the Your Vintage Gluebook class - it's so quick that students were showing their patterns in the Flickr group on the day I posted the lesson!
Creating your own patterned paper is a wonderful way to truly personalize your art. There's nothing like using your own papers and images to make your work really individual!
If you don't already do this, I hope you give it a try because you WILL become addicted, I promise!
By the way, if you're ever curious about where I got a pattern or image I am using, I'm happy to share the info. Just email me or leave a comment and I'll get back to you with the source.
My buddy Karla from Karla's Cottage is presenting her Mini Dress Form Workshop at Paper Cowgirl in a little over a week. She's had so much interest in the live class (and it filled up so quickly) that she's created an online project tutorial for those who didn't get into the class or can't attend the event.
I've been through the tutorial and highly recommend it. You get all of the instructions with loads of pictures, some quick videos to demonstrate the steps, and even images you can use. There are lots of examples, ideas and pictures for personalizing the dress forms -I especially like the fun trim ideas you can use for loads of other projects.
The cost is just $15, and the tutorial is well worth it. I hope you try it out!
If you'd like to learn more, all the info is right here.