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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Busy bee

Paddy had to have grommets (small tubes, not small surfers) put in his ears on Thursday. He's come through really well, but is very quiet, doesn't want to go outside, and only wants to watch Dora. Poor poppet. But that means that I've been able to get a bit of crafty stuff done that I've wanted to do for ages.

Firstly this.
I think I'd seen something similar on the web somewhere. So on Thursday arvo I painted up this random piece of wood (mdf) blue, then brown. I wanted it to look like a eucalypt forest so just drew some long tree shapes, then yesterday morning started carving them out with my lino cutting tools.

Too easy. MDF is totally the wrong wood - no grain showed through, just that fibrous wood. I was going to clean up the edges, but they look better not being 'sharp'. From a distance it looks great. I can't wait to try it again with some decent wood.

Then this.

I cleaned out my embroidery box the other day and gathered up all the stray floss laying around afterwards. It looked so pretty and so I thought I'd use it for something. I was going for a eye type of image and was going to have all the threads coming out as eyebrows.

But it looked pretty good when they kind of exploded out of that shape. Now I don't really know what it is, but I like it!


Olivia said...

I love both of these. Especially the trees. Yes some woodgrain would be nice but it's great anyway.

Michelle said...

I love both of them too.

I like the effect of the MDF - reminds me of the smooth, colourless trunk you find under paperbark bark.

RubyTwoShoes said...

I love the sentiment of creating something, not exactly knowing what it is, and loving it. What more could you ask for?!