Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mardi Gras

This is the theme this week at Mixed Media Monday--Mardi Gras, so I decided to make a Mardi Gras box.





And here's a better view of the cover--



When I first saw what the theme was going to be, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do.  I wouldn't really call myself  a Mardi Gras type of girl.  If  I lived in New Orleans, I'd probably stay at home.  But then Lisa  from my Suzi Blu class (who I have a feeling would love to go to the Mardi Gras, or I may be wrong--which is it, Lisa? : ) said to me-- what is  Mardi Gras without a Suzi goddess, and she was right, so thanks Lisa for the spark!

I just started out with a boring unfinished wood box that you find at the craft store.  You might be seeing alot more of these boxes.  My first art fair is next month, and these are hot items there. Then I just made it colorful and glitzy with different papers, metallic paint, and "jewels", and then finished it off with a high gloss varnish, because it has to be shiny!!

I also think that this box would come in handy for a Suzi goddess--she would put all of her beads that she collected in it   : )  And you know who else would have appreciated this box for storing her beads--Clara of course. I think it's official--Clara is my muse--either that, or my alter-ego.  Or is that one in the same?

And I also wanted to show you the latest photo of my grandson, Bob. This is for my wallet : ) He just celebrated his 5th birthday, which happened to be on Friday--the same day as mine!!


46 comments:

WrightStuff said...

What a beautiful box - and yes, I would love to go to Mardi Gras! I had to check your blog first as soon as I had seen you had posted. Had Diane done Suzi proud I wondered?? Of course she had!!

CountryDreaming said...

In the smaller size, I kinda thought this might be a Mardi Gras Rubik's Cube! What a fabulously colorful box, very pretty!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Diane! Happy Belated Birthday! Your Mardi Gras box is fabulous! Your painted girl is lovely. I always enjoy seeing your latest creation. Love the photo of Bob too. He is adorable!

Thanks so much for your sweet visit as always! I look forward to creating your banner. I can't wait to find out what colors you chose for your room. You can email me lisalectura[at]yahoo[dot]com or convo me through etsy.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hugs,
Lisa :)

Diane said...

Oh, my, Diane! This is stunning! Love it! Diane (MMM)

tammy said...

What a fun box. It looks like you put a lot of work into it. I'm not a Mardi Gras girl at all either. Bob is very cute!

Kristin said...

Oh my gosh! You amaze me!!! This is so perfect - I love the colors, the gem on the front and your cover - the lashes are my favorite! Thank you too for being my inspiration this week, Kristin xo

Sherry said...

very fun
I think I would love Mardi Gras - if I were 20 years younger
now I'll splurge on fried food (what I'm giving up for lent) and go to bed early cuz Mardi Gras is always during tax season!

haendi said...

Oh my! The colors and the design of the box are fantastic, and the beautiful face you painted is marvelous.

PiecesofD said...

I am blown away! What a colorful, delightful, magical box!

PBsArtStudio said...

I Love the box and the Goddess! And Bob too! Happy belated birthday to you and Bob! :D

BlueRidgeLady said...

This cute little box it just jaw-droppingly cool!! Loved the face you created soooo much. It's just adorable, and bet you will have great success at your show! I also dropped my jaw when I saw the pretty lady you painted in the previous post!! Loved the hair!! Happy belated birthday to you!!

Buffy said...

OMG I love this box,all the pretty colors and her face is gorgeous. I'm sure Suzi is going to love this. I read your name on her list of names that made her book,I'm so excited for you! Congrats!Did you use the pencils for this face or paint?

Lori Saul said...

Such beautiful work - brilliant box and what a gorgeous mardi gras face-love them!

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh, Diane--
That is absolutely beautiful!! How incredibly talented you are--and such an inspiration--magnificent!
Hugs, Cindy

Jonny J Petros said...

Wow what a nice box and a wonderful idea. Beautiful work Thank You for sharing, Sincerely Jonny

Emelie said...

Ok< when are you having a class on hair, I hae trouble with hair and get as you know these prim looking women. These last faces are not prim of yours they have radiant beauty.

Dont' we all love boxes, I do and your is a beauty. Color, jewels and a pretty face what more could a woman want?

Martha Lever said...

WOW what a wonderful box!!! I love it and the Suzi goddess is fabulous too. Yep, Clara is your muse! Or alter art ego. ") Happy Valentines Day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I went to Mardi Gras one year, and if you are not a drinker (and I am not), you probably won't care for it. Even the parades were cheesy, at least that was my opinion. What I did love was the French Quarter, the beads, and the combination of green, purple, and gold. This box really catches the essence of Mardi Gras, and with your lovely painted face makes it even more special.

Nice photo of Bob. Has he been helping you lately?

Kathy said...

Oh this is just fabulous! I love the feet on the box, great idea! And the hair and the face, oh I love it all. You see ladies painted just like this on the streets of the Quarter...

Janet Ghio said...

Those are some pretty fancy eyelashes your Suzi girl has!! Great box and of course she would keep all her beads in it! Bob is a hoot!

Janet said...

That's a great Mardi Gras box! And your grandson is adorable although he looks nothing like you!!!!!

Anni's Art said...

Oh wow Diane your Mardi Gras box is fantastic, love it, ale these wonderful colors and your painted girl is so beautiful.

joanna said...

Diane, what a colourful box!! love that face!! Bob is adorable!!!

johanna said...

this is soooo beautiful!! i love the vibrant colors and the painted face is wonderful! great box, a treasure forever!

indybev said...

What a beautiful box! The "Mardi Gras girl" is exquisite, and everyone at the fair will want that box. It's just gorgeous!

Adrian said...

Wow, you really nailed the colors and feeling of New Orleans at Mardi Gras and your Suzi girl is just the thing for all that hoopla. Beautiful!en

mojca - mka said...

uaaaauuuu... wonderful work. I am impressed.

Martha Lever said...

A Goddess and Poet II???? I will definitely be taking that one! Maybe she will show us how to make the body! I loved Suzi. I was even thinking about doing the Petit Dolls. If you decide to buy some copics let me know first so i can help you. There is a learning curve in the color system and so many colors it will make you head spin.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Diane, that's a fantastic Mardi Gras box! Well done, love the colors!
Oh, and Bob.....what a cutie pie!

Robin said...

Happy Bday to you and Bob....!! I loooove that box..what a great idea for Mardi Gras...so beautiful...

stampingwitch said...

you create a wonderful box.

Kathy McCullen said...

Having lived in NO for 5 years and being a full-fledged Mardi Gras girl myself, I heartily approve of your sumptuous Mardi Gras box. Perfect for beads and doubloons indeed. "Throw me something, mister!"

Maria Wiley said...

Hi Diane, Love that little box you've created!!! Gorgeous! Bob is so cute :-D
cheers,
Maria

Marilyn Rock said...

Love your colorful box and your Suzi face - awesome! Bob is so cool! xxoo

Bobbi Lewin said...

what a pretty box! definitely needs some shiny things inside it!

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

I am completely blown away by your Mardi Gras box - I am so glad you decided to go ahead and make it =) It is an incredibly beautiful piece of art!
xo

Diana Evans said...

holy smokessssssssssss!!! this is amazing...wonderful work!!!

joyfulploys said...

Another winner!!! You are going to have so many lovely pieces to put in your art fair. I love this box...it's beautiful. There's Bob again...he makes me laugh.
Cheers,
Mary

Carissa Paige said...

Super cool!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Happy Birthday to Bob ! Twyla

Deb Harvey said...

I LOVE your Mardi Gras box!!!

Happy Birthday to BOB, too! He's is so, so cute!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

LOVE the Box and thank you kindly for visiting me over at our Blog the other day...such sweet words...I appreciate your time spent!
HUGS
Char

Mary said...

This is wonderful!!!! I love all the colors, and love the top of it.

Happy belated birthday to you and Bob!! :)

Yvonne said...

love the box, love the top of it. lovely painting.

Lisa said...

I just love the color in all your stuff. Your art is stunning.

phoebe said...

Gorgeous Mardi Gras box--love the goddess on the lid--lovely colors!

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