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An assortment of my arts and crafts


ArcticWitch

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I have a studio, I make stuff to sell..and my creations are so all over the place in the context of materials, themes, and subjects, it's difficult for me to answer strangers when they ask "So, what kind of art do you do?"  My eyes glaze over and I try to describe it before finally giving up and whipping out my phone to show them photos.  

 

Rather than create individual threads to share old and new creations, I figured it'd be easier to have a single catch-all to update periodically.  I hope these attempts to bring beauty and whimsy into the world brings a bit of joy to viewers.

 

I did these magnets this week, undoubtedly influenced by today's holiday.  Wood, acrylic, and gel paint pen.

 

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Mussel shells on driftwood.  The sea creatures were drawn free-hand with fine line art markers:

 

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I really like the concept of this, not so much the execution (that's what I get for doodling without a plan); I intend to revisit the concept at a later date.  'Alice in Wonderland' themed illustration on a ceramic plate.

 

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Ring-necked pheasant micro-painting on a real pheasant feather.  Painting is acrylic.

 

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While we're on the subject of pheasants, here's the first "real" painting I ever did.  I was 16 and hadn't painted with acrylics before.  Whenever I start to doubt my artistic abilities, I dig this out and remind myself how far I've come on life and as a person, and the potential I have as an artist. :smile:

 

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I dabble in jewelry-making, incorporating porcupine quills I've harvested with store-bought items:

 

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And then there's my compulsion to paint on small stones I find on the beach:

 

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My intention is to paint all of my herb storage jars, but for now, the only one I've "labelled" via an illustration of the mature plant is my wormwood.  Acrylic on glass.

 

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Well, that's it for now!  I'm sure I'll update this thread in the near future as I think of other things to share.  :P

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AW, you have a gift, I'm seriously enjoying this outlook on your artistic expressions! I love the Cheshire Cat one, seems we both like the "we're all mad here" quote, but they're all fantastic.

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These are all really cool! I paint on rocks and wood but have not been so creative to think of shells or feathers. I also really like the porcupine necklace on the left :)

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Thank you so much for the compliments, everyone!

 

Yeah the stones are great! Have you ever thought of putting different symbols on them to use in spellwork? :thinking:

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I do have some special stones set aside that I will make into runes once I acquire a full set.  For spellwork using stones, I typically meditate to identify each stone's qualities (I prefer/trust my intuitive impressions over correspondence lists), and subsequently mentally assign/"tag" its purpose in the spell rather than physically labeling them with a symbol.  However, as my collection grows, I can certainly see the value of drawing or painting symbols on them so as to consistently identify and use them!  Thanks for the suggestion, hawkwind. :)

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Excellent work here , and in the past . Keep your wings in the air , taking you to newer heights and places. I really do admire the creationism of your items , taking from nature and using it to create beautiful adornments. Please post more , I never tire at looking at the beauty of the eye of the artist such as you have shared and shown.

 

Nabu

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I'm really ticked off this morning.  Forgive the rant.  I'm afraid this thread is turning more into an art blog for me rather than a legitimate witchcraft-themed contribution to the forum. Anyways, it isn't the fact that I lost an art contest (didn't even get an honorable mention), but WHY I lost...

 

A few months ago, a local newspaper hosted a Post-It note art contest.  For those of you unfamiliar with Post-It notes, they're 3-inch by 3-inch (7.5x7.5 centimeter) pieces of paper that come on a pad, with an adhesive strip on the back; they're ubiquitous in offices and homes here in North America.  The contest was to create a unique piece of art on a Post-It, preferably adhering to one of the available themes selected by the publication.  I chose the theme 'A polar bear doing something unnatural'.  Although I've noticed a major shift in the newspaper's quality of content, editing/production, etc. over the last two years, I hoped they were still 'Alaskan' enough to get some subtle local humor.  

 

So I drew a polar bear standing in a river, fishing for salmon.  I wouldn't expect non-residents to "get" the humor, so allow me to explain.  Polar bears live exclusively on the ice sheets and tundra of the Arctic's coast.  Their food source is seals.  Their is no documentation of a polar bear ever having ventured far enough inland to 1) be seen in a salmon river, nor 2) fish for and eat salmon.  It's the equivalent of a drawing depicting an American alligator perched on a mountain cliff.  Or a whale eating a great white shark.  Or a tropical parrot perched in a snow-laden spruce tree.

 

My submission was rejected and called out for not adhering to the theme.  I've gotten much better at losing competitive activities as I've grown older, but when I lose because the judges are such ignorant pinheads that they lack the critical thinking skills and education to recognize subtle humor that they would have detected immediately if they were what they advertise themselves to be (in this case, being 'Alaskan')...well, it makes me grumpy.

 

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You may have been rejected, but to me that post-it note is a winner! It's not only beautiful but also stays true to the theme you chose. Screw the newspaper people! :)

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Seriously though- what were they looking for....beastiality, a polar bear snorting coke, dressing like a tranny? I mean the whole polar bear in shades with coke-cola has already been done. 

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BWR, oh my goodness what a hilarious start to my day!  I'm trying not to wake my partner and managed to keep my giggling quiet while watching the 'Romy and Michele' clip, but the African Grey video pushed me over the edge and I cackled.  A lot.  Thank you!   :rofl:

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BWR, oh my goodness what a hilarious start to my day!  I'm trying not to wake my partner and managed to keep my giggling quiet while watching the 'Romy and Michele' clip, but the African Grey video pushed me over the edge and I cackled.  A lot.  Thank you!   :rofl:

:biggrin2:  I do what I can! I did really wanna make you laugh and I figured the African Grey would get you if the Romy and Michele clip didn't!  ;) 

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Arcticwitch, just replying to let you know that I was scrolling through, and when the polar bear came on screen, my son who is sitting next to me said "WWHHOOOA that polar bear is COOL!"

So there is that. and you know, good artists arent usually appriciated they way they ought to be. And while i've never even been to alaska, i knew enough about polar bears to get the joke, its too bad (and kind of hilarious) that the judges didnt

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And you know, good artists arent usually appriciated they way they ought to be.

 

I was going to say something about most good artists' work being more fully appreciated after they're dead but I'll just bite my tongue... :wink:

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