Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all doing well! We are enveloped in a magical snowy Wonderland! So beautiful – I’ll post photos on Wednesday.
As promised though on Friday i let you have a sneak peek of what i was working on and here are the results!
My very artsy and colourful friend Debbie who i interviewed here on this blog a while back is turning 60 in a couple of days (we went to school together and so are the same age – I’ll be 60 in a few months). Since Debbie colours her hair in a rainbow of colours i thought it would be appropriate to call her the colourful crone – she’s okay with being called a crone so this was going to be fun!.
Her husband Pete was planning a surprise party and asked if anyone had theme ideas – so naturally i piped up and said “what about the colourful crone”? He was all for it so i went to town. As you see above I made a mixed media piece in honour of my friend and turned it into a bunch of fun products – tote bag, devotional candle stickers and notebooks. We even used one of the stickers to brand a bottle of wine for Deb.
The Colourful crone notebooks were swag for the ladies who attended the fun surprise party. And by the way – Debbie was really surprised!
I started off with a mixed media background using my usual scrape painting, old text and collage items – i even incorporated a few pieces of washi tape and a paint chip from our bedroom makeover.
I drew Debbie’s caricature separately as well as the words and super imposed them on the background. Deb was very happy with the results!
I also thought that we could decorate using HUGE tissue paper flowers and crepe paper. So I made these three tissue paper flowers – tutorial here to add where the crepe paper streamers all met.
This is what the pattern of the petals looked like before i cut the multiple pieces of tissues out. It was very time consuming and fiddly but fun just the same – an exercise in patience – i felt like yelling “DONE!” like my little grandson Toby shouts when he’s finished colouring or eating or playing. But I looked around me and no one was there to pick up the slack so I had to finish myself!
Unfortunately both Mr. G and I forgot to bring our cellphones to the party so didn’t take pictures of the decorations but I know Deb’s brother-in-law did.
One other thing we did was colour strands of our hair with multiple temporary hair dyes to mimic Debbie. Even Mr. G got in on it and dyed his white beard pink and green!
All in all it was a fun evening. It’s such a joy to be able to use my creativity in all areas of my life! I hope this post gives you some ideas as to what you too can do with your art to leverage it for fun events!
Love, Violette xo