Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Playing With Prompts and Plaster (and a Giveaway to Share)

Kind  of  a  weird  title,  but  that's  just  what  I've  been  doing.   I  have  so  much  stash  here,  and  sometimes  when  I'm  looking  for  something,  I  get  side-tracked  and  find  something  else,  which  leads  me  to  another  item---my  temporary  muses.   And  this  time,  there  were  3  of  them--


...and  here's  how  they  came  together--


and  a  little  info  about  these  2  little  ones--


I've  had  them  for  a  couple  of  years  now.   I'll  find  stuff  like  this, and  then  I  don't  want  to  part  with  it.  It's  not  like  I  had  them  out  or  anything--they  were  just  tucked  away  in  the  cute  little  box  that  they  came  in.   So  I  figured it  was  time  to  let  them  go,  and  be  out  in  the  world  again.   I  found  them  at  the  127 Corridor Sale --said  to  be  the  "largest  yard  sale"  (approximately  600  miles).   It  always  starts  the  first  week  in  August  for  5  days  from  dawn  till   dusk,  and  we  try  to  go  when  we  can.  Last  year  we  didn't  go,  but  this  year  we  are!--and  I  can't  wait!!

And  for  the  plaster  part  of  this  post--when  I  was  making  my  piece  that  I  showed  you  HERE,  I  had  made  up  too  much  of  the  plaster  of  paris,  and  once  it's  dry,  it's  dry.   So  I  put  the  rest  of  it  on  another  wood  panel  that  I  had,  and  here's  the  result  of  that--



This  time  I  painted  mostly  with  gouache,  which  is  basically  a  very  thick  watercolor  in  a  tube  with  very  intense  color--another  great  medium  to  work  with,  but  a  bit  on  the  pricey  side.  I  just  love  the  results  you  get  when  you  mix  the  watercolors with  the  plaster--

......and  LOVE  that  texture!

And  then   there's  the  giveaway  that  I  want  to  tell  you  about.    Natasha May  is  having  her  very  first  online  class--Cotton  Candy  Girls  starting  May 7,  and  she's  giving  away  a  spot  for  it.   I  met  her  way  back  when  I  was  in  my  first  Suzi  Blu  class.   It's  so  great  to  see  a  former   "classmate"  grow  like  this  and  help  other  artists  with  their  talent--and  she's  very  talented!    So  if  you'd  like  to  win  a  spot  and  check  out  the  workshop,  just  go  HERE!

17 comments:

Healing Woman said...

I'll bet your studio looks like mine! Isn't it grand to find items that you have forgotten about and then find an art use for them? I think the dolls are called "cupie dolls" but not sure. They are actually hard to come by. The way in which you used them is so clever that I'm sure someone will snap them up at a show.

NatashaMay said...

I'm always in awe when I see you put together random objects. Wow! Thanks so much for pimping my class. :)

Janet Ghio said...

Love those Roses and that little house!!

Bren said...

Your creative mind is amazing, love this new piece, all those random pieces came together and made something special. And you know I love the plaster texture, love how it looks with the colour washed over it.
Great stuff!

Lorraine said...

like the little house

Donna said...

I'm madly in love with the turquoise and black plaster on wood piece! You are so creative, and I always enjoy your posts!
D~~~~

Janine said...

Wow you can really put things together! Can I send you all of my hoarding stuff? lol! No I like you too much for that!

Wax Beach Artist said...

I love your birdhouse and plaster piece both are just so great! I saw a lot of "rolled" art in the Stamper's Sampler I got in the mail yesterday and I thought of you :)

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane- OH-OH I love your pink birds living in their rose garden-they are so sweet, and the nest house made out of different pieces so wonderful and fun, and darling- You just amazes me, again .
I wish you a happy easter -
Hugs,Dorthe

Kathy said...

What a perfect use for the little nic-nac things we all find and can't leave behind! You gave them new purpose and are sending them back out into the world to be loved again.

Cameron said...

That huge yard sale sounds like pure heaven!! I'm sure you'll find all kinds of neat stuff to make art with!

Your creations are always so beautiful!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Diane, I love your panel done with the extra plaster, never throw away good supplies right ? Really enjoy seeing what you make. I have the HUGE project about done, had some hickups in various ways, nevertheless, exciting to finally "reveal" and share with you. You are a really good artist/student/blogger :) Thanks for posting all these wonderful goodies xoxo
J

Betzie said...

How adorable Diane!!! You never stop creating and sharing...always fun to visit you even though I don't play in blog land much these days. Keep havin' fun!!!

Kristin said...

Well I love this so much it hurts! The colors, the textures, the vintage text and of course that cute couple! AND the texture is so fabulous. Thank you for sharing, xoxoxo

J. Beaudet said...

I love your roses Diane! Thanks for the post about the giveaway! Have a great day:)
Jennifer

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have no idea where I have been, since I missed this post. It's been such a busy couple of weeks with deadlines and commitments. I am sorry I didn't get here sooner. Thank you for explaining how to use the plaster of paris. I have a BIG BIG container of it that I got at my Household Hazardous Waste Swap and Shop. I got it several years ago to use as a base for some floral decorations. Used it once, then experienced that same love/hate relationship with it and never thought to use it again. You are SUCH an inspiration. Thank you beyond belief.

Pam McKnight said...

I have always wanted to go to that huge garage sale. Love both your pieces!

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