Beaded Curtain Project

I love shiny things! Glitter…tinsel…shiny glass ornaments…crystal and glass beads…stained glass windows…mirrors…diamond-paned windows…Moroccan lanterns…OK…any kind of glass lanterns…I love them all!  Light, bright, airy and happy! I have a general plan for what I’d like to do with our craft room and bringing in more light and sparkle is a must. It’s a dark room on the east side of our house. It only gets light in the early morning hours and while there are 4 windows, one set looks out onto our carport. Right now, it’s dark and the wooden walls and single overhead light are doing nothing to help. I plan to create some Roman shades in light-colored fabric for the windows and hang a beaded curtain over each one. This way, when the shades are up, there will be lots of color and shine…I hope. I’ve also got a small collection of candle lanterns I want to hang up and a lamp set I want to purchase. So far, this is what I’ve got. Thanks to my daughters and my future DiL, I’ve got a total of 21 strands ready to hang.

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— My bunch of bead strands —

P.S. I’m on Snapchat as artcreationist so if you’d like to connect with me there, look me up! 🙂 I’m also on Periscope ( @ArtCreationist5) but I haven’t decided what my first video should be about, or how I can accomplish it well. I hope to have something up soon.

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Hearts of Gold Art Challenge

I have two artistic offerings for this challenge. I started the mixed media work yesterday  but it wasn’t complete in time for the challenge. So I also created a digital artwork in Gimp using the fractal tool. I much prefer the mixed media piece to the digital art. I’m just learning how to use the fractal tool, so I’m not even remotely proficient. As such, I guess I should feel better about the end result… Somehow, I just don’t, but I know I’ll improve in time. Which one do you prefer and why? If you feel so inclined, I find comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks in advance!

"Angel Hearts" - mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles - For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

“Angel Hearts” – mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles – For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.

"Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B" - digital art by Melody Kittles - For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

“Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B” – digital art by Melody Kittles – For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.

 

Taking A Little Break

This week has been pretty hectic, leaving little time for painting or sketching or jewelry making (though jewelry has taken a back seat lately.) I had every intention to draw something today but I’m swamped. I’m going to have to think up another method of organizing. I definitely need a to-do list…a simple one. Complexity is the usual and I’m trying to simplify things. Anyway, I have one or two more photos I edited from our trip to New Orleans that I can share with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn't have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of a tiny rose in Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA. I used Pixlr Express to edit it a bit but I really didn’t have to do to much to it at all!

I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express to edit the shot. I did a lot more with this one than the rose photo.

I snapped this shot of glass shards while we were walking the perimeter of St. Louis Cemetary 1. I used Pixlr Express to edit the shot. I did a lot more with this one than the rose photo. 

Every once in a while, I feel somehow as if I’m cheating by posting photos when I’m not a photographer in any real sense of the word, when my loves are music and painting/drawing/jewelry creation/reduce-reuse-recycle crafts, etc. But I guess it’s indicative of how diverse my interests are. It’s also probably the reason I never could pin down a career love, something I wanted to do so badly that I’d devote my all to it. I still don’t have anything like that in the way of a career. But the way I set up my business, if I create a fine art photo, I can sell it.  (I chuckle when I use this term because I’ve /seen/ fine art photography…yeah…I use the term loosely in reference to myself.) If I make a bracelet, I can sell it. If I paint a picture, I can sell it. I create things and I sell them. It’s what I am. It’s what I do. If you click on these photos, you’ll be taken to their respective pages in my deviantART gallery (where you’ll also see at least one witty photo description.) If you want to buy a print and I haven’t enabled that as an option, just drop me a line and I’ll look into it. I may not be able to offer prints of all of them. Right now, I’m just choosing to offer only the ones I believe to be good enough to print. So…I’m getting wordy, which means I’m so extremely tired it’s no longer funny. I’ll stop here. I hope you enjoy the photos!

 

Theater Costume Project

I’m working on a tree costume for Starshine. She’s going to be a disgruntled and morose British tree in a children’s play later this month. I’ve been working on her costume for a while now. This time, I’m pacing myself, being sure to take time for important things and time to rest. The elements I needed to include were a trunk, leaves, a bird’s nest, and baby birds that move.

For the trunk, I chose a brown stretch knit fabric that had a nifty pattern and lots of glitter. (This is Fairytale Land, after all!) I didn’t have a pattern in the style I wanted. So I had to create one from scratch. I had Starshine lay down on some brown packaging paper and traced out her body lines. I marked where her knees were because I wanted a very straight dress with a flair at the bottom…like a tree trunk and its root base. The sleeves I kept as small a diameter as possible but made them longer than her arms so she could cover her hands with the fabric. I couldn’t make the dress have a turtleneck like I wished. So instead, I cut out a simple head cover out of the leftover fabric that will cover her hair and neck.

For the leaves and treet0p, I created a leaf garland out of green sequin dot fabric and beading wire. It’s light-weight and should make very nice foliage. I’ll attach it to a brown, floppy-brimmed hat we used to use for our SCA events. I’m still working on how to extend some of the leaves out in many directions without making the hat top-heavy.

For the bird’s nest, I’m going to make an overly large scrunchy out of burlap and decorate it with twine and twigs and maybe some leaves. I wanted her to have complete mobility of her hand and not have to worry about the nest falling off during the performance.

The baby birds were a bit of a challenge. I thought right away to use a glove but how to make the fingers look like believable baby birds was another matter entirely! I ended up gluing lots of brown craft feathers to the fingers, enough to cover the color of the glove (though, I did use a black glove). I cut somewhat large triangles out of bright yellow felt and glued those to the tips of the fingers. The audience should have a nice view of those yellow beaks. I have a photo of the baby bird glove that I can share with you today.

Baby Birds for Tree Costume

Baby Birds for Tree Costume ~ The dress fabric is in the background and the burlap I’m using for the nest is wrapped around the bottom of the glove. It’s still just a piece of fabric right now but tomorrow should see it form into more of a scrunchie nest. 🙂

I still have a good bit of work left to do on this project but it’s coming along quite nicely! I hope you’ve enjoyed this update. I’ll share more photos as the project progresses. If you’re in the area and would like to see the play, it will take place at the Eunice Players Theater in Eunice, LA on June 25-28 @ 7 pm and the matinee performance will be on June 29 @ 2 pm.

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.”  ~River Phoenix

The Project Is Done!

My dress is sewn and trimmed. My jacket is sewn and trimmed. I could wear both as they are now…but I might add a bit of sparkle to them tomorrow. I’m so pleased they are done and came out so well!

May I never be complete.  May I never be content.  May I never be perfect.  Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete.”  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 5

Because of the doneness of my project and the exhaustion pervading my being because of it, I’m sharing music with you all tonight. If I wasn’t so completely worn out, I’d do a happy dance to this song. I hope you’ll enjoy it!