Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Egg

Ha! You didn't think I would get to this today but I did! I am posting an egg I completed a few weeks ago. This is basically a traditional egg with poppy motif, but the geometry is a bit more contemporary. There are four windows, and the poppy design is a bit different in each one. Take a look:

Ukrainian Egg Red Poppy

It is as yet unvarnished, but I think it will look pretty once the shiny layer goes on. It does a lot to bring out the colors - the red and green are going to pop!

I have it here on a new stand I ordered.  I'm not sure whether I like it or not.  I think that it becomes less about the art and more about the contraption:

Ukrainian Egg Red Poppy

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nursery Rhyme Egg

And for a trip down memory lane...

A few years ago I was inspired to try something a little different.  A friend was expecting a baby girl and I made an egg to commemorate the occasion.  I thought it would be fun to do a double sided egg based on the "There was a little girl" nursery, with one side featuring the "good" girl on one side...

Nursery Rhyme Ukrainian Egg

and the "horrid" girl on the other:

Nursery Rhyme Ukrainian Egg

I circled the egg with the nursery rhyme:

Nursery Rhyme Ukrainian Egg

Nursery Rhyme Ukrainian Egg

I think it turned out pretty well, though of course there are several things I would do differently next time.

I would love to hear what inspired your latest project.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Magnetic Paper Dolls *Now With Lamination!

After seeing onepearlbutton's blog post, I just had to try to make these magnetic paper dolls for JoJo.  The Betsy McCall paper dolls are adorable for this project and there is a huge selection of cute retro outfits. My favorite is the leopard print coat: so stylish! 

Of course, my project didn't go quite as smoothly as it should have.  My printable magnets were not really printable (at least on my printer), so I ended up printing the dolls on label paper, cutting them out and then sticking the labels onto the magnet sheet.  My big brainstorm was to then "laminate" them with clear Contact paper which turned out to be a really smart idea:  the first thing JoJo did was take a blue marker to the doll's faces!  I was able to wipe off the marker easily.  Whew.  

Here's all the magnets up on the fridge:

My favorite is the leopard print coat:  so stylish!

Here's two of them dressed up in my favorite outfits:

I have two more sheets of the "printable" magnets (in quotes because so NOT printable) that I think I will use for accessories like hats, umbrellas, cats, cars and bulldozers.