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Charlie Meets Andy: TTM’s challenge

Colorful Charlie

Colorful Charlie or Charlie Meets Andy

Charlie Chaplin was the theme for The Three Muses challenge this week. I am often saddened by his face, so expressive, so unhappy seeming, so that is why I chose to add color in the stylized way of Andy Warhol.

I chose a quintessential Charlie pose, removed the background, and started adding color with the paint bucket. Then I detailed his clothes and his hat, added in a background color and picture #1 was done. Each picture after that was a progressive color alteration of the original.

There you go, I hope that he is happier in my Crayola Crayon box of 64 style!

Thank you again ladies for a creative and fun challenge.

Christen

The Hands That Built America: The Three Muses Challenge

The Hands That Built America

These Are The Hands That Built America

This is my entry for the Three Muses Challenge this week which was Give Us a Hand. Recently my mom let me rummage through two large boxes of old photos, and as I was looking through them a song came on the radio by U2: “These Are The Hands That Built America”, and I thought yah, you betcha these are some of them don’t yah know.

My dad (on the unicycle) was one of eight children (photograph center left), he was a pro-types engineer and avid model plane builder. His dad and mom immigrated from Sweden when grandfather was three and grandmother was 16. They found each other and were married in Michigan, and soon moved to Burbank, CA. My grandfather was a blacksmith, who then became a mechanic and my grandmother was a house cleaner and a full time mom (seen together in the oval picture above my dad).

My mom (seen in her nurses uniform) was an only child (and her baby picture is to the right), she loves to create whether it be knitting, embroidery, painting and many other areas. Her dad (top right small photo) immigrated from Scotland, and grandpa worked as a warehouse stock person most of his life, he loved dogs, cigars, and bridge. Her mom immigrated from England, and grandma worked first for Eatons Department Store (top photo above my mom), later as an executive secretary, and finally for a bank (at the age of 80). Grandma and grandpa (seen in the oval picture on the right) were married for 62 years, and lived in the house that had been in grandpa’s family.

The song “These Are The Hands That Built America” was written prior to 9/11. Even so the words were quite poignant and almost eerily applied to the hearts and minds of the survivor’s and the families who lost people in the tragic events and was sung at a benefit concert listing every person’s name that was lost.

Excerpt of the 1st and 2cd choruses:

These are the hands that built America
(Russian, Sioux, Dutch, Hindu)
Oh, oh oh, America
(Polish, Irish, German, Italian)

And these are the hands, that built America
(The Irish, the Blacks, the Chinese, the Jews)
Ah, ah ah, America / Hand
(Korean, Hispanic, Muslim, Indian)

I bet that all of us have a great deal of shared history in building this country, and I hope that you are able to share this with your children so that they too can pass on this legacy of strength, courage, determination, and love to their children.

Christen

Flutterby: The Three Muses challenge

Flutterby

Flutterby

This is my entry for the “Wings on Things” challenge sponsored by The Three Muses. There are always many exciting entries, take a look when you get a chance.

I started out with a simulated “tie-dyed” piece of felt. The face is painted with acrylic paints and high-lighted with a Sharpie pen.

I free- hand embroidered the wing details and added in a fan decoration using four colors of stranded floss. After the embroidery was completed I stitched in sequins on her wings and body to give her a little glamor!

Her legs are made from florist wire wrapped with satin ribbon. Her shoes are made from 1-1/2″ wide satin ribbon and ribbon roses adorn both the shoes and the top of her head. I used one stamen for her antennae.

This project was quite fun, and it has given me ideas for a grasshopper, a ladybug and a busy bee … so we shall see if we can create a group of bugs that will go to the ugly bug ball!

Enjoy the time that you have, create out loud! Christen

Bearie Antoinette’s Hat: The Three Muses Challenge

Bearie Antoinette

Bearie Antoinette

Here is my entry for The Three Muses Challenge this week which is Hats. I wanted to make something fun, and different.

My dad always wore a paper bag on his head when he worked on the car, couldn’t mess up his look or get grease on those locks! It was a great hat, and as time wore on it really acquired a lovely patina…. So I thought about taking a long not so wide paper bag and try to make my own cool hat.

I had in mind the height of something similar to the wigs that Marie Antoinette wore. So I began crunching, munching and scrunching the bag into shape.

The next step was to add bits of lace pieces to cover the entire hat. These pieces were a gift from a relative, but were a little on the grungy side, so actually perfect for this project. I stitched the lace into place with crochet cotton. I also stitched the brim and the top of the hat.

Then I painted the lace and bits of bag that showed with four different colors of acrylic paints, I sealed the paint, then added Lumiere paints on top of this to finish off the coloring.

hat close-up

hat close-up

I embellished the top and the brim with ric-rac and vintage mother of pearl buttons. I added in a bow made from French wire ribbon for the decoration. This I embellished with a few flowers and leaves that I also stitched from French and satin wire ribbons.

The teddy bear was a long ago crib-mate of mine. Then I was not so concerned with names, hence the easy to remember “Bearie”. I think I was more concerned with comfort than conversation. At one point I must have been very naughty though, because she only has one ear! OOps I feel really bad about that!

Bearie Antoinette

Bearie Antoinette

The tatted baby bonnet could also be considered a hat of sorts. I purchased this a few months ago at an antique shop. I changed the cord that is used to tie the hat around the neck. I stitched several silk ribbon roses with ombre ribbon leaves and stitched these around the hat.

The collar that she is wearing is made from French wire ribbon that I ruched. The ribbon flowers are made from vintage Jacquard ribbon and these are decorated with vintage mother of pearl buttons.

I hope that you, the viewer, are not offended and don’t mind that I used Marie Antoinette as a model here for the “look”. What can I say, the muse just spoke to me… he he.

Enjoy, Christen

Narcissus Noire: The Three Muses Challenge

Narcisus Noire

Narcissus Noire

This is my entry for The Three Muses weekly challenge. This week which is “Art in the Round“. I chose to work on a bracelet and a pin. I chose the name Narcissus Noire, because the coloring of the paper, the buttons and the ribbon reminded me of an old black and white movie. I also chose the name because it was my grandmother’s favorite perfume, (Black Narcissus) which I wore for many years also.

The bracelet is made from cardboard tube left over from a spool of ribbon. I covered the cardboard base with an ornately decorated vintage piece of sheet music. I then added strips cut from an old Valentine’s Day card, and strips from a piece of art paper left over from my last project.

I painted in splashes of color with gray and black acrylic paints and added swirls with silver Lumiere paints. When this was dry I glued on vintage celluloid buttons and hand blown glass beads. These I decorated with more silver paint.

braceletThe inside of the bracelet is covered in the same sheet of music, and circles cut from the art paper.

The pin base is a piece of cardboard cut from the top of the spool of ribbon. I painted a piece of sheet music with mod podge tinted with black dye. I used this to cover the cardboard base.

I stitched this ribbon rosette from a French wire ribbon with the same coloring as the buttons. I touched up the ribbon and the glass button center with silver paint. The stem of the flower is made from vintage glass leaves which are also sprinkled amongst the silk ribbon cord.

The old silk tie I liberated from the box that my husband puts the ties in that he no longer wears and I will probably make a neck- piece to go with the rest of the set.

Happy creating, pasting, gluing, and getting sticky! Christen

Inspirational People: Three Muses Challenge

Leonardo da Vinci- 1452-1519

Leonardo da Vinci- 1452-1519

This is my entry for the Three Muses challenge for Inspirational People. I look up to Leonardo da Vinci who was considered the quintessential Renaissance man. Not only was he was considered one of the greatest painters of all time, he was also known for being a sculptor and musician. In addition his interests and talents also lead him to become an engineer, inventor, mathematician, and scientist. Pretty incredible guy, and plenty of inspiration to go around for all!

Happy day to you, tell someone that has inspired you how much they mean to you! Christen

Many images came from searching the web, I added a beret to Leonardo, one that I cropped, stretched and color treated. The old map was distorted and colored, then sliced. The suitcase and wings were also distorted, cropped and color treated. The image of the old book that I used for the background came from The Vintage Moth.